September 10, 2006
Who's got the skills to be the next champ?
By TIM BAINES - Ottawa Sun
Gone are the days where you had to be a 280-lb., 'roided-up freak of nature to be a king of the ring -- a heavyweight champion.
Not naming names, but ...
Geez, doesn't Chris Masters look a lot less muscle-bound these days.
So who has the potential to be a WWE champ?
Who's got the combination of a gift of gab and some wrestling skills to go along with it?
The Rated R Superstar, Edge (Adam Copeland), is a worthy champ ... a guy who should hang onto the belt for a lot longer.
But there are others waiting in the wings ... other worthy contenders.
I like John Cena, but I don't think he'll wear the strap again soon. How about Carlito? That would be cool. Johnny Nitro? Not yet, but his time will come. Umaga? No, the Samoan Bulldozer isn't ready for prime time. Randy Orton? Yep, he's a prime candidate to hold gold again. You can bet Triple H will re-enter the picture once the D-Generation X schtick blows over.
Let's move over to Smackdown! King Booker has the spinerooni, but I don't think he's a good long-term choice. Neither was Rey Mysterio. Batista will hold the title again ... soon ... but I don't think he has the charisma to be a "good guy" champ. Better to turn him heel.
How about ECW? I think Big Show is a good champ, but I see a title reign for Sabu, maybe before the end of the year. Future champ? How about CM Punk?
Jeff Jarrett sits atop the TNA hierarchy. Sting waits in the wings, but isn't a long-term solution. The "new" conniving Christian Cage is still championship material ... so is talented A.J. Styles.
- Here's the card so far for next Sunday's Unforgiven pay-per-view in Toronto: John Cena vs. Edge (TLC match, if Cena loses, he must move to Smackdown!); The McMahons and Big Show vs. DX (Hell in a Cell); Johnny Nitro vs. Jeff Hardy; The Spirit Squad vs. The Highlanders; Randy Orton vs. Carlito; Kane vs. Umaga; and Lita vs. Trish Stratus.
- Chris Benoit is expected to resume his WWE career soon ... maybe by the time you've read this.
- Vince McMahon vs. Triple H will headline tomorrow's RAW from Madison Square Garden.
- Kurt Angle sent a message to his fans on kurtanglewwe.com ... a very touching and seemingly sincere message at that. OK, OK ... we loved chanting "You suck" at the guy, but he really was perhaps WWE's most talented athlete. He'll take plenty of time to recover from injuries, but promises to be back. Truth is, according to reports, WWE told him to go home.
- Beautiful Bobby Eaton had a heart attack, but was later released from hospital in Tennessee.
- Two matches have been announced for TNA's Sept. 24 No Surrender pay-per-view: Jeff Jarrett vs. Samoa Joe (non-title "Fan's Revenge Match") and Christian Cage vs. Rhino.
- WWE will have a tryout Sept. 19, 3-5 p.m. at Scotiabank Place ... and the winners, according to wwe.com are ... Mike Holt, Dennis Stewart, Chris Gray, Scott McPherson, Matt Cintione, Dave Tierney, James Champaigne, Stevan Cvjetkovich, Jason McGinn, Pierre Khoury, Sitara Hewitt, Melissa Maughn, Kris Medeiros, Marc-Andre Boulanger, Phil Gervais, Roy Stephen Yetman, Bradley Amos and Steven Brown ... they're the lucky ones who will hit the ring with all WWE eyes on them.
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