September 21, 2003
New champ or Triple trouble?
By TIM BAINES -- Ottawa Sun
LOS GUERREROS -- One night, two title changes. Wow! What a Smackdown!
Eddie and Chavo. New tag champs. Bye-bye World's Greatest Tag Team, Shelton Benjamin and Charlie Haas. Geez, I guess lying, cheating and stealing can pay off -- for Los Guerreros.
And then there was Brock Lesnar vs. Kurt Angle in an Ironman match. A one-hour rollercoaster ride. Lesnar won the title with time running out on Angle, who had a submission hold slapped on his opponent.
No jumper cables hooked to anyone's testicles. No necrophilia. Just two hours of excitement. So that brings us to RAW ... and tonight's Unforgiven pay-per-view.
I've got to admit I enjoyed RAW this past week, but the time is now ... it's Game over, time for Triple H to graciously step aside and give Bill Goldberg some time as WWE champion. Many hard-core wrestling fans are sickened by Goldberg's lack of ring ability ... and it's true that as a heel he could be more effective ... but he's got to be given a title reign, perhaps a short one, with Chris Jericho then on his radar screen. And then, just maybe, Jericho can be awarded the title he so richly deserves.
I've got no axe to grind with Triple H. In a photo op a few years back, he dangled me upside down, above his head. And he was pleasant enough in the ensuing interview. Let's face it, he's a hard worker and he can talk, but the whole thing just seems a little stale.
And that brings us to Evolution, the Triple H-led group which also features Randy Orton and Ric Flair. Something has to happen here as well.
Flair needs to be the kiss-stealin', wheelin-dealin', limousine-ridin', jet-flyin' son of a gun again.
He needs to be stylin' and profilin' and he can't do that riding shotgun to Triple H. He's better than Triple H on the mic, but he rarely gets to speak. There needs to be a separation, turn one of them good. Then, and only then, will things seem a little more right in the WWE universe. And maybe, just maybe, RAW will start to capture some of the electricity we see on Smackdown!
- Other matches at Unforgiven: Kane vs. Shane McMahon (Last Man Standing match); Shawn Michaels vs. Orton; The Coach and Al Snow vs. Jerry "The King" Lawler and Jim Ross (with RAW broadcasting rights on the line); Christian vs. Rob Van Dam vs. Jericho in a triple-threat match; Bubba Ray, D-Von and Spike Dudley vs. La Resistance and Rob Conway; Trish and Lita (who returned to save Trish on RAW) vs. Molly and Gail Kim; and Scott Steiner vs. Test.
- Fabulous Moolah celebrated her 80th birthday on RAW with a win over Victoria. Legend meet legend killer. Canadian viewers watching TSN didn't see Orton squash Moolah.
- NWA:TNA had another exciting pay-per-view Wednesday night, marking the return of Rowdy Roddy Piper. Raven was shaved bald after losing a match to Shane Douglas, who was helped out by a masked Vampiro. Ekmo (Jamal from Three Minute Warning) cost D-Lo Brown his match against Sonny Siaki. On a radio show, Hulk Hogan hinted there have been talks to land him in NWA:TNA.
- Don't know how long I'll have to keep saying this, but The Undertaker needs to return to his Dead Man gimmick. Val Venis proved you can go back. Hey, come to think of it maybe The Undertaker could do the Venis gimmick, cast as a towel-swinging porn star.
- Angle was a guest speaker at the West Chester University of Pennsylvania recently and Pro Wrestling Torch says an upcoming storyline may have him team with John Cena. Angle's dream match would be to wrestle Bret Hart at WrestleMania XX. When someone in the audience mentioned that would be almost impossible, he responded with "It could happen."
- Local fans will be in for a helluva show Nov. 1 with CPW International's first-anniversary show at the Robert Guertin Arena in Hull. It's just been confirmed that Abdullah the Butcher will appear with his assortment of utensils. Tickets are on sale at the Guertin box-office and Ticketmaster outlets. CPW will be showing WWE's Unforgiven on the big screen tonight at 122 Berri St. in Hull. Admission is $8.