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Mat moguls on same team now

By TIM BAINES -- Ottawa Sun

 A couple of years ago, Eric Bischoff and Vince McMahon were rivals, sworn enemies.

 Bischoff was in control of WCW, a company which at one time was even more popular than McMahon's WWF.

 When WCW went down for the count, bought out by McMahon's powerhouse, Bischoff disappeared, his legacy quickly forgotten. But wrestling is unpredictable, never say never.

 And sure enough, there was Bischoff, introduced as RAW's new GM on Monday.

 And as Booker T incredulously said as he saw Bischoff strutting past: "Tell me I didn't just see that."

 Yep, he's back.

 And he could inject a new lifeline into what has become a sagging product. Bischoff's storyline has him pledging to raid the Smackdown! talent roster, with Triple H and The Rock topping his wish list.

 Perfect! Finally, it looks like we're going to see wrestlers switching rosters. Bischoff raiding Smackdown! and that show's new GM, Daddy's Little Girl Stephanie McMahon, raiding RAW.

 This could set up a cutting-edge scenario where wrestlers become free agents, or are just plain swiped by the other roster.

 Triple H, who was last seen riding in a limo along with Bischoff, will announce his decision at tonight's Vengeance pay-per-view. It would be surprising if Triple H jumps ship, considering Steph's his real-life gal pal. But putting that aside, Triple H would give RAW a much-needed boost.

 Another announcement on RAW was that the nWo had been dissolved. We wouldn't be surprised if this is only temporary, with Kevin Nash out for the next six months, and X-Pac in hot water with WWE.

 But we hope this isn't the end for the nWo. Or else we can only hope that WWE brings back our favourite gang of misfits, D-Generation X.

 VENGEANCE CARD: The main event of tonight's pay-per-view sees The Rock vs. Kurt Angle vs. The Undertaker in a three-way battle for the title. Other matches: Rob Van Dam vs. Brock Lesnar; Hulk Hogan and Edge defend their tag titles against Christian and Lance Storm; Bubba and Spike Dudley vs. Chris Benoit and Eddie Guerrero; Booker T vs. The Big Show and Jamie Noble vs. Billy Kidman.

 GRIN AND BEAR IT: Sun sports editor and wrestling columnist Tim Baines (and thanks to storylines for this) defeated The Bear's Cub Carson in an arm wrestling match before WWE's card last Saturday at the Corel Centre. Now with the boos that rained down on the Cubster, we think he may have a future in wrestling. But the Cub moniker will have to go. Maybe Grizzly Carson would be more appropriate.


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