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Ottawa getting August RAW show
By TIM BAINES - Ottawa Sun


It looks like Ottawa is getting a RAW deal in August. Nah, nothing bad. Raw as in RAW. Just not a TV show.

It looks like ... and I emphasize that this is only a very strong rumour that WWE will return to Ottawa with a RAW live event on Aug. 14. For those who are getting frustrated at the lack of a RAW TV show in Ottawa, stay patient. I can assure you it will happen. Maybe not this year, but it will happen soon.

It looks like Montreal will get an Aug. 15 RAW TV show, while Toronto will host the Smackdown! TV show on Aug. 16.

Given the schedule, it looks like other southern Ontario cities could also be in line for shows, with London right at the top of the list.

- Dereick Clement has two kids and two jobs, but that's not scaring him away from headlining CPW's BattleMania 2005 show at the Robert Guertin Arena in Hull next Saturday. You may know Clement better as Thunder, the heel who'll step into the ring against Vanier's own Wild Dangerous Dan in a cage match, with World's Strongest Man Hugo Girard likely to stick his nose into the fracas as the guest referee.

Clement, now 32, promises it'll be a memorable performance.

"When Thunder steps into the ring, the fans get their money's worth," he said.

Of course, that's what he says when he's in ringspeak.

Out of the ring, he says he's a good guy.

"My character is as a tough (SOB), but outside the ring, I'm the coolest guy you know," he said.

Just an average guy who's blessed with size and who grew up in Hull and Gatineau. After watching International Wrestling, he decided he wanted to become a wrestler ... and he made it happen at the age of 21. His first match was in Vanier against Psycho.

"This was my childhood dream," he said. "At the beginning, I was hoping to go further, but if this is how it ends up, that's fine. I'm 32. I do this for fun."

Fun, indeed. Juggling his schedule with jobs at Gatineau's Costco and as a doorman. And transforming into a heel in the wrestling ring.

Here are other matches that have been announced for Battlemania 2005: Paranoid Jake Matthews vs. Carl XL Leduc; Jaguar vs. The Freak Zakk Manson; and The Black Panthers vs. The Flamingo Beach Posse. By the way, there's much more to Battlemania than a wrestling card, which begins at 7:30 p.m. There's a strongman contest at 2 p.m., followed by boxing at 4, then kickboxing at 6:30.

- Here are the results from last Sunday's Backlash pay-per-view: Shelton Benjamin beat Chris Jericho; The Hurricane and Rosey won the tag titles in a Tag Team Turmoil match against William Regal and Tajiri, The Heart Throbs and Simon Dean and Maven; Edge won a Last Man Standing match over Chris Benoit; Kane beat Viscera; Shawn Michaels and Hulk Hogan beat Muhammad Hassan and Khosrow Daivari; and Batista beat Triple H.

- Sometimes I offer some input on WWE goings-on. So here you go, Vince ... no charge. Tazz needs to be replaced as a Smackdown! announcer. Put Rowdy Roddy Piper in the role. Tazz and Michael Cole don't work as a combo. They simply lack the magic of The King and good ole J.R.

- The Universal Wrestling Alliance will hold Home to the Asylum at the Memorial Centre in Brockville on May 28. Check out stars such as Abyss, Bobby Roode and Petey Williams.

- Look for David Heath (Gangrel) to pop up in WWE sometime again in the future.

- With the bad goes the good. A great ending to RAW on Monday, at least an unexpected one. Triple H was KO'd from the GoldRush tournament, set up to determine a No. 1 contender. With some help from Batista, Benoit got the win. In other GoldRush matches, Edge beat Jericho; Michaels beat Benjamin; and Kane beat Christian. Edge already has the Money in the Bank title shot promised to him any time he chooses to use it and now a No. 1 contender? It might be a bit much. Fans, no doubt, have their fingers crossed that Triple H doesn't somehow manipulate his way back into the title picture.

- Just got a copy of WWE's just-released No Way Out DVD. The DVDs include a photo-sized trading card of a WWE superstar, limited to 4,000 copies.

- There's a signing with Greg Oliver on Friday at Ottawa's Pinecrest Chapters in the Pinecrest Shopping Centre (2735 Iris) at 7 p.m. for his new book, The Pro Wrestling Hall of Fame: The Tag Teams.

- I've got to admit, I'm really looking forward to WWE's June 12 ECW pay-per-view. I just hope they don't WWE-ize an event that is meant to be put on ECW-style. TNA says it will allow its wrestlers to compete. It just keeps getting better.

- The Rock and Vince McMahon have, apparently, patched up their relationship. Hopefully that means we'll see The Rock sooner, rather than later.


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