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WWE wrestles rash of injuries
By TJ MADIGAN - Calgary Sun


Eugene

The injury list was the story of the week at WWE headquarters, as wrestlers started dropping like flies, most with knee problems. It began at the New Years Revolution pay-per-view last weekend, when Eugene (Nick Dinsmore) suffered what appeared to be a dislocated kneecap during his tag-team title match with William Regal against Tyson Tomko and Christian.

Turns out Eugene ruptured his patella tendon and is expected to miss several months of ring time while he recovers.

In the next match, Lita (Amy Dumas) injured her leg while attempting a thesz press on Trish Stratus outside the ring. The injury was diagnosed as a torn ACL and partially torn meniscus, and was serious enough that she had surgery Thursday.

Rob Van Dam also is out of action, finally booking surgery for a knee problem that has been troubling him for at least a year and possibly back to his ECW days.

WWE took the pre-emptive step of writing RVD out of storylines on Thursday's Smackdown, which turned out to be a wise move. An MRI showed Van Dam has a torn MCL in one knee and an ACL tear in the other.

It may have been smart timing on Van Dam's part, too, as he was reportedly in the doghouse with company management after refusing to go to Iraq on the 'optional' WWE tour for the American troops.

Jesus (Aaron Aguilera) didn't have such great timing. He will be sidelined just as his TV push was kicking into gear.

An MRI confirmed he has a herniated disc in his neck, which is causing nerve problems. Aguilera goes under the knife Monday and is expected to make a ring return after Wrestlemania.

Hulk, the sequel: Hulk Hogan was backstage at the Smackdown taping in Tampa, Fla., Tuesday.

Hogan lives in the Tampa area, so he simply stopped by the St. Pete Times Forum to say hello to some old friends.

Hogan has been at odds with WWE boss Vince McMahon since he walked out on the company in 2003 over a pay dispute.

A reconciliation may be in the cards.

A Hall-of-Fame induction for the Hulkster is under consideration and there has even been talk of setting up a Hogan/Ric Flair match for the big event in April, finally delivering the classic 'Mania clash that never was.


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