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Full credit to amdrag on the F4W board

 

WON

 

8/01/94

Coverage of the WWF steroid trial

http://replay.waybackmachine.org/200008301.../meltz001.shtml

 

 

9/1/97 HOF issue

http://replay.waybackmachine.org/200008152.../meltz001.shtml

 

 

 

F4W

 

8/15/99

WWF to go public October 19th

http://replay.waybackmachine.org/200008152.../figure01.shtml

 

8/23/99

Foley wins title at Summerslam

http://replay.waybackmachine.org/200008301.../figure01.shtml

 

10/18/99

Heroes of Wrestling Review

http://replay.waybackmachine.org/200107021...ult.asp?aID=765

 

 

12/13/99

Foley reaches number 1 on NY Times best seller list

http://replay.waybackmachine.org/200104100...ult.asp?aID=140

 

12/20/99

Armageddon 99 PPV report

http://replay.waybackmachine.org/200106201...ult.asp?aID=215

 

12/28/99

NWO reforms in Russo's big angle

http://replay.waybackmachine.org/200106280...ult.asp?aID=289

 

1/4/00

Foley ''fired'', Cornette upset at Bryan

http://replay.waybackmachine.org/200104080...ult.asp?aID=570

 

1/11/00

Gary Albright passes away

http://replay.waybackmachine.org/200106300...ult.asp?aID=485

 

 

 

 

 

1/25/00

Russo demoted, WCW in Turmoil

http://replay.waybackmachine.org/200106300...ult.asp?aID=582

 

2/7/00

Radicals jump to WWF

http://replay.waybackmachine.org/200104100...ult.asp?aID=748

 

 

 

2/21/00

SuperBrawl 2000 review

http://replay.waybackmachine.org/200107021...ult.asp?aID=911

 

SEATTLE EARTHQUAKE COVERAGE

2/28/01

http://replay.waybackmachine.org/200107021...ult.asp?aID=994

 

3/6/00

No Way Out PPV report

http://replay.waybackmachine.org/200106180...lt.asp?aID=1021

 

3/20/00

WWF looks to renegotiate television deal

http://replay.waybackmachine.org/200104100...lt.asp?aID=1096

 

3/27/00

Uncensored 2000 Review/Coverage of Beyond the Mat

http://replay.waybackmachine.org/200104100...lt.asp?aID=2034

 

F4W INSIDER TERMS GLOSSARY

http://replay.waybackmachine.org/200008180...rminology.shtml

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Something was found in an old F4W:

 

From Jim Cornette

 

I am in receipt of information from the Internet as follows:

 

"Bryan Alvarez of the Figure Four Weekly newsletter reports that the WWF developmental signings continue and they have signed OVW high flyer Mike Samples, recommended to the WWF by the head of the WWF’s new Dojo, Jim Cornette, and also in talks for a deal is another Indy star, Ian Rotten. (seen originally at the PWI Newsboard, posted by "Mikey G." —Miss P.)

 

This ridiculous, needless dissemination of false, fabricated information, this easily-disproven piece of "reporting", is why so many experienced wrestling personnel continue to look down their noses at wrestling newsletters and reporters as a bunch of "marks". Why else would someone report as fact something that is so ludicrous on the face of it without even attempting to confirm the story? If any of you really consider yourself "journalists", you would know that that is the first rule of journalism.

 

FOR THE RECORD — Mike Samples is not currently a friend of Ohio Valley Wrestling due to a business relationship gone bad a few years ago. Mike Samples would not be welcome in an OVW locker room by the management or most of the talent. Mike was not recommended for a deal by me, nor to my most recent knowledge has he ever been considered for one. Mike’s most grandiose description of his style would not include the phrase "high flyer". There IS no "WWF Dojo". The Dojo name was adopted because Marti Funk speaks Japanese and the Internet fans are marks for Japanese style. It is a training center.

 

As for Ian Rotten — Ian Rotten’s contribution to the business of professional wrestling has been to:

(1) have the sport banned in National Guard armories in the state of Indiana, as well as individual schools and facilities in several states,

(2) have had his promoter’s license revoked by the state of Kentucky because of the distasteful, disgusting nature of his shows, added extra regulations to the responsible promoters in the state because of his antics,

 

(3) have gotten media publicity that points to professional wrestlers as a bunch of crazed, self-mutilating freaks and its fans as bloodthirsty subhumans.

 

In that process he has proven himself of questionable sanity as he disfigures his body for a hardcore subculture of about 250 fans nationwide who worship his shenanigans.

 

The mainstream response to the question "Who is Ian Rotten?" would peg him as a member of a washed-up English punk band of the ‘80’s. The WWF would never extend an offer of employment to someone of his ilk, and I personally would sever the WWF/OVW relationship before booking him on a single OVW card.

 

Danny Davis, the owner of Ohio Valley Wrestling, has this official stance on competition in the market:

 

"We operate OVW to provide the best wrestling we can to the fans in the area. It is a free country, and anyone who is licensed can run a show here. We will not acknowledge competitors, nor hinder, stop, or badmouth other promoter’s shows. We do not allow our talent to work for other promoters in our area. We wish any responsible, professional promoter well. But we will always do anything we can to prevent someone from harming the business for ALL its promoters and talent."

 

Hopefully this sets the record straight.

 

 

WE ARE SORRY

 

From Figure Four Weekly

 

Well, first off, the report by "Mikey G" added some information that was not present in the original report here in the newsletter. We never claimed that Mike Samples was a "high flyer" or that Ohio Valley was the "WWF’s new dojo". Nor did we ever use the term "Indy star" in reference to Ian Rotten.

 

However, we did report the rest, and we apologize for passing false information on to our readers. Our source for the story, Buddy Wayne, who ironically also wrestled for Ohio Valley Wrestling, expressed deep regret in the days following this story’s publication. He deeply regretted not seeing the look on Jim Cornette’s face when he read the original report and wrote this tirade. Buddy has also pledged to only pass on true and accurate information about Mike Samples and Ian Rotten in the future.

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