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WWE returns to Civic Centre
By TIM BAINES, Ottawa Sun


Finally ... WWE is coming back to Ottawa. But there's a bit of a twist to this story. While a July date at the Corel Centre was recently cancelled, it looks like WWE will be here on Oct. 23 -- at the Civic Centre.

This could be more than a one-show move, too. Small crowds in the Corel Centre probably necessitated the move to a smaller venue.

- The cat is out of the bag. Toronto will get Summer Slam on Aug. 15. But the good news for Ontario wrestling fans doesn't end there.

A hot rumour has London getting RAW on Aug. 16, then Hamilton hosting Smackdown! on Aug. 17. There will also be a non-TV Smackdown! live event in Owen Sound on Aug. 16.

Montreal will get a Smackdown! live event on Oct. 24.

As for Summer Slam, it's rumoured that WWE Inside the Ring Solo by Bell customers will get first shot at tickets. And, by sheer coincidence, Bell Mobility currently has a zero-money-down deal on its WWE Solo by Bell phones.

- World Wrestling Entertainment sometimes cooks up storylines that border on tasteless, but could also be construed by some as imaginative.

While it would be hard for anyone to argue that the Triple H necrophilia angle was effective -- quite frankly, there's little redemption in sleeping with a corpse -- there are some cutting-edge storylines that draw both criticism and praise.

A couple of weeks ago, we were introduced to Eugene (Nick Dinsmore), Eric Bischoff's storyline nephew. Turns out Eugene is special, mentally challenged. The idea seemed reprehensible. It seemed ill advised to make light of anyone with a mental disability. But a couple of weeks later, Eugene has developed into a bit of a hero of sorts. A mentally-challenged man with strong physical ability. Maybe it wasn't such a horrible idea.

Then there was a "storyline" heart attack by Eddie Guerrero's mother on Smackdown! Guerrero's mom suffered the attack after being accosted by JBL (Bradshaw).

When does fact rip through fiction in this soap opera surrounded by turnbuckles? When Owen Hart plummeted to his death from a cable high above the ring, many fans thought it was part of the act. Soon after, Hart died, for real.

The shock factor in wrestling has long since disappeared.

- Alex Marvez says TNA has a new TV deal with Fox SportsNet that will begin in early June.

- Ads for the Bad Blood pay-per-view list Chris Benoit vs. Kane and Triple H vs. Shawn Michaels in a Hell in a Cell match.

- Chavo Guerrero is no longer the cruiserweight champ and the new strap holder is ... Jacqueline?

- Here's an idea for the Ottawa Lynx. The Triple-A Buffalo Bisons will host Ballpark Brawl on July 17. Among the featured wrestlers will be Rowdy Roddy Piper, Shane Douglas, Bam Bam Bigelow, Teddy Hart and Ron "The Truth" Killings.

- Sable is set to return after taking time off following surgery to repair a faulty breast implant.

- Tommy Dreamer has been told that he will not wrestle again in WWE. His contract is up in July. Lance Storm has also packed it in. He was a wrestler who, in my opinion, never get enough recognition for his wrestling skills in WWE.

- Japanese star Kenzo Suzuki and his wife Hiroki have apparently been signed to WWE deals. Suzuki could debut later this month on RAW, as Hirohito.

- CPW has its Payback show on May 15, at 7 p.m., at the CPW Arena (St-Joseph Rec Centre, 122 Berri St.) in Hull. The main event is F.O.D. and a mystery partner vs. Rick Sterling and Thunder. Other matches: Jacquar vs. Mr. Know it All Shawn Demers; Player Uno vs. Kevin Steen; Twin Terrors vs. Aftershock; Dave Titan vs. Professor Adib Mansour. At the last CPW show, Canadian Conflict, Paranoid Jake Matthews won the CPW heavyweight title, with help from Lollipop, over Dynamite Tommy Blade; F.O.D. beat Sterling; Roy Stevens beat Jaguar; Damian Styles beat Mansour; Demers and Kid Supreme beat The Freak Zakk Manson and Player Uno.

- Devin Cutting says The Documentary Channel will air a special about the history of Wednesday night wrestling at the Montreal Forum tomorrow at 9 a.m. and 1 p.m.


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