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WWE's too tame for me
By TIM BAINES - Ottawa Sun


I'm not sure I like this new skimmed-down version of the WWE.

I can't say I disagree with WWE's decision to bring its product to the masses -- to cut down on T and A and eliminate the blood. From a business standpoint, they're looking to appeal to the masses.

But I miss the cutting edge tension. And I miss the cutting (although the crimson mask is best used in moderation).

I miss the potty humour (okay, DX still dabbles in it). I miss the possibility a diva may have a wardrobe malfunction.

I don't need lingerie pillow fights, but some of my favourite WWE moments (the diva poker game on ECW and the handprints on Sable's upper assets) involve the lovely ladies.

Wrestling is about telling stories. It's the classic good vs. evil with twists and turns. Storylines need to be cultivated, brought along at just the right pace to retain interest and make us want more.

WWE still tells those stories, some better than others. And while it's reverted to concentrating on that, WWE has decided it wants to be kid-friendly (though I suspect some kids might prefer the WWE of old).

I'm not a WWE hater. But the PG product has lost some of its immediacy, some of its sauciness. Where the hell is the original ECW when you need it?

AROUND THE RING

The Rock appeared in a taped segment for Smackdown!, saying he would be back as a RAW guest host. I can definitely smell what he's cooking ... Good job by Rev. Al Sharpton as RAW host on Monday. Next up is Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger.