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UPDATED 7/30/98
 
 
HOGAN ON TONIGHT SHOW 
Well, tonightís the night. Or, that should be "Tonightísí the night, as in Hulk Hogan and Eric Bischoff are scheduled to be on the Tonight Show this evening to shoot the big angle for the Road Wild PPV that will set up that fabulous, much anticipated six man match with Ed Leslie joining his boys to take on Leno, Kevin Eubanks, and Dallas Page. Leno did another bit on the show last night to set it all up. It was very similar to last Fridayís bit, and it ended up with "Hogan" showing up again (of course it was the same guy from last week). Jay said Hogan was there on his bike and the guy came out on a tricycle. Funny from what I was told. 
 
WWF WINS RATINGS AGAIN 
Was airing the BatB match on Nitro this past week a mistake or a success. I think the best answer is Ö both? Look below at the quarter hours from this past week. 

    Quarters 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 

    WWF 4.4 4.1 4.9 3.6 5.3 4.9 5.3 6.0 6.8 

    WCW 4.2 4.3 4.2 6.5 5.0 4.9 5.0 4.4 

The number that stands out, obviously, is the 6.5 that the Rodman/Hogan vs.Page/Malone did. That was the second highest quarter since the wars started. However, itís also easy to see that was only one of two quarters that WCW won, and that Raw built big at the end. The Nitro replay did a 1.6 with a huge 10 share! And just to note, if you take the ratings numbers out to the hundredth decimal point, Nitro actually won the head-to-head ratings. I canít get THAT deep on it! In any event, itís obvious that the 6.8 overrun 

In more ratings news, USA head Barry Diller is well aware how well Raw is doing in the ratings and is trying to find a way to get the US Open (tennis variety) to agree to air their early round matches from 8/31 to later in the evening so Raw can air in itís normal slot. For those not looking at the calender, that IS the day after SummerSlam and Raw stands to do a big rating. I donít count on it happening though. Just think, when tennis went on at this time last year, ratings went up for USA. This year, they will probably go down. 
 

WWF SUNDAY NIGHT HEAT TAPINGS 
Just a few items out of those tapings: Shane McMahon is apparently playing "yes man" to his father; in his announcing debut, Vince builds him up as "the star of the show" and Shane is accompanied to the broadcast table by a pair of hotties (one of whom was ID'ed by a reader as Alley Baggett, Playboy model)......  Tiger Ali Singh is finally gonna be getting on TV with a modified "Million Dollar Man" gimmick; he got good heel heat by mocking Americans and making audience members embarrass themselves for money.  Also, where DiBiase had Virgil, Singh's got his servant Abu.......   after Bart Gunn shocked the world by KO'ing Steve Williams, Dan Severn asked out of the Brawl For All tourney; he got his wish, as the Godfather (who lost to Severn) was re-instated to the tourney's second round...... the thing with Hawk on Monday night was NOT built on at Tuesday's tapings, which is kind of too bad; it's funny on a few different levels, and it could spark a bit more interest in the LOD. And yes, it is by all accounts an angle, not a real case of Hawk showing up to work while under the influence.  The Parade of Human Oddities is finally back ......  the Rock and Owen Hart get a shot at Austin and Undertaker's tag straps next Monday night.... at the live RAW on 8/10, HHH and X-Pac will battle to determine the #1 Contender to the Rock's IC Title.
 
NITRO GIRLS IN PENTHOUSE
The PENTHOUSE article on the Nitro Girls hit the newsstands. While very complimentary towards the girls themselves (who tease in photos, without actual nudity) wrestling is once again given an autopsy and kayfabe is slaughtered...

"Sex and violence sell," declared a seven-foot-one, 367-pound long-haired philosopher of the ring by the name of Kevin Nash as he sat in the basement of Philadelphia's CoreStates Spectrum a few hours before show time on a recent Monday afternoon. "We have violence. Now the Nitro Girls add sex." 

What triggered Kevin's observation wasn't a blow to the head by one of the Steiner Brothers, with whom Kevin was choreographing his upcoming bout -- "At the same time you're clocking me, take a step toward my brother and grab both his legs," Scott Steiner instructed -- but the sight of Chae, the Asian Nitro Girl, as she ducked into her dressing room.

"That Oriental girl is fabulous," Kevin rumbled under his breath.

"Nice body," agreed Scott Steiner. 

The wrestlers went on to discuss the more intimate details of Chae's flawless anatomy.

"Dancing is as much a part of my life as chiropracty," she explained charmingly when I inquired why a chiropractor would want to be eye candy for vocational-school dropouts.

The article also mentions that Eric Bischoff is hatching plans for the girls to go into some kind of PPV competition against the girls from HOOTERS, Penthouse Pets, and various football cheerleaders in what he calls "athletic quasi-sports events".
                      

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SEVERN PULLS OUT 
After seeing legit tough-guy Steve Williams knocked out by unheralded Bart Gunn in a Brawl For All shoot, Dan Severn asked to be pulled from the tournament.  Severn had to be concerned even before Williams went down at Bart's hands, as he had trouble putting away the Godfather in his own first round match two weeks back; simply put, the rules don't allow for Severn to display his strengths.  The Godfather has been re-instated to the tourney in Severn's place.
 
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