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J.R.: Goldberg back on track
By TIM BAINES -- Ottawa Sun


Bill Goldberg was supposed to be The Next, Next Big Thing, just like he was in WCW, a human wrecking machine.

That hasn't happened yet, but the wonderfully talented Jim Ross, who shares the RAW microphone each Monday with Jerry "The King" Lawler, says it could, but under different circumstances.

"In WCW, he was one-dimensional," says Ross. "We're attempting to make him multi-dimensional. He is what he is. He's more of the strong, silent type. Not to be disrespectful because I've known Bill for a long time, but he's more steak than sizzle.

"Bill was away from the game for a long time. Everybody thought there would be more of a buzz when he came in. But the longer you're away doesn't do you any favours.

"Will he ever be as big as he was during his undefeated streak on Nitro? I can't answer that. But our goal is to get him back as the Bill Goldberg who was such a physical force in WCW."

Despite some failed storylines, with more of an emphasis on comedy and sex, Ross believes WWE is heading in the right direction.

"I wasn't overwhelmed with the HLA (Hot Lesbian Action) stuff and I didn't save the necrophilia angle on tape," says Ross, who is also WWE's senior VP of talent. "But last Monday, we had two matches, with two segments each. We're spotlighting a lot of the younger guys. Last Monday's show was a real launching pad for the direction we hope to go.

"I've gotten e-mails from younger viewers who say we have too much wrestling. And I get e-mails from older viewers who want more wrestling. It's 'darned if you do, darned if you don't.' "

- Kane could be unmasked on RAW tomorrow. He'll face Triple H and if he loses, the mask is off. One rumour is that Kevin Nash will be under Kane's mask. Then an unmasking would not reveal Glen Jacobs' real face.

- Shawn Michaels was unhappy his Bad Blood match against Ric Flair was too short. A Michaels commentary on wwe.com was pulled. Michaels said: "You have two of the best wrestlers in the world. We were given 18 minutes to wrestle. That's B.S."

- Rene Dupree, at age 19, became the youngest-ever WWE champ when he and partner Sylvain Grenier (La Resistance) won the tag titles from Kane and Rob Van Dam at Bad Blood. Dupree fought his first match at age 14.

- Here are the other Bad Blood results: Rodney Mack and Christopher Nowinski beat The Dudley Boyz; Scott Steiner beat Test; Christian lost to Booker T by DQ and Triple H beat Nash in a Hell in a Cell bloodbath.

- Sable (Rena Mero) has separated from hubby Marc Mero.

- Test slammed 80-year-old Mae Young to the mat on RAW. Speaking of Mae, did we really have to see her in a thong on Bad Blood? Poor Eric Bischoff. Having Mae lower herself to his face was one of the events in the Redneck Triathlon against Stone Cold Steve Austin. Bischoff was tossed into some pig slop in the final event of the triathlon, won by Austin.

- Who will join Triple H, Flair and Randy Orton in Evolution? There's a good chance it could be Mark Jindrak, who is listed as Orton's partner in some upcoming house shows.

- Rico is sporting an Adrian Adonis-like look.

- Smackdown! keeps delivering the goods. It was another excellent show this week, featuring the return of The APA. Bradshaw looked great, with his hair trimmed, dyed blond and moustache shaved.

- Dave Meltzer's Wrestling Observer reports Brock Lesnar cut his leg on a boat propeller. He's expected to return for Smackdown!, which will be aired later Thursday, at 9 p.m., then 11 p.m. by The Score, thanks to the NBA draft.

- Terry Funk may appear tomorrow night on RAW. It's been suggested he may be in a storyline involving Mick Foley.

- Sting teamed with Jeff Jarrett, fighting to a no-contest decision against AJ Styles and Syxx Pack (Sean Waltman) on the NWA-TNA pay-per-view Wednesday.