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A Royal treat for WWE fans

By TIM BAINES -- Ottawa Sun


Let's get ready to rumble!

I'm not thrilled with the lineup in tonight's Royal Rumble pay-per-view 30-man, over-the-top rope main event ... geez, half of the these guys are undercarders ... but the format itself makes it a can't-miss extravaganza.

Oh, and there's always the chance there might be a surprise appearance or two.

Not a whimper has been heard from Mick Foley, who ran away with his tail between his legs a few weeks back. But Sheriff Stone Cold Steve Austin has decreed that Foley must show up at the Rumble. If not tonight, Foley is still sure to turn up sometime soon, setting up a Wrestlemania match vs. Randy Orton.

And what of The Undertaker? There has been talk that the American Badass will show up to take care of his evil brother Kane. The Undertaker hasn't been seen since he was "buried alive" late last year.

As far as Rumble favourites, Bill Goldberg, who will enter the ring as the 30th and final competitor, will have a good chance at winning. But there are others who could survive. Chris Benoit, who enters first, should hang in for a long time. John Cena, Kurt Angle, Chris Jericho, Kane, Rob Van Dam and Orton are other possible winners. The Big Show should last well into the match, largely because of his mass, but I expect he'll be heaved over the rope with about four or five competitors left. Other Rumble competitors: Booker T, Scott Steiner, Billy Gunn, Christian, Rikishi, Shelton Benjamin, Mark Henry, Charlie Haas, Rico, Nunzio, The Hurricane, Spike Dudley, Matt Morgan, Matt Hardy, Tajiri, Test, A-Train, Rene Dupree, Ernest "The Cat" Miller, Rhyno and Bradshaw.

- Other Rumble matches: Shawn Michaels vs. Triple H in a Last Man Standing battle; The Dudley Boyz vs. Ric Flair and Batista for the tag-team titles; Hardcore Holly vs. Brock Lesnar; Chavo Guerrero vs. Eddie Guerrero and Jamie Noble vs. Rey Mysterio.

- ESPN Classic Canada won't be discontinuing its classic wrestling shows. Rumours circulated last week that episodes of RAW would replace the classics, but that's not the case.

- Goldberg will star in Santa's Slay, a comedy/horror film which will begin shooting in Edmonton next month.

- Adam Lebow has an interesting idea. He would have Angle team with Eddie Guerrero until they got No. 1 contender status. In a match against The World's Greatest Tag Team, Angle would turn against his partner, rejoining his former mates. That would set up a great set of matches between Eddie Guerrero and Angle ... and sending Chavo Guerrero into oblivion, or into the cruiserweight mix with Tajiri, Mysterio and Noble.

- Lots of happenings on the NWA:TNA card Wednesday night. Survivor's Jonny Fairplay (Jon Dalton) debuted and shot his mouth off before being power-bombed by A.J. Styles. Jerry Lynn returned and Balls Mahoney wrestled. On the next show, Chicago Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher will be in the corner of Erik Watts, who will face Don Callis. Also, the big NWA:TNA pay-per-view will happen in April. Hulk Hogan, who was to have feuded with Jeff Jarrett, is likely out of the picture, perhaps opening a window for him to appear at Wrestlemania.

- CPW International's New Year's Revolution last Saturday night in Gatineau was just that -- a revolution of sorts. When the dust had settled, CPW had new tag-team champs MVP Michael Von Payton and Guy Sauriol, who defeated The Scots. Other results: The Freak Zakk Manson beat Player Uno; Jaguar defeated Casey "The Crow" Katana; F.O.D. and Dru Onyx beat Aftershock; J.T. beat Dave Le Justicier, but the decision was later reversed by promoter Gino Brito because of interference from Wild Dangerous Dan; and the match between Dynamite Tommy Blade and Paranoid Jake Matthews was declared no contest. The next show is Feb. 7, with Wild Dangerous Dan and Thunder facing Le Justicier and the returning Pierre Carl Ouellet in a street fight with Sweet Cherrie as the special referee.

- Ouellet won the IWS title last Saturday in Laval, beating The Arsenal. For more info, visit the IWS webssite at www.syndicatewrestling.com.


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