It Has Arrived: What Happens Now
For those who may not be aware myself and a few former On the Bleachers writers worked together on a magazine. Last night after four months of hard work the magazine was not just put together, but also put up for sale online. The feeling I got not only putting the magazine together, but actually seeing in the store available for purchase is an incredible feeling. I'm very proud of those who lent a hand in the making of the magazine and believed in this project as much as I did. I don't think that it could've went any better then it did and now we look to the future.
First of all don't get me wrong I am extremely grateful for the opportunity to even just sell the magazine. However, I know there is another milestone to look for and that isn't our first sale it is selling enough to where we can donate some of our money made to a charity chosen later on. Anyone who has been a regular follower of this website knows about my issues with mental health and the struggle that I have had in the last few years as I have shared some of it with you. It is because of that reason that I thought it would be fitting for us to donate a percentage of the eventual profits to a charity that promotes mental health awareness.
Honestly, I really don't think that there is any better way for me to spend some of the profits from the magazine then to give back to a charity that can help people with problems that I've struggled with. In the long run writing has helped me escape my problems even for a little while as it has allowed me to write down how I am feeling in some cases and that is why I have such a passion for it. The last four months haven't been about making money it has been about bringing a new passion project to life. I know now that my little experiment earlier in the year with the Express Archives was a mistake, but I don't believe that this was. I am extremely excited about what the future could hold for OTB Central and how it will help both Wrestling Express & On the Bleachers brands continue to grow. I know that from the start you all have supported this website and have supported me which has made this ride all the more fun. Well if I can ask you to join me again as we have a new road ahead of us and it won't be much fun riding on it alone.
At this point in time the company could really do no wrong as it didn't matter what they did business was booming. By now the company was more of a runaway train planning for the next step as they finally were to crown a new star. For a little less than a year before this event the company had slowly been building up a former Olympic gold medal winner who earlier in the year held both the European & Intercontinental championships at the same time. At the event Angle hit the top of the mountain defeating The Rock for his first World Title victory. His feud would The Rock would intertwine him into the match that would become the infamous Armageddon Hell in a Cell.
However, even though looking at this event with the modern point of view and knowing the historical significance of Angle's first career World Title win. This event is also important, because it spelled the end of Part 1 to the flop that was "Who Ran over Stone Cold." For those who don't know at Survivor Series 1999 the company had Austin get hit by a car to write him out for the long term and it was reveled that Rikishi was behind the attack. Upon the revel all of the life was sucked out of the hot angle, because nobody wanted it to be Rikishi either way though it was. On this event Austin fought Rikishi for the first time since the "attack" that happened the November prior. Anyone keeping track or that knows history the company eventually drop Rikishi from the angle and make Triple H the lone person who took Austin out.
As always wrestling gives us both great memories and memories we try and forget, but with the amount of moments worth remembering that have happened we are bound to forget some. The same could be said about some talent that were very much underrated during their career or never at the top of a company during a run this unfortunately makes it easier for fans to forget certain talent. These two are very different talent and had two very different careers while they worked in this great business. Also sometimes we encounter those that deserve to be remembered and acknowledged. I would like to wish a very big Happy Birthday to all who are celebrating their special day today and especially to the one featured below.
For those who might be unaware there was a time when I was "helping" out another site not only get off the ground, but remain functioning. Unfortunately due in part to the financial feasibility that comes with maintaining a website the sports site known as OTBsportsnetwork.com went to the website graveyard. However, as the old saying goes when "one door closes another opens" and that is exactly how we got here as the next step for not just OTB, but Wrestling Express has arrived. I know I don't mention it here but thank you to everyone who has invested into this project with me I appreciate you more than you know as you made this possible.
Recently on social media I have been teasing a "major announcement" pushing the end to a mystery that only few people know about at this point. The reason that only a handful of people know about what the announcement is based on the fact that they are involved in the project. But after months of hard work I think it's time to finally explain what exactly we have been working on and why. Basically following the end of On the Bleachers as a website I decided that we could move everyone over to blogger just to allow both OTB to continue and give those who still wanted to write the opportunity to do so. Now I did bring the OTB_WWE to my wrestling site, but that's just because it was easier for me to have her go there instead of here as it would help me. Either way though we getting away from the point a little while after the new OTB started I found a way to put together a magazine where it wouldn't be super expensive.
From there I got on sending DM's to the former writers to try and get an idea on how many people would be interested in writing about sports in a magazine. Surprisingly a decent number of people were interested in writing and though it was a little much at first it got easier once I took it one thing at a time. I wrote a number of articles to balance out the others that my fellow writers came up with but with me writing it was difficult to give much direction to those who needed some help and it suffered. But things changed and in reality started to snowball once I got my articles done and could start to focus on other things and now we see the light at the end of the tunnel.
Before I continue let me explain something as some of you might be wondering why I just picked a random assortment of people to help with the magazine instead of having a process.
A Reflection of the Time
Though I have tried to defend World Championship Wrestling even the bad booking the company went through during the weakest time for the company. But much like the Junkyard Invitational match the company had at Bash at the Beach 1999 this event had one of the hardest matches defend, because of how poorly executed it was. The San Francisco 49er's match was an interesting concept for a match and also fit the favorite gimmick type for the booker at the time.
However, the reality is that this match was terrible and really gave too much of a nod and wink to the small percentage of fans that paid attention to the dirt sheets. Fact is that the amount of things that went wrong in the course of the match and adding the finish into the situation just made matters worse in my opinion. Looking at this card in particular it is a reflection of how mixed up WCW was at this time with the lacking direction and the fact that you see a change in booking during the show. At first I just noticed that Jarrett & Booker fought in the main event but they competed against Sting & Steiner earlier and Goldberg competed twice in one show as well fighting Meng & the Harris Brothers.
Overall looking up and down the card there are a number of questionable decisions that where made with the action. However, this in my opinion is another example of why having a long term booking is important and one of the main things that work. Seeing the Hardcore Title match end in a DQ is also a reflection of how mixed up the finishes were at the time and how they were just tossing things at the wall to see what sticks. In reality from mid 1999 to 2000 we saw Eric Bischoff, Vince Russo and other creative writers or bookers grasping at straws to try and figure out how to set the company straight and get back on track. Unfortunately it was clear that some writers were really never given a fair chance to try and make things work in their attempts to right the ship and fix World Championship Wrestling.
WCW Monday Nitro
Konnan & Rey Misterio, Jr. def. Alex Wright & Disco Inferno tag team ladder
Reno def. (DQ) Sgt. AWOL WCW Hardcore Title (title change)
Shane Douglas def. Mike Awesome
Goldberg def. Meng
Booker T. & Jeff Jarrett def. Scott Steiner & Sting
Kevin Nash & Mike Sanders def. Elix Skipper (c) handicap tag WCW Cruiserweight Championship (title change)
Goldberg def. Don Harris & Ron Harris handicap tag
Booker T. def. Jeff Jarrett San Francisco 49ers WCW World Heavyweight Title (title change)
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