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WWE's finally going to get Extreme again
By TIM BAINES - Ottawa Sun




Let the chanting begin. EC-Dub. EC-Dub. EC-Dub ... it looks like ECW is back.

WWE, while not officially confirming the story, is reportedly ready to bring back the ECW promotion, with Sabu, an ECW headliner, apparently having already agreed to a one-year contract.

Not that I'm a "I told ya so" kind of guy.

But last Aug. 28, I said this would happen, relying on info provided by "a source."

WWE has been bouncing this idea around since the huge success of last year's One Night Stand. If we're going to get the unpredictability that made ECW so unique, this is a wonderful move. If WWE is looking to load up on the saccharin and take the edge off ECW, I'll hit the remote and flip over to a Family Guy rerun.

The addition of ECW as a brand could be made official at Another One Night Stand on June 11 ... or it could happen as early as tomorrow night on RAW. It would also make perfect sense for Rob Van Dam to become the first "new" ECW champion.

The Wrestling Observer's Dave Meltzer says that WWE has already decided to ditch its wwe.com Velocity webcast and will replace it with an ECW program.

- Could John Cena's title reign end tonight? Here's the card for WWE's Backlash pay-per-view: Triple H vs. Cena vs. Edge; Shelton Benjamin vs. RVD; Kane vs. Big Show. Mickie James vs. Trish Stratus; Carlito vs. Chris Masters; Ric Flair vs. Umaga; and Vince and Shane McMahon vs. Shawn Michaels and "God." For the record, I'm strongly siding with Michaels and God.

- Here are the results from TNA's Lockdown pay-per-view last Sunday: Team Japan (Minoru Tanaka, Black Tiger and Hirooki Goto) beat Team USA (Sonjay Dutt, Jay Lethal and Alex Shelley); Senshi (formerly Low Ki) beat Christopher Daniels; Bob Armstrong beat Konnan in an arm wrestling match; Chris Sabin beat Petey Williams, Puma, Elix Skipper, Chase Stevens and Shark Boy; Samoa Joe beat Sabu; Team 3D (Brother Ray, Brother Devon and Brother Runt) beat Team Canada (Bobby Roode, Eric Young and A1); Christian Cage beat Abyss; and Sting, AJ Styles, Rhino and Ron Killings beat Jeff Jarrett, Scott Steiner and America's Most Wanted. Former WWE diva and Playboy Playmate Christie Hemme debuted. Buff Bagwell and Lex Luger both appeared on Impact this past week. We can only hope that when Sting chooses his partner, he will choose neither.

- Philly Flyers' Denis Gauthier has a wrestling connection. The Rougeau brothers are his uncles. His dad, Denis Sr., was a bodybuilder/wrestler in Montreal , who was married to Joanne Rougeau.

- It's CPW's big night of the year: A Night of Champions 2, at the Sabourin Arena, 70 Jean-Proulx St. in Hull (corner of St-Joseph Blvd.), at 7 p.m. on May 6. Jake Matthews will face heavyweight champion Thunder in a barbwire cage match; Wild Dangerous Dan faces Guy Sauriol in a Loser Leave Town steel cage match; Aftershock faces The Twin Terrors; The Freak Zakk Manson faces Velvet Jones; Moonlight and LuFisto face Misty Haven and Portia Perez with Sweet Cherrie as the guest ref; Tray Hugh Mongus faces MVP Michael Von Payton; and it's Stupefied vs. Player Uno vs. Kid Supreme vs. Prince of Persia Rahim Ali.

- Tickets are on sale for UWA's two shows late in May, both featuring Jake "The Snake" Roberts. UWA will be in Napanee on May 26, and Brockville on May 27. For info on the shows, check out universalwrestlingalliance.com.


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