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The true north strong and WWE
By TIM BAINES - Ottawa Sun


Trish Stratus has her final match at Unforgiven at Toronto's Air Canada Centre in 2006. Photo by Mike Mastrandrea

At times, Canada seems so important to WWE.

At other times, it's like we're in a different universe.

First, let's separate Toronto from the rest of Canada.

It's almost as if WWE recognizes Toronto as being a country on its own. It never gets forgotten and news has leaked out that "the centre of the universe" will host a TV Supershow on Dec. 22: A live RAW, along with ECW and Smackdown! tapings.

Toronto deserves regular shows since crowds are always tremendous in size and enthusiasm.

But there are lot of other cities in Canada, cities that WWE has forgotten about, that have the same amount of passion for wrestling. Montreal, with arguably the best wrestling fans in the country, is still on WWE's radar.

But can WWE argue that Calgary wrestling crowds are not rabid? What about Edmonton, Winnipeg and Ottawa, Canada's capital city which hasn't hosted a WWE TV show in a long, long time?

WWE has increased its global visibility, but it's difficult to understand why WWE picks backwater towns in the U.S. to host its TV shows when Canadian fans are thirsting for more action.

Tickets for the Toronto show go on sale on Oct. 25.

CLAW HOLD

Watching an old clip of Baron Von Raschke the other day brought a smile to my face. James Raschke made his name in the AWA when he took on the German shtick. Not the biggest or most muscled guy in the world, the Baron had "the claw," a devastating hold if you believed the reaction of his opponents. My favourite AWA memory involved The Crusher, who said he would take anybody in the building (hauling "janitor" George "Scrap Iron" Gadaski from under the ring) to be his partner.

AROUND THE RING

Carlito and Primo Colon beat Zack Ryder and Curt Hawkins on Friday Night Smackdown! to become WWE tag team champions ... Midget wrestler Pee Wee James (Raymond Sabourin) died earlier this week. He was 75 and lived near Ottawa.