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Wrestlers learn Raw isn't war
By TJ MADIGAN - Calgary Sun


The fighting was anything but fake during WWE's visit to Iraq last week.

WWE has posted a video on its website showing a mortar attack that took place as the crew was setting up a makeshift wrestling arena in Baghdad.

The shaky footage shows WWE personnel being pushed to the ground by U.S. soldiers as shots were fired just a block away.

The soldiers used their own bodies to shield the wrestling staff until the area was secured.

No WWE employees were hurt in the attack, which left a cloud of black smoke billowing behind the arena and injured several locals.

The grappling group was making its annual visit to overseas U.S. troops, putting on a free outdoor wrestling show that will be broadcast in North America Christmas night.

Vince McMahon, The Undertaker, Randy Orton, Edge, JBL and Melina were among the wrestling stars who made the trip to the Middle East for the event. The show went ahead without further incident.

MAJOR-LEAGUE BROUHAHA: TNA got a ton of publicity after an MLB brawl broke out at last weekend's Turning Point pay-per-view.

ESPN, Sports Illustrated and CNN were among the media outlets picking up on the scripted scuffle between White Sox catcher A.J. Pierzynski and St. Louis shortstop David Eckstein (the 5-ft. 7-in. MVP of the 2006 World Series). The pair got into a ringside shoving match after they were introduced as special guests at the TNA event in Orlando last Sunday.

White Sox conditioning coach Dale Torberg was also involved in the melee, punching Eckstein's brother, Rick.

X-CELLENT NEWS FOR CANADA: MTV reps have confirmed Wrestling Society X will be available in Canada.

The gritty grappling TV show -- which features hardcore high-flying wrestling in an underground club setting -- will debut Jan. 30 at 8:30 p.m. on MTV Canada.

Previously there had been talk of airing the show on CTV.

Calgary's Teddy Hart is one of the star players of WSX's first season.

HEYMAN NOT DOWN FOR COUNT: Paul Heyman may not be done with WWE after all. Despite being sent home from the Raw TV taping last week and relieved of his duties as an ECW writer, Heyman has not been given a formal release from his contract. Insiders suggest WWE may not want Heyman to take his creative talents to the competition and could keep him around in a reduced role instead.


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