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New angles are stone cold


By GLENN COLE -- Toronto Sun

  There is little doubt that Steve Austin's absence has been felt by wrestling fans.

 The World Wrestling Federation has had to lock itself into some pretty dull angles since Austin went down with neck problems that needed surgery. Now, Austin has not fully recovered and probably will not be climbing back into the ring for a few months -- if he is smart.

 But he will be back in the corner of The Rock, who takes on Triple H (Hunter Hearst Helmsley), in the latest in the never-ending series of pay-per-view events tomorrow night.

 Far too much time has been devoted in the past few weeks to Triple H and the dysfunctional McMahon family.

 It got to be particularly tedious when Helmsley "married" Stephanie McMahon and the two were front and centre while Vince McMahon and his son, Shane, took care of WWF business.

 Instead of enhancing the plot, the return of Shane and Vince served to prolong it, not enhance it. Maybe it was because the WCW was not overly aggressive in providing a viable alternative that the WWF thought it could let its standards slip a bit.

 Having Austin around at least will stir the pot. There is a school of thought that upon his return he will be a total heel and will turn on The Rock. Well, he might turn on The Rock, but can you really see Austin fully in the camp of Vince McMahon and aligning with Helmsley?

 That would serve no entertainment purpose at all.

 A couple of things to remember. Austin is not fully fit and The Rock will be taking some time off in the next few weeks to film the sequel to The Mummy.

 Take it from there and let your imagination run wild.

 NEW CHAMP: Dewey (David Arquette) as World Championship Wrestling champion.

 A lot of fans are finding that tough to swallow, but you have to admit it is a different idea. Just remember that wrestling is not what it was even five years ago.

 There is more acting than wrestling going on most nights and Arquette is a legit actor. A legit wrestler, an oxymoron if there ever was one? No. But then again, is Stephanie McMahon a legit wrestler?

 Give Eric Bischoff and Vince Russo marks for doing something a little different, but frankly, it is a little too far out. Many longtime wrestlers and observers think it's a joke, including Bret Hart, who put the choke-slam on the idea in a recent interview in Minneapolis.

 It should be a short title reign. Let's hope so.

 ah, the memories: Finally caught up to a part of that pay-per-view featuring the former stars of the AWA, a Minneapolis-based company, which presented cards throughout the U.S. Midwest as well as in western Canada and even sent wrestlers to work in Toronto and Montreal. You may recall the weekly shows on TSN Wrestling with the likes of Baron von Raschke, Buck Zumhofe, Greg Gagne, Sheik Adnan el-Kaisee, Jim Brunzell, Tom Zenk and Ricky Rice as undercarders to the likes of Hulk Hogan, Andre the Giant, Nick Bockwinkel, Magnum Terry Allen, Rick Martel, Ric Flair, Shawn Michaels, Marty Jeannetty et al. It was old-time wrestling which likely wouldn't be seen today, but there were a lot of memories of a well-run company that was spiked in the heart when McMahon started his aggressive expansion plans and smothered it.