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Wrestling Legend Wahoo McDaniel
Fights for His Life!

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Stylin' And Profilin':
The Legend Of Ric Flair: Part 32

by Ervin Griffin, Jr.

The Way I See It...

Opinion by Earl Oliver


Volume 4, Issue 410 - January 15, 1999

Wrestling Legend Wahoo McDaniel Fights for His Life

I received this rather disturbing email message from my friend Miss Pamela:

Folks, here is some rather sad news about a great, retired legendary pro wrestler who needs your thoughts and prayers. I personally first saw this at the Pro Wrestling's Between The Sheets' newsboard, where initial credit was given and now goes again to the Pro Wrestling Torch:

"Unless Wahoo McDaniel has a successful kidney transplant in the next five months, he will die, according to doctors who are treating the 60 year old former wrestler. Wade Keller reports that if it were not for McDaniel's 10 year old son Zack, McDaniels would probably let his kidneys fail and die. His fifth ex-wife, Karen, is reportedly going to donate one of her kidneys in the next couple of weeks. In recent weeks, McDaniel has been in the hospital with complications that have made his temerature rise to a dangerous 105.0 degrees. He hopes to be healthy enough for the transplant soon. He told the New York Post last week that his kidneys are failing him due to him being a diabetic, and living stressful, less than normal life. He told the Post that what he meant by that was not to be interpereted as being drug or alcohol releated, but due to his being an ex-football star (with the Jets) and pro wrestler." [Pro Wrestling Torch] (Franchise)

Miss Pamela
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We at Solie's wish Wahoo all the best in his desparate fight. He will be in our prayers


Stylin' And Profilin': The Legend Of Ric Flair

By Ervin Griffin, Jr. and Matt Benaka

Part 31: Rick Rude

After winning his ninth NWA World Title from Barry Windham at Beach Blast '93 (now known as Bash At The Beach), "Nature Boy" Ric Flair was on a high. Little did he know that he would have to face a brand new foe.

Now, by this point of his career, Flair had virtually faced every big name in wrestling. One of the few big names that he hadn't faced was "Ravishing" Rick Rude. That was about to change as a result of an edition of "A Flair For The Gold" in August of 1993 when Rude made advances towards Flair's valet Fifi. Fifi responded with a slap to the face. Rude responded by cheap-shotting Flair in the back of the head and neck with the NWA title belt. Rude then slapped on the "Rude Awakening" on Flair and left him laying. A title match was quickly signed for WCW Fall Brawl in Houston, TX.

Around the same time, the NWA and WCW split ways and the match once billed as for the NWA title between Flair and Rude was now billed as a "World Title Match". As you can see, they couldn't say it was a WCW title match because Vader held that distinction. So, Flair and Rude wrestled for the nameless title. Still, these two would've got in the ring for nothing else other than to get their hands on each other.

In this 33 minute classic, Rude actually dominated most of the bout with Flair coming back and countering Rude. He even put Rude in his own "Rude Awakening" neckbreaker for a close two count. The match ended when Flair had the figure four on Rude but the ref was distracted by Fifi, who was trying to tell the ref about the object that Rude pulled from his tights!!! Rude used it to knock Flair cold as he covered him to win the match and the title that was later re-named the WCW International Title.

The next month, Flair and Rude had a rematch at Halloween Havoc '93 in New Orleans, LA. Rude won this rematch by DQ when Flair was caught with a foreign object in his hand. Rude is one of the few big name opponents that Flair has no victory over (as far as I know). In any event, Flair would have bigger problems over the next two months (and I do mean BIG). NEXT: Enter Vader

If you have a question, comments, criticism, or just want to talk pro wresing, e-mail me at griffiev@hotmail.com or griffiev@yahoo.com

Ervin Griffin Jr. is Solie's resident historian and also contributes to the Ringside Insider on a regular basis. Many of his previous articles are available in the Articles section of the website. Check out Ervin's Pro-Wrestling Fan Fiction web site.


Thunder Report

Thunder comes to us on tape from an undisclosed location.

Scott Putski vs. Bam Bam Bigalow - Bigalow falls further down the totem pole by facing the "Putz" in this one. Of course, it's probabely just an excuse to have Wrath come in and interfere again. Bigalow is all over his jobber opponent from the get-go until he misses a headbutt - but he is right back in a flash and Putski is going down - no doubt about it. He pauses to let his opponent regain his feet and takes a single shot before coming back with major clubberin' - poor Putski doesn't even know what hit him. I keep waiting for Wrath to show up as Bigalow stretches out this extended squash. Putski gets one more shot at offense - with predictable results. Bam Bam takes him out with his strange looking piledriver. Cut to commercial.

Norman Smiley vs. Prince Iaukea - Iaukea has been a lot more aggressive during this tour and shows some of that aggression as the match begins and dominates the action. He repeatedly outwrestles his opponent until Smiley starts applying his submission technique. He gets a big slam and stops to wiggle (you really can't call it a dance). He is turning things around as we cut to commercial.

Smiley drops his opponent onto the top rope as we return. The Prince falls to the floor as Smiley does his little move wiggle again. The Prince returns to the ring only to fall prey to Smiley's assault once more. Norman puts on a head scissors and cranks down on his opponent. Iaukea escapes and the mach goes into see-saw mode for a moment. Smiley tosses Iaukea to the outside then follows up with a slam on the concrete. As the Prince begins to re-enter the ring he grabs Smiley's foot and drags him to the floor. Smiley is posted as shot into the railing but roars right back. In the ring he takes control once again and re-applies the head scissors. Iaukea is reeling now as Smiley releases the hold and starts pounding on him again. Smiley goes for a scoop slam but pauses again to wiggle which allows Iaukea to escape. Smiley roars right back and gets his chicken wing submission hold to take the duke.

Mean Gene brings Jimmy Hart out for an interview. He re-introduces the Faces of Fear as his team to enter the Tag Team Title Tournament and promises to make them the next Champs. Cut to commercial.

Video review of Flair's meeting with Bischoff and his subsequent adventures as a ring assembler. He leaves his wrench for Scott Hall to find during the Giant/Nash match. Cut to commercial.

Chris Jericho vs. Van Hammer - Hammer has size and...well...size going for him here. He uses his weight advantage to dominate the early going. Eventually he gets himself into trouble and Jericho takes the initiative as Saturn shows up to scout the action. Jericho seems unconcerned about his putative opponent's presence but is distracted enough to give Hammer the chance to come back with a superplex off the second rope. Hammer gets two pin attempts in before Jericho turns a failed insuguri into a Lion Tamer for the win. Cut to commercial.

We return to a replay of the Goldberg interview from Monday night.

Mike Enos/Bobby Duncum, Jr. vs. Faces of Fear (w/Jimmy Hart) - Tag Team Title tournament - these are four big guys with about 1 1/2 brains among them. Enos and Duncum are more or less cobbled together for this match while the Faces have been tagging for years. There seems little doubt who will win this one. In fact the Faces are all over their opponents from the get-go while the opposing team seems unable to make a dent. Duncums most effective move is a jaw breaker on the Barbarian which gains him a further beating when Meng comes in to replace his partner. The nWo shows up just about the time that the Faces are about to win. All four are subected to the Taser - Duncum is tied up with his own rope. Hogan takes the mic to rant some. He praises Nash for his victory Monday then hands the mic to him so he can gloat about there being "no tag team tournament." Cut to commercial.

Wrath vs. El Dandy - right... Dandy avoids the first lock-up and does a little split take before getting destroyed. He comes back with two drop-kicks but Wrath just swats him away. A barely conscious Dandy is tossed to the outside and pummeled before being rolled back into the ring. Back inside, Wrath is taking his time, much like Bigalow did earlier. Dandy rolls out to regroup but never gets the chance as Wrath follows him out and tosses him back in. The Meltdown tells the tale...or would except that Bigalow runs in to take some shots. Wrath clotheslines him out to the floor and we cut to commercial.

Disco Inferno vs. Super Calo - Disco seems a little more full of himself then usual tonight. No doubt due to his apparent belief that he is about to be inducted into the nWo. He dominates the early going then Scott Hall shows up at ringside with his cattle prod. Disco doesn't seem to notice but Calo turns the tables in any case. It doesn't last long as Disco reasserts himself - then Hall seals the deal by using the Taser on Calo in the corner. He gets the pin then Hall chases the referee away. Hall takes the mic and tells Disco to go back and talk to Hogan - "...and take Calo with you." Disco ignores that last command and splits. Hall addresses Goldberg, advising him to go to the video store and check out a couple of his ladder matches so he'll know the meaning of a "gimmick match." He goes on to explain how a ladder match works. Cut to commercial.

Chris Benoit/Steve McMichael vs. Curt Hennig/Barry Windham - Hennig and Benoit circle each other warily to start the match. They lock up and Benoit gets the first take-down. Hennig regains his composure but then Benoit hits a knife-edged chop that turns Hennig inside out! He throws Hennig to the corner and tags in Mongo. Mongo does well at first but then allows himself to be suckered into the wrong corner and double teamed. Windham tags in and the match goes into see-saw mode for a moment then Mongo goes down. Hennig tags in and continues the assault. He has Mongo laid out on the apron when we cut to commercial.

Mongo is still taking it as we return. Benoit saves him from being pinned by Windham. Hennig comes back in and moments later they clothesline each other. Both tag out and Benoit does his wolverine impression all over Windham. He gets his flying headbutt but no pin. Hennig goes out for a chair and hits the referee and then Benoit. But here comes Ric Flair! He is all over both of them for several moments until he is felled by a low blow from Windham. Now David runs in and tries to shield his father with his own body. Big mistake. Windham holds David up for a chair shot as we fade to black...


The Way I See It...

Opinion by Earl Oliver

I received some lengthy responses to my last editorial, most of them were negative - which I expect anytime I have the temerity to suggest that Eric Bischoff does something right occassionally :-). Several of these letters are posted on the Mailroom page. A few were positive such as this one from my friend Miss Pamela. My response to her is reprinted below:


Miss Pamela,

I am happy to hear your reaction to that editorial because I have taken quite a beating over it. I think a lot of people here on the Net tend to forget that most fans (who aren't internet connected) don't know about those things, which Bischoff is correctly condemned for, that go on in the background (his temper tantrums and high-handed tactics in dealing with his athletes) - they only see what happens in front of them on the TV screen. And that is where McMahon usually does his dirty work.

The difference between the two is that McMahon's actions frequently seem to be directed at hampering the departing wrestler's ability to go on making a living in his chosen field - you don't hear about Bischoff trademarking wrestler's personna's the way McMahon does (sometimes ones that he didn't even invent, like Scott Hall's "Bad Guy" character - or Kevin Nash's nickname "Big Daddy Cool") or including lengthy "no-compete" clauses in their contracts (my understanding is that the Giant will be able to go to the WWF immediately and will probabely appear on WWF TV by the middle of February - contrast that with Sean Waltman's situation when he left the WWF, for instance). This vindictive, almost childish attitude has been a hallmark of McMahon's dealings with his talent since the beginning of his career. His tendency seems to be to want to hurt them where it really counts, in the eyes of the fans.

His machinations concerning Bret Hart's "Hitman" character, which were so well documented in the recent documentary film, were just a further demonstration of this seeming need to punish those he considers as traitors to the WWF "cause".

About the Undertaker - I don't know how to respond to your question because it hadn't really occurred to me that that might be what is going on until you mentioned it. I kind of doubt that your interpretation is correct because UT continues to enjoy a very high level of fan support and, frankly, he is one of the few true main event wrestlers that Vinnie can still count on to help line his pockets.

The thing about UT is that he tends to take his fans with him no matter which direction his character goes - and he has had many twists and turns in the last year or so - from face to heel, back to face and then back to heel yet again.

If this does turn out to be an example of "whose next" - then I think McMahon will be demonstrating not only vindictiveness, but a fair amount of stupidity as well.

Then again, I suppose maybe Eric Bischoff doesn't have the "corner on that market."

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

Earl Oliver
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