New-look WWE misses old stars
TIM BAINES - OTTAWA SUN
You almost need a scorecard to keep track of the WWE stars coming in and out of the revolving doors. Some of WWE's biggest stars are on the outside looking in, while mid-carders are suddenly contenders and champions.
The Rock is doing his Hollywood star thing.
Bill Goldberg is looking to wrestle in Japan.
Brock Lesnar hit a minivan with his motorcycle, but hopes to quickly shake that off and earn a tryout with a National Football League team sometime next month.
Stone Cold Steve Austin is out, too, perhaps heading for some appearances in Japan.
Kurt Angle's neck is giving him fits and keeping him out of the ring.
Triple H may take a little time off to resume his acting career. And speaking of Triple H, isn't that belly looking a little bigger these days?
Mick Foley is playing a more prominent role.
Chris Benoit is a champion.
Bradshaw (John Layfield) has suddenly become a main-eventer on Smackdown!
And there are new guys to take into account. Guys like Christian's new Problem Solver, Tyson Tomko.
A lot of changes -- some good, some bad. Time will tell if it'll all work out.
- If I were running TNA:NWA, which airs pay-per-views each Wednesday night, but has no regular TV show, I'd be all over Austin. I'd be buying him Steveweisers and offering him a whole pile of George Washingtons. It would be a big gamble by TNA:NWA, a gamble to be sure, but it could pay off big.
There are also rumblings that Ted Turner would like to get back into the rasslin business. After dishing off WCW to McMahon, Turner, it's believed, has a no-compete clause, which could expire in the next year or two. And you can bet Austin or Goldberg would be in his sights.
- Tickets for Smackdown! in Toronto go on sale on Saturday, at 10 a.m.
- Benoit has another title, tag-team gold. Benoit teamed with Edge to beat Ric Flair and Batista on RAW. That prompted Jerry "The King" Lawler to say: "Stu Hart has got to be smiling in wrestling heaven." To be sure, it was another magnificent moment for Benoit, who spent many long days and nights in the Hart family dungeon.
- The Big Show is out for a couple of months after knee surgery. That explains the "I quit" angle.
- Shawn Michaels teaming with Randy Orton to face Shelton Benjamin and Batista. That's one of the matches listed for a May 22 show in Philly.
- Matt Hardy and Lita together again? Hardy protected Lita from Kane on RAW.
- The Wrestling Observer says McMahon and Bret Hart met after the RAW show.
- A.J. Styles won the NWA: TNA title from Jeff Jarrett.
- TSN will not air tomorrow night's RAW at 9 p.m. It's delayed until midnight thanks to the San Jose vs. Colorado NHL playoff game.
- CPW tag-team champs Thunder and Righteous Rick Sterling defeated Aftershock in the main event of CPW's Breach of Trust pay-per-view last weekend in Gatineau. CPW will present Battle At The Bar 2 today, at 2 p.m. at the Bar de l'Ouest (836 St-Louis St. in Gatineau). The card will be headlined by Sunny War Cloud vs. Wild Dangerous Dan. The next event is Canadian Conflict on May 1 at the CPW Arena (St-Joseph Recreation Centre at 122 Berri St. in Hull). The main event will be Dynamite Tommy Blade vs. Paranoid Jake Matthews. For more details, visit the CPW website at www.cpwinternational.com.
- Aaron Weiss' Pro Wrestling Superstars -- Past, Present and Future is available on Viewers Choice for just $5.99, April 26 and May 11, with several showings. The main event is Amazing Red vs. A.J. Styles. Among the other matches is an IWS classic with Pierre Carl Ouellet vs. El Generico vs. Kevin Steen.
- Results from EWA's Breaking Point show in Petawawa last Saturday: Triple X Sexxxy Eddy beat Ouellet; Notorious T.I.D. beat Shawn Morgan; Soulrage beat Oddyssey; Heavy Maxx Fury beat TNT; James Champagne beat George Terzis; Cody 45 beat Ash and Hornet; Face of Death beat Reggie Marley and The Green Phantom in a Triple Threat tables match.