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Hulkster's a hit with Calgary fans

By TY PILSON -- Calgary Sun

 Hulkamania ran wild at the 'Dome.

 From the minute the first picture of Hulk Hogan flashed on the giant Titantron screens last night at the WWE's Smackdown!, the more than 11,000 fans in attendance went wild everytime a vignette of the Hulkster flashed across the screens.

 While Hogan didn't take part in his own match last night, he made a big impression nonetheless.

 Hogan was ambushed by Kurt Angle earlier in the broadcast and later exacted his revenge. Angle and Canadian Edge wrassled it out in a steel cage in the night's main event. Angle knocked Edge out and climbed out of the cage only to be greeted by Hogan, who smacked him around and tossed him back into the cage.

 After some more high-flyin' action, Edge speared Angle from the top rope to earn a victory of sorts. Hogan then spent the next 10 minutes soaking up the never-ending applause and funnelling a fair bit of it Edge's way.

 The show ended with Hogan and Edge triumphantly leaving the stage to a thunderous applause.

 In earlier action, the WWE's Undisputed Champion, The Undertaker, gave newcomer Randy Orton a shot at his title. After coming down to the ring, 'Taker made a lot of friends here in the Stampede City giving Calgary compliments for its wrestling heritage and saying "this is the championship city of the world."

 Of course, the big seven-footer ended up beating Orton and went to punish the youngster with a steel chair when Triple H came sprinting down to ringside to duke it out with the 'Taker and demand a shot at the title.

 The 'Taker got his revenge later, interfering in a match between Triple H and Test, which gave Test the win. The 'Taker then pummelled Triple H with a chair. One of the shots, off Triple H's head, echoed throughout the 'Dome.

 In the first match of the night, Rikishi and Rico retained their tag-team belts beating Rico's "clients," Billy and Chuck. Rico, the duo's "stylist," did all he could to help Billy and Chuck win but Rikishi knocked Rico out with a kick and the sideburned Superstar fell on Billy for the count out.

 Christian beat Maven after a jealous Tajiri came down and interfered, kicking Maven off the top rope. Tajiri was upset his lady, Torrie Wilson, had given Maven a good luck kiss before the match.

 Chris Jericho got a hero's welcome for his victory over Farooq. The Winnipeg-born Y2J spent eight years living in Calgary.

 Last night's show will air on The Score tomorrow night.


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