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WWE has eyes on return of ECW
By TIM BAINES - Ottawa Sun


While WWE's top superstars were Summerslammin', there was a big buzz outside of the ring.

WWE sources say WWE is prepared to bring back ECW right after next year's Wrestlemania in Chicago.

And we're not talking about OneNight Stand 2. WWE, apparently, has talked about putting the promotion on its own -- keeping the integrity of ECW, small venues and all.

So let the chanting begin ... EC-Dub, EC, Dub, EC, Dub.

Really, this is huge news if WWE follows through and brings back ECW. I still say One Night Stand is one of WWE's best pay-per-views -- ever.

- Sad news: Ed White, who as half of The Moondogs held a WWWF tag strap as Moondog King (defeating Tony Garea and Rick Martel), has died at age 56. Fans from Ontario, Quebec and the Maritimes may know him better as Sailor White. He was recognizable for his tattoos and missing front teeth. He battled alcohol and drug problems, and after serving jail time found God and seemed to finally fight off his personal demons 15 years ago when he worked and lived in an Ottawa Salvation Army hostel. White, whose first match was against Michael Gango in 1972 in Pembroke, had battled several health problems in recent years after returning to his home in Newfoundland. In a car crash late last year, White broke two bones in his neck and had a pinched nerve in his spinal cord. God bless you, Sailor. You'll be missed.

- Here are the SummerSlam results: Chris Benoit won the U.S. title over Orlando Jordan; Edge annihilated Matt Hardy, Kurt Angle defeated Eugene; Randy Orton beat The Undertaker; John Cena beat Chris Jericho; Batista pummeled JBL; and Hulk Hogan defeated Shawn Michaels.

- Goodbye, Chris Jericho. Wow, that sounds strange. But in a storyline, Jericho was "fired" by GM Eric Bischoff after losing to Cena on RAW. Jericho will spend some time touring with Fozzy. With his contract up, Jericho could shop his services, but you've got to think he'll wind up back in WWE later this year. On his website, Jericho said: "You won't see me doing any conventions or indie shots in the meantime. If I'm going to be in the wrestling biz, it will be with the WWE. I'm a member of the WWE family for the rest of my life ... just like the mafia ... and I have absolutely nothing bad to say about my company."

- It'll be interesting to see what The Score does with Smackdown!, beginning on Sept. 9. The show, which will be called Friday Night Smackdown! with its move to a new network, UPN, will be aired on Friday nights in the U.S. WWE has already announced three matches for its first Friday Night Smackdown!: Batista vs. JBL; Road Warrior Animal and Heidenreich vs. MNM; and Guerrero vs. Mysterio.

- WWE divas Torrie Wilson and Candice Michelle were traded to RAW for Stacy Keibler and Christy Hemme. Wilson and Michelle are also now devilish divas, putting a beating on RAW Diva Search winner Ashley Massaro.

- It must be a bit difficult for Chavo Guerrero to go through with this Kerwin White gimmick. Especially when you're from the proud Guerrero family.

- Wrestling fan (and my boss) Mike Therien wonders if there's any wrestler that sweats, slobbers and spits as much as Kurt Angle.

- The Dudley Boyz are being prevented from using that name by WWE. They're now known as Team 3D.

- SLAM! Wrestling reports that local wrestlers MVP Michael Von Payton (Michael Leduc) and Misty Haven (Stephanie Landry) were married on Friday in Plantagenet. Best of luck to the newlyweds!

- Montreal's IWS invades Ottawa on Sept. 3 with the IWS Syndicate Invitational, 2 p.m., at the Palais des Congres (third floor) in Gatineau. The main event is a Tables, Ladders, Thumbtacks and Barbedwire match with Osiris, Micky Knight and Chris Bishop vs. Lionel Knight, Nick Watts and Jeff Flury. The action heats up later, at the Palais des Congres, at 8 p.m. with IWS Hardcore Heat 2005. In the main event, eXesS will defend his IWS title against former champion SexXxyEddy. Other highlights include Green Phantom vs. The Evil Ninja in an extreme hardcore match. Other IWS stars appearing include Frankie The Mobster, Beef Wellington, 2.0, Flying Hurricanes, Kid Kamikaze and Vanessa Kraven.


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