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Mania short on celebs so far
By TIM BAINES - Ottawa Sun


There's plenty of sizzle heading into Wrestlemania, the silver anniversary of wrestling's Super Bowl.

But it's a bit surprising that WWE hasn't kicked its pomp and pomposity into high gear, with the big date three weeks away. Where are the celebs? To be sure, there has been buildup to some highly anticipated showdowns.

Can Shawn Michaels put a super-kick stop to The Undertaker's undefeated streak at Wrestlemania?

Can John Cena, who snuck his way into a three-way dance with Edge and Big Show by producing video footage of Smackdown! GM Vickie Guerrero kissing Big Show, become a champ again?

Will Triple H avenge Randy Orton's savage attacks on the McMahon family -- Vince, Shane and Stephanie? But before he takes on Orton, the Cerebral Assassin will have to get bailed out of jail. He visited Orton's house (not his real house), attacked Orton (who was with his wife ... well, not his real wife ... the actress was former Playboy Playmate of the Month Laura Croft) and was taken into custody by a couple of cops (I know this is hard to swallow, but they weren't really cops).

Will Chris Jericho find a legend to beat the living bejeezus out of? Nature Boy Ric Flair cost Jericho a Money in the Bank match with a distraction, giving Kofi Kingston a win on RAW. Jericho has invited Flair to show up for a match on RAW. If Flair isn't going to get into the ring -- it would just remove all the emotion and lustre of last year's splendid Wrestlemania match against Michaels, who will face Jericho? C'mon Stone Cold, step up to the plate!

AROUND THE RING

Koko B Ware will go into the WWE Hall of Fame ... JBL beat CM Punk to win the intercontinental title on RAW ... There will be a 25-woman battle royal at Wrestlemania. Look for some blasts from the past, maybe Trish Stratus and Sunny? ... Former Partridge Family member Danny Bonaduce is hoping to wrestle at TNA's Lockdown pay-per-view in April ... WWE has released Kizarny. Mexican transvestite wrestler Casandro will soon join TNA as Andromeda.