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WWF: The Second Coming
By KRIS RAMOS -- For SLAM! Wrestling

 After only four months of putting an electrifying show in Winnipeg, the World Wrestling Federation came back for a second show this year on Saturday, October 6. Even with the absence of big names, like the Undertaker, Kane, Booker T and the Rock, and a botched ending in the main event the WWF put on an amazing show for an enthusiastic crowd of about 10 000 fans.
Steve Austin prepares to drop Kurt Angle. - Scott Lobban


 The main event pitted WWF Champion, and Olympic Gold Medalist, Kurt Angle against former champion, Stone Cold Steve Austin for the title. Austin came out to a huge pop but that quickly changed to boos once he ambushed the entering Kurt Angle. Like any Austin/Angle match seen on television, the two WWF superstars put together a helluva match.

 Ring psychology was rampant throughout the bout with reversals, near falls, and utilising each other's signature manoeuvres. Stone Cold even applied the Walls of Jericho on Angle to the dismay of the Winnipeg audience. The only major thing that went wrong was when Angle hit the Angle Slam and Austin kicked out at two, referee, Earl Hebner called for the bell. The match continued anyway and the Champ put Austin away with the Stunner for the 1-2-3.

 The show started with Scotty 2 Hottie challenging X-Pac for the WWF Light-Heavyweight title. Before the match got under-way, both competitors taunted to the crowed. They cheered for Scotty, and of course, "X-Pac sucks!" There were instances with poor timing between the two workers but it was a decent opening match. X-Pac tried the Bronco Buster only getting a face full of turnbuckle padding. Scotty hit the worm to the crowd's delight but X-Pac got his foot on the rope. X-Pac later scored the pin fall victory with a little help from the ropes.

 In a "Special Diva's Match," Alliance Member, Ivory faced off against Lita in the second match. Both women looked great as usual and put together a decent woman's match. Lita gained the victory with the Twist of Fate.

 The next match had Kanyon facing WWF prospect, Brock Lesnar. Lesnar is a huge monster of a man up to Goldberg proportions with probably twice the skills. The majority of the audience did not know who Lesnar is but was soon awed with his raw power when Lesnar gorilla-pressed Kanyon with ease. Lesnar mainly used power moves throughout the match even applied an impressive belly to belly suplex. Kanyon managed to put out some offense to the newcomer hitting his signature swinging neck breaker and the Flatliner but still only getting a two-count. Lesnar got the win with a Fisherman DDT proving that Brock is better than Kanyon.

 In the only tag team match of the night, Mike Awesome and Chuck Palumbo of the Alliance squared off against the APA. A fan had a "I can drink more than Bradshaw" sign in the crowd and the Texan grabbed the mic and said that he would take on that challenge later. The match was a solid tag match with double teams, hot tags and near falls. Bradshaw got the 3 count with the Clothesline From Hell.
Lita waves to the crowd. - Scott Lobban


 After the tag match Austin came out and attacked the Faarooq. Faarooq fought back and gave Stone Cold a devastating spine buster and Bradshaw put the exclamation point with the Clothesline from Hell. When Austin recovered from the beating, he grabbed the microphone and complained that Kurt Angle stole his belt and then insulted Winnipeg to a chorus of boos. Before leaving, Austin reminded the crowd to stop by the souvenir stands in the lobby.

 The match before intermission was Lance Storm versus hometown boy, "Y2J" Chris Jericho. Lance Storm was cheered upon his entrance for the fact he's a Canadian but was quickly booed once he said that Winnipeg was a disgrace and mentioned the fact that there's no NHL franchise in Winnipeg. Before he was able to continue his monotonic speech, Lance Storm was interrupted by the returning Chris Jericho. Jericho told "Forrest Gump" to "shut the hell up." He also said that tonight, Winnipeg is Jericho and that he'll give Storm a Winnipeg Jet beating that he'll "never, EVER, forget again."

 The match itself was a fast paced technical match between the two former Hart Dungeon students with lots of reversals, near falls and high flying action. Storm managed to get his half Boston Crab early in the match but Jericho got to the ropes. Jericho hit most of his signature moves like the bulldog, springboard drop kick and the jumping Inziguri. Jericho went for the Lionsault only to land on Storm's awaiting knees. Storm then signals and hits the Super Kick but Jericho kicked out at two. Jericho won by submission when he reversed a second half Boston Crab into the Walls of Jericho. The match wasn't as stellar nor as entertaining as his last homecoming but it was a good showing nonetheless.

 After a fifteen minute intermission, the action continues with Steven Richards against Perry Saturn. The match wasn't too great but Saturn managed to entertain the crowd with his comedic antics. Saturn gets the pin with the 3 Handled Family Credenza (Spinning Fisherman's Suplex).

 In a return match since Unforgiven, WWF Intercontinental Champion, Christian faced off against former champion Edge. Early in the match, Christian threw Edge out but managed to stay on his feet, sneaked behind, and mocked Christian's taunts to the crowd. The battle later spilled outside the guard rails and into the rink floor. Edge later attempted the One Man Con-chair-to on Christian and missed and the referee busied himself with putting away the chair which allowed Christian hit his brother with the IC belt and the 1-2-3.

 Jeff Hardy fought against the co-holder of the WWF Tag Team Championship, Buh Buh Ray Dudley in what was supposed to be a tag team match against their respective teams. Apparently, D-Von had flight problems, but Jim Ross reported otherwise in his Ross Report. In the beginning, Matt Hardy came out with Jeff and Buh Buh Ray took exception to it and had the referee send Matt to the back. It was a great brawler vs. high-flyer match with Buh Buh Ray hitting the Buh Buh Bomb and Jeff hitting a barrage of high-risk maneuvers including the Whisper in the Wind. Buh Buh Ray tried hitting Jeff with the Tag Team belt but the ref stopped him. As the ref had his back turned Buh Buh got hit with the Litacarana by Lita, the Twist of Fate by Matt and Jeff gets the win with the Swanton Bomb.

 The main event was just as described as above but at the end, Austin grabs the microphone and blames his defeat on the APA for hurting him earlier. At that moment, a crazed fan tried to jump the guardrail but tripped and security got him right away. Austin thanked security and said that he wanted to sing some songs from his upcoming CD, which he does. He then says we can see him again at his concert where Garth Brooks will be his opening act. Very funny.

 It was a great event. Most of the fans seemed to have had a great time at the show. Hopefully, Winnipeg will be treated to a live Raw or a Smackdown taping next time the WWF comes to town.

Y2J kicks Lance Storm's butt for hometown Jericholics




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