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We smell what RAW is cooking
By TIM BAINES -- Ottawa Sun


There are only two guys in all of wrestling who make me put everything else aside -- family included -- and lock myself into the family room, eyes glued to the TV. Truth be known, I love Chris Jericho. He can talk smack with the best of them. Then there's another favourite of mine, Mick Foley. John Cena is a big-time up-and-comer, his rap sequences often a highlight of Smackdown!

But there are really just two guys who mesmerize me: Stone Cold Steve Austin and The Rock.

It's not for their wrestling ability. Both are adequate at best ... and Austin isn't doing too much in-ring stuff these days.

But it's all about the gift of gab.

Both performers are electrifying.

I want to be entertained. And they're both more than capable of doing so.

So it was with a squeal of delight, that I sat back and watched as The Rock made an unexpected return to RAW on Monday

His sequence with Mick Foley, as they stood aligned against La Resistance, was wonderful. And it really put a big fat exclamation mark on how much he is missed each Monday night.

The Rock is currently in pre-production for Be Cool, the sequel to Get Shorty, starring alongside such Hollywooders as John Travolta, Danny DeVito, James Gandolfini and Uma Thurman.

The Rock told wwe.com that he will be back in action in January and he will be part of Wrestlemania on March 14 in New York. From there, he'll be taking another leave of absence from the squared circle to go on a press tour for his next movie, Walking Tall. Then it's off to film Spy Hunter.

I'm sure wrestling fans are happy for The Rock's silver-screen success, but in our own greedy little way, we would like to see more of him on our TV screens each Monday. There are just not many others with his charisma.

- WWE has its Armageddon pay-per-view tonight. The main event is a three-way tilt with Kane and Triple H each trying to take away Goldberg's championship belt. Other matches are Batista vs. Shawn Michaels; Mark Henry vs. Booker T; Randy Orton vs. Rob Van Dam (with Foley as the guest ref); a Tag Team Turmoil match with The Dudley Boyz vs. Mark Jindrak and Garrison Cade vs. Val Venis and Lance Storm vs. Hurricane and his sidekick Rosey vs. La Resistance vs. Scott Steiner and Test; and Christian and Jericho vs. Trish Stratus and Lita (it seems logical to expect some sort of interaction between Jericho and Trish here. Perhaps it's the beginning of a face turn for Jericho).

- WWE is heading to Kuwait to put on a show and hand out care packages to U.S. troops. Among the wrestlers on their way to Iraq are The Big Show, Cena, Chris Benoit, Eddie Guerrero, Sable and Torrie Wilson. This will be taped for the Dec. 25 Smackdown!

- Hiyo! Hacksaw Jim Duggan sold his WCW TV championship belt on eBay for $7,080. There were 42 bids. Duggan declared himself the champion when he found it in the garbage in 2000. WCW abandoned the title two months later.

- Stacy Keibler told the Miami Herald she turned down an opportunity to pose nude for Playboy.

n WWE.com says Nathan Jones quit because he could not handle travelling. "He really, really liked it (in WWE) a lot," said Rick Bassman, head of Southern California's Ultimate Pro Wrestling, where Jones trained. "He said that the travel schedule was just something that got to him. I know he feels like he let a lot of people down. At the same time, I know he feels like he has to take care of himself first, which is, in any walk of life, not a bad thing to do."

- WWE agent and former wrestler Sgt. Slaughter has dropped 100 lbs., down from 390 to 290. Wonder if the Sarge (real name, Bob Remus) regrets that horrible angle in the early 1990s where he turned his back on the American flag and aligned himself with General Adnon ... and Iraq?

- The Living Legend Larry Zbyszko, a scratch golfer, has set his sights on the Champions Tour (Sr. PGA).