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Bring WWE TV back to Ottawa
By TIM BAINES - Ottawa Sun


I'm sick of WWE house shows coming to Ottawa. Nothing against WWE. Nothing against the wrestlers.

But it's been too long since WWE brought a live TV show to Ottawa.No Smackdown! No RAW! No pay-per-view!

Campaigning for a WWE TV show in Ottawa might seem like a hopeless cause, but it's time to take action. Wrestling fans can make it happen. But you've got to let WWE know you want a TV show here. We need a big campaign here, not just a couple of e-mails.

Send your thoughts to feedback@ca.wwecorp.com

"The chances are good, but what's going to have to happen is the fans keep pushing," says WWE Canada president Carl DeMarco. "We need to show the powers that be that there's a demand. There's still a good chance it could happen by the end of 2005."

If it happens, it'll be late in 2005. WWE has tentatively booked RAW for Jan. 17 in Toronto and Smackdown! for Jan. 18 in Montreal. The Royal Rumble was originally scheduled for Montreal.

DeMarco said it was fan lobbying that landed shows in Winnipeg, Halifax and Edmonton.

"We're there for the fans," he said. "The fans said they wanted a pay-per-view in Edmonton and we delivered.

"There are so many options around the world ... the fans need to be aggressive (about getting a show)."

- Thanks to the wonderful folks at KOCH International, I've got several Summer Slam DVDs (each autographed by Batista), as well as Chris Benoit Hard Knocks DVDs (autographed, of course, by Benoit himself) to give away. Just tell me what one of Benoit's nicknames is. The contest is open to residents of Ontario only and, if you win, you've got to be able to pick up your DVD at the Ottawa Sun's front desk. They will not be mailed out. Mark your e-mails "Wrestling DVD Contest," then send them to tim.baines@ott.sunpub.com. One entry per household. Winners will be randomly chosen from all correct answers. Contest deadline is Nov. 8. Winners will be notified by Nov. 9.

- There is no TNA deal with TSN, despite what was being reported by several wrestling websites. TNA was talking with TSN, but got agitated when reports that a deal had been struck were leaked.

- Hull's CPW International is hoping to strike a pay-per-view deal with Aaron Weiss' Pro Wrestling Superstars: Past, Present and Future. Along with CPW matches, old International Wrestling bouts would be aired. CPW's next show is M.O.B. Rules on Nov. 6, at 8 p.m., at the St-Jean-Bosco school, 71 St-Jean-Bosco St. in Hull. The main event is Pierre Carl Ouellet and Wild Dangerous Dan vs. Thunder and Tray Hugh Mongus. Drake Styles gets a title shot against Paranoid Jake Matthews. Check out cpwinternational.com for more details.

- Universal Wrestling Alliance has a huge show, Paving the Road, lined up for Nov. 13, 8 p.m., at the Battleground Academy, 200 Lees Ave. Raven will meet Abyss in the main event, a Clockwork Orange House of Fun match. Bobby Roode and Petey Williams will face Alex Shelley and Gutter, with several other matches planned. Check out universalwrestlingalliance.com for more details.

- Edge will appear at Kingston's Wal-Mart on Nov. 20, from 3-5 p.m. There is a WWE show in Kingston that night. Torrie Wilson will appear on Nov. 21 at EB Games in Montreal's Les Galleries D'Anjou.

- Ric Flair beat Randy Orton in the RAW main event, thanks to a chair shot from Triple H. Orton then got some help from his buddies, who blocked Triple H and Flair from escaping. WWE did not acknowledge the Flair-Orton hug at the end of their Taboo Tuesday match.

- The Nov. 7 TNA Victory Road pay-per-view is shaping up nicely. Already lined up is a Jeff Jarrett vs. Jeff Hardy ladder match; the return of Rowdy Roddy Piper and Piper's Pit, Kevin Nash and Scott Hall and an X Division gauntlet match. The show is worth checking out.

- D-Von Dudley got into a hot verbal skirmish with a fan during and after the WWE house show in Montreal a week ago.


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