May 7, 2010
Finally, WWE TV returns to Ottawa!
By TIM BAINES - Ottawa Sun

A bit more than two years ago, I interviewed Vince McMahon.

At the time, he was a month away from a Wrestlemania match which would see his head get shaved.

Soon after the interview finished, I got a message from WWE Canada president Carl DeMarco, who Id been harassing for a couple of years about not bringing a WWE TV show back to Ottawa.

DeMarco wondered whether Id asked McMahon when either RAW or Smackdown! would return to Ottawa. I took a deep gulp. Id forgotten to ask. Id blown it. Id let Ottawa wrestling fans down.

A month later, at Wrestlemania in Orlando, I sat in a room across from Linda McMahon. I said something like: "Linda, Ottawa is Canadas capital city. There are TV shows and pay-per-views in Montreal and Toronto. Hell, there are TV shows in London and Hamilton. Nothing in Ottawa."

Linda chuckled and deferred to DeMarco, who later continued to joke that Id blown my opportunity. McMahon, WWEs self-proclaimed Genetic Jackhammer, had the final say.

Well, finally ... WWE TV is coming back to Ottawa.

Smackdown! will be here on May 18, taped for showing later that week on The Score.

The main event is scheduled to be The Big Show vs. Jack Swagger. Other stars on the Smackdown! roster include Rey Mysterio, CM Punk and his Straight Edge Society; Kofi Kingston, Beth Phoenix, MVP, Kane and The Undertaker.

Check out capitaltickets.ca for more info. Id hate to think I was wrong about Ottawa being able to hold a major WWE TV event.

Hart finishes in T.O.

Bret Hart told Sirius Radio 98s Right After Wrestling show that he would be done with WWE after the May 17 RAW in Toronto.


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