August 15, 2004
Summerslam should sizzle
By TIM BAINES - Ottawa Sun
Hot. That's about the only way to describe tonight's SummerSlam pay-per-view in Toronto. Give WWE credit. SummerSlam is one of its "majors" and it certainly looks like it has been slotted as such.
Let's start with Chris Benoit vs. Randy Orton. The legendary veteran vs. The Legend Killer with Benoit's championship strap on the line. I wouldn't be surprised if Orton wins the title, if not tonight, he will at some point soon in his young career. A storyline begging to be told down the line is a power struggle between Orton and Triple H for control of Evolution. Why not now?
John Bradhaw Layfield faces The Undertaker. Logic would dictate that The Undertaker walks away with the title. But you can usually throw logic out the window and perhaps expect some interference from Orlando Jordan burying The Undertaker's chances.
Eddie Guerrero vs. Kurt Angle. I'd say this could be the match of the night, except I could say that about three or four other matches. While Guerrero will get and deserve much of the fan support, I have a feeling Angle's treachery will win out.
Triple H vs. Eugene will likely be a bloodbath. Could Eugene be saved by a returning Shawn Michaels?
Edge vs. Chris Jerico vs. Batista has potential to be dynamic. You've got outstanding Canadian wrestlers in Edge and Jericho in the ring with physically dominating Batista. It also likely begins a feud between Edge and Jericho.
Booker T puts his U.S. title on the line in a best-of-five falls match against John Cena. This will go the limit ... and I've got a feeling Cena could win.
In a six-man tag match, The Dudleys take on Billy Kidman, Paul London and Rey Mysterio. I'm calling The Dudleys to win, unless Spike does another turn and costs his brothers the match.
In a TillDeath Do Us Part match, Kane faces Matt Hardy and Lita must marry the winner. A Lita-Kane wedding has much more TV appeal so I've got to go with the Big Red Machine.
And there'll be a Diva Dodgeball game between the WWE Divas and the RAW Diva Search Girls. Not sure who'll win, but you can bet both sides will stacked.
It would be surprising if WWE doesn't have Trish and Christian involved in the show. The suddenly devilish Trish will have to really work hard to get the local fans to hate her.
- Bret Hart was supposed to be in Buffalo last night for Ballpark Brawl 3. Wouldn't it be wonderful if he showed up in Toronto tonight? Wishful thinking, I guess.
- I keep on making this point, but I really believe WWE's programming has been improving. I must admit I miss some of the wrestlers of days gone by, but today's TVproduct is far superior. It's great to see characters like Kamala and Brother Love pop up every now and then. Wonder what Charles Wright is doing these days? Sure, I loved the Godfather character, but I loved Papa Shango, too.
- Canadian Petey Williams won TNA's International X Division title by winning a 22-man gauntlet match. The last man to be eliminated was The Amazing Red.