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'Raw' power
Raw Is War breaks out under the 'Dome: the crowd, the craziness and the chaos

By TY PILSON -- Calgary Sun

There's no doubt World Wrestling Federation owner Vince McMahon is today's answer to Barnum and Bailey.
MAIN-EVENT SQUEEZE ... Alan Lysohirka, left, won the grand prize in the Sun's WWF contest. The prize included lunch for him and three of his friends at the 28 St. and Memorial Dr. S.E. Boston Pizza with WWF star Terri Runnels -- yep, that's her hugging him -- as well as four front-row tickets for last night's WWF card. -- Mike Drew, Calgary Sun


The master of the wrestling universe runs a show many consider a circus and the ringmaster sure knows how to work the crowd. McMahon wasted little time alienating the boisterous crowd at the 'Dome last night.

Winnipeg's own Chris Jericho, who lived in Calgary for a time training at the legendary Hart Family Dungeon, came out to defend his Native Land by showing embarrassing music video footage of McMahon and demanding a match with WWF champion Stone Cold Steve Austin.

McMahon instead made a Hardcore Title match for him against the Big Show.

Chris Benoit of Edmonton -- who shares the tag team belts wiith Jericho -- then came out to continue belittling McMahon and also demand a match with Austin. McMahon proceeded to set up a match for Benoit against Rhyno. Whichever wrestler had the best performance would get a shot at Stone Cold for the title, McMahon promised.

In the first match of the night, following the opening tirade, The Hardy Boyz and Eddie Guerrero, accompanied by the lovely Lita, beat X-Factor -- X-Pac, Justin Credible and Albert.

In Benoit's tilt, he managed to slap the cross-face crippler on Rhyno after a smash-and-bag matchup, forcing the 290-lb. bohemoth to tap out giving Benoit a big victory in the night's second match.

In a unisex tag-team tilt, The Lethal Weapon Steve Blackman teamed up with Toronto's Trish Stratus to take on Perry Saturn and the She-Devil, Terri. Much to the chagrin of Vince, rival WCW star Lance Storm, in his patriotic red and white tights, laid a boot to Saturn who was subsequently pinned by Blackman for the win.

Jericho took quite a beating from the 500-lb. Big Show in their match. The two exchanged belts with garbage cans, chairs and lids before Jericho drop kicked the Show, who was holding up a set of steel steps, flattening the giant. Jericho pinned him, winning the Hardcore title, but was ambushed as he headed backstage by Rhyno, who pinned him to win the Hardcore title, which is fair game at any time.

Albert got another shot at Guerrero, solo this time, but lost again after Lita came to ringside and distracted him, much to the pleasure of the crowd, especially the males who seemed to enjoy her pink g-string, which protruded from the back of her pants.

The Dudley Boyz got a little revenge for what they perceived as a set up by Molly Holly, smashing her through a table -- and their little brother Spike, her boyfriend, who laid his body on the table to try and save her.

An injured Jericho gave way to Benoit, who took on Stone Cold in the night's main event. Accompanied by McMahon, Stone Cold drew jeers and some cheers from the crowd, who were clearly in Benoit's corner. Benoit twice had Stone Cold in submission holds but Austin managed to get to the ropes both times. The two beat each other up in and out of the ring before McMahon instructed the bell to be rung when Austin slapped a submission hold on Benoit, even though he hadn't tapped out.

Upset with the outcome, Jericho ran to the ring, where he slapped Austin into the Walls of Jericho. Benoit slapped the crippler on McMahon and the telecaast ended with the local boys getting the upper hand.

Who says this stuff is scripted?

HART TO BELIEVE: Hart family patriarch Stu Hart attended the event, sitting ringside and was graciously acknowledged by a WWF announcer. Hart's son, Owen, was killed during a match in Kansas City when he fell while being lowered to the ring, and many in the family still hold animosity toward the WWF.

Other stories from RAW in Calgary

  • PHOTO GALLERY
  • Dome War zone
  • Hardy Boyz make some noise
  • Trish is a delightful diva
  • WWF Harts rumour 'disgusting'
  • Hart family to meet WWF Monday
  • Show's a cookin'
  • Foley finds success as an author


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