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No holds barred

By SCOTT ZERR -- Edmonton Sun

 With a new undisputed champion on hand and a major pay-per-view extravaganza on the horizon, things should be pretty interesting when RAW comes to town.

 Tomorrow's show at Skyreach Centre (5:30 p.m. start time) will undoubtedly feature new World Wrestling Entertainment champion the Undertaker along with co-owner Ric Flair, the Hardys, Brock Lesnar and of course, Stone Cold Steve Austin. And, based upon what happened this past Monday in Memphis, fists will be flying as new storylines begin to develop, setting up matches for the annual King of the Ring tournament next month.

 Here's a rundown of the last RAW and how things are coming into place for the next episode:

 * The Undertaker, who dethroned Hollywood Hulk Hogan one night earlier on the Judgment Day pay-per-view, opened the show with a beatdown of Rob Van Dam, declaring he, as champion, should rightfully be the first one the fans get to hear from. Van Dam wouldn't stay down and, in fact, got the better of 'Taker with a quick flurry.

 A title match was set for the main event and Van Dam briefly claimed the belt, only to have Flair interject with a rule infraction. The bout was restarted and Undertaker eventually won. There could be a rematch in store being that Undertaker has no clear adversary at the moment.

 * The New World Order seemed to be in disarray with the Big Show and X-Pac quarrelling with Booker T and his on-again, off-again partner Goldust, who looked dynamite dressed in Elvis garb. NWO kingpin Kevin Nash settled the issue when he reappeared later in the show as he brought together Show, Booker and X-Pac and chased off Goldust.

 Booker is rumoured to be turning face (good guy) so the alliance could be on the rocks. If Booker bolts, the door will be open for a new NWO member.

 * Trish Stratus had a strong match with Jacqueline and defended her title, but then had to deal with Paul Heyman whom she snubbed before heading to the ring. Heyman demanded a romantic interlude with our Canadian heroine or he'd turn "The Next Big Thing" Brock Lesnar loose on her. Trish rejected Heyman and was cornered in the ring by Lesnar, only to be saved by Buh-Buh Dudley's run-in.

 Heyman stopped Lesnar from locking up with Buh-Buh at that point, but moments later Lesnar pulverized Dudley with a sneak attack during his match with William Regal.

 A match in Edmonton with Buh-Buh would be Lesnar's first real test.

 * Be prepared for another stomach-turning vignette from Tommy Dreamer. After drinking toilet water in his first spotlight, Dreamer exhibited more tricky tastebuds by downing gel, tonic and his own hair at the barber's.

 * Flair put his "Plan B" into motion in order to deal with Austin. He pulled Stone Cold off the show, "benching" him from action. So Austin went down to a local bar, quaffed an brew and started to sing karaoke when he was interrupted by Intercontinental champ Eddie Guerrero.

  Their altercation began with dreadful singing by Guerrero and ended with Eddie smashing a beer bottle over Austin's head. It's a new rivalry for the pair and a unique one, pitting Austin's rugged style against Guerrero's high-flying skills.


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