New champ ... and a monster
TIM BAINES -- Ottawa Sun
In the week that was, WWE has a new heavyweight champion ... and possibly a new alliance between a monster and his master.
Kurt Angle won his title in a three-way match also featuring Brock Lesnar and The Big Show at Vengeance.
Angle was ecstatic, telling wwe.com: "I believe that God has a purpose for me and that's to be the best wrestler there ever was. That's really why I feel I'm here. I want to be like Ric Flair, a man who is considered the greatest not only by the fans, but his peers."
And then, the following night on RAW, Kane was confronted by WWE boss Vincent Kennedy McMahon. The previous week, Kane had delivered a tombstone piledriver to Vince's wife, Linda.
After chastizing Kane, McMahon's face lit up with a maniacal smile and an alliance seemed a sure bet ... but Stone Cold Steve Austin interrupted to announce he would not quit his job as GM. He then tried to harass Kane into striking him, but The Big Red Machine would not bite.
All hell broke loose when McMahon's son, Shane, rumbled into the ring and pounded on Kane, hitting him with everything but the kitchen sink. Kane was thrown from the ramp, but still sat up and smiled. This angle will continue, perhaps culminating in some sort of match at Summer Slam with Shane vs. Kane. I'll offer WWE a suggestion, free of charge. Since Kane is a wrecking machine, why not have Shane organize a meeting of the RAW wrestlers and ask for a volunteer to face Kane. The volunteer would, of course, be destroyed.
And this would go on for a number of weeks. Shane recruits a wrestler and Kane destroys him.
Just when it seems like Kane is unbeatable, Shane announces he has one last opponent -- The Undertaker, The Big Red Machine's own storyline brother. The match is set for Survivor Series. There's no doubt Shane has proven he's willing to absorb plenty of pain, but a real wrestler should take the bumps.
- A hot rumour has WWE heading back to Ottawa, Toronto and Montreal, perhaps as early as November.
- Here are the results from Vengeance: The Undertaker pinned John Cena; Sable beat Stephanie with help from A-Train; a bloodied Vince McMahon beat Zach Gowen; Eddie Guerrero won the U.S. title over Chris Benoit, following interference from Rhyno; The World's Greatest Tag Team (Charlie Haas and Shelton Benjamin) defeated Rey Mysterio and Billy Kidman; Jamie Noble beat Billy Gunn; and Bradshaw won the APA Barroom Brawl, beating Doink the Clown, Brother Love, The Brooklyn Brawler and ... gasp ... The Easter Bunny among others.
- With Goldberg vs. Triple H headlining Summer Slam, the pair had an off-air tussle on RAW, a match that was interrupted by the interference of Triple H's Evolution mate, Randy Orton. Triple H has a badly strained groin. Goldberg will race Ric Flair tomorrow on RAW.
- With tomorrow's RAW in Vancouver, rumblings suggest that The Rock, who is in town filming a movie, will appear. The Rock vs. Chris Jericho? Wouldn't that be great?
- Gail Kim's reign as WWE women's champ didn't last long. She lost the title to Molly Holly on RAW.
- I like the new feminine character that's been given to Rico. But why doesn't WWE play it up? Having him lose to Val Venis on RAW won't help. It would have been more logical to have Rico win on the interference of his valet, Miss Jackie. That would save face for Venis, too.
- Look for Lesnar vs. Vince McMahon in a cage on the next Smackdown! It looks like Angle will be the guest ref. This should set up an Angle vs. Lesnar program.
- Former WCW and WWE star Pierre Carl Ouellet will be on hand for the Canadian Professional Wrestling card Aug. 9, at 7 p.m., at the CPW Arena in Hull (122 Berri St.). There will be an autograph session with Ouellet. The main event will be Dynamite Tommy Blade vs. Righteous Rick Sterling. In other matches: MVP Michael Von Payton will face Paranoid Jake Matthews; F.O.D. and his "Little Brother" will face Tray Hugh Mongus; The Freak Zakk Manson meets James Tyrell; The Drunken Scotsmen face Psycho and Kid Supreme. Mr. Know It All Shawn Demers will also appear and female ref Sweet Cherry will make her CPW debut.