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SummerSlam fails to impress


By GLENN COLE -- Toronto Sun

  The Raleigh Entertainment and Sports Center will be packed, something it never is during the hockey season.

 The World Wrestling Federation invades Raleigh, N.C., a week from tomorrow with another one of its big cards, SummerSlam, a pay-per-view event stepped in tradition whose significance has lessened a touch because of all the PPV events.

 When SummerSlam first burst on the scene, it was the WWF's No. 2 special show behind Wrestlemania.

 But that was in the days when you did not tune in the next night for Raw or Thursday for Smackdown and got caught up on everything even if you didn't order the show.

 But with a money-grab show every month, now it's a take-it-or-leave-it proposition.

 This year's card is not a knockout. Granted, we should see the Chris Benoit-Chris Jericho feud taken to a new level, but the so-called main event features The Rock vs. Hunter Hearst Helmsley vs. Kurt Angle. The Rock and Triple H again. Been there. Done that. And it would be a shock if Angle, the U.S. Olympian, walked out of the ring with the belt.

 He is no more than a mid-carder at best, who, for whatever reason, is getting a huge push.

 The best match of the night may be the tables, ladders and chairs battle for the tag-team titles with Edge and Christian defending their belts against the Dudleys and the Hardys.

 But how many times do we have to see Kane vs. The Undertaker, X-Pac vs. The Road Dogg? And is Tazz vs. Jerry Lawler enough to draw you in?

 CH-CH-CHANGES: Looking for Miss Elizabeth in the WCW? Forget it. She is gone.

 And there is word that many WCWers will be on their way out of the company before too long.

 Low TV ratings and poor attendance figures are the main reason plus the shift to using younger talent.

 Also reported on their way out are Scott Hall, Diamond Dallas Page and perhaps Buff Bagwell. Of that group. Bagwell might be the best fit for the WWF, if it wants any of the castoffs.

 It would be hard to believe that the WWF would welcome back Lex Luger, who is also likely on his way out of Atlanta. Luger was a dud in his first go-round with the WWF.

 Meanwhile, Montreal Pierre-Carl Ouelette was with the WCW in B.C. ear;ier this week.

 CNE CHALLENGE: Folks dropping in on the CNE in the next couple of weeks will have a little bit of an extra treat.

 Wrestlers from the Apocalypse Wrestling Federation will be battling in an IronMan challenge until the CNE closes Sept. 4.

 The AWF, unlike other indies, is going with local talent to fill its shows. Thus the likes of Sinn, Vladimir Urkov, Fabian Stokes, Flesh Gordon, Vijay Singh, David Diamond, The Mysterious Mayhem and Ivan Impact among others. Show times: Monday to Friday 12:30 p.m., 3:30 p.m., 6:30 p.m., and 8:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday they will grapple at 12:15 p.m., 2:15 p.m., 4:15 p.m, 6:15 p.m. and 8:15 p.m.

 HERE AND THERE: Billy Gunn returns to the WWF next month ... The Hardcore Wrestling federation has a card at 7:30 p.m. tonight in Sarnia at the Lochiel Kiwanis Centre, 180 North College Ave. Scheduled to appear on the card are the Legion Of Doom, Jake (The Snake) Roberts and The Iron Sheik. The same guys will be in Guelph tomorrow at 8 p.m., just in time for the HWF Bikini contest Rhino and Jerry Lynn are scheduled on the card ... The revived RWA swing backs into action a week from tonight at Dr. Flea's Hwy 27 & Albion Rd. Admission is free for a card which will have the likes of Kwan Chang, Joey Kross and Billy Boogie ... Hulk Hogan has launched a suit against the WCW, accusing WCW's creative director, Vince Russo, of berating him on national television after a ring appearance.