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WWE to Canada: Take Off, Hosers

7/3/2007 2:34 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

The Chris Benoit double murder/suicide is still rocking the WWE, as they announced the cancellation of all Canadian events for the next month -- all because of the former "Canadian Crippler." While WWE sources claim that the "postponements" are to show sensitivity to the fans of Chris "Rabid Wolverine" Benoit, the WWE has a track record for bailing on the Great White North when troubles arise.
Chris Benoit and the Canadian flag
The death of Benoit's friend and teammate, Owen Hart, in 1999 kept the company away from parts of Canada for an entire year. After wrestler Bret Hart and WWE big cheese Vince McMahon's infamous "Montreal Screwjob" in 1997, they hid out until late '98. However, others say that the REAL reason for the cancellation is to avoid the ire and the loud, often profane chants of the live Canadian crowds. Chants of "You killed Owen!" and "You screwed Bret!" filled Canadian arenas for months after those scandals.

Perhaps the WWE isn't taking any chances on two live tapings of their RAW and SmackDown programs being filled with angry chants of "You killed Chris!"

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61.

Maple leaf forever    

By the way, Canada is not a Socialistic Society. We are officially known as a Constitutional Monarchy. To those who don't know what that means, we are a Democracy that respect our heritage of the Crown, and recognise Queen Elizabeth II as our head of state.

And no, she is not just the "Queen of England." She is officially known as Queen of Canada, just as in other Commonwealth realms, i.e. Queen of Australia, Queen of New Zealand, etc.

2607 days ago
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canucklehead71    

Think it is laughable that people say that Canada is a terrorist haven. Really, they are not terrorists until they have committed an act, and they do not commit these acts in Canada. They don't come here to blow up buildings or highjack planes in Canada. Anyways, compared to a lot of other countries in the world, there have not been very many terrorist attacks in the US. The 9/11 attackers did not come into your country through Canada, they trained in the US.

Also love it when Americans say that they are "fighting for their freedom" about the wars in the middle east. The media starts the propoganda, and 3/4 of the country is brainwashed into believing it. Nothing about the wars has to do with freedom. You would have the same amount of freedom if you were not over there fighting. The only reason there have been terrorist attacks, and will be more terrorist attacks on your country is because your military is over there fighting. The way to stop any attacks is to get out of countries that you do not belong in. Heard many times from Afghan and Iraq people say that they hated living with their present governments, but they hated having the Americans there even more.

2607 days ago
63.

Europa    

America sucks and Canada is ok.The real best place in the world is Europe,hell yeah.Richest people,hottest people,rockin music and coultures,not to mention the hottest fashion in the world.Oh yeah!
That is 4 sure,Americans are just trailer trash that the Europeans didn't want 4 sure.Bosnia rocks.

2607 days ago
64.

Wow.    

Maple leaf forever: you're getting pretty damn annoying. CAN EVERYONE PLEASE STOP TALKING ABOUT FRIGGEN HEALTH CARE?? This story should be about Chirs, not Canada Vs. US. Seriously! Listen to yourselves! Both countries have good and bad aspects about them - deal with it!!!!!!

From Canada: Happy 4th of July tomorrow US!

2607 days ago
65.

Diane    

Even your politicians don't know anything about Canada. Wrapped up in yourselves aren't you!!

2607 days ago
66.

dude    

Costa Mesa Boy Needs to take his meds or cut back on them, whatever the case is he's a rambling physco.

2607 days ago
67.

Maple leaf forever    

#77, Diane, that is so true. Go on youtube and search for "Rick Mercer Talking to Americans." It's pathetic how shallow and small-minded and frankly stupid most of them come off as.

2607 days ago
68.

Lisa    

They did not kill Chris. Chris killed himself and his own family. Its no ones fault but his.

2607 days ago
69.

Standards are badly needed.    

U.S.-for-profit HMO's love it when their citizens believe that 'waiting time' in Canada B.S. because it serves their purpose. Emergency surgery in Canada is equivalent to U.S.; only Canadians are not out of pocket at all for it. Canada triages it's surgeries; emergency, right away, and elective kidney stone surgery comes BEFORE exploratory arthroscopic knee surgery. It's based on urgency/need. Hip replacement will get their surgery, but not before a more urgent surgery. THAT is where the skewed 'waiting' statistics come from. Because of the way it's set up, the wait times can be misinterpreted statistically, but the truth is that it works for the most part. Canadians politely wait for elective surgery, understanding and AGREEING as a country that more urgent matters deserve the operating room first. That's why it works. No HMO decides whether they can have their surgery or not. The physicians decide, so the decisions emanate from the right source. And all are paid for by HealthCare. You need to see SICKO, in theatres as I speak.

2607 days ago
70.

'Chele    

canucklehead71:

If we were to leave the middle east, the terrorists would use those countries to harbor in and build up their militia. They don't hate us because we are in their countries (although that is part of the reason they hate us). They hate us because according to extreme Muslim beliefs our way of life, our freedom, is sin and in extreme Muslim sinners are not to be tolerated and all must die, and it is an extreme honor to be the one who kills them.

Don't get me wrong. I know all the real reasons we went into Iraq and none of them had to do with fighting for our freedom. However now that we are there and have destroyed their government and ways of life, we are stuck there because if we leave what I said above would happen.

Canada is not exempt from terrorist threat. America and the UK are the main focus at the moment because we are so ignorantly loud about ourselves. We made ourselves the main focus. But don't think for a moment that if we were ever to be taken out that Canada would not be next on the extreme Muslim list of people to kill and countries to overthrow. In their eyes you are just as bad of a sinner as we are.

2607 days ago
71.

Debra    

It is nice to have a place to discuus current events and read what other people say and how they feel about the issues. Yahoo used to offer it until a few people began to use it as a forum to show their stupidity , to be down right crude, rude, and attack the other posters. They finally had to close it down. TMZ will eventually have to do the same. Too bad it can't be an outlet to broaden our views and discuss things with a little intelligence instead of having inflamatory posts and attacking the posters.

2607 days ago
72.

ThisGuy    

This site really needs to check it's facts. I live in Canada and have been a wrestling fan for years and never once have I ever heard a "you killed Owen" chant in any arena or on any broadcast from Canada. Yes there were and still are "you screwed Bret" chants but they are done in fun, here in Canada unlike in the US we don't glorify death and this is just some made up crap that TMZ is trying to make up. Also the shows were Cancelled only in Benoit's home province and not all of Canada but of course TMZ had to screw that up as well.This site needs to stop trying to play up the tradgedy and needs to stick with PROVEN FACTS something I think they struggle with.

2607 days ago
73.

Draax    

Terrorists do not attack the UK and the US because freedom is contrary to their way of life. Terrorists are attacking the UK and the US because they are sick of the two messing with their country and way of life. The failed foreign policy of the US and the UK is to blame. We are talking about decades of foreign policy which removed and installed various governments and terrorist groups as leaders for places like Afghanistan and Iraq.

Do yourself a favour and read up on US / UK involvement in Iraq and Afghanistan. Both the Taliban and the Ba'ath party came to power with support from the US and the UK. I would suggest taking a look at the Ba'ath party and the military coupe against the government of Qassim, and the former Mujhadien and the talibans rise to power in Afghanistan.

2607 days ago
74.

'Chele    

CostaMesaBoy:

You've been spewing BS all day. You sound like an idiot and you are making all us other Americans here look like idiots, too.

America has the best athletes and the hottest women. That was the best thing you could say about the people of this country. How degrading.

The best athletes and the hottest women aren't going to be the people who will protect our freedom for years to come and continue to make this a great country.

2607 days ago
75.

Standards are badly needed.    

Chele, I respect your view, but you are a little off. They DO hate you because you're in their countries. U.S. Foreign Policy is listed by all of those radicals as the reason they do what they do. They don't hate you because of your 'freedom' . What nonsense. They hate you because they can't go out into their own neighbourhood without fear of being shot or blown up, or becoming collateral damage in their own country due to the presence of foreign occupiers. They hate that extreme radicals have poured into their country over their borders to fight and cause unrest for them and U.S. troops as these radicals want to make sure the U.S. isn't deciding how Muslims should live on their own soil. CNN had a feature on the U.K. called 'The War Within' and one self-appointed anti-U.S.foreign policy Imam cleric stated something to the effect that if the U.S. got out of Iraq, the terror threats would reduce exponentially. Due to what's been done already, however, I'm sad to say the U.S. has left a legacy of ill will towards themselves by their own actions.
Even if those actions were truly well-intended, the effects were horrendous, and we all know the road to hell is paved with good intentions. Those countries have been fighting amonst themselves for centuries. It's not a good situation all in all, and now will not be easily solved.

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