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Meet the road grapplers who are ready to rumble at the 'Dome tomorrow
By CALGARY SUN STAFF
Tomorrow night will be a dream come true for Hulkamaniacs across the city -- and likely most of Southern Alberta, for that matter.
As far as anyone can remember, tomorrow night will be the first time the immortal Hulk Hogan will take to the ring here in Calgary.
Without a doubt, Hogan is the biggest icon to ever grace the wrestling mat, although The Rock is making a run for that title these days.
Still, Hogan is a legend in the sports-entertainment world and his presence at the 'Dome tomorrow night should produce a raucious and boisterous welcome from the wrasslin' fans in attendance.
With his career likely entering its twilight, it could be the last time Calgarians have a chance to see the Hulkster in action.
On a local angle, the WWE's only Calgary-based Superstar, Lance Storm, will be taking to the mat for his first WWE match in the city he now calls home.
Storm's first WWE appearance, interestingly enough, came during a taping of RAW last summer at the 'Dome. Storm sprinted from backstage to interfere in a match before ducking back behind the curtain.
The North Bay, Ont., native trained here in Calgary with the Hart family in the infamous Dungeon before spending time in the ECW -- where he was know as 'Mr. Calgary, Alberta, Canada' -- and then on to the WCW where he was a Captain Canada of sorts.
Despite the fact that Storm is currently playing the part of a heel, he's sure to get a warm welcome at the 'Dome thanks to his choice of residence.
It's likely Storm will be locking up with his current storyline foe, Triple H, one of the more popular WWE superstars. It should be interesting to see who gets the biggest ovation from crowd.
Speaking of wrestlers with connections to Calgary, Winnipeg's Chris Jericho, who lived here for eight years while training in the Dungeon, will also be hitting the mat tomorrow night.
Again, Y2J is playing the part of a heel lately but is still likely to be received well, at least until he opens his mouth, of course.
Toronto's own Edge, perhaps the biggest young up-and-comer in the WWE, is set for action as well. Expect another instalment of his ongoing battle with the Olympic gold medallist Kurt Angle.
Now, we're not clairvoyant but since Angle revels in being an American hero whose home-country fans don't even like him, expect the now-bald superstar to take his fair share of shots at Calgary and Canadians in general.
Also on the card for action tomorrow night is Billy & Chuck, Rikishi, D-Von Dudley, Christian, Test, Albert, The Hurricane, Al Snow, Scotty 2 Hotty, Faarooq, The Big Valbowski, Perry Saturn, the 'World's Strongest Man' Mark Henry, Billy Kidman and Tajiri.
In the divas department, the lovely Torrie Wilson, beautiful Stacy Kiebler and tough-as-nails Ivory will also grace the mat.
And, of course, what would the WWE be without the big man himself, Vince McMahon.
As if McMahon doesn't give fans enough reason to hate him, Calgarians tend to give McMahon extra grief thanks to his well-publicized real-life feud with former WWE champ and Calgary wrestling legend Bret 'Hitman' Hart.
Still, McMahon usually wastes little time getting the crowd firmly against him anywhere he goes and with his recent verbal attacks on Hogan, there will likely be no White Hat reception given to the owner of Smackdown!
Of course, the WWE revels in the element of surprise and with the actual matches formulated the day of the event, who knows what surprises -- or what wrestlers, for that matter -- are in store for the crowd once the show gets underway.