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Christian gives SA a Smackdown


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Christian leaps from the top rope hoping to hit Randy Orton at the WWE (World Wrestling Entertainment) World Tour 2011 in Cape Town at the Grand West Grand Arena. Photo: Matthew Jordaan

A wrestling superstar has issued a serious smackdown to South Africa, cursing the country after his luggage was pilfered.

The Grand Arena at GrandWest was packed to capacity last night as the WWE Superstars kicked off the Cape Town leg of their world tour bringing crowd favourites like Randy Orton and Kane to perform in front of a fanatical audience.

It wasn’t all fun and games, though: one wrestler, Christian, was particularly angry that his luggage had been broken into somewhere between the US and South Africa, and used some of his time in the ring to condemn SA.

“I step off a plane, my baggage is broken into – you rip off the locks and you steal my clothes,” he yelled at the crowd just before his loss to Orton in a heavyweight title bout.

“Is this what this country is all about? Then shame on you!”

The crowd jeered and booed at his comments and later cheered when he lost to Orton.

Other wrestlers showing off their athletic – or acting, depending on your attitude to the sport – skills last night included the 140kg Ezekiel Jackson, who emerged from behind a dark curtain and stalked to the ring while cameras flashed around the arena.

His tag team partner, Kane, weighing a massive 147kg, was a crowd favourite, and his arrival was greeted with whistles and shouts of joy.

The pair’s opponents, Wade Barrett and Sheamus, were far less welcome: every time Kane and Jackson got the upper hand, the audience cheered; when they fell on tough times, the crowd booed.

All ended well for Kane and Jackson’s fans, as the pair emerged victorious, leaving the ring 15 minutes after their match started to cheers of “Kane! Kane! Kane!”

Wrestler Jindra Mahal infuriated the crowd when he grabbed the announcer’s microphone and referred to South Africa as a “miserable country”. When he won his match against Daniel Brian, the crowd booed.

Cape Town-born Justin Gabriel was well received when he squared up against Sin Cara. Their bout became a tag team match after it was interrupted by Cody Rhodes and Ted DiBiase. Gabriel and Cara won, much to the delight of the crowd.

The Superstars return to the ring at the Grand Arena tonight. - Cape Argus


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Sean Redmond, wrote

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03:24pm on 7 July 2011
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Lousy actors. People PAY to see these okes.

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KC, wrote

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03:11pm on 7 July 2011
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It is really sad that the wrestlers luggage was broken into and their expensive personal items stolen.If it happened in South Africa and in particular Oliver Tambo or Cape Town International,it tells me someone was hiding in the luggage hold and had plenty of time to do what he wanted.It also tells me that security is not all that beefed up.I have seen security walking around smoking,hands in pockets and so on.The thieves had to have had inside info and where to look.Remember the soccer world cup.The same thing happened but in hotel rooms and change rooms.What message is going out to the world about South Africa.Is it any wonder that a lot of celebritiestourists have reconsidered comming here. South Africa already have a bad name with regards to violence etc.I wish I had the means to find and return lost items to all who have been affected by theft during or after flights but I dont.I will apologise on behalf of South Africa for what has happened to the wrestlers and their personal items that were stolen.That is the least I can do as a permanent resident in this country.

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Matt, wrote

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02:47pm on 7 July 2011
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So does that mean all luggage is safer in the United states, I Don't think so mate . . . Go home !!!

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Anonymous, wrote

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02:39pm on 7 July 2011
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...big cry baby....dont come here and make condescending comments about the country...there are proper channels to lodge your grieviance-case...through a police docket...

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darkman x, wrote

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02:38pm on 7 July 2011
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They come to our country to make bucket loads of money for lousy acting, and then have the nerve to criticize us for a crime that may well have been committed in the Freaking US... No wonder I don't watch this rubbish. Go back to Freaking US. I hope they really rob you!!!!

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kickass, wrote

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02:38pm on 7 July 2011
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hi.......jm.............explain to the man that this is africa...call him a bastard and he will beat the sh1t out of you.....

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Mike, wrote

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02:27pm on 7 July 2011
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So we miserable in SA. Least we are not fakes. Every fight is showboated and the result is predetermined. Go back to where you came from!!

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jeff, wrote

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02:15pm on 7 July 2011
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Its such a shame this country is full of greedy criminals and corrupt officials. I love WWE and have been watching since i was 8 years old, the WWE rarely comes here and now that they come they get thier shit stolen, i feel sick that the airport just allowed this to happen with nothing being done. Sis.

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Anonymous, wrote

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01:59pm on 7 July 2011
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Damn SA!! to whom ever stole his things, why cant you leave well alone!! Why do people even bother to come here??? The bad apples giving the good ones a bad name, sieke weer in jhb gebeur??!!

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Warning fan, wrote

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01:43pm on 7 July 2011
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What the heck the American doing in South Africa, our unsafe country - they were suppose to know that it will happen to them. Let the wrestlers go back to their safe home.

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Anonymous, wrote

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01:31pm on 7 July 2011
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WELCOME TO AFRICA.........

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Vleis, wrote

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01:30pm on 7 July 2011
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Christian you wimp, I could klap you open handed and make you my wife with one hand behind my back.

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Darth Vader, wrote

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01:29pm on 7 July 2011
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Well, well, well....remember Mr wwe, or f or whatever "superstar"...South Africa is not for SISSIES!!! Those people paid good money to see your "act", Sooo...stop whining and get with your "act"!!! Ha ha ha ha.....Welcome to SA!

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USmarshmellow, wrote

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01:15pm on 7 July 2011
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maybe it was the yanks...cause thats what they did to my luggage and i am poor and have no voice.

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