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WWE leaves Ottawa waiting
By TIM BAINES -- Ottawa Sun


Nothing confirmed yet, but WWE could snub Ottawa on its next trip through Ontario and Quebec.

But there could soon be good news for wrestling fans in Toronto and Montreal ... and there seems to be an outside chance that Kingston could also get a show.

In its post-Wrestlemania tour, there is talk WWE will have RAW and Smackdown! TV shows in this neck of the woods sometime late this spring -- with Toronto and Montreal getting strong consideration.

There are also rumblings that Kingston could be in line for a house show.

WWE may be taking a hard line on Ottawa because attendance at the last Smackdown! house show at the Corel Centre was crappy -- likely less than 5,000 people were there. But fans may just be getting sick of house shows. But TV shows here have always drawn well. Ottawa has a good wrestling fan base and deserves another chance.

One rumour that won't go away is Toronto hosting this year's Summer Slam. Insiders insist Toronto is being talked about as WWE's bigwigs decide on a site. With Wrestlemania being held at a smaller venue, Madison Square Garden, this year, WWE would like to get a bigger home for Summer Slam. Toronto is a cash cow for WWE and would provide a large audience. Stay tuned.

- Chris Jericho continues to try and mend his relationship with Trish Stratus. He walked into her change room on RAW and apologized while she showered. Well, at least that's who he thought was in the shower. Imagine his surprise when Mae Young appeared and pulled away her towel to reveal her "puppies." It's always great to see Mae, but it must be about time for WWE to retire those aging puppies to the kennel.

- Jon Dalton, better known to viewers of Survivor: Pearl Islands as Jonny Fairplay, is in talks with NWA:TNA, according to 1wrestling.com. Yep, this is the guy who lied and told other cast members that his grandmother had died. Dalton once worked as Roddy Piper's personal assistant and has promoted indy shows.

- Reader Adam Lebow says a wwe.com commerical for the Royal Rumble shows footage of The Undertaker and Goldberg. Interestingly enough, it was the American Badass , not the Deadman gimmick that many scribes are suggesting The Undertaker will return to. In an interview with the Sun before he disappeared late last year, The Undertaker (real name Mark Callaway) said he had no interest in returning to his former character.

- Apparently skin is in ... again. Sable and Torrie Wilson will make another appearance in March's issue of Playboy. Geez, I wonder if the Playboy bigwigs have asked Mae Young to peel off her clothes?

- Kevin Nash's WWE contract expired Dec. 31 ... and it looks like he's done. On his website, kevinnash.net, he says he talked about staying in a creative role, but decided working five days a week was not the lifestyle he wanted.

- Good news for Canadian wrestling fans: A pile of DVDs, some of which are already out in the U.S., are on the way from Koch Canada soon. Ric Flair Ultimate Collection, Stone Cold Said So and Undertaker Buries Them Alive are all scheduled for a Jan. 27 release. Mick Foley -- Hits and Misses should be out Feb. 24.

- Chris Benoit first into the Royal Rumble? It'd be wonderful if he won, but it's not likely.

- CPW International will present New Year's Revolution Jan. 17 at 7 p.m., at the St-Joseph Rec Centre (122 Berri St.) in Hull. The main event is a tag-team title match with Guy Sauriol and MVP Michael Von Payton facing The Scots. Also on the card: Dynamite Tommy Blade defends his heavyweight title against Paranoid Jake Matthews (with Lollipop); Dave Le Justicier vs. Righteous Rick Sterling (with Misty Haven); F.O.D. and Dru Onyx vs. Aftershock; "The Freak" Zakk Manson vs. Player Uno; and Casey "The Crow" Katana vs. Jaguar. Check out the CPW website at www.cpwinternational.com for more details.

- Montreal's Internet Wrestling Syndicate will hold Praise the Violence Jan. 17, at Unison Bar et Billiard (3500 Blvd. Cote Vertu). The association's new home has easy access by bus and metro. Doors open at 8:30 p.m. The main event is Pierre Carl Ouellet vs. IWS champ The Arsenal. For more info on the card, check out www.syndicatewrestling.com.