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Stone Cold could return tomorrow
By TIM BAINES -- Ottawa Sun


It was a slow week in the rollercoaster world of WWE.

After an entertaining Best of RAW 2003 on Monday night, we were treated to some of the Smackdown! superstars in Baghdad, Iraq, visiting U.S. troops, on Thursday night.

Of course a WWE Christmas would be incomplete without an ass kicking ... and in this case it was the returning Stone Cold Steve Austin, dressed as Santa Claus, who stormed into the ring and tore apart WWE boss Vince McMahon.

Ah, Stone Cold. We can't wait to have him return to RAW ... and it could happen as early as tomorrow night. Austin, who left his job as RAW's co-GM last month, should return with a vengeance.

And with Evolution now holding power in WWE, we can only hope Austin returns to do something about it.

As we head into the New Year, there are many things to be hopeful for. World peace, enough food and shelter to provide for everyone, a lottery win for me, a World Series win for the St. Louis Cardinals ... and a turnaround year for WWE.

Austin has to be at his Rattlesnake best ... Ric Flair has to be given more speaking time ... John Cena will become a bonafide star ... Chris Jericho will get a championship (and a new girlfriend, Trish Stratus) ... Triple H will lose his title ... Brock Lesnar will face Bill Goldberg ... Chris Benoit will be recognized for what he is (a master technician and awesomely talented wrestler) and The Rock will return more popular than ever.

TRIPLE THE FUN: According to wwe.com, Triple H still has more work to do on Blade: Trinity, but he's already getting rave reviews for his quick learning and his work ethic. "Wrestling is my priority, but I'm being realistic about (my) career, about injuries, about all the things that go along with this industry," Triple H told wwe.com. "Also, for me, I've been on the show, featured a lot. It wouldn't be a bad thing for me to be gone for a little bit. Not that I want to. It's hard for me. It's a really tough decision for me. I was just gone for two weeks making the film, and I missed being around the (sports-entertainment) business. When I was getting ready to go to (Armageddon), I was saying, 'I can't wait to get there. I miss it.' On one hand, I don't want to pass up this opportunity to do something that can continue if physically I can't wrestle, and also at the same time bring prominence to the wrestling industry. Because I certainly don't want to be the guy who just goes to Hollywood and forgets about the business. I would like to make it a part of the business, and make people who aren't fans of our business become fans of our business. And I think there's a way to do that, and do it right. But it's a tough decision. I don't think at this point I want to do what (The) Rock's doing and just make movie after movie. When you look at it now, Rock's been gone almost a year. That's a long time. I was out for a year once (with a torn quadriceps). I didn't like it much."

I wish everyone a wonderful New Year. As Spock would say: "Live long and prosper."