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High flyer provides Rey of sunshine
By TIM BAINES - Ottawa Sun


Put a mask on Oscar Gutierrez and he's a fearless competitor.

Even though he's 5-foot-4 and 170 lbs. soaking wet, as Rey Mysterio, Gutierrez takes on all comers.

That included big boys like Kevin Nash, Scott Norton and Ric Flair in WCW. And Kurt Angle, JBL, Brock Lesnar and Big Show in WWE.

"I've mixed it up with the heavyweights," says Mysterio. "The big-man, little-man thing is overblown."

Okay, so maybe it's not such a big deal. At least not as big a deal as his current feud with Eddie Guerrero.

"Working with Eddie has been a rollercoaster," says Mysterio. "I would go to see him wrestle in Tijuana when I was a fan.

"He's educated me in wrestling."

It's a little different kind of education these days.

You see in a WWE storyline, Guerrero says he's the real father of Mysterio's eight-year-old boy, Dominik.

"This has been affecting me psychologically," says Mysterio. "I didn't think it would hit (Dominik) this way ..."

Okay, let's leave it there. There seems to be a fine line between storyline and reality. No need to get too wrapped up in details.

Mysterio says he loves the wrestling life, the notoriety and everything that goes along with it. Oh, and his grand entrance before every match.

"There's the music, the fans ... the moment of truth, the three seconds before I get launched into the air," says Mysterio. "It's an awesome feeling."

Mysterio's a good guy, a role he likes.

"I don't think my character could go bad," he says. "Some people can be bad guys, but I'm not a bad guy in the ring or in real life.

"I feed off my fans. We all have bad days ... when we're a little grumpy ... but even on my worst day, I have time to sign autographs. It's a blessing from God so I've got to have a good heart."

A good heart and a heckuva lot of wrestling ability.

- Bret Hart got together with WWE officials during the week. And talks seemed to have gone well. Word is Hart will help out with a DVD. Maybe the Survivor Series hatchet is finally buried. Could a Hall of Fame appearance be next?

- It was a busy week at WWE headquarters. WWE.com reported that Dusty Rhodes met with Stephanie McMahon. Wonder if he showed up with a polka-dot suit and gave her an elbow?

- Vince McMahon's "major announcement" was the official return of Matt Hardy. Great to see Matt back, but I have to admit, I really squirmed as he delivered his "I wish Adam Copeland (Edge) was dead" schtick.

- The Hurricane will be one of the wrestlers teeing off at Friday's WWE RAW vs. Smackdown! charity golf day at Angus Glen, near Toronto. "It's going to be an adventure,"said The Hurricane. "I've never really golfed, other than playing Putt Putt. I'm going to try and get to the driving range. It could take me awhile to get off that first tee." If you want to play, call Kelly Wayling at (905) 887-0090 (Ext 237) or fire off an e-mail to kwayling@angusglen.com.

- There have been a couple of changes to Ottawa's RAW live event, Aug. 14, 7 p.m., at the Corel Centre. It's Big Show vs. Edge; Eugene vs. Kurt Angle; Shelton Benjamin vs. Carlito; The Hurricane and Rosey vs. Garrison Cade and Trevor Rhodes; Val Venis vs. Chris Masters; Viscera vs. Rob Conway; Rene Dupree vs. Tyson Tomko. Here's the rub ... it's not that strong a card. But before you decide to skip the show, realize that the RAW TV event, the following night in Montreal, was very nearly given to Ottawa. There are still some concerns about lack of ticket sales here ... so not buying a ticket to make a point may kill any chance we have of ever getting a TV event again. Support the event and we will bring TV back. I guarantee it.

- Universal Wrestling Alliance has stacked back-to-back shows Aug. 25 and 26 in the Ottawa area. First, as part of the SuperEx, it's Chaos in the Capital on the 25th, in the Civic Centre Salons. The main event is about as good as it gets -- Rhyno vs. Sabu. Among the other star-studded matches, it's Team Canada's Bobby Roode and Petey Williams facing Abyss and a mystery partner. The next night, at the Brockville Memorial Centre, the main event features Mr. Class A1 vs. Abyss vs. Roode. Sabu is also on the card. Bell time for both shows is 8 p.m. You can check out universalwrestlingalliance.com for more details.

- JJ Crooke was pinned during the Loser Leaves CPW match at Bash at the Ballpark a week ago at Lynx Stadium. Bye-bye JJ!

- Wayne Cryderman (Crusher Kline), who had a big role with CPW as a trainer at one point, has spun off in a new direction. He's now the Director of Marketing and Promotions for the junior hockey Saint John Sea Dogs.

tim.baines@ott.sunpub.com