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Edge returns, Austin says bye
By TIM BAINES - Ottawa Sun


Adam Copeland wants to make one thing perfectly clear. Yes, the WWE star who goes by the name Edge lives in the U.S. But he is CANADIAN.

With WWE announcing several of its top Canadian stars as being American ... well, Copeland wants there to be no confusion.

"It just doesn't sound right," said Copeland the other day. "I've always kept a place in Canada. I wear my Canadian Roots hat all over the place.

"I'm Canadian and I'm proud of it. My fear is when I come to Canada, how will the Canadian fans react?"

No worry, Adam, they'll still love you. Especially with what you've gone through to get back into action.

It's been more than a year since he's wrestled. Neck surgery. Then a sprained foot. Then a broken hand.

But he'll stand tall tonight at WWE's Backlash pay-per-view in Edmonton. No tip-toeing around with the return either. His opponent is Kane.

"The neck healed very quickly," said Copeland. "When I was at the 10-month mark, I knew everything would be okay. When the doubt started to creep in was in my first week back, I sprained my foot. I took a month off, then the first night back I broke my hand.

"I was thinking, 'What else could happen?'

"I hope it's like the old superstition that everything comes in threes. Then it's over and done with."

So what about hearing that music again and walking out before a live audience that first night back on RAW, when he speared Eric Bischoff?

"It felt damn good," said Copeland. "I had the sprained foot, but if I only had two stumps, I still would have been able to spear Bischoff.

"It's amazing to be back. I can't really put in words what it feels like."

So how about facing Kane?

"It's exciting. I've never done a program with Kane," said Copeland. "I've seen his character morph and change. It's so much better than it was when he had the mask.

"I'm going to be a little rusty, out of ring shape, but it's great to be back."

If Edge had an edge, well ... this version will be even a little edgier, a little more over the top.

"I don't know if bitter is the right word, but I'm kind of angry," said Copeland. "When something gets pulled away from you, you're a bit more than pissed off. It's not as if it's the same kind of ass kicking you'd get from Stone Cold (Steve Austin), but it's new for me. A little less sarcastic ... and a little more ass kicking."

- Talk about a Stone Cold stunner. Austin has been unable to come to terms on a new contract with WWE and is gone. Yep, gone! We can only hope WWE comes to its senses and brings Austin back. If I was running NWA:TNA, I'd have Austin in for contract talks immediately. High risk-high reward. But Austin is an icon, a figure that could put NWA:TNA right into the big picture.

- Here are the other Backlash matches: Triple H vs. Shawn Michaels vs. Chris Benoit; Randy Orton vs. Cactus Jack; Chris Jericho vs. Christian and Trish; Shelton Benjamin vs. Ric Flair; Lita vs. Victoria; and Tajiri vs. Jonathan Coachman.

- Jericho is another Canadian now being announced as being from Manhasset, just outside New York City. Jericho told the Winnipeg Sun: "It's a big deal initially, just because of the shock of it, but does it really change anything? I still consider myself a Canadian and if anybody asks me where I'm from, I tell them I'm from Winnipeg. It really doesn't bother me that they're saying I'm from Manhasset because that is actually where I was born. I personally don't think it matters either way where wrestlers are from. If you were from Mars, people would still like you or hate you based on your work and character."

- The Big Show vowed to quit if he lost to Eddie Guerrero on Smackdown! He lost, then went on a rampage. With his hair standing straight up, he looked like the old Dewey Robertson character, The Missing Link.

- The Internet Wrestling Syndicate will hold a Scarred for Life show April 24 at the Plaza Theatre on St-Hubert St. in Montreal. For more info: www.syndicatewrestling.com.

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