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Survivor Series should rock
By TIM BAINES -- Ottawa Sun


Tonight\'s Survivor Series will complete the Grand Slam of Wrestling for 2003. Royal Rumble, Wrestlemania, SummerSlam and Survivor Series. The four biggies -- where so much is expected and more often than not live up to their billing.

On paper, Survivor Series looks like a can\'t miss pay-per-view. It\'s got drama and gimmicks galore, with a list of matches that includes the biggest stars from both the RAW and Smackdown! rosters. And it\'s got Stone Cold Steve Austin\'s career as RAW GM on the line. Can it get more important than that?

- Here\'s the card for the show, out of Dallas: Elimination Match with Team Austin (Shawn Michaels, Booker T, Rob Van Dam and The Dudley Boyz) vs. Team Bischoff (Chris Jericho, Scott Steiner, Christian, Randy Orton and Mark Henry). If Team Austin wins, Stone Cold keeps his job as RAW co-GM and gets his physical provoking stipulation lifted. If Team Bischoff wins, Austin is fired; Elimination Match with Team Angle (Kurt Angle, Chris Benoit, John Cena, Bradshaw and Hardcore Holly) vs. Team Lesnar (Brock Lesnar, Big Show, A-Train, Matt Morgan and Nathan Jones); Buried Alive Match with The Undertaker vs. Vince McMahon; heavyweight title match with Bill Goldberg defending his crown against Triple H; Ambulance Match with Kane vs. Shane McMahon; tag-team title match with The Basham Brothers defending against Los Guerreros; cruiserweight title match with Tajiri defending against Jamie Noble; women\'s championship match with Molly Holly defending against Lita.

- My picks to click in tonight\'s show? Team Austin, Team Lesnar, The Undertaker, Goldberg, Kane, The Bashams, Tajiri and Lita. Don\'t take that to the bank, though. Remember, this is wrestling. Vince McMahon is probably plotting some of the finishes as you read this.

- Pierre Carl Ouellet, who has worked several indy shows in Montreal and for the Gatineau-based CPW, has joined NWA:TNA, pummelling Christopher Daniels on last Wednesday\'s pay-per-view. Ouellet, under a hood, was called X. Ouellet later jumped Sonjay Dutt, setting up a three-way match on the next show -- Daniels vs. Dutt vs. X.

- John Cena\'s push as a \"face\" continues. He may not be your typical \"face\" or \"fan favourite,\" but WWE would do well to give him a major push. Cena, who was added to Team Angle, referred to Benoit as gap-toothed. \"The only reason I\'m teaming with you and Kojak (Angle) is to get a shot at Team Sasquatch,\" quipped Cena on Smackdown! He then rapped: \"I would have joined Team Lesnar ... except they\'re all the wrong gender.\" Cena has a load of charisma to go with great physical skills. That charisma could make him the next major WWE star, certainly a champion in the next year or so. It\'s interesting that the finish in the Smackdown! main event, where Cena delivered an FU to Benoit, his partner, was edited out. WWE, it seems, had second thoughts about the ending and didn\'t want to confuse its audience.

- There are still a lot of rumblings that The Undertaker (Mark Callaway)will lose tonight\'s Buried Alive match against McMahon, then vanish for a couple of months before returning in his Deadman gimmick. There have even been suggestions that Kane will get involved and helped McMahon bury The Undertaker. Callaway told me a couple of weeks ago he was very comfortable with his American Badass persona and was not interested in returning to his old character. He didn\'t completely shut out the notion, saying \"it would take something of huge dramatic impact\" to go back to his old character. He also shot down the possibility of another feud with Kane. \"We\'ve done that. We\'ve had our battles,\"he said. \"Since we split brands, he\'s really come into his own -- out from under The Undertaker\'s shadow. It\'s best to keep him as far away from The Undertaker as possible. What he\'s doing is really hot. It\'s one of the best things in the RAW program.\"

- The Wrestling Observer says Angle will need surgery due to a fragment of bone that is impinging on a nerve in his neck that has caused one of his fingers to go numb. He could get the surgery as early as tomorrow.