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An intimate look at WWE diva Victoria
By TIM BAINES - Ottawa Sun


Lisa Marie Varon has no reason to be shy. She's muscular and she's beautiful.

But the WWE diva known as Victoria still is a bit antsy about stripping down to just her bra and panties in the middle of a WWE ring -- in front of millions of people.

Especially if a piece of the undergarments starts to fall off.

"(At WWE's Homecoming, the three-hour show two Mondays ago), in the bra and panties match, I had a bra malfunction," she said. "The clasp ripped from the seam. When I landed on my neck, my hands weren't down (to help the fall).

"I was freaking out. I told the camera guy that my bra was broken and he was winking at me.

"I'm not comfortable standing there in my bra and panties. I have to remember my niece and nephew are watching. But I'm not one to say no."

With a parade of WWE beauties shedding their clothes for Playboy, Victoria would be a natural. She's just not sure she'd do it.

"I'm insulted that I haven't been asked," she said with a laugh. "Hugh Hefner doesn't know what he's missing under these clothes."

Victoria's character has changed a few times in WWE -- from one of The Godfather's hos to a demented, sadistic woman to a fan favourite to a badass.

"When I was good, I wasn't really into it," she said. "I really loved it when I was psycho, devious and a bit maniacal.

"Now I'm with Torrie and Candice. I guess I'm the Spice Girl of the bunch. It's really opposite to the way I am outside of the ring. But when I get in there, I try and pump myself up, tell myself that those are my enemies.

"I really like the wrestling aspect. Ricky Steamboat and Dusty Rhodes tell us we work like men. I think I was made to wrestle. It wasn't anything I dreamed of being, but with my gymnastics and dance background, I picked it up quickly. I want the fans to be entertained. I want to show them we're more than T and A."

Great T and A. Great wrestling ability. And a great gal.

- Say it ain't so. No more slobberknockers. With a Linda McMahon kick in the family jewels, Good Ole J.R., Jim Ross, was banished from the Monday Night RAW broadcast booth. Fired again.This time, it may be for good. If this is being done for TV theatrics, I can't wait to see him back. If it was done because J.R. was maybe considered a bit too Southern and a bit too old, I'm outraged. To remove him from our TV screens each Monday night would be a huge mistake. Is this all a work? Could Ross still return? Maybe? But listen to Ross' remarks on wwe.com, explaining why he was removed: "Vince is hell-bent on having a fresh, new face that hasn't had Bell's palsy or doesn't have a Southern accent sitting in the chair on RAW. Oh, and there's more ... Ross continued: "I believe that there are many, many more issues to deal with other than who the announcers are. How many bra and panties matches can you see? ... We have to get back to wrestling. We have some guys in this business right now that don't have a clue of why they're there. Then we have a little bit of wonderful talent that needs to be the emphasis of rebuilding this company and getting it rolling. It's going to be built by physicality, aggression, suspense and drama ... I've endured wrestlers having sex with corpses, 80-year-old women giving birth to hands, and that is what we perceive to be entertaining. I look at this chapter closing and beginning a new chapter." In an unrelated story, I suppose, Ross found out he had to have colon surgery. If you're really ticked off with WWE's decision to get rid of Ross, go onto wwe.com, click on contacts, then fire off a nasty e-mail to rawfeedback.

- Smackdown! has announced it will add The Juniors Division, comprised of wrestlers less than five feet tall. "Midgets, dwarves, the little people; they're all welcome," said GM Theodore Long.

- Matt Hardy dating Ashley Massaro? Amy Dumas (Lita), then Ashley? Way to go, Matt!

- Here are the results from No Mercy: Cowboy Bob and Randy Orton beat The Undertaker in a casket match, then set the casket on fire; Animal, Heidenreich and Christie Hemme beat MNM; Bobby Lashley beat Simon Dean; Chris Benoit beat Booker T, Christian and Orlando Jordan in a four-way match; Mr. Kennedy beat Hardcore Holly; and JBL beat Rey Mysterio.

- Legend Bob "Legs" Langevin died Thursday at the age of 91.

- All four McMahons are scheduled to appear on tomorrow night's RAW. Don't be surprised if there's another firing.

- Hacksaw Jim Duggan rolled a school bus on the first turn at the New Smyrna (Fla.) Speedway, while practising for a race.

- Great debut by The Boogeyman on Smackdown! The Boogeyman is former Tough Enough contestant Marty Wright.

- Local gal Misty Haven won the Women's Elite 8 Cup Tournament in Cambridge, beating 21st Century Fox in yesterday's final.

tim.baines@ott.sunpub.com