The Botterm Dollar In News 07.09.04



  • So Kerry picked Edwards to be his running mate. Eric speculates that the Democratic party doesn’t have a balanced ticket now, but I disagree — Edwards is the polar opposite of Kerry on many levels, and he’s going to bring in the disenfranchised voters that seem to be all the rage these days. Kerry already had my vote (as would anyone else who is running against President Bush), but the addition of Edwards to the team seals the deal for me and a lot of other people.
  • You just HAD to know that the very MINUTE that Kerry made the announcement of a popular VP running mate, the White House was going to come out with some sort of terrorist announcement. It never fails — as soon as something starts swinging the way of the Dems, they’ll always come up with some type of scare tactic. It’s an attempt to force people to stick with the familiar instead of looking into other options available to them.
  • The news that Rudy T is likely going to be the next coach of the Lakers leaves me with all sorts of mixed feelings. Tomjanovich has been a longtime Rockets boy and I’m a longtime Rockets fan, so it’s upsetting that he’s going to coach the one team in the NBA that I hate the most. My hatred for the Lakers dates back to the 80’s, and it sucks to see Rudy taking a job where he’ll directly compete with the Rockets — especially with the Rockets looking to be in contention for a top spot in the NBA Playoffs next year.
  • Have you seen Fahrenheit 9/11 yet? If you haven’t and have no intention of driving 100+ miles to the nearest theatre showing the documentary, then BoingBoing has directions for downloading the movie via BitTorrent. If you don’t know what BitTorrent is, then this film is as good of a place as any to start.
  • I’ve seen a lot of cool things in my day, but this translucent concrete is among the coolest things I’ve seen in recent memory.
  • On the list of NOT COOL THINGS is the new Police Academy sequel. Yeah, Kim Cattral has seen her stock rise in recent years, but the only way they could make this work is by using the rest of the original cast. The only problem with that, however, is that the rest of the cast probably hasn’t worked in Hollywood since the last one came out, so the only people going to see the flick would be bad-movie nostalgia buffs.


    I haven’t written anything detailed about Smackdown in a long, long time. It’s just been a really, really bad show for the past six months or so, and there’s never really been any point in wasting my time and talking about it.

    Last night’s edition of Smackdown was not an amazing show by any means. There’s still a lot of problems with the roster and storylines, and it’s still going to take awhile to fix them. However, the show last night did indicate that they might at LEAST be willing to try something new. Cruiserweights were heavily featured, and the team of Paul London and Kidman won the tag team titles by defeating The Dudley Boyz. That’s something I never thought I’d see, so it’s good to see them freshening things up a bit.

    I’m still a mark for the Undertaker angle. I don’t know if it’s nostalgia or if Heyman is just simply doing an amazing job, but it’s one of the most interesting storylines going on BOTH brands these days.

    London and Kidman winning the tag titles was a thing of beauty; it was totally unexpected and awfully cool to see. I’m still digging Bradshaw’s character, and I’m not opposed to having him around as a long-term champion anymore.

    All in all, it was a good show…which is several steps above where they’ve been the past few months.


    This thing with Ric Flair and Mick Foley keeps spiraling out of control, and it’s becoming more and more obvious with each potshot taken by either party that the entire thing is a work.

    If you aren’t familiar with the story by now, I’ll recap it for you. Foley does a little badmouthing of Flair in his WWE so Flair calls him a “glorified stuntman” and points out that Foley has never drawn any money apart from Vince and WWE. Foley takes offense at some of the comments made by Flair, and decides that he’s going to stop taking calls from Vince and the rest of the WWE.

    It’s at this point where our story gets exposed as a work. Foley is a big believer in free speech, and to think that he would actually get all huffy because of a simple “reciept” is absurd. It’s obvious that the two are using the media to plant the seeds for a progam between them later on, and they are trying to give it a “real” feeling.

    Will it work?

    As a storyline, yes. Flair and Foley are two of the greatest all-time on the microphone, so the promos for this storyline alone should be more than enough to make it a focus of Raw programming. In the ring, though, both Flair and Foley are shadows of their former selves. Flair can still deliver a good story in the ring, but he gets blown up after about 3 minutes of telling that story and needs to be carried the rest of the way. Foley never WAS a good wrestler, and he’s decayed to a point now where Randy Orton had to carry him in a match. Yeah, the match will be big and it’ll be hyped up a lot, but the payoff won’t be worth much because both guys are going to flame out in the ring.

    I love both Ric Flair and Mick Foley — they are two of my favorite workers of all time — but it doesn’t mean that a singles program between them is going to work. I’m hoping they can prove me wrong, but I don’t see it happening.

    >>> SHORT ENDS

  • Ordering the WWE’s webcast of Vengeance this Sunday will get you the following free and complete matches from the WWE Video Archives.

    Steve Austin vs. Ricky Steamboat, Bash at the Beach, 1994
    Diesel vs. Sid, In Your House, 1995
    Stone Cold Steve Austin vs. Marc Mero, In Your House, 1996
    Rey Mysterio vs. Psychosis, Bash at the Beach 1996
    Triple H vs. Mankind, Canadian Stampede, 1997
    Undertaker vs. Vader, Canadian Stampede, 1997
    Rey Mysterio vs. Chris Jericho, Bash at the Beach, 1998
    Miss Hancock vs. Daffney, Bash at the Beach, 2000
    The Rock vs. Kurt Angle vs. Undertaker, WWE Championship, Vengeance 2002
    The Dudleys vs. Chris Benoit & Eddie Guerrero, Vengeance 2002
    Eddie Guerrero vs. Chris Benoit, Vengeance, 2003
    Undertaker vs. John Cena, Vengeance, 2003

  • Former NWA wrestler and Freebird Jimmy Garvin has a new website where he’s promoting a new DVD. The disc, titled “Behind The Scenes At The Bash,” was filmed by Garvin at the 1987 Great American Bash.

  • has a semi-interesting article featuring the WWE Diva Talent Search. Personally, I’m hoping that last sentence is the final one I ever type about the Talent Search.

  • WWE has announced that the Raw crew will be heading to Germany for an October show on the Live And Loaded tour. This marks the first time that Raw has been to Germany since 2002, as all European tours have been carried by the Smackdown roster.


    I’m going to do this every Friday from here on out. Each week, I’ll spotlight one post from and offer up a link. The first one goes to Gagnon, who had a nice little aside about Meltzer and how people in the business view him.

    >>> IN CLOSING

    That’s it for the week. I’m on leave next week, so I’ll be tasking someone to fill in for me. I have no idea at this point, but it’ll be a surprise. Until I return, ya’ll enjoy yourselves and enjoy Vengeance.