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Vince and Shane ... stay out!
By TIM BAINES - Ottawa Sun


Shane McMahon at Monday Night Raw in Buffalo. [Photo gallery from Monday Night Raw in Buffalo.] Photo by Mike Mastrandrea

Stephanie McMahon is telling wrestlers that WWE is looking to make new stars.

Work hard and you'll be rewarded. Pitch a storyline and WWE will listen, maybe use it. That's all well and good, in fact it's absolutely the way it should be. But why does WWE trot out Shane McMahon in the main event of RAW?

Give Shane O Mac plenty of credit for putting his limbs on the line ... and somebody's gotta be the helpless victim when wild-eyed Randy Orton's Legacy faction circles him like a pack of dogs.

But to call Shane a wrestler isn't fair to the guys who work and train so hard. It's not fair to the stable of WWE wrestlers and it's especially not fair to the big-time wannabes, grunts who work for $25 in front of a hundred or so zealots in the basement of a community centre.

At least Shane is on the good side of 40. It's even more inconceivable that his father, 63-year-old WWE patriarch Vince, also steps into the ring on occasion. It shouldn't be plausible that a 63-year-old could beat a man half his age.

As much as it might pleasure fans to see Vince or Shane absorb a beating, it's an insult to those who work so hard to become a wrestler.

If Stephanie really wants to make new stars, if she wants to improve morale, she'll have a little chat with her brother and father. Stay out of the ring. Let the wrestlers wrestle.

WWE TV in Alberta

Great news for wrestling fans in Western Canada. Calgary and Edmonton both get WWE TV shows in August. RAW will be in Calgary on Aug. 10, while Smackdown!/ECW is in Edmonton on Aug. 11. Medicine Hat gets a RAW live event on Aug. 9, with a Smackdown!/ECW live event in Red Deer on Aug. 10.

Around the ring

Batista walked to the ring with boxing superstar Manny Pacquiao last Saturday ... Sting says if he loses at TNA's Sacrifice May 24 pay-per-view, he'll retire ... The Undertaker has knee and hip problems, according to The Wrestling Observer. He may opt for surgery ... Bret Hart will appear at the July 24 Ring of Honor show in Toronto.