'Taker angle riles WWE fans
By TIM BAINES -- Ottawa Sun
Sometimes WWE is indecisive about its storyline angles.
The backstage creative forces discuss plots and try to arrive at an entertaining solution, sometimes a compromise.
And sometimes those decisions are outright ridiculous, leaving fans who have shelled out big bucks outraged and wanting more.
Case in point, the main event of last Sunday's Unforgiven pay-per-view. The Undertaker vs. The Next Big Thing, Brock Lesnar.
Lesnar, hyped as a wrecking machine, should have won this, maybe not even by a pinfall, demolishing The American Bad Ass and establishing himself as invincible.
But after some backstage bickering and politicking, an ending was conceived, one that would result in a double DQ, with the referee ending the brawl early.
The live audience booed loudly, so much so that the ending to the show -- with The Undertaker throwing Lesnar through the wall of the set -- couldn't quiet them.
No question The Undertaker (Mark Callaway) has paid his dues as an all-time great, but his considerable stroke backstage may have gotten in the way this time.
Sure WWE wants to set up a rematch, but what better way to do it than have Lesnar destroy The Undertaker?
- Canada's sweetheart and Toronto's own Trish Stratus brought home gold from Unforgiven, winning the women's title over Molly Holly.
- Triple H got some unlikely help from Ric Flair in his Unforgiven match against Rob Van Dam. Flair hit Van Dam with a sledgehammer. The Dirtiest Player in the Game is once again just that.
- The Billy and Chuck vs. The Island Boyz (Jamal and Rosey) angle worked. When The Island Boyz defeated their opponents, the stipulation was that Smackdown! GM Stephanie McMahon would have to engage in Hot Lesbian Action. RAW GM Eric Bischoff brought a group of hotties to the ring, but said he wanted to make it a night Stephanie would never forget, so he called out a horrendous tub of lard named Hildegard. To Bischoff's shock, "Hildegard" put a long liplock on Stephanie. "Hildegard" was Rikishi in disguise. Needless to say, Bischoff received a lengthy stink face.
- Jerry "The King" Lawler delivered this gem when Hildegard stomped into the ring: "Look at those lips ... she could French kiss a moose." Then, while Rikishi gave a stink face to Bischoff: "His face will have to be fumigated."
- Other Unforgiven results: The Unamericans (Lance Storm, Christian, Test and William Regal) lost to Kane, Bubba Ray Dudley, Goldust and Booker T; Chris Jericho beat Flair; Eddie Guerrero beat Edge; and Chris Benoit beat Kurt Angle.
- Ted Petty (Flyboy Rocco Rock of The Public Enemy) died a week ago from heart problems. Petty, who was 49, was buried Wednesday, with Johnny Grunge, Sandman, Devon Storm, Simon Diamond and Malice among those on hand.
- The Hurricane made his RAW debut and teamed with Kane to defeat Storm and Christian for the tag titles.
- Torrie Wilson won a bikini contest over Nidia on Smackdown! Judges Billy and Chuck gave Nidia a score of 15 out of 20, while Torrie scored a perfect 20.
- Scott Steiner has a clean bill of health, but so far there are no current plans to add him to WWE's roster.
- Wrestlemania will be held March 30 at Seattle's Safeco Field.
- According to The Ross Report, Shawn Stasiak, Mike Awesome and Horace Hogan have been released from WWE's roster. Bubba Ray Dudley was given the green light to return after an MRI on his neck. Christopher Nowinski had jaw surgery and is out 4-6 weeks. Look for Farooq and D-Von Dudley to start teaming soon.
- Randy Orton made his RAW debut Monday, with Bischoff announcing the only way WWE stars could now change rosters would be through trades.
- Nicole Bass' lawsuit against WWE continues. She told the court this past week one possible WWE storyline called for her to marry The Undertaker.
- Los Angeles Lakers' Shaquille O'Neal and Tracy Murray were at Unforgiven, according to wwe.com.