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Bold predictions and a Big Show
By TIM BAINES - Ottawa Sun




It's the Super Bowl of wrestling. A night where legends are made. And where champions fall.

Tonight's Wrestlemania pay-per-view in Chicago promises more of the same.

Can John Cena, against all odds as long as storylines remain just that, retain his title against Triple H, who is likely soon due for his 11th sledgehammer-heavy championship rule?

No matter the result, something has been bothering me for days ... weeks ... months ... no, a couple of years.

When the WWE minds sat around the table and plotted out the future of the company, deciding that Triple H was meaner, stronger and had more charisma than anyone else, they ignored the obvious, a guy who, I think, could carry the company under the right circumstances.

The Big Show. Bigger and meaner than anyone else. A guy whose hand is as big as my head. A guy who has been horribly miscast by WWE. A guy who as a wrecking machine could be one of WWE's all-time great heels. He would sell tickets. He would make WWE money. But even as half of the WWE tag champs -- along with Kane -- he's underutilized ... more of a sideshow than a headliner.

So on the night of WWE's Big Show, Paul Wight, will once again get the short end of the stick. While guys who are lesser talents get the spotlight.

- WWE's emotional Hall of Fame ceremony, which was held last night, will be shown tomorrow night, at 8 p.m., leading into RAW. Don't miss it! Just one thing: Special Delivery Jones (Conrad Efraim) giving the speech to induct Tony Atlas? At least it lasted longer than the nine seconds it took King Kong Bundy to pin SD at the first Wrestlemania.

- Here are some Wrestlemania predictions (and these will likely go a long way to proving that I am on a much different wavelength than the WWE scriptwriters):

John Cena vs. Triple H: Some fans are booing Cena ... you know Triple H is destined to hold this title soon ... and history dictates there will be a title change. But will WWE deviate from the script this time? Should win: Triple H. Will win: Cena.

Kurt Angle vs. Randy Orton vs. Rey Mysterio. Three great competitors. Should be a very good match. And the little guy could hold gold. Should win: Kurt Angle. Will win: Rey Mysterio.

Mick Foley vs. Edge. I get the feeling the legend will be the R Rated Superstar's latest victim. Foley will put Edge over big time. Should win: Edge. Will win: Edge.

Mr. McMahon vs. Shawn Michaels (No Holds Barred). The odds are against Michaels. In a perfect world, Bret Hart would be involved in the outcome. Should win: Shawn Michaels. Will win: Shawn Michaels.

Lashley vs. Matt Hardy vs. Fit Finley vs. Shelton Benjamin vs. Rob Van Dam vs. Ric Flair (Money in the Bank Ladder Match). Give Flair one more run. Whooooo! Just one more. Okay, I'll admit I'm a mark for The Nature Boy. Should win: Rob Van Dam. Will win: Ric Flair.

Undertaker vs. Mark Henry (casket match). Sexual Chocolate used to sleep with Mae Young ... now he's messing with The Dead Man. Don't let the streak end, yet. Should win: Undertaker. Will win: Undertaker.

Chris Benoit vs. JBL. Benoit is one of WWE's unsung heroes. Should win: Benoit. Will win: Benoit.

Kane and Big Show vs. Chris Masters and Carlito. It's time to let Show and Kane go their separate ways again. And maybe Masters and Carlito can be dysfunctional champs. Should win: Masters and Carlito. Will win: Masters and Carlito.

Trish Stratus vs. Mickie James. I have a feeling Trish will get roughed up pretty good with a trip down psycho lane. Should win: Trish. Will win: Mickie James.

The Boogeyman vs. Booker T and Sharmell. Will the worms play a factor? All we need is a return of Papa Shango (if he can take some time away from the Ho Train) to face The Boogeyman. Should win: The Boogeyman. Will win: The Boogeyman.

Torrie Wilson vs. Candice Michelle (Playboy Pillow Fight). Those aren't pillows! Should win: Torrie. Will win: Candice.

- Mickie James can't wait for her match against Trish tonight. Mickie says she's not really as psychotic as the character we see on TV. "Every character is an extension of one's self ... and you have to be a bit crazy to do something like wrestle," she says. "I'm excitable, but I'm not as spastic as my character. And I'm not crazy."

- Good Ole J.R., Jim Ross, will call Wrestlemania in place of Joey Styles.

- UWA is bringing Jake "The Snake" Roberts to a pair of shows in May. Roberts will wrestle at shows in Napanee (Strathcona Paper Centre) on May 26 and at the Brockville Memorial Centre on May 27.

- CPW will have its next show April 8 in Hull.

- Winnipeg's MTS Centre is on the WWE schedule with a Smackdown non-televised event on July 8. Tickets go on sale May 27 at all Ticketmaster locations.

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