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Wrestling Observer Rewind ★ Mar. 21, 1988

2020.08.27 18:18 SaintRidley Wrestling Observer Rewind ★ Mar. 21, 1988

March 21, 1988
Going through old issues of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter and posting highlights in my own words, continuing in the footsteps of daprice82. For anyone interested, I highly recommend signing up for the actual site at f4wonline and checking out the full archives.
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1987
FUTURE YEARS ARCHIVE:
The Complete Observer Rewind Archive by daprice82
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2-1-1988 2-8-1988 2-15-1988 2-22-1988
2-29-1988 3-7-1988 3-14-1988 *
  • It’s a really slow week for news, so Dave spends a lot of real estate giving his predictions for Wrestlemania and Clash of the Champions. Wrestlemania is first, and he starts with the tournament. There are only three real contenders there: Hogan, DiBiase, and Savage. Everyone else isn’t good enough to carry the company or has loads of baggage the company doesn’t want coming back up. The recent tv taping’s third hour was meant for post-Wrestlemania, so guaranteed non-winners are Andre, Duggan, Reed, Muraco, and Bigelow. Steamboat and Rude probably make it through a round, but not to the final. WWF has foreshadowed things a bit, though. Changing the brackets seems designed to get Savage to the finals, which really necessitates a heel opposite him, which rules out Hogan. Since DiBiase could have won the title in the old bracket without facing Savage in the final (they would have met in the semifinals), changing the bracket to put Savage in the final seems suspect from a DiBiase-must-win scenario. Secondly, the latest issue of WWF magazine has a photo of Elizabeth shopping, captioned “Elizabeth, manager of the World Wrestling Federation Champion Randy ‘Macho Man’ Savage”). Red herring? Misprint? Clue? It’s hard to say. The magazine has been out for two weeks. Lastly, a reader swears they were at the taping and peeked behind the curtain and saw Savage carrying the title while doing a promo. Savage has Dave’s vote, as everything just adds up to it and has been since they changed the bracket. For the IC title match, Dave predicts the match will not only be terrible, but that Honkeytonk Man will no longer be the worst Intercontinental Champion ever. Beefer to win it, because somehow he’s managed to get more over than he has any right to be with this barber thing. The Islanders and Heenan vs. Koko B. Ware and the Bulldogs seems destined to go to the Bulldogs, in part because after Dynamite’s injury last year, somehow the company decided to use their time to get Matilda over and this is Matilda’s return. They’ve only got Heenan in so Matilda can chase him around the ring. For the tag titles, Dave predicts Demolition to win. WWF has booked a title change for the tag titles every Wrestlemania to include a tag title match so far, and curiously, Demolition seem to be getting over real well - the last show at the Cow Palace saw all the fans dutifully cheer every face and boo every heel during the announcement of the card with one exception: Demolition got cheered and Strike Force got booed. Dave really hopes Warrior vs. Hercules won’t be the template for pro wrestling in the 90s, as Dave’s only predictions are that this will be a worst match of the year candidate and that neither man will live to see the age of 50. He’s half right: Herc died at 47, but Warrior managed to make it all the way to 54. Lastly, Dave considers the battle royal, a bad concept that Bret Hart managed to single-handedly save and make work previously. There’s no stakes and no heat, it’s just a way to get everyone a payday. Dave’s predictions: babyface will probably win, George Steele won’t get in the ring, Roma and Powers will smile, JYD won’t do anything, Sam Houston takes the best bump going out if he doesn’t win, Harley Race takes the next best bump.
  • Over in Greensboro Coliseum, Crockett’s Clash of the Champions offers its own speculative fun. Flair vs. Sting will certainly go over 20 minutes with loads of near falls and all the usual stuff (Sting not selling the suplex, Flair getting plucked off the top rope). It’s a Ric Flair match, so it’s going to be exactly what you expect, which isn’t a bad thing really. But it does kind of take the excitement out of things. Flair’s gonna get destroyed, but he won’t lose the title and the finish will be one we’ve all seen before. Woo. Dusty and the Road Warriors vs. Ivan Koloff and the Powers of Pain in a barbed wire match seems to exist just for the sake of lots of blood, and barbed wire matches aren’t conducive to good wrestling. Dave figures Dusty wins to the disappointment of many while satiating fans’ blood thirst. For the NWA tag titles, Dave thinks Luger has improved enough to hold up his end of things and the other three are some of the best workers in the territory. Probably a DQ win for the Horsemen, but Luger and Windham winning the titles isn’t a negligible possibility either. On paper, it’s an easy 3.5 star+ match. For the U.S. Tag Titles, Midnight Express vs. the Fantastics looks like a title change. Cornette’s spent too long hyping the length of the Midnights’ title reign for it not to be, and you gotta put over the Fantastics now before fans have a chance to turn on them for being small and too much like the Rock & Roll Express. Rotundo vs. Garvin in an amateur rules match, Dave doesn’t have a prediction for the winner, but figures Rotundo will cheat somehow and Sullivan will do something dastardly, and a hot angle should spin out of it. Finally, Zbyszko vs. Shane Douglas will end, Dave guesses, in a time limit draw or some other kind of unclear finish. Shane’s gotten good, but with Magnum managing others for the Crockett Cup and the Dusty/Zbyszko feud going nowhere, it seems his push is being tweaked.
  • Wrestlemania 4 did finally sell out this past week for the live crowd. You can point out how last year’s show sold over 90,000 tickets to sell out and this show has only 13,500 sold tickets, but there are more things to consider. Last year, all of Michigan was blacked out for closed-circuit and PPV, meaning to see Wrestlemania you either had to leave the state or be in attendance. On the flip side, WWF has eight closed-circuit sites in New York City, eight more in New Jersey, one in Philadelphia, and PPV everywhere. So that’s a huge difference in accessibility, plus tickets this year were way more expensive. Last year’s average ticket price was $16.50, with a lot of $9 tickets for the cheap seats and $100 for the top price. The lowest price this year is $25, and the top price is $150. Overall, this year’s live gate will still be around $1 million, even with the smaller audience.
  • The Crockett Cup’s top ten seeds will be announced at Clash of the Champions. Dave has word about the top 10, and those are Arn & Tully, Dusty & Nikita, Road Warriors, Midnight Express, Powers of Pain, Luger and Windham, Fanatics, Mike otundo & Rick Steiner, Sting & Ron Garvin, and Ivan Koloff & Dick Murdoch. No big name outside teams look to be involved, since even if the Von Erichs and Inoki were to send teams over, they’d insist on them being seeded, if not outright making it to the finals. Crockett’s dropping hints about Puerto Rico and Japan, but there’s no indication other than that of any deals in the works. Steve Williams is returning, but don’t expect him to have a unification match with Ric Flair on night two - the scuttlebutt is that a face from one of the seeded teams will pull out of the tournament to challenge him.
  • WWF looks to be going with Andre vs. Duggan as their big angle following Wrestlemania. They shot the first thing for it on March 9 in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, where Jim Duggan interrupted an Andre and DiBiase interview, only to get beat up and headbutted off stage before he tries to charge and is held back. This is set to air the day before Wrestlemania. The second part of the angle, set to air after Wrestlemania, has Duggan interfere in an Andre match until Andre chokes him and Duggan bleeds from the mouth until he can somehow get his 2x4 and knock Andre out. They bring out a stretcher for Andre but he wakes up and goes berserk, chasing Pat Patterson to backstage.
  • A bigger surprise from that taping, though, is Owen Hart. Apparently he worked the previous night in Bristol, Tennessee as well, but the big deal is he appeared using his real name. He jobbed in a squash in his first match of the show, then had a match in the third hour against Hercules where he got to do a lot of his really cool offense and the crowd was into it, and definitely seems like this match was taped for April 2. No idea if Hart is in for a try-out or what, though it makes little sense to Dave that they’d debut him as a jobber if this was a debut.
  • Outlet Communications, which owns both WATL in Atlanta and Pro Wrestling This Week, is for sale. They’re using it to fuel an angle on the show, announcing on this week’s episode that someone is attempting a hostile takeover.
  • AGB, the other national ratings source besides Neilsen, came out with their ratings for The Main Event. They listed it 35th for the week out of 72 shows, with a 15.1 rating and 23 share (Neilsen had them at 31st place). WWF winning the time slot for the night, which looked really clear going by Neilsen, is now disputed, as AGB had the CBS Beauty and the Beast that aired at the same time ahead of it at 32nd place for the week. This is a huge blow to WWF. Vince had been claiming that Andre vs. Hogan would put them right at the top for the week and be the highest rated show in prime time all season. And now he can’t even definitively claim top of the time slot, nevermind beating Dallas (which both groups had ranking in the top 20).
  • In syndicated ratings, the week ending February 14 saw the WWF network rank 4th place with an 11.1 combined rating. Crockett had a 7.9, falling to 7th place.
  • The Sammartino family is in the news this week. Last week, Bruno quit WWF to promote a 900 hotline amid many complaints about the state of wrestling and WWF specifically. Bruno’s contentions have to do with insulting the intelligence of the fansand not trying to maintain credibility, but obviously Vince thinks differently about how to promote. He was also upset David never got a push, and when he gave his notice two weeks back, Linda McMahon called the next day to tell him they had the name Bruno Sammartino trademarked so he couldn’t use it in any outside business ventures. Considering Bruno’s drawing power in the 60s is the reason many believe Vince Sr. survived as a promoter and WWF even exists today, obviously that should be upsetting. It may be debatable whether or not he’s the sole reason WWF even exists today, but it isn’t debatable that his popularity is the foundation WWF built off. And to make matters worse, David Sammartino was wrestling in New York on March 9 and apparently assaulted a fan who was heckling him. David reportedly went after the fan and threw him out of his chair. He was arrested and given a court date of April 4, and he lost all of his bookings as a result.
  • Saturday Night’s Main Event, filmed March 7, aired March 12. The five matches that aired were part of a massive 14 match card that drew a 10,000 fan sellout, though the crowd was heavily papered as only 2,000 tickets had sold by March 4. Local radio did a deal where anyone who could name two WWF wrestlers got two free tickets. The televised matches saw 1. Beefer pin Valentine by kicking out during a double pin situation while Honketonk taunted him from ringside. 2. Hogan pinning Harley Race. 3. DiBiase beat Savage by countout, with Virgil ejected quickly and Andre interfering after a ref bump to cause the countout, then Elizabeth ran back and got Hogan to save him. 4. Islanders beat Killer Bees with Haku pinning Blair, and what aired was just the first fall - the live crowd got a two of three falls match that the Islanders won 2-1. 5. One Man Gang squashed Ken Patera. The unaired main event saw Andre squash Bam Bam Bigelow in 3 minutes, which shows where Bam Bam’s future is. Duggan’s been getting more and more over again and is primed to take the spot Bam Bam was set up for as #3 babyface after Hogan and Savage.
Watch: Savage vs. DiBiase from Saturday Night's Main Event
  • The annual Cauliflower Alley Club banquet took place this past Saturday. The Cauliflower Alley Club is a group of “wrestlers, boxers, and Hollywood types” mainly from the early tv era, and their banquet is something of a class reunion type deal every year. Lots of names Dave’s read about but never seen, and special honors were given to Fred Blassie, Roddy Piper, Buddy Rogers, Moolah, and Clara Mortensen (who was a pioneer in women’s wrestling alongside Mildred Burke). Loads and loads of old names there: John Tolos, Doc & Mike Gallagher, Ox Anderson, Count Billy Varga, Billy Darnell, Paul Boesch, Kit Fox, Donna Christanello, Toru Tanaka, Red Bastien, Ray “Thunder” Sterne, Reggie Parks, Bob Orton Sr., George “Crybaby” Cannon, Vic Christy, Mike Mazurki, and more. Fred Blassie hammed it up the entire night, but Piper was subdued and seemed happy to be out of wrestling, and Dave believes that Piper believes he’s got no intention of wrestling again (though never say never, if his film career doesn’t pan out). Buddy Rogers still has his trademark strut and look of arrogance, and his old manager Bobby Davis was with him. Davis apparently wants to work as a manager in WWF.
  • [Memphis] Lawler and Eddie Gilbert collide in their first match of their feud on March 14. It all started when Jerry Jarrett made an appearance presenting Lance Russel with a plaque for winning best wrestling announcer for his fourth consecutive year as voted by the fans (fun fact - 1987 was Lance Russel’s fourth consecutive year winning the Observer award for best wrestling announcer) and Russel noted that the tv show also won the fan vote for best tv show. Anyway, Eddie Gilbert and Missy Hyatt came out and started arguing and Lawler did a phone interview at the same time where he said he was waiting for a doctor’s clearance to wrestle. The main event of the show this week saw Gilbert vs. Steve Keirn, and Gilbert kept arguing with Jarrett and then Tommy Gilbert got hold of Jarrett and Eddie threw a fireball at him, and Lawler said doctor’s orders or not he was going to get his hands on Eddie Gilbert.
  • The Samoans were supposed to win the tag titles in Memphis on March 7. But they quit the week before the match.
  • March 14 for Memphis will also feature a cage battle royal with a key on a pole. The only way to win is to get the key from the pole and use it to unlock the door and escape. Vinny Russo, is this your idea?
  • Not a lot new in World Class, except for the fact that Al Perez is set to go to the NWA. He was supposedly meant to regain the title from Kerry on March 25 in Dallas.
  • The Fabulous Lance, formerly Lance Von Erich, is rumored to be returning to World Class next month. Last Dave had heard of him, he was wrestling in South Africa. It’ll be interesting to see how this plays out, given Fritz tried to bury him and outright stated he wasn’t a real Von Erich after he left.
  • [Stampede] Scott McGhee has returned to Florida to recuperate from his stroke. He’s made good progress, reportedly, but still no indication he’ll ever be able to return to the ring. Indeed, McGhee’s career is over. He’ll do two more one-off matches in 1989 and 2010, but otherwise, he’s past his wrestling days here.
  • The 8-man match on February 27 was, according to Ross Hart, one of the best matches in the history of Stampede. Wayne and Owen Hart teamed with Brian Pillman and Jason the Terrible against Akam Singh, Steve DiSalvo, Gerry Morrow, and Makhan Singh in a match that went 47 minutes and came down to Owen getting pinned by Morrow in the end. Wayne was the first eliminated, and Dave doesn’t know it but this was the last match of Wayne Hart’s in-ring career. I tried to find a video, but I couldn’t find one.
  • Not much news on the AWA front, but they are bringing in a new manager and giving him a big push at their Vegas tapings on March 19. On the one hand, they could have chosen Paul E. Dangerously who is dynamic and great at getting heat with his mic work. But this is the AWA, so they’ll choose someone who has been out of the game for 15 years over a young, hot act. So welcome to the AWA Stan “Big K” Kowalski, whose last relevant work was managing Ivan Koloff and Shozo Kobayashi int the early 1970s.
  • Global hasn’t folded yet, and they recorded six weeks of tv on March 5. The interesting angle saw the evolution of the feud between Col. Kirchner & G.I. Joe Palardy vs. Dr. Red Roberts and V.C. Minh. Last taping, Minh came out with a photo of American soldiers in bodybags being carried home from Vietnam, which caused Kirchner and Palardy to freak out. Roberts, whose gimmick is based on his real life day job as a psychologist, diagnosed Kirchner as having “Patriophobia” and invoked the Baker Act to get Kirchner involuntarily committed to an institution for evaluation. Given Kirchner’s promos, Dave notes that this is entirely consistent with his character, at least. Anyway, shenanigans and such, and the heels win a squash so bad they send out medics, and the medics turn out to be Kirchner and Palardy, who attack and beat up Roberts so badly he declares he’s retiring from wrestling to use his skills in his field to help young men work through drug abuse. Dr. Roberts’ real name is Dr. Michael Brannon, and he’d find himself embroiled in the world of wrestling again in 2001 when the Lionel Tate case happened, providing testimony as an expert against Tate, arguing Tate knew wrestling was fake all along. Who knew that this would tie in so neatly with one of the stories from a recent 2002 rewind?
  • About the only news out of Japan is that All Japan’s March 9 card drew a near sellout for Tenryu vs. Stan Hansen. Tenryu pinned Hansen, Hansen’s third pinfall loss in Japan in seven years, to win the PWF Title, making him a triple champion alongside his United National and PWF Tag Titles.
  • The New York State Athletic Commission showed their double standard against independent groups earlier this month. They wrote a memo to Northeast Championship Wrestling citing Misty Blue’s attire as “too short.” Meanwhile, Vince gets to fly in the face of any and all Athletic Commission rules in the state. Granted, some of the rules are beyond asinine (it’s still illegal for a wrestling promoter to have a financial interest in a wrestler), but come on. It’s ring attire.
  • The Von Erich story in Penthouse looks pretty set for the July issue now. Nope.
  • Queen Kong/Mount Fiji from GLOW and POWW is setting up her own tv show called Rasslin Revival. You didn’t hear it from Dave, because he didn’t write it in the issue, but Queen Kong apparently also invented the phone sex line.
Read: The Woman Who Invented Phone Sex and Wrestled Bears
  • Barry Orton was convicted in his vehicular manslaughter trial. His sentence is six years, but he could be out in under two with good behavior. The conviction comes right as he was starting to do some of the best work of his career, but you know, someone’s dead so that should probably be the key takeaway.
  • A sportscaster who has worked with both Kirk Gibson of the L.A. Dodgers and Hulk Hogan called in to give his opinion on the comparison that was made forever ago and which still comes up in some of the letters. Anyway, the guy says Gibson is an asshole 99% of the time and Hogan is often quite nice and is easily 10 times more popular than Gibson on top of being friendlier in public. Good thing those numbers look reasonable, or I’d suspect the sportscaster’s name was Bulk Bogan.
  • A lot of Crockett contracts are set to expire in May, so expect WWF to make a play for several of them to retaliate for Clash of the Champions.
  • Almost everyone who called Dave this week had something to say about Jim Cornette’s comments on TBS this past Saturday. How the hell did he slip “beating meat” past Standards and Practices?
  • Ted Turner is starting a new tv network in October with a focus on sports and MGM movies, and Crockett may wind up switched to that new network. It’s going to be called TNT. Oh yeah, that network will definitely have wrestling on it in the future.
  • Something Dave does now and again that I usually skip over here is give rankings for who he feels are the top wrestlers. This week he ranks his top 25 men’s tag teams and top 40 men’s singles guys. Owen Hart is #1 for singles guys. Ric Flair has fallen all the way down to #3.
  • Fabulous Lance may not be coming into World Class afterall. Apparently his booker didn’t want him as anything but a babyface, while Fritz wanted him to partner with the Freebirds.
  • The Owen vs. Hercules match was apparently not supposed to be taped, so who knows if it’ll air. It definitely did wind up taped, so that’s all up in the air. It in fact did not air.
  • All charges against David Sammartino have been dropped in the case of the incident with the fan. It made a lot of press nationally for such a small thing, and it did result in David getting fired while other WWF guys have skated by with worse incidents. Apparently the fan was heckling David by using insider terms, which I guess absolves David from any responsibility for putting hands on the guy?
  • A reader writes in that as much as Dave complains about bad taste, he’s put out some really tasteless stuff himself. Namely, putting the info to help Al Blake (Vladmir Petrov) pay his legal expenses given his conviction for drug smuggling, and the writer would probably have let it slide if not for it being the Observer and how many readers “seem to live and die by the gospel according to Dave Meltzer.” The other instance he cites is admittedly less severe, but using one of his trademark denigrating nicknames (“Doggie” in this case) to refer to Maurice “Mad Dog” Vachon regarding the hit and run that cost him his leg strikes the writer as blatant and callous disregard for Vachon’s dignity after what he went through. He also throws a plea to Dave to cover GLOW and POWW, “keeping in mind I’m wasting my time.” Or at least, let the readers vote on it. It’d be a better use of space than covering Central States (and if you’re wondering why you rarely see anything about Central States in the rewinds, it’s because nothing and no one of consequence is there).
NEXT WEEK: Interest in Wrestlemania down, Billy Jack Haynes vs. Don Owen promotional war, Dump retirement ratings hit, syndicated ratings rankings, and more
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2020.08.01 13:30 hunter15991 An Overview of Arizona Primary Races - Part 4: Legislative Districts 11-20

Welcome back to my omnibus compendium of Arizona’s upcoming primary races in the style of my 2018 summaries. The primary is set to take place August 4th – early voting ballots should have been mailed out on or around July 8th.
Arizona’s a really interesting state (I may be a hair biased), since it not only is home to 2-3 swing House seats and a high-profile Senate race, but also tenuous majorities in both state houses that could – theoretically – neuter Ducey’s trifecta this fall. And counties have their races this year as well, so I’ve highlighted some of the fireworks ongoing in Maricopa.
And this is before factoring in the fact that our state is a COVID-19 hotspot, with an unpopular Republican Governor doing almost nothing to stop it.
If you’re interested about which district you live in, check https://azredistricting.org/districtlocato. If you want to get involved with your local Democratic party, find your legislative district on the previous link (NOT CD), and then search for your LD’s name at this link. Feel free to attend meetings, they’re a great way to get involved with candidates and like-minded individuals.
If you wish to donate to a “clean elections” candidate (mentioned in the post as “clean”), you will have to live in that candidate’s legislative district to give qualifying $5 contributions (check here if anyone needs it in your area), but they are allowed to accept a limited amount of “seed money” from people outside of the district. The three CorpComm candidates can take $5’s statewide.
If you do not want to vote at the polls, you will need to request an early ballot using the website of your county’s recorder prior to July 4th. Example links for Maricopa, Pima, and Pinal. Others available if needed.
Race ratings for listed primaries will be listed as Safe/Likely/Leans/Tilt/Tossup (alternatively Solid instead of Safe if my mind blanks) and are not indicative of my own preference for that seat. I’ll denote my personal primary preferences at the end of this series, as well as the best Republican ticket for the Dems if someone here really really wants to pull a GOP ballot in the primary. I do not advise it, but since I can't stop ya, you'll get my best suggestions.
Write-in candidates have yet to file, which could give us an outside chance at getting some Libertarians on the ballot (the Greens have lost their ballot access).
If you have any questions about voting in the primary, which races are the most contested, and how to get involved with other Democrats in Arizona, feel free to PM me.
All fundraising numbers here are as of 7/18/2020 (“Q2”).
District stats are listed for the race that involved the top Democratic vote-getter in the past two midterm cycles plus the last two presidential races, taken from Daily Kos’s legislative sheet – Clinton’16, Obama’12, Sinema’18, and Garcia’14 (not his 2018 run).
Part 1: Statewide and Congressional Races
Part 2: Maricopa County Races
Update 1: Congressional and County Rating Updates
Part 3: Legislative Districts 1-10
ALL OPINIONS ARE MY OWN SOLELY IN MY CAPACITY AS A VOTER IN ARIZONA, AND NOT REPRESENTATIVE OF ANY ORGANIZATIONS I WORK/ED FOR OR AM/WAS A MEMBER OF. THIS POST IS IN NO WAY ENDORSED BY THE ARIZONA DEMOCRATIC PARTY OR ANY SUB-ORGANIZATION THEREOF, OR ANY FILED CANDIDATE.
Alright, let’s get cracking, y’all. I’m going to try to save time and characters on the safer seats when I can, although of course I’ll expound on any fun stuff that comes up.
Legislative District 11 (McSally+9.93, Trump+13.9, Douglas+16.7, Romney+19.3)
The first district in this writeup installment is LD11, a district very close geographically and politically to LD8. Unlike LD8, however, LD11 has slowly been trending towards Democrats, instead of away from them. Encompassing the southern half of Pinal (including a large chunk of Casa Grande) and bits of Pima, LD11 could swing under the right conditions, but is probably a safe seat this year. That’s disappointing, since the incumbents in the district are pretty darn nasty.
Incumbent Senator Venden “Vince” Leach ($98K COH), a sort-of Great Value Mitch McConnell, loves to spend his time filing SB1487 complaints against various liberal towns in Arizona – basically, suing cities over their attempts to go above and beyond state law when it comes to certain issues. Leach leads the SB1487 leaderboard with 4 SB1487 suits, most recently targeting Pima County over COVID-19 safety regulations that were slightly stricter than state law. Joining the suit were his House counterparts, COVID-19 conspiracy-monger Bret Roberts ($22.4K COH) and actual goddamn Oathkeeper and Charlottesville truther Mark Finchem ($27K COH).
Facing Finchem and Roberts is the Democratic House nominee for LD11, Dr. Felipe Perez ($24.2K COH). Perez has made few waves online and I haven’t seen him even in the same tier of candidates as Girard in LD8, so he’s probably not going to supercharge this district into Dem. territory. But given the spike in public approval for the healthcare industry due to COVID, he may get lucky. On the Senate side, Leach’s opponent will be one of retired public administrator Linda Patterson ($4.7K COH, Clean) and Marine drill instructor Joanna Mendoza ($14.5K COH). Anything could happen between now and August, but Mendoza currently has a significant organizational, political (endorsements) and fiscal advantage over Patterson, and will probably be the nominee come August.
A well-run race could feasibly knock out Finchem or Roberts, but I’ve yet to see that happen. Still, it’s far out enough that I’m not going to slam the door shut on a Perez win just yet.
hunter15991 Rating: GOP primary unopposed, Safe Mendoza, Perez unopposed, Safe Leach, Safe Roberts, Likely Finchem general
Legislative District 12 (McSally+17.19, Trump+24.5, Douglas+17.84, Romney+33.35)
Really not going to focus much on this district to save space, as it’s a snoozefest. House Majority Leader Warren Petersen ($84.8K COH) is running for Senate to replace outgoing Sen. Eddie Farnsworth. Petersen faces Haitian DREAMer. former teacher, and 2018 LD-12 House nominee Lynsey Robinson ($1.4K COH). Robinson’s a great person, but lost her House race against Petersen by the 1v1 equivalent of 20 points, and shows no sign of knocking him off this time around.
Petersen’s runningmates, Rep. Travis Grantham ($39K COH) and Queen Creek Councilman Jake Hoffman ($107.7K COH) are unopposed in both the primary and general.
hunter15991 Rating: Primaries all unopposed, Safe Petersen general, GOP House unopposed
Legislative District 13 (McSally+21.59, Trump+26.96, Douglas+26.22, Romney+31.62)
Moving on to another Safe GOP district with not much activity – LD13! Stretching from the whiter Yuma neighborhoods all the way to Phoenix exurbs in Maricopa County (and the mirror image of LD4 to its south), LD13 routinely sends Republican slates to the legislature. This year, incumbents Sen. Sine Kerr ($58.5K COH), Rep. Tim Dunn ($60.4K COH), and Rep. Joanne Osborne ($15K COH) are all fighting to hold their seats.
Kerr is unopposed in both the primary and general, while Dunn and Osborne are in the opposite situation – they’ve got two elections between now and inauguration day. Democratic paralegal Mariana Sandoval ($3.1K COH, Clean) will put up little resistance for the GOP in the general, but the entrance of former Senator and former Speaker Pro Tem Steve Montenegro ($27.8K COH) could really shake up the LD13 House primary. Montenegro, a Salvadoran-American legislator who resigned his Senate seat to run for the CD-8 special election primary (he placed 3rd, ultimately losing to then-Sen. Debbie Lesko), was a rising star in the AZ-GOP before his resignation and contemporaneous sexting scandal. This Senate run could be a good way for him to get his foot back in the door, and since his election would single-handedly double the amount of non-white Republicans in the legislator, I would figure that some Arizona Republicans are excited that Montenegro is throwing his hat back into the ring.
I haven’t seen much about this primary online, but there’s vague general on GOP pages dinging Montenegro for his ties to a 2016 National Popular Vote bill in the legislature, which is a big purity sticking point for the further-right members of the Arizona GOP. That being said, the chatter is vague at best, and Montenegro has enough conservative cred (with endorsements from people like Joe Arpaio and former Rep. Trent Franks back during his special election run) that he will primarily face issues over the sexting scandal.
I’ll give Osborne and Dunn a slight advantage over their incumbency, financial well-being, and the issues in Montenegro’s closet, but this is a really tight race and Montenegro could very well end up back in the legislature this time next year.
hunter15991 Rating: Dem. unopposed, Kerr unopposed, Tilt Osborne, Tilt Dunn, All Safe GOP general
Legislative District 14 (McSally+23.83, Trump+26.24, Douglas+22.88, Romney+26.84)
This is yet another district where Democrats stand no real chance in competing this year, and haven’t in quite some time. Situated in SE Arizona, LD14 once incorporated some ancestrally Democratic mining towns in Greenlee and Graham County, but they’ve grown red enough in the past couple of decades that this district is now held by three GOP legislators.
Former House Speaker and current Sen. David Gowan ($60.9K COH) (who was previously in the news for trying to use a state vehicle to assist in a failed Congressional campaign) faces realtor Bob Karp ($12.9K COH, Clean) in the general, while House incumbents Rep. Gail “Tax porn to build the wall” Griffin ($50.5K COH) and Rep. Becky Nutt ($47.4K COH) face retired union activist Ronnie Maestas-Condos ($686 COH, Clean) and teacher Kim Beach-Moschetti ($13K COH, Clean). All 3 races will probably be easy GOP wins.
hunter15991 Rating: Candidates unopposed in primaries, All Safe GOP general
Legislative District 15 (McSally+8.01, Trump+16.61, Douglas+11.06, Romney+25.44)
LD15, up in Northern Scottsdale and Phoenix, is one of the final frontiers of suburban expansion for Arizona Democrats, along with the Mormon suburbs of the far East Valley (LD12, 16, and 25). A very wealthy area, LD15 has routinely been a GOP stronghold – but their hold on the area has been dissipating steadily rapidly in the Trump era. In 2018, two Dem. House candidates both managed to outperform the “single-shot” performance of a 2016 candidate, and Kristin Dybvig-Pawelko ($48.6K COH, hereafter “KDP”) improved on the district’s 2016 State Senate margin by several points despite facing a significantly more difficult opponent than the 2016 Democrat.
KDP is running again this year, as a single-shot candidate for the State House. Her opponents have yet to be set in stone, as both GOP Representatives are vacating their seats to run for higher office, and there are three GOP candidates in the August primary vying for two nominations. Veteran Steve Kaiser ($13.6K COH) and State House policy adviser Justin Wilmeth ($16K COH, $5.2K self-funded) are the nominal establishment picks for both seats, and have been endorsed by a whole host of GOP legislators. However, they face stiff competition from businessman Jarret Hamstreet ($23.2K COH, $10K self-funded), who boasts endorsements from GOP power-players like the local Chamber of Commerce and the NRA, as well as tacit support from the incumbent Senator in the district Heather Carter ($101.2K COH) (somewhat of an Arizona Lisa Murkowski). I’ve been able to find very little chatter on the race, but with Hamstreet’s significant fundraising advantage I definitely think he secures one of the two nominations this November. While the district is still quite red, KDP is no spring chicken, and facing Kasier, Hamstreet, or Wilmeth will be a lot easier than her run against Carter in 2018.
If I’m going to be honest, it is the GOP Senate primary that is almost as important as the House general election. Heather Carter has gotten on the bad side of quite a few conservative legislators during her tenure in the Senate, holding up GOP budgets with her partner in crime Paul Boyer in 2019 over a stalled child sexual assault statute of limitations bill and this year over an amendment to give additional funding to firefighters for PPE and to students for tuition support.
That amendment failed 15-15 thanks to one Kate Brophy McGee - more on her later.
Carter’s actual attempts at moderation (as opposed to McGee’s performative bullshit) has inspired current State Rep. Nancy Barto ($9.9K COH) to challenge her for the Senate. Barto has the support of both Kaiser and Wilmeth (as well as most of the GOP establishment) but has been routinely lagging behind Carter in fundraising (both in terms of current COH and overall amount raised). Carter has been bringing in more “moderate” and pro-public education GOP volunteers from all over Phoenix and is sure to put up a fight in August. As it stands, I think she narrowly pulls it off. There is no Democratic Senate opponent in the general, so winning the primary automatically wins the seat.
If you’ve got GOP friends in AZ who just can’t bare phonebanking for Democratic candidates but complain about the state of the Republican party, send them her way.
Carter has beliefs. Barto has none.
Slate totals:
  • CarteHamstreet: $124.4K
  • KDP: $48.6K
  • Barto coalition (KaiseWilmeth/Barto): $40.5K
hunter15991 Rating: Dem. unopposed, Tilt Carter, Lean Hamstreet, Tilt Kaiser, GOP Sen. unopposed in general, Likely Hamstreet, 2nd GOP unopposed
Legislative District 16 (McSally+17.58, Trump+28.37, Douglas+17, Romney+28.11)
LD16, out on the border between Pinal and Maricopa County, is probably the reddest district in Arizona that could still be relatively considered “suburban”. The only Democratic candidate is write-in House candidate Rev. Helen Hunter ($783 COH), and while her background is stellar (incl. past work with the NAACP, Mesa PD’s Use of Force Committee, and other community involvement), there isn’t even a guarantee she’ll make it onto the November ballot.
Meanwhile, Rep. Kelly Townsend ($15.5K COH) has tired of the State House (just like she tired of her furry fursona, and is running unopposed for State Senate.
The real drama, therefore, is in the GOP State House primary to win Townsend’s old seat. Incumbent Rep. John Fillmore ($12.9K COH) is running for another term, and seems set to win one of the two nominations. Townsend’s former seat is contested by respiratory therapist Liza Godzich ($14.6K COH) (who wins the “most moderate” title by default by virtue of taking COVID kinda seriously), CorpComm policy advisor Jacqueline Parker ($16.4K COH), and school choice activist/general lunatic Forest Moriarty ($17.7K COH).
Moriarty has the valuable Townsend endorsement, but has not been able to consolidate support easily elsewhere – Parker’s CorpComm ties let her bring quite a few assets of her own to bear, as well as endorsements from Congressman Andy Biggs and the NRA.
This election will be a test of Townsend’s downballot coattails, as well as those of the school choice movement in AZ parlaying any support they may have into legislative results. Success for Moriarty here could go as far as inspiring Townsend to run for Governor. We’ll see if it comes to that.
hunter15991 Rating: No Dem. filed (pending write-in), Townsend unopposed, Lean Fillmore, Tossup ParkeMoriarty, GOP unopposed in general
Legislative District 17 (Sinema+3.53, Trump+4.09, Douglas+3.12, Romney+14.16)
One of the reasons I significantly delayed writing these writeups was because I was dreading writing about LD17. Not to doxx myself completely, but in 2018 I had far too many negative encounters with the incumbent Democratic Representative, Jennifer Pawlik ($101.3K COH) that made me routinely question my support of her. I’m still trying to heal the wounds in multiple relationships I have with friends that were caused by Pawlik’s actions.
I deeply regret ever lifting a finger to help her when I had opportunities in other districts. But because her actions never got physical, because the stakes are so high this year, and because too much unsubstantiated negative talk about a candidate can get a post deleted - I don’t wish to publicly expound on her actions (nor put words in the mouth of other people who interacted with her). Feel free to PM if interested.
Pawlik as a candidate is a grab-bag. On paper she’d be a strong option for a suburban district – a teacher and education funding activist with a prior win during the 2018 wave. However, behind the scenes she is quite a poor campaigner in ways that directly impact Democratic candidates’ odds and presences in the district, including her own - which makes me more apprehensive of her odds of re-election than her fellow Jennifer in HD18 (Rep. Jennifer Jermaine), who’s quite similar to Pawlik on the whole.
Pawlik’s Senate runningmate this year is local businessman and first-generation American Ajlan “AJ” Kurdoglu ($51.5K COH). AJ’s a good guy and more serious of a campaigner than Pawlik, and is on well enough terms with her that no inter-candidate drama will probably happen this fall (which would be a welcome change for the district). He’s been slightly outpacing her in fundraising and seems to be hitting the ground running.
The Republican incumbents in this district are Sen. JD Mesnard ($102.6K COH), who moonlights as legal counsel for an organization categorized as a hate group by the SPLC, and Jeff Wenninger ($117.8K COH), a backbench Bitcoin bro. Wenninger and Mesnard have both been in their seats for a while, and this cycle were backing Chandler Vice Mayor (and JD Mesnard’s mom) Nora Ellen for the other State House seat – Ellen lost to Pawlik in 2018.
But in a stroke of luck for Pawlik, Ellen failed to qualify for the ballot this year. However, in a similar stroke of luck for the GOP Liz Harris ($27.3K COH, $21.3K self-funded) - a local realtor (like Ellen) - did qualify. I’ve yet to discern just how close she is with Mesnard and Wenninger, and how much cash she is willing to dump into this race, but in terms of how random non-GOP establishment candidates the LD17 Republicans could have done far worse than Harris.
All the pieces in this district would point to a shift even further left than it was in 2018, and had I not known what I know about Pawlik this would be a Tilt D House/Tossup Senate. But I don’t know if she’s changed since 2018 - and if she hasn’t, there is no guarantee that she won’t snatch defeat from the jaws of victory.
hunter15991 Rating: Primaries uncontested, Tilt Mesnard, Tossup House (Pawlik/Harris), Safe Wenninger
Legislative District 18 (Sinema+18.58, Clinton+10.39, Garcia+12.5, Romney+1.93)
Like LD10 in the previous part of my writeup, the situation in LD18 is another blast of the proverbial Gjallarhorn for the AZ-GOP’s suburban chances. Once a very competitive district (fully red as recently as 2016), LD18 is now held by 3 Democrats – Sen. Sean Bowie ($106.3K COH), Rep. Jennifer Jermaine ($65.7K COH), and Rep. Mitzi Epstein ($60.8K COH). Bowie and Epstein have carved rather moderate paths in their respective houses having been elected back when this district was more competitive, while Jermaine’s tacked a bit more to the left, and has been a prominent voice for increasing education funding (prior to running for the State House she was a public school funding activist and IIRC Moms Demand Action member) and for missing indigenous women (Jermaine is part indigenous herself).
The GOP’s troubles in this district started around the filing deadline, when one of their candidates, Alyssa Shearer, withdrew from the primary. Super anti-abortion nut Don Hawker ($619 COH) filed as a write-in candidate to replace her, but it’s uncertain if he’ll qualify for the general election. Their other House candidate, Bob Robson ($11K COH) is on paper a solid candidate (being a former Speaker Pro Tem of the state house), but lost by the equivalent of 6% to Epstein in 2016 and by 19% when he ran for Kyrene Justice of the Peace (a district that roughly matches the boundaries of LD18. Robson’s an old warhorse) - going 0 for 2 since 2014. It’s a sign of the times that he and discount Scott Roeder are the two potential House candidates for the GOP in this district.
In the Senate, the GOP doesn’t fare much better. Real estate agent Suzanne Sharer ($4.2K COH) is trying to run a semblance of a decent race against Sen. Bowie, but keeps using her campaign Twitter (@blondeandsmart – I promise you that’s a real handle) to retweet QAnon shit. Sharer is going nowhere in November. That’s if she makes it to November, given her past retweets advocating for people to drink bleach to cure COVID.
hunter15991 Rating: Primaries uncontested, All Safe Dem. general
Legislative District 19 (Sinema+44.97, Clinton+40.25, Garcia+32.38, Obama+34.3)
LD19 is a safe Democratic district in the West Valley, where all the drama is happening in the primary. Rep. Lorenzo Sierra ($9.3K COH) and Rep. Diego Espinoza ($25.2K COH) are both running for re-election, defending their seats against challenger Leezah Sun ($5.1K COH), a local activist. Sierra and Espinoza haven’t been particularly conservative in their voting records in the legislator, but have taken some flack from the more progressive wing of the party lately for outside corporate expenditures in this primary. I’m honestly unsure why these PACs are weighing in given that Sun isn’t running all that good of a campaign, but I guess better spend it here than in tighter primaries. Assistant State Minority Leader Lupe Contreras ($7.2K COH) is unopposed in his primary.
In the general, there’s one GOP candidate for both House and Senate, but both are write-ins and could possibly not qualify for the ballot. For now, Democrats are unopposed in this district in the general.
hunter15991 Contreras uncontested, Safe Sierra, Safe Espinoza, Uncontested Dem. general
Legislative District 20 (Sinema+3.7, Trump+8.01, Douglas+0.04, Romney+12.87)
LD20 is another suburban district where Democrats could see sizable gains this fall. Won by Sinema and Maricopa County Recorder Adrian Fontes, and almost snagged by David Garcia during the 2014 Superintendent race, LD20 has been on the Arizona Democratic Party’s mind for a few cycles now. Their candidates this year are strong – 2018 Senate nominee Doug Ervin ($94.6K COH) has filed for a rematch after losing by 4 in 2018 (where an independent ex-GOP candidate took 7% - Ervin claims Quelland actually hurt him more than district Republicans), and retired teacher Judy Schweibert ($158.2K COH) is running for House. Both are running bang-up campaigns and seem set to make November a problem for local Republicans, and Ervin has eschewed the public funding he took last time in order to be able to fundraise better for the slugfest ahead.
The local GOP, however, isn’t taking this lying down. Representatives Shawnna Bolick ($161.8K COH) - who was almost bumped off the ballot for using a PO Box as her filing address - and Anthony Kern ($73.4K COH) - an ex-cop on the Brady “untrustworthy cop” list - have been building their warchests in preparation for this cycle after narrowly hanging on in 2018 (despite both Democrats in that race running with public funding). While Bolick has typically stayed out of especially heinous controversy on social media (despite once posting that all masks come from Wuhan and are thus contaminated with COVID), Kern’s time on the force seems to have stuck with him, and his Twitter feed is full of a lot of pro-cop posts and whatnot. With Schweibert running as a single-shot candidate this year I can see Kern’s tendency of accidentally discharging his foot into his mouth finally coming back to bite him.
On the Senate side the past election results are slightly more promising than the House, but the opponent is tougher as well. Sen. Paul Boyer ($50.5K COH) is probably the closest there is to a living John McCain in the Arizona Legislature (not to deify him too much – he’s still conservative), having blocked two GOP budgets in the past two years along with Sen. Heather Carter (see LD15). In 2019 this was over a child sexual assault reform bill (extending the statute of limitations), and in 2020 this was over a lack of funding to firefighters and university students in the emergency “skinny” COVID budget the legislature passed in the spring. His attempts at moderation are visible outside of that: Boyer’s abysmal Q2 fundraising – per his own words – came from not fundraising at all during the 5 month long legislative session despite campaign finance rules only banning lobbyist contributions during the session (and I guess that’s commendable self-policing), and on his website he stops just short of calling for abortion to be banned, which makes him Margaret fucking Sanger among the current AZ-GOP.
That’s not to say that people shouldn’t support Ervin with all it takes – hell, if anything he’ll need more help to oust Boyer. Ultimately I think Ervin holds a narrow lead in this race with the absence of Quelland and with far better fundraising than what the LD20 slate had last year, but the election is still quite far away. If I had to pick one Democrat to win in this district, it’d be Schweibert.
hunter15991 Rating: Primaries uncontested, Tilt Ervin, Tilt Schweibert, 2nd House uncontested
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2020.06.03 14:38 burningshinobi Due Diligence Daily - From Shevla

Good Morning Gang love the changes that are going on here and the direction this server's leadership are taking.
I hear you've missed me.
[12:28] Shevla: Gilead (GILD)
S.Korea approves import of anti-viral drug remdesivir for coronavirus treatment.
On Monday, Gilead reported the drug provided a modest benefit in patients with moderate COVID-19 given a five-day course of the treatment, while those who received the medicine for 10 days in the study did not fare as well.(edited)
[12:30] Shevla: Boeing (BA)
TUI Group , Europe's biggest travel company, said it had struck a deal with aircraft maker Boeing for compensation and slower delivery of the 737 MAX plane, helping its finances during the coronavirus pandemic.
[12:33] Shevla: DASAN Zhone Technologies (DZSI)
Co announce a new three-year, $66 million contract to supply LG U+ with Fiber-to-the-Home solutions and switches, including co-development of ultra-low latency 100 Gbps mobile backhaul switches for 5G mobile services. Starting June 1, 2020, this contract secures the position of DZS as a strategic supplier to LG U+ and provides the opportunity to continue to develop new business with them in the future.
[12:35] Shevla: RenaissanceRe (RNR)
Prices offering of 5,500,000 of common shares at $166.00 per share
You'll see negative movement here as the price moves from the current price at $173.53 down toward the value of the offering
[12:36] Shevla: Intellia Therapeutics (NTLA)
Prices offering of 5,479,453 shares of its common stock at $18.25 per share
You'll see negative movement here as the price moves from the current price at $ 20.26 down toward the value of the offering
[12:39] Shevla: OraSure (OSUR)
Prices offering of 8,000,000 shares of its common stock at $11.00 per share
You'll see negative movement here as the price moves from the current price at $12.11 down toward the value of the offering
[12:40] Shevla: Evofem Biosciences (EVFM)
Prices offering of 28,500,000 shares of its common stock at $3.50 per share
Current price at $4.66
[12:41] Shevla: Splunk (SPLK)
Prices offering of $1.1 billion of 1.125% Convertible Senior Notes due 2027
[12:42] Shevla: The Carlyle Group (CG) and T&D Holdings also (AIG)
Announced that they have completed their acquisition of a 76.6% interest in Fortitude Group Holdings, whose group companies include Fortitude Re, from American International Group AIG). The transaction, which was first announced in November 2019, closed following receipt of required regulatory approvals and customary closing conditions. At closing, AIG received approximately $2.2 billion in sale proceeds, including the purchase price of $1.8 billion along with additional consideration paid in accordance with the terms of the purchase agreement.
[12:42] Shevla: OIL
Patterson-UTI
Reports May metrics - average of 80 drilling rigs operating
[12:43] Shevla: B&G Foods (BGS)
Reports May net sales +50.5% yyr to $160.1 mln; sees Q2 revs above consensus
Co issues upside guidance for Q2 (Jun), sees Q2 (Jun) revs of $510-525 mln vs. $483.47 mln S&P Capital IQ Consensus.
The ultimate impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the Company's business will depend on many factors, including, among others, the duration of social distancing and stay-at-home mandates, the pace and success of measures to ease social distancing and stay-at-home mandates, whether a second or third wave of COVID-19 will affect the United States and the rest of North America, the Company's ability to continue to operate its manufacturing facilities and maintain its supply chain without material disruption, the timing and amount of incremental costs relating to COVID-19, and the extent to which macroeconomic conditions resulting from the pandemic and the pace of the subsequent recovery may impact consumer eating habits.
[12:43] Shevla: Regis Corporation (RGS)
Announced it is working with infectious disease specialists at the University of Minnesota to assure the health and safety of their customers and stylists is at the forefront of their salon reopening plans. They provided recommendations on the proper personal protective equipment (PPE) and additional safety measures that have been communicated throughout the Company's entire salon system to help educate and prepare the Company's franchise partners and stylists for operating salons in a safe manner in a COVID-19 environment. Franchised and company-owned salons have incorporated these recommendations, along with any state specific guidelines, into the relaunch of salons and continuing operations.
[12:44] Shevla: Braskem SA (BAK)
2 hours ago
In the quarter, the Company reported a net loss of R$3,649 million, mainly due to the exchange variation impact on the financial result given the effects from the Brazilian reais depreciation against the U.S. dollar on the net exposure in the amount of US$2,427 million and the Mexican peso depreciation against the U.S. dollar on the outstanding balance of the loan of Braskem Idesa of US$2,255 million as of March 31, 2020.
[12:45] Shevla: United Airlines (UAL)
Confirmed executive changes
On May 27, 2020, the co announced that Jonathan Roitman, who was serving as the Senior Vice President Airport and Network Operations of United, was appointed Senior Vice President and Chief Operations Officer of the Company effective June 1, 2020. Mr. Roitman will report to J. Scott Kirby, Chief Executive Officer of the Company. Mr. Roitman, age 54, served as Senior Vice President Airport and Network Operations of United from November 2019 to May 2020. From August 2018 to November 2019, Mr. Roitman served as Senior Vice President Airport and Catering Operations, and from January 2015 to August 2018, he served as Senior Vice President Airport Operations, of United. From December 1997 through January 2015, Mr. Roitman held positions of increasing responsibility at United and, prior to the Company's merger with Continental Airlines, Inc. ("Continental"), Continental, including as Senior Vice President Operations and Cargo, Vice President, Newark Hub, and Vice President, Cleveland Hub. Prior to joining Continental in December 1997, Mr. Roitman was the manager of business development for BWAB Incorporated, a real estate development and oil and gas production firm, and served in the U.S. Army.
At this time, any compensation adjustments in connection with this appointment have not been determined. The Company will file an amendment to this Current Report on Form 8-K disclosing any compensation adjustments made in connection with Mr. Roitman's appointment if and when they have been determined. Gregory L. Hart, who was serving as the Company's Executive Vice President and Chief Operations Officer, moved into the role of Executive Vice President Strategy and Planning on June 1, 2020.
[12:46] Shevla: Restaurant Brands Int'l (QSR)
Pershing Square increased active stake to 9.6% (prior ~5.36%)
"On June 1, 2020, PSH purchased 9,038,993 shares of Common Stock for an aggregate purchase price of $397,525,271 pursuant to forward purchase contracts described in the Original Schedule 13D. The source of funding for such purchases is the respective capital of PSH."
[12:46] Shevla: Cinemark (CNK)
Reports Q1 (Mar) loss of $0.51 per share, excluding non-recurring items, $0.34 worse than the S&P Capital IQ Consensus of ($0.17); revenues fell 23.9% yeayear to $543.6 mln vs the $557.51 mln S&P Capital IQ Consensus.
Adjusted EBITDA for the three months ended March 31, 2020 was $66.2 million compared to $152.3 million for the three months ended March 31, 2019.
For the three months ended March 31, 2020, attendance was 45.8 million patrons, average ticket price increased 0.6% to $6.39 and concession revenues per patron increased 3.2% to $4.16.
[12:47] Shevla: Warner Music Group (WMG) (Nasdaq)
Upsizes offering by 7 mln shares and prices 77 mln share IPO at $25.00, inside the expected range of $23-26
[12:48] Shevla: VICI Properties (VICI)
Physically settled the Forward Sale Agreements in full by delivering 65 mln shares of common stock in exchange for total net proceeds of ~$1.3 billion
[12:49] Shevla: Digital Realty (DLR) and Ascenty, a provider of data center services in Latin America and a Digital Realty and Brookfield Infrastructure joint venture company, announced today Ascenty has reached agreement to build two new facilities in the state of Queretaro, Mexico anchored by long-term, U.S. dollar-denominated, multi-megawatt agreements to support the growth of a leading global cloud provider.
[12:49] Shevla: NICE (NICE) announced that a consortium of four UK police forces (Hampshire Constabulary, Thames Valley Police, Surrey Police and Sussex Police), operating as the South East Regional Integrated Policing Programme (SERIP), has signed a contract with NICE to deploy the NICE Investigate Digital Evidence Management Solution (DEMS). SERIP will roll out NICE Investigate to more than 12,000 officers to streamline investigations and address the challenges of growing digital evidence.
[12:49] Shevla: Trimble (TRMB) announced that its Trimble Connect cloud-based collaboration platform has surpassed 10 million users. In response to COVID-19, distributed working has intensified the need for teams to share information and collaborate remotely, leading 1.2 million users to join Trimble Connect in March and April alone.
[12:52] Shevla: Knight Cloud (KC)
Net loss was RMB331.6 million (US$46.8 million) or -23.8% net margin in the first quarter of 2020, compared with net loss of RMB201.4 million or net margin of -23.8% in the first quarter of 2019.
Total revenues were RMB1,391.0 million (US$1196.4 million) in the first quarter of 2020, representing an increase of 64.5 % year-over-year.
IPO was held 4 weeks ago, opening at $17. Now trading at $22.86, up in the premarket.
Might be a Buy or a play on positive movement
[12:53] Shevla: Google (GOOG) will face $5 bln lawsuit over alleged privacy violation.
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-alphabet-google-privacy-lawsuit/google-faces-5-billion-lawsuit-in-u-s-for-tracking-private-internet-use-idUSKBN23933H
CDC is close to agreement on how to limit COVID-19 outbreaks on cruise ships (RCL, CCL, NCLH).
https://www.miamiherald.com/news/business/tourism-cruises/article243180861.html
May preliminary class 8 net truck orders fell 38% yyr to 6,700 units (IYT, JBHT, PCAR).
https://content.actresearch.net/blog/act-research-soi-may-data-show-depth-of-supply-chain-disruption-in-cv-industry?utm_campaign=SOI%20Trucks&utm_content=130775172&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter&hss_channel=tw-47438459(edited))
[12:58] Shevla: Research Calls Round 1
ZM likely to move up with it's volatile history in respoense to the upgrades
Morgan Stanley is negative on cruise lines (NCLH, RCL, CCL), remains to be seen how CDC agreement posted earlier will affect pricing

[12:59] Shevla: OIL OPEC+
OPEC leader Saudi Arabia and non-OPEC Russia have preliminary agreed to extend existing record oil production cuts by one month, while raising pressure on countries with poor compliance to deepen cuts to their output, sources told Reuters.

"Any agreement on extending the cuts is conditional on countries who have not fully complied in May deepening their cuts in upcoming months to offset their overproduction," one OPEC source said.(edited)
[13:00] Shevla: Stitch Fix (SFIX)
Telsey Advisory Group raises their SFIX tgt to $29 from $20. Analyst Dana Telsey said, "A strong balance sheet means the company can continue to self-fund growth while managing through a highly uncertain environment. In addition, the current disruption may accelerate the shift to online sales and we see the potential for the company's flexible model (no bricks-and-mortar stores, work-from-home stylist team) to allow it to continue to take share. Therefore, despite a moderated sales outlook for the year and the capacity constraints brought about by COVID, we continue to see growth potential within the company's personalization model, while the direct buy capabilities can increase share of wallet. Therefore, we maintain our Outperform rating. With some improved visibility to the contours of a recovery from COVID, we are raising our price target to $29 from $20. Our price target assumes a 1.21x multiple on our two-year forward revenue estimate, which compares to the historical average one-year forward multiple of 1.33x."
[13:01] Shevla: Dick's Sporting Goods (DKS)
Telsey Advisory Group raises their DKS tgt to $49 from $43. Analyst Joseph Feldman said, "Dick's Sporting Goods had a tough 1Q20, with EPS of ($1.71), on a comp of (29.5%) and operating margin compression of ~1,800 bps to (14.0%). However, we were impressed by the pace of recovery in May, with the comp only down 4.0% YoY, driven by good performance in reopened stores and strength in e-commerce (up 250%). Curbside pickup was a meaningful contributor, representing 40% of online sales in 1Q20. In addition, Dick's is benefiting from a diversified product mix and strong consumer demand in a variety of categories, including fitness, outdoor, running, golfing, biking, and boating. The US government stimulus checks are likely helping, as is the case with most retailers. Team sports remains an area of concern, given uncertainty around the restart of youth leagues and school sports. However, Dick's is seeing positive results in recently reopened markets, particularly in baseball. All in, given the better-than-expected sales recovery in May, we are raising our EPS and comp targets for the remainder of 2020 and 2021."
[13:02] Shevla: RH (RH) Not Robinhood you degenerate autists
Telsey Advisory Group raises their RH tgt to $255 from $110. Analyst Cristina Fernndez commented, "After disclosing on its last earnings call that sales trends from March 18 (once stores closed) thru March 30 were running down 43%, we believe RH's business significantly improved in April and May as affluent consumers looked to upgrade their homes after an initial stock-up period for essentials. Historically, RH sales have been directionally correlated with the stock market, which has rebounded strongly since bottoming in late March and is now just down 5% YTD. RH also stands to benefit from a sizable digital business, which we estimate represented ~40% of its sales in 2019 and the rollout of virtual design consultations where customers work with an RH interior designer without visiting a store. Similar to Williams-Sonoma, RH should have seen strength in a number of categories in recent weeks including baby/teen, outdoor, and upholstery. Our real estate contacts have also indicated that business has been good at RH stores that reopened in May, which total ~50% of the store base...Overall, we are incrementally more positive on RH and believe the company can perform well in the current environment given: 1) a large digital business; 2) increased demand for home furnishings as consumers spend more time at home; and 3) an affluent consumer that is in relatively better shape given stock market gains and less job losses, with greater ability to work from home. "
[13:03] Shevla: Haemonetics (HAE)
To sell its Fajardo, Puerto Rico, manufacturing operations to GVS, S.p.A.; transaction is expected to close in the second quarter of calendar 2020
Under the terms of the agreement, upon closing, Haemonetics will retain all intellectual property rights to its proprietary blood filters currently manufactured at its Fajardo facility, while GVS will obtain certain operating assets, including manufacturing equipment and inventory and a sublease to the facility.
[13:06] Shevla: Canada Goose (GOOS)
Reports Q4 (Mar) loss of CAD0.12 per share, in-line with the S&P Capital IQ Consensus of (CAD0.12); revenues fell 9.8% yeayear to CAD140.9 mln vs the CAD130.37 mln S&P Capital IQ Consensus.
Outlook
The negative financial impacts of COVID-19 will be more pronounced in the first quarter ending June 28, 2020, with a negligible level of revenue expected. The first quarter is historically the smallest in the fiscal year, representing 7.4% of annual sales in fiscal 2020.
Throughout the first seven weeks of the first quarter of fiscal 2021, 75% or 15 of 20 retail stores in the DTC channel were temporarily closed. 2 of the 5 stores that were open during this period, both in Hong Kong, have been severely impacted by restrictions on inbound tourism. Our store in Paris re-opened on May 20, followed by Milan on May 29 and Montreal on June 2. Further openings are being evaluated on a staged region-by-region basis, based on regulatory guidelines and supporting traffic trends as well as the health and safety of employees and guests.
While e-commerce is operational in all markets and digital engagement is strong, this off-season period is a low point for consumer purchasing online. In the wholesale channel, shipments to partners have been largely shutoff since March due to disruptions from retail store closures.
Given prevailing global uncertainties, including the evolution of ongoing outbreaks, the duration of retail store closures, the pace of retail normalization following re-openings and the impact of economic developments and travel restrictions on consumer discretionary spending, all of which are unknown, the Company is not providing an outlook for fiscal 2021.
[13:06] Shevla: AMC Entertainment (AMC)
Co issues downside guidance for Q1 (Mar), sees Q1 (Mar) revs of $941.5 mln vs. $947.06 mln S&P Capital IQ Consensus.
Net Loss for the first quarter of 2020 to be between $2,117.3 million and $2,417.3 million, based on an impairment charge related to estimated long lived assets, indefinite-lived intangible assets and goodwill of $1,800.0 million to $2,100.0 million, compared to a net loss of $130.2 million for the three months ended March 31, 2019.
[13:07] Shevla: Dynatrace (DT)
Prices 30 mln common shares at $35.00/share
Current Price $36.77(edited)
[13:10] Shevla: Qudian (QD) to purchase up to 10,204,082 newly issued Class A ordinary shares of Secoo (SECO) for up to $100 mln ($9.80 per share) Current Price $2.15
Following the completion of all transactions contemplated under the definitive agreement, Qudian will hold approximately 28.9% of Secoo's issued and outstanding shares, becoming its largest shareholder. In addition, Qudian and Secoo will also enter into a business cooperation agreement, which will set forth the key areas for the two companies' strategic cooperation in the online luxury e-commerce business space.

SECO IS UP STRONGLY IN THE PREMARKET ON THIS NEWS
Buy or Positive Movement Play probably viable
[13:11] Shevla: Campbell Soup (CPB)
Reports Q3 (Apr) earnings of $0.83 per share, excluding non-recurring items, $0.29 better than the S&P Capital IQ Consensus of $0.54; revenues rose 14.6% yeayear to $2.24 bln vs the $2.26 bln S&P Capital IQ Consensus.
In the third quarter of fiscal 2020, Campbell achieved $30 million in savings under its multi-year cost savings program, inclusive of Snyder's-Lance synergies, bringing total program-to-date savings to $680 million. Year-to-date savings were $120 million through the first nine months of fiscal 2020. As previously announced, the company expects to deliver cumulative annualized savings of $850 million by the end of fiscal 2022.
Co issues guidance for FY20, raises EPS to $2.87-2.92 from $2.55-2.60, excluding non-recurring items, vs. $2.89 S&P Capital IQ Consensus; sees FY20 revs of +5.5-6.0% from (1%) to 1% to $8.55-8.63 bln vs. $8.63 bln S&P Capital IQ Consensus.
[13:14] Shevla: Aegon (AEG)
Shares are trading higher after the company signed a contract of portfolio administration with IBM Services for 800K individual life insurance contracts.
[13:15] Shevla: Constellium SE (CTSM)
Airbus (AIR)
Shares are trading higher after the company announced it has signed a multi-year contract with Airbus to supply aerospace aluminum products and solutions.
[13:17] Shevla: Gilead Sciences (GIL)
Upgraded to Outperform from Mkt Perform at SVB Leerink; tgt raised to $94
South Korea Announced they have approved Remdesivir for use in treating patients
[13:17] Shevla: KeyCorp (KEY)
Downgraded to Equal-Weight from Overweight at Stephens; tgt $13
[13:18] Shevla: ONEOK (OKE)
Downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Citigroup; tgt lowered to $36
[13:18] Shevla: Vale S.A. (VALE)
Upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS; tgt lowered to $12
[13:18] Shevla: Microchip (MCHP)
B. Riley FBR upgrades MCHP to Buy from Neutral and raises their tgt to $125 from $85. Analyst Craig Ellis said, "Tuesday 6/2 AMC, MCHP raised F1Q21's guide $40M (+300 bps)/$0.09 ahead of competitor conference appearances, flagging better-than-feared supply chain dynamics and less bad auto cancellations and pushouts. Shares rose ~5%. Improvement versus relatively dour early quarter expectations helps remove a dark cloud of uncertainty, and we believe the ~43% of sales in Auto and Industrial has now stabilized, with the next inflection positive. Beyond that, we believe data points in Compute/Data Center, Comms, and Mil/Aero have improved since MCHP last reported, so ~44% of sales should have stronger momentum. Overall, we believe this significantly enhances confidence in an F1Q21 revenue bottom and F2Q21 Q/Q growth, meaning sales are troughing with GM and OM within ~200 and 300 bps of 63.0% and 40.0% targets, respectively which we suspect could be attained on a quarterly basis in FY22. So, with a 5-6% increase in FY21&22 EPS and a FY22 target P/E hike to 19.0x, our price target jumps from $85 to $125, and the rating lifts from Neutral back to Buy. We acknowledge shares have already moved sharply from March lows with the sector's upswing, but a return to growth, GM and OM expansion toward 65%/45% LT, and debt paydown toward 3.0x EBITDA are catalysts for another leg higher to and through our PT on a 12-month basis. Valuation at 16.7x, 14.9x, and 13.3x or FY21-23 EPS, vs. a T-7-year 16.1x F12M average."
[13:19] Shevla: Nebula Acquisition (NEBU)
Initiated with an Outperform at Northland Capital; tgt $15
[13:20] Shevla: Boeing (BA)
Lifting in premarket trade as Third Point portfolio update circulates
Portfolio MTD winners: DIS BURL BA CHTR TEL
Top gross longs: PUK PCG SNE DHR AMZN
https://www.thirdpointoffshore.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/2020-05-May-Monthly-Report-TPOI.pdf
[13:21] Shevla: Dunkin (DNKN)
Dunkin' U.S. comparable store sales have been improving week-over-week during the second quarter. As of the week ended May 23, 2020, quarter-to-date comparable store sales declines were ~23% for open stores. During the week ended May 23, 2020, comparable store sales declined 15% for open stores, representing a significant sequential improvement over the decline of 25% for the week ended April 25, 2020, as reported on the Company's first quarter earnings call on April 30, 2020.
Improved comparable store sales in the first 8 weeks of the second quarter has primarily been driven by the following three factors: Strong sales at drive-thru locations; Double-digit comparable store sales growth versus the prior year during the 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. time period, driven by higher ticket orders; and Increased sales through the Dunkin' app, delivery, and curbside; digital adoption has increased weekly as compelling local and national offers entice guests to join, reactivate, and use DD Perks to make their transactions. Quarter-to-date comparable store sales ending May 23, 2020 would have been ~500 basis points lower if temporarily closed restaurants were included. They would have been ~300 basis points lower for the week ending May 23, 2020 if temporarily closed restaurants were included.
Baskin-Robbins U.S. - As of the week ending May 23, 2020, quarter-to-date comparable store sales declines were negative 10.5% for open stores. For the week ending May 23, 2020, Baskin-Robbins U.S. comparable store sales were ~flat representing a sequential improvement from the negative 10% comparable store sales for the week ending April 25, 2020, which was also reported on the Company's first quarter earnings call.
[13:21] Shevla: Arco Platform (ARCE)
Priced an underwritten public offering of 5,563,203 Class A common shares offered by General Atlantic Arco and Alfaco Holding at $47.70/share
Current Price $50.46(edited)
[13:22] Shevla: Lyft (LYFT)
Shares are trading higher after the company reported a 26% month-over-month increase in May rides.

[13:25] Shevla: Pyxis Tankers (PXS)
Shares are trading higher after the company reported better-than-expected Q1 sales results.
[13:27] Shevla: THIRD POINT PORTFOLIO UPDATE
https://www.thirdpointoffshore.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/2020-05-May-Monthly-Report-TPOI.pdf
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2020.04.20 18:06 daprice82 Wrestling Observer Rewind ★ Mar. 18, 2002

Going through old issues of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter and posting highlights in my own words. For anyone interested, I highly recommend signing up for the actual site at f4wonline and checking out the full archives.
PREVIOUSLY:
1-7-2002 1-14-2002 1-21-2002 1-28-2002
2-4-2002 2-11-2002 2-18-2002 2-25-2002
3-4-2002 3-11-2002
  • Going into Wrestlemania 18, a cloud of uncertainty hangs over the WWF. While the return of the NWO managed to spike a big buyrate for No Way Out and Rock/Hogan is probably gonna be huge for WM buyrates, it hasn't really affected TV ratings in any meaningful way. And this is the big part of the year. That doesn't bode well for the usual decline in business that always comes after Wrestlemania. From here, Dave just spends paragraphs talking about how bad booking over the last year has tanked the company from the peak they were at the previous year and what they should be doing different. And he's not wrong. In retrospect, with 18 years hindsight, pretty much all of this is right on the money. Way back as far as late '97, Dave was pointing out all the cracks starting to form in WCW and was trying to sound the alarm. Here in 2002, he's trying to do the same with WWF and sure enough, he ends up being right. The next two decades have been one continuous slow decline in popularity, for pretty much all the reasons Dave is warning about here. It's all really interesting, but it's not news. It's just business analysis.
  • Which brings us to next week's Wrestlemania. Dave says there's never in the past been a Wrestlemania where the world title match had so little buzz going into it. Jericho as the WWF champion has been rendered completely secondary to the Triple H/Stephanie feud. But as of now, that match is still expected to go on last, even though all the advertising and mainstream publicity for the show is built around the Rock/Hogan match. Even Steve Austin, the biggest PPV draw in company history for the last 4 years, isn't being heavily featured in the promotion of the show (and boy, was he salty about it as it turned out). The NWO angle has pretty much been seen internally as a flop and there's not much further for them to go as a group after the show. After Mania is the brand split, which in theory should freshen things up and lead to some developmental stars being called up. But Austin and Rock are supposed to anchor each show respectively and Rock is expected to take a few months off this summer to film another movie (The Rundown) so that's gonna hurt the star power on whatever show he ends up on.
  • More worrisome is that there have been pay cuts. Several wrestlers were approached this week and asked to take cuts to their downside guarantees. Dave talks about how Vince never wanted to pay anyone guarantees in the first place and only started doing so in 1996 when WCW forced his hand. So far, all the wrestlers asked were developmental stars or former WCW/ECW Alliance members who haven't been used on TV since the Invasion angle ended at Survivor Series. But it's expected more pay cuts are coming, especially for anyone who's contracts are coming due because obviously, no one has any negotiating leverage anymore. Chris Jericho is probably the biggest star who's deal is up for renewal soon and obviously, he's not exactly in a prime spot to play hardball. He's a much bigger star now than he was 3 years ago, so he'll probably still get a raise. But it won't be nearly would he could get if WCW still existed. (For this reason alone, I can't comprehend why anyone would want AEW to fail if you're a wrestling fan. And yet.)
  • The pay cuts seem to be about $25K-per-year each. So for instance, the guys making $125K per year are being cut down to $100K. Then $100K guys down to $75K. Or in the case of the lowest paid guys, the $75K guys are being cut to $52K. WWF tried to soften the blow by saying that if/when these guys start working on TV and working regular house shows, then they start getting merch money and house show cuts and so they'll probably make more than their downside anyway. But anyone who's ever gotten a pay cut knows that's some corporate doublespeak bullshit. With nowhere else to make a living in wrestling, most of these guys are pretty much forced to smile and take it, but needless to say, they aren't happy. These people aren't rich and a $25K-per-year pay cut makes quite a bit a difference. And it's not like WWF needs to do this. They're still very profitable and they just offered the NWO guys monstrously huge contracts. This is just what happens when you have a monopoly on the industry and you don't have to pay your employees fairly. You could. But fuck them, right? (Man, this sure feels prescient in a world where a company light years more profitable now than at any time in its history just fired a bunch of people when they didn't have to.)
  • Oh yeah, back to Wrestlemania preview. Dave runs down all the matches and what we know. Rock, Hogan, and Pat Patterson spent all day together at a gym in Florida last week choreographing their match. Apparently during his comeback house show match with Rikishi in Tampa last week, Hogan broke a rib and tried to keep it secret from everyone, but they found out. He's still expected to work Wrestlemania (he wouldn't miss it under any circumstances) but they're concerned about how much he'll be able to do. Also, because this is Toronto and he's so beloved there, WWF is expecting Hogan to get a huge reaction from the crowd (yeah, that's putting it mildly). Jericho/Triple H on paper should be a great match (they've had some classics together in the past) but the build-up has killed Jericho and the result is a foregone conclusion. Austin/Hall should be fine. UndertakeFlair has had the best build and for storyline reasons, Flair should win. But Dave ain't holding his breath. So on and so forth.
  • Yup, this is definitely a slow news week. Now Dave writes a huge piece on the history of major shows in wrestling and how that led to the birth of Wrestlemania. How Vince gambled everything on the first WM and how closed circuit was such a vital part of the success. Talks about the history of closed circuit with wrestling, with the first national pro wrestling-ish event being broadcast nationally on CCTV was the Inoki/Muhammad Ali match, which featured other wrestling matches on the undercard. The inclusion of Mr. T and Cyndi Lauper were critical to the success of the first Wrestlemania and Roddy Piper's racist promos to Mr. T turned him into an mainstream celebrity along with Hogan. And then WM2 and WM3 and oh god, I'm just realizing as I type this that Dave has written multiple paragraphs about each Wrestlemania. This is fascinating stuff to read as a history buff and I seriously can't recommend it enough if you're subscribed to go read this. But I ain't recapping all that haha.
  • More news on Jerry Jarrett's planned promotion, with the idea of doing $9.95 weekly PPV shows. Jerry and his son Jeff are now both fully involved with this, with the idea that they would be co-owners. Despite rumors, Jerry has denied that Vince Russo is involved in the company, but others are saying he'll be writing for them secretly (as mentioned last week, Time Warner execs only agreed to represent him in his lawsuit with Hulk Hogan if he doesn't work for any other wrestling company, so he can't openly be working with the company). The idea seems to be to pay the wrestlers $1,000 to $2,500 per show and run about 26 shows per year. In the meantime, the wrestlers would be allowed to work any other indies but wouldn't be allowed to work PPV or TV for anyone else. The problem here is the WWA promotion is still trying to gain a foothold in America and they want to use a lot of the same talent and Jeff Jarrett has involvement in both companies. Jeff is reportedly trying to work out an agreement where they can all share stars and get along but Dave says that's problematic when you have two companies using the same guys and trying to book different storylines and run separate PPVs. Jarrett's new company is looking to sign a core group of names to build around and Dave says you damn well better have them signed, because WWF will pluck away anyone who starts to gain any success. Jarrett is said to be interested in signing Scott Steiner, Eddie Guerrero, and Rey Mysterio for the new company. Anyway, Dave crunches the numbers and being very conservative, this new company would need to make at least $125,000 per week on PPV just to break even. And that's being optimistic. Once you take out the PPV company's cut, Dave estimates they would need to pull 31,000 buys at least to even think of breaking even. And again, that's being extremely conservative and assuming this company runs an extremely low-cost production. To have something with good production values that can be taken seriously as competition, you'd probably have to do double that. And even with national television, WCW and ECW weren't doing that many PPV buys by the end. So Dave is skeptical that this Jarrett promotion is gonna manage it without any TV. Not to mention, where are they gonna tape? Multiple cities? Gotta promote them and draw crowds. Dave thinks you'd have to heavily paper the crowd. And it takes months for PPV money to come in, which means Jarrett is gonna have to eat all these costs at the start. Basically, this idea is gonna be difficult to pull off (yup. If Panda Energy hadn't bailed them out, they were gonna be dead within the first 6 months under this plan).
  • Big story about how the Vitor Belfort vs. Chuck Liddell fight has been cancelled. Why? Well, Belfort's lawyers sent a letter to UFC officials claiming that the fighter was sick with a malaria-like disease (ended up being dengue fever) and due to the medication he was on, he wasn't able to train properly. Sounds reasonable enough, yeah? Well....turns out Belfort isn't too sick to collect a paycheck in other ways. Belfort is the newest cast member of a Brazilian reality show called "Casa dor Artistas 2" which is basically exactly like Big Brother, in which a bunch of people are locked in this house with no contact to the outside world and are on camera 24/7 online, with daily edited versions airing on TV. So Belfort has now committed to being locked in this house for the next 90 days for a TV show, which means he couldn't make the fight with Liddell, scheduled for May. The winner of that fight was expected to face Tito Ortiz later this year, and Belfort vs. Ortiz is the big fight everyone has been clamoring for, and has already been postponed or canceled two other times (don't end up getting Belfort/Ortiz until 2005, and it ends up being a controversial split decision win for Ortiz).
  • Former Memphis area wrestler The Dream Machine passed away of a heart attack at age 47. Dave says he was possibly the greatest talker of the last 25 years who never made it big nationally. Dave recaps his career in the 70s and 80s, with lots of quotes from Jim Cornette and Jimmy Hart. I pulled up a promo just outta curiosity.
WATCH: Dream Machine cuts a promo on Dutch Mantel from 1981
  • All Japan Women held its first ever show on PPV this week, while facing an uncertain future. AJW is the 3rd longest-running promotion in the world (behind CMLL and WWF) but they've been struggling financially for years. And at the end of this month, they're losing their TV deal with Fuji Network, which has aired their show for 25 years. Anyway, the PPV was fine but something was missing. Manami Toyota, unquestionably the greatest female wrestler to ever live, stole the show in an excellent match, but otherwise, nothing memorable.
  • Kiyoshi Sagawa passed away at age 79 this week. You probably don't know Sagawa's name, but he was the largest shareholder of NJPW and was the founder of Sagawa Kyubin, which is basically Japan's version of FedEx. Sagawa was a billionaire and owned the largest percentage of NJPW stock. He alone owned 40% of the company. It's believed Sagawa's shares will be bequeathed to Antonio Inoki, who currently holds 15%. This would give him Inoki a 55% stake in the company. But Dave doesn't expect much to change because Sagawa always backed Inoki anyway, so it's not like day-to-day is going to be any different.
  • Eddie Guerrero debuted on the latest NJPW tour, teaming with Minoru Tanaka and Black Tiger. It's interesting because several years ago, Guerrero portrayed the role of Black Tiger. This time, it was played by Silver King. During the match, Guerrero and Black Tiger turned heel on their partner and joined their opponents in a 5-on-1 beatdown of Minoru Tanaka. Word is Guerrero looked really good on this tour so far (yeah, he was on fire during this time. Guerrero only works about 10 shows for NJPW on this tour and then WWF re-hires him and the rest is history).
  • Hayabusa is said to have regained feeling in much of his body and can move his left arm somewhat, after suffering the career-ending injury back in October that left him paralyzed.
  • Speaking of, Atsushi Onita and former FMW star Kodo Fuyuki are working an angle together over the dead FMW promotion. At an indie show, Onita came out and accused Fuyuki and FMW general manager Sakichi Nakamura of mismanaging FMW and using the company's money to make themselves rich while allowing the promotion to die. Onita also talked about how they stopped paying Hayabusa's hospital bills and used the money to enrich themselves. This is all leading up to Onita vs. Fuyuki soon, and of course Onita is using Hayabusa's injury as part of his angle. Because Onita is the carniest carny to ever carny.
  • A made-for-TV movie about the life of Nobuhiko Takada and his marriage to TV personality Aki Mukai aired in Japan this week and was a huge ratings hit. Takada of course is a former pro wrestler turned MMA fighter who, frankly, should have stuck to worked fights because his reputation as a shoot fighter has been destroyed time and again in real shoots. He married Mukai, who is the host of a popular morning TV show (she's basically Japan's Katie Couric, Dave says) and she has been battling cancer recently. The movie was a tearjerker story about their inability to have children due to her cancer. The couple is looking to adopt a kid in the U.S. because adoption is apparently extremely difficult in Japan.
  • Dan Severn regained the NWA title from Shinya Hashimoto at a Zero-One show in Japan this week. NWA president Jim Miller was there and a NWA Jersey (and American) referee officiated the match. The match ended with a screwjob finish, with the American ref fast-counting Hashimoto to give Severn the victory, which the fans haaaaaated and Dave thinks pretty well tarnishes whatever legacy the NWA title still has, in the one country where fans still sorta respect that belt. Dave says the idea here is Hashimoto is such a bigger star than Severn that he couldn't feasibly do a clean job to him in his own promotion. But Hashimoto doesn't want to go to America and defend the NWA title on a bunch of tiny indie shows for 100 people either, so he agreed to drop it back to Severn this way.
  • Remember that Matrats promotion Eric Bischoff was involved in that sorta disappeared off the radar? It's not dead! Yet. Bischoff, who hates dirt sheets, thinks they're all lies, and has never confided in Dave Meltzer, did an interview with the Wrestling Observer website this week and talked about the plans for the company. It has been renamed Next Generation Wrestling and Bischoff talked as if they still plan to go into production for a TV series later this summer, but he admitted everything isn't yet finalized. Bischoff said the matches won't have pinfalls or submissions but will instead of have ringside judges awarding points for creativity and execution. Dave doesn't seem to be super on board with this concept (yeah, it goes nowhere).
  • WWA promoter Andrew McManus claimed after the PPV disaster in Las Vegas that he would never again advertise anyone for a show that he doesn't have signed to a contract. So needless to say, the upcoming tour in Australia has names like Sid Vicious, Jeff Jarrett, Road Dogg, Buff Bagwell, Eddie Guerrero, Rey Mysterio, Scott Steiner, Sabu, Juventud Guerrera, and others being promoted. Needless to say, almost none of them have contracts with this company (most of them end up working the shows, but several do not). Speaking of WWA, after claiming they didn't get paid for their appearances at the Vegas show, both Terry Taylor and Larry Zbyszko have now been paid.
  • Sid Vicious is in a commercial for an Alabama chain of restaurants called Jack's Hamburgers. The commercial shows a guy golfing when Sid comes in and slams him. Then it says "some things don't mix, like golf and wrestling" but then it says some things like the new Jack's bacon and cheddar do mix. The commercial ends with the golfer choking Sid with his golf club. I can't find this commercial, so I'm counting on you Wreddit. FIND THIS VIDEO! I need this in my life.
  • Remember the story last week about the confrontation at the WWA show between Bischoff and Juventud Guerrera about a petition in WCW that Guerrera signed to have Bischoff fired? Well Dave has more details. The petition wasn't actually to get Bischoff fired, necessarily. After the incident at Bash at the Beach 2000 with Hogan, naturally, Bischoff took Hogan's side and it led to a big blow-up argument between he and Vince Russo. As a result, Bischoff pretty much walked out and said, "Here, let Russo run it and watch him hang himself." Which, of course, he inevitably did. But the point is, when Bischoff walked out, it looked as if there was going to be yet another power-change in WCW. Several of the wrestlers were fed up with their bosses changing on a monthly basis and never knowing who was in charge. So they put together a petition to give to Brad Siegel, basically asking him to give Russo a fair chance to succeed on his own and to let him remain in power in the wake of the Bischoff/Russo split. Bischoff wasn't even mentioned in the petition, it was mostly just a "don't fire Russo yet" petition. Of course, in siding with Russo to be the one in charge, that meant they were siding against Bischoff being in charge, even if that wasn't explicitly spelled out in the petition. Anyway, it apparently worked. Russo got to remain in power while Bischoff went home again. And then Russo spent the next few months booking himself to be WCW champion and screwing up everything else and within a few months, all those same guys were wishing Bischoff would come back. Anyway, a lot of people at the WWA show thought it was funny that Bischoff lashed out at Guerrera over it, because several other WCW wrestlers at the time, including Scott Steiner, also signed it.
  • XWF's planned house shows for later this month in Michigan and Ohio have been cancelled. Everyone has pretty much been told to sit tight for now until September and have been given hints that a TV deal is imminent. But people have been saying that since this promotion launched (yeah, this obviously never happens. Unbeknownst to anyone, XWF is already dead at this point, they never ran another show).
  • The plan for now (and it could always change again) is that the brand split will finally take place on the 3/25 Raw the week after Wrestlemania. It was originally supposed to be the very next night but they once again pushed it back a week, so that's where we stand for now. Promotional material for the Backlash PPV is already out and references Vince owning Raw and Flair owning Smackdown (and funny enough, it ends up going the other way) and split house shows are already scheduled for April. Dave still hates the draft idea because when guys (like Hurricane, for example) get drafted 28th, that immediately establishes them in the fans eyes as lower-card nobodies. The idea of a brand split is that it will force them to push new people and create new stars, but they've spent so long telling fans that only 3 or 4 guys matter and everyone else is minor talent. Doing a draft where guys get picked way down near the bottom just hurts them more and makes it harder to rebuild them as major players.
  • Notes from Smackdown: Flair had a brawl with Undertaker and during the fight, there was a "fan" played by indie wrestler Paul London who got punched. London also worked a dark match against Perry Saturn at the show. Rock returned, with not a scratch on him after being murderdeathkilled in an ambulance by the NWO a couple weeks ago. Rock challenged Hogan to face him right then and there, but of course that didn't happen because c'mon. Vince isn't crazy enough to take Hogan's first televised WWF match in 8 years and just give it away on free TV less than a week before Wrestlemania, right?
WATCH: Perry Saturn vs. Paul London - 2002
  • Notes from Raw: Dave calls it Raw Is Dog Shit. Oh, this should be fun. Turns out it was literally dog shit. The show was built around Triple H and Stephanie fighting for custody of their dog Lucy and at one point, it pooped on the floor. Stephanie ordered Jericho to walk the dog, because ya know, gotta build up the world champion for his Wrestlemania main event next week. The rest of the show was built around Vince and Flair in a boardroom arguing over ownership of the company with the board of directors. Jericho (while running another errand for Stephanie) accidentally runs over the dog. Riveting television here. They said the dog had a broken leg, which leads Dave to point out that Rock got practically murdered by the NWO a few weeks ago and we never got a medical update on his condition (he just sorta returned and was fine), but we found out about the dog's medical condition just minutes after it happened. As a result, Triple H came out and started attacking Stephanie, pretty much committing spousal abuse while the crowd cheered wildly, leading to Jericho attacking Triple H's quad with a sledgehammer, which would have been a fine angle if it hadn't been proceeded by weeks of making Jericho into Stephanie's whipping boy. And the main event was the 3-on-2 of the NWO vs. Austin & Rock. So yes, turns out Vince is crazy enough to book Hogan's comeback WWF match on a throwaway Raw 6 days before the biggest show of the year on PPV with no buildup whatsoever. It's the first time ever that Hogan and Austin have ever squared off against each other in a match (and it never happened again). Crowd was way into Hogan and Nash as well, since they were in his hometown.
  • There's a Divas special airing on UPN this week and if it does strong ratings, UPN is interested in doing a whole Divas series. Dave suspects that won't hold up long in the ratings. But for what it's worth, the original idea for Smackdown waaaaay back when it was originally conceived was for it to be an all-women's show based around Sable (who was drawing monster ratings for her segments at the time). They even held auditions for new women before scrapping the idea and making it a second show like Raw.
  • WWF's recent show in Japan was supposed to air on the TV-Tokyo network but it got canceled and then the network announced it was cancelling all WWF programming on the station. Turns out there was a big misunderstanding. The entire show was filmed by the network and they planned to broadcast it (with Keiji Muto doing commentary). WWF was under the impression that the show was being filmed only so they could air highlights of it as part of a sports recap show or highlight package (basically just a quick few minutes of clips on the news). WWF didn't approve for this show (a house show without all the bells and whistles) to be aired on TV in full, and when they found out, they contacted the network and said.....hey, uh, no. The network was pissed and in response, they canceled ALL WWF programming, effective immediately. This was the channel that aired Raw and Smackdown and this cancellation completely eliminates WWF's only television exposure in Japan.
  • Speaking of that show, before the event, Antonio Inoki told the media that he hated what WWF had become and expected the show to be a flop. He specifically talked about the Vince McMahon kiss-my-ass club angle, with Jim Ross and William Regal kissing Vince's ass and said that sort of product would never get over in Japan and thus the show would be a failure. As we learned last week, it was actually a HUGE success. In response, Inoki has admitted he was wrong and says that he has lessons he needs to learn from WWF and maybe he shouldn't have been so dismissive of their style. Dave is flabbergasted. He talks about when AAA came to the U.S. in 1993 and outdrew both WWF and WCW by a huge margin for several shows. Can you imagine if Vince McMahon had looked at that and admitted that maybe he could have learned something from it rather than ignoring it? ECW and WCW sure learned from it, and those Lucha Libre stars became a huge part of their success in later years, while WWF still hasn't learned anything from it 9 years later.
  • Nash and Hall are pushing hard for X-Pac to be included in the NWO and most people in the company figure it's inevitable that it will happen because Nash is pretty much undefeated in backstage political battles. He always gets what he wants somehow. Last Dave heard, X-Pac was expected to interfere at Wrestlemania in some fashion and then join the group the next night on Raw (didn't quite happen like that, but close). Lots of people in the locker room aren't happy about it because, for starters, it proves that Nash is still there to politic for his friends. And also, prior to his injury, X-Pac had fallen to a lower-card nobody status. So there's a lot of people not happy that he's expected to return and leap-frog the entire locker room and be put in the main event faction ahead of everyone else because of who his friends are.
  • Mick Foley signed a book deal to publish his first fiction novel, which will be titled "Tietam Brown." It's expected to be out in early 2003 and it's not about wrestling. That's all Dave seems to know so far. Foley is also now the full-time host of TNN's Robot Wars show. Foley was also involved in a TV project that was being shopped around in which he would play a former pro wrestler adjusting to real life now that he's retired. Barry Blaustein, who directed Beyond The Mat, was involved and ABC was interested, but they eventually passed and the idea seems to have died (this is basically what that new Big Show show is on Netflix. The Observer Rewind Curious Timing Effect™ strikes again.).
  • An idea that was pitched for Wrestlemania was for Stephanie to reveal she had been cheating on Triple H with Chris Jericho. Of course, that didn't happen. Dave talks about the Triple H/Kurt Angle storyline from a couple years ago where that almost happened but Triple H nixed it because it wouldn't be "believable" that Stephanie would cheat on him with Kurt Angle....a goddamn Olympic hero and the most legitimately bad ass athlete in the entire company. So of course, it wouldn't make sense for her to cheat on him with Jericho either. Sure, why not?
  • On OVW television, they hinted that Ric Flair will be coming in soon to team with his son David against Prototype and Sean O'Haire. Looks to be scheduled for next month (indeed, this does happen but for the life of me, I can't find video of it).
  • Another note from Eric Bischoff's interview with the Observer website, a dirt sheet website ran by a guy who he definitely never would talk to. Bischoff seems to be angling for a WWF job, saying contrary to popular belief, he wouldn't even ask for that much money to do it. He just wants to do something fun. He said they made him an offer last year, right when the Invasion angle was starting, but said he turned it down because he wasn't in good shape and didn't want to appear on TV. That's the story now. At the time, a year ago, Bischoff denied that he was ever given an offer and said he would never consider working for WWF. Dave says, in Eric's defense, the storyline they pitched last year was horrible and Bischoff was right to turn it down (they wanted him to come in and work a match with Vince at the Invasion PPV, get his ass beat, lose, and then that would be it). Adding Bischoff to the NWO angle now would be the obvious idea, but Dave says "invasion" angles never work in WWF because Vince McMahon doesn't commit to them, so adding Bischoff would likely just be another disappointment added to an already disappointing NWO return.
  • WWF confiscated a "Nash is horrible" sign at the TV tapings this week. Dave doesn't get it. In the past, WWF used to criticize WCW like crazy for "censoring" fans and violating their freedom of expression and all that shit. But then they started doing it too. At first, it was anti-Rock signs that were being taken away, which Dave can kinda understand because he's a top babyface. But Nash is a heel. Don't you want people bringing signs trashing them?
  • Scott Steiner's WWF physical showed several health issues that still need to be addressed before they sign him. The deal isn't dead yet and Steiner could still come in eventually, but that's the situation right now.
  • WWF has reached out to both Eddie Guerrero and Rey Mysterio and talked to them about coming in for the new cruiserweight division. Eddie has been busting his ass on the indies in hopes of getting re-hired while Rey has been working in Puerto Rico as of late.
WEDNESDAY: Fallout from Wrestlemania 18, the Hogan/Rock match, Steve Austin walks out (the first time), Vince McMahon talks about failed plan to bring Bret Hart in for Wrestlemania, and more...
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2020.01.28 18:00 SaintRidley Wrestling Observer Rewind ★ Aug. 3, 1987

Going through old issues of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter and posting highlights in my own words, continuing in the footsteps of daprice82. For anyone interested, I highly recommend signing up for the actual site at f4wonline and checking out the full archives.
FUTURE YEARS ARCHIVE:
The Complete Observer Rewind Archive by daprice82
1-5-1987 1-12-1987 1-18-1987 2-2-1987
2-9-1987 2-16-1987 2-23-1987 3-2-1987
3-9-1987 3-16-1987 3-23-1987 4-6-1987
4-13-1987 4-20-1987 4-27-1987 5-4-1987
5-11-1987 5-18-1987 5-25-1987 6-1-1987
6-8-1987 6-15-1987 6-22-1987 6-29-1987
7-6-1987 7-13-1987 7-20-1987 7-27-1987
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  • Another slow week, so slow that the leading story is that Wrestlemania 3 officially broke the record for highest grossing pay-per-view event in history. The previous recordholder was the 1982 Gerry Cooney vs. Larry Holmes fight for the heavyweight title, which grossed $10.05 million. Wrestlemania 3 grossed $10.3 million, plus $1.6 million at the gate and $5.2 million from closed-circuit for an estimated total of $17.1 million. That also stands as a record for highest grossing wrestling event of all time. Obviously WWF didn’t take all of that, as cable companies and others get their cut, but it was still incredibly profitable.
  • International Wrestling (Montreal Territory) has officially folded. Last week was their final week and Pat Patterson was present to make a pitch to their headline babyface Steve DiSalvo to join the company.
  • Sherri Martel made her WWF debut on July 24 and defeated the Fabulous Moolah for the WWF Women’s Title. Martel leaving AWA (and she did so while still AWA Women’s Champion) isn’t a surprise, though. Dave thinks she’s easily the best all-around performer of all U.S.-based women, but going to WWF’s low workrate style and being a face could diminish her performance quick. She got great heat (but unfortunately wasn’t able to translate that into being a draw) in AWA mainly through her colorful language, and that won’t fly as a WWF babyface. Regardless, anything is better than Moolah, even Ronnie Garvin in drag.
Watch: Sherri Martel wins WWF Women's Championship
  • The Great American Bash continues to draw big for Crockett. The Greensboro show on the 11th drew $150k and Charlotte on the 18th drew $175k according to Crockett (Dave questions the latter, as the latter number translates to about 16000 tickets when all crowd estimates he had were between 20-24k people). July 20 in Greenville was an all-time record for the city at $70,000 and the Dallas show on July 23 also drew about $70k. Dave has a big report on the July 25 Philadelphia Bash, which drew about 8500 people, but probably didn’t top the record for highest gate in the city. The Lex Luger dating game bit went off without an angle, surprisingly, and it was made to look legit to the fans (but the girls picked for the game obviously knew about the game in advance). Nothing really huge of note on the matches themselves, other than that Nikita Koloff beat Luger in a cage match by DQ when Luger used a foreign object which is only notable because I forget sometimes that you could get disqualified in cage matches back then.
  • Jim Duggan should be back to work with WWF at the end of August as a babyface. Dave is glad about this because the suspension only happened due to an incredible string of bad luck in the first place. Of course, this is the 80s, so the next sentence has aged poorly: “Not that drinking while driving is something to be condoned, but it is hardly the type of activity that should cost someone their job, at least with the realities of the biz.”
  • Variety magazine had a review of Body Slam which Roddy Piper and Sam Fatu (Tama the Islander) filmed on their summer vacation last year and is due out next month. The review was surprisingly favorable, and Dave’s never heard of a wrestling movie getting good reviews even when the movie is okay. Most people Dave knows loved The One and Only (which Piper had a small role in and Henry Winkler played a Gorgeous George type character) and Paradise Alley (starring Sylvester Stallone and featuring a great performance by Terry Funk) was at least average, but critics panned both. Anyway, other wrestlers also appeared for cameos like Ric Flair and Bruno Sammartino, and Dave wonders about Piper’s prospective future in Hollywood. No doubt Piper could play wrestler in Hollywood - he has a lot of experience playing wrestler in wrestling land. The real questions are if he can make enough just doing that, and if he can be good in roles that aren’t just playing wrestler.
Watch: Wrestling with Wregret reviews Body Slam
  • Houston has become the major battleground between WWF and NWA. Both companies held shows there on the 24th (Crockett with a Bash, WWF with the Martel title win and Mr. T as referee between Savage/Honkytonk). Dave has no gate figures yet, but he expects NWA to have won the day due to their deeper lineup. They go head to head in Houston again on the weekend of August 29, as WWF brings Hogan vs. One Man Gang on the 28th, as well as Duggan vs. DiBiase (Houston has long been where Duggan is most popular), Moolah vs. Martel in a rematch, and Bruno Sammartino vs. Hercules Hernandez. The NWA/UWF card for August 29 doesn’t have a complete card, but they’re calling it Champions Night and have six title matches scheduled including Steve Williams vs. Bubba Rogers for the UWF title, LugeKoloff for the US Title, Sting/Eddie Gilbert for the UWF tv title, and Rock’n’Roll express vs. Arn/Tully for the NWA tag titles).
  • Although he’s advertised to resume with WWF at the end of this month, Jim Duggan was at the July 25 UWF taping. He was backstage, showing interest in returning. Dave says it’s pretty clear he’ll be in one place or the other soon enough.
  • On commentary Bruno Sammartino has had to pretend he’s never heard of Bam Bam Bigelow before. It’s Bruno’s role and WWF likes to be a bubble, but it’s just dumb. Bam Bam was all over the wrestling magazines and Sports Illustrated had an article on him even.
  • With Tom Zenk gone, WWF is figuring out a repackage for Rick Martel. The word Dave has currently is they plan to give him a new partner and drop the Can-Am Connection gimmick. Martel’s not a great promo but is extremely talented in the ring, and Dave thinks it would be interesting to team him with Billy Graham. Graham can’t work at all now, but he’s a great promo. He gives that one pretty much zero odds of happening, though.
  • Just a quiet note, and more me noticing a trend than Dave picking it up here, nearly every report Dave has gotten since the Jumping Bomb Angels arrived for WWF has had their match with Judy Martin and Leilani Kai as the best match of the card. This has been going on for a few issues, and it’s pretty universal to every report Dave has gotten and which he’s printed. If the JB Angels and Glamour Girls are on a card, they’re almost surely the best match.
  • A few issues back Dave reported on the beef between Stampede Wrestling’s school and the Les Thornton school. Here’s an update. A student at Stampede’s school quit after nine days, and the contract offers a refund of $1500 of the $2000 (CAD) tuition if you drop out within seven days. The student then met with Les Thornton and attempted to run the Harts out of business, and it got to the Boxing and Wrestling Commission where it was thrown out and the issue is dead. From what Dave hears, the students of the Harts who were complaining came in with poor physical conditioning and wanted to begin wrestling right away and were resentful of the Harts trying to get them in decent shape before letting them in the ring. And Calgary style demands good cardio and all-around conditioning.
  • [Stampede] The second most dangerous and tragic job in professional wrestling after being a Von Erich is being Hiroshi Hase’s tag team partner. His first partner, Fumi Niikura, suffered a heart attack late last year and hasn’t returned to wrestling yet. Another Japanese wrestler, named Matsuda, was brought in and trained to be Viet Cong #2 but nearly died from a brain hemorrhage. He’s recovered well enough that he may wrestle again someday. The latest Cong, Shinji Sasazaki, was more fortunate but still tore the cartilage in his knee. He needs surgery and will be out of action for a while.
  • Davey Boy Smith was supposed to work full time for Stampede in August and September, but he probably won’t due to the need for babyfaces in the tag division in WWF. With Zenk gone and Brian Blair gone for a while and Dynamite Kid operating at about 30%, the Rougeaus are the only face team WWF has operating at 100%. Back on the May 26 Stampede show where Badnews Allen was destroying Owen Hart, it was Davey Boy who made the save and Allen did a promo challenging Smith later on. Smith and Allen would probably be the main event angle in September for Stampede if not for WWF.
  • Lastly for Stampede, Dave is convinced Brian Pillman should win rookie of the year. His flying moves are some of the best in North America, and he reminds Dave of Tommy Rogers but bigger.
  • Terry Taylor returned to UWF at the July 23 Bash show in Dallas. He ran into the ring and attacked Chris Adams, leading to Black Bart and Eddie Gilbert beating Adams and Windham. He’s scheduled to make his in-ring return on August 8, and should be okay as long as he doesn’t stretch his abdomen or take any shots in that region.
  • [Memphis] They’re headlining the July 27 show with Bockwinkel vs. Lawler, with the winner challenging Hennig on August 10. And for what it’s worth, Lawler was very giving to Brickhouse Brown in their recent matches and made him look great. Fans just didn’t buy Brown on top, so back down the card he goes.
  • Sheik Adnan al-Kaissey was fired form AWA. Tommy Rich has also been given an ultimatum: he can either keep working for Deep South in Georgia (where he’s booker and top star) or he can work in AWA, but he can’t do both.
  • AWA drew roughly 100 paid in Milwaukee on July 24. Somehow, though, they’ve decided they’re in good enough shape to tour West Germany (in conjunction with promoter Otto Wanz) this fall, and worse yet they’re making plans to run a show in Charlotte, North Carolina. Even Hulk Hogan only managed to draw 2400 in Charlotte, so Dave has no idea how they think they’re going to get anybody at all.
  • [Alabama] Scott Hall starts next week and taking up the Lord Humongous gimmick. That should tell you everything about how far his star has fallen. This time last year he was primed to be a world champion and all the major promotions wanted him, but now this.
  • Rumors abound that something has changed with the ownership of the Alabama territory. Dave’s current knowledge is the Fullers are still in charge, but Ron West is trying to gather the money to buy a controlling interest.
  • New Japan is trying something ambitious. They’re running August 19 and 20 at Tokyo Sumo Hall, and if they can sell both nights out the total gate will be nearly $900k. August 19 will have the first and second rounds of a 10-man junior heavyweight tournament (featuring names like Keiichi Yamada, Nobuhiko Takada, Shiro Koshinaka, Kuniaki Kobayashi, and Hiro Saito) and will be main evented by a 10 man elimination tag match between Riki Choshu/Tatsumi Fujinami/Akira Maeda/Super Strong Machine/Kengo Kimura vs. Antonio Inoki/Yoshiaki Fujiwara/Masa Saito/Kantaro Hoshino/Seiji Sakaguchi. Fujiwara is the only under-40 on the second team (though Hoshino and Saito are still top-notch workers). The August 20 show will have the finals of the junior heavyweight tournament, Animal Hamaguchi’s retirement match, and Inoki/Saito vs. Choshu/Fujinami in the main event. After the card was announced, Fujinami told reporters he wants none of that and wants a singles match with Inoki instead. All of the above notwithstanding, Riki Choshu is still not cleared to be on tv.
  • All Japan Women will be getting Leilani Kai next month. They tried to sign Debbie Combs as well, but couldn’t get in contact with her. And in the ongoing saga of Shinobu Kandori and her inability to commit to anything in wrestling, she wrestled her final match with JWP on July 18 and beat Jackie Sato (more on this in two issues, it got nasty in the match). She now says she hasn’t decided if she’ll go to AJW or if she’ll go into a different martial art yet.
  • [NWA/JCP] Ric Flair has a pinched nerve in his neck and it has caused his fingers and occasionally the arm to go numb. Dave’s not sure that he buys that as the reason Flair didn’t wrestle Road Warrior Animal in Chicago, though. The injury has been getting worse, but everyone in JCP is banged up from this tour, and Flair wrestled that afternoon in Roanoke and the next day in Greenville.
  • Al Blake (Vladimir Petrov in JCP) made the Twin Cities newspapers as he was on trial last week for drug trafficking charges. Blake is part of a group of six charged with selling controlled substances in 1983-84, and the case is just going to jury as of Dave’s most recent report. This is the first case in the history of Minnesota where police have tried to introduce videotaped evidence, though the judge threw the evidence out of court. Dave says it’s times like these Jim Crockett can be glad he’s not Vince McMahon because “a Titan wrestler pretending to be a Russian, coming out as an American and being up on charges like that would bring down half of his organization with the resulting publicity. Since it was a Crockett wrestler, the news media didn’t pick up on it outside Minneapolis.” Dave thinks there's a chance Blake may get acquitted simply on the basis of making all his court dates this weekend, but that may not be a germane point.
  • J.D. McKay Jr., a writer for Pro Wrestling Digest, writes in about something Dave said in Wrestling Forum. Dave said anyone who thinks Nikita Koloff has improved should be forced to watch his match against Arn Anderson from July 7. McKay takes this as a rebuttal to his article in the Digest, and asks Dave why can’t Nikita just have an off night like a Randy Savage, Barry Windham, or Steve Williams do occasionally. Why isn’t it possible Arn Anderson was also having an off night, and two off nights made for a horrible match? Is it at all possible smart fans are too hard on wrestlers, especially those wrestlers who started out not so good? Dave responds and says that it’s possible he’s overly harsh on Nikita and Luger, but if you heard what many wrestlers say about their abilities you’d think Dave’s overly nice to them. Dave thinks Luger’s improved quite a bit, but not Nikita - and readers overwhelmingly say Nikita’s match is the worst on the card when they send reports to Dave, and his opponents are generally well regarded.
  • ”Everyone knows that Space Mountain is the shortest ride in the park and you feel a little sick when you get off.” - Jimmy Garvin.
  • That promotion from Edmonton Dave wrote about last week? They’ve apparently run into difficulties and may already be dead.
  • Mark Lewin and Tom Prichard are apparently WWF-bound. They're both being brought in, it looks like, based on some advertising for a show. Prichard is no surprise as his brother Bruce works in the front office, but Lewin’s a surprise and makes no sense to Dave. Maybe they want to have an over-50 bodybuilding contest with Billy Graham? Dave then clarifies, for those confused if he’s joking, that he thinks they’re just under 50, then legit checks his records and discovers that Lewin was born in 1937.
NEXT ISSUE: Bruiser Brody does a job (for real this time), Mr. T a flop, Sherri Martel and the women’s revolution?, WarGames 2, and more
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2020.01.09 09:22 ooooohnoyobogoya Strahm vs. Jigsaw Ring should have ended the series

Hi there saw! I spent the weekend indoors sick so I ended up binging the majority of the SAW series which I hadn't really rewatched since their initial theatrical runs. Just my retrospective two cents but the most compelling character arc/story line aside from the first film was Agent Peter Strahm's run in SAW IV and Saw V, despite the two films being weaker in the series as a whole.
From the jump Strahm deduces that a third accomplice exists using basic logic, that the city's police department is compromised, uses the death of Detective Kerry to appropriately make the case federal, and is rightfully skeptical of the department's last man standing, Hoffman along with Jill Tuck. For the most part he knows to take Jigsaw's rules literally and demonstrated resourcefulness with his pen tracheotomy.
I think it was a wasted opportunity to have Strahm's plot go where it went only to kill him off after really one and a half movies. Even worse to have him framed as Jigsaw which doesn't seem like any scrutiny would hold that up. An FBI agent's movements aren't that hard to check up on. It was his introduction that changed the pace of the story to a more cat and mouse detective story. Jigsaw's team had an intelligent equal in Strahm, a Sherlock Holmes to their Moriarity. This opposed to the more one note detectives we see previously with Eric Matthews who was not really that bright, Tapp who while intelligent is unstable and shockingly reckless. His partner Perez just didn't carry the gravitas to feel like a real challenge to the case. The exception here is Detective Kerry who we get little screen time with. Most of all props to Scott Patterson for carrying those two flicks.
tl;dr: The series should have revolved around and concluded on Strahm's battle with the Jigsaw ring.
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2019.10.24 19:26 thefrenchflo [IIL] 2019 Post-Rock, Progressive Rock & Related, [WEWIL?]

Here is the list of all the 2019 albums I listened so far, and my appreciation of them.

Which album out in 2019 have I missed, that would make it to my 4-stars session?
(please note that when I rate an album only 1 star, It's not a judgement about the value of the artist. I admire all artist. It's just that I can't love everything and I wish them to find a big audience elsewhere).

5 stars:
  1. Devin Townsend - Empath (PROGRESSIVE METAL)
  2. Monkey3 - Sphere (PSYCHEDELIC ROCK)
  3. Tool - Fear Inoculum (POST METAL)
  4. Cheeto's Magazine - Amazingous (CROSSOVER PROG)

4 1/2 stars:

4 stars:

3 1/2 stars:

3 stars:

2 1/2 stars:

2 stars:
1 1/2 stars:

1 star:

1/2 star:
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2019.07.09 10:59 syro_u473t8e Huge collection of instructional BDSM/Kink books

http://wonder-woman.info/ds/

File List:
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2019.05.23 15:42 Puffin_Fitness How The Russians orchestrated Trump-Russia through Giuliani and the Center for the National Interest: Lavrov, Kislyak, Torshin, Butina, Gorkov, and Gref

Giuliani to Lavrov to Kislyak to Torshin
In 2004, Rudy Giuliani gained a new client, Triglobal, a firm that connects US and Russia companies. That same year Triglobal arranged for Giuliani to meet with Sergey Lavrov, Russia’s Minister of Foreign Affairs (1). Lavrov’s Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs at the time was none other than Sergey Kislyak (2), known by US intelligence agents as Russia's "top spy and recruiter of spies" (35).
In Oct 2005, Rudy Giuliani began his run for the 2008 presidential election (3). Giuliani held a strong lead early on, but after finishing third in the Florida primary, Giuliani ended his campaign and endorsed John McCain, who’s campaign had been infiltrated by Paul Manafort associates (4). At that time, Paul Manafort had already signed a deal with Russian Oligarch Oleg Deripaska that would “greatly benefit the Putin Government (31). As a matter of fact, it was Manafort’s business partner in Ukraine, Rick Davis, that selected Sarah Palin as McCain’s VP (5)(6).
It was through Sarah Palin that Kislyak first introduced Russian mobster (15) Alexander Torshin to the US polictical world. In May 2009, Kislyak, then Russia’s recently appointed ambassador to the US, attempted to set up a meeting between Sarah Palin and Torshin, just five months after Kislyak first met Palin during Alaska’s 50th anniversary (7).
To clarify the connection between Kislyak, Torshin, and Lavrov, according to Russian spy Maria Butina, Butina reported to Kislyak and Torshin (8)(9), who then reported to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, run by Lavrov (10).
When Kislyak first arrived to the US to fulfill his role as ambassador, Dimitri Simes, whom Vladimir Putin referred to as an “American friend and colleague” (11), threw a dinner party in Kislyak’s honor. Simes, president of the Center for the National Interest, or CftNI, would go on to invite Kislyak to many CftNI events (12) and ultimately introduced Jared Kushner and Jeff Sessions to Kislyak at the Mayflower hotel during Trump’s first speech on foreign policy, an event hosted by CftNI, where Trump promised Russia a “good deal” (16)- a speech Simes had early access to (17). It’s alleged that Simes’ handler is Sergey Lavrov, who met regularly with Simes as early as 2004 (26).
CftNI is also connected to Torshin and Butina. In June 2015, CftNI published an op-ed by Butina (13), and CftNI’s Paul Saunders arranged for Torshin and Butina to meet with officers of the US Federal Reserve (14).
So how does Rudy Giuliani connect to CftNI? Before entering the political world in the 80‘s, Giuliani worked at law firm Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler. One of the partners was Ed Cox, who’s sister-in-law, Julie Nixon Eisenhower, also sits on the board of CftNI (18). Ed Cox pushed Giuliani to run for Senator of New York after the two clashed over Cox’s take over of the New York Republican state chair position in 2009 (19). It was Ed Cox who introduced Carter Page to the Trump campaign (20), which then hired Page after he boasted in an email he could arrange a meeting between Trump and Putin (21).
Interestingly, Page’s old boss at the Merrill Lynch Moscow office was Sergey Aleksashenko (22), who also happened to be Aleksandr Torshin’s superior at the Central Bank of Russia in the 90‘s (23). While at the Central Bank, Aleksashenko also sat on the board for Sberbank (32), which is owned 50%+1 vote by the Central Bank (33). Sberbank will come up again in a very big way later on.
Page, at the Merrill Lynch Moscow office, worked on the privatization of Russia’s giant electric company, RAO-UES (34). In 2008, head of RAO-UES during the privatization process, Anatoly Chubais, moved on to head the newly formed by decree RusNano (24). On the supervisory board of RusNano was Aleksandr Torshin (25).
When Giulani and McCain both failed to attain the presidency, Kislyak and Torshin turned to another politician, Arnold Schwartzenegger, then governor of California. Amid the financial crisis in 2009, Schwarzenegger was set to close the last Russian fort in California, Fort Ross, until lobbied by both Kislyak, who suggested Russia may foot the bill to keep the fort open (27). A month later, Russia’s president formed, by decree, Russia’s answer to Silicon Valley, Skolkovo, and put Russian oligarch Viktor Vekselberg in charge of the project (28).
Ultimately it was Vekselberg’s Renova Group that paid for Fort Ross at an event held at Skolkovo (25), which, it turns out, was a suspected spy facility (29). In attendance at that signing event beside Schwarzenegger and Vekselberg were Carter Page’s father, Alan Page, Sergey Kislyak, Alexander Torshin, and the CEO of Sberbank, Herman Gref. There was also Kline Preston, who would later introduce Torshin to David Keene of the NRA (30). Keene also happens to be a board member for the CftNI (18).
  1. https://www.newsweek.com/giuliani-mysterious-ties-russia-former-soviet-union-decades-1215349
  2. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sergey_Kislyak
  3. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rudy_Giuliani_2008_presidential_campaign
  4. https://www.thenation.com/article/mccains-kremlin-ties/
  5. http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/08/02/AR2009080202046_2.html
  6. http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/08/02/AR2009080202046_3.html?sid=ST2009073103099
  7. https://www.npr.org/2018/05/11/610206357/documents-reveal-how-russian-official-courted-conservatives-in-u-s-since-2009
  8. https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/jul/19/maria-butina-russia-spying-sergey-kislyak-ambassador-meeting
  9. https://www.motherjones.com/politics/2019/04/new-revelations-in-maria-butina-case-highlight-russias-infiltration-efforts-in-2016/
  10. https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/butina-saw-us-political-analysis-as-valuable-to-russia/2019/05/10/871e557a-7304-11e9-9331-30bc5836f48e_story.html
  11. https://www.politico.eu/article/donald-trumps-russia-connections-foreign-policy-presidential-campaign/
  12. https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/02/world/europe/sergey-kislyak-russian-ambassador.html
  13. https://nationalinterest.org/feature/the-bear-the-elephant-13098
  14. https://www.npr.org/2019/02/15/695295458/senate-panel-launches-bipartisan-probe-into-think-tank-linked-to-butina-torshin
  15. https://www.businessinsider.com/fbi-obtains-alexander-torshin-wiretaps-from-spanish-police-2018-5
  16. https://www.newyorker.com/news/ryan-lizza/how-jared-kushner-helped-the-russians-get-inside-access-to-the-trump-campaign
  17. https://www.thedailybeast.com/dc-wise-man-had-early-access-to-trumps-pro-russia-speech
  18. https://cftni.org/about/board-of-directors/
  19. https://www.nytimes.com/2009/09/29/nyregion/29cox.html
  20. https://www.timesunion.com/7day-state/article/N-Y-GOP-s-Cox-introduced-Carter-Page-to-Trump-12553410.php
  21. https://www.politico.com/story/2019/04/23/mueller-report-findings-1287072
  22. https://www.usnews.com/news/national-news/articles/2017-04-19/10-things-you-didnt-know-about-carter-page
  23. https://www.thedailybeast.com/the-kremlin-and-gop-have-a-new-friendand-boy-does-she-love-guns
  24. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anatoly_Chubais
  25. https://issuu.com/usrbc/docs/usrbc_annualmeeting2010
  26. http://www.mid.ru/en/foreign_policy/news/-/asset_publishecKNonkJE02Bw/content/id/480260
  27. https://www.rferl.org/a/California_Looks_To_Russia_To_Help_Preserve_Historic_Settlement/1841800.html
  28. http://sk.ru/foundation/team/p/person.aspx?un=vvf
  29. https://apnews.com/5e533f93afae4a4fa5c2f7fe80ad72ac/Sanctioned-Russian-oligarch-linked-to-Cohen-has-vast-US-ties
  30. https://www.thedailybeast.com/pro-confederate-birther-introduced-maria-butinas-handler-to-nra-chief
  31. https://www.businessinsider.com/ap-manaforts-plan-to-greatly-benefit-the-putin-government-2017-3
  32. https://www.4freerussia.org/sergey-aleksashenko-2/
  33. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sberbank_of_Russia#Ownership
  34. http://www.globalenergycap.com/management/
  35. https://www.cnn.com/2017/03/02/world/sergey-kislyak-russian-ambassador-us-profile/index.html
Luring Trump with Trump Tower-Moscow
In 2011, Donald Trump “tested the waters” for a possible 2012 presidential run. Michael Cohen started the ShouldTrumpRun website (1), and a Rudy Giuliani-associate, Bill Diamond, headed the Draft Trump 2012 committee (2). At the time, Giuliani, a good friend of Trump’s (3), described Trump as the “most exciting candidate in the race” for the 2012 presidency (4). Donald Trump discussed the possibility with Steve Bannon, but the two ultimately agreed 2012 wasn’t the year (5).
Instead, in 2012 Russia turned to Ron Paul and his ultimately failed bid for the presidency. During the 2012 campaign, Russia’s propaganda outlet, RT, provided a “disproportionate amount of time” covering Paul’s campaign (6), where Paul articulated a pro-Russian platform (7). Paul even received support from a bot-net originating from Ukraine, eerily similar to Russia’s infamous Troll Farm (8)(9). Paul would later have his own show on RT.
Paul’s major financial support came from Peter Thiel (10). Thiel would later put his full support behind Donald Trump, delivering an impassioned speech on behalf of Trump at the 2016 Republican National Convention (11) and later joining Trump’s transition team (12).
On January 20, 2012, Vladimir Putin met up with his “old friend" Henry Kissinger to discuss the US elections, among other topics (30). To understand Kissinger’s role in Trump-Russia, Kissinger also happens to be an honorary chairman to the CftNI, met with Kushner at a CftNI luncheon (31), and when recently-inaugurated Trump released Israeli intel to Sergey Lavrov and Sergey Kislyak in the oval office in an event closed to US press (32), it was Henry Kissinger mysteriously sitting beside Trump and both Sergey’s missing when the oval office doors finally opened.
On January 25, 2012, Max Levchin (who co-founded Paypal with Thiel) while representing Thiel’s Founder’s Fund, attended Ukrainian oligarch Victor Pinchuk’s Ukranian Lunch in Davos. Recall that prior to Victor Pinchuk donating $150,000 to Donald Trump’s now defunct Trump Foundation during the 2016 campaign, Trump lambasted Hillary Clinton for accepting money from the very same oligarch (34). Carter Page also has a relationship with Victor Pinchuk, receiving an opportunity to open a Merrill Lynch in Moscow due to his connection to Pinchuk (36). Also present was Vitali Klitschko, a Rudy Giuliani client (35), plus Sberbank’s CEO, Herman Gref (13). A month later, Rudy Giuliani met up with the son of a Russian real-estate oligarch and wannabe pop-star, Emin Agalarov (14).
So what does Emin Agalarov have to do with Sberbank? Three months after meeting with Giuliani, Emin produced a music video starring himself and the 2012 Miss Universe winner, Olivia Culpo (15). That Summer, during the Miss USA competition in Vegas, Emin and his publicist, Rob Goldstone, then met up with Trump (16). On stage Trump announced Miss Universe 2013 would be held in Moscow (17 @7:35), to be hosted at the Agalarov’s Crocus Group Center in Moscow, and co-sponsored by Sberbank (18).
That same summer, billionaire Robert Mercer and his lackey, Steve Bannon, were putting together Trump’s future data analytics company, Cambridge Analytica, founded at Cambridge University (21 @2:35). That summer Cambridge Analytica was already working with an employee of Peter Thiel’s Palantir, Alfredas Chmieliauskas, who suggested Cambridge Analytica to hack Facebook for data (Peter Thiel was the first major investor in Facebook and sat on the board) (22). Cambridge Analytica ultimately bought the hacked Facebook data from Global Science Research, founded just a few months prior by a Russian spy and professor at Cambridge University, Aleksandr Kogan (23).
At the Miss Universe Moscow 2013 in November, Emin produced another music video starring many of the Miss Universe contestants as well as Donald Trump (19). Herman Gref, the CEO of Sberbank, hosted a dinner for Trump at the Agalarov-owned Nobu restaurant, where Trump met with leading Russian businessmen (18). Shortly after that trip, Trump began tweeting about a future Trump Tower in Moscow (20):
@AgalarovAras I had a great weekend with you and your family. You have done a FANTASTIC job. TRUMP TOWER-MOSCOW is next. EMIN was WOW!
Remember, it was Emin's publicist, Rob Goldstone, that arranged for Kushner, Don Jr, and Paul Manafort to meet with Russian agent Natalia Veselnitskaya at the infamous Trump Tower meeting (40). After the meeting, Don Jr called Trump's friend, Rob Lorber, who was actively seeking a deal for a Trump Tower Moscow in 1996 (41). The person who arrange for Lorber And Trump to meet with Russian officials for a possible Trump Tower Moscow in 1996 was David Geovanis, a former employee of Manafort's old boss, Oleg Deripaska (42).
That same November, a delegation of NRA officials, arranged by David Keene of the CftNI, also made a trip to Moscow to meet with Alexander Torshin and Maria Butina (37). By that time Torshin had hung out with Keene at the last three NRA conventions, starting in 2011 (38). In 2011 he hired Maria Butina to found a Russian gun rights group, Right to Bear Arms, which immediately made strides in Russian activist circles (39).
In January 2014, Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner partied with a number of Russian oligarchs, including the daughter and son-in-law of Sergey Lavrov, and the Russian oligarch, Viktor Vekselberg, behind Skolkovo (24).
Then in February 2014, Michael Flynn attended the Cambridge Intelligence Seminar, where he met with a former Sberbank employee and Cambridge University grad-student with access to Russian GRU files, Svetlana Lokhova. Flynn would continue to contact Lokhova after the event, signing his emails “General Misha” (25).
So where did General Michael Flynn come from? Flynn had been working to push Peter Thiel’s Palantir into the US military from 2010 (26 pg 4) all the way up to his hiring by Trump as his National Security Adviser (27). During the campaign, Flynn played an advisory role at Cambridge Analytica (28). So what did Flynn do while in the military?
“Flynn ran intelligence for the U.S.-led international coalition in Kabul and was pushing for more creative approaches to targeting Taliban networks, including use of data mining and social network analysis... (emphasis mine) (29)
So exactly what Cambridge Analytica was up to.
Unfortunately for everyone involved, the US imposed sanctions on Russia over their annexation of Crimea on March 3, 2014, including on Sberbank. Trump’s Moscow Tower could no longer go forward without those sanctions being removed.
  1. https://www.fec.gov/files/legal/murs/6462/13044334657.pdf
  2. http://postonpolitics.blog.palmbeachpost.com/2011/05/03/giuliani-loyalist-diamond-joins-draft-trump-movement/
  3. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4IrE6FMpai8
  4. http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/2011/04/26/giuliani-trump-is-resonating/
  5. https://www.cnn.com/2017/04/12/politics/steve-bannon-donald-trump-relationship/index.html
  6. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/RT_(TV_network)
  7. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8T6CeqdSrO
  8. https://www.wired.com/2007/10/paul-bot/
  9. https://www.wired.com/2007/12/ron-paul-promot/
  10. http://tass.com/politics/1016200
  11. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UTJB8AkT1dk
  12. https://money.cnn.com/2016/11/11/technology/peter-thiel-trump-team/
  13. https://pinchukfund.org/en/projects/20/events/9311/photo/266/
  14. https://thesternfacts.com/rudy-giuliani-knows-russian-oligarchs-son-who-linked-trump-campaign-with-spies-3a1a366a90fd
  15. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r-O8XRo60_E
  16. https://thesternfacts.com/proof-trump-knows-agent-who-setup-russian-meeting-with-trump-jr-cd68fd2621b8
  17. https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=51&v=j8aEAeWNQYM
  18. https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/sep/18/trump-in-moscow-what-happened-at-miss-universe-in-2013
  19. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iuZUNjFsgS8
  20. https://twitter.com/realdonaldtrump/status/399939505924628480?lang=en
  21. https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/video/2018/ma17/cambridge-analytica-whistleblower-we-spent-1m-harvesting-millions-of-facebook-profiles-video
  22. https://www.nytimes.com/2018/03/27/us/cambridge-analytica-palantir.html
  23. https://www.theguardian.com/news/2018/ma18/facebook-cambridge-analytica-joseph-chancellor-gsr
  24. https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-08-18/billionaire-ally-of-putin-socialized-with-kushner-ivanka-trump
  25. https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5776741/Cambridge-graduate-accused-serial-seducer-spymasters-fights-clear-name.html
  26. http://fortune.com/palantir-pentagon-trump/
  27. https://www.buzzfeednews.com/article/williamalden/palantir-has-well-placed-friends-in-trumpworld
  28. https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/aug/04/michael-flynn-cambridge-analytica-disclosure
  29. https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/ma31/michael-flynn-new-evidence-spy-chiefs-had-concerns-about-russian-ties
  30. https://www.nytimes.com/2012/01/20/world/europe/henry-kissinger-to-meet-with-vladimir-putin-in-russia.html
  31. https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-08-13/kushner-foreign-policy-role-grew-after-kissinger-lunch-correct
  32. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Donald_Trump%27s_disclosures_of_classified_information
  33. https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/worldviews/wp/2017/05/10/the-strange-oval-office-meeting-between-trump-lavrov-and-kislyak/
  34. http://time.com/5540575/michael-cohen-donald-trump-foundation-ukraine-victor-pinchuk/
  35. https://www.nytimes.com/2008/05/08/nyregion/08giuliani.html
  36. https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-03-30/trump-russia-adviser-carter-page-interview
  37. https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/how-the-republican-right-found-allies-in-russia/2017/04/30/e2d83ff6-29d3-11e7-a616-d7c8a68c1a66_story.html?utm_term=.304b2bfb1822
  38. https://medium.com/@ScottMStedman/in-2011-handwritten-letter-nra-president-offered-help-to-alexander-torshin-for-his-endeavors-370f68101e3b
  39. https://www.rferl.org/a/russia-gun-laws-newtown-massacre/24804185.html
  40. https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/jul/11/donald-trump-jr-emails-full-text-russia-rob-goldstone
  41. https://therealdeal.com/2019/02/01/don-jr-s-mysterious-trump-tower-phone-call-was-a-conversation-with-howard-lorbe
  42. https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/us-politics/david-geovanis-trump-russia-investigation-mueller-moscow-trip-1996-video-tower-senate-intelligence-a8790846.html
How does Sberbank tie into the Lavrov/Kislyak/Torshin plot?
Sberbank is owned by the Central Bank of Russia (1). Aleksandr Torshin worked at the Central Bank in the 90‘s and returned in 2015 as the deputy head of the bank (2). To understand the strong connection between the two, when Aleksashenko was Directorate at the Central Bank as Torshin’s superior in the 90‘s (3), he also sat on the board of Sberbank (4). From 2002-2013, Sergey Ignatiev was both Chairman of the supervisory board of Sberbank and Chairman at the Central Bank of Russia (5). The two banks are closely linked.
From 2010-2016, in the time Sberbank sponsored Trump’s Miss Universe 2013 competition (6) and hit with US sanctions, Sergei Gorkov was Chairman at Sberbank (7). During the Miss Universe Moscow event, CEO of Sberbank, Herman Greff, hosted a dinner for Trump (8). The two talked about building a tower in Moscow, and Sberbank agreed to financed 70% of the project, an amount that would have been the largest loan in the bank’s history (9).
Shortly after, Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner hung out with Sergey Lavrov’s daughter and son-in-law in Moscow (26) and a former Sberbank employee met up with Cambridge Analytica-advisor, Michael Flynn (27).
In Dec 2016, shortly after Jared Kushner and Michael Flynn discussed with Kislyak about creating a secret communication backchannel with Russia (10), Gorkov met with Kushner at Kislyak’s request (11). At the meet, Gorkov gifted Kushner art and a “bag of dirt” from Kushner’s ancestral land of Belarus, once a part of the Soviet Union (12).
However, in 2016 while Trump was amid his campaign, Gorkov left Sberbank to head another US-sanctioned Russian bank, VEB (7). The Russian Direct Investment Fund, or RDIF, was an offshoot of VEB (13), but had since distanced itself from the bank after the 2014 sanctions hit VEB.
At that time, RDIF also stopped publishing the list of American’s that sat on it’s advisory board, including Stephen Schwartzmen of the Blackstone Group (14). Founder of the Blackstone Group, Peter Peterson (15), was also a board member to the CftNI until his death in 2018 (16)
Also on the board of Blackstone Group is Jacob Rothschild (17), who’s son, Nathan, is business partners with Oleg Deripaska and a major investor in Russian aluminum giant, Rusal (18). Nathan Rothschild part-owns corporate intelligence company, Diligence LLC, headed by CftNI board member Richard Burt, that lobbied on behalf of Oleg Deripaska for a US visa after the US barred Deripaska from entering the US because of his mob connections (31).
Since 2013, Blackstone Group has loaned Kushner Companies over $400 million across multiple projects (28).
To understand how Deripaska ties in with the CftNI, when the major financier of CftNI, Maurice Greenberg, was amid being charged with fraud in 2005 (19), president of CftNI, Dimitri Simes, began talks with Deripaska about funding another pro-Russian US think tank, suspected to be the Institute for Democracy and Cooperation (20). So it’s no surprise that shortly after CftNI-connected Ed Cox introduced Carter Page to the Trump’s campaign (30) with promises of being able to arrange a meeting between Trump and Putin (29), Oleg Deripaska’s former employee, Paul Manafort, quickly made his way onto the Trump campaign. Remember, it was Paul Manafort and Jared Kushner that arranged Trump’s speech at the Mayflower hotel, hosted by none other than the CftNI. Manafort even enlisted CftNI board member, Richard Burt, to write the speech itself (31).
In January 2017, Erik Prince traveled to the Seychelles to meet with the head of the Russian Direct Investment Fund, Kirill Dmitriev, as an unofficial ambassador of Trump (21). At the same series of meetings, Dmitriev met with “Kushner’s guy” Rick Gerson (22) and handed him a Putin-approved sanctions deal. Gerson delivered the plan to Kushner who then delivered the plan to Rex Tillerson (23), whom Maria Butina and Aleksandr Torshin helped select to be Trump’s Secretary of State (24). Dimitriev then went on to meet with Trump-adviser Anthony Scaramucci at Davos days later. Following that meet, Scaramucci criticized US-imposed Russian sanctions (25).
Clearly, if Trump wanted his Trump Tower Moscow to ever be built, he’d need to lift sanctions on Russia. But after that failed, it appears Trump and Russia have been using Saudi Arabia as an in-between, similar to how the Regan Administration used Israel as a in-between for its arms deals with Iran, but I’ll save that for another report.
  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sberbank_of_Russia#Ownership
  2. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aleksandr_Torshin
  3. https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-08-09/mobster-or-central-banker-spanish-cops-allege-this-russian-both
  4. https://www.4freerussia.org/sergey-aleksashenko-2/
  5. https://www.bloomberg.com/research/stocks/private/person.asp?personId=11687034&privcapId=8793535
  6. https://www.motherjones.com/politics/2017/08/trumps-moscow-partner-was-apparently-financed-by-a-russian-bank-under-us-sanctions/
  7. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sberbank_of_Russia#Management
  8. https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/sep/18/trump-in-moscow-what-happened-at-miss-universe-in-2013
  9. http://time.com/5401645/putins-oligarchs/
  10. https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/26/us/politics/kushner-talked-to-russian-envoy-about-creating-secret-channel-with-kremlin.html
  11. https://www.nytimes.com/2017/04/06/us/politics/jared-kushner-russians-security-clearance.html?module=inline
  12. https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/jared-kushner-admits-he-accepted-dirt-from-the-russians-literally
  13. https://www.thedailybeast.com/americans-worked-for-sanctioned-russian-fund
  14. https://rdif.ru/Eng_fullNews/53/
  15. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peter_George_Peterson
  16. https://web.archive.org/web/20180223083854/https://cftni.org/about/board-of-directors/
  17. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jacob_Rothschild,_4th_Baron_Rothschild#Business_career
  18. https://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/newsbysectobanksandfinance/6907222/Nat-Rothschild-to-invest-in-Russian-aluminium-company-Rusal.html
  19. https://www.nytimes.com/2017/02/10/business/dealbook/former-aig-executives-reach-settlement-in-accounting-fraud-case.html
  20. http://www.russialist.org/archives/9313-22.php
  21. https://www.thedailybeast.com/mueller-exposes-erik-princes-lies-about-his-seychelles-rendezvous-with-top-russian-kirill-dmitriev
  22. https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/national-security/jared-kushner-close-friend-rick-gerson-now-under-scrutiny-mueller-n876361
  23. https://www.newsweek.com/jared-kushner-vladimir-putin-russia-1400551
  24. https://www.rollingstone.com/politics/politics-news/butina-influence-secretary-state-sentencing-memo-825666/
  25. https://www.nytimes.com/2018/03/06/us/politics/george-nader-special-counsel-mueller-cooperating-seychelles.html
  26. https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-08-18/billionaire-ally-of-putin-socialized-with-kushner-ivanka-trump
  27. https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5776741/Cambridge-graduate-accused-serial-seducer-spymasters-fights-clear-name.html
  28. https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-05-26/the-kushners-the-saudis-and-blackstone-behind-the-recent-deals
  29. https://www.politico.com/story/2019/04/23/mueller-report-findings-1287072
  30. https://www.timesunion.com/7day-state/article/N-Y-GOP-s-Cox-introduced-Carter-Page-to-Trump-12553410.php
  31. https://www.thenation.com/article/mccains-kremlin-ties/
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2019.05.15 17:59 daprice82 Wrestling Observer Rewind ★ Apr. 2, 2001

Going through old issues of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter and posting highlights in my own words. For anyone interested, I highly recommend signing up for the actual site at f4wonline and checking out the full archives.
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  • The WWF's purchase of WCW this week and the end of wrestling on Turner networks will no doubt change the entire landscape of the professional wrestling industry forever. The final episode of Nitro began this week with the surreal image of Vince McMahon addressing the audience. The final scene of Nitro was a music video promoting the Rock/Austin match at Wrestlemania. In between, a huge angle, simulcast on both Raw and Nitro, featured Shane McMahon "buying" WCW out from under his father. They made it clear that WCW will still be kept alive as a babyface company under Shane to feud with Vince. Nitro's final match saw Flair and Sting, WCW's 2 most enduring stars, doing one last shortened version of the match they have done a million times. And it ended with Sting beating Flair, because even to the bitter end, they never realized that Ric Flair was always the face of WCW, not Sting.
WATCH: the final WCW Nitro opens with Vince McMahon
WATCH: Sting vs. Ric Flair (the final match of WCW)
  • And that is the last time pro wrestling would ever appear on Turner netw.....wait, what? Today??
  • Dave talks about this being the biggest news week in the history of the business and not to mention, Wrestlemania 17 is coming up this week also, which is going to be one of the biggest money shows in history. While the sale of WCW is the big story, there are countless smaller stories stemming from all this. What becomes of WCW's big stars? Several of them are collecting huge paychecks and WWF isn't going to want to take over those contracts, which means several of WCW's biggest names are likely going to sit out for a long time and continue collecting on contracts that Turner still has to honor. What becomes of the wrestling boom? It exploded a few years ago due to the ratings war, but ever since it became so lopsided in WWF's favor, the business has clearly been declining. A worked version of the WWF vs. WCW war will probably do big business for awhile but when that's over, then what?
  • In one prescient paragraph, Dave talks about the history of failed inter-promotional angles due to egos getting in the way. Specifically, he uses the JCP/UWF angle from 1987, when Crockett bought UWF with the idea of doing a big inter-promotional angle. But instead, Crockett couldn't help itself and they booked all the UWF guys like jobbers and the whole thing fizzled out, with Sting becoming the only breakout UWF star to go on to have success in the new company. I can't possibly imagine Vince McMahon would do the same thing though.......right? Anyway, Dave has some advice for WWF: the war is over. It's time to make money. Vince has nothing to prove by showing the fans who was "better" because he now owns both companies. It's imperative not to bury WCW if this is going to have any chance of working (lol).
  • The TV situation is particularly interesting. As mentioned, the business is clearly in a downturn. Last year, WCW was on the market to be sold for $600 million and there was never even a consideration that they would lose their TV deal. At the same time, WWF was securing a huge TV deal with Viacom. There were more TV networks that wanted wrestling than there was wrestling. But a lot changed in a year. Turner cancelled WCW and Fusient couldn't find another network that would carry it. ECW was kicked off TNN and they couldn't find another network either. The bloom is off the rose and TV networks are no longer as interested in wrestling as they were a year ago. Not only is that why ECW and now WCW are dead, but that means it's going to be that much harder for any new company to come along and fill that void on a national level. Bottom line: one man now has a monopoly on American professional wrestling and that's bad for the business as a whole.
  • The word is WWF and WCW reopened negotiations for Vince to buy WCW back in late-February. That's interesting because, at the time, there was no indication that Turner planned on cancelling WCW programming. But the last time WWF and WCW were in negotiations last year, that deal fell apart because Viacom wouldn't allow WWF to air their programming on Turner. So the fact that they started negotiating again back in February means that obviously somebody knew weeks before it was announced that WCW's television was going to be cancelled, otherwise, there was no reason for WWF to come back to the table. The WWF side was apparently told weeks ago that the Fusient deal wasn't going to happen, even though Fusient was still working on finalizing the sale with the belief that everything was still a go. Once the TV cancellation was announced and Fusient officially pulled out of the negotiations, WWF finalized their deal within days, at what is believed to have been a fire sale price. No terms of the sale were announced, but that info will eventually come out in the company's stock filings.
  • WWF has purchased the name and trademarks owned by WCW, the videotape library, and the contracts of 24 of the lower-paid wrestlers. Time Warner is still on the hook to fulfill the remaining contracts as well as dealing with any of WCW's outstanding lawsuits and bills. Vince and Linda McMahon have both spoken in the past of launching a 24-hour wrestling channel, which would make extensive use of the WWF and WCW libraries, and presumably the ECW library as well, depending on their deal with Paul Heyman and whatever becomes of the ECW library.
  • As for WCW airing as a separate brand on TV, that's the ultimate plan. But they now have to get a TV deal for this new WCW show. WWF and TNN have discussed it but have been unable to come to an agreement for a good time slot. As of now, the new WCW weekly show will air on TNN on Saturday nights from 11pm-1am, which obviously isn't ideal. No start date has been set yet, but at the final Nitro, Shane McMahon told WCW wrestlers that they hope to be on the air within 6-8 weeks. Dave thinks they should have scrapped Sunday Night Heat and put WCW in that time slot, since it's prime time on MTV and it's not like Heat is important anyway. Obviously the TNN time slot isn't great, but it's the best that TNN would agree to, and Vince has been trying to spin it as a positive, joking that it's his way of going head-to-head with Saturday Night Live as revenge for Lorne Michaels' comments about the XFL.
  • There's no long-term plans for the new WCW yet. They'll likely tape the show on Wednesday nights. There's no plans for house shows or PPVs under the WCW name as of yet either but if/when they are able to rebuild WCW enough, that would eventually be the plan. There's no plans for WCW stars to appear on WWF TV for now, because they want to keep them separate, although Dave expects some WWF stars to "jump ship" to WCW. But he's worried that the WWF guys would immediately become the top "WCW" stars, thus making the existing WCW talent look like the B-team (yuuuup). And of course, once WCW is rebuilt, this would ultimately lead to a WCW vs. WWF angle. Dave examines all the difficulties in trying to rebuild WCW, especially with a shitty TV time slot. Curiosity will get people to tune in at first, but the XFL proved how fast curiosity can fade if the product sucks. Not to mention, since WWF isn't buying the contracts of the top stars, the new WCW will be mostly minor guys. There have been no decisions yet regarding announcers, bookers, agents, writers, etc. Word is things don't look good for Ed Ferrara getting rehired, which was probably a given considering how he and Russo walked out on WWF in the first place. Doesn't look like they want Tony Schiavone either.
  • Dave has a list of WCW wrestlers and where they stand. Many of the wrestlers who were signed were the low-level guys who were already on 90-day cycles in their contracts. When those cycles end, WWF is expected to evaluate who they want to keep and renegotiate deals with them. Of the names WWF is highest on, Billy Kidman and Shane Helms are said to be near the top of the list. Mike Awesome and Lance Storm will probably be kept as well. Chuck Palumbo and Sean O'Haire have the look that WWF likes and will probably be kept. Stacy Keibler is money and will be kept. And Dave expects some of the others to be sent to developmental.
  • Then there's all the names that WWF appears to have no interest in. Vince McMahon told people backstage that he planned to publicly mention certain names on TV (Jarrett, Luger, Bagwell, and Animal in particular) that were going to be fired and he pretty much did exactly that on Raw that night. Over in WCW, Jarrett had no idea if Vince's firing him on TV was a work or a shoot (turned out to be a shoot, inasmuch as Vince didn't pick up his contract). Luger and Bagwell basically buried themselves with their behavior in the last few weeks of WCW, and it wasn't like WWF was going to take Luger back anyway. There's no interest in Rick Steiner because he's 40, boring, not a good talker, and most of all, he's unprofessional and has repeatedly hurt people in the ring by taking liberties (Konnan just last week for instance), and WWF wants no part of that. Jim Duggan, Bam Bam Bigelow, Stevie Ray, Animal...all too old. Jeff Jarrett is obviously paying the price for holding up Vince for a large sum of money 2 years ago on his last night in WWF. Dustin Rhodes didn't leave WWF on good terms and the story Vince told on Raw about Rhodes wanting to get real breast implants for the Goldust character is actually true, as it was something he suggested and was turned down shortly before leaving. Bagwell's name got a surprising amount of cheers when Vince mentioned him on Raw, so they may change their mind and bring him in, but he's perceived to have a terrible attitude. Sid Vicious left on bed terms last time and at 41 with a severely broken leg, they don't have interest in him either. Kronik is a copy of the APA and both members have, in the past, left on relatively bad terms with WWF. But they have friends in high places (Undertaker) and still might get a chance (yup). Vampiro has had tryouts in WWF in the past and they weren't interested, and he didn't get glowing praise from others who have worked with him in the past.
  • Who else we got? Kevin Nash has 10 months remaining on a huge contract that pays him more than $1.6 million per year and he'd be stupid to accept a buyout from Turner, so Dave doesn't expect him in. Plus, he has a bad reputation and WWF doesn't want to upset locker room morale right now. 10 months from now, who knows? Things could change (yup). Scott Steiner's repeated unprofessional behavior in WCW has soured WWF officials on him, although he was professional and put over Booker T clean as a sheet on the final Nitro, obviously in an attempt to try and be seen as a team player by WWF. And he got a huge response when Vince said his name on Raw, so he may still get a chance (eventually, yes). WWF is also not interested in Rey Mysterio, which surprised a lot of people and when word of that got out, several wrestlers approached Vince and went to bat for him. Needless to say, Mysterio is well-liked by everyone and is a star and Dave is befuddled why WWF wouldn't want him, aside from the fact that he's small. Konnan is also on the no-interest list, which isn't a surprise. When the Radicalz all left last year, Konnan was going to jump with them but WWF wasn't interested then either. Same with Shane Douglas.
  • Lots of other names to consider also: Sting has a year left on a near $2 million-per-year deal and much like Nash, he ain't giving that up so don't expect to see him. Plus, he's 42, hasn't wrestled a full schedule in years, and is said to have somewhat of an ego. DDP is in his mid 40s and WWF actually is interested in him, but he also has a big WCW contract that he probably isn't going to want to give up to come in and make less in WWF. Friends have said he may take a year off to become a motivational speaker, which he has been talking about doing. WWF would likely sign both Alex Wright and Kanyon, but both have long-term contracts without a 90-day clause built in, which is why WWF didn't take them. And there's definite interest in Ric Flair, because they believe the "WCW" brand is basically synonymous with him (and he's been their most consistent ratings draw). At his age, he definitely shouldn't be a full time in-ring performer anymore, but as his promo on the final Nitro (which Dave says was better than nearly anyone else in the business can do on their best night) proves, Flair still has a lot to offer in an on-screen role. Booker T has a $750,000-per-year contract so WWF didn't pick him up either and it's unknown whether he'll take a buyout (Turner is basically offering to buy out these deals for .30 cents on the dollar). WWF is said to see a lot of potential in Booker T as a top star and they're really interested in him.
  • And finally......Goldberg. Obviously, there's some serious dream matches there with guys like Austin and Rock. But he has 2 and a half years left on a $2 million-per-year deal. Dave thinks, if given a monster push and put against WWF's top stars, it still might be worth it for WWF to sign him because they'd make their money back and then some with those dream matches. But the problem is, doing so would upset the WWF salary structure. No one in WWF is making $2 million per year guaranteed and if they bring Goldberg in with that salary, there's gonna be a lot of upset WWF wrestlers. Goldberg is also outspoken, doesn't like doing jobs (noting that the one time he did a job, it ended his undefeated streak and totally derailed his career) and he likes to do things his way. That sort of thing is generally frowned upon in WWF. Chances are, Vince is going to pass on Goldberg and, when his WCW contract expires in 2003, they'll reexamine things then. Think back to late-1998, when Goldberg was the hottest star in the business, undefeated streak world champion, and Dave says, who would have ever imagined that barely 2 years later, he'd pretty much be out of the business. But here we are.
  • And that's it for now. All of those paragraphs were just the lead story of this issue. We still have a ton more to get to. But first....
  • NBC's Dick Ebersol did an interview with the Washington Post and strongly hinted that the XFL would not be returning for a 2nd season, at least on NBC, despite the network's two-year commitment. The decision is expected to be made by the end of April but Ebersol said that ratings are going to have to do a huge turnaround if NBC is going to even consider doing a 2nd season. Later that week, Vince McMahon did an interview with the New York Times and kind of hinted at the same thing, saying, "If we have no network TV partner, we have no league." McMahon said they have had discussions with UPN about being the primary carrier for the XFL if NBC decides to pullout. But the UPN ratings for the games they air now have been abysmal so Dave doesn't see it. And the TNN games have been doing lower ratings than ECW and even Roller Jam used to do. NBC has a contract to do 2 seasons, but word is they're willing to break the contract and pay the penalty because it would be cheaper than funding a second failing XFL season. The past 5 weeks of XFL games have resulted in 5 of the top 8 lowest rated shows in the history of prime time television, and next week's game, going against the NCAA Final Four, is expected to break the all-time record low. Vince also admitted that the locker room camera idea was a failure and once again said that hiring Jesse Ventura to announce was a mistake. He also said Jim Ross won't be brought back if there's a 2nd season and promised that the XFL would no longer focus on sleaze and gimmicks to hype up the ratings. Vince still says he believes in the XFL but was realistic in recognizing that things definitely don't look very good right now.
  • PRIDE held its latest big event and it featured 2 of the biggest upsets in MMA history and a bunch of pro wrestling-style angles that Antonio Inoki put together. Kazushi Sakuraba lost to Wanderlei Silva in the main event in under 2 minutes which was seen as a huge upset to most fans, but a lot of insiders predicted it before the fight. Sakuraba suffered a tremendous beating and was hospitalized after. Dave talks about how big a draw Sakuraba is and how it's hard to build and market stars in a shoot sport because, in modern MMA, there's just too many styles and ways to lose for someone to stay unbeaten and dominant for too long, and the fighters are learning and getting better every year. Tra Telligman, filling in on almost no notice for Ken Shamrock, who was injured, defeated Igor Vovchanchyn (the #2 ranked heavyweight in the world) by unanimous decision in one of MMA's biggest upsets. And NJPW wrestler Tadao Yasuda, weight over 300 pounds at age 37 in his first ever MMA fight, beat former K-1 star Masaaki Satake in an even bigger upset.
  • And then there's Inoki, who currently has sort of a weird dual-role in both PRIDE and NJPW, where he helps book both promotions. Inoki came out during the show (getting the biggest reaction of anyone) and cut a promo and talked about doing an invasion of NJPW along with Kazuyuki Fujita and Shinya Hashimoto. The appearance of Hashimoto also got a huge pop from the PRIDE fans. Inoki had the original IWGP title belt from 1987 with him and gave it to Fujita, saying it's the "real" IWGP title to set up a match with current IWGP champ Scott Norton. He also had the old WWF World Martial Arts championship that Vince McMahon Sr. awarded to Inoki in 1978. Inoki announced he would be awarding that title and said it would be given to the winner of the Mark Coleman/Allan Goes fight later that night (Coleman won and Inoki presented him the belt after the match).
  • After the PRIDE review, there's another long ass recap of the latest RINGS show. Lots of MMA coverage in this issue if you're interested in that stuff.
  • And the result of the final ratings battle of the Monday Night Wars: Raw wins. Of course. Nitro did a stronger-than-normal rating, obviously based on the curiosity factor of it being the death of WCW. Meanwhile, Raw did basically the same average rating it always does. Overall, the head-to-head ratings for Raw vs. Nitro was the closest it's been since January of 2000. It's curious though because the end of Nitro (with the Shane/Vince simulcast promo) coincided with the end of the first hour of Raw. But when Nitro ended, most of those WCW viewers didn't bother switching over to Raw to see the continuation of literally the biggest angle in the history of professional wrestling. Instead, the second hour of Raw did about the same average rating it's been doing for months, and Dave doesn't think that's a great long-term sign. Bottom line, a lot of WCW fans (particularly the die-hards who somehow stuck around to the bitter end) were people who simply aren't WWF fans and they liked WCW because it was an alternative and now that WCW is dead, they simply have no interest in following WWF. And that's a wrap on the Monday night ratings battle.
  • Lots of online poll results in this issue, mostly about the death of WCW. One in particular is interesting, so let's see who the fans of 2001 blamed for WCW's death at the time:
Who would you rate as the person most responsible for the fall of WCW?
a) Eric Bischoff - 25.9%
b) Hulk Hogan - 21.8%
c) Kevin Nash - 13.4%
d) Vince Russo - 26.4%
e) Brad Siegel - 12.5%
  • Puerto Rican wrestler Invader I (real name Jose Gonzalez) turned 55 this week and Dave just wants to take a moment to remind everyone that this guy is still the top babyface in WWC even though he's the piece of shit who murdered Bruiser Brody and beat the case.
  • Antonio Inoki has been ignoring questions from the Japanese media about his claims a few weeks ago that Mike Tyson was coming in to work a match with Naoya Ogawa. Needless to say, that's because Inoki was full of shit and doesn't want to answer to it.
  • From the latest NJPW tapes Dave has seen, Scott Hall is looking ripped. Dave says he's more muscular than he's been since the early 90s during his Diamond Studd days. He also showed great charisma and sold like crazy for the Japanese wrestlers. He got over great and all the guys in NJPW love working with him (man, it's kind of a shame Hall didn't just stay in Japan during this time and finish out his career there. He was doing good work, was well-liked, and most importantly, seemed to be staying clean and out of trouble).
  • The Observer won a best wrestling newsletter award from some other publication. Dave notes that their website wrestlingobserver.com also won the award for best wrestling website of 2000, which Dave doesn't even agree with. He says up until December, before he was in full control of the site, he thought it was an embarrassment at how slow they were getting news posted. But that was due to some company they were working with. Dave also congratulates Bryan Alvarez for his Figure Four Weekly newsletter getting 2nd place (beating out the Pro Wrestling Torch).
  • Rob Van Dam recently filmed an episode of NBC's Spy TV (I can't find video of this). Hey, speaking of, since it doesn't matter anymore, Dave reveals that RVD was in serious negotiations with WCW recently to bring him in as a big surprise debut for the planned re-launch of the company. Bischoff was attempting to keep it quiet so as to not ruin the surprise and Dave has apparently known and also chose to keep it quiet for whatever reason. But since WCW is dead now, he spills the beans.
  • On the Power Pro Wrestling show in Memphis this week, they showed the classic concession stand brawl from 1979 featuring Jerry LawleBill Dundee vs. Moondog Spot/Wayne Ferris. Dave notes that match is what spawned FMW (Onita loved it) which in turn spawned ECW (Heyman copied a lot from FMW), and in term kinda spawned the whole "hardcore" genre. It can basically all be traced back to this 1979 Tupelo concession stand brawl match. On the show, they also talked about WWF recently pulling their developmental deal from PPW due to the Jerry Lawler association. Stacy Carter cut a promo crying saying she cost Lawler his job and offering to step aside so he could get his job back and PPW could get its developmental deal back. Dave thinks this is actually kind of ironic because the reality is, if Stacy really was willing to step aside and Lawler was willing to return to WWF without her, there's a good chance he really would be able to get his job and the PPW deal back.
WATCH: 1979 Tupelo Concession Stand Brawl
  • In UPW in California, Christopher Daniels recently lost a loser-leaves-town match to Samoa Joe. The reason Daniels lost the match is because he was expected to start soon with the new Bischoff-led WCW. But, well, that's obviously not happening now so....whoops. Dave thinks Daniels has just about the worst career luck. The same show featured a new WWF developmental signee named Nathan Jones. Several former ECW wrestlers also worked the show, with CW Anderson in particular putting over Prototype (John Cena).
  • Scott Hall's estranged ex-wife Dana Hall wrote an apology letter to Scott Hall which she sent out to various wrestling websites to apologize publicly for the things she has said about him in the media (watching their drama play out in public has been sad).
READ: Dana Hall's apology to Scott Hall
  • Dave has seen some demo footage from this MatRats.com project that some group is funding. It's basically a bunch of young wrestlers doing a bunch of high spots and they're all glammed up like Backstreet Boys and the goal is obviously to appeal to the female audience (the crowd is full of obviously paid teenage female fans who "whoooo!" at all the dreamy guys). Teddy Hart is the star of the show, along with Harry Smith (Davey Boy's son) and a bunch of other young Canadian indie guys. Mauro Ranallo, who does commentary for Stampede, does the commentary for this also and is excellent, probably better than any other announcer in the business aside from Jim Ross.
WATCH: Marky Starr vs. Jake Evans vs. Vince Hall (MatRats)
WATCH: Jack Evans vs. Marky Star vs. Harry Smith (MatRats)
  • Notes from the final WCW Monday Nitro: in fitting fashion, there were only about 1,000 paid fans because of a screw-up on WCW's part. The original plan was to make it a free show but about a week before the event, they decided to sell tickets instead and, with less than a week's notice, they didn't sell many. Ric Flair opened with an incredible promo about the history of WCW and Dave jokes that maybe WCW would still be in business if Flair was cutting promos this good every week. Several anti-WWF signs could be seen in the crowd during the opening segment, but security confiscated those real quick, and this whole thing is just surreal. Scott Steiner dropped the world title to Booker T in the opening match which was as good as could be expected since Steiner is working with a pinched nerve. Sting and Flair worked the main event even though Sting is still injured and hasn't wrestled since November. Dave thinks it was actually really cool of Sting to show up and do this match for the final show despite the fact that he is still injured and wasn't expecting to work again so soon. On the flip side, he finds it kinda fucked up that Kevin Nash and Goldberg couldn't be there. Goldberg is still recovering from surgery but you'd think he could have still made an appearance. And Nash is only off TV to sell the retirement angle from the February PPV, so no reason he couldn't have shown up either. As for Hogan, Dave understands why he wasn't there (he's still got a lawsuit pending against the company). Dave thinks Nitro should have ended with Flair winning the title again and fireworks going off. If WCW is going to die, it should have died with Ric Flair as the sentimental final champion. But alas. And then, of course, the show ended with the big Shane/Vince simulcast and a video plugging Wrestlemania.
  • And that, ladies and gentlemen.........is the official end of the Monday Night Wars. RIP WCW.
WATCH: Ric Flair's promo on the final WCW Nitro
WATCH: Nitro/Raw simulcast (full segment)
  • Backstage at Nitro, Buff Bagwell and Lex Luger were reportedly still acting like big timers and being cocky, saying that no matter how things turn out, they're both big time stars and are certain they'll have a job after this. (*cue Bad News Barrett*)
  • Rick Steiner's recent brutalizing of Konnan during a match wasn't the only instance. In the last couple of weeks, Rick has done the same to Vito and Lash Leroux and there's a belief that it wasn't entirely Rick going into business for himself. There's a lot of speculation that Steiner was being used to send a message or punish people by management. They've been on Leroux to lose weight and Vito apparently annoys some people. There's talk among the wrestlers that Rick was told to go out there and send a message to those guys but no one can prove it. As for Konnan, he definitely got the worst of it and after his match last week, several people in management apologized to him for Steiner's actions.
  • Disco Inferno did a radio interview and said he thinks the news of TNT and TBS cancelling WCW and the company being sold to WWF is all a work by Bischoff. Because of course he did.
  • Turns out Scott Steiner wasn't thrilled about losing the WCW title on the final Nitro. Two days prior to the show, this was posted on Steiner's personal website, spoiling the title change and threatening to shoot on Booker T during the match: "In protest of World Championship Wrestling's decision to have Scott Steiner lose to Booker T on the final WCW Monday Nitro, BigPoppaPump.com is temporarily closing its doors. Booker T has already signed a contract with WWF. Big Poppa Pump has not. WCW and the WWF cannot have the world heavyweight championship belt in the hands of someone who may or may not work for the new company. In other words, Big Poppa Pump will be handing over the belt to Booker T. Better Booker T than Hollywood Hogan! The best part of this whole situation is the fact that nobody controls Scott Steiner. Nobody. You know...maybe Big Poppa Pump will "forget" how the match is supposed to end. Fans of The Big Bad Booty Daddy should always remember who the true final World heavyweight champion of WCW is."
  • Don Callis revealed that he had been in secret talks with Bischoff and had been scheduled to debut with the new WCW. But then, of course, the deal fell through. I'm loving all the interesting scrapped plans that are coming out of this story. First RVD, now Don Callis. Really makes you wonder what could have been.
  • Nobody knows what is going to happen with WCW's international deals. There was talk of continuing to air re-runs of the WCW WorldWide show in syndication in the UK in order to keep those time slots, but nobody knows yet.
  • As of last week, the plan is still for Austin to turn heel at Wrestlemania and align himself with Vince McMahon, although the crowd reactions should have them second guessing it. Austin is clearly more over than Rock at the moment and Dave still seems to think turning Austin right now might be a bad idea.
  • A handful of full-time undercard WWF wrestlers are pretty upset about the gimmick battle royal happening at Wrestlemania. Those dozen or so undercard guys are being left off the show and therefore won't get a cut of the big Wrestlemania payday, but the company is bringing in a bunch of old legends for the battle royal who will be getting a cut. Needless to say, the full-timers who are missing out are annoyed.
  • Shawn Michaels was backstage at the Raw and Smackdown tapings this week and it looks like there's problems with him again. It's been rumored for weeks that Shawn will get involved in the Triple H/Undertaker match at Wrestlemania, in order to set up his in-ring return. But Michaels was backstage at Raw and was originally scheduled to appear, but was later cut from the show. So then they were gonna do it at Smackdown, but he ended up being cut from that show too, which was the last show before Wrestlemania. After his segment was cut, Michaels reportedly stormed out of the arena. That's all Dave knows at press time (we'll surely find out more in the coming weeks, but long story short, Shawn showed up wrecked on drugs yet again and passed out in Vince's office. It would be over a year before they'd bring him back again and by then, he had finally gotten clean).
  • Vince McMahon did an interview on the Howard Stern show this week. During the interview, Vince said when he passes the company on, it will be to Stephanie, Shane, and Shane's wife Marissa. He also talked about his multiple affairs in his past. They both bonded over their hatred of the PTC, since they have also gone after Stern. Vince also seemed remorseful about how he behaved during the Bob Costas interview, later saying he let his emotions get the better of him. Once again said he believes the XFL is going to have a 2nd season, again said hiring Jesse Ventura was a mistake, and admitted trashing the NFL to get publicity had been a mistake because the actual play wasn't good when the XFL started. Stern's co-hosts joked that it's still not good. They talked about the Owen Hart death and Vince once again talked about how WCW still does the same thing with Sting every week. Dave points out that Sting always has a secondary safety mechanism on his harness, which Owen's didn't have and also, Sting has only done it a few times in the last 2 years, not weekly. Also, WCW is dead 4 days after this interview, so what the fuck? (Took a bit of looking, but I found the audio of this interview on SoundCloud. Closest thing we'll probably ever have to a real Vince shoot interview. It's a fascinating listen and Dave leaves a lot out.)
LISTEN: Vince McMahon on the Howard Stern Show (Mar. 2001)
  • Oh yeah, Vince did another interview on a different radio show and NY Post reporter Phil Mushnick called in while Vince was on there and oooooh, boy! Mushnick did NOT come off good. Dave says Mushnick made some good points if you were to read them on paper, line-by-line. But listening to him, Mushnick made things personal and got so pissed at Vince that he came off just as bad as Vince did in the Costas interview. Mushnick's demeanor was totally out of line that he basically buried himself, Vince just sat back and listened. He asked if Vince still uses steroids, which Vince of course denied (Dave doesn't outright say that Vince is lying here, but he sure doesn't seem to buy it either). Vince admitted to using them when he was younger, when they were "legal" and then he and Mushnick bickered over the semantics of what "legal" means because technically, the ones Vince got from Dr. Zahorian back in those days certainly weren't legal. Mushnick also brought up the sexual abuse allegations of the early 90s, which Vince also dismissed, saying no charges were ever brought and then outright denied that it ever happened. Mushnick called bullshit and said years ago, Vince himself had told Mushnick that he knew about Mel Phillips behavior and had kept him employed after only scolding him to stop molesting ring boys (yeah it's been said by several people that Vince knew and turned a blind eye to it until he was forced to address it. Kinda interesting considering that exact same thing brought down Joe Paterno years later). Then they started on about all the usual WWF-is-too-risque complaints and Dave says Mushnick seemed to have an obvious vendetta against Vince which just made him look bad. Anyway, all of this leads to Dave recapping, in detail, the pedophilia and sexual abuse allegations of the early 90s and the lawsuits, bad publicity, the roles of Terry Garvin, Mel Phillips, and Pat Patterson, Vince's subsequent lawsuit against Mushnick and Geraldo Rivera who had both covered the story.
  • WWF has apparently had negotiations with Hulk Hogan about returning and at one point, they were very close to a deal, but it has recently fallen apart for whatever unknown reasons (give it a year).
  • Various WWF notes: Just Joe and Jason Sensation were released from their developmental deals. Undertaker needed 16 staples in his head following a chair shot from Triple H a couple weeks ago on Smackdown. The plan within WWF is to revive the ECW as a brand name for an angle, probably within the next week or so (not quite that soon, but yeah, close). And Jerry Lynn made his debut at a house show, beating Essa Rios in a great match.
  • Triple H did some out-of-character interviews this week also and had some interesting stuff to say. Called Shawn Michaels the best pure athlete in wrestling history but said we'll have to wait and see if he is still as good if he returns (this was before Shawn showed up drugged out and got the whole plan cancelled). Said he wishes last year's Wrestlemania match had been a 1-on-1 with him and Rock. Said he wishes he was in the WM main event this year because everyone wants to be, but was happy for Austin and Rock. Hopes Mick Foley doesn't come back because he likes Foley and wants him to have a long, healthy life and doesn't think it's worth the risk for him anymore. Praised Ric Flair but says he wishes he wouldn't wrestle anymore so he could remember him as he was. But said Flair still shows more passion for wrestling than anyone else in WCW and is still the most entertaining part of that company. Praised Paul Heyman's passion and knowledge for wrestling and said that's why so many people worked for him for so long without making any money, because talking to Heyman makes you excited about wrestling.

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2019.05.02 19:51 Puffin_Fitness The Center of the National Interest is the Center of Trump-Russia: How Kislyak, Torshin, Butina, Burt, Kissinger, and the NRA infiltrated Trump's campaign

Richard Burt’s Russian Connections: Oleg Deripaska, Alfa-bank, Deutsche Bank
Richard Burt’s Russia connection began with his father, a Russian emigre that made a fortune mining in Siberia. Burt became a Henry Kissinger protege in his 20‘s (1), and by the late 70's joined the New York Times (2), where he published a number of leaked US security secrets. This led to a contentious nomination of Burt to US ambassador to Germany in 1985 when a number of US senators, including Orin Hatch, accused Burt of violating US espionage laws (1), though nothing came of those accusations, and his confirmation was ultimately railroaded through by Senator Majority leader Bob Dole (3). By 2004, Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska would hire both Bob Dole and Richard Burt’s Diligence to lobby on his behalf after Deripaska was banned from entering the US due to his ties with Russia organized crime (4)(5).
Another owner of Diligence was Nathanial Rothschild, business partner to Oleg Deripaska (5). The two own a major stake in Russian aluminum company, RusAl (6).
Another client of Diligence was Alfa-bank. In 2005 Diligence LLC allegedly attempted to illegally acquire information from an Alfa-bank Rival, though the case was settled out of court (7). By 2006, Richard Burt himself joined the senior advisory board of Alfa-bank (8). Alfa-bank's server was found pinging Trump Org servers regularly during the 2016 campaign, a total of 2000 times between May and September (11).
At some point Burt also joined the board of Deutsche Bank (10). Since, Deutsche bank has been caught multiple times involved in Russian money laundering schemes (12)(13).
In 1998, when no other bank would loan to Donald Trump after a string of bankruptcies, Deutsche created a brand new real estate operation and gave Trump it’s first loan of $125 million for renovation of his 40 Wall Street property, then backed the construction of his Trump World Tower (14), which ultimately sold 1/3 of its properties to Russians or limited liabilities connected to Russia (15). Other notable residents included Trump’s personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, who once claimed at a wedding he was part of the Russian mob (16), and Trump pollster, Kellyanne Conway, who was connected to the Tom Delay/Jack Abramoff’s Russia scandal (more on that later) (17).
In 2005, Deutsche bank loaned Trump $640 million (14). The following year Richard Burt, representing Alfa-bank, and Ron Lauder, Trump’s childhood friend, awarded Deutsche Bank for “Excellence in Foreign Investment in Russia” (9).
  1. https://larouchepub.com/eiw/public/1985/eirv12n23-19850610/eirv12n23-19850610_057-the_kissinger_soviet_roots_of_ri.pdf
  2. https://www.nytimes.com/1978/04/09/archives/neutron-bomb-controversy-strained-alliance-and-caused-splits-in-the.html
  3. https://larouchepub.com/eiw/public/1985/eirv12n29-19850726/eirv12n29-19850726_030-richard_burt_politically_wounded.pdf
  4. http://online.wsj.com/public/resources/documents/ruslobby-dole-04172007.pdf
  5. https://www.thenation.com/article/mccains-kremlin-ties/
  6. https://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/newsbysectobanksandfinance/6907222/Nat-Rothschild-to-invest-in-Russian-aluminium-company-Rusal.html
  7. https://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/03/29/haley-barbour-iran-nuclear-program-bgr_n_1375102.html
  8. https://web.archive.org/web/20061012094801/https://alfabank.com/media/news/2006/06/20/
  9. https://web.archive.org/web/20061012094801/https://alfabank.com/media/news/2006/06/20/
  10. https://maglobal.com/team/richard-burt/
  11. https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2018/10/15/was-there-a-connection-between-a-russian-bank-and-the-trump-campaign
  12. https://money.cnn.com/2017/01/31/investing/deutsche-bank-us-fine-russia-money-laundering/index.html
  13. https://www.theguardian.com/business/2019/ap17/deutsche-bank-faces-action-over-20bn-russian-money-laundering-scheme
  14. https://www.businessinsider.com/trump-deutsche-bank-mueller-2017-12
  15. https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-03-16/behind-trump-s-russia-romance-there-s-a-tower-full-of-oligarchs
  16. https://www.businessinsider.com/michael-cohen-bragged-about-being-part-of-russian-mob-2018-4
  17. https://medium.com/@trumpwatchdog/trumps-labor-nominee-lobbied-for-sweatshops-and-russian-interests-65bfd9589c00
Richard Burt and Sergey Kislyak
In 1989, George HW Bush appointed Richard Burt as chief negotiator of the START I treaty between the US and Russia. On the other side, a little known Sergey Kislyak worked at the Soviet Union’s ministry of foreign affairs, focused on nuclear negotiations (1). On July 31, 1991, the START I treaty was signed by Russia and the United States. When START I was due to expire in late 2008, it was Kislyak hard at work re-negotiating it (2). Several current and former US intelligence agents now consider Kislyak a “top spy and recruiter of spies" for Russia (3).
  1. https://www.nytimes.com/1986/08/21/world/summit-linked-to-arms-pact-russian-insists.html
  2. https://www.armscontrol.org/20081114_Kisylak
  3. https://www.cnn.com/2017/03/02/world/sergey-kislyak-russian-ambassador-us-profile/
Sarah Palin and Sergey Kislyak
In May 2007, Russian politician Vladimir Yetylin visited Sarah Palin in Anchorage, Alaska and invited her to Russia’s Chukotka region where Russian oligarch Roman Abramovich governed (1). Abramovich is close business partners with Oleg Deripaska (15), was one of the founders of RusAl (16), and has his own mafia connections (17).
This was not something new. In 2000 Yetylin and Abramovich visited Alaska in an attempt to recruit famed Alaska politician Victor Fishcher to govern Chuktoka, but when that failed, Abramovich took the seat himself (2)(3).
Then in January, 2008, Sarah Palin invited Kislyak to attend Alaska’s 50th anniversary since joining the US, scheduled for the following January (4).
In March, Nathanial Rothschild hosted a fundraiser for McCain’s campaign during McCain’s trip to the UK, a move many accused of violating election laws (18). McCain had met with Oleg Deripaska on several occasions by then, first introduced by Paul Manafort’s business partner in Ukraine, Rick Davis, at DeVos in 2006. In 2004 Paul Manafort had signed a contract with Deripaska to “greatly benefit the Putin Government” (21). Deripaska would later host John McCain’s 70's birthday party on a yacht off the coast of Montenegro (19).
In May, Dmitry Medvedev stepped down as head of Russian oil and gas giant, Gazprom, to head the Russian Federation as the new President. At some point Gazprom would hire Richard Burt as a lobbyist (20). In July, Medvedev appointed Kislyak Russia’s ambassador to the US (5).
That same month, July 2008 Rick Davis, chose Sarah Palin as McCain’s running make (6). Ever close to her side was Richard Burt and his wife, Gahl Hodges Burt, who was responsible for Palin’s well fitted suits (14). Richard Burt acted as McCain’s top advisor on foreign relations, a familiar role he had also fulfilled in McCain’s 2000 run.
Then, in September, Medvedev attended ELAT in Chukotka, becoming the first Russian president to visit the area, and met with Abramovich (7) and Yetlyin. During Yetlyin’s presentation at ELAT, Yetlyin “point[ed] out the best known dead caribou for many years, lying beside Alaska Governor Sarah Palin” (8). Just weeks later on Oct 13, Gazprom sent eight executives to Alaska to meet with state officials (9), including Aleksei Miller who was later sanctioned by the US for election meddling (10), and Aleksandr Golubyev, veteran FSB agent (11).
The following January, 2009, Kislyak accepted his invitation and visited Palin in Alaska (12). Five months later, Kislyak emailed Sarah Palin about meeting with what would turn out to be a Russian mob “godfather,” Alexander Torshin (13).
  1. https://www.seattletimes.com/nation-world/are-russian-ties-a-palin-priority/
  2. https://books.google.com/books?id=TrgcEOqv9PkC&pg=PA349
  3. https://books.google.com/books?id=TrgcEOqv9PkC&pg=PA270
  4. http://us4palin.com/gov-palin-meeting-with-diplomats-from-9-countries-1-29-2009-update/
  5. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sergey_Kislyak#Diplomatic_career
  6. https://www.thenation.com/article/mccains-kremlin-ties/
  7. http://reindeerherding.org/blog/herders-blog/president-medvedev-visits-reindeer-herders-in-chukotka/
  8. http://reindeerherding.org/ru-blog/sarah-palin-vladimir-etylin-the-chukotka-connection/
  9. https://www.nytimes.com/2008/10/14/business/worldbusiness/14iht-gazprom.4.16947310.html
  10. https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-russia-sanctions-millegazprom-ceo-miller-says-proud-of-inclusion-on-u-s-sanctions-list-idUSKCN1HD2DH
  11. https://pgjonline.com/magazine/2008/november-2008-vol-235-no-11/projects/russian-gas-executives-make-visit-to-alaska
  12. http://us4palin.com/gov-palin-meeting-with-diplomats-from-9-countries-1-29-2009-update/
  13. https://www.npr.org/2018/05/11/610206357/documents-reveal-how-russian-official-courted-conservatives-in-u-s-since-2009
  14. https://observer.com/2008/10/sarah-palin-and-cindy-mccains-secret-style-adviser-revealed/
  15. https://www.theguardian.com/business/2003/jul/06/russia.football
  16. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rusal#Founding_of_Rusal_and_company_expansion_2000_%E2%80%93_2007
  17. https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/roman-abramovich-revealed-the-dangerous-world-89764
  18. https://www.theguardian.com/world/2008/ap29/johnmccain.uselections2008
  19. https://www.circa.com/story/2017/06/21/heres-the-russia-influence-controversy-that-john-mccain-doesnt-want-you-to-know-about
  20. https://www.politico.com/story/2016/10/donald-trump-campaign-lobbyist-russian-pipeline-229264
  21. https://www.apnews.com/122ae0b5848345faa88108a03de40c5a
Kislyak, Alfa-bank, and the Center for the National Interest
Prior to being named Russia’s ambassador to the US, Sergey Kislyak was deputy minster of foreign affairs, working under Sergey Lavrov. Lavrov had been meeting reguarly with Donald Trumps personal lawyer and “America’s mayor” Rudy Giuliani since 2004 (1) and his son-in-law, Alexander Vinokurov sits on the board of Alfa-bank alongside Richard Burt (3). In Oct 2008, with Richard Burt present as an Alfa-bank board member, Giuliani presented the keynote speech for Alfa-bank’s “Excellence in Foreign Investments in Russia” award (2).
As recently as October 2016 Richard Burt claims to maintain a close working relationship with Alfa-banks co-founder, Mikhail Fridman (4).
The Ministry of Foreign Relations was actively linked to the Alfa-bank’s Alfa Fellowship internship program and Lavrov and Kislyak met the 2008 interns just prior to Kislyak heading to the US as the newly-appointed ambassador to the US (2).
After arriving in the US, Kislyak was welcomed with a dinner party hosted by Dmitri Simes of the Center for the National Interest, a think tank group founded by Nixon (5). Also on the board are Richard Burt and Henry Kissinger, as well as Grover Norquist (6). In 1995, Norquist worked with Tom Delay on the infamous K Street Project (7). Years later it was found Delay was bribed by Russia’s Gazrprom for his vote on an IMF bailout of the Russian economy in 1997 (8), a scandal, orchestrated by Delay’s prior aid, Jack Ambroff, that shook the US political world. Jack Ambroff’s friend, Paul Erickson of the NRA, would later “date" the notorious Russia spy, Maria Butina and assist her in infiltrating US politics (9).
  1. https://www.newsweek.com/giuliani-mysterious-ties-russia-former-soviet-union-decades-1215349
  2. https://alfabank.com/app/uploads/2018/02/ab_social_report_2008.pdf
  3. https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-08-18/billionaire-ally-of-putin-socialized-with-kushner-ivanka-trump
  4. https://www.politico.com/story/2016/10/donald-trump-campaign-lobbyist-russian-pipeline-229264
  5. https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/02/world/europe/sergey-kislyak-russian-ambassador.html
  6. https://cftni.org/about/board-of-directors/
  7. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/K_Street_Project
  8. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tom_DeLay#Contributions_from_Russian_oil_executives
  9. https://www.opensecrets.org/news/2018/12/nra-leader-jack-abramoff-gop-operative-russian-spy-maria-butina-lobbying/
Rusnano
In 2007 Richard Burt had left Diligence and joined his mentor, Henry Kissinger, at Kissinger McLarty & Associates (1). The following year in September 2008, “Father of the oligarchs” Anatoly Chubais joined the international advisory board of JP Morgan Chase alongside Kissinger (2).
For those unfamiliar, Chubais was responsible for bringing capitalism to Russia after the fall of the Soviet Union and worked closely with Harvard professors in the 90‘s through a group called the Harvard Institute of International Affairs, or HIID, that eventually erupted in scandal when a number of those professors were caught profitting from the very advice and direction they were giving to the Russian government (3)(4). Henry Kissinger was the founding director of HIID in 1958 (orginally CFIA), then focused on nuclear arms control theory (5).
HIID’s Andrei Shliefer worked closely with Len Blavatnik and business partner Viktor Vekselberg, helping them attain loans for investments in Russia (11). In return, Blavatnik would make investments to Shleifer in the very companies Shleifer worked to privatize (3). In 2014 Jared Kushner and Ivanak Trump partied in Moscow with both Blavatnik and Veksleberg, as well as head of Mikhail Fridman’s Letter One and Sergey Lavrov’s daugher and son-in-law (13). Both Blavatnik and Vekselberg’s cousin, Andrew Intrater, later donated to Donald Trump’s inaugural fund (12).
Just prior to joining JP Morgan, Chubais had worked from 2004-2008 breaking up and privatizing the Russian government-owned electrical giant, RAO-UES (6), assisted by Carter Page (7). Shortly after that work, Page teamed up with a Gazprom executive, Sergei Yatsenko, to found Global Energy Capital in a building connected to Trump Tower via bridge (8).
Also in September of 2008, when Chubais join the international advisory board of JP Morgan Chase, Chubais was appointed General Manager of RUSNANO (9). On the supervisory board of Rusnano was Alexander Torshin (10).
  1. https://www.thenation.com/article/mccains-kremlin-ties/
  2. https://www.reuters.com/article/jpmorgan-chubais-appointment/jpmorgan-names-russia-reformer-chubais-to-board-idUSLP18050820080926
  3. https://www.institutionalinvestor.com/article/b150npp3q49x7w/how-harvard-lost-russia
  4. https://www.thenation.com/article/harvard-boys-do-russia/
  5. http://www.hup.harvard.edu/catalog.php?isbn=9780674027770
  6. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anatoly_Chubais
  7. http://www.globalenergycap.com/management/
  8. https://www.justsecurity.org/46786/timeline-carter-pages-contacts-russia/
  9. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anatoly_Chubais#RUSNANO
  10. https://issuu.com/usrbc/docs/usrbc_annualmeeting2010
  11. https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2014/01/20/the-billionaires-playlist
  12. https://abcnews.go.com/Politics/investigators-follow-flow-money-trump-wealthy-donors-russian/story
  13. https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-08-18/billionaire-ally-of-putin-socialized-with-kushner-ivanka-trump
Rusnano and Schwarzenegger
Sarah Palin ultimately failed her bid for the White House, so Sergey Kislyak turned to another US politician, Arnold Schwarzenegger, at the time Governor of California.
For those unfamiliar, Schwarzenegger made his first trip to Russian in 1986 for the filming of “Red Heat”, where he met up with Russian weightlifter, Yury Vaslov. Vaslov, along with his friend, Vladimir Dubinin, formed the USSR’s Federation of Bodybuilding, or IFBB (1). While Vaslov ended up joining the Russian state Duma, Dubinin would continue to connect to Schwarzenegger through the Arnold Classic in Ohio, where Dubinin would gift Schwarzenegger busts of Russia leaders, including Stalin in 1995 and Putin in 2009 (2)(3).
In 1999, Russian action star Alexander Nevsky, called the “Russian Arnold Schwarzenegger,” gifted Schwarzenegger a memoir signed by Gorbachev, whom Nevsky knew personally (4)(5). Soon after Schwarzenegger teamed up with US politicos that once ushered Russia’s Yeltsin into power to push him to California governor (6).
In Oct 2009, amid the world financial crisis, Schwarzenegger was set to close California’s only standing Russian settlement, Fort Ross, until approached by Sergey Kislyak, who suggested Russian assistance to finance the park (7). A month later, Medvedev announced Moscow’s own answer to Silicon Valley Skokovo, and appointed Viktor Vekselberg to lead the project (8). Ultimately it was Vekselberg’s Renova Group that financed Fort Ross, the deal signed on Oct 21, 2010 following a keynote speech by Schwarzenegger and Kislyak at an event held at Vekselberg’s Skolkovo, Russia, an event sponsored by Rusnano (10). And, as it turns out, Skolkovo was a suspected spy facility.
As Obama’s effort to reboot diplomatic relations [with Russia] sputtered, federal officials began raising alarms about the Skolkovo Foundation’s ties to Putin.
“The foundation may be a means for the Russian government to access our nation’s sensitive or classified research, development facilities and dual-use technologies” (9)
In attendance at the infamous meeting in Skolkovo was Carter Page’s father, Alan Page, as well as Arkady Dvorkovich (10). When Carter Page founded Global Energy Capital in 2008, he listed his father’s home as the address (11). In 2013, Page got caught up in a Russian spy ring (16), and yet, unfazed, in 2016 emailed Trump’s campaign boasting he could arrange a meeting in Moscow between Trump and Putin (17). Carter Page was introduced to the Trump campaign by Ed Cox (19), who’s wife’s sister, Julie Nixon Eisenhower, sits on the board for the Center for the National Interest (18). Rudy Giuliani once worked at Ed Cox’s law firm in the 70‘s (20), and, more recently, in 2005, Bracewell Giuliani lobbied for Ed Cox’s Houston-based Nobel Energy (21)(22). Then, in July 2016 amid Trump’s campaign, Carter Page flew to Russia and met with Dvorkovich (12).
Also in attendance was “Russia’s favorite Congressman" Dana Rohrabacher (10). Two years later the FBI would approach Rohrabacher warning Russian spies were trying to recruit him (25).
Also in attendance was Alexander Torshin as well as Preston Kline (10). Kline introduced Torshin to the NRA’s David Keene (13) soon after, in May 2011 (14). David Keene also sits on the board of the Center for the National Interest alongside Richard Burt and Henry Kissinger (15). After that, Torshin often appeared at the NRA’s annual convention and claimed he knew Donald Trump through the NRA (26). Torshin’s protege, Maria Butina, took a picture with Scott Walker at the 2015 NRA convention and met with Walker again when Walker announced his presidential bid. Shortly after Butina met with Scott Walker, Russian oligarch Len Blavatnik’s Access Industries donated to Scott Walker’s political operation and $1.5 million to a pro-Walker Super PAC (29). Torshin also chatted with Don Jr at the 2016 NRA convention (28).
Also in attendance was Viktor Vekselberg’s cousin, Andrew Intrater (10), who later donated to Donald Trump’s inaugural fund (30).
On that same trip to Skolkovo, Schwarzenegger met with Medvedev who offered him the mayorship of Moscow (23 @1:23). Though that never came to pass, in 2014 Schwarzenegger starred in the film, “Sabotage”, that was financed by Mikhail Lesin, founder of Russia’s propaganda outlet, RT (24).
  1. https://www.net-film.us/film-73188/
  2. https://persona.rin.ru/eng/view/f/0/36873/dubinin-vladimir
  3. https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/russia/6448502/Vladimir-Putin-to-be-cast-in-bronze-for-Arnold-Schwarzenegger.html
  4. https://www.dailynews.com/2018/01/18/from-moscow-to-hollywood-alexander-nevsky-pursued-his-schwarzenegger-fueled-dreams-of-a-life-in-action-movies/
  5. https://themoscowtimes.com/articles/meet-the-russian-arnold-schwarzenegger-3385
  6. https://www.theguardian.com/world/2003/sep/07/film.russia
  7. https://www.rferl.org/a/California_Looks_To_Russia_To_Help_Preserve_Historic_Settlement/1841800.html
  8. http://sk.ru/foundation/team/p/person.aspx?un=vvf
  9. https://apnews.com/5e533f93afae4a4fa5c2f7fe80ad72ac/Sanctioned-Russian-oligarch-linked-to-Cohen-has-vast-US-ties
  10. https://issuu.com/usrbc/docs/usrbc_annualmeeting2010
  11. https://thesternfacts.com/suspected-russian-spy-carter-pages-father-ran-a-regional-power-company-b93e9e6f4222
  12. https://www.cnn.com/2017/11/03/politics/carter-page-russian-officials-new-york-times/index.html
  13. https://www.tennessean.com/story/news/2018/03/20/russia-nashville-lawyer-marsha-blackburn/431448002/
  14. https://medium.com/@ScottMStedman/in-2011-handwritten-letter-nra-president-offered-help-to-alexander-torshin-for-his-endeavors-370f68101e3b
  15. https://cftni.org/about/board-of-directors/
  16. https://foreignpolicy.com/2017/04/04/russian-spy-met-trump-adviser-carter-page-and-thought-he-was-an-idiot/
  17. https://www.politico.com/story/2019/04/23/mueller-report-findings-1287072
  18. https://www.timesunion.com/7day-state/article/N-Y-GOP-s-Cox-introduced-Carter-Page-to-Trump-12553410.php
  19. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Patterson_Belknap_Webb_%26_Tyler
  20. https://web.archive.org/web/20170616173941/http://investors.nblenergy.com/directors.cfm
  21. https://bracewell.com/people/g-alan-rafte
  22. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pmyeWJuInPI
  23. https://www.businessinsider.com/putin-media-czar-brad-pitt-movie-2014-8
  24. https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/19/us/politics/dana-rohrabacher-russia-spies.html
  25. https://www.npr.org/2018/03/01/590076949/depth-of-russian-politicians-cultivation-of-nra-ties-revealed
  26. https://www.jsonline.com/story/news/politics/elections/2018/09/08/scott-walker-had-second-brief-encounter-accused-russian-spy/1244899002/
  27. https://www.nytimes.com/2017/12/03/us/politics/trump-putin-russia-nra-campaign.html
  28. https://urbanmilwaukee.com/pressrelease/gov-scott-walker-political-operation-snagged-250000-check-mere-days-after-meeting-with-accused-russian-spy/
  29. https://www.vox.com/2018/7/5/17505728/trump-inauguration-mueller-russians-rick-gates
Richard Burt, Sergey Kislyak, and Alexander Torshin infiltrate US politics
In early 2011, Donald Trump discussed running for president with Steve Bannon, but they both agreed 2016 would be better (1). Then in May, Sarah Palin paid Trump a visit at Trump Tower (2). Sarah Palin became an early endorser of Donald Trump, appearing at a Trump rally to give her endorsement just weeks before the Iowa caucus (13). Here’s Palin spouting out pro-Putin talking points in 2014 (14).
In 2012, Kissinger, whom Putin considers a trusted foreign policy adviser, visited Vladimir Putin to discuss US and Russia elections (3).
In August 2014, Rand Paul named Richard Burt and the president of the Center for the National Interest’s Dimitri Simes as key foreign policy advisers (4). Two months later Rand Paul delivered a speech at the Center for the National Interest’s annual dinner (5). It didn’t take much time before Rand Paul started spouting Russian talking points (6), as well as his father, Ron Paul (7). In 2018 Rand Paul traveled to Moscow and hand delivered a personal note from Trump to Putin and invited Russian senators to meet with the US congress in the US “or elsewhere” (11). The Russian senators then asked for assistance in the Maria Butina case and suggested they may use the invite to protest her arrest (12).
The following February, 2015, Simes met with Putin in Moscow. In May, the Center for the National Interest arranged for Alexander Torshin and his protege, Maria Butina, to visit with US government officials (8). On June 12th, the Center for the National Interest published Maria Butina’s op-ed discussing that only a Republican can improve relations with Russia (9). Around the same time, Simes emailed Butina about connecting one of his top donors with Russian officials (10).
  1. https://www.cnn.com/2017/04/12/politics/steve-bannon-donald-trump-relationship/index.html
  2. https://thecaucus.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/05/31/palin-visits-trump-in-new-york/
  3. https://www.nytimes.com/2012/01/20/world/europe/henry-kissinger-to-meet-with-vladimir-putin-in-russia.html
  4. https://freebeacon.com/politics/rand-pauls-russian-connection/
  5. https://nationalinterest.org/feature/rand-paul-the-case-conservative-realism-11544
  6. https://www.realclearpolitics.com/video/2018/08/16/rand_paul_on_diplomatic_trip_to_russia_us_sanctions_are_designed_to_cause_problems_not_fix_them.html
  7. https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2014/07/ron-paul-is-putins-new-best-friend/439533/
  8. https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-russia-butina-exclusive/exclusive-accused-russian-agent-butina-met-with-u-s-treasury-fed-officials-idUSKBN1KC0DC
  9. https://nationalinterest.org/feature/the-bear-the-elephant-13098
  10. https://www.thedailybeast.com/maria-butina-private-messages-reveal-accused-russian-spys-true-ties-to-dc-wise-man
  11. https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-08-06/u-s-senator-invites-russian-lawmakers-to-washington-for-talks
  12. http://tass.com/politics/1016200
  13. https://edition.cnn.com/2016/01/19/politics/sarah-palin-donald-trump-2016/index.html
  14. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GHsuI_4Aomo
The Russians and the Trump Campaign: The Beginnings
The following month, July 2015, Butina attended the Freedom Fest where she was called on my Donald Trump shortly after he announced his candidacy for president. Asked about sanctions, Trump promised, “We’ll get along with Putin” (1). That same month, Rob Goldstone, publicist to a Russian pop star who’s father is an oligarch, emailed Trump’s personal assistant about possibly hooking Trump up with a personal meeting with Putin (10). Within that same same summer, Donald Trump met up with Michael Flynn for the first time (2). At the time, Flynn was seemingly romantically involved with an accused Russian spy, Svetlana Lokhova, who had access to Russia’s GRU files (3).
In August, Dana Rohrabacher met up with Maria Butina and Alexander Torshin in St. Petersburg (4).
On Dec 2, 2015 Flynn visited Sergey Kislyak at his home (5). Shortly after, on Dec 8th, a delegation of NRA officials, arranged by David Keene, met with Alexander Torshin and Maria Butina at Moscow while Flynn, at the same time, delivered a paid speech at an RT Gala in Moscow and sat at the same table as Vladimir Putin. Officials notice after the RT Gala an increased communications between Flynn and Kislyak and British intelligence agencies detecte suspicious interactions between Russan and Trump aides that they pass to US intellgence (6). Recently reported, Maria Butina also updated her progress to Kislyak as well (7).
Shortly after the NRA delegation returned to the states, Ed Cox (connected to the Center for the National Interest) introduced Carter Page to Trump’s campaign manager at the time, Corey Lewandowski (8). Page then emails Trump’s campaign boasting that he could arrange a meeting in Moscow between Trump and Putin (9). After meeting with Lewandowki in January, Lewandowski steered him to Sam Clovis who ultimately hired Page to Trump’s National Security team (8).
  1. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/video/news/video-1730496/Alleged-Russian-spy-Maria-Butina-asks-Trump-question-2015.html
  2. https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/checkpoint/wp/2016/08/15/trump-adviser-michael-t-flynn-on-his-dinner-with-putin-and-why-russia-today-is-just-like-cnn/?utm_term=.31693a2a7de0
  3. https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5776741/Cambridge-graduate-accused-serial-seducer-spymasters-fights-clear-name.html
  4. https://www.mercurynews.com/2018/07/18/orange-county-congressman-rohrabacher-met-with-accused-spy-in-russia/
  5. https://investigaterussia.org/media/2018-04-28/flynn-met-kislyak-2015
  6. https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/politics/wp/2018/02/05/a-so-far-complete-timeline-of-the-investigation-into-trump-and-russia/?utm_term=.df52a2972a66
  7. https://www.rollingstone.com/politics/politics-news/butina-influence-secretary-state-sentencing-memo-825666/
  8. https://www.timesunion.com/7day-state/article/N-Y-GOP-s-Cox-introduced-Carter-Page-to-Trump-12553410.php
  9. https://www.politico.com/story/2019/04/23/mueller-report-findings-1287072
  10. https://themoscowproject.org/explainers/trumps-russia-cover-up-by-the-numbers-70-contacts-with-russia-linked-operatives/
The Center for the National Interest and the Trump Campaign
Then on March 14, 2016 Jared Kushner attended a luncheon hosted by the Center for the National Interest where he met with Dimitri Simes and Henry Kissinger (1). That same day George Papadopoulos met with the infamous Professor Mifsud in Italy who would later reveal Russia had “dirt” on Clinton in the form of thousands of emails. Then, on March 31st during Trump’s first National Security meeting that also included Jeff Sessions, Papadopoulos revealed he could arrange a meeting between Trump and Putin (2). Though Trump never ended up meeting with Putin, less than three weeks later on April 19, Donald Trump’s childhood friend, Ron Lauder, did (3).
A little more than a week later, the Center for the National Interest hosted Trump first speech on foreign policy at the Mayflower Hotel. Richard Burt and George Papadopoulos worked on that speech, where Trump promised a “good deal with Russia” (4). It was at that event that Jared Kushner and Jeff Sessions first met Sergey Kislyak (5). Sessions would again meet with Kislyak, this time with Carter Page and JD Gordon, on July 18 during the Republican National Convention. And yet again in September Session met Kislyak in his Senate office (6).
Burt also attended two dinners with Jeff Sessions while a lobbyist for Gazprom (7).
In May, 2016, a political operative connected to the NRA emailed Jeff Sessions and Rick Dearborn for advice arranging a meeting with Trump and Putin, with first contact to be made at the NRA’s 2016 convention. Dearborn forwarded a similar email stemming from Christian causes to Jared Kushner (11).
During the 2016 NRA national convention, Alexander Torshin ultimately met up with Don Jr and Maria Butina delivered a speech to the governor and lieutenant governor of Kentucky (8). Butina also later dined with Don Jr on a separate occasion (9) and went on a Styx date with JD Gordon from Trump’s National Security Team (10).
Then in December Jared Kushner joined Michael Flynn to see Kislyak at Trump Tower where they discussed “setting up a secret and secure communications channel” (6). Afterward, Flynn kept communicating with Kislyak (12), negotiating by Kushner’s direction (13), in violation of the Logan Act. Flynn would eventually enter a plea deal for lying about those negotiations to the FBI (12).
At Kislyak's request, the head of VEB, Sergei Gorkov, visited Kushner at Trump Tower in Dec 2016, where he gifted Kushner art and a "bag of dirt" from Kushner's ancestral land of Belarus (14). The two discussed Kushner Companies, though VEB was under US sanctions. Previously, Gorkov led Sberbank at the time Sberbank sponsored Miss Universe 2013 in Moscow (15). While there, Herman Gref, the CEO of Sberbank, hosted a dinner for Trump (16). Immediately afterwards Trump started tweeting about a Trump Tower Moscow (17). Then, in early 2014, a former Sberbank employee with access to GRU files, Svetlana Lokhova, met with Michael Flynn at Cambridge University, birthplace of Cambridge Analytica (18). Immediately after Carter Page flew to Moscow amid Trump's presidential campaign, Page traveled to Cambridge University and met up with Paul Manafort-protege, Vin WWeber (19)(20).
  1. https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-08-13/kushner-foreign-policy-role-grew-after-kissinger-lunch-correct
  2. https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/oct/30/george-papadopoulos-timeline-trump-campaign-adviser-russia-links
  3. http://en.kremlin.ru/events/president/news/51751
  4. https://thesternfacts.com/meet-putins-top-influencers-behind-russia-s-election-attack-on-america-852516c5a423
  5. https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/sessions-discussed-trump-campaign-related-matters-with-russian-ambassador-us-intelligence-intercepts-show/2017/07/21/3e704692-6e44-11e7-9c15-177740635e83_story.html
  6. http://time.com/5572821/donald-trump-russia-contacts/
  7. https://www.politico.com/story/2016/10/donald-trump-campaign-lobbyist-russian-pipeline-229264
  8. https://www.courier-journal.com/story/news/local/2018/07/24/louisville-news-kavanaugh-rand-paul-butina-town-more/824816002/
  9. https://www.nytimes.com/2018/08/04/us/politics/maria-butina-nra-russia-influence.html
  10. https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/onpolitics/2018/08/03/jd-gordon-maria-butina-styx-concert/903701002/
  11. https://www.nytimes.com/2017/12/03/us/politics/trump-putin-russia-nra-campaign.html
  12. https://themoscowproject.org/explainers/trumps-russia-cover-up-by-the-numbers-70-contacts-with-russia-linked-operatives/
  13. https://www.cnn.com/2017/12/01/politics/jared-kushner-michael-flynn-russia/index.html
  14. https://foreignpolicy.com/2017/07/25/why-did-russia-send-sergei-gorkov-to-meet-with-jared-kushne
  15. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sergei_Gorkov#Meeting_with_Jared_Kushner
  16. https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/sep/18/trump-in-moscow-what-happened-at-miss-universe-in-2013
  17. https://twitter.com/realdonaldtrump/status/399939505924628480?lang=en
  18. https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5776741/Cambridge-graduate-accused-serial-seducer-spymasters-fights-clear-name.html
  19. https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/cambridge-university-perch-gave-fbi-source-access-to-top-intelligence-figures--and-a-cover-as-he-reached-out-to-trump-associates/2018/06/05/c6764dc2-641e-11e8-99d2-0d678ec08c2f_story.html
  20. https://www.nytimes.com/2019/02/05/us/politics/paul-manafort-news-ukraine.html
Russia and the Trump Administration
On February 2nd, Trump was scheduled to meet Alexander Torshin at the National Prayer Breakfast, but the meeting was canceled when it was revealed Torshin had ties to organized crime . Dana Rohrabacher, however, still dined with Torshin and referred to him as “conservatives’ favorite Russian” (13).
On May 9, 2017, Trumped fired Comey over the “Russia thing" (1). That same day, Sergey Lavrov met with Rex Tillerson (2). According to her plea deal, Butina helped the Trump administration select Rex Tillerson as his first Secretary of State (3). While head of ExxonMobil, Tillerson won the Order of Friendship personally from Vladimir Putin for signed a deal with Rosneft’s Igor Sechin. Exxonmobil was ultimately fine $2 million for that deal for breaking US sanctions (4).
On May 10, the day after Trump fired Comey, Trump met with Sergey Lavrov and Sergey Kislyak in the Oval Office (2), where he admited he fired “nutcase" James Comey to ease pressure form investigation (8) and revealed classified information honed by Israel (9). After the meeting ended and the doors opened to the press, Lavrov and Kislyak were gone and instead, Henry Kissinger accompanied Trump (2).
At some point, Kushner delivered a Russian-sanctions relief plan approved by Putin to Tillerson himself. The plan was originally delivered from Kirill Dimitriev, head of the Russian Direct Investment Fund, to Kushner’s friend, Rick Gerson (5). At one point, Stephen Schwartzman of Blackstone Group sat on the advisory board to the Russian Direct Investment Fund at it's inception in 2011 (6). Since 2013, Blackstone Group loaned Kushner Companies more than $400 million over multiple projects (7). Also on the board of Blackstone is Jacob Rothschild (10), who’s son, Nathanial, is business partners with Oleg Deripaska and owns a major stake in Rusal (11).
On January, 2019, the Trump administration lifted sanctions on Rusal as well as two other firms connected to Oleg Deripaska (12).
  1. https://www.latimes.com/politics/washington/la-na-essential-washington-updates-trump-s-statements-linking-russia-1494682462-htmlstory.html
  2. https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/worldviews/wp/2017/05/10/the-strange-oval-office-meeting-between-trump-lavrov-and-kislyak/?utm_term=.ac66d1476505
  3. https://www.rollingstone.com/politics/politics-news/butina-influence-secretary-state-sentencing-memo-825666/
  4. https://www.pbs.org/newshounation/treasury-department-fines-exxon-mobil-2-million-russia-violations-rex-tillersons-watch
  5. https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2019-04-18/kushner-friend-worked-with-putin-deputy-on-reconciliation-plan
  6. https://rdif.ru/Eng_fullNews/53/
  7. https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-05-26/the-kushners-the-saudis-and-blackstone-behind-the-recent-deals
  8. https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/19/us/politics/trump-russia-comey.html
  9. https://www.businessinsider.com/bombshell-report-trump-oval-office-meeting-russians-comey-2017-11
  10. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jacob_Rothschild,_4th_Baron_Rothschild
  11. https://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/newsbysectobanksandfinance/6907222/Nat-Rothschild-to-invest-in-Russian-aluminium-company-Rusal.html
  12. https://www.cnn.com/2019/01/27/politics/trump-admin-lifts-sanctions-oleg-deripaska/index.html
  13. https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/us-politics/donald-trump-russia-gangster-washington-dc-meeting-cancelled-claims-a7664701.html
  14. https://www.thedailybeast.com/butina-boss-alexander-torshin-the-kremlins-no-longer-secret-weapon
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2019.05.02 16:37 Puffin_Fitness The Center of the National Interest is the Center of Trump Russia: How Kislyak, Torshin, Butina, Burt, Kissinger, and the NRA infiltrated Trump's campaign

Richard Burt’s Russian Connections: Oleg Deripaska, Alfa-bank, Deutsche Bank
Richard Burt’s Russia connection began with his father, a Russian emigre that made a fortune mining in Siberia. Burt became a Henry Kissinger protege in his 20‘s (1), and by the late 70's joined the New York Times (2), where he published a number of leaked US security secrets. This led to a contentious nomination of Burt to US ambassador to Germany in 1985 when a number of US senators, including Orin Hatch, accused Burt of violating US espionage laws (1), though nothing came of those accusations, and his confirmation was ultimately railroaded through by Senator Majority leader Bob Dole (3). By 2004, Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska would hire both Bob Dole and Richard Burt’s Diligence to lobby on his behalf after Deripaska was banned from entering the US due to his ties with Russia organized crime (4)(5).
Another owner of Diligence was Nathanial Rothschild, business partner to Oleg Deripaska (5). The two own a major stake in Russian aluminum company, RusAl (6).
Another client of Diligence was Alfa-bank. In 2005 Diligence LLC allegedly attempted to illegally acquire information from an Alfa-bank Rival, though the case was settled out of court (7). By 2006, Richard Burt himself joined the senior advisory board of Alfa-bank (8). Alfa-bank's server was found pinging Trump Org servers regularly during the 2016 campaign, a total of 2000 times between May and September (11).
At some point Burt also joined the board of Deutsche Bank (10). Since, Deutsche bank has been caught multiple times involved in Russian money laundering schemes (12)(13).
In 1998, when no other bank would loan to Donald Trump after a string of bankruptcies, Deutsche created a brand new real estate operation and gave Trump it’s first loan of $125 million for renovation of his 40 Wall Street property, then backed the construction of his Trump World Tower (14), which ultimately sold 1/3 of its properties to Russians or limited liabilities connected to Russia (15). Other notable residents included Trump’s personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, who once claimed at a wedding he was part of the Russian mob (16), and Trump pollster, Kellyanne Conway, who was connected to the Tom Delay/Jack Abramoff’s Russia scandal (more on that later) (17).
In 2005, Deutsche bank loaned Trump $640 million (14). The following year Richard Burt, representing Alfa-bank, and Ron Lauder, Trump’s childhood friend, awarded Deutsche Bank for “Excellence in Foreign Investment in Russia” (9).
  1. https://larouchepub.com/eiw/public/1985/eirv12n23-19850610/eirv12n23-19850610_057-the_kissinger_soviet_roots_of_ri.pdf
  2. https://www.nytimes.com/1978/04/09/archives/neutron-bomb-controversy-strained-alliance-and-caused-splits-in-the.html
  3. https://larouchepub.com/eiw/public/1985/eirv12n29-19850726/eirv12n29-19850726_030-richard_burt_politically_wounded.pdf
  4. http://online.wsj.com/public/resources/documents/ruslobby-dole-04172007.pdf
  5. https://www.thenation.com/article/mccains-kremlin-ties/
  6. https://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/newsbysectobanksandfinance/6907222/Nat-Rothschild-to-invest-in-Russian-aluminium-company-Rusal.html
  7. https://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/03/29/haley-barbour-iran-nuclear-program-bgr_n_1375102.html
  8. https://web.archive.org/web/20061012094801/https://alfabank.com/media/news/2006/06/20/
  9. https://web.archive.org/web/20061012094801/https://alfabank.com/media/news/2006/06/20/
  10. https://maglobal.com/team/richard-burt/
  11. https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2018/10/15/was-there-a-connection-between-a-russian-bank-and-the-trump-campaign
  12. https://money.cnn.com/2017/01/31/investing/deutsche-bank-us-fine-russia-money-laundering/index.html
  13. https://www.theguardian.com/business/2019/ap17/deutsche-bank-faces-action-over-20bn-russian-money-laundering-scheme
  14. https://www.businessinsider.com/trump-deutsche-bank-mueller-2017-12
  15. https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-03-16/behind-trump-s-russia-romance-there-s-a-tower-full-of-oligarchs
  16. https://www.businessinsider.com/michael-cohen-bragged-about-being-part-of-russian-mob-2018-4
  17. https://medium.com/@trumpwatchdog/trumps-labor-nominee-lobbied-for-sweatshops-and-russian-interests-65bfd9589c00
Richard Burt and Sergey Kislyak
In 1989, George HW Bush appointed Richard Burt as chief negotiator of the START I treaty between the US and Russia. On the other side, a little known Sergey Kislyak worked at the Soviet Union’s ministry of foreign affairs, focused on nuclear negotiations (1). On July 31, 1991, the START I treaty was signed by Russia and the United States. When START I was due to expire in late 2008, it was Kislyak hard at work re-negotiating it (2). Several current and former US intelligence agents now consider Kislyak a “top spy and recruiter of spies" for Russia (3).
  1. https://www.nytimes.com/1986/08/21/world/summit-linked-to-arms-pact-russian-insists.html
  2. https://www.armscontrol.org/20081114_Kisylak
  3. https://www.cnn.com/2017/03/02/world/sergey-kislyak-russian-ambassador-us-profile/
Sarah Palin and Sergey Kislyak
In May 2007, Russian politician Vladimir Yetylin visited Sarah Palin in Anchorage, Alaska and invited her to Russia’s Chukotka region where Russian oligarch Roman Abramovich governed (1). Abramovich is close business partners with Oleg Deripaska (15), was one of the founders of RusAl (16), and has his own mafia connections (17).
This was not something new. In 2000 Yetylin and Abramovich visited Alaska in an attempt to recruit famed Alaska politician Victor Fishcher to govern Chuktoka, but when that failed, Abramovich took the seat himself (2)(3).
Then in January, 2008, Sarah Palin invited Kislyak to attend Alaska’s 50th anniversary since joining the US, scheduled for the following January (4).
In March, Nathanial Rothschild hosted a fundraiser for McCain’s campaign during McCain’s trip to the UK, a move many accused of violating election laws (18). McCain had met with Oleg Deripaska on several occasions by then, first introduced by Paul Manafort’s business partner in Ukraine, Rick Davis, at DeVos in 2006. In 2004 Paul Manafort had signed a contract with Deripaska to “greatly benefit the Putin Government” (21). Deripaska would later host John McCain’s 70's birthday party on a yacht off the coast of Montenegro (19).
In May, Dmitry Medvedev stepped down as head of Russian oil and gas giant, Gazprom, to head the Russian Federation as the new President. At some point Gazprom would hire Richard Burt as a lobbyist (20). In July, Medvedev appointed Kislyak Russia’s ambassador to the US (5).
That same month, July 2008 Rick Davis, chose Sarah Palin as McCain’s running make (6). Ever close to her side was Richard Burt and his wife, Gahl Hodges Burt, who was responsible for Palin’s well fitted suits (14). Richard Burt acted as McCain’s top advisor on foreign relations, a familiar role he had also fulfilled in McCain’s 2000 run.
Then, in September, Medvedev attended ELAT in Chukotka, becoming the first Russian president to visit the area, and met with Abramovich (7) and Yetlyin. During Yetlyin’s presentation at ELAT, Yetlyin “point[ed] out the best known dead caribou for many years, lying beside Alaska Governor Sarah Palin” (8). Just weeks later on Oct 13, Gazprom sent eight executives to Alaska to meet with state officials (9), including Aleksei Miller who was later sanctioned by the US for election meddling (10), and Aleksandr Golubyev, veteran FSB agent (11).
The following January, 2009, Kislyak accepted his invitation and visited Palin in Alaska (12). Five months later, Kislyak emailed Sarah Palin about meeting with what would turn out to be a Russian mob “godfather,” Alexander Torshin (13).
  1. https://www.seattletimes.com/nation-world/are-russian-ties-a-palin-priority/
  2. https://books.google.com/books?id=TrgcEOqv9PkC&pg=PA349
  3. https://books.google.com/books?id=TrgcEOqv9PkC&pg=PA270
  4. http://us4palin.com/gov-palin-meeting-with-diplomats-from-9-countries-1-29-2009-update/
  5. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sergey_Kislyak#Diplomatic_career
  6. https://www.thenation.com/article/mccains-kremlin-ties/
  7. http://reindeerherding.org/blog/herders-blog/president-medvedev-visits-reindeer-herders-in-chukotka/
  8. http://reindeerherding.org/ru-blog/sarah-palin-vladimir-etylin-the-chukotka-connection/
  9. https://www.nytimes.com/2008/10/14/business/worldbusiness/14iht-gazprom.4.16947310.html
  10. https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-russia-sanctions-millegazprom-ceo-miller-says-proud-of-inclusion-on-u-s-sanctions-list-idUSKCN1HD2DH
  11. https://pgjonline.com/magazine/2008/november-2008-vol-235-no-11/projects/russian-gas-executives-make-visit-to-alaska
  12. http://us4palin.com/gov-palin-meeting-with-diplomats-from-9-countries-1-29-2009-update/
  13. https://www.npr.org/2018/05/11/610206357/documents-reveal-how-russian-official-courted-conservatives-in-u-s-since-2009
  14. https://observer.com/2008/10/sarah-palin-and-cindy-mccains-secret-style-adviser-revealed/
  15. https://www.theguardian.com/business/2003/jul/06/russia.football
  16. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rusal#Founding_of_Rusal_and_company_expansion_2000_%E2%80%93_2007
  17. https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/roman-abramovich-revealed-the-dangerous-world-89764
  18. https://www.theguardian.com/world/2008/ap29/johnmccain.uselections2008
  19. https://www.circa.com/story/2017/06/21/heres-the-russia-influence-controversy-that-john-mccain-doesnt-want-you-to-know-about
  20. https://www.politico.com/story/2016/10/donald-trump-campaign-lobbyist-russian-pipeline-229264
  21. https://www.apnews.com/122ae0b5848345faa88108a03de40c5a
Kislyak, Alfa-bank, and the Center for the National Interest
Prior to being named Russia’s ambassador to the US, Sergey Kislyak was deputy minster of foreign affairs, working under Sergey Lavrov. Lavrov had been meeting reguarly with Donald Trumps personal lawyer and “America’s mayor” Rudy Giuliani since 2004 (1) and his son-in-law, Alexander Vinokurov sits on the board of Alfa-bank alongside Richard Burt (3). In Oct 2008, with Richard Burt present as an Alfa-bank board member, Giuliani presented the keynote speech for Alfa-bank’s “Excellence in Foreign Investments in Russia” award (2).
As recently as October 2016 Richard Burt claims to maintain a close working relationship with Alfa-banks co-founder, Mikhail Fridman (4).
The Ministry of Foreign Relations was actively linked to the Alfa-bank’s Alfa Fellowship internship program and Lavrov and Kislyak met the 2008 interns just prior to Kislyak heading to the US as the newly-appointed ambassador to the US (2).
After arriving in the US, Kislyak was welcomed with a dinner party hosted by Dmitri Simes of the Center for the National Interest, a think tank group founded by Nixon (5). Also on the board are Richard Burt and Henry Kissinger, as well as Grover Norquist (6). In 1995, Norquist worked with Tom Delay on the infamous K Street Project (7). Years later it was found Delay was bribed by Russia’s Gazrprom for his vote on an IMF bailout of the Russian economy in 1997 (8), a scandal, orchestrated by Delay’s prior aid, Jack Ambroff, that shook the US political world. Jack Ambroff’s friend, Paul Erickson of the NRA, would later “date" the notorious Russia spy, Maria Butina and assist her in infiltrating US politics (9).
  1. https://www.newsweek.com/giuliani-mysterious-ties-russia-former-soviet-union-decades-1215349
  2. https://alfabank.com/app/uploads/2018/02/ab_social_report_2008.pdf
  3. https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-08-18/billionaire-ally-of-putin-socialized-with-kushner-ivanka-trump
  4. https://www.politico.com/story/2016/10/donald-trump-campaign-lobbyist-russian-pipeline-229264
  5. https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/02/world/europe/sergey-kislyak-russian-ambassador.html
  6. https://cftni.org/about/board-of-directors/
  7. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/K_Street_Project
  8. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tom_DeLay#Contributions_from_Russian_oil_executives
  9. https://www.opensecrets.org/news/2018/12/nra-leader-jack-abramoff-gop-operative-russian-spy-maria-butina-lobbying/
Rusnano
In 2007 Richard Burt had left Diligence and joined his mentor, Henry Kissinger, at Kissinger McLarty & Associates (1). The following year in September 2008, “Father of the oligarchs” Anatoly Chubais joined the international advisory board of JP Morgan Chase alongside Kissinger (2).
For those unfamiliar, Chubais was responsible for bringing capitalism to Russia after the fall of the Soviet Union and worked closely with Harvard professors in the 90‘s through a group called the Harvard Institute of International Affairs, or HIID, that eventually erupted in scandal when a number of those professors were caught profitting from the very advice and direction they were giving to the Russian government (3)(4). Henry Kissinger was the founding director of HIID in 1958 (orginally CFIA), then focused on nuclear arms control theory (5).
HIID’s Andrei Shliefer worked closely with Len Blavatnik and business partner Viktor Vekselberg, helping them attain loans for investments in Russia (11). In return, Blavatnik would make investments to Shleifer in the very companies Shleifer worked to privatize (3). In 2014 Jared Kushner and Ivanak Trump partied in Moscow with both Blavatnik and Veksleberg, as well as head of Mikhail Fridman’s Letter One and Sergey Lavrov’s daugher and son-in-law (13). Both Blavatnik and Vekselberg’s cousin, Andrew Intrater, later donated to Donald Trump’s inaugural fund (12).
Just prior to joining JP Morgan, Chubais had worked from 2004-2008 breaking up and privatizing the Russian government-owned electrical giant, RAO-UES (6), assisted by Carter Page (7). Shortly after that work, Page teamed up with a Gazprom executive, Sergei Yatsenko, to found Global Energy Capital in a building connected to Trump Tower via bridge (8).
Also in September of 2008, when Chubais join the international advisory board of JP Morgan Chase, Chubais was appointed General Manager of RUSNANO (9). On the supervisory board of Rusnano was Alexander Torshin (10).
  1. https://www.thenation.com/article/mccains-kremlin-ties/
  2. https://www.reuters.com/article/jpmorgan-chubais-appointment/jpmorgan-names-russia-reformer-chubais-to-board-idUSLP18050820080926
  3. https://www.institutionalinvestor.com/article/b150npp3q49x7w/how-harvard-lost-russia
  4. https://www.thenation.com/article/harvard-boys-do-russia/
  5. http://www.hup.harvard.edu/catalog.php?isbn=9780674027770
  6. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anatoly_Chubais
  7. http://www.globalenergycap.com/management/
  8. https://www.justsecurity.org/46786/timeline-carter-pages-contacts-russia/
  9. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anatoly_Chubais#RUSNANO
  10. https://issuu.com/usrbc/docs/usrbc_annualmeeting2010
  11. https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2014/01/20/the-billionaires-playlist
  12. https://abcnews.go.com/Politics/investigators-follow-flow-money-trump-wealthy-donors-russian/story
  13. https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-08-18/billionaire-ally-of-putin-socialized-with-kushner-ivanka-trump
Rusnano and Schwarzenegger
Sarah Palin ultimately failed her bid for the White House, so Sergey Kislyak turned to another US politician, Arnold Schwarzenegger, at the time Governor of California.
For those unfamiliar, Schwarzenegger made his first trip to Russian in 1986 for the filming of “Red Heat”, where he met up with Russian weightlifter, Yury Vaslov. Vaslov, along with his friend, Vladimir Dubinin, formed the USSR’s Federation of Bodybuilding, or IFBB (1). While Vaslov ended up joining the Russian state Duma, Dubinin would continue to connect to Schwarzenegger through the Arnold Classic in Ohio, where Dubinin would gift Schwarzenegger busts of Russia leaders, including Stalin in 1995 and Putin in 2009 (2)(3).
In 1999, Russian action star Alexander Nevsky, called the “Russian Arnold Schwarzenegger,” gifted Schwarzenegger a memoir signed by Gorbachev, whom Nevsky knew personally (4)(5). Soon after Schwarzenegger teamed up with US politicos that once ushered Russia’s Yeltsin into power to push him to California governor (6).
In Oct 2009, amid the world financial crisis, Schwarzenegger was set to close California’s only standing Russian settlement, Fort Ross, until approached by Sergey Kislyak, who suggested Russian assistance to finance the park (7). A month later, Medvedev announced Moscow’s own answer to Silicon Valley Skokovo, and appointed Viktor Vekselberg to lead the project (8). Ultimately it was Vekselberg’s Renova Group that financed Fort Ross, the deal signed on Oct 21, 2010 following a keynote speech by Schwarzenegger and Kislyak at an event held at Vekselberg’s Skolkovo, Russia, an event sponsored by Rusnano (10). And, as it turns out, Skolkovo was a suspected spy facility.
As Obama’s effort to reboot diplomatic relations [with Russia] sputtered, federal officials began raising alarms about the Skolkovo Foundation’s ties to Putin.
“The foundation may be a means for the Russian government to access our nation’s sensitive or classified research, development facilities and dual-use technologies” (9)
In attendance at the infamous meeting in Skolkovo was Carter Page’s father, Alan Page, as well as Arkady Dvorkovich (10). When Carter Page founded Global Energy Capital in 2008, he listed his father’s home as the address (11). In 2013, Page got caught up in a Russian spy ring (16), and yet, unfazed, in 2016 emailed Trump’s campaign boasting he could arrange a meeting in Moscow between Trump and Putin (17). Carter Page was introduced to the Trump campaign by Ed Cox (19), who’s wife’s sister, Julie Nixon Eisenhower, sits on the board for the Center for the National Interest (18). Rudy Giuliani once worked at Ed Cox’s law firm in the 70‘s (20), and, more recently, in 2005, Bracewell Giuliani lobbied for Ed Cox’s Houston-based Nobel Energy (21)(22). Then, in July 2016 amid Trump’s campaign, Carter Page flew to Russia and met with Dvorkovich (12).
Also in attendance was “Russia’s favorite Congressman" Dana Rohrabacher (10). Two years later the FBI would approach Rohrabacher warning Russian spies were trying to recruit him (25).
Also in attendance was Alexander Torshin as well as Preston Kline (10). Kline introduced Torshin to the NRA’s David Keene (13) soon after, in May 2011 (14). David Keene also sits on the board of the Center for the National Interest alongside Richard Burt and Henry Kissinger (15). After that, Torshin often appeared at the NRA’s annual convention and claimed he knew Donald Trump through the NRA (26). Torshin’s protege, Maria Butina, took a picture with Scott Walker at the 2015 NRA convention and met with Walker again when Walker announced his presidential bid. Shortly after Butina met with Scott Walker, Russian oligarch Len Blavatnik’s Access Industries donated to Scott Walker’s political operation and $1.5 million to a pro-Walker Super PAC (29). Torshin also chatted with Don Jr at the 2016 NRA convention (28).
Also in attendance was Viktor Vekselberg’s cousin, Andrew Intrater (10), who later donated to Donald Trump’s inaugural fund (30).
On that same trip to Skolkovo, Schwarzenegger met with Medvedev who offered him the mayorship of Moscow (23 @1:23). Though that never came to pass, in 2014 Schwarzenegger starred in the film, “Sabotage”, that was financed by Mikhail Lesin, founder of Russia’s propaganda outlet, RT (24).
  1. https://www.net-film.us/film-73188/
  2. https://persona.rin.ru/eng/view/f/0/36873/dubinin-vladimir
  3. https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/russia/6448502/Vladimir-Putin-to-be-cast-in-bronze-for-Arnold-Schwarzenegger.html
  4. https://www.dailynews.com/2018/01/18/from-moscow-to-hollywood-alexander-nevsky-pursued-his-schwarzenegger-fueled-dreams-of-a-life-in-action-movies/
  5. https://themoscowtimes.com/articles/meet-the-russian-arnold-schwarzenegger-3385
  6. https://www.theguardian.com/world/2003/sep/07/film.russia
  7. https://www.rferl.org/a/California_Looks_To_Russia_To_Help_Preserve_Historic_Settlement/1841800.html
  8. http://sk.ru/foundation/team/p/person.aspx?un=vvf
  9. https://apnews.com/5e533f93afae4a4fa5c2f7fe80ad72ac/Sanctioned-Russian-oligarch-linked-to-Cohen-has-vast-US-ties
  10. https://issuu.com/usrbc/docs/usrbc_annualmeeting2010
  11. https://thesternfacts.com/suspected-russian-spy-carter-pages-father-ran-a-regional-power-company-b93e9e6f4222
  12. https://www.cnn.com/2017/11/03/politics/carter-page-russian-officials-new-york-times/index.html
  13. https://www.tennessean.com/story/news/2018/03/20/russia-nashville-lawyer-marsha-blackburn/431448002/
  14. https://medium.com/@ScottMStedman/in-2011-handwritten-letter-nra-president-offered-help-to-alexander-torshin-for-his-endeavors-370f68101e3b
  15. https://cftni.org/about/board-of-directors/
  16. https://foreignpolicy.com/2017/04/04/russian-spy-met-trump-adviser-carter-page-and-thought-he-was-an-idiot/
  17. https://www.politico.com/story/2019/04/23/mueller-report-findings-1287072
  18. https://www.timesunion.com/7day-state/article/N-Y-GOP-s-Cox-introduced-Carter-Page-to-Trump-12553410.php
  19. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Patterson_Belknap_Webb_%26_Tyler
  20. https://web.archive.org/web/20170616173941/http://investors.nblenergy.com/directors.cfm
  21. https://bracewell.com/people/g-alan-rafte
  22. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pmyeWJuInPI
  23. https://www.businessinsider.com/putin-media-czar-brad-pitt-movie-2014-8
  24. https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/19/us/politics/dana-rohrabacher-russia-spies.html
  25. https://www.npr.org/2018/03/01/590076949/depth-of-russian-politicians-cultivation-of-nra-ties-revealed
  26. https://www.jsonline.com/story/news/politics/elections/2018/09/08/scott-walker-had-second-brief-encounter-accused-russian-spy/1244899002/
  27. https://www.nytimes.com/2017/12/03/us/politics/trump-putin-russia-nra-campaign.html
  28. https://urbanmilwaukee.com/pressrelease/gov-scott-walker-political-operation-snagged-250000-check-mere-days-after-meeting-with-accused-russian-spy/
  29. https://www.vox.com/2018/7/5/17505728/trump-inauguration-mueller-russians-rick-gates
Richard Burt, Sergey Kislyak, and Alexander Torshin infiltrate US politics
In early 2011, Donald Trump discussed running for president with Steve Bannon, but they both agreed 2016 would be better (1). Then in May, Sarah Palin paid Trump a visit at Trump Tower (2). Sarah Palin became an early endorser of Donald Trump, appearing at a Trump rally to give her endorsement just weeks before the Iowa caucus (13). Here’s Palin spouting out pro-Putin talking points in 2014 (14).
In 2012, Kissinger, whom Putin considers a trusted foreign policy adviser, visited Vladimir Putin to discuss US and Russia elections (3).
In August 2014, Rand Paul named Richard Burt and the president of the Center for the National Interest’s Dimitri Simes as key foreign policy advisers (4). Two months later Rand Paul delivered a speech at the Center for the National Interest’s annual dinner (5). It didn’t take much time before Rand Paul started spouting Russian talking points (6), as well as his father, Ron Paul (7). In 2018 Rand Paul traveled to Moscow and hand delivered a personal note from Trump to Putin and invited Russian senators to meet with the US congress in the US “or elsewhere” (11). The Russian senators then asked for assistance in the Maria Butina case and suggested they may use the invite to protest her arrest (12).
The following February, 2015, Simes met with Putin in Moscow. In May, the Center for the National Interest arranged for Alexander Torshin and his protege, Maria Butina, to visit with US government officials (8). On June 12th, the Center for the National Interest published Maria Butina’s op-ed discussing that only a Republican can improve relations with Russia (9). Around the same time, Simes emailed Butina about connecting one of his top donors with Russian officials (10).
  1. https://www.cnn.com/2017/04/12/politics/steve-bannon-donald-trump-relationship/index.html
  2. https://thecaucus.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/05/31/palin-visits-trump-in-new-york/
  3. https://www.nytimes.com/2012/01/20/world/europe/henry-kissinger-to-meet-with-vladimir-putin-in-russia.html
  4. https://freebeacon.com/politics/rand-pauls-russian-connection/
  5. https://nationalinterest.org/feature/rand-paul-the-case-conservative-realism-11544
  6. https://www.realclearpolitics.com/video/2018/08/16/rand_paul_on_diplomatic_trip_to_russia_us_sanctions_are_designed_to_cause_problems_not_fix_them.html
  7. https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2014/07/ron-paul-is-putins-new-best-friend/439533/
  8. https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-russia-butina-exclusive/exclusive-accused-russian-agent-butina-met-with-u-s-treasury-fed-officials-idUSKBN1KC0DC
  9. https://nationalinterest.org/feature/the-bear-the-elephant-13098
  10. https://www.thedailybeast.com/maria-butina-private-messages-reveal-accused-russian-spys-true-ties-to-dc-wise-man
  11. https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-08-06/u-s-senator-invites-russian-lawmakers-to-washington-for-talks
  12. http://tass.com/politics/1016200
  13. https://edition.cnn.com/2016/01/19/politics/sarah-palin-donald-trump-2016/index.html
  14. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GHsuI_4Aomo
The Russians and the Trump Campaign: The Beginnings
The following month, July 2015, Butina attended the Freedom Fest where she was called on my Donald Trump shortly after he announced his candidacy for president. Asked about sanctions, Trump promised, “We’ll get along with Putin” (1). That same month, Rob Goldstone, publicist to a Russian pop star who’s father is an oligarch, emailed Trump’s personal assistant about possibly hooking Trump up with a personal meeting with Putin (10). Within that same same summer, Donald Trump met up with Michael Flynn for the first time (2). At the time, Flynn was seemingly romantically involved with an accused Russian spy, Svetlana Lokhova, who had access to Russia’s GRU files (3).
In August, Dana Rohrabacher met up with Maria Butina and Alexander Torshin in St. Petersburg (4).
On Dec 2, 2015 Flynn visited Sergey Kislyak at his home (5). Shortly after, on Dec 8th, a delegation of NRA officials, arranged by David Keene, met with Alexander Torshin and Maria Butina at Moscow while Flynn, at the same time, delivered a paid speech at an RT Gala in Moscow and sat at the same table as Vladimir Putin. Officials notice after the RT Gala an increased communications between Flynn and Kislyak and British intelligence agencies detecte suspicious interactions between Russan and Trump aides that they pass to US intellgence (6). Recently reported, Maria Butina also updated her progress to Kislyak as well (7).
Shortly after the NRA delegation returned to the states, Ed Cox (connected to the Center for the National Interest) introduced Carter Page to Trump’s campaign manager at the time, Corey Lewandowski (8). Page then emails Trump’s campaign boasting that he could arrange a meeting in Moscow between Trump and Putin (9). After meeting with Lewandowki in January, Lewandowski steered him to Sam Clovis who ultimately hired Page to Trump’s National Security team (8).
  1. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/video/news/video-1730496/Alleged-Russian-spy-Maria-Butina-asks-Trump-question-2015.html
  2. https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/checkpoint/wp/2016/08/15/trump-adviser-michael-t-flynn-on-his-dinner-with-putin-and-why-russia-today-is-just-like-cnn/?utm_term=.31693a2a7de0
  3. https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5776741/Cambridge-graduate-accused-serial-seducer-spymasters-fights-clear-name.html
  4. https://www.mercurynews.com/2018/07/18/orange-county-congressman-rohrabacher-met-with-accused-spy-in-russia/
  5. https://investigaterussia.org/media/2018-04-28/flynn-met-kislyak-2015
  6. https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/politics/wp/2018/02/05/a-so-far-complete-timeline-of-the-investigation-into-trump-and-russia/?utm_term=.df52a2972a66
  7. https://www.rollingstone.com/politics/politics-news/butina-influence-secretary-state-sentencing-memo-825666/
  8. https://www.timesunion.com/7day-state/article/N-Y-GOP-s-Cox-introduced-Carter-Page-to-Trump-12553410.php
  9. https://www.politico.com/story/2019/04/23/mueller-report-findings-1287072
  10. https://themoscowproject.org/explainers/trumps-russia-cover-up-by-the-numbers-70-contacts-with-russia-linked-operatives/
The Center for the National Interest and the Trump Campaign
Then on March 14, 2016 Jared Kushner attended a luncheon hosted by the Center for the National Interest where he met with Dimitri Simes and Henry Kissinger (1). That same day George Papadopoulos met with the infamous Professor Mifsud in Italy who would later reveal Russia had “dirt” on Clinton in the form of thousands of emails. Then, on March 31st during Trump’s first National Security meeting that also included Jeff Sessions, Papadopoulos revealed he could arrange a meeting between Trump and Putin (2). Though Trump never ended up meeting with Putin, less than three weeks later on April 19, Donald Trump’s childhood friend, Ron Lauder, did (3).
A little more than a week later, the Center for the National Interest hosted Trump first speech on foreign policy at the Mayflower Hotel. Richard Burt and George Papadopoulos worked on that speech, where Trump promised a “good deal with Russia” (4). It was at that event that Jared Kushner and Jeff Sessions first met Sergey Kislyak (5). Sessions would again meet with Kislyak, this time with Carter Page and JD Gordon, on July 18 during the Republican National Convention. And yet again in September Session met Kislyak in his Senate office (6).
Burt also attended two dinners with Jeff Sessions while a lobbyist for Gazprom (7).
In May, 2016, a political operative connected to the NRA emailed Jeff Sessions and Rick Dearborn for advice arranging a meeting with Trump and Putin, with first contact to be made at the NRA’s 2016 convention. Dearborn forwarded a similar email stemming from Christian causes to Jared Kushner (11).
During the 2016 NRA national convention, Alexander Torshin ultimately met up with Don Jr and Maria Butina delivered a speech to the governor and lieutenant governor of Kentucky (8). Butina also later dined with Don Jr on a separate occasion (9) and went on a Styx date with JD Gordon from Trump’s National Security Team (10).
Then in December Jared Kushner joined Michael Flynn to see Kislyak at Trump Tower where they discussed “setting up a secret and secure communications channel” (6). Afterward, Flynn kept communicating with Kislyak (12), negotiating by Kushner’s direction (13), in violation of the Logan Act. Flynn would eventually enter a plea deal for lying about those negotiations to the FBI (12).
At Kislyak's request, the head of VEB, Sergei Gorkov, visited Kushner at Trump Tower in Dec 2016, where he gifted Kushner art and a "bag of dirt" from Kushner's ancestral land of Belarus (14). The two discussed Kushner Companies, though VEB was under US sanctions. Previously, Gorkov led Sberbank at the time Sberbank sponsored Miss Universe 2013 in Moscow (15). While there, Herman Gref, the CEO of Sberbank, hosted a dinner for Trump (16). Immediately afterwards Trump started tweeting about a Trump Tower Moscow (17). Then, in early 2014, a former Sberbank employee with access to GRU files, Svetlana Lokhova, met with Michael Flynn at Cambridge University, birthplace of Cambridge Analytica (18). Immediately after Carter Page flew to Moscow amid Trump's presidential campaign, Page traveled to Cambridge University and met up with Paul Manafort-protege, Vin WWeber (19)(20).
  1. https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-08-13/kushner-foreign-policy-role-grew-after-kissinger-lunch-correct
  2. https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/oct/30/george-papadopoulos-timeline-trump-campaign-adviser-russia-links
  3. http://en.kremlin.ru/events/president/news/51751
  4. https://thesternfacts.com/meet-putins-top-influencers-behind-russia-s-election-attack-on-america-852516c5a423
  5. https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/sessions-discussed-trump-campaign-related-matters-with-russian-ambassador-us-intelligence-intercepts-show/2017/07/21/3e704692-6e44-11e7-9c15-177740635e83_story.html
  6. http://time.com/5572821/donald-trump-russia-contacts/
  7. https://www.politico.com/story/2016/10/donald-trump-campaign-lobbyist-russian-pipeline-229264
  8. https://www.courier-journal.com/story/news/local/2018/07/24/louisville-news-kavanaugh-rand-paul-butina-town-more/824816002/
  9. https://www.nytimes.com/2018/08/04/us/politics/maria-butina-nra-russia-influence.html
  10. https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/onpolitics/2018/08/03/jd-gordon-maria-butina-styx-concert/903701002/
  11. https://www.nytimes.com/2017/12/03/us/politics/trump-putin-russia-nra-campaign.html
  12. https://themoscowproject.org/explainers/trumps-russia-cover-up-by-the-numbers-70-contacts-with-russia-linked-operatives/
  13. https://www.cnn.com/2017/12/01/politics/jared-kushner-michael-flynn-russia/index.html
  14. https://foreignpolicy.com/2017/07/25/why-did-russia-send-sergei-gorkov-to-meet-with-jared-kushne
  15. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sergei_Gorkov#Meeting_with_Jared_Kushner
  16. https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/sep/18/trump-in-moscow-what-happened-at-miss-universe-in-2013
  17. https://twitter.com/realdonaldtrump/status/399939505924628480?lang=en
  18. https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5776741/Cambridge-graduate-accused-serial-seducer-spymasters-fights-clear-name.html
  19. https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/cambridge-university-perch-gave-fbi-source-access-to-top-intelligence-figures--and-a-cover-as-he-reached-out-to-trump-associates/2018/06/05/c6764dc2-641e-11e8-99d2-0d678ec08c2f_story.html
  20. https://www.nytimes.com/2019/02/05/us/politics/paul-manafort-news-ukraine.html
Russia and the Trump Administration
On February 2nd, Trump was scheduled to meet Alexander Torshin at the National Prayer Breakfast, but the meeting was canceled when it was revealed Torshin had ties to organized crime . Dana Rohrabacher, however, still dined with Torshin and referred to him as “conservatives’ favorite Russian” (13).
On May 9, 2017, Trumped fired Comey over the “Russia thing" (1). That same day, Sergey Lavrov met with Rex Tillerson (2). According to her plea deal, Butina helped the Trump administration select Rex Tillerson as his first Secretary of State (3). While head of ExxonMobil, Tillerson won the Order of Friendship personally from Vladimir Putin for signed a deal with Rosneft’s Igor Sechin. Exxonmobil was ultimately fine $2 million for that deal for breaking US sanctions (4).
On May 10, the day after Trump fired Comey, Trump met with Sergey Lavrov and Sergey Kislyak in the Oval Office (2), where he admited he fired “nutcase" James Comey to ease pressure form investigation (8) and revealed classified information honed by Israel (9). After the meeting ended and the doors opened to the press, Lavrov and Kislyak were gone and instead, Henry Kissinger accompanied Trump (2).
At some point, Kushner delivered a Russian-sanctions relief plan approved by Putin to Tillerson himself. The plan was originally delivered from Kirill Dimitriev, head of the Russian Direct Investment Fund, to Kushner’s friend, Rick Gerson (5). At one point, Stephen Schwartzman of Blackstone Group sat on the advisory board to the Russian Direct Investment Fund at it's inception in 2011 (6). Since 2013, Blackstone Group loaned Kushner Companies more than $400 million over multiple projects (7). Also on the board of Blackstone is Jacob Rothschild (10), who’s son, Nathanial, is business partners with Oleg Deripaska and owns a major stake in Rusal (11).
On January, 2019, the Trump administration lifted sanctions on Rusal as well as two other firms connected to Oleg Deripaska (12).
  1. https://www.latimes.com/politics/washington/la-na-essential-washington-updates-trump-s-statements-linking-russia-1494682462-htmlstory.html
  2. https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/worldviews/wp/2017/05/10/the-strange-oval-office-meeting-between-trump-lavrov-and-kislyak/?utm_term=.ac66d1476505
  3. https://www.rollingstone.com/politics/politics-news/butina-influence-secretary-state-sentencing-memo-825666/
  4. https://www.pbs.org/newshounation/treasury-department-fines-exxon-mobil-2-million-russia-violations-rex-tillersons-watch
  5. https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2019-04-18/kushner-friend-worked-with-putin-deputy-on-reconciliation-plan
  6. https://rdif.ru/Eng_fullNews/53/
  7. https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-05-26/the-kushners-the-saudis-and-blackstone-behind-the-recent-deals
  8. https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/19/us/politics/trump-russia-comey.html
  9. https://www.businessinsider.com/bombshell-report-trump-oval-office-meeting-russians-comey-2017-11
  10. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jacob_Rothschild,_4th_Baron_Rothschild
  11. https://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/newsbysectobanksandfinance/6907222/Nat-Rothschild-to-invest-in-Russian-aluminium-company-Rusal.html
  12. https://www.cnn.com/2019/01/27/politics/trump-admin-lifts-sanctions-oleg-deripaska/index.html
  13. https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/us-politics/donald-trump-russia-gangster-washington-dc-meeting-cancelled-claims-a7664701.html
  14. https://www.thedailybeast.com/butina-boss-alexander-torshin-the-kremlins-no-longer-secret-weapon
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2019.01.04 18:01 daprice82 Wrestling Observer Rewind ★ Sept. 25, 2000

Going through old issues of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter and posting highlights in my own words. For anyone interested, I highly recommend signing up for the actual site at f4wonline and checking out the full archives.
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  • The Delaware Supreme Court ruled against the USA Network in their appeal to prevent WWF from accepting the Viacom deal. The decision makes it official that WWF is moving to TNN next week and ends the 17-year WWF/USA relationship. The appeal process has been lingering for over a month and because of it, USA, Viacom, WWF and ECW were all pretty much paralyzed and waiting to see how things turn out. But now that it's all finalized, ECW's final TNN show will air on 9/22 and the first Raw on TNN will air on 9/25. It doesn't give Viacom much of an opportunity to promote the move. They had set aside $7 million to promote Raw's TNN debut but because of the lingering court proceedings, they kept having to delay it and now there's almost no time. On Raw's final show on USA, Jim Ross mentioned repeatedly that this was the last episode on the network and plugged the move to TNN (and hyping that Austin will be there live). But that's pretty much it so far. During the next few days, you can expect Viacom to bombard all media outlets with as much promotion as they can cram into the short amount of time, but it's going to be impossible to promote it as much as they'd hoped to. And considering they're moving from the #1 rated network to the #15 rated network, they need all the promotion they can get.
  • Needless to say, this all gives WCW a golden opportunity to put their best foot forward for Nitro on 9/25 and hopefully gain some much-needed ground (in case you're want spoilers for next week, Russo uses this opportunity to make himself the WCW champion). In the short run, Raw's ratings will almost certainly fall, but in the long-run, being with Viacom is going to be hugely beneficial to WWF. As for ECW, this opens the door for them to continue negotiations with USA. They desperately need a TV deal, on a strong network, and most importantly, they need outside financial support if they are going to survive. Having a TV deal is useless if you can't afford the production costs. As mentioned last week, ECW missed payroll and has had to cancel several house shows due to the financial crunch they're under.
  • Also this week, TNN announced that it's renaming itself The National Network (instead of The Nashville Network) and will be moving its base of operations from Nashville to New York. They're planning to debut a new logo and target their programming to a more diverse audience. Dave recaps the history of WWF on the USA Network, dating back to 1982 when they aired monthly WWF MSG shows. Then WWF got a weekly show called All-American Wrestling on the network in 1983, which then became Prime Time Wrestling and Tuesday Night Titans, the creation of Raw in 1993, the Monday night wars, and now to this.
  • There was a frightening moment at WCW's Fall Brawl PPV with Paul Orndorff suffering a stinger that left him motionless in the ring. The good news is that it was only temporary paralysis. He was treated and released from the hospital that same night. It was reminiscent of the injuries suffered by Droz and Buff Bagwell in recent years, but fortunately for Orndorff, it didn't end up being as bad. There was immediate suspicion that the whole thing was a work, which Dave thinks is a pretty sad reflection of WCW these days. When Orndorff went down, everyone else in the match basically panicked and continued working the match on the other side of the ring, taking bumps that kept jarring the ring, all while the EMTs and trainer were trying to tend to Orndorff. Finally, almost 2 minutes after he collapsed, referee Charles Robinson finally took charge and ordered the match stopped. The match was scheduled to go several more minutes and run-ins were scheduled, but it all got scrapped when Robinson ended it. The injury happened when Orndorff tried to piledrive Mark Jindrak but Jindrak didn't go up correctly for the move. Orndorff had to deadweight lift him and when he did so, his hamstring went out. He completed the piledriver but landed awkwardly, causing something with his neck and spine to jam up and that was it. Dave talks about Orndorff's health problems over the year, specifically his arm injury that caused his right arm to atrophy severely and never recover. He retired twice before due to health issues (87 and 94) only to return both times when he probably shouldn't have. (This was his final match for 17 years. But it looks like he came out of retirement last year and worked a 6-man tag match at an indie show in Canada. But otherwise, this Fall Brawl match was the end of the road for Orndorff).
WATCH: Paul Orndorff injury at Fall Brawl 2000
  • This whole thing brings up questions about Nitro this week, which has a match scheduled between Booker T and Vince Russo. Just a few weeks ago, Russo suffered a concussion during an angle and has been dealing with headaches and such ever since, and it's probably not a good idea for him to be in the ring. They could probably work around it, but Dave thinks it's bad enough to have untrained people in there doing moves anyway, much less ones who are already injured. Dave notes the recent example of Kurt Angle wrestling on Smackdown 2 days after getting severely concussed at Summerslam, which he never should have done and led to him getting another concussion because you're always more susceptible to further concussions during the period after suffering one. Russo has openly claimed to have had 3 concussions in the last year and has only worked about 6 matches. If that's true, he probably shouldn't be in there taking bumps again. But maybe they'll book something safe that doesn't require it. Either way, Dave is just concerned about the overall safety of all these guys.
  • Oh yeah, other notes from Fall Brawl: crowd was 8,600 although only about half of that (4,311) was paid, the rest were freebies. Dave notes all the excitement people in WCW had last week when the Nitro rating was higher than usual, and points out how it obviously didn't mean dick when it comes to ticket sales. TV ratings are nice but it's a vanity metric. The real numbers that matter are the ones that make money. Ticket sales and PPV buys. And, well, those are still horrible. There was a guy in the crowd facing the hard cam who was seen constantly throughout the show wearing a Destroyer mask. Destroyer was a famous wrestler back in 60s and 70s who wore a red and white mask. Anyway....turns out that was the real Destroyer (real name Dick Beyer), just sitting in the crowd at a WCW PPV at 70 years old, still doing his old gimmick. Kevin Nash cut a promo earlier on the pre-show claiming he was hungover from hanging out at the bar last night and essentially telegraphing that he was going to lose his match (he did). Right after the Orndorff match, Shane Douglas cut a pre-match promo saying Kidman would be joining Paul Orndorff at the hospital. Even his partner Torrie Wilson seemed to drop her TV smile and give him a "what an asshole" look for that one. The scaffold for the scaffold match was way wider than any other ones before and the area underneath was padded and safe, but Torrie still seemed legitimately terrified up there. After Madusa took a bump off the scaffold (which the crowd booed because it was clearly gimmicked for safety), the announcers also tried to compare her injuries to Orndorff's injury earlier in the night. Dave is just disgusted. Torrie never took a bump off the scaffold, which was the original plan but she refused, and good for her Dave says. It would have meant nothing for the match anyway. Negative 1 star. They did a segment with David Flair beating up a mailman in his yard and Dave says the whole segment was actually hilarious and more interestingly, it was all David Flair's idea. ICP did commentary on Vampiro's match again, which once again was funny. Mike Awesome came out with former child actor Gary Coleman. There's been a lot of news stories lately about Coleman working as a security guard for $6 an hour these days, so at least WCW probably didn't have to spend a lot to get him. Naturally, he got involved in the match and it was hilarious because he knew he was going to take a guitar shot from Jarrett. So he had a hat on with a towel folded up in it to cushion the blow. But during the chaos, his hat got knocked off. So just before the guitar shot, he picked up his hat, calmly put the towel back in, put it back on, and took the hit. Goldberg vs. Scott Steiner was a shockingly good match and Dave gives it 4.25 stars. And of course, Booker T won the title from Nash in the main event.
WATCH: Fall Brawl 2000 highlights
  • We get the usual long obituary for Professor Toru Tanaka, one of the biggest heels of the 60s and 70s, who died at age 70 in California. Dave recaps his career and of course, he was a Hawaiian who got booked as a typical salt throwing Japanese heel. Worked for WWWF feuding with Sammartino, won titles in all the territories, etc. He also tells an interesting story from 1977 when Pat Patterson returned to the San Francisco territory after being gone for 8 months and was supposed to face Mr. Fuji in a show that ended up drawing 12,000 people. But Fuji had a falling out with promoter Roy Shire and left the territory 2 weeks before the match. So Shire brought in Tanaka and put him under a mask and tried to pass him off as the real Fuji. The crowd didn't buy it and the media got ahold of the story and started claiming fraud and the athletic commission got involved. Shire nearly lost his promoter's license but he claimed he didn't know and thought it was the real Fuji under the mask. Tanaka and Shire were both fined but the commission seemed to buy the story (others backed it up to protect Shire) and let them off with just the fine. The real Fuji caught all the heat and was legitimately banned by the commission for life from wrestling in California, but that was overturned in 1984.
  • The current plan for AJPW's Triple Crown title is to hold a tournament soon, which is expected to be won by Toshiaki Kawada, who will then defend the title against NJPW champion Sasaki in a title vs. title match at the Jan. 4th Tokyo Dome show. And the plan from there is for Kawada to get the surprising win, since most people don't expect NJPW to book their champion to lose to AJPW's champion. But the way Riki Choshu (NJPW booker) sees it, AJPW is pretty much doomed and he's not too concerned about them as competition anymore, and he's well aware that this inter-promotional feud is the only thing keeping AJPW alive right now. But there's still money in an AJPW/NJPW feud and they want to prolong it, so Kawada will have to win. The idea is to keep Kawada strong because NJPW loves the gimmick of a strongly booked outsider coming in and shaking things up. In the past, that person has been Naoya Ogawa but Choshu is tired of the headache that comes with dealing with Antonio Inoki and Ogawa because Inoki is intent on making Ogawa an unbeatable superman and NJPW can never get him to put anyone over. Choshu is pretty much trying to do anything he can to get Inoki's influence as far away from the company as possible. So the idea is to keep Kawada strong and milk this angle for all it's worth.
  • New Jersey Governor Christine Todd Whitman officially signed into law the bill to regulate so-called "extreme wrestling." The bill bans children under 18 from attending extreme wrestling shows. It also adds an athletic commission tax to promotions running extreme shows, mandates an ambulance and 2 doctors must be on hand at every event, and even though it's a state law, the city officials where the show is to be held must specifically give permission for the event. This bill doesn't affect ECW, which was categorized as one of the 3 major companies which are exempt from the law. The bill is a not-so-subtle effort to drive Jersey All Pro Wrestling and Combat Zone Wrestling specifically out of the state, JAPW in particular. They're planning to still run shows but will be forced to get rid of bladejobs, no more light tubes or thumb tacks or barbed wire, etc. JAPW owner Frank Iadeavia has said they are considering legal action. But at this point, if they want to continue to run shows as they have, they're going to be forced to leave the state of New Jersey to do so.
  • Raw did well in the ratings again, facing stiff competition from the Olympics and Monday Night Football. But they had one segment that was a major bomb. Mick Foley came out, cutting a promo once again trying to get George W. Bush and Al Gore to appear on Smackdown for a debate. The segment was right before the main event and caused a full 700,000 homes to change the channel, which is an unheard of drop for a Raw episode. That led to the Rock/Undertaker main event that followed to be the lowest rated Raw main event of the year.
  • The Wrestling Observer Hotline has been officially killed off. 1-900 hotline numbers have been dying anyway and the numbers were down and Dave says more importantly, he needed to stop because he's so busy with the newsletter and the Eyada online radio show and wants to concentrate fully on those and the daily hotline stuff took up too much time.
  • Motoko Baba threatened a lawsuit against Nippon TV over their decision to drop AJPW and start airing NOAH instead, and due to the lawsuit, NOAH currently isn't airing on NTV, which is a major blow for the fledgling new company. In the meantime, Misawa has started negotiations with TV Tokyo, which is another one of the major networks in Japan.
  • Former WWF and ECW wrestler Nicole Bass made headlines after being arrested in New York after getting into an argument with someone on a street corner. It turned into a fight and when the police tried to break it up, she allegedly bit one of the cops. Bass was one of several people arrested.
  • Notes from OVW: Jim Ross did announcing on some of the shows there this week, because he was down there scouting talent. Shelton Benjamin is showing a lot of promise and Jim Cornette says Benjamin is progressing even faster than Kurt Angle and believes he's guaranteed to be a big star. Brock Lesnar still hasn't debuted on TV there yet but Bob Orton's son Randy Orton recently did. They're also strongly pushing Leviathan (real name Dave Bautista) and Jim Cornette predicts he will headline Wrestlemania within the next 5 years. (yup, exactly 5 years later in fact)
  • Ed Farhat, better known as The Sheik, is said to be in very grave condition. He's down to 150 pounds and can only communicate through blinking his eyes or lightly squeezing if you hold his hand (he ended up living another 2+ years after this. His Wikipedia page says he was working with a biographer and did extensive interviews before he died, with plans to have a book on his life released. But it says the interviews "provided a highly explosive look" into the business and as a result, the interviews and draft of the book were sealed at the time of his death and to this day it's never been released. Interesting. When I originally wrote this up a few months ago, I tweeted Dave about this and he responded saying he didn't know anything about it either. I'd love to find out more.)
  • The latest revival of Stampede Wrestling is in bad shape. They have no more shows scheduled and have only done 10 shows in the last few months. Their TV show has been airing old tapes rather than new episodes lately.
  • Ken Shamrock broke his silence on his recent PRIDE loss to Kazuyuki Fujita. Shamrock pretty much blamed himself and admitted he wasn't in proper shape to fight and said things happened which contributed to him not having time to train properly (he doesn't go into detail but I think Dave mentioned something in an earlier Observer but I can't find it right now. But I think Shamrock was going through some personal shit around this time. Something like a divorce or a custody battle or something. That doesn't get mentioned here, it's just something I vaguely remember reading awhile back, I might be wrong).
  • Nobuhiko Takada has announced he's going to face Igor Vovchanchyn at next month's PRIDE show and that if he doesn't win, he'll retire. Takada had a reputation as a shoot fighter from his years as the founder and star of UWFi, which was a worked shoot promotion. But then he started doing real shoots and it's been bad news ever since, including 2 high profile losses to Rickson Gracie. He's had a couple of wins, but they were worked matches. His real MMA fights have all been losses and Dave says the real fighters in PRIDE have pretty much no respect for Takada as an actual fighter. He doesn't like Takada's chances next month (indeed, Takada gets punched into submission in the 2nd round. But he still didn't retire).
  • Notes from Nitro: the building was mostly full, with not that many freebies. But only because it was a small arena that only holds about 5,000 people. It was also in Canada and the crowd was pretty much only there to see Lance Storm (who ended up jobbing to Jim Duggan in an undercard match) and Bret Hart (who wasn't there at all). They hated Goldberg with a passion, probably due to the Hart stuff, and booed him mercilessly.
  • On his personal website, Mark Madden apologized to Lou Thesz for his comment on Nitro last week where he joked that Lou Thesz beats up women. Madden said he was only joking and that he has a ton of respect for Thesz.
  • Pamela Paulshock apparently injured her ankle doing an angle on Thunder last week. Dave thinks it's bad enough when they have untrained wrestlers in there getting hurt, but now untrained ring announcers are getting hurt too.
  • WCW is pitching an angle for Vampiro to team with singer Billy Idol in a feud against Mike Awesome and David Cassidy, of Partridge Family fame (Never happened but.....yeah. That was a thing evidently).
  • Dave only has a couple of thoughts on this week's Thunder: he begs someone in WCW to PLEASE send Major Gunns to get acting lessons. He also wants someone to save Mike Awesome from a gimmick worse than the Red Rooster. And finally, I guess there's been a lot of commercials for the new Meet The Parents movie and Dave thinks it looks funny.
  • Various WCW notes: DDP is likely being brought back soon, though Kimberly won't be. Nitro Girl Spice was released. She was being groomed to co-host WCW's Saturday morning show, but then the show got canned and they didn't have anything else for her. And after being world champion for a couple of months, WCW has finally decided to start making some Booker T merch. Seems like a good idea to finally get around to. The Harris Twins taped segments for both the Maury Povich and Jenny Jones shows, no word on what they are or when they'll air. Goldberg will be on an episode of The Daily Show this week. Gene Okerlund is expected to be given a grumpy old man gimmick where he swears a lot.
  • Next month might be a surprisingly good month for WCW ticket wise. They have shows in Australia that are expected to do big numbers because Australia is so starved for wrestling that even WCW can do big business there. And they have a PPV in Las Vegas which will do good because the casinos are buying up a lot of tickets to give away.
  • Kevin Nash and Scott Steiner are reportedly being total team players right now, because there's concern that a regime change could come at any time (a lot of people are pushing for Johnny Ace to replace Vince Russo) and they're basically being on their best behavior until they see who their next new boss might be. The only person right now who's really stirring up shit is Goldberg, who is said to be openly pissed about pretty much everything and isn't shy about expressing it (yeah, even Goldberg has since admitted that he was frustrated and probably wasn't very pleasant to be around back then).
  • Scott Hall is expected to return to Nitro next week. Brad Siegel reportedly gave up on fighting with Nash about it and is willing to bring Hall back. Siegel and Hall spoke last week and Hall was basically told this is his last chance and if he fucks up one time, he's gone for good. Of course, Scott Steiner has been told that a dozen times in the past, so you know how that goes (Hall doesn't end up coming back. Not sure if it fell through or Dave got bad info or what, but it never happens).
  • They held a Miss WCW Pageant in Las Vegas last week with Carrot Top as one of the judges and of course there was a bikini contest. Nitro Girl Chae ended up winning over Torrie Wilson, Major Gunns, Baby, Chiquita, Midajah and Stacy Keibler. Pamela Paulshock was supposed to be in it but no-showed due to her ankle injury (there's some good catty drama coming out of this in the next week or two).
  • So the deal with Konnan is....pretty messed up, actually. He had tricep surgery a few months ago and has no business back in the ring yet. But WCW cut his paycheck in half so....he came back and he's wrestling. But here's the problem. The doctors still haven't given him a medical release yet because, well, they're doctors and he's still fucked up. They're like, "Dude...no." Anyway, because he doesn't have his medical release, WCW is still only giving him half his pay. But they're still allowing him to wrestle. He's hoping to get a medical release this week so he can start getting full checks again. Dave just thinks this whole policy is so screwed up on so many ways.
  • Disqo Inferno has been bringing out some plastic duck to the ring called the Disqo Duck. (I should stop for a second and explain something for the younger readers. R&B singer Sisqo had a HUGE hit called "Thong Song" around this time and WCW, in their infinite wisdom, capitalized by changing the spelling of Disco to Disqo.) Anyway, the duck is fucking stupid and apparently at Nitro this week, Konnan literally handcuffed himself to the duck backstage to try and keep Disqo Inferno from taking it out to the ring. Someone had to try to save him from himself.
  • Jeremy Borash will be doing announcing at this week's Thunder tapings. Dave says there's a lot of heat here because Borash is close to Vince Russo, so he's getting a lot of chances to do things like commentary even though he hasn't really earned it yet and hasn't shown any real aptitude for it. Dave says if Borash ends up replacing one of the main announcers on Nitro, there'll probably be a meltdown.
  • Steve Austin and Debra got married last week in Las Vegas (fun fact: same wedding chapel Triple H and a drugged out Stephanie McMahon got married in. Funner fact: also the same wedding chapel I got married in).
  • The plan for Sunday Night Heat, now that it's moving to MTV, is for it to be more of a humor and skit type show, with a lot of Tom Green-style humor (oh man, 2000 was such a weird time). They want to bring in musical guests and celebrities for it and will do a lot of the stuff from the WWF New York restaurant as well as at MTV's Times Square headquarters.
  • Notes from Raw: a lot of the show was built around trying to seemingly bury Kurt Angle, by turning him into a goofy heel character and implying that he's gay. They showed a lot of footage of him crying at the Olympics and had Triple H make fun of him and all that stuff. Dave thinks it's a pretty weird thing to do one week before the biggest match of Angle's career (he's got a No DQ match with Triple H at next week's PPV) and sure didn't do him any favors for people taking him seriously. Hugh Hefner was on to plug Chyna's upcoming Playboy appearance and Dave thinks it's nice that Playboy and WWF could come together again in the interest of making money after all the nasty legal issues they had with the Sable fallout. And finally, Steve Regal debuted.
  • Since we were talking about WCW's injury policy, Dave decides to let us know what WWF's policy is. A WWF wrestler that is out with an injury receives their downside guarantee. WWF contracts give you a guarantee (say, $300,000 per year for example) but you can make a lot more money on the road because everyone gets a cut of house show gates and PPV revenue and whatnot. So if you're injured and not on the road, you won't get all that extra money, but you still make the $300,000 guarantee. Of course, that leads to the same incentive for guys to sometimes come back before they're ready, because they're losing money by being at home, but from everyone who talks to Dave, there's not nearly as much pressure from the WWF to hurry up and come back as there is in WCW.
  • Various WWF notes: Big Boss Man will be out for a few weeks after having his knee scoped. Grand Master Sexay needed 14 stitches in his ear after getting legit cut from the belt shot on Raw. Tori should be back in Oct. or early November after shoulder surgery. Billy Gunn should be back in a few weeks. Road Dogg's wife had surgery for a collapsed lung so he's out tending to her. Davey Boy Smith was in a motorcycle accident last week and Dave says if you know how many times Smith has been in and out of the hospital this year, it would scare you to death.
  • Four different wrestling promotions have videos in the Billboard Top 20 charts....and none of them are WCW. Of course, WWF is all over the charts with their various releases taking up 12 of the 20 spots. ECW has videos at #5 and #7. XPW, which currently isn't running new shows and doesn't even have a building to run shows in right now, has videos at #12 and #19. And Insane Clown Posse's JCW promotion has a video at #13. All that, but no WCW.
  • Kurt Angle and Taka Michinoku worked a UPW show in California along with a few other WWF developmental signees who started out at the UPW school (I decided to look it up and see who else of note worked that show: Franie Kazarian, Simon Dean, Rocky Romero, Mike Knox, Vic Grimes, Christopher Daniels, Samoa Joe, and John Cena were all on the card. 2000/2001-era UPW had a ton of future stars come through the doors).
  • One of the XFL teams is already moving before it even starts. The San Jose Demons have now been renamed the San Francisco Demons and will be playing in San Fran after negotiations with Spartan Stadium in San Jose fell apart. Dave thinks it might be a bad move. San Jose is a wealthier community with a large population and their hockey and soccer franchises do huge business. San Francisco already has a major team in every sport and he doesn't know if a B-level football team is going to draw as well there as it would have in San Jose. He also notes that in the spring, the weather is a lot warmer in San Jose at night than it is in San Francisco, and California isn't exactly the type of place where people want to sit out in the cold weather at night and watch football games. This isn't Green Bay or Chicago where freezing to death for football is almost a tradition (the cities are, like, an hour apart so I can't imagine the weather is that much different? Although I guess San Francisco is right there on the bay so maybe wind? I dunno. Anyone from the area care to chime in?)
  • A New York newspaper reported that Vince McMahon tried to stop VH1 from airing an episode of "The List" because the show featured appearances by Kevin Nash, Booker T, Scott Steiner, Sting, and other WCW stars. VH1 is owned by Viacom, which now owns 3% of WWF's stock and McMahon decided to try to throw his weight around and get the episode canned. Didn't work and it actually was one of the highest rated episodes of the show ever. But he did succeed in getting VH1 to agree to not air reruns of that episode. A WWF spokesman responded to the story, saying, "It is highly unlikely that took place. It's not something we would do." But of course, you'll note that they didn't outright deny it and the idea that Vince McMahon wouldn't do something like that is laughable since he has a long history of doing exactly that sort of thing.
  • The Slam! Wrestling website wrote an article criticizing the WWF policy of not allowing wrestlers to do interviews with other websites without company approval because they see all other websites as competition to their own WWF.com site. The article noted they had an interview with Gerald Brisco awhile back and Brisco told them he could talk freely about his pre-WWF years but if it has to do with WWF, he'd have to clear it with the office. Jim Ross responded on his WWF website column, saying not a single interview request has come across their desk from any other wrestling websites. Dave talks about when the policy was put in place and says WWF told him he could still get anyone he wanted to interview on the Observer website, but he would need to go through the office first. Since that time, Dave says he's talked to wrestlers who agreed to appear, but when he tried to get it cleared by the office, it stalled and has been pending approval ever since with no answer sooooooo......
  • WWF is wanting Big Show to drop down to 400 pounds. At his heaviest in WCW he was 505 and currently weighs a legit 480.
  • Someone writes in with a conspiracy theory. He thinks Shane McMahon's death-defying fall from the TitanTron at Summerslam was done to prove a point given the upcoming Owen Hart wrongful death lawsuit, with the idea being that the WWF side can point to it as an example that, "See! Even Vince McMahon's son is sometimes asked to perform stunts like this and they're usually done safely." Dave responds, saying that normally he'd think that's reading too much into things. But the day after Summerslam, several people in WWF as well as a couple of legal experts he talked to all had basically the same theory and said they wouldn't be surprised if it gets brought up in the trial. But time will tell, Dave says.
  • Dave Lagana writes in, talking his experience working on "Friends" and talking about how most TV shows are written by writing teams and how stories are crafted in TV writing rooms and so on and so forth. Basically, it leads to the one big question every writer, booker, and performer should ask themselves: how will the audience react to the long-term story? Not how loud the momentary pop is or how much you were able to swerve the audience with a surprise that doesn't make any sense, etc. The point he's trying to make is that Vince Russo is doing literally everything wrong and he has no idea how to write television. He's also pretty fed up with Russo's constant everything-is-a-shoot booking, where they openly acknowledge scripts and bookers and shit in every segment. He's not the only one.
  • Lots of letters talking about what a total trainwreck WCW is. Russo isn't the only problem. From management to marketing, the ball is being dropped everywhere. None of the stories are coherent. Characters change gimmicks or go from face to heel from week-to-week with no explanation, fans have no idea what's happening. Wrestlers themselves are out of control backstage. Merchandising is dead. Basically, the ship is sinking and the worst part is that nobody seems to care. Everyone is just drilling more holes in the ship. Even when they luck into something that works, they always manage to fuck it up immediately. So there's all that. But also, a lot of piling on Russo from a lot of people who think he's killing the company.
MONDAY: Raw debuts on TNN, Steve Austin returns, ECW not yet cancelled on TNN after all, WWF Unforgiven fallout, and more...
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2018.12.16 14:23 WWE_Network_Bot This Day in History: 12/16/2018

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2018.08.23 23:13 TheTMFS Post the show that got you into wrestling

My dad's friend got him tickets to this show and we had floor seats. I had never watched wrestling before and was instantly hooked and have been ever since. My dad was not a fan, but thought it would be fun. He always thought wrestling was silly, but always liked The Undertake. My parents always thought it was a phase I would grow out of, though were kind enough to buy me a few major PPVS. I was amazed at the whole experience, especially the 60 year old woman in front of us cursing out Slaughter the whole time. I remember the fireball from Hogan, Savage and Liz stuff, the crowd going insane for the Bushwhackers, but not much else. I was 8. Look at those match lengths....
From http://www.thehistoryofwwe.com/

WWF @ Sacramento, CA - Arco Arena - June 17, 1991 (13,000; 11,500 paid) WWF Superstars taping: Included an untelevised segment where the Mountie challenged anyone in the building to a fight, with Sid Justice answering the challenge and clearing Mountie from the ring Koko B. Ware defeated the Brooklyn Brawler Prime Time Wrestling - 7/1/91: Bret Hart pinned Paul Roma (w/ Slick) with a small package after faking a knee injury at 8:12 Prime Time Wrestling - 7/15/91: Kerry Von Erich pinned the Barbarian with a small package at 6:39 Prime Time Wrestling - 7/15/91: The Berzerker (w/ Mr. Fuji) defeated Greg Valentine via count-out at 7:42 after attacking Valentine with Fuji's cane outside the ring Prime Time Wrestling - 7/15/91: Col. Mustafa (w/ Sgt. Slaughter & Gen. Adnan) defeated Larry Williams via submission with the Camel Clutch at 2:34; after the match, Williams was triple teamed, with Slaughter attacking him with a chair and Slaughter and Mustafa whipping him with belts Jake Roberts & the Bushwhackers defeated the Mountie & the Natural Disasters via disqualification when WWF Tag Team Champions the Nasty Boys interfered Prime Time Wrestling - 7/15/91: The Bushwhackers defeated WWF Tag Team Champions the Nasty Boys (w/ Jimmy Hart) via disqualification at 7:24 when Jerry Saggs hit Butch over the head with Hart's motorcycle helmet, moments after Butch did the same to Brian Knobbs behind the referee's back and covered him (Best of the WWF: Tag Team Champions) WWF IC Champion Mr. Perfect defeated Davey Boy Smith The Ultimate Warrior defeated the Undertaker (w/ Paul Bearer) via disqualification when Taker hit Warrior with the urn WWF World Champion Hulk Hogan defeated Sgt. Slaughter (w/ Gen. Adnan) in a Desert Storm Match at 6:48 with the Camel Clutch after using a fireball and following with a boot 7/6/91 - hosted by Vince McMahon, Randy Savage, & Roddy Piper; included a SummerSlam PPV promo; featured Gene Okerlund conducting an in-ring interview with Miss Elizabeth about her feelings on marriage and Randy Savage, with Savage then coming to the ring, eventually getting down on one knee and asking Elizabeth to marry him, which she responded to with "Oh yeah;" included comments from Greg Valentine about WWF ice cream bars; featured three Event Center segments hosted by Sean Mooney, with comments from Ted DiBiase & Sensational Sherri, the Bushwhackers, Ricky Steamboat, IRS, the Big Bossman, and WWF IC Champion Mr. Perfect & Coach; included comments from Earthquake & Typhoon who claimed Sid Justice might be the next Natural Disaster, with Virgil stating Sid was a bad dude; featured the weekly Hasbro SummerSlam Sweepstakes winning number of Y012260; included an Update segment hosted by Okerlund, with the announcement that Randy Savage & Elizabeth's wedding would take place at SummerSlam in the "Match Made in Heaven," and that WWF World Champion Hulk Hogan & the Ultimate Warrior would face Sgt. Slaughter, Gen. Adnan, & Col. Mustafa in a handicap match with a special referee to be announced at a later date, billed as the "Match Made in Hell"; featured the first vignette promoting the debut of Skinner: The Undertaker (w/ Paul Bearer) pinned Bob Allen at 1:57 with the tombstone; a video insert aired with Paul Bearer threatening the Ultimate Warrior The Beverly Brothers (w/ Coach) defeated Scott Key & Dave Bazo at 2:01 when Beau pinned Key with the Shaker Heights Spike; a video insert aired with the Beverlys & Coach, with Coach claiming his team would be the next WWF Tag Team Champions Jake Roberts pinned Louie Spicolli at 1:25 with the DDT The Mountie (w/ Jimmy Hart) pinned Bob Jones at 1:06 with a two-handed chokeslam; after the bout, the Mountie handcuffed Jones to the ropes and assaulted him with the shock stick Bret Hart pinned Haku at 2:51 with a crucifix Shawn Michaels & Marty Jannetty defeated Tim Patterson & the Brooklyn Brawler at 1:54 when Jannetty pinned Patterson after Michaels press slammed his partner on top Sgt. Slaughter (w/ Gen. Adnan & Col. Mustafa) defeated Jim Gorman via submission at 1:28 with the Camel Clutch; after the match, the Triangle of Terror triple-teamed Gorman 7/13/91 - included an opening clip showing Randy Savage proposing to Miss Elizabeth on last week's show; hosted by Vince McMahon, Roddy Piper, & Randy Savage; included an 'Update' segment, hosted by Gene Okerlund, again showing the proposal segment from last week; comments were also featured from WWF World Champion Hulk Hogan & the Ultimate Warrior about the Match Made in Hell at Summer Slam; featured comments from the Big Bossman, and the Mountie & Jimmy Hart about Sid Justice; included the Legion of Doom as guests of the Funeral Parlor, discussing WWF Tag Team Champions the Nasty Boys; included a vignette promoting the debut of Skinner; included a Summer Slam Report, hosted by Gene Okerlund, where the following matches were announced for the event: WWF IC Champion Mr. Perfect vs. Bret Hart and Ted Dibiase vs. Virgil for the Million $ Belt: Davey Boy Smith pinned Ed Moretti at 2:50 with the running powerslam The Natural Disasters (w/ Jimmy Hart) defeated Koko B. Ware & Bob Frazier at 3:21 when Typhoon pinned Frazier with a splash following the sit-down splash from Earthquake; during the bout, the Bushwhackers cut an insert promo on the Natural Disasters Jim Duggan pinned Mike Starr at 2:10 with the running clothesline Ted Dibiase (w/ Sensational Sherri) defeated Buddy Wayne via submission at 2:14 with the Million $ Dream IRS pinned Scott Carlson at 2:47 with the Write Off Samoan Drop; prior to the bout, IRS cut an in-ring promo saying he had an audit out on Roddy Piper WWF IC Champion Mr. Perfect (w/ Coach) pinned Larry Ludden at 2:52 with the Perfect Plex 7/20/91 - hosted by Vince McMahon, Roddy Piper, & Randy Savage; included an 'Update' segment, hosted by Gene Okerlund, where he read the official invitation for Randy Savage and Miss Elizabeth's wedding at Summer Slam, with footage shown of Savage appearing on the Barber Shop on last week's Wrestling Challenge; included a promo from Vince McMahon in studio where he spoke of the WWF superstars being role models and how the WWF has the most comprehensive drug testing, education and rehabilitation program in all of sports which would now include test for anabolic steroids, and that whenever you saw the WWF logo you would know that it would represent drug free sports entertainment that everyone could be proud of; included a vignette promoting the debut of Skinner; featured Gene Okerlund conducting an interview with Sgt. Slaughter, Gen. Adnan, & Col. Mustafa at the interview podium, with Okerlund announcing Sid Justice would be the special referee for the Summer Slam main event; moments later, Justice came out and declared justice would be served after Slaughter's team cheered the announcement and Slaughter tried to welcome him to his core (Justice's TV debut); included a Summer Slam Report, hosted by Gene Okerlund where it was announced that the Bushwhackers would face the Natural Disasters at the event, with Andre the Giant in the Bushwhackers corner: The Big Bossman pinned Louie Spicolli at the 49-second mark with the sidewalk slam WWF Tag Team Champions the Nasty Boys (w/ Jimmy Hart) defeated Scott Carlson & Rob Allen at 3:04 when Saggs pinned Carlson following the running powerslam / flying elbowsmash combo; during the bout, the Nastys cut an insert promo on the Legion of Doom Ricky Steamboat pinned Tim Patterson with a flying bodypress at 1:57 Virgil defeated the Black Knight via submission at 2:06 with the Million $ Dream; during the bout, Ted Dibiase & Sensational Sherri cut an insert promo on Virgil The Warlord (w/ Slick) defeated Billy Gatlin via submission at 1:53 with the full nelson The Beverly Brothers (w/ Coach) defeated Jim Gorman & Matthew Burns at 3:11 when Beau pinned Burns following the head spike
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2018.07.07 18:38 A_WoW_Retard Collection of Texts/Novels/Books Links

A collection of a little bit of every genre I could find, mostly by more well-known authors/works. Some ebooks/scanned items have errors or incorrect text in their initial versions.
I recommend SumatraPDF to view any pdf/epub/whatever on your computer, and Calibre to manage ebooks on your preferred e-reader device, both free and open-source programs.
You can also sign up for Archive.org's free book loan/borrow program, which lets you check out up to 5 ebooks at a time, for up to 2 weeks, from their 'wait/borrow' lists you probably see while browsing the Texts sections.
Feb 19 2019 Update
Added: Confessor (Sword of Truth book 11), Harry Potter series
Removed: Sword of Truth series, Junie B. Jones Has a Peep in her Pocket, 2001 A Space Odyssey, Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?, To Kill a Mockingbird, Call Me by Your Name
  • [COLLECTION] of various texts (fiction, history, self-help, biography, code/programming) sorted by date archived:
https://archive.org/details/%40saif_ullah207?and%5B%5D=mediatype%3A%22texts%22&sort=-publicdate&page=1
  • [COLLECTION] E-Book Collections (a lot of books/essays/documents covering real world topics, politics, drama, religion, conspiracy theories, socalism, social-political issues, war, history and lots of other genres and controversial, thought-provoking ideas. Includes a CD-ROM): https://archive.org/download/CSIWEMBLEY-EBOOK-COLLECTION
CD-ROM contents: https://ia802804.us.archive.org/zipview.php?zip=/1/items/CSIWEMBLEY-EBOOK-COLLECTION/The%20Mind%20Control%20And%20Manipulation%20(CD-ROM).zip viewed with Archive's file inspection tool.
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2018.07.03 14:23 WWE_Network_Bot This Day in History: 07/03/2018

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2018.06.18 22:39 FinnagainsAwake Requiem for a Steelworker: Mon Valley Memories of Oil Can Eddie - by Steve Early - 18 June 2018 - r/WorkersVanguard

June 18, 2018 Requiem for a Steelworker: Mon Valley Memories of Oil Can Eddie by Steve Early
In progressive circles in the upper mid-west today, if you’ve heard the name Sadlowski, it’s probably because you were involved in the Wisconsin labor uprising of 2011, where you might have linked arms with AFSCME organizer and state capitol occupier Edward A. Sadlowski. Or maybe you applauded the electoral victory of his sister, Susan Sadlowski Garza, when she won a Chicago city council seat four years later, as a standard bearer for her union, the Chicago Teachers.
Ed, Susie, and their union comrades were up against two would-be union busters, Republican Governor Scott Walker in Wisconsin and Rahm Emanuel, the corporate Democrat who is mayor of Chicago. This week both Sadlowskis are mourning the death of 80-year old Edward Eugene Sadlowski, after what his son calls “a hard struggle” of a different sort. The cause of death, on June 10, was Lewy body dementia, a condition that drove Robin Williams to suicide.
Four decades ago, their father was a really big name in the United Steelworkers (USW), well-known throughout organized labor, and a hero of the labor left. As director of USW District 31, covering Chicago and Gary, Ed Sadlowski was the elected leader of 130,000 blue-collar workers, part of a USW membership then totaling 1.4 million, about twice what it is today. In a challenge to authority rare among union officials of his rank, Sadlowski broke with top USW leaders in Pittsburgh who were too cozy with management. Backed by a campaign network called Steelworkers Fight Back (SFB), he ran for international president on a controversial platform calling for greater union democracy, shop floor militancy, protection of black workers’ rights, and the right to strike.
In the mid-1970s, Mid-western cities were still ringed with the glowing hearths of steel mills instead of their post-industrial rubble (or, in the case of US Steel’s fabled Homestead (Pa.) Works, a shopping mall built on top of it). Donald Trump’s delusional aspirations for the coal industry today were a reality then; our nation had more than two hundred thousand underground miners. Unions like the United Mine Workers and the much larger USW and Teamsters negotiated master contracts that were industry-wide. Owners of steel mills and trucking companies signed agreements covering half a million workers at the same time.
In the era before de-regulation, de-industrialization, and corporate globalization, such union density and bargaining clout produced good wages and benefits. But discontent, among blue-collar workers, over poor working conditions was too often ignored. Problems like compulsory over-time, job safety and health hazards, unfair discipline, and relentless management pressure for greater productivity spawned dissident activity, which took the form of unauthorized strikes or internal union election challenges.
Revolt From Below
At the local level, if union officials failed to provide proper representation, aggrieved members often took matters into their own hands. They by-passed grievance-arbitration procedures that were frustrating and overly legalistic. Risking injunctions, fines, and even jail time, they flouted the “no strike” clauses found in almost every U.S. labor agreement. In 1972, a slate of rank-and-file coal miners, with just that kind of wildcat strike experience, made U.S. labor history when they toppled the corrupt and thuggish national leadership of the UMW. Inspired in part by these Miners for Democratic, restive truckers and warehouse workers formed Teamsters for a Democratic Union (TDU) a few years later, with much help from socialists among them.
In an era when rank-and-file rebellion was the wave to ride, young Ed Sadlowski was a pretty good surfer. His father, known as “Load,” worked for Inland Steel in East Chicago, joined the Steel Workers Organizing Committee in the 1930’s and became a founding member of USW Local 1010. Eddie’s own nickname—“Oil Can”—came from his job oiling equipment at US Steel’s South Works in 1956.
For a budding, second-generation union activist, this relatively low-status position proved to be an in-plant organizer’s dream. He was able to circulate widely and connect with disgruntled co-workers throughout a mill employing 14,000 members of USW Local 65. In 1964, when Sadlowski was only 26, he led a local reform slate to victory, against much older incumbents, and became president of Local 65. (In today’s labor movement, local union presidents under the age of thirty are exceedingly rare.)
An Official Family
Less than a decade later, after a brief stint on the District 31 staff, Sadlowski found out how much his union (and others, in that period) welcomed promising new leaders. When he tried to run for District 31 director, the union’s “official family,” as it was called, rallied around his better-connected opponent. The election was stolen but the US Department of Labor ordered a re-run under federal-supervision. Backed by USW pioneers like George Patterson, a picket captain who survived Republic Steel’s massacre of strikers in 1937, Sadlowski won that vote by a 2 to 1 margin. In 1975, he became a most unwelcome addition to an international executive board then headed by USW President I.W. Abel, a 68-year old gent fond of black-tie dinner soirees with Big Steel management.
Abel’s strategy, as a “labor statesman” nearing retirement, involved not just discouraging grievance strikes, but also promising, in advance, that steelworkers wouldn’t strike when their national contract expired. This questionable approach, allegedly dictated by industry conditions, was dubbed the Experimental Negotiating Agreement (ENA). Sadlowski became the USW’s leading critic of Abel’s experiment because ENA replaced the right to strike with binding arbitration and was negotiated, in secret, without any membership vote approving it. (When his deal was challenged in court, Abel claimed a bargaining black-out was necessary because, with any advance publicity, ENA “might have been rejected.”)
Sadlowski decided to take his case, against the ENA and other manifestations of “tuxedo unionism,” directly to the membership, in a February, 1977 election to choose Abel’s successor. Abel, his e-board colleagues, and USW headquarters staff cobbled together an establishment ticket headed by Lloyd McBride, the union’s bland but loyal District 34 director from St. Louis. McBride strongly defended the ENA and accused Sadlowski of promoting an “impractical kind of pure democracy that would lead to chaos.”
A Civil Rights Struggle
Long before bumper stickers appeared on Volvos urging us to “Celebrate Diversity,” Sadlowski did just that when he assembled his own insurgent slate. In addition to himself, a Polish-American, the Fight Back slate included a Chicano, a Croatian-American, a Jew of Eastern European origin, and an African-American. (This rainbow coalition made for quite a mouthful on lunch-pail and helmet stickers—“Elect Sadlowski, Rodriques, Kmec, Weinstock, and Montgomery!”)
As of 1976, no African-American had ever made it to the top ranks of America’s second largest industrial, during the first four decades of its existence.In the 1960s, persistent racial discrimination in the mills and under-representation of black members in the USW bureaucracy spawned a civil rights movement within the union. One of its leaders was Oliver Montgomery from Youngstown, who became Fight Back’s most articulate spokesman (out-shining even the presidential candidate himself on many occasions). To undercut Sadlowski’s appeal to minority workers, with a formidable ally like Montgomery, USW headquarters created a new vice-presidency for “human rights.” The position was filled by an Abel Administration loyalist, whose main qualification was notbeing part of past civil rights agitation within the union.
On the ground, the Fight Back campaign swarmed with lefties, young and old. Most were “colonizers,” toiling in difficult and dirty steel mill jobs but able. Each of their competing political organizations—from the old Communist Party to the Revolutionary Communist Party to the Socialist Workers Party and the International Socialists—had a different “line,” leading to much jockeying for position among their respective cadres. Only the Chairman Mao-inspired October League dismissed the USW election as “a trick by the bourgeoisie to channel the revolutionary aspirations and strivings of the masses into reformism.”
Liberal Cult Figure?
Meanwhile, anti-communists were attacking Sadlowski with more impact than the October League. Anonymous plant gate flyers in the Mon Valley, where I was a SFB volunteer, claimed that our candidate favored a ban on all gun ownership—not exactly a popular position in Deer Hunter country. Our many external critics included right-wing social democrats allied with conservative AFL-CIO president George Meany. Their aggressive red-baiting focused on Old Left friends and allies of Sadlowski in Chicago and former staffers of the United Mine Workers in Washington, DC. Under new UMW leadership, the latter had already ruined labor relations in the coalfields. Now, these same “outsiders” (of whom I was one) were trying to disrupt USW functioning too.
In Pittsburgh, we sought to counter such smears by enlisting one of the nation’s premier labor priests (before that breed became nearly extinct). At his dark-paneled Pittsburgh office, Msgr. Charles Own Rice expressed some pastoral regret about having been a red-baiter himself in the 1950s, doing much local damage to left-wing unions like the United Electrical Workers. Perhaps as an act of personal penance, Rice soon penned a column in the Pittsburgh Catholicthat we quickly reprinted and distributed widely at shift change in the mills.
The good monsignor sadly observed that the USW had become “stodgy and its leadership uninspired.” According to Rice, Ed Sadlowski was “a breath of fresh air for the whole labor movement…Workers like him and so do those who are not workers—students, writers, reformers, and idealists of all sorts. The man inspires loyalty as well as affection and thus represents a formidable threat to the old guard.”
As he barnstormed around the country, giving rousing speeches in every available working class meeting place, Sadlowski received some supportive media coverage. But business-oriented scribes like the young David Ignatius, then at the Wall Street Journal,found lots of reasons to prefer “the old guard.” According to Ignatius, Sadlowski was just “an engaging young union official unsullied by the experience of major responsibility…a momentary liberal cult figure…with a short and un-distinguished record.” Why, Ignatius wondered, should anyone be drawn to romantic invocation of past-industrial union glory when modern-day steel workers should be content with “actual organized power and stability, as evoked by Lloyd McBride.”
Inside the union, USW headquarters deployed an army of appointed “staff men”—International Union reps who were then almost entirely male—to ensure McBride’s victory in February, 1977. Only four of these 800 full-time pay-rollers dared to endorse Sadlowski (and two of those were members of his own slate!) USW field staff wielded much influence over elected officers and stewards in the thousands of smaller USW shops they serviced. Many used their workplace visits—ostensibly for grievance handling or contract negotiations–to do heavy campaigning for McBride, a misappropriation of union resources often hard to document in post-election complaints.
After a grueling contest, with all the trappings of an electoral campaign for public office, about 580,000 USW members trooped to the polls in hundreds of local union halls. Balloting on this scale made Sadlowski vs McBride the biggest direct election ever held by a U.S. union. Of course, competition in that category is virtually non-existent today. Only the Teamsters—as part of a court-approved racketeering case settlement—regularly hold contested referendum votes for top officers, after grassroots campaigning by incumbents and TDU-backed candidates every five years. Most national union leaders are chosen at more easily controlled conventions of several thousand delegates, or fewer.
Unfortunately, 57% of those voting on February 8, 1977, embraced Lloyd McBride, rather than the “breath of fresh air” represented by Sadlowski and SFB. The Association for Union Democracy, which organized and funded poll watching for Sadlowski, suspected that election fraud tainted the outcome. This time, the Department of Labor didn’t agree that the Landrum-Griffin Act had been violated.
A Changed Union Culture
After Sadlowski lost, he returned to his old District 31 staff job, kept his head down, and beavered away, for many years, as a servicing rep. He was shielded from headquarters retaliation, initially, by the fact that his elected successor, as district director, was Jim Balanoff, a longtime friend, ally, and SFB stalwart. Steelworkers Fight Back did not become a long-distance runner like TDU. But, even as it was disappearing as a formal oppositional network, Sadlowski campaign veterans in Ohio, Pennsylvania, Illinois, and Indiana put their organizing skills to use in the bitter plant-closing fights of the 1980s, when the steel industry cratered.
Left-leaning Sadlowski supporters like Dave Patterson and Dave Foster won district director elections in other parts of the union. Foster played a key role in getting the USW involved in the Blue-Green Alliance, which tries to unite industrial workers and environmentalists. The Alliance continues to receive strong backing from current USW President Leo Girard, a socialist-minded Canadian who didn’t back Sadlowski in 1977 (or Bernie Sanders two years ago). As Sadlowski’s son noted on June 10, “the Steel Workers Fight Back movement, without question, changed the culture of the USW and the labor movement for the better.”
In two decades of retirement, Oil Can Eddie did not become a golfer, although Florida was a seasonal refuge from the Windy City for him and his wife Marlene, a pillar of their family for 58 years. Sadlowski remained active in many labor-related causes, including the Association for Union Democracy in New York. Just a few years ago, out here in California, I found myself on the same team with him again, during a National Union of Healthcare Workers campaign to help 45,000 Kaiser workers escape from a dysfunctional and undemocratic SEIU local. In his seventies, Sadlowski was still sharing advice, handing out leaflets, knocking on doors, and making phone calls to workers in what proved to be, for the time being, a lost cause.
Suffering an election setback, after a rancorous debate about labor-management partnering, was not a new experience for this NUHW volunteer. Better than anyone active in labor over the last half century, Ed Sadlowski knew that today’s “losers” can become tomorrow’s winners, if we stick together and keep organizing. If his failing body and mind hadn’t made that impossible, he would have been applauding the red state labor rebels responsible for recent public school walkouts. Whether it was steel workers, hospital workers, under-paid educators, or other public employees fighting back, you could count on Brother Sadlowski being there, in person or in spirit. His gruff, but caring, presence will be missed on many a picket line now.
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2018.06.04 18:00 daprice82 Wrestling Observer Rewind ★ May 17, 1999

Going through old issues of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter and posting highlights in my own words. For anyone interested, I highly recommend signing up for the actual site at f4wonline and checking out the full archives.
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  • Nitro was preempted this week by the NBA Playoffs, so it was already expected that Raw would set a ratings record, but the numbers were beyond what anyone expected. Raw did an 8.09 rating, making it the most watched wrestling show in the history of USA Network. More than half of the usual Nitro audience tuned in to watch Raw. The Rock/Austin/Vince vs. TakeHHH/Shane match peaked at a 9.17 rating, making it the single most watched wrestling match in cable history and the first to top 10 million viewers. Also, Raw destroyed the NBA games that were on TNT in place of Nitro. The Raw rating is likely going to be one of the highest ratings for any show on cable TV this year and gives them a lot of leverage when negotiating their TV deal next year. WWF is still negotiating with UPN to get another show on there later this year. They've also had discussions with FOX for a network show, but Fox wants to buy the WWF or at least own a majority interest in the company, and Vince ain't going for that.
  • Time to look at the downfall of WCW. The ratings for both Thunder and Nitro are falling to record lows every week. House shows and PPV buyrates are plummeting also. Dave says this is all the result of a lot of long-term problems finally coming home to roost. Lack of strong leadership, bad company morale, and a total disregard for what the fans want to see. Hot shot title changes, booking that makes no sense, completely killed Goldberg's momentum, built the company around old stars and never planned for the future by building new ones, and on and on and on. Booking... plotholes you can drive trucks through. People sent out to kill TV time and cut promos who don't really have anything to say, stuff that happens one week and is never followed up on, because there's no long-term booking plans for anyone. So many heel/face turns that crowds often don't even know who they're supposed to cheer or boo this week. Dave thinks Bischoff needs to regain full control of his company or step aside. The inmates are running the asylum. People no-show or refuse to do jobs without punishment. Booking that is designed to bury people that Nash and Hogan don't like rather than doing what's best for the show. So on and so forth.
  • So what's the solution? Dave says they have to rebuild. Out with the old, in with the new. It's going to take a few years and business will probably be bad while they do it, but it's a long-term process. Just accept that you're going to lose the ratings war for the foreseeable future and stop worrying about it. Worry about rebuilding instead. It's time to start booking guys like Hogan, Flair, Hall, Nash, Savage, Hart, and Piper in major storylines against guys like Booker T, Kidman, Goldberg, Jericho, Raven, Benoit, and Guerrero and the old guard needs to start cleanly putting over the new stars and the company has to follow that up by presenting those young guys like stars. Dave points out that many of ECW's biggest stars (Douglas, Dreamer, Sabu, Sandman, etc.) became stars because Terry Funk put them over. House shows have to change if business is going to pick up. Either the top stars have to start working house shows or WCW has to stop trying to run major cities with nobodies. Unfortunately, WCW foolishly gave contracts to all their top stars that basically lets them skip most house shows. Steve Austin is the biggest star in the business and he works the same house shows as everyone else in WWF. A year ago, WCW was outdrawing WWF in a lot of markets. Nowadays, you'd be hard-pressed to even find 1 city where WCW can even come close to outdrawing WWF. Any of the old guys who aren't willing to put over the young stars don't need to be there. Dave thinks they should put more emphasis on what happens on Thunder because at least with that show, there's no concern of people changing over to watch WWF. There's so much more. Bottom line is, WCW doesn't have a chance of catching up with WWF this year and probably not next year either. But if they do a total overhaul of the company and try to rebuild and think long-term, they may survive (spoiler: WCW does not think long-term and does not survive).
  • Speaking of bad WCW shit, the latest Slamboree PPV is in the books. 6 months ago, WCW drew 30,000 paid fans to this arena for Nitro in the midst of a huge snowstorm. This week, they drew 13,000 paid for a PPV. Bischoff returned to TV and somehow (never explained) has power over the company again and reversed the Flair match decision so that he lost. In real life, Flair had been promised a PPV win in exchange for doing jobs to Sting, Nash, and Page on TV in the last few weeks but it didn't happen here and once again, Flair is being vocal about how unhappy he is in WCW and wanting to go to WWF. Bret Hart, fresh off groin surgery, returned sooner than he was ready to do a run-in and was moving gingerly. Goldberg was taken to the hospital after the PPV thinking he had a broken ankle, but X-rays showed no broken bones so he'll be okay. The injury was caused by Hart when he legitimately hit Goldberg's leg with a chair harder than he meant to. Hart was apologizing profusely backstage afterward because he has a rep of never injuring anyone. But Goldberg was fine the next day. The plan is for Goldberg to challenge Bret to a match on the Tonight Show, with Bret still saying he quit WCW and the match will eventually take place in the Tonight Show parking lot in the next week or two. Hart is clearly nowhere near ready to work a match after the surgery but they still plan to do it anyway. Oh yeah, the Steiners got back together, with no build-up or reason given. Lil' Naitch vs. Gorgeous George wasn't a good match or anything but it was entertaining and to her credit, George clearly trained hard for the match and did well, and Charles Robinson was hilarious and played his part perfectly. And Nash won the world title from DDP.
  • U.S. News and World Report magazine ran a big 7 page feature on wrestling, mostly Vince McMahon and, as always, it was full of most of Vince's revisionist version of history and full of the usual fake numbers (35 million viewers, $500 million dollar company, etc.) and covered all the usual "is this suitable for kids" stuff. McMahon talked about his past extramarital affairs behind Linda's back and talked about the steroid use in wrestling "back when it was legal" which has always been bullshit, but of course, no drug problems in WWF nowadays, nope, nada. You know the WWF version of this story by now: rasslin' existed in smoky, dimly lit basements until Vince McMahon rose like a phoenix in 1984 and invented modern day sports entertainment overnight, Ted Turner has a vendetta against him, Vince singlehandedly created everything, blah blah blah etc. etc. Dave seems exhausted by the fact that so many reporters just accept this version of history as fact in every mainstream media story he reads.
  • Dave recaps UFC 20, which is mostly notable by Bas Rutten winning the UFC heavyweight title in a controversial split decision that most people think Kevin Randleman should have won. It's led to a lot of questions about whether the fight was fixed, since UFC has invested a lot into Rutten as their next big star so they had a good reason to want him to win. Dave doesn't necessarily go that far, he doesn't think the fight was fixed, but he definitely thinks it was the wrong decision and Rutten lost the fight. Randleman's people were said to be furious afterwards, feeling their guy got robbed. Dave thinks they have a point.
  • WCW valet Chastity once appeared in a porn movie called Live Bait. Dave actually reported on this a couple of months ago but didn't think it was a big deal, but now several media outlets are picking up on the story. It was mentioned in TV Guide and the New York Post, mostly in an attempt to trash Ted Turner. Headlines like, "One of the female stars of Ted Turner's family friendly WCW organization has an X-rated past." It was also mentioned on Jay Leno's show, Craig Kilborn's show, and even Saturday Night Live referenced it. Even WWF made reference to it on their website, saying that at least their "porn star" is just a guy playing a gimmick (Val Venis). Dave points out that WWF brought in Jenna Jameson so, yanno, they probably shouldn't be throwing rocks in glass houses. Anyway, the porn film was produced by Jules Jordan and he's been interviewed by it, saying he's surprised it's such a big deal because she only appeared in one scene (a blowjob scene with a guy and another woman) and there's no photo of her on the box and she's not even listed in the credits. It was such a minor thing. Apparently she was supposed to do more scenes but showed up late so they didn't use her. Anyway, backstage Eric Bischoff has reportedly said that whatever she did in her past is the past and she won't be punished for it (yeeeeeeeah, about that...she gets fired).
  • AJPW officially announced Misawa as the new president of the company in a press conference. Giant Baba's wife Motoko Baba is on the board of directors (along with several other top wrestlers). So that's where it stands for now.
  • Steve Williams inquired about getting rehired in AJPW and was basically told "maybe." In the past, Williams was the top foreign star and that role has now been filled by Vader. With business not doing so great these days, it's not sure if they will want to pay Williams the big salary he's expecting. Williams is pretty upset with how his WWF run played out. In AJPW, he had a great paying job where he got first class accommodations everywhere paid for and it was pretty much a job for life. But Jim Ross convinced him that he could come to the WWF and only work 10-15 days a month so he could spend more time with his family, and he was promised a run against Steve Austin. But the Brawl For All basically wrecked those plans and then Vince McMahon lost interest in him, so he feels like he never got a fair shot. So now he wants to go back to AJPW but that might not work out either.
  • There's still a lot of talk about a potential inter-promotional NJPW vs. AJPW angle. New Japan in particular keeps hinting at it and trying to get something going but no deals have been made yet.
  • Legendary wrestling announcer Gordon Solie is having some health issues lately. He was supposed to do commentary for an indie show but had to cancel because of polyps on his vocal chords. They checking to see if it's malignant. Solie recently lost his wife to cancer (sadly, it is indeed throat cancer. He dies about a year later).
  • There's a made-for-TV movie airing next week about Jesse Ventura. Dave has seen an advanced copy of it and says it's really bad. Also, it gets basically everything wrong. Parts of it were filmed at Nitro and in scenes that supposedly take place in the 70s, you can see NWO merch and WCW logos in the background. Goldberg, Raven, and Chris Kanyon all have small roles in it (and Kanyon worked as a consultant behind the scenes for all the wrestling stuff). It's basically a bad, cheesy made-for-TV flick and it's clear that the people making it didn't really know much about wrestling. There's a sleazy evil promoter that's supposed to be Vince. Rob Reiner as "Gorilla" who is Ventura's announcing partner. They also pretty much re-create the Montreal Screwjob in this movie, which is what causes Ventura to "quit" wrestling. (Dave is underselling this. This movie is legendarily bad).
WATCH: The Jesse Ventura Story
  • Bad News Allen wrestled his final match this week in Canada and is retiring and will be getting a double-knee replacement. The doctors suggested he do one knee now and the other one six months later, but he opted to do them both at the same time and get it over with (he ends up doing a few more matches, but not many. He still retires in 1998, just later in the year).
  • The status of Shane Douglas in ECW is up in the air right now. He was having negotiations with WWF earlier in the week. Word is WWF is unsure if they want him or not due to his frequent injuries. But he's a hell of a talker and WWF is at least fairly interested in him. But he's currently out of shape and not nearly the worker he used to be due to injuries and he also still has the stigma of flopping in WWF a few years ago as Dean Douglas. But both sides seem to be willing to put the blame for that at the hands of the Kliq so they're not holding it against him. Douglas and Paul Heyman are barely on speaking terms and it's thought that the upcoming PPV will be Douglas' last match with the company, and he's expected to put over Justin Credible, but at this point, no one's even sure if he'll show up for that (nope, he doesn't. Nobody knows it yet, but Douglas has already wrestled his final ECW match by this point).
  • Inside Edition came to the latest ECW Arena show to try to film some footage for a story they're doing on the New Jack/Mass Transit incident (since the trial is coming up soon). Heyman told all the wrestlers to not let the cameras film them and the Inside Edition people weren't allowed backstage.
  • Davey Boy Smith is improving and is able to move around a little and even leave the house. He's also still interested in wrestling again and is said to be in contact with Vince McMahon. Even though WCW released him, they're still sending him weekly pay checks, which is a pretty obvious attempt to try and avoid a wrongful termination lawsuit and stay on his good side. Not quite the same situation for Rick Rude's family. Rude's widow has not received any checks from WCW so they don't appear to be paying out the rest of his contract to the family.
  • In the recent ESPN special that aired on wrestling, they talked about a doctor named Dr. Edmund Chien who reportedly prescribed drugs and steroids to lots of wrestlers, including Brian Pillman. In the show, Pillman's wife claims Hulk Hogan hooked Pillman up with that doctor and it became a bit of a story. Anyway, the DEA has seized medical records from Dr. Chien and are investigating him, which is basically the same way the whole Dr. Zahorian mess got started.
  • Perry Saturn is dealing with a back injury, which was suffered after landing on Warrior's trap door in a WCW ring, same as Davey Boy Smith. This week he had fluid injected into his L-4 disc and has been in agony to the point that other wrestlers were having to help him carry his bags in the airports. He had been taking heavy painkillers to deal with it but was said to be scared by Rick Rude's death and stopped taking them. He's not working house shows right now but since he's half of the tag champs, he's still doing TV and PPVs.
  • Goldberg tried to renegotiate his contract this week. He's still signed for several more years at $800,000 per year. Even though he is by far WCW's biggest star, he is still paid well below the likes of Hogan, Hall, Nash, Hart, Savage, and Sting (all of whom make $1.5 mil or higher). So he tried to renegotiate and get a raise but Bischoff isn't going for it, which has left Goldberg pretty unhappy.
  • WCW is tossing around the idea of bringing in Sid Vicious and Yokozuna. Because that's just what they need. Yokozuna wouldn't even be allowed to wrestle in most states since he can't pass commission physicals. And Sid is, well, Sid (they don't bring in Yoko but sure enough, Sid will be there soon).
  • Chris Jericho wrote on his website that he has made up his mind about his future but won't say what it is. But most everyone in WCW is under the assumption that he's headed for WWF when his contract is up.
  • The reason why the recent Flair vs. Page match on Nitro sucked is because the two guys weren't on the same page. Flair likes to call things in the ring and Page has a reputation for wanting to plan the match out in advance, move-by-move and Flair just wasn't going for it. So when they got in the ring, it just didn't click.
  • Scott Hall's on/off relationship with his ex-wife Dana is on again and he has asked for several months off so he can stay home and try to fix their relationship. She doesn't want him wrestling at all and wants him to retire because she thinks getting away from the business is the only way he can stay sober.
  • The latest on the WCW/NBC deal is that...it's basically dead. Backstage, Bischoff was telling people that TBS execs screwed up the deal somehow and that NBC backed out of it after the NBA strike ended. But a lot of people think Bischoff is just trying to save face because it's looking like WCW (Bischoff specifically) went around talking about the deal before it was done, which is why everyone thought it was a done deal. Turns out it wasn't. That's why you keep shit like that quiet until it's actually in writing and finalized.
  • Juventud Guerrera and Jerry Lynn aren't being punished at all by WCW for their DUI arrests last week.
  • On a recent episode of David Letterman's Late Show, the top 10 list for the night was "Slogans for the new WCW Nitro cologne." So in case you're wondering, here was the list:
10) Finally!
9) Because when you're sitting on your ass all day watching wrestling, you've got to smell your best!
8) This stuff can make you Governor
7) Give a bottle to that nancy boy son of yours...it couldn't hurt!
6) The perfect gift for...uh...it's really hard to say
5) If you actually bought Michael Jordan's cologne, you might as well buy this!
4) The exciting scent of the lowest common denominator
3) Like a piledriver up your nose
2) Sometimes you just want to smell phony
1) Attract them white trash babes!
  • On Raw, they had a Deba vs. Sable evening gown match. It ended up with Sable tearing Debra's dress off to win. But then Commissioner Shawn Michaels reversed the decision, saying in his eyes, the woman who loses their clothes should be the winner. So they awarded Debra the title. Dave says interestingly enough, this was done because they've had trouble getting Sable to do a job and give up the belt. So this was the compromise because they don't want her to quit but they wanted to get the title off her (she quits soon anyway).
WATCH: Sable vs. Debra evening gown match
  • Also on Raw, Patterson and Brisco came out doing their stooge routine in what Dave says was the best segment on Raw in months. They came out to Hogan's old "Real American" music, doing all the Hogan poses. They went against the Mean Street Posse guys and Patterson was especially great. Dave says Patterson will still be one of the best workers in the business 5 years after he's dead. The whole thing was hilarious and at the end, Jim Ross capped it off by saying, "And fellas, he's single."
WATCH: Patterson & Brisco vs. The Mean Street Posse
  • In a newspaper article, Earl Hebner talked about the Montreal Screwjob and had this to say: "It was the most difficult situation I have ever been in in this business. It was something I did because I was told to do it. I basically did it to protect the business for the rest of the boys. Here is one guy who was going to screw up 150 guys' lifestyle. The guy already had a $9 million contract. What was the big deal? If you work for somebody and you don't do what they tell you to, they don't need you." As you might expect, Dave calls bullshit on this. Hebner was also asked about swearing on his kids that he wouldn't screw Bret and Hebner admitted that he swore to Bret that he wouldn't count him down for a pin and therefore, he claims he kept his word. "I said I would never count him out, and I didn't. Bret and I were real close, but Bret didn't offer me any money. He didn't say if you do this, I will give you this. I have a family that I have to take care of."
  • Mick Foley is expected to take some time off after the upcoming PPV to get his knees scoped.
  • Radio DJ Bubba the Love Sponge, who has made some appearances in WCW, interfered in a match at a WWF house show. Dave says you know things are bad for WCW when even Bubba The Love Sponge has jumped ship.
WEDNESDAY: Shane Douglas/ECW drama, Hardcore Heaven PPV fallout, more on NJPW and AJPW, issues with Sable and WWF, and more...
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