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WWE botching Goldberg angle
By TIM BAINES -- Ottawa Sun


Bill Goldberg wants a piece of The Rock.

Goldberg's been beaten and humiliated and he'll get his shot at revenge at tonight's Backlash pay-per-view.

The humiliation reached a peak on RAW, during The Rock Concert II. Goldberg's intro music played, but out strutted Dwayne Gill, yep Gillberg.

Goldberg eventually broke up the in-ring party, but was beaten down by the wily Rock.

We must take issue with this whole scenario. If Goldberg is being presented as a wrecking machine and if WWE wants him to be a difference-maker, there's no way he should be throttled by The Rock twice in one night. It's got to be a lock that Goldberg will beat The Rock at Backlash, but there had to be another way to present this.

- Other matches at Backlash: Kevin Nash, Shawn Michaels and Booker T vs. Triple H, Ric Flair and Chris Jericho; Brock Lesnar vs. John Cena; Jazz vs. Trish Stratus; The Big Show vs. Rey Mysterio; The Dudley Boyz vs. Kane and Rob Van Dam; Los Guerreros vs. Team Angle and Sean O'Haire vs. Rikishi.

- Look for the introduction of Mr. America, said to be Hulk Hogan under a mask. He could appear as soon as Backlash, but it's more likely he'll show up on the next Smackdown!

- Jeff Hardy has been released by WWE. Hardy, in a recent interview with the Sun, admitted he was fed up with Internet rumours. He's been a frequent target for Internet writers who question his passion for wrestling. WWE gave no reason for Hardy's dismissal, but it's an unfortunate move for a guy who has plenty of talent.

- The NHL schedule will play havoc with RAW. Tomorrow (actually early Tuesday morning), RAW is scheduled to start at 12:30 a.m., after the Dallas-Anaheim game. TSN has scheduled a replay for prime time Tuesday, at 9 p.m. Also, the following Monday, pending a Game 6 between Dallas and Anaheim, RAW will be pre-empted again, starting at 10 p.m.

- Lita is the latest WWE star to get fired from RAW by GM Eric Bischoff. Lita refused Bischoff's request to pose nude. Also on the sidelines are announcer Jim Ross and Stone Cold Steve Austin. Look to see the fired stars return with a vengeance.

- WWE seems to have blown the Nash-Triple H angle. A couple of weeks ago, the 3-vs.-3 battle for Backlash was announced, with Nash and Triple H on opposite sides. Yet, the RAW storyline implied that nothing was decided, that Nash was caught in between clique friends Michaels and Triple H. The indecision should have been played out, with the announcement of the match coming last Monday.

- Toronto is about to have another superstar join WWE. Look for the newest diva, Gail Kim, to appear on TV soon. Kim is featured in the centrefold of May's RAW magazine. Named La Felina on the independent scene, Kim attended York Memorial Collegiate Institute, then the University of Toronto and Ryerson. Kim, whose in-ring style has been compared to Rey Mysterio's, made her WWE debut Dec. 7 in Hamilton.

- Canadian Professional Wrestling will hold Rage in the Cage 2 May 3, at 7 p.m., at the CPW Arena (St-Joseph Rec Centre, 122 Berri St.) in Hull. In the main event, Dave LeJusticier will take on Wild Dangerous Dan in a cage match (with J.J. Crooke locked inside a dog cage); The Drunken Scotsmen will face The Black Panthers; Thunder faces Wild Ace; "Rock Hard" Nick Diamond (formerly ref Buster Madden) faces Psycho; The Faces of Death face Tray Hugh Mongus and Shane Simmons; and Casey "The Crow" Katana faces "Mr. Know-It-All" Shawn Demers.

- It looks like WWE is trying to cash in on some American anti-French sentiment. Promos for Rene Dupre and Sly Grenier label the duo Le Resistance. Dupre, who is scheduled to make his WWE debut May 2 in Oshawa, is the son of former wrestler Emile Dupre.

- A Japanese newspaper is reporting Stephanie McMahon and Triple H will have a real-life wedding in October.

- The first hour of the April 14 RAW was whipped in U.S. TV ratings by SpongeBob SquarePants.

- Billy Gunn has the green light to return to action.