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Fans awed by collapse of ring
By TIM BAINES -- Ottawa Sun


Every now and then, WWE pulls off an angle that just makes you gasp in wonder.

One that leaves you at a loss for words, mouthing a simple, holy s--t.

Such was the case in the Smackdown! tapings Tuesday night, an event that most of us didn't get to see until Thursday night

Devastation. How else could you describe the scene when, in the main event, the ring collapsed beneath Brock Lesnar and The Big Show. This after Lesnar superplexed The Big Show off the second rope.

An awesome ending, albeit a planned ending. You just wonder if this would have been best saved for a pay-per-view. Way too often, RAW and Smackdown! are better than the pay-per-views which offer little in the way of surprises.

- Mick Foley is back, with a bang, bang. Foley will be the guest referee in the Triple H vs. Kevin Nash Hell in a Cell match on tonight's Bad Blood pay-per-view.

- The other matches for Bad Blood: Chris Jericho vs. Goldberg; Ric Flair vs. Shawn Michaels; Scott Steiner vs. Test (winner gets Stacy); Christian vs. Booker T; Stone Cold Steve Austin vs. Eric Bischoff (Redneck Triathlon); and La Resistance vs. Rob Van Dam and Kane (don't be surprised if La Resistance wins the tag-team titles, perhaps with a Kane heel turn.

- Sting will debut on NWA TNA's pay-per-view Wednesday. A new champ was crowned this past Wednesday when A.J. Styles won over Raven and Jeff Jarrett. The Franchise Shane Douglas showed up and knocked Raven out of the match.

- Billy Gunn, or Mr. Ass, returned on Smackdown!

- Vince McMahon cheated to win his arm wrestling match over one-legged Zach Gowen. But don't be surprised if Gowen surfaces as a wrestler real soon.

- The Wrestling Observer Newsletter reported Austin's recent car accident involved just his vehicle. Austin, who was not wearing a seatbelt, got a black eye, scraped the right side of his body and hurt his nose.

- Don "Cyrus" Callis, in his good SLAM! Wrestling column, suggests it would make a lot of sense for WWE to sign Macho Man Randy Savage. A feud with Hulk Hogan, if he ever gets out of that Mr. America gimmick, would be natural.

- The Universal Wrestling Alliance will hold a card June 21, at the Kevin Lowe Arena in Lachute, Que., about an hour and a half outside Ottawa. The Honky Tonk Man faces Hacksaw Jim Duggan in the main event. There will be a Triple Threat bout between Jacob Kaine, MVP Michael Von Payton and The Cornerstone D.C. Dalton. In a midget match, Little Reaper will face The Lone Wolf Frenchie Lamont and in a diva match, Courtney will face Sha-Nay-Nay.

- Canadian Professional Wrestling, with International Wrestling, held a card last Saturday at the CPW Arena. In the main event, Dynamite Tommy Blade beat Righteous Rick Sterling in a 2-of-3 falls match to win the heavyweight title. J.J. Crooke threw in the towel with Sterling in a submission hold. In other matches: The Drunken Scotsmen beat Thunder and Dave Le Justicier (Thunder turned against his partner); F.O.D. won by DQ over Tray Hugh Mongus when Christian Pitt interfered; Shane Simmons beat The Freak Zakk Manson (the crowd gave the wrestlers a standing ovation); MVP Michael Von Payton beat Psycho; and Casey "The Crow" Katana beat James Tyrell .CPW's next card is June 21, at 7 p.m., at the St-Joseph Rec Centre (122 Berri St.) in Hull. In the main event, The Drunken Scotsmen will face The Black Panthers.

- Pro Wrestling Between the Sheets came up with an all-time Top 20 list of villains. Here they are from top to bottom. Larry Zbyszko, Ric Flair, Freddie Blassie, Mr. McMahon, The Sheik, Rowdy Roddy Piper, Superstar Billy Graham, Gorgeous George, any Russian wrestler, Kevin Sullivan, Nick Bockwinkel, Kurt Angle, Ted DiBiase, The Fabulous Freebirds, Arn Anderson, The Dudley Boyz, Pat Patterson, Big Van Vader, Hot Stuff Eddie Gilbert and Raven. My list would put The Sheik at the top and likely Gorgeous George in second spot. And how about Abdullah the Butcher?