Injury bug bites Batista again
TIM BAINES - Ottawa Sun
Dave Batista can't win for losing.
He beat Randy Orton at WWE's Extreme Rules Sunday, winning another heavyweight championship. But he likely will never get to defend it.
Yet another biceps injury will keep the champ out of action for four months or so.
Throw in a hamstring injury and he's been on the shelf too often for his own liking.
Batista's 40, a guy with plenty of talent, but a guy who's too often being written out of storylines.
It seems likely that WWE will hold a tournament to determine the new champ, perhaps as early as Monday's three-hour RAW, which is being labelled 3-for-All.
Ottawa will finally get some WWE action, with a Supershow (featuring wrestlers from each of the brands) Sept. 12 at Scotiabank Place. WWE stars will then head to the Breaking Point pay-per-view in Montreal on Sept. 13, then do RAW on Sept. 14 in Toronto. Tickets for the Ottawa show go on sale June 20, 10 a.m at the box-office, Ticketmaster outlets and www.capitaltickets.ca.
NEW CHAMPS RULE
Extreme Rules really was a night of title changes. Chris Jericho ripped off Rey Mysterio's mask and beat him for the intercontinental title; Tommy Dreamer won the ECW title in a three-way match also featuring Christian and Jack Swagger; and Jeff Hardy beat Edge for the world title (only to lose the match to CM Punk, who cashed in his Money in the Bank challenge clause).
GOING, GOING, GONE
Umaga (Edward Fatu) was released by WWE after the second violation of the Wellness Program. He was dumped after refusing to enter rehab ... RAW's GM Vickie Guerrero quit to spend more time at home.
MMA NOT A THREAT?
WWE COO Donna Goldsmith told a conference that MMA wasn't a threat because it doesn't have real stars or storylines. Say what? I'm not the biggest MMA fan, but Earth to Donna, have you checked out the UFC pay-per-view buy rates?
Tim Baines is the Sports Editor at the Ottawa Sun. Email him at Tim.email@example.com.