The Botterm Dollar In News 2004.06.25



Greetings, and welcome back to the Friday Botterm Dollar.

I’ve got more small tidbits than actual in-depth news coverage this week. It’s been a fairly slow week, and there’s really a lot more interesting things happening in sports and movies than in the wrestling world. Farenheit 9/11 comes out today, and I’m urging everyone to go see it. Sure, Micheal Moore is WAY out there, but at least you’ll be able to see the other extreme end of what we currently have residing in office. There’s no theatres within 200 miles of Fort Hood showing the documentary, so I’m going to take it upon myself to download it via bittorrent once it’s available. There should be an intrepid group of movie pirates posting the film on Friday, so I’ll be on the lookout for it. If you happen to see the torrent link before I can find it and send me an email, then I’ll send you a GMail invitation as thanks.

Things over at are going swimmingly, thank you. We’ve got various 411 writers and Derek Burgan from the Torch just joined up…not to mention WIDRO professing his love for Jeff Hardy. Go bookmark the site and start participating in the comments discussion.

Seriously, Widro…The OC?


This is a new section I’m going to try out on you guys. I have a music review site that is horribly updated because I’m quite strict about my reviews and ratings, and thus I never get around to finishing a review because I want to get everything right. What this will do is allow me to put up a bunch of quick reviews with ratings, and then later on I can do a longer version. I’m thinking about just bringing all my reviews into 411 Music, so stay tuned for that.

Not as good as Yankee Hotel Foxtrot, but it doesn’t have to be. YHF was a masterpiece album, while this is just merely a great record. Proves that an average album by Wilco is better than 99% of anything else that’s out there.

I’m a sucker for the Beasties, especially when they’re doing work that reflects their history and heritage. A pretty fantastic album that only suffers from a larger depth in beats and sequencing.

I think there’s more potential in this cat than what he shows in this record. I like the style and I like the recording, but it needs more time to develop. This could be an album that gets better over time.

This album makes me realize how much I missed Slash over the past ten years. It’s not a great album by any means, but it could be a sign of great things to come if this band ends up being more than a supergoup project.

I heard of Nick Drake last year, but only recently picked up what might be his greatest album. Pink Moon is achingly beautiful and is chock full of the kind of stuff that Chris Carabba and other emo dorks wish they could do. In fact, I’m listening to it right now.

Uh Huh Her sounds like PJ took all her older albums, threw them into MTV Music Generator, and came out with something that included everything she’s ever done. This isn’t a bad thing, really.


<> Mike Tenay announced last night at the Impact tapings in Florida that former NBA superstar Dennis Rodman would be coming in to the promotion. While on paper this doesn’t sound like a good idea, it will actually work out well for the company because they’ll get mainstream press attention out of the deal. This, combined with the possible timeslot change to primetime and the toy deal could end up boosting the promotion into a legit contender for buyer’s dollars.

<> Raven missed the PPV due to sickness.

<> Jeff Hardy did NOT attend the Impact tapings, so it looks his his match was a one-shot deal. They also neglected to resolve the title issue from Wednesday night, and instead you’ll get to pay ANOTHER $10 next week to find out. Not a good move, TNA…not good at all.

<> Those of you who don’t feel like ordering the PPV on Sunday now have a pretty sweet alternative. There’s a webcast of the event available for $34.95, but in addition to the regular PPV event showing you’ll ALSO get the following matches:

– Ric Flair vs. Lex Luger, Great American Bash 1988 – First ever Bash
– Bret Hart vs. Bam Bam Bigelow, King of the Ring, 1993 – Finals
– The ENTIRE 1995 Great American Bash, with Ric Flair vs. Randy Savage as the main event
– Hulk Hogan/Bret Hart vs. Roddy Piper/Randy Savage, Great American Bash 1998
– Undertaker vs. Mankind, King of the Ring 1998
– Goldberg vs. Konnan, Great American Bash, 1998
– Chris Jericho vs. Dean Malenko, Great American Bash 1998
– A special interview with Ric Flair.

PLEASE don’t try buying this thing if you have a 56k modem, because it’s just not worth the hassle. This is a real plus for people who don’t have broadband but want to see the PPV, and you’ll get all that extra footage for free. All you need is something like WMRecorder and you’ll be good to go. If you don’t feel like paying for software, you can google for a free version or just go the Szulczewski route and download the pirated version.

<> WWE television writer Dominic Pagliaro quit the company. They’re already looking for replacements, so go send in your resume if you think you’ve got what it takes. Pagliaro’s gotten a reputation in the locker room for being, well, an idiot. He might have television experience, but it’s another one of those cases where the guy doesn’t know a single lick about wrestling and thusly cannot perform his job well. He apparently thought he was a pretty hot property, however, and was overheard bragging about how he gets to travel in the company jet while the workers have to pay their own fare and log bunches of miles in a car.

<> Paul Bearer’s last on-air appearance for WWE will be this Sunday at the Great American Bash, so you can probably expect Undertaker to “not do the right thing” and killify the Dudley Boyz. After all, it’s not the grotesque fat guy that holds power over the Taker — it’s the FREAKING URN. I expect they’ll still keep him on the heel side, because letting Paul Bearer perish will only intensify that “evil” thing that his character has been known for.

<> The October PPV for WWE has been named Halloween Havoc. Hopefully this’ll be a Raw PPV.

<> If bad indie wrestling is your game, then has Teddy Hart got a deal for you! His H2Wrestling promotion will debut this Saturday in Somerville, Mass. If you’re one of those guys who likes wearing lucha masks while going into White Castle for dinner, then there’s a bus trip/event ticket deal going on where you can fellowship with other morons like yourself.

<> There’s a story on Randy Orton from the Mississippi Sun Herald here.

<> The published line-up for Saturday’s Raw house show at Madison Square Garden is as follows:

– Chris Benoit vs. Triple H
– Randy Orton vs. Edge
– Chris Jericho vs. Batista
– Kane vs. Matt Hardy
– La Resistance vs. Rhyno/Tajiri
– Tyson Tomko vs. Hamburgler
– Eugene vs. Garrison Cade
– Victoria vs. Trish Stratus
– Maven vs. Test

<> TNA has signed a deal with Toy Biz.

<> The UK Sun has an interview with Warrior.