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Samoa Joe feud has great Angle
By TIM BAINES - Ottawa Sun


There aren't a whole lot of wrestling rivalries which make you want to plunk yourself down on a couch for half an hour or so, let alone empty your wallet to pay for that moment in time.

Let's take a stroll down memory lane.

You've got the legendary classic feuds: Ric Flair vs. Ricky Steamboat; Andre the Giant vs. Hulk Hogan; Bret Hart vs. Shawn Michaels; Stone Cold Steve Austin vs. The Rock; Rowdy Roddy Piper vs. Superfly Jimmy Snuka; The Undertaker vs. Mankind (yep, Hell in a Cell); and Piper vs. Hogan.

But it's hard to identify the classics anymore. Feuds steam along quickly, rarely pausing for a proper buildup.

This doesn't mean the wrestlers of yesterday were better ... far from it. Today's wrestlers are, for the most part, more athletic and more charismatic.

But few feuds really grab you and make you want to shell out pay-per-view money.

I can buy the Edge-Triple H feud. And I'd put it close to the potentially "classic" level.

But, the thing with Edge and Triple H is they're both more effective as heels.

TNA has an interesting angle ... no let's make that Angle ... these days. Kurt Angle vs. Samoa Joe is the most intriguing and likely satisfying feud I've seen hatched in a long time.

Both are tremendously talented in the ring, with plenty of oomph outside. Signing Angle was a tremendous move by TNA... and keeping Joe happy will be equally as important.

Joe beat Angle in the main event of TNA's Turning Point pay-per-view last Sunday, evening their series at 1-1.

TNA is doing a lot of good things right now. The Voodoo Kin Mafia (okay, again it's VKM ... Vincent Kennedy McMahon, get it?) skits are entertaining. You've got AJ Styles, Christopher Daniels, Petey Williams, Abyss, Rhino, Christian Cage, America's Most Wanted, LAX ... the list goes on ... all with world-class talent. All TNA needs is a bit more attention ... and the TV ratings that go along with that.

-Okay, relax ... thereíll be no anti-WWE rant this week. Truth is, I love RAW ... Iíve loved it for years. Iím not a big Smackdown! fan and donít like the direction ECW is heading in ... but Iím still a WWE guy.

- Here are the other Turning Point pay-per-view results: Senshi beat Austin Starr, Sonjay Dutt, Jay Lethal, and Alex Shelley in thePaparazzi Championship Series; Eric Young beat Ms. Brooks in an intergender bikini contest; Christopher Daniels beat Chris Sabin; AJ Styles beat Rhino; LAX beat Americaís Most Wanted; and Abyss beat Sting and Christian Cage. There was also a confrontation between Chicago White Sox AJ Pierzynski and Dale Torborg and St. Louis Cardinal David Eckstein. Sure Eckstein was giving up a few pounds ... and he did get some help from Lance Hoyt ... but was there ever any doubt that a Cardinal would kick some Chisox ass?

- Jackie Gayda (with hubbie Charlie Haas) had a baby girl, Kayla, on Thursday.

- The Pro Wrestling Torch speculates that the big matches at WrestleMania will be John Cena vs. Triple H; The Undertaker vs. Batista; Bobby Lashley vs. Rob Van Dam or CM Punk; and The Big Show vs. Hulk Hogan.

- Jimmy Wang Yangís valet Amy Zidian has been released by WWE.

- Here are the results for Mecca Pro Wrestlingís Holiday Holocaust Dec. 9 in Cornwall: Ryan Rush beat J. Rennalls; Zack Storm and Chaz Lovely beat Showtime Shawn Macmillan and Max Alexander; Mike Maniacal beat Shooter Anthony Storm in a No DQ/Loser Leaves Town Match; Ruffy Silverstein beat Hybrid Rain; Quinson Valentino beat Reggie Marley; and Soulrage beat Heretik & Payne in a handicap match with the help of Sak. The next show is Jan. 13.


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