February 6, 2005
Another diva bares all for Playboy?
By TIM BAINES - Ottawa Sun

A pretty good Royal Rumble, to be sure. But more on that, later. There have been rumblings of another WWE diva appearing nude in Playboy. We've heard plenty of names ... Victoria, Molly Holly and Lita among them.

Truth is just one WWE diva will appear ... in the April issue ... Christie Hemme, according to a WWE insider. The RAW Diva Search winner and former Juggy on The Man Show, Hemme stands 5-foot-5, with 34C-25-35 measurements. The Playboy issue will be on newsstands early in March.

Now, to The Rumble.

With Edge eliminated, the last two standing were John Cena and Batista. When both hit the ground at the same time (geez, wonder if that's been used before?), different refs tried to proclaim each the winner. Vince McMahon stormed to the ring and ordered the match be resumed. And Batista won.

It was a reunion of sorts of Ohio Valley Wrestling grads: Cena wrestled as The Prototype, while Batista was Leviathan. The Prototype defeated Leviathan for the OVW heavyweight title in early 2002, losing the title to Nova (Simon Dean) a few months later.

- In other Rumble results: The Undertaker beat Heidenreich in a casket match that saw interference from Gene Snitsky before Kane surprisingly popped up out of the casket and helped his "brother;" Edge pinned Shawn Michaels (with a little leverage from the ropes); JBL pinned Kurt Angle in a Triple Threat match that also included The Big Show; and Triple H beat Randy Orton.

- Random Rumble observations: Great clothesline on Paul London by Snitsky ... It was great to see Rey Mysterio hang around so long (he was the fourth-last one to go) ... stepping into the ring, McMahon blew out his knee and later needed surgery.

- Wouldn't it be nice if, every once in a while, WWE added a surprise element to a pay-per-view, something that made you want to shell out the money to watch the next one? In this case, I've got to think even an unannounced cameo appearance by Stone Cold Steve Austin could have made The Royal Rumble the event of the year. WWE likes to loudly advertise any such appearances, but wouldn't the shock element work? Expect the unexpected. As it is, we pretty well know exactly what we're going to get ... and outside of The Royal Rumble and Wrestlemania, the pay-per-views are usually disappointing.

- WWE announced that Mr. Wonderful Paul Orndorff, The Iron Sheik, Nikolai Volkoff, Jimmy "The Mouth of The South" Hart and Cowboy Bob Orton would go into its Hall of Fame at Wrestlemania. I love the suggestion thrown out on Live Audio Wrestling that Randy Orton turns heel with an angle with his dad.

- I'm not that big on Smackdown! these days. Not sure why. I really dislike the Angle and JBL entourages. The show doesn't seem as fast paced as RAW. I decided to skip Smackdown! on Thursday ... and tuned into The Happy Days 30th Anniversary Reunion. That about sums up my feelings for Smackdown!

- Not a very good wrestler ... and I guess not a very good driver ... Lex Luger was arrested in Georgia on Monday morning. Luger (real name, Lawrence Pfohl) was found by a Cobb County police officer slumped over the steering wheel of his vehicle on the side of the freeway, according to police. Pfohl woke up and drove away, but the officer called authorities in neighbouring Cherokee County for assistance. Pfohl was arrested and charged with drunk driving, driving on an expired tag, alteration of tag, no proof of insurance and open container.


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