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Children of all ages get in on WWF action


By RACHEL HAURANEY -- Ottawa Sun

  You don't have to be a kid to enjoy wrestling.

 But you have to have a little kid in you to fully appreciate the fun-loving antics the World Wrestling Federation superstars deliver.

 Wearing T-shirts emblazoned with trademark wrestling slogans and waving black styrofoam hands, fans watched the WWF's heroes and villains battle it out at the Corel Centre yesterday.

  The crowd was a mix of young and old wrestling fans, some of whom had never seen a live WWF event before.

  Corey Lester, 11, was excited about seeing the wrestlers in person

 "I watch wrestling whenever I can on TV," said Lester.

 It's a case of the in-ring antics almost secondary to the atmosphere.

 SOAP OPERA

 "I've been a wrestling fan for over 20 years," said Rob Martins, who has been watching wrestling on television since he was six years old. "It's like a soap opera for guys. We don't watch Guiding Light. We watch WWF."

  Martins, who has been to the last seven WWF events held in Ottawa, said there were more fans at yesterday's event than in previous years. He said he was there to see The Rock, whose new book, The Rock Says... he is planning to read.

  Judith Allaire, a student at the University of Ottawa, was at yesterday's event with her friend Vanessa Albaracin.

  Albaracin said the pair watch WWF on television "when we don't get beat out of the university residence lounge."

 "This is the first time either of us have gone to a (live WWF event)," said Albaracin, a communications student at the University of Ottawa.

  She said she saw a lot of fans carrying copies of The Rock's new book, which she said they were expecting him to sign.

  Adam Strachan, an OAC student at Bell High School, watches WWF events on pay-per-view and is a regular at the WWF shows at the Corel Centre.

 "It's definitely for entertainment, not for love of the sport, that I come," said Strachan. "It removes you from real life. You see people fighting and not getting hurt for a change."

  Karen Mullins watches wrestling twice a week with her husband.

 "I have to admit I'm a closet wrestling fan," she said.

  The Rock and Co. will be at Montreal's Molson Centre this afternoon.

Rockin' down the house

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