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Fleecing of WCW's top talent continues; Stone Cold still injured

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Ed De La Garza

 Explain something to me. How can Booker T be pushed as a legitimate champion when The Cat has to help him retain the World Championship Wrestling Title against Chuck Palumbo?

 Oh, and if the Vince Russo/Goldberg opening segment from Nitro  seemed familiar to you, that's probably because it was done two years ago, only then it was a Vince McMahon/Stone Cold Steve Austin and it was in the World Wrestling Federation.

 Anyway, WCW continues releasing talent in an effort to cutback on revenue losses. The Artist, Lenny Lane, La Parka, El Dandy, Scott Armstrong, Silver King and recently acquired and never-used independent circuit star Chris Daniels were the latest casualties.

 There have been rumors that Diamond Dallas Page, Lex Luger and Buff Bagwell could be next. Page is a senior citizen, Luger can't work and Bagwell keeps getting into trouble backstage.

 In WWF news, Stone Cold Steve Austin struck down rumors that he would be appearing at the Summerslam pay-per-view. In a WWF.com interview, he also stated that his Backlash return was probably a bit premature, saying he won't be able to make a full in-ring return until the October PPV.

 Additionally, he announced plans to tie the knot with Debra within the month. It'll be a Las Vegas affair.

'Summer, summer, havin' a blast ...'
 There won't be a Steve Austin appearance, but the WWF's Summerslam (Sunday, 7 p.m., PPV) won't need him. There's been some good buildup for the World Title match. And any card featuring a Chris Benoit/Chris Jericho match is automatically worth the cost of admission.

WWF World Title, Triple Threat Match: The Rock (champion) vs. Triple H vs. Kurt Angle
 Kurt Angle has the hots for Triple H's wife, Stephanie McMahon. McMahon caught Triple H teaching Trish Stratus some special holds. Triple H caught Angle doing the same thing with McMahon.

 The Rock has been waiting.

 The general consensus around the WWF is that it wants to let a face hold the title for a long run. It hasn't really done that since Austin was healthy. Eventually, all roads will lead to a Triple H/Austin match at Wrestlemania 2001 to be held at the Astrodome. Prediction: The Rock ... for now.
 
Chris Benoit vs. Chris Jericho (two out of three falls)
 It doesn't matter what the buildup is. The first man to win two out of three falls wins the match. It's a safe assumption that it'll be tied 1-1 after the first two. Benoit's gotten the upper hand on Jericho before. Prediction: Jericho.

WWF Tag Team Titles, Tables, Ladders and Chairs Match: Edge and Christian (champions) vs. the Dudley Boyz vs. the Hardy Boyz
 The set up is that someone will die during this match. Look for a lot of bumps, a lot of high spots and a lot of hot tags. It's a hardcore match disguised as a Tag Team Titles bout. Edge and Christian are fun to watch, but the Hardys are due. Prediction: The Hardy Boyz.

WWF Intercontinental Title, Mixed Tag Match: Val Venis (champion) and Trish Stratus vs. Eddie Guerrero and Chyna
 Have I said before how much I enjoy seeing mixed tag matches? I'm sure I've mentioned that I wanted to see another I-C Title reign from Chyna. The fact that it's a possibility makes me shudder. Prediction: Trish Stratus.

 The rest of the card will have the Undertaker facing Kane, Tazz against Jerry Lawler and Right To Censor, comprised of Steve Richards, the Goodfather and Bull Buchanan facing Rikishi and Too Cool.

 The card may be rounded out by Hardcore Champion Shane McMahon defending his hard-won belt against former Champion Steve Blackman, a Women's Title match between Champion Lita and Stephanie McMahon and X-Pac taking on fellow D-Generation X member Road Dogg.

 If you've been watching the WWF over the last three years, you know Kane will never side with the Undertaker for any extended amount of time. The "Brothers Grimm" have family issues to hash out before the healing process can begin. When it's all said and done, Kane may get a nice tough-biker/Stone Cold type of gimmick change.
 Richards will enter the ring as a wrestler for the first time since coming back from an ankle injury. With so many great wrestlers and awesome finishing moves in these two teams, it's hard to predict a winner. Then again, I really don't care about it anyway.

 Lawler gets a huge pop anytime he wrestles, but there is no way Tazz is going to lose to the King without some help from good old Jim Ross.

 On a closing note, I'd like to take this moment to give all credit due to Lance Storm, current WCW Canadian Champion. Storm continues the fine tradition laid down by Bret Hart, Chris Benoit and Chris Jericho. Storm will be WCW World Champion -- once the senseless prejudice against Canadians comes to an end.
 

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