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Dedicated to Gordon Solie
January 29, 1929 - July 27, 2000

Bret Hart Announces his Retirement

Gen. Rection returns the Gold to the US

APW Halloween Hell 4 Results

by Jermz

Crossface Connection

Opinion by John Cross

APPLAUSE OF MAT FANS MUSIC TO BABE

from the Boston Daily Globe, April 3, 1945

The Way I See It...

by Earl Oliver

Volume 5, Issue 604 - October 31, 2000

All Pro Wrestling Halloween Hell 4 at The Breakaway Sports Center

Galt, Ca. October 28th 2000

All Pro Wrestling brought their fourth installment of the annual Halloween Hell spectacular to Galt, Ca. On a dark, rainy night, perfect for the haunts and howls of Halloween, APW put on a tremendous show for the fans that turned out. There looked to be somewhere near 300 fans in attendance, and that was good, considering the stormy weather outside. Would this show live up to Halloween Hell expectations? There was a lot of talk that it would be just another show, but after the night was done, longtime fans were calling it the best overall show of the year...

Interview with The Shoot Club...

The Ballard Brothers (with Cheerleader Melissa) vs. "Moondog" Ed Moretti & Ma'och Tag Match Aftermath... Special Announcement From Commissioner Ramirez... Super Destroyer 2000 (with Buddy Cotello) vs. Sean Patrick O'Doul *Handicap Match (2 on 1)*

Dalip Singh (with Jason Deadrich & Terri Nicole Ash) vs. The Snott Brothers (with Betty Beefcake)

*APW Worldwide Internet Championship Tournament Round 1*

"Innovator" Vinny Massaro (with Buddy Cotello) vs. Myaki Frantz

Interview with The Shoot Club... *APW Worldwide Internet Championship Tournament Round 1*

"Fly Daddy" Jardi Frantz vs. "Fallen Angel" Christopher Daniels

Interview with Roland Alexander & Red Bastien... *Mighty Midget Title Match*

Little Kato vs. "Beautiful" Bobby Dean

*APW Worldwide Internet Championship Tournamet Final*

"Innovator" Vinny Massaro (with Buddy Cotello) vs. "The Fallen Angel" Christopher Daniels

Internet Title Aftermath... *APW Tag Team Championship*

Westside Playaz 2000 (with ICEBOX) vs. "Funboy" Donovan Morgan & Kid Chrome

Tag Title Aftermath...
Editor's Note: This week I am traveling on business, so my own input to this edition is likely to be limited. However, I am blessed with great regular contributers, such as John Cross with his Crossface Connection and the ever present J. Michael Kenyon's WAWLI Papers, historical article archive.

We will get to John's latest column in a moment, but first, here is a kind of oddball article from the Boston Daily Globe in 1945, chronicallying the decidedly short lived career as a wrestling personality of the immortal baseball great, Babe Ruth. Enjoy...


APPLAUSE OF MAT FANS MUSIC TO BABE

from the Boston Daily Globe, April 3, 1945

By Jerry Nason

Among others who've worked for the "Yankee" dollar, as the current rum rhythm rage has it, is Babe Ruth. He collected many a buck from the Yankees. The immortal slugger probably earned close to two millions out of baseball, directly or indirectly.

So now, at 51, he pops out of semi-obscurity not as a baseball celebrity, but, of all things, a character associated with pro wrestling. He hires himself out to Papa Paul Bowser as a grappling arbiter, so naturally he must be broke, eh? Where has all that important dough gone, do you suppose?

Babe put everybody straight on that point, pronto. "The time I'll ahve trouble," he grinned, "is when, in this country, there are no such things as trust funds and life insurance pays no dividends."

I dunno how much Bowser is paying him to shed his cloak of retirement and come back into the sports pages as a grapple pace-maker. Somebody told me $1,200. Somebody else insisted it was $1,500, and expenses. Regardless, the Babe can make a small fortune this year out of the role -- if he stays with it. The Portland show last night, for instance, had been sold out for a week just because of his name. Tomorrow night's Garden crowd is expected to reach the roof.

He doesn't need the dough, really. But he does need the excitement, the crowds, the interviews, the feeling of belonging to the public again. He needs those things . . . because he is those things. The Babe isn't the kind of a guy who can retire behind the evening paper. And he feels strongly that baseball, his game, brushed him off. Even without this new venture, he was never hard up for "pin" money. He picked up $50,000 more or less last year from radio, and so on. The big fellow is not ready to buy out the Rockefeller interests, but there are no patches in his pants, either.

Nearly a year ago he had his right knee operated on. Floating cartilage. "Had it," he says, "when I was playing ball, as far back as my Red Sox days. If everything goes okay, and my knee holds up, I may stay with this wrestling thing."

He's in good shape -- 246 pounds. He's down from 20 cigars a day to four. He golfs, and bowls five afternoons a week . . . averages 175 in hurling the big ball at the pins.

The Babe got a kick out of a reporter's remark yesterday. Reporter: "Hey, Babe. You are signed up to visit an antique show today." Babe beamed. "That so," said he. "Why? Am I entered?"

Same old Babe. He'd been away from the sports page for ten solid months. He'd been out of baseball for 11 years, and baseball had given him no sign to come back. Somebody whispered that the Babe would be managing an American League club in the post-war period. Whisperings: "A big shot, manufacturing war planes, is after the Cleveland Indians. He wants the Babe to manage."

Babe would love that. No front office for him. Give him the bench, the coaching lines, a chance to sweat out the umpires. That's his meat. The roar of the crowd up at Portland last night was a jigtime tune to the Babe. True, it was the roar of a wrestling crowd . . . but it was a crowd. And that's where Babe belongs . . . in front of the crowd . . . among athletes . . . young fellows coming up the trail.

They expect a girder-rocking crowd in the Garden tomorrow night. The mighty Casey will attempt to toss swifty Szabo, as an Irishman hurls the stone. But the crowd, mostly, will be a tribute to the Babe . . . greatest "gate" man of them all.

Crossface Connection

By John Cross

Welcome again to the Crossface Connection. I received some good feedback from last week's column...so much so that I decided to write one this week! As always, thanks to Solie's for making this possible, and the standard plug for www.bodyslam.cc, the Crossface Homepage, where you can find all the latest results, rumors, and news from the world of pro wrestling.

I was contemplating the subject material for my other column (The Crossface Corner, on the www.bodyslam.cc website), when I was called on the phone by a pollster. I wasn't raking leaves at the time (8:00 pm...yes, it was dark, but with 2 kids under the age of 3, when else do I have time?), and was in no mood to trade syllables with some tele-pollster. However, my momma raised me right, and I was reluctant to blow this lady off of the line, so I politely answered her questions. As I did so, I got the idea for this opinion piece.

There has been pressure lately, from a number of private and public groups, for the creators of Sports Entertainment to "tone it down." Obviously the most publicized of these has been the PTC, which is a television watch group that rates TV programs for content, and advises advertisers and sponsors which shows are "good", and which shows are "bad". The PTC also garners "responsible" corporations into its circle, and makes referals to these companies (many of whom spend a great deal of money advertising on TV). If a show is deemed as good, the PTC lavishes praise onto them, and if not, the PTC brings pressure on their allied companies to pull their advertising. The WWF, and to a lesser extent, the WCW, have fallen on the bad side of the PTC, and have been under siege for quite a while. In fact, the PTC was able to put a bit of a dent in the advertising list the WWF had. Several companies pulled their ads from WWF programming. Sure, the withdrawl has slowed to a trickle, but you can bet it put a bit of a pucker in Vincent K. McMahon's hiney.

Now, I have no problem with the PTC. At all. As a matter of fact, I applaud the efforts of organizations to clean up the broadcasting arena. There is too much smut, nudity, and violence on television, and it should be curtailed. The best way to do this is to force companies to tone it down by threatening their back pockets. If a group of advertisers pulls its commercials from a program, that program can either end, or change....pretty simple, huh? I think that the WWF was overboard on several of its angles and characters...Solie's was right on when he stopped reporting on the WWF info having to do with that obscene angle involving the Big Show's "Dad". and his death. I would have done the same thing.

However, it is my RIGHT to think that way.

It is my right to watch only those shows that I choose. It is the right of the PTC to organize and build a consensus about morality. It is Solie's right to write about Paul Wight. It is the right of all people to think what they want, and act as they choose, so long as the identical rights of those around them are not infringed.

I personally think it is nuts that I can't read a Bible aloud in a school, but I can urinate in a jar, put a statue of Jesus inside, close it, and display it as art (and get federal dollars to do it). That is absolutely insane.

However, it is a right. A right the government cannot take away. Or, rather, should not.

For the government to take that right away, would cripple the Constitution (bye-bye, Bill of Rights), and ruin what this country has allowed over all else...the right of the individual to believe as they wish, and to live without impediment from the state.

All of you are probably ten seconds from going to another website, but I am about to tie it all in, and make sense (and that is a FACT, not an opinion).

The PTC can do everything they want, within the law, to stop the WWF from producing their brand of wrestling. However, they are unsucessful because the MARKET supports the WWF, and the PTC cannot bring enough financial pressure to bear. In short, people chose to watch the WWF anyways, no matter what the PTC does.

But what if a law came out that wrestling could not be shown in prime time?

What if Congress signed a bill saying that wrestling was now defined as a "high-risk occupation, with violent and unacceptable behavior", and that kind of show was unable to be televised, unless on Pay-per-Views?

What if the government, on any level, started dictating to you and me what we could watch on TV? Or, what we could listen to on the radio? How about the Internet? My good compadre Earl may be told to shut it down, or face a fine and jail term? What if, to enforce these laws throughout the land, police agents would infiltrate wrestling schools, indy promotions, and arrest the wrestlers and promoters?

Yeah, I am getting carried away....but the same thing happened with Prohibition in the 20's, when the federal government decided to do something for our own good.

The first step in such a process is very simple. Censorship.

The government first decides to label something as offensive. They do this because of public sentiment, or because there is a percieved threat to the public good. To that end, the federal government "suggests" that certain things, actions, and behaviors be limited or stopped. Or, warnings are sent out with the product to the public, warning them of the risks involved with using the product, or listening, or watching the product.

This happens now, of course. Records with suggestive lyrics are tagged with labels warning God and everybody that offensive language resides within. Good idea, but is it the government's job to do that, or even suggest it?

Or, is it my responsibility to choose the right thing? If I don't like a product, I stop using it. If I don't like watching a type of program, I turn it off. If I don't want my kids watching it, I DON'T LET THEM. They are my responsibility as well. If millions of people think the same, the market forces the producers of that product or show to change their way of thinking, producing, and/or doing.

That is far better than the government making an arbitrary decision, isn't it?

Wrestling is violent. It is racy (these days). It is provocative (the Rikishi/Austin angle, for example). It may even be too much so. But the idea of the central government allowing me to see what they want, and only that, is scarier still.

In the Third Presidential Debate, one of the candidates, when faced with the question about protecting children from the violence from the media, said, "I don't believe in censorship. I believe the best way to deal with that is to talk to your kids." The other candidate's wife was instrumental in making the government force record companies to label their records, with his support from the Congress.

For the Pro-Wrestling industry, who would be better? How about for your rights?

You all are smart enough to make important decisions. Right? Right. Vote.

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The Way I See It...

by Earl Oliver

I'm reporting tonight from Miami, Florida where I am in the Sheraton Biscayne Bay, just a stones throw from the American Airlines Arena, where many a RAW ands Nitro have originated. Unfortunately I have not seen any wrestling at all since the Monday night shows last week, so I just have a few general comments.

My sources are now telling me that, although WCW is almost certain to be sold sometime in the near future - it probably won't be the WWF doing the buying. Makes you wonder about those stories that said McMahon was just trying to drive up the price for another buyer.

Reports of the Halloween Havoc card were variously tepid to flat out bad. I didn't see it, but I noticed that while the Calgary Sun really blasted it, Rick Scaia over at WrestleManiacs - not exactly a great WCW fan - didn't find that much wrong with it.

Congratulations go out to General Rection (Hugh Morrus) who brought the United States Title back where it belongs by defeating both Lance Storm and the traitor, Jim Duggan.

And finally...so Bret Hart is retired... At a time like this, the first instinct is to say, "Oh really..? But isn't it true that nobody stays retired in Pro-Wrestling?" Well, yes...there's that. For now, I will hold off on the "Good luck, Bret" editorial, but I have the feeling that this is for real folks. I mean, ask yourself, where would Bret go if he doesn't retire? Back to the WWF? Right...that's an option. You try going back to an old job after punching out your boss. To ECW? Paul Heyman is having trouble paying the performers he still has - where would he get the money to pay a multi-million dollar contract for the Hitman. Nope - it ain't going to happen, folks.

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

Earl Oliver
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