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WWE says goodbye to rasslers
By TIM BAINES - Ottawa Sun




Never a dull day in WWE. It was a week of many goodbyes, a couple of big hellos and a surprise ambush or two.

It's tough to say goodbye, especially when it involves two of our favourites from Dudleyville, Bubba Ray and D-Von.

WWE announced it would not renew the Dudleys' contracts, and, in a mass purge, also announced several others were given their pink slips.

Here's the list of the dearly departed: Charlie Haas, Jackie Gayda, Dawn Marie, Joy Giovanni, Kenzo Suzuki, Matt Morgan, Marty Jannetty, Mark Jindrak, Maven, Shannon Moore, James Yun (Akio), David Heath (Gangrel), Billy Kidman, Spike Dudley and Kevin Fertig (Mordecai).

I'm a bit surprised that real-life couple Haas and Gayda are on the list. Haas has skills and Gayda is very hot. And I think WWE is making a mistake letting The Dudleys walk away. Jim Cornette was also released. In related news, the tennis racquet market fell off sharply.

The words is there may yet be more cuts.

And, perhaps, one big addition: The Next Big Thing, Brock Lesnar may be on the way back. Lesnar, who left WWE to pursue an NFL career, wants back. And it appears that WWE boss Vince McMahon may want his former champ back.

Smackdown! was not without controversy this week. In a grudge match, The Blue Meanie returned with his bWo posse to take on JBL. It wasn't so long ago, at One Night Stand, that JBL bloodied The Blue Meanie, for real. The Meanie won the match, with some help from Batista. Not sure if I like Michael Bucci better as the bWo's Hollywood Nova or as Simon Dean.

Also on Smackdown!, Muhammad Hassan had five masked henchmen beat down The Undertaker. Pwinsider.com says four of the thugs were Mike Shane, Todd Shane, Mike Knox and Val Venis. WWE has taken heat because the footage of the henchmen, or terrorists, was aired on the same day as the attacks in England.

Over on RAW, it was Shawn Michaels with a surprise of his own. He nailed tag-team partner Hulk Hogan with a superkick, no doubt setting up a match at SummerSlam. It seems The Heartbreak Kid has a problem keeping partners. Check out his tag history and you'll see a stream of superkicks breaking them up. Also on RAW, we saw Sgt. Slaughter's Diva Bikini Boob ... er, Boot ... Camp. Leyla fell out of her top and took a strip right out of the Janet Jackson boob-covering plan. Elizabeth was the winner.

- What's up with Chavo Guerrero, who's now changed his name to Kerwin White?

- Just started reading it, but The Pro Wrestling Hall of Fame: The Tag Teams is a must-have for wrestling fans with any kind of nostalgic soft spot. SLAM! Wrestling boss Greg Oliver and co-author Steven Johnson have meticulously pieced together a real blast from the past, with The Fabulous Kangaroos rated the top team of all-time. Give this a read!

- Winnipeg's Premier Championship Wrestling announced that Christopher Daniels will be on hand for an Aug. 4 show at the LID Nightclub (2935 Pembina Hwy.), at 9 p.m. Daniels had pulled out due to a scheduling conflict, but his schedule changed, freeing him up for the Winnipeg supershow. AWA champion Steve Corino, who was booked to replace Daniels will defend the AWA world title against Showtime Robby Royce. Tickets are $10 each and you've got be 18 or over to attend.


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