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Revolution features decent story resolution
By TJ MADIGAN - Calgary Sun


WWE didn't wait long to break out its first pay-per-view of 2007.

New Years Revolution is tomorrow night in Kansas City, where -- much like the ongoing NHL's Pittsburgh Penguins relocation attempts in that same borough --the pay-per-view could still go either way.

December saw WWE produce a disastrous ECW show and an awesome Armageddon event, which means New Years Revolution could rate anywhere from top notch to train wreck, depending which side of bed the writing team rolls out of tomorrow morning.

The main event will be a WWE title tilt between champ John Cena and challenger Umaga.

Not only is this the first recent main event where nobody's really sure what the outcome will be, it's also one of the first where the result actually matters.

WWE bosses reportedly want to keep Umaga's undefeated streak alive, at least until Wrestlemania in April.

However, they also want to keep the title belt on Cena, the company's flagship star and resident cash cow.

With the champ coming off a high-profile loss to Kevin Federline on Monday's Raw, it's unlikely WWE wants him to stare at the ceiling for a second time this week.

So, unless they go with a screwy finish, it's a 'rock-and-a-hard-place' scenario -- one of those rare bouts where neither wrestler can afford to take a loss.

The politics and ramifications of this one will be far more interesting than the actual in-ring action.

Heading up the undercard is a tag-team match between DX (Triple H and Shawn Michaels) and Rated-RKO (Edge and Randy Orton).

After a solid heel push for Edge and Orton over the past few weeks, tomorrow will probably be that inevitable turning point where DX cuts the bad guys' legs out from under them and makes them look like complete chumps.

Third floor, glass ceiling.

Edge and Orton, this is your stop, please exit the elevator.

Moving down the card, the steel cage is going to be brought down from the attic for the intercontinental title match between Jeff Hardy and Johnny Nitro.

Nitro has been on fire for the past few months and will likely secure his spot as a future main eventer with a strong showing in the steel cage.

Also coming off a great buildup, Victoria and Mickie James will bring their Kill Bill storyline to a head in a one-on-one women's match.

Rounding out the card is Carlito challenging Chris Masters and Ric Flair tackling another of WWE's future headliners, Kenny Dykstra.

On paper, the card is solid and unlike most B-level pay-per-views from 2006, every match has a reason, a back-story and a strong buildup.

But with the much bigger Royal Rumble event just a couple of weeks away, the booking team will need to bring their A-game to keep this event leaning more towards memorable, less towards mediocre.

New Years Revolution airs Sunday night on pay-per-view and at select Canadian movie theatres.


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