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Australian Tour Extra Tough for These Superstars


by Phil Speer

SEATTLE - Aug. 12, 2002 - Test arrived at KeyArena today and found out he'd be part of a huge eight-man tag team main event. Normally that would be call-your-parents good news. But Test was still recovering from the longest trip of his life - including two 16-hour flights.

"I don't know if there will be much of a reaction until I wake up," he told early this afternoon.

Test was one of a handful of superstars who were part of the Global Warning Tour Melbourne last Saturday in Australia even though that show was supposed to be "SmackDown! only." But Test, Triple H, Christian, Lance Storm and Chris Jericho were all booked on the tour while they were part of SmackDown!.

All of them were a part of RAW last week and tonight, meaning they flew to Australia one day later and had to be back in the U.S. and ready to compete one day earlier.

Also, Stacy Keibler moved to RAW this week, meaning she too had one less day to recover from jetlag.

"My body's a little sore and a little tired, but not as bad as I thought it was going to be," said Keibler, who has now been to Australia three times.

It was the first trip for Christian and Triple H; Christian said he was "surprisingly awake." The Game was also showing no ill-effects.

"I'm like a machine," Triple H said with his customary smirk. "You can't stop me."

Reminiscing about the old days - the days of month-long European tours and daily six hour bus rides, Triple H added, "I've done longer, harder tours, that's for damn sure."

Christian competed at a non-televised event in Pittsburgh last Sunday, Aug. 4. The next morning, he was up at 6 a.m. to fly to Baltimore for last week's RAW. Immediately after the show, he caught a charter flight to Los Angeles, arriving at 2:30 a.m. local time, or 5:30 a.m. Eastern time.

"At that point, I had been up about 24 hours," he said.

Just before midnight, Christian and the other superstars who had been on last week's RAW - as well as Stephanie McMahon, Paul Heyman and two agents, who had also attended RAW - took off from Los Angeles to Melbourne. They arrived in Australia at about 7:45 Thursday morning. All of the other superstars - the ones who are not on RAW - arrived at the exact same time the day before. Since the "Fan Frenzy" festival started on Thursday, those superstars had a full day to relax and recover - or sightsee, if they could.

"It was difficult to anybody to do anything because the atmosphere was at such a fever pitch for this show," Heyman said. "You couldn't go anywhere, even with security, without being ridiculously mobbed. The level of enthusiasm was like a Super Bowl weekend."

But in spite of the mobs, Heyman and others said they still toured the city.

On Friday, Christian said he had most of the afternoon off. He went to a nearby mall.

"I was walking and I got cornered," he said. "I signed autographs for an hour. But the people there are very respectful, so I didn't mind."

Triple H said he spent Thursday and Friday either at Fan Frenzy, at his hotel or working out. That's all he had time for.

"Night time, that's when things got interesting," he said. "Night time there is afternoon here. I slept maybe four or five hours (on Thursday and Friday night), and not that well either."

On Saturday, of course, all the superstars headed to Colonial Stadium for the event. More than 57,600 people attended, making it one of the largest crowds they'd ever performed in front of.

"It was among the top 10, for sure," Triple H said.

After the event, they headed back to their hotel. They left at 8 a.m. Sunday morning, arriving in Los Angeles around the same time, and then in Seattle on Sunday afternoon.

Again, while most superstars had Sunday and Monday to recover, the ones from RAW had only part of the day on Sunday.

"But I would do it again in a second," said Christian. "It was an awesome experience. The Australian people were just unbelievable."

And now that it's all over, being on RAW has one advantage, Christian said: "I get to go home a day before everyone else."

*Credit WWE*