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Solie's Tuesday Morning Report: Special Edition

Special Wednesday Night Edition
Sting Joins the Wolfpack!!

An Interview with Scott Teal: Part 3

Conducted by Jeremy Hartley for TWC Online
Transcribed by Earl Oliver


Volume 3, Issue 319 - May 27, 1998
Here's a message I received from a reader who attended Monday's Nitro card::

Earl,

Just to let you know, after the lights went out at Nitro Sting did join the Wolfpac! Here's how it went down.

The cameras went off with Sting holding the shirt.
He turned to the crowd and held the shirt up ... the crowd went nuts.
He looked back at Luger who had a smile on his face.
Sting approached the center of the ring where he put the shirt on.
The crowd's pop just about blew the roof off of Roberts Stadium.
The Wolfpac then embraced their new member and paraded around in the ring for 5 minutes or so.
They slowly made their way to the back.

IMHO it looked like Luger and Sting were very happy with the response they got from the crowd for joining the Wolfpac. Not that it necessarily makes much sense, but nonethelesss it was exciting. My question though is where does this leave WCW. With the exception of DDP & Goldberg, what other big name talent is left in WCW. Is the nWo (Red & Black) becoming the superstar wrestling "club" with WCW being the building grounds for new talent. Only time will tell.

Anyway, I just thought you'd like to know this. Feel free to put the results in your column.

Later,

Brian S. Blair
Paris, IL

Since receiving the above report I have also been informed that Sting appeared at a house show on the 25th in Wolf Pack garb.


News from Bob Ryder:

NEWS UPDATE MAY 25

JANIE ENGLE STAYS WITH WCW

Janie Engle agreed late last week to stay with WCW after having given notice earlier in the week. Engle serves as Eric Bischoff's top assistant, and her departure would have been a major blow to the company.

NASTY BOY SUES WCW

Nasty Boy Sags has sued WCW and claims he suffered a career ending injury when Scott Hall and Kevin Nash didn't follow the agreed upon storyline, and hit him improperly with a chair.


No Over The Edge Interactive Report this Weekend

I want to remind everyone that I will be working a music gig this Sunday and won't be home until after the PPV ends so there will be no Interactive Report on Over the Edge. I will publish a report on the event later that evening.

An Interview with Scott Teal

Conducted by Jeremy Hartley for TWC Online
Transcribed by Earl Oliver

Here is the third part a four part interview with the publisher of the "What Ever Happened Too..." newsletter. He is also a former wrestling photographer and publicist. Scott has devoted his publication, and his web site to the history of Pro-Wrestling with a special emphasis on the oral tradition. His web site is a must-see for anyone on the Internet who is interested in the "Old Days" of wrestling.

Jeremy Hartley: You mentioned something in your email about the injuries and the high impact style of today compared to what it was..if you could kind of describe it, what were the styles like back when you were following it, and what made you a fan? As you,ve been reading, you know that people seem to want these "double somersault planchas" and going though tables and, you know, time bombs and (laughs) everything else...

Scott Teal: Yeah - barbed wire...

Jeremy Hartley: Yes (laughs) exploding...

Scott Teal: Sure. Well, it was quite different back then. I keep coming back to Gordon Solie, he talked constantly about amateur wrestling. Even on the program. And in Florida that's what they were. I mean, it was professional wrestling but watching them in the ring, they were amateur wrestling. You know, they did their little deal whenever it was time to do it but for the most part they were wrestling, and I'm talking about the brawlers too. The Missouri Mauler, Buddy Colt - some of the great heels in the business - these guys weren't just getting out there and hitting and punching, they were pretty good on the mat when you get right down to it. They would feature special segmants on the program with some of the great amateurs, you know, that were pros like Don Curtis, John Heath, Hiro Matsuda, Danny Hodge - they'd have them out there doing amateur matches just to explain to people how they worked. Eddie Graham, the promoter was a big sponsor of amateur wrestling in the State of Florida.

Jeremy Hartley: Yeah, he did a lot of charity work, a lot of scholarship work and that type of stuff...

Scott Teal: Sure, but they had a good mix, you know, they had a good mix of amateur wrestling and then they had the knock-down-drag-outs every week. There was always an emphasis placed on the amateur wrestling, so I guess that's pretty much what I enjoyed about it more then anything and, as I said, Gordon put it over to an extent that you believed what they were doing, that they were really getting at it, really wrestling. I think today, one of the things that really scares me is the way the wrestlers are abusing their bodies. They are endangering their health in their matches, and I guess it's because of the fans. The fans demand so much, maybe that's what you were getting at a little while ago when we were talking about this. But the fans just don't seem to respect the wrestlers for what they're doing in the ring. Today if they get in there and try and do any type of wrestling they're chanting "boring" - not only that, they're chanting the nasty stuff at the wrestlers' women - I don't really understand that. The old timers back when I used to watch wrestling, they did a lot of the high spots, the bumps and a lot of them are having a problems today because of it. They're getting their knees replaced, their hips replaced. But they could work for twenty/thirty/thirty-five/forty years without having to quit. Well, you got guys today, I mean, you look at Stevie Richards...

Jeremy Hartley: Yeah, Stevie Richards is now out...

Scott Teal: Right, and how old is he and how long has he been in the business..? Steve Austin - he's having problems, you know those are young guys but what future do they have? Sabu? There a guy who gives the fans everything he can give but, if he keeps up that pace - what's he going to do ten years from now? And the fans don't care. You know, you stop and think, the fans talk about how great Sabu is - I mean, they go back and forth on that deal, about how wonderful he is because he does all these great moves and abuses his body. Well that's fine, but ten years from now when Sabu's out of the business, their not going to care one iota about him.

Jeremy Hartley: Right...

Scott Teal: You know, he'll be out of the business and what's he going to be doing? I could give you a list of about a thousand ex-wrestlers right now who gave everything they had for the business to entertain the fans, yet today have nothing. They're working dead end jobs making little more then minimum wage and then when you try and talk to people about them they say, "Well, I don't care about him, he's an old-timer, what do I need to care about that guy for?" But they gave their everything to the business, a lot of sacrifice back then, with the traveling and being away from their families. It's just a different breed of people today, I don't know what they want from the boys, you know?

Jeremy Hartley: Yeah...

Scott Teal: It seems like nothing they do is good enough, fast enough, dangerous enough or entertaining enough. I guess it's the times. People demand so much these days. I've seen my kids, they'll go see one of these Arnold Swarzenegger films and they come out saying, "Ah...it was all right but it got boring at times. I mean what could be boring? And I loved it. I think it's just that people expect so much, they've seen so much that what else can you give them? And its the same in wrestling, it's just carried over. You just get to a point, the boys, some of the old-timers watch today and they say, "...that move right there" say a piledriver... "that move would be used in the middle of, say, an 8 week program with somebody..." They wouldn't be able to get over the fact that it's a killer, that they just destroyed a guy with a piledriver. Now they get out to the ring and it's one of the first things he does. Well, what do you come back with? You know, you don't, you've just got to give them more and more.

Jeremy Hartley: Yeah...

Scott Teal: Or like we said, the high bumps - dangerous things. I still don't understand this stuff in Japan, I have only seen a tape - but all this explosions in the ring - it's all beyond my comprehension I guess. I guess I'm too old to understand it...

Jeremy Hartley: (laughs) No...unless 22 is too old to understand (laughs) because I don't understand it either. In talking with a lot of these old-timers...we had mentioned off the record - the tape wasn't running at the time - but you had said how foks would call you for interviews. Did you find it easy to start a project like this? Were people willing to talk? Or was it like, "Who is this guy..?"

Scott Teal: Yeah, I find it easier with people that I know. thee guys in the business that came through Tennessee, I was friends with everybody. So I didn't have any problem. I had a lot of credibility with them. My program always gave 100%, and it's a funny story around here because as I printed these programs I would bring them to the dressing room and I'd leave copies around for all the boys. Well, they'd come in and they'd grab couple, because they were always great, I'd do the made-up interviews and all. It started to be a running gag through the weeks - Roger Kirby was the one who started it. I walked into the dressing room one day and he said, "Let me see a copy of that program. I want to see what I don't remember saying last week."

Jeremy Hartley: (laughs)

Scott Teal: (laughs) ...and that was funny because I'd make up all this stuff. Well, they thought it was great as it wound up, bits and pieces of these interviews, which I had pretty much worked, you know, would appear on television the next week when they did their TV promos...

Jeremy Hartley: (laughs)

Scott Teal: So anyway, that's the long way around, but I had a lot of respect from the boys, I think, and I think that's why most of them are willing to talk to me, Most of them understand the fact that there's really not going to be anything hurt by sharing the facts like they used to be. I mean, twenty years ago I probably would have been beat up for doing the kind stuff that we print today. But the boys, some of my most faithful subscribers are the guys themselves. They remember the stories, they love the stories, they love hearing them again. A lot of them they've forgotten about.

Jeremy Hartley: Yeah...or some of them probably didn't even know...

Scott Teal: Sure, there's a lot of them that didn't know. In fact, some of them have been made-up, you know. Some of the lies that are told...

Jeremy Hartley: Some of the memeories get "enhanced" as they get older...(laughs)

Scott Teal: Very much so.

Jeremy Hartley: You know you have a spot on your web page for the Cauliflower Alley Club and it impressed me so much that after I talked to Lou Thesz about it that I decided to go to the March 14th meeting (Editors Note: the club's annual dinner was held in Studio City, CA at the Sportsmans' Lodge). Hopefully 'm going to be able to cover it for this radio show. I'm not going to be, you know, perstering them for interviews but I hope to get the roast they're going to be doing for Lou and a couple of other things...

Scott Teal: Yeah, well don't ever feel like you're pestering these guys to call them, these guys, especially some of the old, old-timers...it's like Frankie Cain - I did a book on Frankie. Frankie was one of the original Infernos. Now Frank, for forty years was a vital part of the business. He was well known, respected, he was on television every week - everybody knew him. Well, when he got out of the business he became just another guy. When you call a lot of these guys for an interview or to talk to them, they are more then happy tp talk to you because, you know, they don't get that exposure that they used to get. When you call them and say, "Hey man, I remember you from back in the 50's. You worked with so-and-so, that was a great match..." or, "You know, I just loved wrestling back then, things have really changed and I wish you were working here again because I really liked watching you..." - they love to hear that. You're giving them that respect that they don't get any more. So don't ever feel that. If you call somebody and they don't want to talk, just hang up. I guarantee you 95% of them will enjoy hearing from you. Whether they'll open up with you, as far as, you know, not maintaining kayfabe about everything, that's a different story. A lot of them will open up, because they know there's really nothing going to be hurt any more by doing that but...no, any chance that you get to talk to these guys, get them to tell their stories - have at it.

Jeremy Hartley: Well, and that's one of the things. When I came across your "What Ever Happened Too..." web site, for me to read something on the screen I have this little speech board that sounds like something close to a Swede on drugs...

Scott Teal: (laughs)

Jeremy Hartley: ...and so you're trying to get the overall picture of what's going on, and you can't really imagine the voice because you're having another voice speak to you, and as I'm reading these publications I say to myself, "I would kill to hear that actual voice, that actual emphasis..." and so that's why I am presenting these interviews. I'm having a ball doing it...

Scott Teal: I told somebody last week, "The Killer Karl Kox interview was my favorite interview that I've ever done." But it was probably so much better for me then it was for everybody else because I could hear the inflection in his voice as he talked because he's a funny guy, just the way he talks and addresses himself, it makes it funny. I wish there was a way that I could have these interviews available as audio because it just adds so much to telling of the story.

Jeremy Hartley: Right. You know, you mentioned that you did the book with Frankie Cain. You've also worked with J. Michael Kenyon (Editors' Note: Kenyon is the the editor of the "Wrestling as we like it" papers) on some of these and what did you call them? "Rasslin' Reprints"?

Scott Teal: "Rasslin' Reprints". The only one I have in that series, eventually we'll add some more, but there's an old book called "The Fall Guy". It was, I'd say, the first book written that really exposed wrestling. It took you behind the scenes and explained what was going on with the World Heavyweight Title, how that was secured a lot of times. It's funny, even when I got started doing my own newsletter, I guess I really didn't realize that there were so many exposes out there, but its always been that way. Probably it's because of mass communication that we feel there's more of them out there today. I mean from the thirties on out, wrestling has been exposed. Jack Pheffer, who was a promoter up in New York, who you've probably heard of - he was another character, he was feeding the finishes of matches to Stan Parker (New York Times columnist) before they ever took place! And wrestling was doing as well then as it ever was. I think it hurt it over a period of time, doing that, but Roy Schire, a promoter out in San Francisco, he did a big newspaper expose, talked about everything from the blood to how they determined the matches - it didn't hurt anything. That's the way it's always been.

Jeremy Hartley: I think those are in the "WAWLI" papers ("Wrestling As We Liked It"), and that's something that J. Michael Kenyon does so well...haven't you printed an actual bound version of his issues..?

Scott Teal: Yes, as they come out, there have been four issues so far, but as they come out I format them, which takes a lot of time. You know, when you get something off the web it's really sort of jumbled. But I format them in really tiny 8 point type, and as soon as I get 100 pages I produce another volume. So I've just about got enough for the fifth volume. I just feel that it's something that we need to have in print because so much of our history is being lost. J. Michael does such a good job with his research that for it to be on the Internet and nowhere else is a shame. A lot of people don't have access to the Internet.

Jeremy Hartley: Right, and that's something we talked about. You always hear that these promotions nowadays are booking for the Internet fans and its all they're doing is catering to them - as I asked Les Thatcher yesterday, I said, "...are we really talking about a big percentage?" and he said, "No." There are still fans that are just fans and buy the pay-per-views and they don't know anything about the insider information.

Scott Teal: Sure, well even in the days when I was in it you had fans who would scream bloody blue murder during the matches - well they'd walk into the matches talking about it being fake, "Yeah well, it's fake but I think the main events are real...". And even while they would talk about the matches being fake, as soon as the matches started they were into it! I don't know if it was just the fact that they wanted release from everyday life and they thought, "Well I'll get into this..." the bad guy/good guy situation or "let's see some justice here..." I don't know what it is. It's funny, I can't really recall anytime, other than when I first got into it, maybe the first few weeks of watching it, that I didn't know in the back of my mind that there was more too it then just wrestling. And I think everybody's that way. People who say, "Well, people use to believe it way back then...", I don't think that's true. I really don't.

Jeremy Hartley: I think what it is, you know, like for me and for a lot of other fans - sure, we know it's a work but, you know, you have to be in shape, there's no doubt about it you have to willing to take those bumps. Especially the guys who wrestled three-four times a night. And they would be repeating this several times a week, they'd be going on the road. Driving from one booking to another, not being able to fly and "boom!" they'd have to get into their trunks and wrestle again...

Scott Teal: That's right...

Jeremy Hartley: ...at that point it was just as fast paced as it is now, it's just taken on a different package...

Scott Teal: Yeah, I think that today, in some cases it might be even more stressful. Like I said, I don't enjoy the product as much but I think that a lot of the guys you have today are great workers, you know, they're not wrestlers what-so-ever, you see very little wrestling, but it's a completely different product and I've gotten to the point where I don't knock them any more for that. And I used to, saying, "Man, you don't see a wrestling hold anywhere..." but it's a completely different animal...

Jeremy Hartley: Well I think to that something can be said about, as you said, the great workers. I can name a couple of tremendous workers who, if they haven't been in the business for years and years, they've either had fathers who were in the business or they've been trained...I mean even Shawn Michaels was trained by Verne Gagne, so he had to have a little bit of that instilled into him. You had guys like Ric Flair still working today, Bret Hart, Dean Malenko, Eddie Guerrero, the list continues to go on. And then you have guys who, if they call it wrestling, guys like Kevin Nash and rest of those characters...

Scott Teal: Sure, it's more of a character then anything that gets over, I think.

Jeremy Hartley: And speaking of characters, there were a few back in the sixties...and one who has become a legend, even though a lot of people haven't even heard of him today, and that's the original Sheik (Edward Farhat). Unfortunately the only matches I have been able to see of his career are just bits and pieces of matches with Bobo Brazil and Mark Lewin and a couple of the other characters, but what made him so special?

Scott Teal: I guess it was just the outrageous character that he portrayed. You know it's funny, I'd been in the business probably 8 years or so before I met Sheik. He came to Tennessee for Nick, actually they were working together somehow in a promotion. I met him in the dressing room, talked to him a while, he was telling me about some things he wanted, some pictures he wanted. And some of the things he was going to do, and I get out to ringside and I'm shooting the matches. Well, he gets in there for his match and, I think he was working against Lewin, he gets out of the ring - here he is all bloody - and he comes at me with his hands up in the air. I'd been in the business a number of years and knew what was going on, but it scared me! Of course, I stood up and ran, I did the little deal, you know, worked with him, letting him chase the photographer around the ringside, this crazy Sheik - but even knowing what I did - it scared me! You know, it was that feeling like, "...this guy is crazy, maybe I'm wrong, maybe it's not a work after all..."

Jeremy Hartley: (laughs)

Scott Teal: Just the same as you go to these haunted houses I guess, and you know their not real, but it scares you to death! And I think that was just part of the Sheik's character. I think that regardless of the bad rep he has from a lot of guys that were more "pure" wrestlers, he had a character that people believed. They believed every minute that something was wrong with him. That, you know, "upstairs" he was just a little bit nuts, and I think that little bit of belief was what made people sit back and think, "Well. maybe there is something to this..." I do think though that the constant use of the gimmicks and the blood was what eventually led to the downfall of the whole territory.

Jeremy Hartley: Right, and then you had guys come in later, Terry Funk, for instance...the think about Terry Funk that's always amazed me...this crazy loon, you know, doing all these crazy things - and actually he's a very intelligent man.

Scott Teal: Sure he is. It's hard to diffientiate, I think at time, between the character and the real person regardless of how long you've been in the business. You know, you always think that, like with the Sheik that there is something wrong with him, or like with Terry that he's just a nut. But Terry is a great worker, I mean, and a great wrestler too. He can go either way. I think that's what has made him successful. He wasn't just a character but he had something that he could back it up with - and seems more, I guess you'd say, "realistic".

Jeremy Hartley: Yeah, well and he was somebody too that is still working today and still being able to be put over, which I think has amazed me more then anything else - this hardcore brand of fans - everybody knows who Terry Funk is, and I guess that just takes a very special person, sometimes I think it takes intellegence to be crazy.

Scott Teal: Yes it does...

Jeremy Hartley is a longtime friend of Solie's and a regular contributer to the newsletter. His "EYE on Wrestling" columns can be found in the "Articles" section of the web site. His previous interviews with Bob Blackburn, Lou Thesz, Bob Ryder and Buddy Landel are currently to be found in the "Interviews" section.


Thunder Report

The program opens with a replay of the final moments of the Nitro program. Will Sting don the Wolf Pack shirt. Well, we know that he did (see the story at the top of this page).

Thunder is live from Nashville, Tennessee. The announcers are acting as if they don't know what happened right after the cameras went off on Monday night. Come off it guys...

Bret Hart comes down with a mic in his hand. He is roundly booed as he goes into his rant. It is strangely reminiscent of his Canada vs. US rants from last year in the WWF. He turns his attention to Sting, saying that he sympathizes with the position the former WCW Champion finds himself in at this moment. He promises to talk to Sting later and give him the "key" to his future. Cut to commercial.

The Barbarian (w/Jimmy Hart and Hugh Morrus) vs. Jim (the jobber) Powers - I don't know why, but I am even less impressed with this guy (Powers) then I am with La Parka. At least La Parka occasionally puts on a decent match. Powers is just hopeless. The Barbarian takes him apart from the get-go in this one. He has a brief comeback in towards the end of the match but he immediately allows himself to be distracted by Hart, gets clobbered with the Kick of Fear and pinned.

Tony is at the foot of the ramp and invites Chris Jericho down for an interview. Jericho is starting to regain the spring in his step but he is still a bit subdued as he apologizes to JJ Dillon fr insulting him. He wants Dillon to come out and talk to him again. Tony informs Jericho that Dillon isn't in the building - so Jericho goes back to his insulting rant. He says that he's going to Washington next week and gets some legal help in his quest to be reinstated as the Cruiserweight Title (dream on conspiracy boy...) Cut to commercial.

Replay of Luger's defection to the Wolf Pack on Nitro followed by the situation at the end of the show with Sting. They cut it off again without showing us the ending. "Sting hasn't made a decision..." according to Tony...yeah right...

High Voltage vs. British Bulldog/Jim Neidhart - HV attacks just before the bell rings but the advantage is lost almost immediately. The younger team ends up out on the floor. Kaos goes in with Neidhart and gets an advantage when Rage interferes from the outside. Rage is tagged in and presses the initiative. Rage goes for a cannonball splash but misses. He manages to tag Kaos in before the Bulldog is back in but it doesn't help. Bulldog gets his running powerslam to take the victory over Kaos. Cut to commercial.

The Wolf Pack comes out to their new music. It's a rap tune. Sting isn't with them. Nash makes a short staement then Luger gets the mic. He says that his "gut instinct" told him to join the Wolf Pac on Monday. He says he still respects WCW but he had to make a decision about whether he would continue to be a "player". He turns the speech to a consideration of Sting's situation. He says he talked to Sting after the show Monday night and, addressing Sting says, "I felt it, they (the fans) felt it and you felt it." He urges Sting to "...take that step". He ends his speech by chanting the "toooo sweet..." mantra with Nash. What can every fan who was in the arena Monday night be thinking..? Cut to commercial.

Glacier vs. Van Hammer - so I guess WCW decided to cave to the demands of Greg Valentine that they stop calling this guy "Hammer". VH is a very big guy and uses his size to good advantage in the opening moments. In fact, Glacier can't seem to stay on his feet. Van Hammer hauls him up into a seated position on the top turnbuckle and then beals his 3/4 of the way across the ring. They go to the outside then back in and Glacier finally gets a break. He almost throws the advantage away through arrogance but recovers and applies the "Rings of Saturn"! Saturn runs in and gets his side-kick on Glacier as Raven comes in and DDT's Hammer. Raven convinces Saturn that they should continue to be friends. Suddenly Raven thinks he sees Mortis and sicks Saturn on a hapless popcorn vendor. Nope, that's not him - Wait! There he is!..No another crew member bites the dust. Meanwhile, the real Mortis sneaks up behind the paranoid Flock leader and lays him out with a tray. Saturn helps his friend up and he is supported by the riot squad as they leave. Cut to commercial.

Chris Benoit vs. Booker T - 2nd of 7 - The last "best of seven" series I remember was over the US Title between Magnum TA and Nikita Koloff shortly before Magnum had his tragic auto accident. The match is pretty even on this occasion, which makes sense considering how many matches they have had over the last several months. As the match goes on it seems to favor Benoit. He gets a series of failed pin attempts and appears to be getting frustrated. A surfboard slows things down for a bit until Booker fights his way to his feet. Moments later they collide mid-ring and both are down. An inside cradle almost gives Booker the pin. But Benoit comes right back and executes his flying headbutt. Still no cigar - he applies the reverse chinlock. This match is more methodical, less high-risk on both sides then the last one. Booker escapes and comes back with an axe kick but he can't follow through. By the time he goes for the cover, Benoit has recovered and kicks out. Benoit gets the German suplex and goes for the pin again. Nope. He tries again but still no luck. Now he is getting frustrated for sure. Booker gets the sidewalk slam then a belly to back suplex. The Harlem side kick misses the first time but he tries again and gets it. A missle drop-kick does the trick. The series is 1 and 1.

Tony interviews Benoit who says that Booker T has talent but he questions his heart. Cut to commercial.

Brad Armstrong vs. Fit Finley - TV Title match - so let me get this straight...Booker T and Benoit are wrestling a series for the right to challenge this guy - meanwhile Brad Armstrong, who hasn't won a match is about 5 years, gets a shot. Sure that makes all the sense in the world... Armstrong's "new attitude" makes him look like a pantywaist next to the attitude that the "Belfast Bruiser" has been carrying for years. In this match he doesn't have a prayer. Oh, he has his moments but he can't sustain an advantage to save his life. The crowd starts chanting "boring" as Finley applies a reverse chinlock. He takes that criticism to heart and drags his opponent over to the apron to brutalize him. Armstrong has his last little flurry just before being swept into "Tombstone territory" as Lee Marshall puts it. Cut to commercial.

We get a replay of Bret Hart's little story about Piper backstabbing Savage. Of course Savage believes everything he hears no matter who says it. Cut back to the announcers who are discussing the situation and trying to muddy the waters still more then to commercial.

Barry Darsow vs. Saturn - Saturn out-wrestles his larger opponent but Darsow is a game competitor and gets his share of licks in. One particularly vicious clothesline turns his opponent inside out. That sets him up for a good run towards the middle of the match. The fight goes out to the floor where Saturn gets posted. Darsow is trying to set up his "Barely Legal" arm hold submission finisher but Saturn has him scouted and gets to the ropes. Darsow turns to argue with referee and makes himself a victim of the side kick followed by the Death Valley Driver. Cut to commercial.

Coming off the commercial we seem to have lost our satelite feed. First we get a still shot of the arena, then the sound starts to fade in and out. Finally we are fully on the air again.

Barry Horowitz vs. Goldberg - I've always liked Horowitz for some unknown reason, but his chances in this match are none-to-none. As the Brain points out, Horowitz is in deep trouble unless Goldberg gets struck by lightning on the way to the ring. In the time it has taken me to type that last sentence, Horowitz has been speared and Jackhammered into oblivion. Goldberg asks, "whose next?" as we go to the break. Who indeed...

nWo music plays as we return and the Hogan faction (minus Hogan, Steiner and Adams) comes to the ring led by Bret Hart. Bret Hart rants about the lack of respect he's getting from the crowd. He tells Sting that he is the only person Sting can trust. He compares their accomplishments and legacies and says "we respect each other". He goes on to run down the Wolf Pack individually and as a group. He holds up an nWo t-shirt and declares that "these are your true colors..." The Wolf Pack rap starts up and the distaff faction of the nWo appears on the platform. Kevin Nash rants at Bret Hart and they argue back and forth about who Sting should join. Each group has a shirt for Sting. He says "...lets do it, baby" and both groups meet in the aisle. A brawl erupts as we fade to black.

Well, I am getting disgusted. This is another of those examples of the promotions insulting the intellegence off the fans...

At least that's the way I see it...

Earl Oliver
Editor, Solie's Wrestling Newsletter


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