Welcome back to the one and only Phat Daily Column. Well, it has been a sloooow newsday yet again for today, as I will attempt to make the most of it. It has been an overall slow newsweek really, even with the wrestling shows going on. Well, this is the second time around typing this column, thanks to my shitty Compaq Presario, so on to the PDC.
-Alright, I've been getting lots of feedback on Macho Man lately, so why not mention him? Ok, many suggest that he's already signed, sealed, and delivered to the WWF. On the other hand, they say Macho Man is somewhat willing to remain with WCW, but for a high price tag. Now the new WCW managment, I guess, is a bit skakey on paying Macho a large amount since they are trying to cutback on high WCW salaries. Macho could be just using this high price tag as a last ditch effort to remain in WCW. Macho is fed up with WCW's policies, and the fact that he's always been in Hogan's shadow. He would only wrestle for WCW now if he was payed heavily for it in my opinion.
-You've probably seen the 2nd bracket for the WCW World Title tourney, but here's a rundown of the matches anyways: You have a great match up between Vampiro and Berlyn, which could either show that WCW is willing to work with Vampiro immediately, or that Berlyn will get the win in attempt to get more over. Next, you have the returning Ernest Miller, who claims he's going to whip everybody in the tournament from Thunder, vs. the up and coming Lash Laroux. It will be interesting to see if Buff continues his controversy with the new creative team vs. the weak side of Harlem Heat, Stevie Ray. Then you have Disco Infero vs. Curt Hennig, as I'm wondering if something that happened on Monday with that conversation with Brad Armstrong will happen. The match that will have me and Coolbeans glued to our television sets, Booker T vs. Jeff Jarrett, should be one of the best matches of the Night. Jarrett has the attitude for the match, and Booker T has the pure skill. Next up, you have YET ANOTHER match up between Benoit and Malenko. Then, Madusa or Medusa or however it's spelled will fight Evan Karagias. I'm wondering how she can get back into the tournament, and not Bill Goldberg!!! Finally, you have the intriguing match between Sid and Scott Hall. That one should be an interesting one to see, but Hall might suffer from ring rust.
-Ok, many people are swearing up and down that Hogan will start a new wrestling promotion up with FOX. Some also say he's heading back to the WWF. Well, let's look at some facts here. Right now, if Hogan were to go to the WWF for work, he would have a rather large asking price. He makes, what, 3 Million Plus a year in WCW? So the WWF would have to shell out millions for his services, and the WWF would probably rather used that on younger talent(no offense, just saying that's how the WWF thinks). As for FOX, yes, Fox Sports has been urging to get a federation started for their networks. They see how wrestling cleans house in the ratings, so they want some of it! This rumor has come up many times before, so you can take that rumor as you will. It seems more likely to me that it's a work, but that's my opinion. We'll see at the end of the 90 days for his notice. Besides, 90 days is short of 3 months, and didn't Meltzer, the top wrestling journalist out there, say Hogan was coming back in 2-3 Months? Kinda ironic, don't think?
-Alright, in my area, the WWF: The Music Volume 4 is highly demanded! Lots of requests have been made for reservations for this cd, as it will be a hot item once it comes out Tuesday. Good thing I've got my reservation! Also, the new WWF belts are selling like hotcakes around here. You know, the nice shining titles with the plastic bolts on the back. Those titles are pretty nice, and they go quick at my local stores. One thing I have noticed, however, is the fact that Jakks wrestling figures aren't selling like they used to. I guess everyone already has many variations of each wrestler already!
-The WWF will be flooding the television market real soon, getting more exposure for their product. Mick Foley will be on various small sports shows to, of course, promote his great biography. Stone Cold, unfortunately, will be on Live with Regis and Kathy Lee, but Stone Cold usually keeps things pretty interesting on those kinds of talk shows. The Rock will go where no man has gone before, as he will be on an upcoming episode of Star Trek: Voyager. I'm hoping the Rock give a Rock Bottom to a Klingon! And finally, Ivory and the Godfather will be on "the Strip" which is on UPN. UPN seems to have a liking in using WWF stars for the future, as their shows need all the ratings they can get.
-Vader defeated Mitsuharu Misawa in 12 minutes and 12 seconds to become All Japan Triple Crown Champion! Now if you think Vader defeated some jabronie from Japan, think again. From what I've heard, and from what I've read, Misawa is the real deal. He's been said to be the top technical wrestler in Japan, and probably the most respected. Misawa feels no pain, as he wrestles through many many injuries at a time. Vader must have caught this man on an off night, or Vader is getting his skills, which made him famous, back. Now I only keep up with Japanese wrestling when I see the news reports, and I've heard that Vader isn't having it easy in Japan. There are tough technicians there, and they don't usually let their flashy gimmicks go to their head. Vader has realized this, and he's getting back to form. Congrats Vader. (Full Credit: Zach Arnold for the news)
@That's it for today. Oh yeah, thanks to anyone who might have voted for me in the Mack Daddy of Columnists contest. It's greatly appreciated, as reading my column everyday is too. Chill till the next episode.
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