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Time for Hogan to pass torch
By TIM BAINES - Ottawa Sun


Let me get this straight. Hulk Hogan beats Randy Orton at Summer Slam. Seemingly not a big deal.

The whatever-inch pythons, the vitamins and the prayers ... the whole culture of Hulkamania behind him ... the Hulkster has done so much winning over the years, you may not blink an eyelash.

Now I know Hogan has creative control (or at least substantial input) over match outcomes, but there's no way he should be beating The Legend Killer.

Not now. Not ever.

It looks bad. I'm not sure I'd back down from Hogan ... and I sure as hell wouldn't tangle with Orton.

The days of finger waggling, blocked punches and leg drops prior to a three-count are so old. So 1980s.

Hogan, in an interview with me last year, said he was a team player, so much so that he went along with scripts even though he knew they were bad ideas.

"My first match against Ultimate Warrior ... I was on a major roll, then the decision came down for the Ultimate Warrior to beat me. I never said no, but in my heart, I knew it was wrong. I went to do a movie and when I came back, they were begging me to take the belt back.

"In WCW, Vince Russo was trying to prove a point with the new blood taking over from the old blood. So three weeks in a row, Billy Kidman beat me. It could have been a major disaster."

Don't get me wrong, the guy's earned his legendary status ... it's just time for him to let other guys earn theirs.

- Kurt Angle admitted he was "fried physically and mentally." But it was still surprising to hear that he's gone from WWE, given his release on Friday. Angle, who has battled multiple injuries, had grown dependent on various medications, and was really battling the demons to keep his life on track. WWE is open to bringing Angle back when he "gets better."

- Here are the other results from Summer Slam: Chavo Guerrero beat Rey Mysterio (with help from Eddie Guerrero's widow, Vickie); Big Show beat Sabu; Ric Flair beat Mick Foley in an IQuit match (Foley was subsequently "fired" by Vince McMahon and low-blowed by Melina the following night on RAW); Batista beat King Booker via DQ; D-Generation X beat Vince and Shane McMahon, fending off Mr. Kennedy, William Regal, Finlay and The Big Show ... and with some help from Kane, who took care of Umaga; and Edge beat John Cena.

- The cable TV situation in Gatineau is just a bit confusing. While Smackdown! is apparently available on CH Hamilton on Saturdays at midnight, the news isn't quite so good for RAW and ECW. Montreal's CKMI is, I'm told, not available to regular cable subscribers, who also can't tune into The Score. Viewers are, apparently, getting Ottawa's Global feed, not the Quebec one. If anyone has further details on this, please let me know.

- TNA has new tag champs -- LAX, who beat Christopher Daniels and AJ Styles. Next week on Impact, Abyss takes on Brother Runt in a 10,000-thumbtack match. Ouch! Christian's evolution to heel took another step as he bloodied Rhino on Impact.

- Mickie James and The Spirit Squad's Kenny are engaged in real life.

- Jeff Hardy returned to RAW on Monday night.


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