July 18, 2004
Hardcore ECW style is missed
By TIM BAINES - Ottawa Sun

Every now and then, I offer a couple of suggestions to WWE. I'm not on the payroll and Vince McMahon never has offered a penny for my thoughts, but here goes anyway.

It's time to get extreme again. As in ECW.

It's not a product you could toss into the 9 p.m. timeslot, but WWE has lost some of its edge. Maybe a return to hardcore wrestling on late-night TV would bring back some excitement. It would certainly help keeping folding-chair companies in business.

ECW, for all its faults, was compelling TV. Surely some element of that elegant violence could be added to WWE's product.

And while I'm in the habit of being a booker, it's time to find a foil for Evolution.

Okay, I know Edge has threatened to take them apart one by one. And I'm a big Edgehead. I love Edge -- the new WWE intercontinental champion after beating Randy Orton at Vengeance. But to make this work he needs a group of anti-Evolutionists.

Or we need the return of De-Generation X. Now WWE has teased DX's return before. But imagine what the fan reaction would be if Edge was joined by Bad Ass Billy Gunn, Road Dogg Jesse James, either Chyna or X-Pac. Let's face it, Gunn hasn't been the same since DX and Road Dogg's intros were gold.

It would be perfect. Silly DX vs. the suddenly serious Evolution, led by former DXer Triple H.

I just find myself yawning through too many Smackdown! episodes these days. It's time for change.

- Ric Flair blasted Bret Hart, Mick Foley and Randy Savage in his book, To Be the Man ... and it didn't take Hart long to fire back. "The single greatest contribution that Flair ever gave to pro wrestling was the wooo from his silly chops," Hart said on the Wrestling Observer website. Visit wrestlingobserver.com for Hart's full reaction.

- Here are the other Vengeance pay-per-view results: Chris Benoit beat Triple H; Victoria beat Molly Holly; Matt Hardy beat Kane; La Resistance beat Eugene and Flair by DQ; Batista beat Chris Jericho; and Tajiri and Rhyno beat The Coach and Garrison Cade.

- ESPN Classic Canada has signed a one-year deal with TNA Entertainment, providing the network with complete access to Total Nonstop Action (TNA) Wrestling's pay-per-view programming library. ESPN Classic Canada will televise the TNA Wrestling collection, chronologically, every Wednesday from 6 to 8 p.m. starting on Aug. 4.

- The Wrestling Observer says that Test will have neck fusion surgery and will be out for more than a year.

- Eddie Guerrero vs. Kurt Angle at SummerSlam? It looks that way.

- Bam Bam Bigelow apparently has called it quits from his wrestling career.


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