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Rowdy Roddy's title takes him off rails
By TIM BAINES - Ottawa Sun


It was a throwback to the days of old -- a thumb in the nose and a poke in the eye to the young studs of today.

Ric Flair and Rowdy Roddy Piper were crowned the new tag-team champions at WWE's Cyber Sunday pay-per-view.

I've gotta admit that I'm a mark for both of these guys -- I count 'em maybe 1-2 on my list of guys I've ever interviewed.

But all biases aside, is there any sense in making champions out of The Nature Boy, age 57, and Hot Rod, 52.

Yep, 'cause fans pop for those kinds of things. Fans want their legends. It may not be a long title run, but I'm going to sit back and enjoy it.

Piper getting the fans' vote to team with Flair did throw WWE for a bit of a loop, though.

The tag champs will see quite a bit of action in the next month or so, thrown into the middle of a European Tour. So Piper's VIA Rail ride through Quebec and Ontario Nov. 13-17 will be rescheduled. If you'd made plans to go say hello to Piper, don't fret ... it's looking like it may happen in early December.

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    - Here are the results from Cyber Sunday: King Booker beat John Cena and Big Show (with interference from Kevin Federline); Umaga beat Kane; Cryme Tyme beat The Highlanders, Lance Cade and Trevor Murdoch and Charlie Haas and Viscera; Jeff Hardy beat Carlito; Edge and Randy Orton beat D-Generation X thanks to some shenanigans; and Lita won the women's title over Mickie James.

    - And your new WWE intercontinental champion is ... Johnny Nitro, who beat Jeff Hardy thanks to GM-for-a-night Eric Bischoff. Speaking of Bischoff, I wasn't sure whether to toss my cookies or laugh when DX rammed his head up Big Dick Johnson's rear end to close RAW.

    - Two Survivor Series matches have been announced: Team DX with Triple H, Shawn Michaels, CM Punk, Matt Hardy and Jeff Hardy vs. Team Orton and Edge with Mike Knox, Nitro and Gregory Helms joining Orton and Edge. And Cena, Rob Van Dam, Sabu, Kane and Bobby Lashley vs. Big Show, Test, Umaga, Finlay and MVP.

    - How could Britney Spears file for divorce from K-Fed? He's a rap icon ... he's an A-list star according to WWE ... uh, on further reflection, wise move Britney. Time to take out the trash.

    - The James Gang is on the rampage. Look for a new gimmick for the former Billy Gunn and Jesse James ... and without giving much away, it's taking dead aim at Vince McMahon ... on next week's TNA Impact.

    - Rage Wrestling Entertainment presents RWE Crossroads, Nov. 17 at the Carleton Place Arena (77 Neelin St.). The main event is Drake Styles vs. Tray Humongous. Other matches: Dave Titan vs Pierre Khoury; Rahim Ali vs. Jaguar; Peter McPerfect vs Beast; Ryan Rush vs. Zack Storm; MVP vs Paysan vs. Mobster. Misty will also wrestle.

    - Universal Wrestling Alliance returns Nov. 18, at 8 p.m., at the Royal Legion in Gatineau. The main event is UWA heavyweight champ SiNN vs. former WWE star PCO.

    - What a huge main event for Blood Sweat and Ears: Xtreme Xmas on Dec. 3, at 3 p.m. at Club 107-8 in Mississauga -- Christian Cage vs. the returning Lance Storm! There's also a training seminar with Storm scheduled on Dec. 2. You can check out bloodsweatandears.com for more details.


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