Wednesday, March 29, 2000
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Volume 65, Issue 121

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Wrestlemania 2000 draws near; SGA president falls

The Wrestling Report

Ed De La Garza

The moment you've waited all year for is a mere four days away. OK, opening day at Enron Field comes first -- the second most anticipated night is a mere four days away.

Britney Spears is slated to "sing" the national anthem at this year's hallowed event. Bodyslam me baby one more time.

Daily Cougar Editor in Chief Ed de la Garza (left) and SGA President Tom Cassidy fight it out for the ECW Video Game Championship Challenge belt.

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The World Wrestling Federation's Wrestlemania 2000 (or 16, for those of you keeping track) is coming your way Sunday on pay-per-view (7 p.m.). Let's get to the preview, along with predictions. As always, predictions are for entertainment purposes only and should not be used for placing illegal bets.

WWF Heavyweight Title -- Elimination match: Triple H (Champion) vs. the Rock vs. Mick Foley vs. the Big Show

Stephanie McMahon backs Triple H. Shane McMahon supports the Big Show. Vince McMahon is behind the Rock. If both Vince McMahon and wife Linda support Mick Foley's one final attempt to reclaim federation gold ... is the Rock about to get swerved? Or is Foley going to be cheated out of winning again?

Rumor has Steve Austin and/or the Undertaker interfering during the main event. The most intriguing rumor has Austin turning heel and costing the match for the Rock. The Rock is set to take two months off to begin filming the sequel to The Mummy. So the Rock isn't winning the title.

This is an elimination match, meaning it starts off with the four wrestlers, but dwindles down to two. Look for the Big Show and the Rock to be eliminated in that order. Prediction: Foley.

WWF Intercontinental and European Titles -- Two Falls: Kurt Angle (Champion) vs. Chris Jericho vs. Chris Benoit

This match pits three of the most talented wrestlers in the business today, and features the two best workers. Jericho and Benoit should begin a long feud for the I-C belt shortly after Wrestlemania, so either one of them may walk away with both belts.

Angle is annoying as hell, but that's what makes him a great heel. Add to that Jericho's slow face turn and enormous crowd reaction, and you have the makings of a future champion. Benoit's a newcomer to the WWF, but he's the best wrestler in any federation.

This could be a classic. Prediction: Jericho.

WWF World Tag Team Title -- Ladder match: The Dudley Boys (Champions) vs. the Hardy Boys vs. Edge and Christian

There's been a variation of this match on every PPV since Hulk Hogan wrestled Sgt. Slaughter. Well, maybe that's an exaggeration. This match does have the potential of being extremely brutal. All three teams should take some insane bumps.

Although many doubted the Dudley Boys' ability to rise among the ranks of tag teams when they were signed from Extreme Championship Wrestling, they've proven to be the WWF's best current team.

Edge and Christian should be splitting up after this bout, with both guys entering the singles competition. Edge could be challenging for the I-C belt soon.

In a ladder match, the belts are suspended above the ring. The first team to not only obtain a ladder, but also climb it and snatch the belts, wins. Prediction: the Dudley Boys.

Kane and Rikishi vs. X-Pac and Road Dogg

This could be good. Then again, it could be depressingly bad. Sorry, I just don't really care about this -- unless the Undertaker interferes. Prediction: Let's say ... Kane and Rikishi.

Too Cool and Chyna vs. the Radicals (Dean Malenko, Perry Saturn and Eddie Guerrero)

Ooh, another match where Chyna gets to wrestle against the guys. This is going to be the greatest Wrestlemania in the history of Wrestlemanias. Prediction: the Radicals.

The Kat vs. Terri Runnells

There's an ugly rumor floating around about there being nudity during this match. That's a definite possibility considering these two "ladies" aren't exactly introverted. Nudity or not, expect the Fabulous Moolah and Mae Young to interfere in this match. It won't be pretty. Prediction: This one will make you happy you ordered the PPV.

Laying the smack down

Student Government Association President Tom Cassidy and I finally settled our challenge over a best-of-five match of ECW Hardcore Revolution video game.

It was a hard-fought contest, going neck-and-neck until one of us proved worthy enough to ... actually, I kicked the tar out of Cassidy, 3-1. Cassidy tried to psyche me out by showing up in the Cougar newsroom dressed like the Rock. Not even his sidekick Tommy Dreamer (the action figure version) could help Cassidy withstand my vicious armbar restholds.

I used Raven against Cassidy's Dreamer in the first match. I won handily. In the second match, I used Mike Awesome to defeat Cassidy's Rob Van Dam. Awesome repeatedly pummeled Van Dam with a stop sign.

Cassidy finally won a match when he used Dreamer against some jobber I picked. It was a street-fight rules match. I finally ended the challenge by using Jerry Lynn to defeat Cassidy's Dreamer. This match was actually the most competitive.

For those of you who don't know, Cassidy and I do get along. There are no ill feelings either way.

The challenge was just a way to have some fun and talk some trash. Do you smell what the editor in chief's cooking?

Closing bell

Eric Bischoff is back in control of World Championship Wrestling. Bischoff, along with Vince Russo, will head the creative side of the company. There will be no Nitro on April 3 or Thunder on April 6 to allow for re-evaluation of storylines.

This is just an opinion, but if there's any one angle Bischoff and Russo should keep, it's definitely the Hogan/Sid feud. That's a keeper.

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