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The Extreme Mailbag #ONE
April 12, 2004 - by Emer Prevost


Well, loyal readers , the mail has been trickling in, and here we go with the first edition of The Extreme Mailbag. ,



XtremeFalls43 writes: Ok I heard Bam Bam Bigelow Left the WWE cause of the Kliq not liking him is that true?

To be honest with you, I really can't say if that is true or not. I have heard a lot of rumors around why Bam Bam's second WWF run was cut so short. Among them are that he pissed off HBK and the rest of the Kliq at the time, and that he quit out of disgust of having his character turned into a joke (mind you, he had to job to Lawrence friggin' Taylor). There is also word that when his contract came up, the WWF passed on renewing his contract. I wish I could give you a definite answer to that one, but I have no clue.


Robert RENALDO writes:
I have a question for your mailbag column. How many different people have been the Blue Blazer character? I know Owen Hart was one, but my girlfriend told me that others have been that character as well.


Well, Robert, your girlfriend is right. At one time, Owen's former High Energy tag-team partner, Koko B. Ware (yes, THAT Koko B. Ware) donned the blue mask and tights. Also, another one-time only Blazer was Owen's future tag partner, Jeff Jarrett. As far as I know, those were the only other guys to wear the Blue Blazer outfit. So, if you made any bets with her about this, it's time to pay up!

Chris Chambers sent in two questions:
(1.) During the Invasion Angle in WWF in 2001, Did you feel it was good at the beginning but sucked towards the end?

(2.) What are your feelings on the Evolution?


To answer the first question, yes, the Invasion angle was awesome at first. It was a wrestling fan's dream to see the two biggest companies at the time finally square off (even though one of the companies was already out of business and just the name truly survived). In fact, I ordered the Invasion PPV because the match line-up was top notch.

But, what started out entertaining soon grew tired because the WWF didn't do anything to spice up the angle. And, in the end, the only thing that was really accomplished from the whole angle was teaching all the fans that the WWF will polish off WCW turds and bring them back (towards the end, the whole angle felt just like the New Blood/Millionaires Club feud all over again), and that you fans will pick up the lamest chants (I will go on record and say that every time I hear a crowd scream 'what', I get queasy).

As for my opinion on Evolution, I'm not a big fan. I think I speak for almost every other wrestling fan when I say that Triple H can drink a bullet. Ric Flair has to hang up the tights and leave the fans with only good memories. Batista has to do what all the other WWE 'hosses' need to do, learn more than three friggin' moves. To be honest, the only tolerable member of Evolution is Randy Orton. He has the skills to make it far in the WWE. All he has to do is finally end this boring feud with Mick Foley (I never thought I'd live to see the day when I mentioned the words Foley and boring in the same sentence).

d4rk_m1nded_ph3n0m writes in:
I have 2 questions and i hope they are actually challenging
My first is: Is the rumore True About Heyman and ECW And WCW?
My Second is: Is WWE ever going back to the One Roster instead of keeping the old boring draft?


As far as I have heard, the rumor of ECW's resurrection (as well as WCW's for that matter) are just that, rumors. But, the WWE is going to bring back a WCW classic event (the WWE PPV for June, as of this writing, will be called The Great American Bash), but that is about as far as either company coming back.

And, as for the brand expansion ending, I see it happening within the next two years. With the rate of plummeting ratings and lackluster attendance levels, the WWE is going to have to do something to get the money flowing, and if merging the brands is the only way to do it, then they won't have much of a choice. I, personally, enjoy the brand expansion, but I'm in the minority on that topic.

Jeff Stout wrote:
What ever happen top the tag team of pg 13 i know one is slash in nwatna but what happen to jay c ice?
Don Callis what ever happen to him after nwa laid him off?


Ah, PG-13. Wolfie D and JC Ice. Those two give me warm fuzzy feelings and fond memories of a Nation of Domination theme that didn't suck. We all know that Wolfie D went on to become Slash, but JC Ice's whereabouts are a little less known. The last time Ice was heard of, he lost an NWA-TNA dark match to Elix Skipper about a month ago. Maybe the Jarretts are trying to bring back PG-13, or maybe I'm looking too much into this.

As for Callis, I didn't hear that he was no longer with TNA until I got your e-mail. According to his bio on this very site, Don Callis is no longer working full-time with the company because he has a job outside the wrestling business. We can't blame the guy if he got better pay somewhere else. But, all I've read is that he is no longer with TNA full time, so if you are a Callis fan and want to see him again, he might just make some occasional appearances on TNA. Who knows.

Well, that'll do it for this first extreme mailbag. But, in order for me to do another one, I need more questions. So, tell your friends and relatives to write in if they have always wondered "what ever happened to..." or "who was..." I just might have an answer for them.

So, just send your questions to lonewolf316@usa.com and I'll take care of the rest.

by Emer Prevost


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