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I liked RAW quite a bit. There was a whole bunch of fun
stuff goin’ on. We opened with Chris Jericho coming
to the ring and doing a pretty weak promo on John Cena.
He did call him Young MCena, which had me rolling. John
ran in and beat on Jericho until security came and broke
it up. Bischoff then announced that Jericho would by the
ref in a No DQ match against Carlito in the Main Event.
Cena got a priceless look on his face when Bisch announced
match that I kinda liked, they had Shelton Benjamin and
The Big Show beat Snitsky (The Man with No First Name) and
Chris Masters. The match wasn’t great, there were
long instances of rest holds, but it was better than anything
else the three lumps in the match have done in ages. Big
Show shushed the crowd and then delivered one hell of a
slap to Snitsky’s chest. Nice touch.
crowd started to get into the match more and more as they
went on, especially when Benjamin started making his come
back. Big Show was put over as more of a monster than he
has been of late. They did a great spot where Benjamin gave
Big Show his leg and Show whipped him around to deliver
a stiff Whip Kick to Masters. I thought it was fun.
Eugene Invitational was next. Kurt Angle came out and said
that he wanted a rematch. Eugene said that he wasn’t
from Connecticut, but Angle pointed out that Eugene wasn’t
from Cleveland either. Eugene was saddened that his ruse
had been discovered.
ran down Native Americans (they were at Mohegan Sun Casino)
and that brought out Tatanka! I missed Chris Chavis lo all
these years. He wasn’t in bad shape, though it’s
obvious that he hasn’t been training too hard lately.
As a Native American, that qualified him to take on Eugene.
He hit a kinda-Angle Slam, but when Eugene put on the Ankle
Lock, Angle jumped him. Tatanka made the save. This was
McMahon came out and said that they had passed Gunsmoke
as the longest running prime time fiction show with 600+
episodes. He then said that he made a good business decision
and had rehired Matt Hardy. Good pop for Hardy. Matt came
out and said that Vince didn’t bring him back, the
people brought him back, which is both true and false. In
a way, it was the people that got him fired.
the entire interview in character but referring to real
situations, like calling Lita Amy and Edge Adam. He told
the story of how the two of them betrayed him and that he
was gonna kill Edge at SummerSlam. The feud of the summer
just took flight. This was a great interview, the type I
expect from Jericho. He was so real and got across intensity
and anger in such a real way. There hasn’t been a
feud with this good a set-up in years.
Conway, who is now doing an arrogant bastard gimmick, beat
Val Venis. He wrestled with sunglasses on and when Venis
knocked them off, he went nuts and won with a thing called
the Ego Trip. It’s a gimmick that’s bound to
fail, but he’s got some charisma.
In another great
interview segment, Shawn Michaels mocked Hogan on the Larry
King Show. He played Hogan, constantly saying ‘Brother’
and doing all the Hulk mannerisms. I was a big fan of this,
as it kinda made him into a face. He promptly turned himself
heel again by SuperKicking the Larry King guy and the Camera
Dude. The crowd liked it too. I am liking the way they are
dealing with Shawn in this set-up to the match.
also then stalked his daughter.
did the Diva Search and this week it was the Joust thing.
Elizabeth won, beating Ashley in the finals. I like Elizabeth,
but Ashley is still my girl. I’m betting that she’s
in the finals. Rob Schneider was there and was making an
ass out of himself to promote Deuce Bigelow Returns,
or whatever it’s called. He looked like he was having
John Cena overcame
the odds and beat Carlito in the match with Jericho as ref
(though there was also a second ref). The match was pretty
good, at least on the level of the previous Carlito vs.
Cena matches. Jericho kept interfering, which made it more
impressive when Cena got the pin after the FU. Jericho also
kept fast counting Cena when Carlito went for pins. It was
a smart story to tell. Jericho went for a Lionsault, but
ran into Bischoff which allowed for the ending with Cena
on top. After the match, Jericho attacked Cena, hitting
him with a camera and busting him open.
a lot of good wrestling, save for the main event, but it
was a solid show.
Well, Spanky and Jamie Noble were hired back. I’m
pretty sure the reasoning is that neither of them signed
with TNA and they realized that they were a little light
on Cruisers, so they probably signed them for less than
they made the first go-‘round.
I’m very pleased to say that the North American Science
Fiction Convention, taking place in Seattle the first weekend
in September, will be the first to ever have a panel on
the Masked Wrestler. Though I don’t have specifics,
it was included on the list of panels they were planning
on having. I’m very excited, since I was the one who
suggested it. There’s a lot of masked comic book material
there, much of it coming from the last five years, but the
thing that I’m sure more than one person will point
out is Sonambulo.
is a comic book written and drawn by Rafael Navarro. Sonambulo
is a former wrestler who has become a private eye. He has
the power to extract dreams from people, which help him
solve cases. It’s more complicated than that, but
it’s all there in that statement. He’s always
getting mixed up in all sorts of strange happenings, including
zombies, ghosts and other Otherworldly things.
one Chris missed. All part of the service.
was talk, back around 1999, that Robert Rodriguez had bought
the rights to make a movie of Sonambulo. That talk
died down when the Spy Kids franchise took off.
The word on the street was he had approached Antonio Banderas
and a few others to star. Nothing ever happened from it.
is another comic that deserves some mention. The good folks
at From Parts Unknown turned me on to Quebrada,
an Italian comic that features a masked woman and others
in a beautiful comic that is unlike anything you’ve
ever read. Of course, it’s also in Italian, so it
can be a little hard to get through.
are others. Mucha Lucha, which has done well not
only on TV, but in comic form for DC Kids. El Gato,
which I’ve never managed to read. There’s a
masked wrestler book called The Masked Wrestler,
which I really enjoy, though it’s getting harder to
the unsung heroes of the Masked Comic genre are the Hernandez
Bros. In comics like Love & Rockets, they have
wrestlers show up, often in masks. They did a classic three
part series on women wrestlers called Whoa Nelly
which also featured a couple of lady wrestlers.
got a lot to talk about when I get to Seattle. If anyone
wants a copy of the tape I’ll be shooting, let me
know and I’ll send ya one. It should be an interesting
a little bit of site news. I’ll be gone on Friday,
so I’ll do a super-sized issue on Tuesday. Hope you
all have a good week, and to all those going to WorldCon,
get me stuff!
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