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Grenier expects hero's welcome in Montreal
By TIM BAINES - Toronto Sun


Bell Canada Centre in Montreal. Feb. 23, 2003. It was a night Sylvain Grenier will never forget. Main event. The Rock vs. Hulk Hogan. Grenier, in his hometown, was the referee.

With family and friends watching, Grenier handed The Rock a chair he used to knock Hogan silly.

"When I stood in the ring waiting, I said to the announcer, 'My God, I'm waiting for The Rock and Hulk Hogan -- two icons. This is really something special.'"

After the match, Grenier was showered with boos.

But when Grenier, 27, returns for the May 31 live RAW show, he may be cheered.

"Normally we get booed,'' Grenier said during a phone interview. "But when we were in Montreal the last time, when we came out, we got a standing ovation.

"I think they're happy to see someone from their own town. It used to be the Rougeaus or Dino Bravo. They don't have that anymore. We used to be announced from France, but now we're from Quebec. We come out with the flag, the Fleur-de-lis. At least we get cheered somewhere."

There was a time, not so long ago, that Grenier wondered about his future. Last year, he was put through a table by the Dudley Boyz.

"It hurt, but in this business every night something hurts," said

Grenier, who, before his first WWE match, trained under The Rock's father, Rocky Johnson, in Florida. "You take two Advils and you'll be fine. After a month, it still hurt and the doctor told me he thought I had a broken neck."

Sure enough, the neck was broken and the long road to recovery began.

"You sit there for six months and you go nuts," he said.

But now he's back and itching to make his mark on the industry with plenty of help from some of the veteran wrestlers.

"I'm a rookie in the business," Grenier said. "But The Rock wasn't The Rock in the beginning. It took him a couple of years. Guys like HBK, Chris Benoit and Triple H really look out for guys like Rob Conway and myself. They really try to help out, to give back to the business. We all work for the same thing. We want to entertain the people."

And in Grenier's case, be booed. Except in Montreal.

- The Rock made an electrifying return to RAW on Monday, helping out Eugene.

- Shawn Michaels, under suspension, still managed to cost Triple H the 20-man Battle Royal, with the win going to Kane, who gets a title shot against Benoit.

- Eddie Guerrero was hospitalized after losing too much blood in his successful title defence vs. JBL at Judgment Day. Other results: Rey Mysterio and Rob Van Dam beat the Dudleys; Torrie Wilson beat Dawn Marie; Mordecai (the gimmick looks great) beat Scotty 2 Hotty; Rico and Charlie Haas beat Bob Holly and Billy Gunn; John Cena beat Rene Dupree and The Undertaker beat Booker T.

- Sting admits he was close to a deal for Wrestlemania 19 and would like to wrestle in the WWE.

- Chavo Guerrero Sr. is the new cruiserweight champ after beating his son Chavo (who recaptured his title from Jacqueline at Judgment Day) and Spike Dudley.

- Ron Killings is the new NWA:TNA champ, winning a four-way match over A.J. Styles (who was hit by a Jeff Jarrett guitar shot), Chris Harris and Raven.


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