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Storm warning
Calgary-based grappler has his eye on WWE supremacy

By TY PILSON -- Calgary Sun

 Sure, he's not the biggest name on the card -- and he's a bad guy of sorts to boot -- but you can expect Lance Storm to receive a warm welcome when the WWE returns to Calgary tomorrow night.

 Storm is the only Calgary-based WWE wrestler.

 Back in his days in the ECW, he was known as 'Mr. Calgary, Alberta, Canada.'

 Catchy, don't you think.

 Later, while performing in the Atlanta-based WCW, his schtick was that of a straight-laced Canadian -- in maple leaf-adorned tights with a flag in hand -- who would berate Americans for their excesses.

 When Vince McMahon gobbled up WCW, Storm found a new home and made his first WWE appearance, fittingly enough, during a performance at the Saddledome back on May 28 last year.

 He came storming out from backstage to interfere in a match between Perry Saturn and partner Trish Stratus who were facing off against Steve Blackman and Terri.

 Continuing a prior rift from the WCW, Storm -- whose real name is Lance Evers -- stomped Saturn, who was then pinned by Blackman.

 Since then, the North Bay, Ont., product has continued to play a fairly prominent role in the WWE.

 "I think I've been pretty fortunate," said Storm, from his home here.

 "Through all the angles and all the storylines, they've always managed to keep me around.

 "I'm a pretty versatile guy in the scheme of things."

 As with most professional wrestlers, Storm has aspirations to climb the ladder to the upper ranks, joining the likes of The Rock, Triple-H, the Undertaker and Chris Jericho who, like Storm, trained in Calgary with the Hart family in the infamous Dungeon.

 "I think everybody wants to move up," agreed Storm. "Even the Number 2 guys wants to move up to Number 1. I think that's pretty normal in this business. Everybody wants to be at the top, to be the guy with the title."

 Not every wrestler follows the same route to the top, however.

 There is no clear-cut path to making it big.

 "I think just time," figures Storm. "I've always believed slow and steady wins the race, eventually. I mean, look at Bret (Hart). He was there a long time and he just kept climbing and climbing and when he got his chance, he just stepped up. Mine will come eventually.

 "With the nature of the business, one day you can be a guy waiting to get on the program and then something clicks," continued Storm. "I mean, look at The Rock, the people's elbow just clicked. Inside of two or three years he went from 'Die, Rocky, Die' to being the hottest thing this business has seen."

 And who knows, maybe a big performance in Calgary will help propel Storm up the WWE ranks. Regardless of that, however, Storm's first WWE match in the city he calls home will undoubtedly be a special one.

 "It's going to mean a lot," he agreed, "being that my first appearance was in the Saddledome.

 "This is going to be my first official match there and I'm going to have lots of family there so it's going to be really cool. I'm really looking forward to it."

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