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Wrestling rocks in Montreal, T.O.
By TIM BAINES -- Ottawa Sun


Montreal and Toronto are fast becoming North America\'s meccas of wrestling.

Long a hotbed of wrestling, Montreal rose to the forefront Sunday night at WWE\'s No Way Out pay-per-view.

On a night which featured the in-ring return of Stone Cold Steve Austin, The Rock and Hulk Hogan, the crowd had plenty to get pumped up about.

But it\'s the little things that set Montreal apart.

First, there were the incessant \"You screwed Bret\" chants to WWE owner Vince McMahon and referee Earl Hebner, a reference to the 1997 Survivor Series where Bret Hart lost his championship match to Shawn Michaels thanks to real-life chicanery.

And then there was the loud \"two\" chorus which erupted on each two count.

And then there was the recognition of wrestling talent (or non talent). Hence the booing of \"good guy\" Scott Steiner in his match against Triple H. Steiner was heckled throughout the match against the \"despised\" Triple H. This could have something to do with Steiner\'s embarrassing lack of ring skills.

Here are results from No Way Out: Chris Jericho defeated Jeff Hardy; William Regal and Lance Storm beat Kane and Rob Van Dam; Matt Hardy beat Billy Kidman for the cruiserweight title; The Undertaker beat The Big Show; Chris Benoit and Brock Lesnar beat Team Angle; Triple H beat Steiner; Austin destroyed Eric Bischoff and The Rock beat Hogan.

Most notable about The Rock\'s win was the way he prevailed. Just when Hogan was about to get the three count, the Bell Centre went dark for a couple of seconds and when the lights came back on, the referee was lying on the mat. McMahon interfered in the match and the ref suddenly sprang to life to count the win for The Rock. Ottawa\'s Wrestleview website later revealed the referee to be local worker Sly Grenier ... and with the angle, Montreal revisited the Survivor Series screwjob.

Toronto fans showed their stripes the following night at RAW, despite the absence of Austin.

The Rock was there and delivered an awesome opening promo, with the fans yelling: \"You sold out!\" The new \"villainous\" Rock cut from his character after the TV cameras stopped rolling and bantered with a physically-disabled child at ringside. The Rock also has a new entrance film clip and version of his song. Welcome back, Rock!

- Halifax wrestling fans could be getting a double dose of excitement. It\'s possible both RAW and Smackdown! will be held there, May 5 and 6. Stay tuned for more details. WWE\'s RAW roster will be in Kitchener May 3, its first appearance there in 10 years. The next day, May 4, Ottawa will have an afternoon show with the RAW roster.

- Fans at Tuesday\'s Smackdown! taping in London were disappointed Hogan was not on hand. Hogan told a Tampa radio show he returned home to be with his daughter Brooke, who was in a singing audition.

- Live Audio Wrestling\'s Jeff Marek says there\'s a good chance WWE will sign Goldberg, who will challenge the winner of The Rock-Austin match at Wrestlemania.

- As confirmed in the Sun in January, Torrie will appear the next Playboy, which should be on stands late this month.

- Lesnar will face Paul Heyman in a cage on the next Smackdown!

- WWE has closed down The World, its New York club, after taking a $32.9 million loss.

- Cornwall\'s Grand-Prix Wrestling will hold a Seaway Valley Sakrifice show March 7 at Murphy\'s Inn (917 Second St. W), at 7:45 p.m. CGPW champ Sakrilige will face Quinson Valentino in the main event. The card will also feature former multi-time WWF star Jim \"The Anvil\" Neidhart. Tickets are $10 for general admission and $15 for VIP.

- Limp Bizkit will perform at the March 30 Wrestlemania in Seattle.

- Rhyno is back, teaming with Chris Benoit on Smackdown! The rumour won\'t go away that Rhyno will align himself with Matt Hardy.

- Yesterday was D\'Lo Brown\'s last day with WWE.