June 20, 2004
Sabu headlines Ottawa show
By TIM BAINES, Ottawa Sun
Dave Dalton has a passion for wrestling. In his younger days he took that passion into the ring on a regular basis.
Now he's just trying to bring wrestling back to Ottawa, as often as every six weeks come September.
He's kick-starting his Universal Wrestling Alliance with what looks like an exceptional show next Saturday, on June 26 at 200 Lees Ave., the old Algonquin College campus.
Sabu, one of the world's most electrifying wrestlers, will headline against Joe Legend. Among those also on hand are Team Canada members who regularly compete with NWA:TNA.
Dalton sees this as a springboard to bigger and better things.
"We'll try this for six months, maybe a year," he said. "I'm not a glutton for punishment; this is the last stand.
"I've been off the road for seven years, but I'm trying to provide a chance for the kids around here to wrestle, to put them on the proper path. I'm trying to create an opportunity for them that I never had. I had to drive to Toronto, to Sully's Gym (to train)."
Dalton's original plan for this show was to have Raven vs. Sabu as the headline match. It's a match Dalton would still like to see here. He's just hoping local fans show their support.
- Wrestling wasn't always about who could absorb the most chair shots to the cranium. And it wasn't about divas trying to rip each other's clothes off to reveal lingerie.
During that time long, long ago, villains were villains. And heroes were heroes. There was no blurry line separating them.
A wrestling match consisted of a stepover toe hold. A couple of headlocks. Maybe a flying dropkick. And an armbar or two.
So much has changed.
Last Monday night's RAW stepped into the past with a 3-on-3 elimination match. Chris Benoit, Edge and Chris Jericho vs. Ric Flair, Batista and Randy Orton. The match lasted nearly an hour, 20 minutes past the usual show's ending.
And it was fun. Lots of fun.
Make no mistake about it, wrestling today is much better than it was 25 years ago. The wrestlers are better conditioned. The matches are more exciting.
Montreal's Grand Prix Wrestling actually put on a good show. Toronto's Maple Leaf Wrestling was the big deal at the time. We'd always hope that Terry Yorkston, who never seemed to win, would actually pin someone like The Sheik. Truth was it was never going to happen.
Somewhere down the line, wrestling came clean: The winners were predetermined. And wrestling changed.
RAW began to puts its main-eventers against each other and with a slick production began to pull in more viewers.
With so much emphasis on sex, comedy and out-of-ring plotines, the actual wrestling was often pushed to the side.
That's why it was so good to see Monday's marathon.
- Here are the results from last Sunday's Bad Blood pay-per-view: Triple H beat Shawn Michaels in a gruelling Hell in a Cell match; Benoit beat Kane; Eugene beat The Coach; Trish won the women's title over Victoria, Lita and Gail Kim; Randy Orton beat Shelton Benjamin; Jericho beat Tyson Tomko; and Benoit and Edge beat La Resistance by DQ.
- Chavo Classic lost his cruiserweight title to Rey Mysterio on Smackdown!, then was sacked. Classic had missed a couple of weekend shows. The Dudley Boys won the tag straps, beating Charlie Haas and Rico.
- Sid Vicious (Psycho Sid) returned to wrestling after being out since early 2001 when he broke his leg during a match. Vicious appeared at Internet Wrestling Syndicate's fifth anniversary show last Saturday in Montreal. The show was taped for use on Aaron Weiss' Past, Present and Future of Wrestling pay-per-view. Also on the show, Kevin Steen won the IWS title over El Generico, who earlier had beaten Pierre Carl Ouellet.
- Lita is pregnant? And don't be surprised if the father is not her real-life boyfriend Matt Hardy. Would WWE let Lita have a monster baby, with the father being Kane? Or would WWE stoop to another low and, with memories of Mae Young, allow Lita to give birth to a hand?
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