Stamps, Riggers primed for Wrestlemania

TJ MADIGAN

, Last Updated: 11:31 AM ET

Several Calgary Roughnecks won't be sticking around the 'Dome following their afternoon tilt with Arizona tomorrow. Several Calgary Stampeders will put their pre-season preparations on hold and sit glued to the TV instead.

For them, and grappling fans around the world, tomorrow night is all about the must-see pay-per-view event of the year -- Wrestlemania 21, live from Los Angeles.

So who better to give predictions for wrestling's Super Bowl than a group of guys who know all about game-day pressure?

The Sun intercepted the Stampeders and Roughnecks to get their takes on tomorrow's show.

Veteran Stampeders defensive lineman Demetrious Maxie shoots down Batista's chances against Triple H in the main event.

"Triple H is the dominant wrestler right now, so he's gonna come out on top," Maxie said. "Somebody like William Regal is gonna run out and pop Batista on the head. Triple H will reunite with someone, that's the type of thing that always happens."

For D-Max, the highlight of the night will be the Piper's Pit segment featuring the return of Stone Cold Steve Austin.

"I love the way Stone Cold used to smash beer over people's heads. He would flip people off and they would still cheer for him. It was crazy. If I did that during a CFL game, they'd send my a-- back to the States."

Maxie's teammate, Randy Chevrier, is looking forward to seeing how Rowdy Roddy Piper will react to the Rattlesnake's antics.

"I watched Piper in TNA and loved his fiery temper," Chevrier said. "I'm not a big fan of guys who are huge and jacked up but can't speak. Roddy is one of those guys from the old days where it's pure entertainment."

Chevrier is also psyched for what likely will be the show stealer at tomorrow's event, Kurt Angle vs. Shawn Michaels.

"I'm excited to see what Angle's gonna do," Chevrier said.

"Every Wrestlemania, he pulls out something physical but he's just come off neck surgery. I don't know if he'll be doing flips off the top rope considering all his problems, so I really want to see how they approach it."

In the Roughnecks camp, most of the talk centres around the WWE title match between John Cena and John Bradshaw Layfield.

Defenceman Andrew McBride likes Cena's chances. "Cena is the crowd favourite," said McBride, who is hosting a Wrestlemania party for his friends tomorrow. "JBL has been champ for a long time, so I think Cena will pull out the win. He's such a good guy on the mike and everyone gets totally behind him."

McBride also predicts K-1 star Akebono will topple the Big Show in WWE's first sumo match.

"That's about 1,000 pounds of weight in the ring so it's gonna be a huge match. I think the fans will see a different style of match but I'm predicting Akebono to come out with a win."

McBride's favourite is still the Undertaker, who faces an injured Randy Orton at tomorrow's event.

"I'd say Undertaker is getting the win in that one. Maybe it makes me look like a geek but he's 15-0 at Wrestlemania, which is a big deal."

Riggers d-man Brad McDonald disagrees.

"Come on. Undertaker is 55 years old," he laughed. "Randy Orton is definitely going to win."

Roughnecks assistant captain Kaleb Toth weighed in with his thoughts on the six-man ladder match, after which the winner is guaranteed a future WWE title shot.

"Chris Jericho is one of my favourites and Edge and Christian were great when they were together but I think Chris Benoit is going to win it," Toth said.

Michaels, one of the biggest stars of Wrestlemania 21, was happy to hear some of Calgary's finest were as excited as he is about the event.

"We're honoured they respect what we do," Michaels told the Sun. "As athletes,

I think they know what it takes to do the things we do in the ring. I admire them and I'm thrilled that they enjoy our work."

Wrestlemania can be seen on pay-per-view, at Bottoms Up Sports Pub, 3220 17 Ave. S.W., at most city movie theatres -- and, apparently, at McBride's house.


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