January 21, 2007
No TV, but Ottawa lands Smackdown!ECW show
By TIM BAINES
WWE is returning to Ottawa. But once again, it won't be a TV show.
We'll have to settle for a Smackdown!/ECW live event on May 26, at the Civic Centre, not Scotiabank Place.
Montreal is also being bypassed for TV, with a live event (still to be determined if it'll be Smackdown!/ECW or RAW) on May 27 (there will be a show in Kingston on the same day).
Toronto will get the May 28 RAW TV show, with London landing the May 29 Smackdown!/ECW TV show.
There will be RAW live events in Hamilton on May 11 and Barrie on May 26.
Also, of considerable note, is the squelching of the story that Montreal had cinched November's Survivor Series. It will be held in Miami.
"It was tentatively booked a long time ago, but we never announced (Survivor Series) would be in Montreal," said WWE Canada president Carl DeMarco. "There was a hold on the building, but sometimes there are routing issues."
DeMarco said Ottawa remains on the map for a future WWE TV show. But there are doubters.
"There are certainly people in the company who have concerns (about Ottawa)," he said. "I believe Ottawa is a good market. I've pushed for Ottawa. And I'm not giving up."
DeMarco said WWE has trimmed back the number of Canadian shows.
"WWE is a global company," he said. "There's a demand for the product outside of North America.
"At one time, we played the market too much here. We've got to find the right balance on the number of events we hold in Canada."
- Scott "Bam Bam" Bigelow died in his Florida home at the age of 45 on Friday. The cause of death is unknown. "He clearly broke the mold," Paul Heyman told wwe.com. "When else could a guy that size do picture perfect drop kicks and do moves off the top rope? BB settled down in his career to just do the splash from the top. But there was nothing he couldn't do if he wanted to. He was a like a prodigy in that if he watched someone do something in the ring, he could emulate it in the ring instantly."
- Canadian Christian Cage, Orangeville's own Jay Reso, is TNA heavyweight champion again. Cage won a three-way elimination match against Abyss and Sting at TNA's Final Resolution pay-per-view last Sunday. Other results: Kurt Angle beat Samoa Joe 3-2 in an Ironman match; Chris Sabin won the X Division title over Jerry Lynn and Christopher Daniels; LAX beat Team 3D via DQ; Rhino beat AJ Styles in a Last Man Standing match; Cowboy James Storm beat Petey Williams; and Alex Shelley beat Austin Starr.
- WWE released several wrestlers this week: Sylvester Terkay, Jazz, Rodney Mack, Tony Mamaluke, Chris Chavis (Tatanka), The Bashams, Al Snow, The Gymini, CW Anderson and David Heath (Gangrel).
- So Rated RKO couldn't finish off D-Generation X. Triple H's sledgehammer came in handy for his DX mate Shawn Michaels on RAW. But you can bet the bloodied Edge and Randy Orton will show up ready for a fight tomorrow.
- Marquis Cor Von (actually former TNA star Monty Brown) made his ECW debut.
- A Meet the Legends event planned for Windsor on April 1, the same day as Wrestlemania, minutes away in Detroit. Demolition, Tito Santana and The Iron Sheik will be on hand. The first 200 tickets sold will go into a draw for one of five signed robes that the wrestlers will wear in. Check out meetthelegends.com for more details.