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Mat warriors get their due
By TIM BAINES - Ottawa Sun


Eddie Guerrero and Chris Benoit. Two warriors who worked their way up the hard way -- plenty of blood, sweat and tears. Guerrero and Benoit both are deservedly getting a big push by WWE after many years of mat mayhem.

While Benoit went the distance at The Royal Rumble and will get his shot at the world championship in a Triple Threat match against Triple H and Shawn Michaels at Wrestlemania, Guerrero is the new WWE champion, defeating Brock Lesnar at last Sunday's No Way Out pay-per-view.

"It's unbelievable. I can't describe how I feel," a tearful Guerrero told wwe.com moments after being handed the belt. "It's my dream come true, more than my dream actually.

"I know all things are possible now. Even though this was a dream of mine, sometimes I wondered if it was too farfetched. You want to grab all your dreams with all your heart, but sometimes they seem so far away that you can't.

"I think I sold myself short in the past, and I hope my victory sends a good message to everyone out there. I really hope it does. Who would ever expect a Chicano, 5-foot-9 and 220 lbs. to win the WWE championship?"

- Here are the other No Way Out results: Rikishi and Scotty 2 Hotty beat The Basham Brothers and Shaniqua; Jamie Noble removed his blindfold and forced Nidia to tap out; The World's Greatest Tag Team defeated The APA; Hardcore Holly beat Rhyno; Chavo Guerrero won the cruiserweight title from Rey Mysterio; Kurt Angle became the No. 1 contender, forcing John Cena to tap out.

- The Sun newspaper in the U.K. reported that Jake (The Snake) Roberts is being prosecuted for starving his pet python to death. The paper said RSPCA inspectors seized 12-ft. Damien after a tip-off that he was being neglected. The Burmese python died days later. Roberts, 50, denies causing unnecessary suffering. He could be jailed for up to six months.

- Vince McMahon will fight Eric Bischoff tomorrow night on RAW. McMahon also promises to make a "major" announcement.

- The Ultimate Warrior says he will not appear at Wrestlemania. And 1wrestling.com says Bruno Sammartino has turned down an invitation. Could Bret Hart appear? C'mon Bret, give the fans something they'll never forget.

- Don't expect to see Goldberg around WWE much in the near future, except for a likely Wrestlemania match against Lesnar. Goldberg's in Edmonton, filming Santa's Slay, a $4-million independent film, over the next two months. Goldberg plays a homicidal St. Nick. Santa's Slay imagines Kris Kringle as the son of Satan, who has been delivering toys only because he lost a bet with an angel.

- Vince Russo is TNA's new Director of Authority. Joannie Laurer (formerly Chyna)was supposed to appear on Wednesday's TNA show, but the deal fell through.


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