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WWF is going the X-tra yard


By MR. X -- Ottawa Sun

  The WWF is trying its hand at football.

 And, it says the results of the matches will not be predetermined. The XFL will begin next February with teams slotted for New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Miami and Orlando, with two sites yet to be decided. The season will last for 10 games, followed by playoffs.

 The WWF, which made the announcement Thursday, promises "smash-mouth football."

 This cannot be considered good news for the CFL, which rejected overtures by the WWF to purchase it. The new league is promising to pay salaries second to only the NFL, which will dilute the talent coming north a little more.

 - The WWF underwent another radical change this past week: The Young Radicals stormed onto the scene. Chris Benoit, Eddy Guerrero, Dean Malenko and Perry Saturn, fresh from their WCW releases, appeared on RAW as ringside guests of Mick Foley. It didn't take long for the Fab Four to stick their noses into the WWF affairs, roughing it up with DX. It also didn't take long for the new group to suffer its first injury. Guerrero was seriously hurt, with a separated elbow at the Smackdown tapings which could keep him out of action for a few months.

 - The WWF had a new women's champion for one night, with Harvey Wippleman cross-dressing to win the belt on RAW, then losing it to Jackie on Smackdown.

 - Jerry Lawler had another good one-liner directed at Mae Young: "Mae's puppies look like they're ready for the pet cemetery."

 - Speaking of Mae: Pregnant? Say it isn't so, Mark Henry? This storyline might really be pushing it.

 - The Undertaker could be out of action for four months.

 - With Kevin Nash sidelined for the better part of a couple of months, Jeff Jarrett was named WCW's interim commissioner.

 - Ric Flair was back in WCW during Nitro. Apparently, while he wants to be a heel, the fans continue to cheer. And Hulk Hogan popped up on Thunder, not to wrestle but just to pop off.

 NOTE: The Sunday wrestling page was unavailable from source. It will return next week.