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WWE minus sass, sauce
By TIM BAINES - Ottawa Sun


The wrestling I grew up with was billed as "family entertainment."

It had good guys and bad guys. It had midgets.

There was no blood. No vulgarity. No sexy sizzle. Wait a second. That's the modern-day WWE, reinvented. Raunch removed. Rated PG-13.

The Divas, who at one point were getting naked for Playboy, are as sexy as ever. But they're not promoting the sizzle. They wrestle.

Why has WWE gone from sassy and saucy to predictable and corny? Don't tell me it's because Linda McMahon, who is running for U.S. Senate, sleeps with the boss. I liked the PG-13 stuff when I was 12, not so much now.

On the other hand, Hulk Hogan has come in and tried to reshape TNA. The programming, while choppy at times, at least has an edge, a spirit WWE had not so long ago.

It's time Vince McMahon, WWE's self-proclaimed Genetic Jackhammer, grew some grapefruits again.

Around the ring

TNA introduced two more ex-WWE stars at its Genesis pay-per-view on Sunday: Brian Kendrick ... and Mister ... Anderson .... Anderson (Ken Anderson, the former Mr. Kennedy, says he's signed on for a year). Matt Morgan and Hernandez won the world tag team straps at Genesis, while AJ Styles got some help from Ric Flair in a title defence against Kurt Angle ... The buzz is TNA's Awesome Kong socked backstage interviewer Bubba The Love Sponge after comments he made about Haiti. If it's true, we can only hope the punch was followed by a good boot to an area a bit below the mid-section ... Dule Hill and James Roday, stars of the TV series Psych, will host RAW on Monday. Jerry Springer will host Feb. 15. Cheech and Chong take over March 1 ... The Harts' DVD, out in April, will be called Hart and Soul: The Hart Family Anthology.