June 16, 2007
Vince explodes on to the scene
By TIM BAINES - Ottawa Sun
Vince McMahon is dead, resting in pieces.
There could not possibly be any other conclusion after the three-hour RAW special on Monday night concluded with McMahon's limo being blown to smithereens, presumably by a car bomb.
Investigators are investigating and wrestling fans are mourning, wondering why the tragic death of Vincent Kennedy McMahon is not being covered in the mainstream media.
Geez, I hate to do this ... remember back in the old days of wrestling where we were stunned to find out "wrestling wasn't real?" Well, I've gotta drop another bomb. Spoiler alert, spoiler alert ... read no further if perception is better than reality.
Is Vince McMahon dead? No chance in hell! The fact is the stunt was filmed the night before in Wilkes-Barre, Pa. McMahon obviously wasn't in the car when it went up in flames.
The Genetic Jackhammer is sitting high in his Titan Towers office, getting quite a charge out of his "death." More attention is being paid to WWE, there'll probably be some sort of "funeral," ratings will go up ... and Vince will make a lot more money.
Who killed Vince? Nobody, really. But it'll still be a helluva lot of fun trying to figure it out in storylines to come. Even if it isn't for real.
DRAFTED: Ten wrestlers changed places during the WWE Draft on RAW. SMACKDOWN! got The Great Khali, Torrie Wilson, Chris Masters and Ric Flair; ECW got The Boogeyman and Chris Benoit; and RAW got King Booker, Bobby Lashley, Snitsky and Ken Kennedy. There will be a supplemental draft tomorrow on wwe.com.
DOG DAYS: Kennedy is a student of wrestling. "I watch tapes religiously," he said. "At Titan Towers, there's a wrestling vault, with wall-to-wall tapes. It's like wrestling heaven. One of the guys I talk to is Steve Austin, he's a mentor to me and he said I should watch tapes of (guys like) Tito Santana and Curt Hennig. Things like that keep me moving forward." Kennedy admires Austin so much he has a dog named Austin. "It just seemed like a good name for a dog," Kennedy said.
AROUND THE RING: Dave Meltzer of the Wrestling Observer reported that WWE Hall of Famer Sherri Russell, known to wrestling fans as Sensational Sherri, died yesterday at the age of 49. No other details were available. ... Huge news for Ottawa, with Bret (The Hitman) Hart appearing at SuperEx Showdown: When Legends Collide Aug. 23 at the Civic Centre. Hart will sign autographs at the show. Tickets are on sale at Ticketmaster outlets and ticketmaster.ca.