September 13, 2011
WWE all Hart, soul at The Bank
By TIM BAINES - Ottawa Sun
There was some theatre. Acrobatics. Feats of strength. Drama. Comedy. And athletic brilliance.
And there was a Hart-felt return that was long overdue.
WWE’s rollicking roadshow rolled into town Monday night and in front of millions of TV viewers, Ottawa got swept up in RAW, the soap opera with biceps.
A circus of the stars.
Good guy vs. bad guy.
Bad guy vs. bad guy.
Good guy vs. Good guy.
The lines are blurred, but RAW steamed along nonetheless.
With a sea of colourful signs on display for the world to see, the Scotiabank Place crowd of more than 8,000 loud fans was abuzz from the beginning with the appearance of Hall of Famer Bret Hart.
It had been some 14 years since the storied Survivor Series screwjob in Montreal, when Hart quit WWE and missed RAW the next night in Ottawa.
There was CM Punk, the heelish renegade whose riveting microphone work gave a much-needed shot of adrenaline into WWE programming this summer.
There was John Cena, the clean-cut good guy who many Ottawa fans chose to serenade with a “Cena Sucks” chant.
There was obnoxious champion Alberto Del Rio, who chose to challenge Hart.
There was The Miz. And R Truth. Guys with magic on the microphone.
There was Triple H, The Game and the former King of Kings, doing his part as WWE COO, but getting back into the wrestling game with a match against Punk at Sunday’s Night of Champions pay-per-view.
There was Good Ole J.R., Jim Ross, teamed with Jerry “The King” Lawler and obnoxious Michael Cole doing the announcing.
Getting beyond the nature of wrestling ... getting beyond the words fake and predetermined, WWE once again delivered the total entertainment package — loud and proud.
Tim Baines is the Sports Editor for the Ottawa Sun and can be emailed at Tim.firstname.lastname@example.org.