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Ottawa ... send e-mails to WWE
By TIM BAINES - Ottawa Sun


Ottawa may be Canada's capital city, but it seems to be getting lost in the shuffle as far as staging major WWE events. It's been two years since WWE hosted a TV show at the Corel Centre ... and there's never been a pay-per-view here. But it isn't as if WWE has anything against Ottawa, says WWE Canada president Carl DeMarco.

"A lot of times, it's strictly routing and building availability," said DeMarco. "Technically, Ottawa is not a major hub. So we have to route through Toronto or Montreal.

"Ottawa has been a great city for us. One day Ottawa will see another televised event."

Well, there's one way to make sure that happens. Swamp the WWE Canada office with e-mails requesting it. Tell WWE why Ottawa should get a TV show or pay-per-view. If there is a big enough response, WWE will have no choice but to bring a major show to Ottawa. Send your e-mails to canadianfeedback@wwe.com.

- Here's the card for tonight's No Way Out pay-per-view: Brock Lesnar vs. Eddie Guerrero (Goldberg has a ringside ticket so count on some outside interference and possibly a title change); Kurt Angle vs. Big Show vs. John Cena (3-way match to be the No. 1 contender); Scotty 2 Hotty and Rikishi vs. The Bashams and Shaniqua; Rey Mysterio vs. Chavo Guerrero; and Nidia vs. Jamie Noble (who will be blindfolded.

- The Boston Herald reported that Brutus "The Barber" Beefcake (Ed Leslie) checked himself into rehab after a terror scare at a Massachusetts Bay subway station. Leslie was working as a part-time fair collector for the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority, earning $25,000 a year. The paper said a subway rider saw a bag of a white substance in the booth and thought that it was anthrax. The building was evacuated. A source told the paper the powder was cocaine.

- The build up for the return of The Undertaker has been pure genius. Each week on RAW, the mood grows a little more intensified as a Wrestlemania appearance is teased. Judging by the promos, it'll be the darkside Undertaker, not the American Badass version. For the record, The Undertaker has been growing his hair.

- WWE has released Chris Kanyon and Ernest "The Cat" Miller. I always thought The Cat had the charisma to succeed. But I'm also the same guy who thought Raven could have been a major WWE superstar if given the right push.

- Just got through Stone Cold Steve Austin's book, The Stone Cold Truth. It's a quick and easy read, a good book to pick up. I also listened to WWE's The Originals CD. There are some solid moments. John Cena's Basic Thuganomics is a highlight, so is Lillian Garcia's raunchy You Just Don't Know Me. But I'm just not sure there's enough solid material here to warrant an entire CD.

- Portland Trail Blazers' Rasheed Wallace was front row at RAW. But during the show, he was traded to Atlanta for Shareef Abdur-Raheem.

- CPW International held sold-out shows in Hull and St-Jerome last weekend, with another stop in Thetford Mines. In the main event at the Vendetta 2K4 show in Hull, Pierre Carl Ouellet and Dave LeJusticier battled to a no-contest with Wild Dangerous Dan and Thunder, with three refs knocked out during the brawl. In other matches Kevin Martel (nephew of Rick "The Model" Martel) beat Player Uno; The Freak Zakk Manson beat Mr. Know It All Shawn Demers; Damage Inc. (Tray Hugh Mongus & J.T.) beat Guy Sauriol and MVP Michael Von Payton via DQ; Misty Haven defeated Sweet Cherrie; F.O.D. and Dru Onyx beat Aftershock (Drake and Damien Styles, who suffered broken ribs and internal injuries); Dynamite Tommy Blade beat Paranoid Jake Matthews and Jaguar in a Triple Threat Match. The next card is Last Man Standing on Feb. 21, at 7 p.m., at the CPW Arena (St-Joseph Rec Centre, 122 Berri St. in Hull).

- Here are results from a TWF show in Papineau, Que.: The Hickster beat Christian Pitt; Phoenix beat Riff; Mr. Showtime beat Caster McFear and Martin Sane; Ebony Express beat The Highlanders; Justin Sane beat Slugger; Oddyssey beat Eddie Osbourne; Evilycious beat Deville Brothers; and Max Alexander beat Konvict.


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