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WWF rocks Fredericton
By MIKE SAUNDERS -- for SLAM! Wrestling

  FREDERICTON, NB - The WWF returned to Fredericton on Saturday night, like a lost friend coming back home for one last holiday meal. The crowd was anticipating a great fast paced show, and the WWF delivered. From the word go, and the huge crowd reaction to Guns and Roses blasting over the PA (to bring out Howard Finkel) the crowd was into it. Not once did it seem like the 3,500 strong were sitting on their hands, which made it feel like many more.

 Finkel starts off the show just by letting us all know that any of the wrestlers we see here tonight that were with WCW and the Alliance, are there trying out for a job, and trying to prove something to Ric Flair. The mere mention of the co-owner of the WWF set off a chorus of 'woos' throughout the crowd. He then goes on to acknowledge the fact that they had not been to Fredericton in 7 long years, but hopes it was worth the wait. We then get the proceedings under way, which leads us to:

 Match 1: Billy Kidman vs. Tajiri for the Cruiserweight title -- At least the fans in Fredericton haven't been starved enough for wrestling that they've forgotten who to cheer for, as Tajiri gets a huge pop. Kidman does a lot of jawing with the crowd, and taunting Tajiri. The Japanese buzz saw takes control early, taking it to the mat with a chin lock, and a few kicks to the head. Kidman gains the upper hand hitting a flying forearm, and using chokes and a chin lock. Tajiri fought out long enough to miss a spinning heel kick and get caught for a slam by Kidman. Kidman then went for the kill but missed a frog splash. Tajiri gets on a role hitting a standing sidekick, but Kidman turns a Hurracanrana into a sit down power bomb resulting in a two count. Tajiri hit's the backhand spring elbow, but Kidman counters with a modified face buster and another two count. Tajiri gets up and goes into the corner, gets the tarantula locked in, followed by a vicious kick to the face, that can only be described as better in person than on TV, for the win.

 Match 2 : Molly vs. Lita -- Back and forth contest that is given enough time, but no more than it should. Lita hit's a tilt a whirl slam on Molly. Molly hit's a Bridged suplex for a 2 count. Lita countered with a cross body block. Molly slows it down with a surfboard stretch. Molly continued to work the back with stomps, elbows and a backbreaker. When she misses a splash, Lita turns it around with a dropkick and a Hurracanrana. Molly tries to slow it down again with a drop toe hold into the ropes, but misses a back hand spring into the corner, and Lita hit's the Twist of Fate and a moonsault for the win.

 Match 3 : Shawn Stasiak vs. Randy Orton -- Lots of boos for Stasiak, which turned to 'who?' for Orton, the fans weren't entirely sure who to cheer for in this one. Stasiak is thrown to the outside in the early going, and trips getting back in. Orton goes for a sunset flip and ends up pulling Stasiak's trunks down in the process exposing his posterior, he does a full 360 turn looking at the crowd before the ref takes mercy and demonstrates how to pull his trunks up. Stasiak takes control with his arsenal of punches, stomps and poses, and manages to work over the back of Orton. A big slam and some knees to the kidneys get a two count. A backdrop does the same. Orton gets in some offence after a low blow, and lands a backdrop, a couple of clotheslines, and a slam for a two count. Stasiak gets up and hit's a reverse DDT for the win.

 Match 4 : Funaki vs. Hurricane -- Huge pop for Hurricane and his entire super hero posing. He even bows to Funaki and shakes the ref's hand. Funaki makes for the dressing room when Helms does a sumo stomp or two. When Funaki gets back in, Helms offers a shake, But Funaki gets fingers to both eyes. Funaki's offence mostly consisted of kicks and punches to start with, and starts taunting the crowd when he gets the advantage. Hurricane comes to and takes the low road in crotching him on the ropes and bouncing him up and down. Funaki offers his hand for another shake, Hurricane goes for it but blocked the poke to the eyes ala the three stooges. Funaki hit's a snap suplex for a quick two, and then goes into the abdominal stretch. Hurricane gets out and hits Funaki with his version of the blockbuster, followed by a reverse neck breaker and an attempt at the choke slam (can't they at least let him get it on someone smaller than him? The crowd went nuts!) Funaki applies a sleeper, but Hurricane hit's a back drop out of it, and then the eye of the hurricane for the win.

 Match 5 : Hugh Morrus vs. Big Show -- Tim White gets a bigger pop for the start of this one than Hugh Morrus. This one takes a while to start as Morrus won't get in the ring. Big show demonstrates how by vaulting in over the top rope (impressive stuff, that) then, when Morrus still won't get in, Tim White demonstrates as well. Morrus finally gets in when Big Show lies down at the other side of the ring, but is quick to scurry out again when Show jumps to his feet in one swift motion. Big show eventually chases him up the ramp and brings him to the ring. Show is met in the ring with a few shoulder blocks and some punches, all of which are ineffective. The comedy continues as they both start bouncing off the ropes crisscrossing, but show stops and gets a big laugh as Morrus continues for about four passes. Show tears off Morrus' Survivor Series shirt and gives him a big shop in each corner, then goes in for a big boot, but gets his foot hung up on the corner as Morrus ducks and delivers a low blow. Morrus immediately goes for the knee, with kicks, chop blocks, and even a submission. Big show gives Morrus a piggyback ride as Morrus locks in a sleeper. Show hit a sidewalk slam, and both men were down. Morrus is up first and hit's a DDT but misses on the No Laughing Matter. That's it as Show goes for the choke slam and the win.

 Match 6 : European Championship match, Rikishi vs. Christian -- Christian gets cheap heat before the match and rips on Fredericton. But Rikishi is quick to take over the match. He pounded Christian's head into the corner for the emphatic ten count, but used all three turnbuckles in one corner. Rikishi hit's a backdrop and a belly to belly, but when the match goes to the outside, Christian puts a thumb to the eyes of Rikishi and tosses him into the steps twice. Back in the ring, Christian hits a single arm DDT, and lock on a chin lock. Christian throws a tantrum banging on the mat a dozen times when he only receives a two count off a missed leg drop of Rikishi's. Christian goes to the top rope and gets thrown from it for his troubles. Christian gets out of an attempted Rikishi driver, but was hit with a super kick. Christian pulled the ref into the way when Rikishi went charging into the corner backside first. The Samoan hits another belly to belly, but the ref is out, Christian hit's a reversed DDT but the revived ref gets knocked again when Rikishi kicks out throwing Christian onto the ref. Christian tries to hit Rikishi with the belt but misses, and Rikishi hit's a Samoan drop. While setting up for a bonzai drop, Rikishi gets dropped throat first into the ropes by Test. Christian hit's the Unprettier for the win, but spends to much time celebrating and Rikishi gives him a Stinkface. After a quick intermission, and some shameless plugs for the Gamecube from the Fink,

 Match 7 : Tommy Dreamer and Steven Richards vs. The Hardyz with Lita -- Steven and Jeff start things off, and a shoving match ensues after Steven mocks Jeff's hair. Matt is tagged in, and both Hardyz go to work on Steven. Dreamer is quickly tagged in, and hit's a hip toss into an arm bar. Dreamer hits Steven mistakenly with a baseball slide, and Jeff hit's a plancha on both of them. Back in the ring, Dreamer hit's a version of the Lo-Down on Matt. Dreamer and Richards got some quick tagging and double-teaming going. Matt gets to tag Jeff in after hitting both with a clothesline. Jeff hits Dreamer with a chin breaker, a dropkick and his leg drop. Jeff's momentum gets stopped when he gets crotched on the ropes. Steven hit's a drop toehold just as Dreamer comes down with an elbow in a nice bit of teamwork for the pair. Stomps and chokes isolate Jeff as Matt is begging to get in. A double team neck breaker has Jeff down for two. Jeff gives Dreamer a face full of boot, and a mule kick in order to hit the hot tag. Matt get a leg drop on Dreamer, and the Hardyz hit poetry in motion on both men. Dreamer gives matt a desperation shove into Steven's super kick, but Lita is quick to the rescue hitting her Hurracanrana, which is followed by both the Twist of fate, and a Swanton on Steven for the pin.

 Match 8 : Intercontinental Title Match. Val Venis vs. Edge -- Val rips on Canada for its high taxes, poor healthcare, and even the northern lights. Going on to call us all Mental Morons for not leaving the country. Edge comes out and retorts stating he is proud to be Canadian as shown by his totally cool maple leaf shaped hat, and tells that Val is not going to come into his old stomping grounds (apparently Edge resided in Moncton at one point) and try and take his title. Also claims that he totally reeks of awesomeness, and states that Fredericton is full of Edge heads. Edge gets a quick two count off of a Russian leg sweep. Val counters by attacking the knee of Edge, hitting a dropkick, stomps, kicks, and even a few submissions. Edge managed to get to the ropes on the first two submissions, (which looked like modified figure fours,) but on the third he reversed it but Val gets to the rope. Val climbs to the second rope but jumps right into a power slam. Two clotheslines, a spinning heel kick and a double under hooked face buster produce a two count for Edge. Val hit's a spine buster, but misses the Money shot. When he picks himself up, he gets hit with a spear, and the second attempt at an Edgecution works for Edge to get the win.

 Match 9 : Main Event - RVD vs. Test -- RVD by far got the biggest crowd reaction, as Fredericton is apparently hardcore. Test uses his boot to choke RVD, but Van Dam is quick to hit a spinning heel kick. When RVD goes for another, Test catches it and hits him with a power slam. Test unleashes his arsenal of punches and kicks on RVD. Tests delivers a snap mare (yes, an actual wrestling move) and into a chin lock. The crowd goes nuts with the RVD chant, but Test uses the ropes for leverage to keep it locked in. Test tries to intimidate referee Tim White and dares the official to take a swing. Putting his attention back on the match, Test puts RVD in a bear hug. RVD breaks free and rolls out of a suplex and lands a dropkick to Test's knees. RVD hit's a kick from the second rope, and roles out of a pump handle slam attempt from Test, turning it into a spinning heel kick. RVD goes for the Five star Frog Splash, but Tim White is kicked into the roped by an alert Test. Test goes for a power bomb but RVD roles of his back into a sunset flip and gets the win with it (to the shock and delight of everyone). Test flips over the loss and retrieves a chair. Rikishi runs down and hit's a super kick into the chair on Test, and eventually delivers his second Stinkface of the day. After much teasing of it, RVD succumbs to the groove and dances with Rikishi, even to the point of doing the worm into a split and a RVD pose. RVD does the Rikishi butt-wiggle as well, and Rikishi tries the splits but looks like he pulls something just from dropping that quickly. The crowd went berserk! One can only hope that the WWF will be back again sooner than 5 years down the road.


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