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Dr. Death was a true warrior
By TIM BAINES - Ottawa Sun


In a week leading in to the return of a Monday Night War, the wrestling world lost one of its true warriors.

"Dr. Death" Steve Williams died Tuesday in Denver after a long battle with throat cancer. He was 49.

Williams showed up in WWE (WWF at the time) in 1998 and participated in the Brawl for All competition, a series of “legitimate” fights. The four-time All-American at Oklahoma from 1979-82 was knocked out by Bart Gunn in stunning fashion. That pretty much signalled the end of Williams’ WWF days.

It was in organizations like the UWF, NWA and all over Japan that Williams shone. His physical style pushed him to the top.

As for the Monday Night War, TNA and WWE will go head to head on Monday.

Could it lead to a revival of the WCW vs. WWE war, with Hulk Hogan taking over TNA?

WWE is taking no chances. It wants no part of a battle, hoping to put a stranglehold on the ratings from the get-go, with Bret "The Hitman" Hart returning. He’s officially the “guest host” of RAW. But it’s expected the appearance will become regular leading into Wrestlemania. No doubt there will be plenty of talk about the infamous 1997 Survivor Series screwjob in Montreal that left Hart bitter for so many years.

So, Hogan or Hart?

I’m looking forward to both shows. With TNA upping the ante, I’m hopeful RAW can also recapture some of the electricity it’s been missing in recent weeks.

Around the ring

Melina has a torn MCL and could be out a while ... Timbaland as RAW guest host last week? Lame. Very lame ... It looks like Kip James and Cody Deaner are done with TNA.