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Stone Cold picks up the shears
By TJ MADIGAN - Calgary Sun


The Stone Cold cat is out of the bag.

The key players in the battle of the billionaires were revealed (a little prematurely) this week, thanks to video footage which aired on an E! Network news show.

At Wrestlemania 23 on April 1, it's going to be Umaga (representing Vince McMahon) taking on Bobby Lashley (backed by Donald Trump) in a hair vs. hair match.

The losing wrestler will earn his billionaire boss an unwanted buzz-cut, live on pay-per-view.

WWE writers had planned a slower build to the match between the Donald and the WWE owner.

Two weeks ago, they revealed the hair stipulation. Last week, they revealed Umaga as McMahon's protege for the match.

But before they could get around to revealing Trump's in-ring proxy, footage aired on the entertainment news show of a promotional photo shoot for the bout.

It not only leaked out Lashley's involvement but also spoiled the surprise on a previously unannounced special guest referee.

Stone Cold Steve Austin appeared in the footage wearing a striped ref's shirt, indicating the Rattlesnake is going to be enforcing the law (and the hair cutting) at 'Mania.

This will be Austin's first WWE appearance in over a year -- conveniently just in time for the April 27 release of his new action movie, The Condemned.

Although the Trump-McMahon showdown is not the technical main event of Wrestlemania -- that honour falls to the John Cena vs. Shawn Michaels and Batista vs. Undertaker title bouts -- it is by far the most hyped match on the card.

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