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Y2J kicks Lance Storm's butt for hometown Jericholics
Scotty 2 Hotty puts his feet in the face of X-Pac during WWF action at the Arena last night. -- Marcel Cretain, Winnipeg Sun

By ROBERT WILLIAMS -- Winnipeg Sun
 World Wrestling Federation star Lance Storm learned not to call down Y2J's hometown.

 Winnipegger Chris Jericho defended his city's honour by beating Storm in their match last night at the Winnipeg Arena in front of more than 8,000 Jericholics.

 "How can you call yourself a Canadian city when you don't even have an NHL franchise?" Storm asked to a chorus of boos from the crowd.

 An angry Jericho brought up the names of former Winnipeg Jets tough guys in promising his revenge.

 "I'm going to give you an old-fashioned Jimmy Mann, Jim Kyte, Shawn Cronin Winnipeg Jets ass-kicking that you will never, ever, ever forget," said the former Red River College student, who eventually won the match with his patented finishing move the Walls of Jericho.

 The result thrilled self-described wrestling fanatic Brad Johnson who held a sign saying I am a Proud Jericholic.

 "Jericho's the total package and apparently he's a nice guy," said Johnson, 25.

 Fans thought last night's nine match lineup was a good one with stars such as Stone Cold Steve Austin, Kurt Angle, Christian, Edge, the Hardy Boyz and WWF newcomer Brock Lesner on the bill.

 "It's the perfect guy's night out," said Sean Russell, 28.

 "It's a guy's soap opera," said Chris Snell, 29. who grew up watching old AWA matches with his dad.

 But fans of the sport aren't just young men. Females made up a good portion of the crowd.
Ivory tries to pin Lita last night at the Winnipeg Arena.
- Marcel Cretain, Winnipeg Sun


 "For me I like it because it's a sport, it's entertaining and probably for the men too, of course," Grand Rapids, Man., resident Michelle Ballantyne, 23, said with a smile.

 Susan Flamand, 18, stood outside the parking lot for 21/2 hours waiting to get a glimpse of her idols Jeff and Matt of the Hardy Boyz Extreme Team while holding a poster of the team she spent four hours making.

 'JEFF IS SO SEXY'

 "I love them so much. Jeff is so sexy," said the Portage la Prairie resident who travelled to Winnipeg with two friends to check out the show.

 Souvenir stands were busy with shirts, hats and posters flying off the shelves.

 Jared Sandwith, 11, spent $20 to buy a Hardy Boyz foam finger and picture of the Undertaker.

 "I like the fighting, their moves and athleticism," he said.

 The WWF will return to the city soon, promised local promoter Bob Holliday.

Show review: WWF: The Second Coming




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