Dedicated to Gordon Solie
January 29, 1929 - July 27, 2000
I am hoping that this will come as a surprise. I have never even considered for a moment going back too publishing the newsletter since closing it down back in 2003. But I have been watching RAW the last few weeks and marveling at what great theater it is. I realize that my reputation as a journalist is to be a bit biased against Vince McMahon - but I can't help but admire the show WWE is putting on.
This week was the best RAW yet in that it brought so many storylines to fruition - the Michael Cole debacle, the likely beginning of the end of NEXUS, and John Cena's continued involvement.
The there is Brian Danielson...er...I mean, Daniel Bryan's ascension from the minor leagues. I remember that guy when he wrestled as the American Dragon in APW right in my then town of residence, Hayward, CA! That was pretty funny when one of the announcers used the Danielson name (I think it was Lawler).
Even the part played in the dismantling of NEXUS by Santino and Vladimir was just wonderful theater. Would Santino walk off in a trance the way Tamina did last week? NO! - not only did the lovers keep their focus, but Santino performed brilliantly in the ring, John Cena's appearance was almost anti-climatic, and yet...so satisfying.
My point is that McMahon's promotion has really turned a corner in terms of entertainment value, and the wrestling continues to be World Class.
On the other side of the aisle is Total Nonstop Action.
TNT has become more interesting lately, that is certainly true. Their use of Hulk Hogan is reminiscent of when he went to WCW years ago (funny thing, with Eric Bischoff involved and all). But they are also really pushing some of their best assets, like A.J. Styles and Jeff Hardy for example - and they have so many of them it's hard not to watch the shows.
If they have any fault I would say it is relying too much on bloody spectacle (literally) to get the audiences' attention. I am thinking that it detracts from the theater of the entire exercise. They have such great wrestlers, why take the emphasis off of that for an excess of blood?
I also find it interesting that they have turned to the "corrupt promoter" concept, something that WWF used to reassert itself with the whole "Mr. McMahon" story arc after suffering defeat in the ratings by WCW for a couple of years. The double cross against Dixie Carter and her subsequent legal turnabout is very interesting stuff - I hope they aren't going to spoil it by putting her in the hospital...
At least that's the way I see it...
Editer, Solie's Wrestling newsletter
Well, I am back - in case you haven't noticed, this site has been making somewhat of a comeback in the last couple of years due to the influence of my Solie's Vintage Wrestling YouTube channel The current channel is fast becoming one of the hottest wrestling channels on YouTube. A previous one was even hotter, but was suspended for violating WWE content protections. The current channel is drawing on the previous one's success, but I am determined to be very selective in what parts of my vast wrestling video collection I make available in order to maintain the channel in good standing.
Solie's Vintage Wrestling is the oldest continuously active wrestling web site anywhere on the Internet, and was the original web site devoted to wrestling history. There were a few out wrestling sites out there when I started the Solie's in 1995, but none of those sites are still active. If you remember Solie's in it's glory days, you know that this web site was a major player during the WCW vs. WWF wars, and it can be such again.
The site still boasts one of the largest collections of Wrestling Title Histories anywhere on the web, which has been studiously maintained and updated since the newsletter was suspended in 2003.
So here is the deal...
Solie's Wrestling Newsletter is looking for staff members. I can't pay anything because this is a non-profit labor of love, (the small amount of money I make for DVD sales doesn't even pay my web server bills) but I can offer you a chance to contribute to THE classic wrestling newsletter that has a reputation for innovation, first rate reporting and superior writing.
I need writers/commentators to file play-by-play reports on the major promotions' television shows (RAW, Smackdown, SuperStars, TNA Impact), I need people to cover the PPV shows, I am looking for columnists, historians, etc. I don't have time in my life to do all of those things (though I was involuntarily retired from my corporate job in 2005, I am a successful, full time professional musician these days), but I am a proven editor and my reputation in the Internet Wrestling Community is still intact. With the help of the right people, I am certain we can make Solie's a powerhouse in the Community once again.
You can be part of it if you have the chops and are willing to work hard for no money but (potentially) a lot of glory.
If you are interested, contact me at Earl@Solie.org
Be prepared to send me samples of your work.
This page is a personal tribute and is in no way connected to any of the wrestling promotions mentioned on it. It is dedicated to the memory of the Dean of Wrestling announcers, Gordon Solie.
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