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WWF staff on way to funeral


By BILL KAUFMANN -- Calgary Sun
World Wrestling Federation chief Vince McMahon has handed dozens of his employees airline tickets to Calgary to attend Owen Hart's funeral, says an organization source.
  Backstage and office personnel are being encouraged to attend Monday's private funeral that's expected to draw a large overflow crowd, said the source.
  "They all got their tickets on Tuesday -- 80 people from the WWF," said the source, who didn't want to be named.
  "Even the merchandising people have tickets to go."
  More than 40 hotel rooms have been booked by federation staff.
  A bevy of wrestlers, including Hart's tag team partner Jeff Jarrett and superstar Stone Cold Steve Austin, are expected to attend.
  WWF spokesman Jim Byrne said of the ticket handout: "It sounds like something Vince would do. Suffice it to say, there'll be a very strong show of support and tribute to Owen."
  A sister of Hart's said she doesn't consider the gesture a public relations ploy and damage control bid on the part of McMahon, who's been criticized for allowing the stunt that killed the city wrestler.
  Hart, 34, plunged about nine metres to his death Sunday after a dramatic entry to a WWF pay-per-view show went tragically wrong.

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