May 23, 2009
WWE hits Canada for big shows
By TIM BAINES - Ottawa Sun
With Vince McMahon in the headlines after having the basketballs to stand up to the NBA's Denver Nuggets, it's also worth noting that the WWE boss is bringing his travelling circus to Canada for some mighty important dates this summer.
With TV shows in Calgary on Aug. 10 (Monday Night RAW) and Edmonton on Aug. 11 (Smackdown!/ECW), Montreal gets the Sept. 13 Unforgiven pay-per-view. Toronto will get the Sept. 14 RAW. And Hamilton will host a Smackdown!/ECW TV show on Sept. 15. It would have made plenty of sense to schedule RAW in Ottawa and Smackdown!/ECW in Toronto, but WWE has once again given the nation's capital the cold shoulder.
Vince vs. Nuggets
WWE booked Monday's RAW show at Denver's Pepsi Center many, many months ago. With the Nuggets needing the arena for a West final home game against the Lakers, WWE was told to find a new date or a new home. McMahon, who said he couldn't accept the Nuggets "just simply throwing us out on our ear," challenged team owner Stan Kroenke to a steel cage match to resolve the issue. The Nuggets say they thought they had an agreement that WWE would use the arena and tape RAW on Sunday night, but McMahon instead opted to move the show to Los Angeles. Look for a RAW parody on the situation as Randy Orton, Legacy, The Miz and Big Show face MVP, Batista, John Cena, Jerry Lawler and a fifth "player."
Around the ring
Give Anthony Carelli credit. His Santino Marella character has become must-see TV ... WWE's Great American Bash pay-per-view will now simply be called The Bash ... Ric Flair showed up to help Batista at the Judgment Day pay-per-view ... TNA Wrestling will host a July 10 show at Hamilton's Copps Coliseum.
Judgment Day results
Edge beat Jeff Hardy; John Cena beat Big Show; Randy Orton beat Batista via DQ; Rey Mysterio beat Chris Jericho; John Morrison beat Shelton Benjamin; Christian beat Jack Swagger; and Umaga beat CM Punk.