November 6, 2005
Rhino charge has TNA fans chanting
By TIM BAINES - Ottawa Sun
Even a short-lived experience wearing the NWA world heavyweight strap around his waist was an awesome feeling for Terry Gerin.
Especially after the wrestler they call Rhino thought his career may be over following his release from WWE.
"Six months ago, I thought my career was dead in the water," said Rhino, who won the strap from Jeff Jarrett at TNA's Bound for Glory pay-per-view, then lost it a couple of nights later (aired on Spike TV this past Thursday). "I came to TNA and I thought the fans had forgotten about me."
Uh, no. After Rhino gored Raven at Sacrifice, the fans chanted his name over and over. And it hasn't stopped.
"They didn't forget me," he said. "It goes to show you ... never say never."
It's been a bit of a different ride for Rhino in TNA.
"In WWE, I wasn't booked in matches where I could highlight my talent," he said. "WWE's on a bigger scale, but I didn't understand where some of the storylines were going ... like that necrophilia angle.
"A guy standing in the ring and talking for 20 minutes ... that's not what I like as a wrestling fan. With TNA, there's more wrestling and with that comes a story."
Rhino isn't about to do any WWE bashing, but he wonders about the company's agenda.
Rhino has been a heel for plenty of his wrestling tenure, but he likes his current role, as a fan favourite.
"I loved being a heel for all those years," he said. "But I like working as a babyface. When you're putting people through tables, unless you're a real bastard, people are going to cheer you. Right now, I want to be a babyface, especially when they chant your name."
Rhino hopes he gets another chance to wear the prestigious NWA strap.
"It was great to hold the title ... words can't describe how good it felt ... and it sucked losing it," he said. "They had to cheat to win it (back), but it fuels the pay-per-view. I want to be a two-time title holder."
Titles are something he's not short on. The reigning ECW champ when that promotion folded, puts his life and limbs on the line each time in the ring.
"Whether it's 50 or 5,000 people watching, I still wrestle my ass off,"he said. "I don't want to shortchange them."
The next TNA pay-per-view is Genesis, on Nov. 13.
- What in the world is WWE thinking? Stone Cold Steve Austin was dropped from the Taboo Tuesday lineup with Batista stepping in to wrestle The Coach. The stipulation with Jim Ross' career on the line was dropped. Does this mean that Ross is finished? Say it ain't so. There's no way Good Ole J.R. should have been pushed out the door. And it's a disgrace if this is the way WWE is going to let it end.
- And I'm not sure if I should pin the blame on WWE, but Christian has quit. Jay Reso. Orangeville boy. Good guy. Great wrestler. Now he's gone, choosing to leave when his contract expired earlier this week, saying it's for a number of reasons, some of them personal.I've got to admit, I'm one of The Peeps. Just listen to what Batista recently said about him: "I'm a huge fan of Christian. He had a great attitude, awesome work ethic, is always in shape and is very smart about the business. I feel very strongly that he's underutilized." Yeah, underutilized and out of a job. That really stinks.
- With Joey Styles stepping in to announce alongside Jerry "The King" Lawler, Taboo Tuesday was probably better than expected, but it was a bad night to be a bad guy. Looks like a good-guy sweep: John Cena over Shawn Michaels and Kurt Angle; Ric Flair over Triple H in a cage; Batista squashed The Coach; Trish Stratus won the Lingerie Battle Royal; Big Show and Kane won the tag titles over Trevor Murdoch and Lance Cade; Mankind beat Carlito; Eugene and Superfly Jimmy Snuka beat Rob Conway and Tyson Tomko; and Rey Mysterio and Matt Hardy beat Chris Masters and Snitsky.
- Vader and Goldust back in WWE? Geez, couldn't Vader have taken a couple of days off from the buffet table? I'm not saying he's big, but for Halloween he stuck a cord in his navel and dressed up as the Goodyear Blimp.
- The Great Canadian Wrestling Expo will wrap up today at the Oshawa Civic Auditorium (99 Thornton Rd. S). Koko B. Warre and Kamala are scheduled to appear in a 10 a.m. card; They will also wrestle in the 11:30 show, with King Kong Bundy and Jim Neidhart also participating. There are also 3 and 5 p.m. shows. Check out www.CanadianWrestlingExpo.com.
- It looks like The Undertaker will return for Survivor Series Nov. 27 in Detroit.
- Torrie Wilson ... gone or still with WWE? After many Internet reports earlier this week said the former Playboy playmate had been released, WWE said she would miss a couple of shows, but she was still part of the roster.
- The buzz has the next ECW pay-per-view being next June 11. WWE really botched the follow-up to One Night Stand. There was a lot of talk within the WWE hierarchy to actually recreate the ECW brand, but nothing has been done ... yet.