It's been quite a week for wrestling fans this week and it's not even over yet!
In a surprise move Kurt Angle became World Champion this week when Batista
became even more injured this week at a house show after tearing his triceps on
top of already having a torn lat. Kurt being moved to Smackdown I think opens
the door for some great feuds and title matches, as Angle can carry a broom to a
great match. As well hopefully we'll get some more Angle/Benoit classics!
Edge fulfilled a long quest in becoming the WWE Champion at the New Years
Revolution PPV this past Sunday. For those of you living under a rock, Edge cashed in
his "Money in the Bank" contract at the end of the Elimination Chamber match and
defeated the quickly declining in popularity John Cena. It was a surprise move
that by all accounts saved a lackluster PPV. And then Edge proceeded to produce
one of the highest rated RAW segments in some time with his "live sex show" with
Lita! Well done Canadian Boy. It's about time! I, for one, believe Edge has had
"Main Event Status" written all over him for a long time, as well as his former
tag partner Christian Cage.
Seeing these two great workers starting to get their due gives me more hope!
And it reminds me of a great story! Want to hear it? Okay nevermind. It's the one
where I almost got Edge, Christian, Chris Jericho and Test arrested in Calgary! Sure
you don't want to hear it?
Okay, here goes. So one night about four or five years ago (memory is starting to go),
myself, Davey Boy Smith, Jim Niedhart and some other friends were out at a club
in Calgary called Cowboys after a WWE show. Jericho, Test and I believe Edge
were there schmoozing and having a nice time.
Late in the evening we were all
spread about the bar when next to me at a pool table this jerkoff wedgied
(grabbed her exposed underwear and pulled) this poor girl sitting on the edge
of the table none too gently. She, of course, was offended and angry, and got up and
slapped this dude hard. He, unapologetic, grabs her and cocks his hand back to
That's where I stepped in between the two to break it up and ask what
kind of tough guy gets called out for being a douche and then has the gall to
hit the girl? He proceeds to call me a couple names and in response I let my
hair down and pull it straight (it was past my shoulders at this point) and ask him
if he'd feel more comfortable hitting me if I looked like a girl! He turns away swearing at me and I think no more of it and go to leave.
But not being a moron, I watch him grab a bottle and try to bust me in
the head as I turn my back! I block his bottle swing and punch him and take him
to the ground. We exchange about 8-10 punches but it is very one-sided and I
really do a number on him. About this time, I am grabbed by a friend named John
and told to get out before I get thrown out. I say my goodbyes and thank you's
and take my leave heading home. I don't think any more about the fight.
About five days later I get a call from Ross Hart that the police are looking for
me in connection with this fight. I am amazed, but call the police and turn
myself in immediately. It seems I sent buddy to the hospital for a short stay
and have been charged with assault causing bodily harm. But before me they tried
to charge what witnesses described as "a long blond haired wrestler" and they
started that night at the hotel all the boys were staying in even waking
Christian who was not even out that night!!
Well, long story short, the next time I was at WWE event I apologized for any
inconvenience and even brought suck up gifts to E and C and Jericho in the form
of a shiny shirt for Jericho, and two pairs of funky sunglasses for E and C! So
you can guess the timeline by the gifts I brought.
I was found not guilty of assault when the young lady in question
stood up in my defense saying what a jerk the other guy was.
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TNA's Final Resoulution PPV is tomorrow, Sunday January 15th, and is the debut of
Sting, back for the first time in years as he teams with Christian Cage against
Jeff Jarrett and Monty Brown. There are a couple great Match of the Year possibilities on the card as well with Samoa Joe vs Chris Daniels for the X Division title, AMW vs
Team 3D for the tag titles. I believe the sleeper hit will be "The Monster" Abyss vs "The Man Beast" Rhino. It promises to be a great PPV!
Time will tell if the acquisition of Sting will be the boost that TNA
management hope he will be but it certainly makes this weeks PPV a capper for
one hell of a week.
And for those of you who are Johnny Devine fans and Indy fans in general, AWE's
Harsh Reality PPV is available this Wednesday, January 18th -- check your local listings for times. It features the return of the Steiner Brothers, Rick and "Big Poppa Pump" Scott,
against Buff Bagwell and Kip James. As well as a ... ahem, cough ... great tag match
featuring new WWE developmental trainee Kenny Omega and "Red Hot" Ryan Wood
against Shawn Houston and myself! Meh, I liked it!!
AWE's next big show in Winnipeg is February 10th and they are planning an expansion into Alberta in the coming months, hitting both Edmonton and Calgary! Those will be fun!
Well enough for this week. Hope you enjoyed the story and will check out both
TNA's Final Resolution and AWE's Harsh Reality! Till next time fans, stay hot
and take care. And remember -- IF YOU DON'T LIKE IT, LEARN TO LOVE IT, CAUSE I'M CANADIAN AND PROUD OF IT!
EDITOR'S NOTE: "Hotshot" Johnny Devine's column will run on Saturdays (or whenever he delivers) on SLAM! Wrestling. Be sure to visit each week!
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