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Flair vs. Michaels should be historic
By CYRUS
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Every so often a truly special match strikes you and stays with you for months and years after you see it live. Many of us from my age group have fond memories of the old AWA hitting the Winnipeg Arena once a month or so when titles meant something and people believed.

Since the old glory days, there have been several excellent matches, most of them featuring hometown boy Chris Jericho. Chris is a great draw here for WWE and seems to relish the opportunity to perform in his old stomping grounds.

Chris will be back for the next WWE event on Jan. 16th, but there a different match on this card that will present fans with a real once-in-a-lifetime opportunity: seeing the best wrestler of the '80s square off against arguably the best of the '90s.

Ric Flair vs. Shawn Michaels was added to this show and it represents one of the few times you can witness something that you will always remember. Flair, who was unquestionably the best wrestler of the '80s (some would suggest of all-time), and Michaels, who many think was the best of the '90s (and in my opinion has been by far the best worker on the WWE roster since his return two years ago) will square off in what should be a smart fan's dream match.

Flair will bust out much of his routine, the same routine that some have been critical of as being "repetitive." Yeah, right, kind of like the Rolling Stones doing Satisfaction in concert: it may be repetitive but you are dying to see it, even if you know all the words. Michaels, who at half-speed is better than most mortal wrestlers in the world, will likely be at his best in the ring with a man he looked up to.

Some have compared Triple H to Flair, a comparison that I am sure Trip would be pleased with. While Triple H is a great worker, Michaels is a much better comparison to Flair as he, like Flair in the '80s was (and, in some cases, still is) in a different stratosphere from the rest of the industry.

I can think of no better match to kick off a new generation of wrestling in Winnipeg at the new MTS Centre, one that will no doubt be burned into the memories of fans in the same way as the Flair-Nick Bockwinkel match still is, 19 years after it took place.

K-5 NEWS

Brock Lesnar is apparently talking to WWE officials about coming back, but doesn't want to work a full schedule ... Tony Condello's TCW wrestling school is now open and taking students to be wrestlers, managers, valets, announcers and referees. Call Tony at 204-229-9173 for details ... NWA TNA is in a new timeslot on Fox Sports Network, late Friday aftenoons.


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