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A new extreme for WWE
By TIM BAINES - Ottawa Sun


WWE is going to get extreme, if only for one night. It seems WWE is planning an ECW pay-per-view early in June in New York.

If done right, this could be the pay-per-view of the year.

After watching WWE's new ECW DVD, I can't wait.

Sure, it was extreme. Too extreme for some.

But WWE could learn a lesson from some of the storylines, some of which took years to develop.

What we have to hope is that WWE doesn't haphazardly set up a series of matches that reflect the product we see every Monday and Thursday night.

The ECW pay-per-view has to be unique -- giving us an entirely different product for one night.

You can bet Tommy Dreamer will be there. Guys like Eddie Guerrero and Chris Jericho have ECW lineage. To some extent, so does Jerry Lawler, who labelled ECW Extremely Crappy Wrestling. So does Mick Foley. And The Dudley Boyz were major stars in ECW.

But WWE needs to get Paul Heyman involved. And it needs to bring back, if only for one night, guys like Sabu, New Jack, Mikey Whipwreck, Mike Awesome, Lance Storm, Justin Credible. Raven, who is involved with NWA:TNA, would also be a great addition.

And wouldn't it be great to see Joey Styles and Joel Gertner again?

I still believe WWE could spin a show off its ECW talent. It may not be a show everyone wants to watch, but that young male demographic still carries a lot of weight.

- Smackdown! in Iraq was wonderfully put together. And Mick Foley as Santa Claus was a nice touch.

- Joey Styles of www. 1wrestling.com is reporting that negotiations are under way for a Playboy Women of the WWE photo spread. He says that Torrie Wilson, Miss Jackie, Dawn Marie, Victoria, Lilian Garcia, Christy Hemme, Joy Giovanni, Amy Weber and Michelle McCool are good bets to appear. Lita, Molly Holly, Ivory and Maria are possibles, while Trish Stratus, Stacy Keibler and Stephanie McMahon will not appear.

- Speaking of Trish, the WWE's deliciously wicked diva will appear in the Royal Canadian Air Farce's New Year's Eve special at 8 p.m. on CBC.

- The WWE has signed Ricky "The Dragon" Steamboat as a road agent.

- CPW celebrates its second anniversary with Reincarnation 2 tomorrow at 7 p.m. at the St-Jean-Bosco school in Hull (71 St-Jean-Bosco St.). The event will be taped for Aaron Weiss' Pro Wrestling Superstars pay-per-view. The main event is a Lord of the Ring Battle Royal, with the winner getting a heavyweight title match. Paranoid Jake Matthews will defend his title against Tray Hugh Mongus. In a women's Triple Threat match, it'll be Sweet Cherrie vs. Misty Haven vs. Moonlight. It's brother vs. brother as Drake Styles meets Damian Styles. Pierre Carl Ouellet and Wild Dangerous Dan will face Thunder and a mystery partner. Kid Nichols (from Calgary's Stampede Wrestling) will face NWA:TNA's Ruffy Silverstein. Jaguar will face Mr. Know It All Shawn Demers. In a scramble match, it's Player Uno vs. Frank The Beast Bradley vs. Pistola vs. The Freak Zakk Manson. MVP Michael Von Payton and Dave Titan face The Twin Terrors. Psycho faces Steve Stinger.

- Kaboom Entertainment has released Zombie King on DVD, featuring wrestlers such as SUNshine Girl Tracy Brooks, Rob "El Fuego" Etcheverria, "Original Sinn" (Nick Cvjetkowicz), Fleshman and AJ Styles and Jim "The Anvil" Neidhart.

TIM.BAINES@OTT.SUNPUB.COM