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Stone Cold's hot stuff again
By TIM BAINES -- Ottawa Sun


"There's a new sheriff in town ... his name is Stone Cold Steve Austin."

Pretty mighty words spoken by a pretty mighty redneck kind of guy.

Austin is back. And you've got to know if this return is in the role of special enforcer ... the lives of Eric Bischoff and Evolution just took a turn for the worse.

And you don't have to take the word of Good Ole J.R., Jim Ross, who screamed: "My God, Monday Night RAW may never be the same," as our screens went blank.

No need to get into too many details. But suffice to say Austin, after turning down an offer by WWE's Board of Directors to return as RAW's co-GM, will have a great deal of authority to raise some hell.

He's already set up a return match for Shawn Michaels and Triple H, who won a controversial decision on RAW. What appeared to be a championship reign for Michaels, The Heartbreak Kid, in front of his home-town fans in San Antonio, turned into despair as Bischoff declared his shoulders were also on the mat as he pinned Triple H for the count of three.

All shenanigans aside, it was a tremendous showdown, an old-style match, with some good technical moves and the mandatory ref bumps.

- What about Mick Foley? From hardcore legend to Hall of Shame? Don't worry about Foley's disappearance the previous week on RAW ... he'll be back when the time is right. Say, just before Wrestlemania. He's got at least one match left in those creaky bones.

- Rey Mysterio beat Tajiri for the WWE cruiserweight title on Smackdown! WWE never really seems to give its "little" guys a big push. The fans were really into the Tajiri-Mysterio match and it's obvious Mysterio is a giant in talent.

- Former pro wrestler Richard "Dirty Dick" Slater was charged with attempted murder last Saturday. Slater's former girlfriend Theresa Halbert, 41, was stabbed three times by a kitchen knife with an eight-inch blade at her Largo, Fla. home, police Sgt. George Edmiston said. At the time of the stabbing, Slater was moving the last of his possessions out of the house after he and Halbert had broken up, Edmiston said. Slater was later found at another home nearby. He apparently overdosed on pain medications he routinely takes for injuries suffered during his wrestling career, Edmiston said.

- Kevin Nash's WWE days may be soon over. It's probably been as frustrating for him as it has been for WWE as injuries have kept him on the sidelines. It's believed his contract soon expires ... and WWE may not want to cough up big bucks to keep him. If he leaves, don't count out a future reunion with his old running buddy Scott Hall.

- There are also rumblings that Goldberg's WWE stay may not last long beyond Wrestlemania. Not sure with his WWE status is, but he seems to be popular with the fans.

- I don't understand why WWE's scriptwriters would split up Eddie and Chavo Guerrero. Both have the talent to work singles matches, but the two Latino stars are magic together as far as I'm concerned.

- Geez, Dory Funk is still wrestling? The Wrestling Observer reports that Jeff Jarrett will defend the NWA world heavyweight title against Funk on Jan. 25 in Ocala, Fla. Funk, who turns 62 this year, held the NWA world title from 1969-1973.

- SLAM! Wrestling reports Brock Lesnar had arthoscopic knee and elbow surgery over the holidays. He's expected to be okay for the Royal Rumble.

- Check out CPW International's new website at www.cpwinternational.com. The group puts on a hot wrestling show every few weeks in Gatineau (St. Joseph Rec Centre, 122 Berri St. in Hull). If you've never seen these guys (and gals) in action, check 'em out. Next show is Jan. 17.