August 24, 2003
Don't reign on Y2J's parade
By TIM BAINES -- Ottawa Sun
Triple H or Chris Jericho?
There really seems to be little in the way of an alternative when it comes time to decide WWE's heavyweight champion in the main event of tonight's Summer Slam pay-per-view, an Elimination Chamber match that also features Bill Goldberg, Shawn Michaels, Randy Orton and Kevin Nash.
Nash won't sell tickets. Orton is not ready for prime time. Michaels cannot wrestle a full schedule. And Goldberg isn't contracted to wrestle a full schedule, although I believe he would be a worthy title holder.
Triple H might be WWE's choice to retain his title, but it would be the wrong choice.
It's time for the King of Bling Bling to rule again. Let's hope WWE does the right thing ... not the political thing.
- Great news for Ontario wrestling fans! Smackdown! house shows will be held in Ottawa, Kitchener and Montreal in early November, while Toronto gets a RAW house show on Nov. 7 (tickets on sale Sept. 27). The dates are Kitchener on Nov. 1 at 7:30 p.m., Montreal on Nov. 2, at 2 p.m. (on sale Sept. 20) and Ottawa on Nov. 3, at 7 p.m. (on sale Oct. 4).
- Other Summer Slam matches: Eric Bischoff vs. Shane McMahon; Rob Van Dam vs. Kane; Fatal Four-Way match for the U.S. title has Eddie Guerrero vs. Chris Benoit vs. Rhyno vs. Tajiri; Kurt Angle vs. Brock Lesnar; La Resistance vs. The Dudley Boyz and The Undertaker vs. A-Train.
- Van Dam isn't saying he's unhappy. But he seems a little unsure of his status in WWE. Speaking to the No Holds Barred radio show, Van Dam said there was a time where he was getting frustrated, right around WrestleMania 19. He said it sent him a message that he was important to WWE, but obviously not as important to them as the Miller Lite Girls. Van Dam's suicide dive right into a chairswing by Kane was a RAW highlight this past Monday, a true "holy s--t" shot. Speaking of Kane, it took him three tries to light a match when he threatened to set Van Dam on fire later in the show.
- Nash got a haircut, courtesy of Jericho. While many viewers likely thought the loser of the hair vs. hair match would get shaved bald, it was merely a brushcut. Jericho showed a lot of brass -- knuckles that is -- to get the pinfall. Nash has a supporting role in the upcoming movie The Punisher, starring Nicholas Cage, thus the haircut.
- La Resistance has found a new friend after setting up The Dudley Boyz on RAW. The U.S. soldier who bushwhacked the Dudleys was Rob Conway.
- The Wrestling Observer Newsletter says The Fabulous Moolah was scheduled to wrestle on the July 22 Smackdown! in Fresno in honour of her 80th birthday. But, instead, Moolah's last match has been apparently postponed to a Sept. 15 RAW.
- Scotty 2 Hotty and Mark Henry are both back in action.
- Former WWF and WCW star Pierre Carl Ouellet will wrestle at the next CPW card, Sept. 6, at the St. Joseph Rec Centre, 122 Berri St. in Hull. Ouellet was on hand for CPW's Aug. 9 card, in which the heavyweight title was declared vacant following a controversial decision by Righteous Rick Sterling over Dynamite Tommy Blade. Manager J.J. Crooke announced the formation of M.O.B. (Ministers of Brutality) -- Misty Haven,Wild Dangerous Dan,Thunder, Sterling and Tray Hugh Mongus. CPW also announced it will show WWE and other big sports pay-per-views at a cost of $10, beginning with tonight's Summer Slam, at the St. Joseph Rec Centre. A video of some classic CPW matches will begin at 6 p.m., followed by Heat at 7 and Summer Slam at 8.
- Among the players the Canadian Football League is looking for to clear its pension bank account is Brian Pillman (dead) and Darren Drozdov (paralyzed, still working for WWE).
- Roddy Piper took some shots at WWE on 1wrestling.com. Asked why he never got the WWE title, he said: "I didn't need one. Only people who can't draw money need belts. The only thing I need is a great opponent."
- And how about The Heartbreak Kid, Shaun Micheel, winning The PGA Championship golf tournament last Sunday?