February 8, 2004
All Rhodes lead to TNA
By Don Callis

There has been a lot of news this week, so I thought we would go with the popular newswire format to get all caught up ... Dustin Rhodes debuted for NWA TNA this past week as a surprise opponent for world champion Jeff Jarrett. Dustin is a tremendous wrestler and his father Dusty has been a feature on several TNA pay-per-view broadcasts ... Randy Savage's rap single Be a Man, which was a personal challenge to Hulk Hogan, is now being used as part of a video package for TNA ...

I received several e-mails this past week after my last column on the similarities between the U.S. Democratic nomination race and pro wrestling. One irate fan e-mailed me taking me to task over my reference to Madonna and Michael Moore as "B-list celebs." OK, let's be honest -- Madonna is now famous for being famous. Her last album was a flop matched only by her forays into being an actress and Michael Moore is beating the same old drum he has been beating for years. I dare him to make a movie about something other than the common guy being screwed over by big business and special interests ...

There was an early match of the year candidate taped at the last TNA show in the Americas X cup, featuring four AAA wrestlers from Mexico vs. four TNA stars. Make sure you get to check it out ... Insane Clown Posse have made quite an impact on TNA as well, bringing a phalanx of Juggalos with them to the events. The Juggalos are very vocal and fun to have in the building ... Apparently Vampiro is now working in Puerto Rico ...

Terry Funk also debuted for TNA this past week ... Lots of talk regarding the booking of the Chris Benoit angle on WWE. Some have wondered how it looks for the WWE Smackdown title to have Benoit presumably preferring to use his Royal Rumble win to challenge for Triple H's Raw title instead of Brock Lesnar's version. To me this is quite a moot point, as there has always been more focus on the Raw title, although few could argue that Lesnar is the more believable world champion ...

Look for a possible Eddie Guerrero vs. Kurt Angle match at Wrestlemania ... Tony Condello begins his famed Death Tour of Northern Manitoba this month, so several brave lads will be getting the experience of a life time and get to hang out with Tony, which is well worth it on its own ... Joe Aiello is away this week, but we plan lots of fun and games this week on NHB Radio, broadcasting live from Garbonzos from 6-7 p.m. on 92 CITI-FM ... NHB and TNA superstar Shane Douglas has been looking great the past few weeks, after training very hard to get into prime ring shape ... Still no sign of Raven, who is on some sort of sabbatical from TNA ... If you want to train to be a wrestler, manager, valet, announcer, referee or writer, e-mail us at NHBwrestling@shaw.ca for details.


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