August 15, 2004
Summerslam hints at Orton unveiling
By CYRUS - Winnipeg Sun
Today is Summerslam, the WWE's second biggest annual pay per view and the buzz is substantial even by WWE standards. For Canadian fans, the return to Toronto marks yet another coup on the heels of the back-to-back television tapings in Winnipeg last month.
The show will likely mark a move to firming up Randy Orton as the new "next one" in terms of being the future of the company. Internally, many see Orton as the next Rock and a guy who has some real crossover ability in terms of mainstream acting ability. The entire show has been somewhat overshadowed by this match (as should be the case), but what should not be overlooked is that the entire show is quite compelling.
The two show-stealers should be Eddie Guerrero vs. Kurt Angle and the three-way between Edge, Chris Jericho and Batista. This last match is a great personal development situation for Batista, as he is in with two of the best. The match itself is made more interesting by the interplay between Jericho and Edge this past week on Raw with Jericho being teased as the eventual heel in the situation. What transpires may, in fact, look entirely different, but should be fantastic regardless.
Angle and Guerrero have been two of the best in the entire business for the past two years, and both are presumably well rested, coming off injuries (neck for Angle, hamstring for Eddie). From a pure wrestling perspective, this should be very interesting. Add into the mix the Triple H vs. Eugene match, which should have tremendous heat, and you have a pretty impressive top of the card.
What should be most interesting is the fallout of this event. With Edge as a likely heel and Intercontinental champion, and what should be highly entertaining interplay between Triple H and the potential new world champion Orton, there should be lots of good reasons to watch Raw in the coming weeks. Definitely a must-see event.
WWE hits the Fargodome this coming Saturday, Aug. 21, featuring Chris Benoit vs. Randy Orton, Chris Jericho vs. Batista and Edge and Eugene vs. Flair. Drive down to Fargo, N.D., and check it out. Tickets available at Ticketmaster. ... Sable was released from WWE this past week. Likely a combination of her comments that WWE was sexist, her relationship with Brock Lesnar and the fact that she didn't have much of a role anymore. ... Joe Aiello is on a new diet, upping his protein and cutting his carbs. Maybe Joe will finally have that match he has been talking about.