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They did an apology spot where they had Angle walk over
to Joy Giovanni and the Big Show and apologize for last
week. Big Show said he respected that and wanted another
one from Amy Weber and JBL.
four-way match for the tag titles was made because RVD got
his knee hurt and they needed to get the belts on someone
new. The match was pretty good, with RVD doin’ just
about nothing and Rey having a good ol’ time working.
Booker T got a nice reaction coming out as did Eddie Guerrero.
They’re a good team that is sort of being built to
keep the two of them in a program and out of the Title picture.
way to eliminate Jindraik and Luther Reigns. They had Rey,
who wasn’t involved in the ring at the moment, give
Jindraik a 619 and then Eddie put Danny Bashem on top of
him for the pin. Eddie and Rey continued their story where
Rey has the better of Eddie by having Rey get a pin with
a leg scissors roll-up. This was good, but they need to
be building these two towards a real match with something
on the line that Eddie can win to show that he’s still
the top guy.
Bashems smashed RVD’s knee, explaining why he’ll
be gone for a while. The Bashems ended up winning after
it looked like Rey was about to win it and they did the
Bashems/Killer Bees switch, and the other Bashem gave Rey
the Sky-High for the pin. Pretty good match.
Big Show and Joy ran into The JBL Administration
and Show demanded an apology. Amy called Joy a slut and
they started catfighting. I like both of these girls, but
when they announced that they’d be meeting in an actual
match later in the show, I was hoping there’d be an
angle to prevent it from staining my eyes.
and Kenzo did a little promo backstage where Hiroko said
that Kenzo loves America and that John Cena is what’s
wrong with this country. I was gonna say Michael Moore,
but maybe it was John Cena all along.
hometown challenge, this time with Roderick Strong, who
actually got a little mic time and slapped Kurt before getting
destroyed. I had seen Strong wrestle a couple of times and
he’s pretty good. Now, in a strange twist, I was reading
this week’s Observer and Dave Meltzer said that Paul
Heyman had originally planned for Kurt to face Daniel Puder
in San Jose and be the one that actually beat Angle in the
challenge…just like I said weeks ago! Puder has been
sent to OVW because he’s not ready for the show, but
he’ll still be in the Rumble and likely at the San
Cena and Kenzo had a little match that wasn’t
very good. It did what it did, gave Cena a chance to play
to his peeps and hit an FU for the pin. Hew left through
the crowd, which is a good gimmick, if they can manage to
keep the crowd under control.
Amy Weber was being all scared about being
in a match with Joy. Amy’s taller, got more reach,
but Joy’s got those boobs, so it’s a tough call.
Joy and Big Show kissed again.
Amy came out for her match, and they played
Joy’s music twice before they announced that Weber
won by forfeit. Amy plays relieved pretty damn well.
Theodore R. Long (Holla-holla) sent out
folks to find Amy and JBL said he had nothing to do with
her being gone. Heidenreich was also there asking for a
change in stips, but Teddy wouldn’t go for it.
Funaki took on Nunzio, who is a personal
fave, and the match was far better than the crowd obviously
found it. Jumping DDT for the pin by Funaki. The crowd was
Funaki couldn't shake the taste of walnuts...
Torrie and Jackie, the Boobsie Twins, told
Teddy Long they had seen Joy being stalked by Orlando Jordan.
Big Show attacked Jordan, but Jordan said that he had only
said that Amy was gonna kick her ass in a fit of mind games
and that he didn’t know where she was.
had JBL getting an award from the Florida Agricultural Group
as Man of the Year. Childish humor at its best. Angle said
that JBL kidnapped Joy and opened the JBL trunk, showing
that Joy was tied up in there. Big Show came out and attacked
the cabinet, while Amy and JBL "secretly" ran
out through the crowd. Turns out that Angle was behind the
Not a very good show, but the Tag Match
was very solid and I really wanna see where the Eddie vs.
Rey thing goes.
Hulk Hogan was backstage at the Tampa SmackDown! taping.
The Observer says that he talked with Shane, likely about
WrestleMania. I had been told that he got a brief sit-down
with Stephanie. Daniel Rodimer was also at the taping, and
he’s a WWE darling and was the one that the WWE wanted
to win Tough Enough. The Dudleys were also there since they
live in Tampa.
Lita had her surgery and will be out for
a good long while. She’s going to be pretty lucky
if she can still work her traditional style after she gets
to mention the other day that Rulon Gardner, one of the
US’s top Olympic wrestlers of all-time, won his first
Mixed-Martial Arts match on New Year’s Eve. He didn’t
use any wrestling, instead relying on boxing, which worked
nicely. Bob Sapp, of Adam Sandler’s new The Longest
Yard, managed a draw.
of the Diva Search (or former Playboy Playmate of the Year,
whichever works for you) was on trial for her beating up
of one of Gilroy’s own Jeff Garcia’s exes. I
never liked her, but she got off with the assault charge,
but was nicked on violating a restraining order. She got
a tiny fine and 24 hours of ComServ.
legal news. Jake Roberts in, Hector Garza out. They released
Hector Garza from custody today, though he pled guilty to
possession of steroids and was sentenced to 15 days in the
pokey, so he has 6 more to serve. Jake Roberts' girlfriend
rolled on him to get time off of her possession charge.
They got him on possession of drug paraphernalia, finding
a residue-laden crack pipe. He’s had a fair amount
of trouble in recent years and he’s on just about
everyone’s Dead Pool.
The recent spate of injuries are a reminder that you can
not book too far in advance like they did in the olde tymes.
It reminded me of a match where a possible injury changed
everything and made one guy bitter for the rest of his life.
I take you now to 1911…
There had been a famous match between Frank
Gotch and George Hackenschmidt at Chicago’s Dexter
Park Pavilion in 1908 where Gotch had won rather solidly.
This was Hogan vs. Andre for the Turn of the Century set.
There had to be a rematch, especially since the match had
been rather dull. Comiskey Park in Chicago was the site
and more folks were at this match and paid more money than
for any other match in US history.
days, training used to be a big deal. They would hold public
training sessions which would help whip up the city into
a frenzy over the match. They would also do private sessions
where they would invite local wrestlers to work with them.
One such guy, who most everyone worked with, was Ad Santel.
Ad beat many of the top Judoka in the World, with the founder
of Judo sending his personal favorite like one of those
actors always sending his best loved chef into Kitchen Stadium.
story that Hackenschmidt told for years was that he was
working with Santel and he suddenly put a leglock on him
and injured his knee. The thought was that Gotch had paid
him off, since his best known finisher was the step-over
toe-hold. They claimed that he had injured himself training
with Dr. Benjamin Roller, a much better known wrestler of
the day, as a way to make it look like he had been injured
by a top guy. This is all disputed, of course, but the story
is there. Most say that he had his knee looked at and was
cleared. Others say that the whole event never happened.
We’ll never know since there is no one in the circle
to have known still alive.
The match itself was pretty typical, Gotch
won in two straight with his toe-hold. The crowd really
didn’t like the way it ended and it hurt business
in the city. There is a photograph of the two shaking hands
before the match and it was filmed, at least partly, for
newsreels around the country. No one has seen that footage
in at least 50 years.
Hackenschmidt is considered by many to be
the greatest Greco-Roman wrestler of all time. Few can deny
that he was the best at the time. He wasn’t quite
as good a Catch-as-Catch-Can wrestler, though he beat Tom
Jennings, who some consider to be Gotch’s equal. The
Gotch losses haunted Hack for decades, to the point that
someone asked him about Gotch at a banquet and he slammed
his fist into the table and said ‘I don’t want
to talk about Frank Gotch!’. Since Gotch died in 1918
and Hackenschmidt in the 60s, Hack’s version of history
is the one that most folks have heard, but most also admit
that it’s not the complete truth.
once said about Liberty Valance, ‘when the legend
becomes fact, print the legend.’ That’s certainly
the best way to look at the great match of the early Twentieth
all for today. Next week, I’ll talk a little more
about today's column in the forums!