December 7, 2003
Foley to rescue in Mick of time
By TIM BAINES -- Ottawa Sun
Cactus Jack. Mankind. Dude Love. Mick Foley is a man of many faces.
But we like him just fine as Mick Foley.
And especially as Mick Foley, new co-GM of RAW.
Foley, by order of Linda McMahon and WWE's infamous board of directors, took RAW by storm on Monday night.
Foley made his presence known, ringleading perhaps the most entertaining RAW in months, firing Test, Scott Steiner, Rob Conway, Rene Dupree and The Coach. He later said the wrestlers weren't really fired -- he was just trying to illustrate just how poorly Eric Bischoff had treated the wrestlers in his reign of terror.
STONE COLD RETURN
Foley also delivered the best news of the evening. Stone Cold Steve Austin will be back ... soon.
Foley likely isn't in this for the long term. The buzz is he's being courted by CBS to star in his own action series.
So look for Austin to soon be cast back into the spotlight ... and you can bet he'll be takin' names and kickin' ass.
- There's more to this Chris Jericho-Trish Stratus romance than meets the eye. Trish had her heart broken on RAW when she overheard Jericho confirming he had a bet with Christian over which one could sleep with their new "girlfriend" first. But this likely won't end with heartbreak. Judging by Trish's recent comments to the Sun, this has another twist to it -- like Jericho finding out he's really "in love" with Trish. Where this is going we're not sure, but it could mean a Christian-Jericho feud.
- Jerry Tuite, who was The Wall in WCW, died yesterday morning from what was said to be an acute heart attack. Tuite was 36.
- WWE is trying out Kane vs. Batista in a Florida house show.
- Moondog Spot (Larry Booker) died last Saturday night at in Memphis during his tag team match. The Moondogs were in a four-way concession stand brawl when Booker collapsed. The Moondogs' manager April Pennington told SLAM! Wrestling: "Things were going fine in the ring. He asked me for the belt (to use as a weapon). The next thing I knew he was down. We all thought he was just working part of the match."
Booker was best known as Moondog Spot, but that gimmick came about through the misfortune of another. On March 17, 1981, the Moondogs (Rex was Randy Colley, King was Sailor Ed White), managed by Lou Albano, beat Rick Martel and Tony Garea for the WWF tag team titles in Allentown, Penn. Newfoundland native White was prevented from entering the U.S. two months later, and on May 1 Booker was brought in to be Moondog Spot. (The storyline in the magazines was that Moondog King had been hit by a car that he was chasing). Booker's last major appearance was last March 19, when he showed up on a TNA PPV, coming through the crowd to team with Hacksaw Duggan to beat Glen Gilberti and Mike Sanders.
- Ricky Steamboat vs. Ric Flair at Wrestlemania? The rumour is floating around, perhaps more wishful thinking than fact. More likely is an Austin-Vince McMahon match.
- According to 1wrestling.com, William Jones, Chilly Willy during his stint with ECW, recently received a Purple Heart for his services in the U.S. military while on tour in Iraq.
- Dave Meltzer's Wrestling Observer is reporting that Nathan Jones quit WWE. He got up and walked out before the show two nights ago in Perth.
- It looks like the Dec. 22 edition of RAW will be a Best of 2003 edition, with no new action scheduled.
- Reader Devin Cutting says Toronto was supposed to host a Feb. 9 RAW, a show that has been changed to Portland, Ore. So other than a Jan. 9 house show in Oshawa, there's nothing cooking in Ontario until at least the end of March. It's been far too long for a RAW or Smackdown! TV show in Ottawa. C'mon WWE, give the fans what they want!