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January 29, 1929 - July 27, 2000
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Gary Michael Cappetta, author of Bodyslams!, Memoirs of a Wrestling Pitchman, starts off his "Bodyslammin' Book Tour" in a BIG way when he visits The Meadowlands Fair at Giant Stadium, East Rutherford, NJ., the first of fifteen cities of a unique trek across America that will continue into 2002. Later in the summer, Gary's "Bodyslammin' Book Tour" rolls into Chicago, Des Moines, Detroit, Milwaukee, Dayton and South Bend, to name a few.
While Cappetta will be leading "Wrestling Insider Discussion Forums" at venues familiar to book events such as Barnes & Nobles (Brookfield/Milwaukee) and Borders Books (Mishawaka / South Bend), he will also return to the ring at for a few select independent promotions. But the vast majority Gary's stops will be at county and state fairs across the land. Gary explains why, "I'm bringing wrestling back to its roots, back to where pro wrestling as we know it in the US began as a spectacle, back to the carnival midways."
Cappettta was on the road constantly during his stint with WCW. That was in the 1990's. His many road trips throughout seven countries during his twenty-one years in wrestling serve as the setting for the most controversial episodes of his highly acclaimed Bodyslams! book. "I never thought that I'd ever want to get back on the road again, but I am totally psyched about the first leg of my promotional tour across America. People, both in and outside of the wrestling business. have been fantastic to me and supportive of Bodyslams!."
"The Bodyslammin' Book Tour" is unique in that not only does the itinerary read like an Americana travelogue filled with summertime fairs and festivals and "Wrestling Insider Discussion Forums" along with traditional book store events, but Gary will be joined in select cities by special guests from the world of pro wrestling.
A listing of Gary's tour guests and media events will be released as they become available and will be posted on the Bodyslams! website at www.bodyslams.com.
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June 12, 2001
All Pro Wrestling Headquarters Hayward, California
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The excitement and anticipation of the 2001 King of the Indies Tournament (KOTI) continues to rise as today All Pro Wrestling (APW) President Roland Alexander announced the next combatant for KOTI ‘01.
"SCRAP IRON" ADAM PEARCE has been signed to participate in this years 16 wrestler field for the KOTI Tournament. This year’s tournament has been doubled in size to include 16 of the very best independent wrestlers in the world today competing in a single elimination tournament over a two day period on October 26th and 27th, 2001 at the Pacific Coast Sports Center on Mare Island, Vallejo, California. The KOTI tournament has recently been associated with the prestigious Cauliflower Alley Club and plans are under way for a "Wrestling’s Week of Legends" to precede the KOTI Tournament. This will be the week where APW honors legends from the past while showcasing future legends. The Cauliflower Alley Club will be involved heavily throughout the entire week spanning from October 24th thru the 28th.
Amateur wrestling clinics, free mini camps, training sessions and more will take place during the day with Ribs-N-Wrestling Bar-B-Q, after-parties and other chances to rub shoulders with wrestling legends taking place during the evenings. In addition to all the festivities, picture/autograph sessions with Cauliflower Alley Club legends will make the "Wrestling’s Week of Legends" an unforgettable experience for wrestling fans of all ages.
As details become available they will be posted on the official King of Indies website at www.kingofindies.com As well as www.allprowrestling.com.
We look forward to an exciting KOTI Tournament Showing for Adam Pearce and all of our KOTI participants in 2001.
QUICK VALLEJO RESULTS - 6/9/01
Here are quick results from APW's "Game Over" from the Pacific Sports Center in Vallejo, Ca. on June 9th...
-Sheik Ali Boom Boom (with Buddy Cotello) over Chicano Flame in 5:35
-Super Destroyer 2000 battled Tommy Blaze to a no-contest in 5:06
-"Next Big Thing" Dalip Singh & The Snott Brothers (with Betty Beefcake) over Keiji Sakoda, Samoa Joe & Frankie Kazarian (with Shane Dynasty) in 11:36
-Dr. Luther vs. Jay Jensen in 9:56
-"Innovator" Vincenzo Massaro over B-Boy (with Shane Dynasty) in 11:15
-"Bad Boy" Boyce LeGrande & "Bison" Mark Smith (with Xtacy) over The Original Westside Playaz (with Jimmy Ripp) in 15:52 to become the NEW APW TAG TEAM CHAMPIONS!
-"Natural One" Michael Modest & "Future Legend" Donovan Morgan over "Fallen Angel" Christopher Daniels & "Big" Maxx Justice (with Shane Dynasty) in 17:12
Jason Barrett who hosts the show had this to say about the move "Moving our program to ESPN Radio is something that we have been researching for a long time. Management saw the potential of bringing a wrestling program to a station with a dedicated sports audience and we feel mutually that this is a can't miss situation. We will be on 2 different signals with an increase of almost 10 times the power from what we had previously and there is no doubt that the No Holds Barred Radio Show has a very bright future with ESPN Radio behind us".
No Holds Barred which previously was airing on WTBQ Radio, has had many big guests on their show including Goldberg, Jerry Lawler, Kris Kanyon and more. They also were the first to break the story of WCW Wrestlers appearing at this year's WrestleMania in an interview they conducted with Shawn Stasiak.
To celebrate the promotion, www.noholdsbarredwrestling.com will be undergoing some changes during the week to make next Saturday's program a truly unique show.
The staff of the No Holds Barred radio show would like to thank everyone for promoting the show, listening to the show and actively checking the website for updates. Without all of you this change would not be possible. Thanks again and we look forward to bringing you the very best wrestling talk radio program in the country.
Part 9: Raven
After WCW Uncensored '98, DDP's feud with Chris "The Crippler" Benoit simmered down but his war with old classmate Raven had not! Raven continued to haunt DDP in his efforts to gain the WCW U.S. Championship from Page. Page agreed to defend the title against Mr. "What About Me?" at WCW Spring Stampede '98 in a "Raven's Rules" contest (which is another take on a street fight bout). The action went all over the place and saw Raven's Flock interfere several times during the contest but DDP fended them off. Finally, however, the numbers were too great for Page as Raven slipped in his version of the DDT to win the U.S. title. However, as a side note, Raven's reign would be short lived as Goldberg took the U.S. title the next night on WCW Monday Nitro in another Raven's Rules bout!
Page, meanwhile, finished off his feud with Raven at Slamboree '98 in a "Bowlery Match" which was simply a cage enclosed with a roof on top with weapons inside. The only way the match could end is when one man couldn't answer a 10 count. DDP won this brutal encounter with his "Diamond Cutter!"
As Page took the victory, he was also being courted by nWo Wolfpack led by Kevin Nash. Page nearly joined the group but was attacked by "Hollywood" Hulk Hogan and former NBA star Dennis "The Worm" Rodman before he could make a decision. This would lead to a summer long feud with Hogan.
NEXT: Hollywood Hogan
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I got my first letter from a Solie's reader this week.
I was so excited, I almost spilled my early morning coffee onto my work computer keyboard. It didn't matter that the letter was critical of my take on the woefully boring wrestling that took place for 5 weeks after the collapse of the WCW.....it was a letter!!! It was someone who read my column!
I am sorry if I sound like Steve Martin in The Jerk, but I feel as if I am a somebody now.
And, I have a bit of column spoken for, as I can respond. How cool is that? These responders (I won't divulge their names, as all my fans would probably be protesting outside their home upon learning who they are) took me to task for continually harping on the fall of the WCW, and the subsequent lessening of the quality of the WWF shows. Valid point, if you ask me, but I will respond to that with the following question:
"They still talk about the end of WW II, don't they?"
OK, let me explain. As I said last week, the defeat and collapse of the WCW was the largest story (in pro wrestling....that is something else they got on me for) we have had or been exposed to in the last 40 years. The Monday Night Wars (as Earl likes to call them) were to pro wrestling and Sports Entertainment (two different things, and that is a FACT.......not an opinion) as the Second World War was to armed conflict. We, as wrestling fans, were as caught up in the story as could be, and it is hard to see how big the event was. It became normal for us to see two federations putting on PPV-quality shows each Monday. I keep harping on it (my words) because it was that big of an event. Our perspective of the WCW's fall is hindered by our proximity to it....like when the Berlin Wall fell, it didn't seem so historic right then. 20 years from now, the WCW collapse will be as important to fans as the WWWF/NWA split.
And, I believe (and said so, in fact, on numerous occasions in this column) that the decrease in quality of the WWF shows immediately after the fall of the WCW was due to the absence of competition...the WWF won the race, and slowed to catch it's breath, so to speak. I would say they started to trot forward again the week before the Canadian swing. The WWF needs competition to maintain their advantage, and/or improve their product. That will get the ratings up.
Now, I hope I answered the questions posed.......please write again. I think that these people were intelligent and forthright with their e-mail, and I hope that the responses they got were salient.
I have a question for everyone out there, and I hope you can answer it for me.
Who does the Undertaker have to feud with?
Now, this is different than the question, "Who is stalking the Undertaker?" . My question begs to learn who is on the level of the Undertaker right now.
I ask because UT destroyed Angle on Smackdown.......and on Raw, for that matter. Austin was outclassed by the Undertaker at the last PPV, and is now hip deep with Benoit and Jericho. Kane is starting a feud with Albert (a great match on Smackdown, if you ask me), and Kurt was merely a victim of circumstance....his beef is with Shane O'Mac. A lot of people say that Shawn Michaels would be UT's perfect foil, but I can't see it. Undertaker has destroyed everyone in his path.
I think that the Undertaker is a step above everyone in the WWF. Add to that, I don't think the bookers could make any active wrestler able to step up there, and that the Undertaker would have to step down to theirs....like The Rock winning the European Belt.
Note, the Undertaker hasn't submitted to a hold since I can remember (he may have, but I can't remember when). When Benoit was a heel, UT mopped the mat with him, as he did to Jericho. He beat HHH fair and square at Wrestlemania, and Austin needed help to beat him last PPV. He is a step above the Big Show (maybe 2 or 3, for that matter), and The Rock will not be a factor to the Undertaker for a while.
The Dead Man is up there, alone, without a belt, and everyone is afraid of him.
Reminds me of Andre the Giant, before the Wrestlemanias and hype. No one was in his class, and he didn't have a belt. He would have been unbeatable, as the Undertaker is now.
Well, at least the Undertaker doesn't have Andre's hair. Goodness.
OK, that is enough for now. Anyone who has questions, comments, or anything, can e-mail me at email@example.com. I also ask that you come to bodyslam.cc for all you latest news, rumors, results, and columns. Thanks, and keep it here at Solie's for the best wrestling info, columns, and history on the 'Net.
See you next week with another Connection
by Earl Oliver
SmackDown was taped Tuesday evening at the Baltimore Arena in Baltimore, Maryland. The opening featured a three minute video recap of Linda McMahon's appearance on RAW and Steve Austin's subsequent gyrations throughout the remainder of the program.
First up - a match for the Tag Team Titles - Edge and Christian challenging Chris and Chris. In this one the challengers are clearly the superior team - but the chaps are superior singles wrestlers and that is the telling fact. At one point, Benoit had Christian in the Crippler Crossface and the former tag champ was tapping out - but the referee was distracted because Jericho had entered the ring to block Edge's attempt to break up the submission hold. Great storytelling. Benoit was isolated throughout the latter half of the match, but finally escaped with an over the shoulder belly-to-belly suplex on Christian. Jericho got the tag and cleaned house for about a half second, then got clobbered. He was almost pinned but Benoit threw a flying headbutt off the top corner to break it up. Christian then accidentally speared his brother (his looked better than Edge's usual efforts, by the way...) and that set Edge up to be taken out with a Lionsault. After the pin, Edge was unhappy with his brother (probably jealous of that great spear...) and they had some words. Look for them to break up this weekend.
More Molly and Spike - broken up by the older brothers who lectured Spike on his taste in women. They warned him that if continued in that vein he would be on his own.
The Big Show had a KOR Qualifier against Raven. Damn! Why won't they give Scott Levy a chance to shine? In this one he had quickness and the fact that he is an infinitely superior wrestler going for him...it wasn't enough.
Steve Austin ran into Sgt. Slaughter backstage and presented him with a petition stating that his coming match with the Chris's is unfair. The Rattlesnake kissed Slaughter's butt to get his signature on the document, then explained what it was to Kevin Kelly...who was intimidated into signing as well. Austin spent the remainder of the program alternately flattering and intimidating wrestlers, fans and announcers into signing his petition.
The next match was one of those that tends to spoil the illusion that title shots are earned. The returning K-Kwick - a rank rookie who has spent as much time on the shelf as he has in the ring in his very short career - challenged Matt Hardey for the European Title. For all of that they put on a pretty good show - and for a change, Lita didn't have to interfere in order for her boyfriend to retain his title.
More stalker stuff. A replay of the video they aired on RAW. This presaged an Undertaker/Kurt Angle match in the next segment. Before the break we were privy to a meeting among Angle and X-Factor wherein Angle proposed a merger of convenience, then we went back to the Commissioner's office where Tajiri was booked for a match on the program and also told he would be in the KOR tournament...just before Austin showed, up all sweetness and light, to collect two more signatures.
The Undertaker basically squashed Angle before being DQ'd for using the ring steps on his opponent. Then he squashed X-Pac and Justin Credible, who attempted to rescue our Olympic hero. In a series of vignettes, the Radicalz are shown going on a double date with a beautiful blonde as Malenko's escort. She thinks Saturn is a crack-up, as opposed to cracked up.
Test challenged and rolled over Rhyno for the Hardcore Title despite a nasty shot with a fire extinguisher that caused him to clutch his ribs for the remainder of the match and a great gore in the corner that certainly didn't help the situation either. Test threw a table into the ring but was caught short returning to the inside. Rhyno started to set the table up - but Test made a comeback to finish the job. A huge elbow drop off the top put Rhyno through the table...then Shane McMahon showed up...with Miss Hancock! Rhyno woke up long enough to notice the girl, then was kicked in the face and pinned.
Tajiri's first TV match was a KOR Qualifier against Crash Holly. Does this guy work stiff or what? An ECW chant went up right off the bat as the match got underway. Tajiri hit most of his traditional spots while Willie Regal looked on visibly impressed. You can't sell Crash short - he gives Tajiri a hell of a run for his money, but by the time he puts Crash into his patented Tarantula hold - you know it's pretty close to being over. Backstage, Austin catches the Big Show on the toilet and slips his petition under the door. They converse amidst loud fart noises. Charming...
Test is interviewed and kisses ShanoMac's behind via videotape. They continued with another stalker video was shown on the OvalTron. Sara was shown practically undressed - very nice... Then Austin approaches Spike and Molly but can't seem to bring himself to glad-hand the little guy. He insulted Molly so Spike tore up his petition and threw it in his face! This led Austin to demand a World Title main event - against Spike. It was funny when you think about it the way the announcers spent the whole show leading up to this moment teasing "four" title matches in the program when they realistically couldn't possibly know that this match was going to happen.
Kane defended the IC Title against Albert in what was probably a turning point in the X-Factor member's current push. This guy is almost as large as the Big Red Machine and pulled off some pretty impressive power moves against him, including a full military press slam and a butterfly suplex follow-up! Kane turned the tables with a big top rope flying lariat and a powerslam follow-up. Chokeslam city was countered into a DDT and Albert almost got the pin. He hit his boot to the face for another two count, then went for the Baldo Bomb - but the bigger guy turned it into an amazing standing drop-kick! Kane retained but this was a very impressive outing for both competitors.
In the final installment of the Radicalz skit, Terri got tired of this other woman playing up to her boyfriend so she attempted to brain her with a tray...and hit Saturn in the head once again...
The main event was a throw-away. Except for a brief moment out on the floor, Spike got clobbered big time, then Molly went to his aid, then Chris and Chris ran out to rescue the both of them. (yawn...)
Raw is live from the Ice Palace in Tampa, Florida, and I was out at the airport picking up my wife when the show began - so I am reporting on the first 45 minutes or so off of a video tape. The show opens with Spike and Molly coming to the ring so that Spike can call out the Rattlesnake. Of course, Austin is happy to oblige. Spike makes his challenge but Austin just says, "It ain't fair", referring to the disparity in their sizes. Spike still maintains his challenge - to which Austin replies that Spike doesn't deserve a title shot - but allows as how he has guts...but your girlfriend is still a bimbo. Molly held Spike back from attacking the WWF champ - then turns and slaps the taste out of his mouth. Austin pretends to have gained some respect for the two of them but it is a ruse. Austin shakes his hand then turns away - only to turn back suddenly and catch Molly in a gut shot and a Stunner!
After the break, Austin meets the Dudley Boyz backstage. They eye each other then go their separate ways. The Dudleys then encounter Molly and Spike. The three of them have words and it is apparent that Spike has something in mind for his bug brothers.
Kurt Angle faces Jeff Hardey in a KOR quarter final match. It was easy to guess who would win this one because, of course, Angle has to get at least to the semi finals in the KOR tournament - otherwise his boasting of being a two-time King of the Ring is all for naught - and we know that's not going to happen. During the match Angle manages to throw one of his spectacularly-failing moonsaults. But then he grabs an ankle lock and Jeff taps out. Angle advances.
Backstage, Steve Austin is raving at his wife about needing a confidant. Someone who understands about being a champion. She reminds him that she was the WWF Womens' Champ. That's good for one of his steely laughs - then he turns stone faced and leaves.
After the break, Willie Regal is congratulating Tajiri on his KOR tourney win last week when Austin broke in. Regal tells him that he has booked a 6 man match for Austin with the Dudleys against the Chris's and Spike. Austin doesn't care as long as he doesn't have to defend his title. He is more interested in having a heart to heart talk with...Tajiri...
A backstage interview with Tazz turns into a confrontation between him and Bob Holly. They end up booking a match. Over at WWF New York, kane watches a kid unsuccessfully try to grab a toy with one of those coin operated crane machines. He tries it himself with similar results - so he smashes the machine open and hands the kid a toy, then gathers up some more to give away no doubt.
Back at the arena, Bob Holly is making his entrance when the stalker interrupts to show what purports to be his last video of Sara and UT. He says he will be in the arena for RAW.
After the break - back to the match. Tazz vs. Steroid Bob. Holly takes the immediate advantage attacking his opponent as he enters the ring. Tazz takes it for a few minutes then suddenly slaps on the Tazzmission and wins. Backstage, Austin is telling his tale of woe to Tajiri, who replies in Japanese and pidgin English. Basically, Austin is presenting a monologue.
This is actually the point when I started watching the show. Steve Austin is sitting in the Commissioner's chair and thanking Tajiri for his help. Then Regal bursts in to tell Tajiri that his quarter final match for KOR is next. After the break, Kurt Angle breaks into a sort of semi-argument between Edge and Christian over who was going to win King of the Ring, to inform them that neither of them has a chance.
Tajiri faces Rhyno for his quarter final match. Tajiri is a spectacular athlete. Arguably the most impressive wrestler to come over recently from the defunct ECW promotion. Unfortunately it is not enough to win against the might of the Rookie Monster. Rhyno advances to the semi-finals.
After the next break a hooded figure rode a motorcycle. The stalker is about to reveal himself. It's Diamond Dallas Page!!!! He claims his reason for doing it is that he wants the Undertaker to "make him famous". He calls UT a coward because he isn't in the building when we all knew that the stalker was going to be there. He ends his rant by promising to see the Undertaker at King of the Ring.
In another quarter final - Edge took on Saturn. Funny how Saturn's mental "problem" doesn't seem to affect his wrestling (except when he does the wrong things on purpose. In fact he is all over his opponent, but we know he isn't going to win because the current storyline kind of mandates that Edge and Christian both stay in the running for a while yet. Sure enough, Edge gets a big DDT to take the pin and advance.
Next up, Matt Hardey takes on Albert in a non-KOR match (for a change). Actually, this one is for the European Title and it looks for quite a while like we are going to have a new Champ. But then Albert overdoes it in his enthusiasm, starts choking the champion and got himself DQ'd. After the match, Lita got herself cornered but Matt came back to rescue her and ended up being rescued by his girlfriend, who crotched the big guy to make him drop Matt. The rest of X-Factor ran in to attack. I see that X-Pac has now adapted Justin Credible's blue-jeaned look. Justin is back to his cut-offs while Waltman is wearing coveralls. Jeff ran in and got punked as well. Backstage, Steve Austin confronts Vince McMahon, telling him his problems with Linda are getting in the way of business.
After the break, Spike talks to the Chris's, who let him know they can make as well as take a joke. Then we see Edge and Rhyno talking about KOR as two guys who are going into the semi's. Of course, each expects to win. Christian arrives and laments his situation - having to face the Big Show for his quarter final match. The brothers start arguing yet again...
Kurt Angle joins the broadcasters for the next match - the Big Show vs. Christian. Again, we know who has to win this one... Edge gets involved right from the get-go and gets his clock cleaned immediately out on the floor. back in the ring, the Show is way too much for his opponent. In fact it took Kurt Angle distracting the referee while the brothers administered the con-Chair-to to let Christian advance to the semi finals.
After a recap of what happened between Austin, Spike and Molly earlier, the main event gets underway - the Chris's and Spike vs. Austin and the other two Dudleys. The Millennium Bugg entered to his brand new entrance video (same music though - I had heard that it was different as well). It just occurred to me that every wrestler in this match is a former ECW star (while the former owner calls the match). Of course, that is happening more and more in the WWF these days. The Dudleys face off against the Chris's throughout the early going, then Spike gets in against Austin and things began to go the other way. After that, Bubba came in and showed his little brother no mercy. Spike was isolated for several minutes then he got the tag to Benoit, who was all over Steve Austin as the match continued. Devon tries to interfere but is shoved of the apron and sent through a table on the floor. Back in the ring, Spike incapacitates Bubba while Benoit starts a series of German suplexes on Austin. Austin finally escapes and used a low blow to turn the table. He is stomping a mudhole in Benoit when Spike grabs him from behind and goes for the Acid Drop - but is tossed out and through yet another table on the floor. Back in the ring, the Chris's each put Austin in their respective submission holds and he taps out - for possibly the first time in his WWF career.
Not bad. Certainly the DDP appearance was the most interesting thing that has happened around WWF land in weeks.
At least that's the way I see it...
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