Lewis vs. Lesnar for Montreal?
By TIM BAINES -- Ottawa Sun
World Wrestling Entertainment loves Canadian wrestling fans.
And why not? They're passionate about wrestling and they fill the buildings.
So it's no surprise WWE is returning for a pair of TV shows in the next two nights, along with a non-TV event in London, Ont., and it has a possible blockbuster on the go for Montreal early next year.
Tomorrow night, RAW will be showcased in Montreal, a city so hot for wrestling it looks like WWE has decided to hold its No Way Out pay-per-view there in February.
WWE is making overtures to heavyweight boxing champ Lennox Lewis, possibly to face Brock Lesnar in the main event of the Montreal pay-per-view.
And Smackdown!, which has been extremely solid in recent weeks, will be held in Toronto Tuesday (shown on TV on The Score two nights later). Toronto will be rewarded for its support early next year as well. It looks like it will host RAW the night after the Montreal pay-per-view.
London will host a non-TV show tomorrow, featuring the Smackdown! roster.
It looks like Ottawa will get a house show (no TV) the Saturday before the Montreal pay-per-view in February. Stay tuned for more information on actual dates.
- Kane a murderer? That's how RAW ended, with Triple H pointing a finger at Kane, saying: "You knew about Katie Fick," accusing The Big Red Machine of being a murderer. Geez, as if the masked man wasn't in on enough murders. Remember the angle with the killing of the parents of storyline brothers Kane and The Undertaker?
- And speaking of The Undertaker, can his storyline life get any worse? Already hurting because of a beating put on him by Lesnar, The Undertaker (Mark Callaway) was confronted on Smackdown! by a woman who claimed to have had an affair with him, not knowing he was married. This won't sit well with 'Taker's pregnant wife, Sara.
- The RAW stipulation roulette concept worked well in Las Vegas on Monday night. RAW GM Eric Bischoff spun a roulette wheel, with several types of matches listed, before each tussle. We got to see a Steel Cage match between Booker T and The Big Show, a Blindfold match between Triple H and D'LoBrown; a Las Vegas Showgirl match between William Regal and Goldust (Regal looked absolutely dashing in his tiny outfit and makeup); a Paddle-on-the Pole/Bra and Panties match between Trish and Stacey Keibler and an "It's Legal in Nevada" match featuring Jerry "The King" Lawler vs. Steven Richards, with the winner (Lawler) getting a ride on the Ho Train, compliments of The Godfather. The highlight of the night was a tremendous Tables, Ladders and Chairs match with four duos -- Kane and Hurricane; Chris Jericho and Christian; Bubba Ray and Spike Dudley and Jeff Hardy and Rob Van Dam -- vying for the tag titles. Hurricane didn't even get into the match after he was pounded by Triple H and Ric Flair. Kane climbed the ladder and retrieved the tag-team belts to get the win. The match was incredible, with so many daredevil tactics that announcer Lawler proclaimed: "Holy Mick Foley."
- Nicole Bass' sexual harrassment lawsuit against WWE and, in particular, Steve Lombardi was, as Hogan's Heroes' Colonel Klink used to say: "Dismissed!"
- Stone Cold Steve Austin's trial has been delayed after the defence attorneys sought and got a continuance. Austin is accused of assaulting his wife, Debra. Austin later filed for divorce, then changed his mind.
- Live Audio Wrestling (The Law), an excellent website, suggests The Four Horsemen may be on the way back, featuring Flair, Triple H, Randy Orton and Batista, who has been removed from the corner of Farooq.
- Speaking of Farooq, he's gone back to using his real name, Ron Simmons, in an alliance with Rev. D-Von. Ottawa Rough Riders' fans may remember Simmons as a CFLer in 1981, when he played six games.
- The video game Smackdown! Shut your Mouth should be out soon.