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

Monday Night Peace Edition

Parallel Lives: The Story Of
Diamond Dallas Page & Kimberly Page

Part 4 by Ervin Griffin, Jr.

The Way I See It...

by Earl Oliver

All Pro Wrestling News

by Jermz

Volume 6, Issue 628 - April 9, 2001
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That's right folks - no more Monday Night Wars. This short edition is to bring the newsletter up to date after the PPV last night. In this issue we present the fifth installment of Ervin Griffin's multi-part biography of Diamond Dallas and Kimberley Page, an APW Report, and as always, my own topical rant.

APW ONLINE NEWSLETTER

(April 1st - April 7th 2001)

by Jermz

BACK TO VALLEJO FOR KING OF THE INDIES

APW's "KING OF THE INDIES TOUR 2001" will be returning to the venue where it has had so much success for the past five months, The Pacific Sports Center on Mare Island in Vallejo, Ca. The show will take place next Saturday night, April 14th 7:30pm, and it promises to be a night of APW wrestling you will never forget. So far, the lineup looks like this...

6-Man Elimination Match -TEAM APW (Robert Thompson, Vincenzo Massaro & Donovan Morgan) vs. TEAM UPW (The Prototype, Frankie Kazarian & Smooth Billy D)

Triple Threat Tag Team Match -The Snott Brothers vs. The Kamikaze Kids vs. Samoa Joe & Hardcore Kid

-Super Destroyer 2000 vs. "Bad Boy" Boyce LeGrande

-Sean Patrick O'Doul vs. Iron Sheik Comini

-Kid Chrome vs. Tommy Blaze

Plus two more big matches featuring The Ballard Brothers & Maxx Justice! check out www.allprowrestling.com for more details

APW AWARDS BANQUET & SHOOTERS CUP COMING SOON

The 4th Annual APW Awards Banquet as well as the 2nd Annual APW Shooters Cup Tournament are almost here. The Shooters Cup will take place on Friday night April 20th at the APW Garage in Hayward, Ca. It will be a single elimination tournament with amateur wrestling rules. The top students from the APW BOOT CAMP will compete for the rights to call themselves the champion of the Shooter Cup. The Awards Banquet will take place the next night, Saturday April 21st at LaCocina Mexican Restaurant on Hesperian Blvd. in Hayward, Ca. You may attend both events for a total of $30 for each person. Tickets will be available at the APW Garage in Hayward, as well as at the Vallejo show on April 14th. More information about the Shooters Cup & The 4th Annual Awards Banquet next week in the newsletter.

QUICK CLOVERDALE RESULTS

For those of you that missed it, here are the quick results of APW's show last week in Cloverdale, Ca.

-"Big" Maxx Justice (with Shane Dynasty) won a 15-Man Battle Royal

-"Kamikaze Kid" Jardi Frantz & The Ballard Brothers (with Cheerleader Melissa) defeated The Snott Brothers (with Betty Beefcake)

-"Big" Maxx Justice (with Shane Dynasty) over Sean Patrick O'Doule

-"Brown Bomber" Robert Thompson & Kid Chrome over Iron Sheik Comini (with Shane Dynasty) & Super Destroyer 2000 (with Buddy Cotello)

-"Bad Boy" Boyce LeGrande over "Shooter" Tony Jones by DQ

-"Beautiful" Bobby Dean over Little Kato by DQ to retain the Mighty Midgets Title

-"Innovator" Vincenzo Massaro (with Buddy Cotello) over "Kamikaze Kid" Myaki Frantz to retain the Worldwide Internet Title

-"Future Legend" Donovan Morgan over "Next Big Thing" Dalip Singh to retain the APW Universal Championship

-"Natural One" Michael Modest over "Fallen Angel" Christopher Daniels


Parallel Lives: The Story Of Diamond Dallas Page & Kimberly Page

by Ervin Griffin, Jr.

Part 5: Randy Savage

In the midst of their war with the renegade group the nWo, WCW found an unexpected new hero in Diamond Dallas Page! With his attack on Scott Hall & Kevin Nash and victories over Scott Norton and "Buff" Bagwell, DDP was beginning to become a fan favorite for the first time in his career based on his improved performance in the ring and his courage to stand up to the nWo (of course, his finisher The Diamond Cutter was getting major pops whenever he used it as well).

In his private life, he was proud with his wife's career as Kimberly Page did a photo spread for Playboy Magazine for their special Playboy Nude Celebraties '97. Let me just say that DDP is a lucky man to have her to come home too !! Anyway, DDP was on a role but still didn't really want to have anything to do with the WCW/nWo war. That is, until WCW Uncensored '97. DDP, who wasn't wrestling on the card, was being interviewed by "Mean" Gene Okerland when the nWo's newest member "Macho Man" Randy Savage (with his own ex-wife Elizabeth) came out to taunt Page not only about Page himself but to reveal the magazine spread that Kimberly had done. During the argument, Kimberly came out in a lime green dress covered with black spray paint crying her eyes out! Page, naturally, went over to comfort his wife only to be attacked from behind by Savage. Randy then administered the spray paint treatment to Dallas as well as a tearful Kimberly hunched over her husband!

In the weeks that followed, Page admitted publicly for the first time that he and Kimberly were married (this was a fact that was only known to insiders of the sport until this point). He also declared war on the nWo and one man in particular........Randy "Macho Man" Savage! That face-off would occur at WCW Spring Stampede '97 and actually headlined the card. For the first time in nearly two years (since 1995), Kimberly would accompany DDP to the ring but this time as his wife, not his manager! This wasn't the greatest match but the personal tone to it made it exciting nonetheless. While Page had purpose for this bout, many still saw Savage as the favorite because of his track record in big matches and he didn't have anger to cloud his focus like Page did.

Those that betted on Savage this day, however, lost a lot of money as DDP scored a tremendous upset over the more experienced Savage with his Diamond Cutter finisher! More noted is that referee Nick Patrick (who was affiliated with the nWo at the time) actually made the three count on Savage! Irate with the loss, Savage went on a rampage on DDP, Nick Patrick and nearly Kimberly. Eric Bischoff, who was the leader of the nWo along with "Hollywood" Hulk Hogan, ran down to actually stop Savage from harming Page's wife! Savage responded by actually striking Bischoff and almost had a confrontation with Kevin Nash! Needless to say, this war was far from over!

NEXT: A Savage War & A "Perfect" Betrayal

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

Ervin Griffin Jr. is Solie's resident historian and formerly contributed 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.


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

Ervin Griffin Jr. is Solie's resident historian and formerly contributed 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.



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The Way I See It...

by Earl Oliver

So I sort of called it right - at least I was sure that it would be Austin who would go the heel route. I am disappointed that they didn't see the possibilities in keeping Debra involved in the Austin heel turn. So here we are - the first week of Monday Night...Peace...? I missed Smackdown the other night because I was working late.

RAW from Fort Worth, Texas, opened with Stephanie coming to the ring looking a bit sullen, or at the very least, put out. She was there to rant on Trish Stratus then proposed a "whipping" match between the two of them tonight. This is all a warm up for introducing her dad to the ring. Vince comes down carrying a big birthday present in red foil wrapping paper and launches into his rant. He is happy. He is smiling - because he is going to present the Heavyweight Title to Steve Austin. He reserves his scorn for Trish and Linda, of course. He outlines his woes - my wife hates me - my son hates me, yatta, yatta...but he's happy because WrestleMania turned out the way he wanted it to - with Stone Cold winning the Championship. He confronts JR about some of his language during last night's PPV (comparing Vince to the "Devil himself"...) JR stands his ground so Vince returns to the ring to continue his theme - Steve Austin is great - the Rock is jerk. He opens the present to find a stetson hat. He puts it on and does a comically insulting turn as relates to Texans, then he crushes the hat. This brings the Rock out to put in his two cents worth. He strides back and forth on the platform like a caged lion and demands a re-match for the World Title...tonight, right here in Texas. The crowd chants his name but Vince ignores that and refuses. Maivia advances on the ring with determination causing McMahon to back peddle a little - warning Maivia against any violence. The Rock punched him out then put the Sharpshooter him! Vince changed his tune and granted the match. After Maivia started up the ramp, Vince added a steel cage stip - so that's the main event. And it only took 16 minutes to get to it...

Does it strike anyone as odd that Saturn has returned to his pre-WWF dufus personna. This first match is a 6 man contest - the Radicalz vs. APA/Test - naturally the bad guys do more flying and the good guys do more "catching in mid-air". About half way through the match the Radicalz decide to concentrate on Bradshaw as the supposed weak link. The real match here involves Guerrero and Test, but the latter manages to take on just about everyone before the match is over. Clearly we are grooming Test for something - he wins it over Guerrero.

Stephanie tackled Trish for the beginning of their Strap match. Both girls lost their straps temporarily in the opening moments of the battle. When they finally got into the ring, Steph took the advantage and almost immediately started laying the leather on Trish. When Trish gets a chance to get her licks in, Stephanie bails to the floor then uses ring announcer, Lillian Garcia as a shield. Back in the ring Trish is still in charge until Willie Regal shows up and interferes for the bosses daughter. This brings Chris Jericho running down to counter Regal - the bad folks are vanquished. Afterward, Stephanie demands that Regal do something about the situation. he books a handicap match - himself and Kurt Angle against the Millenium Bug.

Rhyno squashed Crash with a spear...then does the same to Molly Holly who dares to hit him with Hurracanranna. Backstage, Kevin Kelly talks to Debra - who doesn't want to talk about what happened at the PPV.

Is it weird or what to hear McMahon defending Steve Austin..? He introduces the new Champ who comes stalking to the ring. There are a few anti-Austin signs in the audience, but for the most part they reserve their ire for McMahon. There is s decided boo when Austin takes the title belt from Vince and and displays it to the fans. But then he asks the crowd if they want him to whip Mcmahon's butt. Of course they do - but Steve says not tonight. He goes on to "explain" his actions last night, saying he doesn't owe the fans any explanation... He switches to a rant against the Rock, as the crowd becomes more and more subdued as he refers to Vince as "Mr. McMahon" and then stops his speech short so that Vince can say, "...and that's the way it is because Mr. McMahon said so!"

It is half way through the show and the WCW has not been mentioned or even hinted at once.

Val Venis had himself a Hardcore match against Kane. He was accompanied by Steven Richards. It wasn't enough. Kane wiped the mat with the challenger as Richards stood by and watched. Then he ran in suddenly and was ineffective as Kane whacked him with a trash can lid and sent him tumbling back to the floor. This distraction gave Venis the chance to get in a little trash can shot of his own. He kept Kane busy for a couple of minutes and then ran into a freight train or something. Kane regained the initiiative if not the advantage for a moment then Val was all over him. Moments later, Kane flung Val into his own trap (a trash can wedged in a corner) then hit the chokeslam for the win. The rest of RTC attacked until the Undertaker ran out to save his brother. Tandem chokeslams on Bull and the Goodfather.

HHH confronts the commissioner in the hallway and demands to know where his father-in-law is. Regal blusters some threats but then backs down in the face of Hunter's fury and points the way. The game finds Vince having a cup of coffee and browbeats him about his relationship with Steve Austin. Vince comes back with a reminder that Austin asked for his help and then implies that HHH is a loser because he lost his match at WrestleMania.

In his handicap match against Willie Regal and Kurt Angle, Chris Jericho obviously hasn't a prayer - but somehow he manages to hold his own...just like we knew he would. In this match it is really that consummate pro-wrestler Regal who is assigned the task of taking Jericho apart piece by piece. But the Millenium Bug is never one to cooperate with conspirators. Still, the opposition is formidable so we know that Jericho can't hold out for long. Angle slips in a chairshot from outside the ring and Regal gets the pin on a sidewalk slam. The beat down commenced until Chris Benoit ran in and saved his old rival's butt. They do not embrace...

At 94 minutes into the program, we see Shane entering WWF New York and are promised a statement. I find myself waiting for any mention of WCW - like a dog going after a bone. When I think about it, I realize that I got into this wrestling journalism thing because of the Monday Night Wars - back when WCW was trailing the WWF but starting to make inroads. Without that rivalry, it makes me wonder if I really want to keep doing this. At 10:40, JR finally mentioned WCW. This was during an X-Pac vs. Billy One "The Gunn"...or whatever. I don't really find either of these guys the least bit interesting. Billy got punked, by the way.

Shane is interviewed at the Times Square location. He excoriates his father as the crowd starts up a WCW chant. Shane says he will be focusing on WCW now that the PPV is over and wishes his father nothing but more kicks to the groin from his mom - and maybe a kick to the checkbook as well.

The Rock is so beside himself, barely gettimg the cliches out in his anger at Stone Cold Steve Austin. He promises to whip his candya** all over the Lonestar State. Okay...

McMahon walked Austin to the cage for his match against the Rock. Austin first lured Maivia into the doorway then slammed his head in it to start the match. They battled all over ringside, outside the ring where the Rock got hold of the title belt and used it to draw blood early on in the match. He rakes Austin's forhead against the cage wire then throws the Rattlesnake into the ring at last. Maivia dominated the opening exchanges on the inside, but Austin turned the tables and catapaulted Maivia into the cage wall. McMahon fetches a steel chair for Austin's use as blood flows into his eyes from his lacerated forehead. The Rock still regains the advantage and seems to have the pin when McMahon dragged the referee out to the floor. Veteran referee Tim White just knocked Vince on his can and returned to the cage. Vince followed him in and was locked inside by Maivia. Austin was still out of it at this point as the Rock laid a beatin' on Vince. As Austin recovered, HHH came running down with his sledge hammer. He first confronted Austin - then turned and hit the Rock with the sledge. Now Austin and HHH were working together against the Rock, who was defensless. Someone threw Austin three beers and the three miscreants toasted each other.

Is it me or is there something desparate concerning this Austin heel turn? It's like they are trying so hard to convice the audience to reluctantly trade their allegance to Stone Cold for something else.

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

Earl Oliver
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