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Hitman\'s change of Hart
By TJ MADIGAN Calgary Sun


Calgary might be enjoying a warmer-than-average winter but, down in hell, the entire place just froze over.

Are you sitting down?

Bret Hart had a meeting with Vince McMahon a few weeks ago during the WWE holiday break at the McMahons\' vacation home in Florida.

Details are sketchy and nothing definite has come from the discussions, but considering the history between the two, many people were surprised they were even civil to each other, much less willing to talk.

A Hart spokesman confirmed yesterday the meeting took place but stressed the two only discussed \"personal issues.\"

McMahon and Hart have been at odds since a screw-job ending at the 1997 Survivor series in Montreal, which stripped the Hitman of the championship under questionable circumstances.

The WWE approached Hart this time last year about an appearance at Wrestlemania 18 in Toronto but Hart publicly denounced the idea in his Calgary Sun column.

Who knows: Improved relations could bring Hart back to the WWE -- perhaps as soon as Raw\'s 10th anniversary special on Tuesday or the March 30 Wrestlemania XIX pay-per-view.

WEB OF DECEIT: By the time you read this, tickets for Wrestlemania XIX will be completely sold out and the WWE will be claiming it filled Seattle\'s Safeco Field in less than 45 minutes.

Of course, while all available seats technically disappeared this morning, the bulk of the tickets were actually bought in an advance sales blitz earlier this week.

Here\'s how it works: WWE announces tickets will be available to hardcore fans several days before they go on sale to the general public.

A secret password is needed to purchase advance seats online, which will only be available to fans on the WWE\'s mailing list.

Of course, the password isn\'t secret for very long (WWE even published it on the main page of its Wrestlemania website) so tickets are readily available to anyone with the slightest clue where to look.

After most of the seats have been snapped up in advance, the tickets formally go on sale and the few remaining seats sell out in minutes.

By the time TicketMaster opened this morning -- the official on-sale date -- only inexpensive nosebleed seats were left to be hastily bought up. For anyone who missed out, more tickets are expected to be released closer to the event when the set and arena layout are finalized.

LIFE AFTER DEATH: Fans of The Undertaker\'s mid-\'90s dead man gimmick could be in for a treat.

To breathe new life into the stale \'Taker character, the WWE is planning to bring back Mark Calloway at the Royal Rumble under his former Phenom guise.

Calloway\'s true-to-life biker character will be ditched in favour of the black suits, theatrical entrances and Satanic undertones of the Grim Reaper of olden days.

Promos have already been released chronicling the \'Taker\'s decade-long career, highlighting the darker aspects of his early years.

Paul Bearer (Percy Pringle) is currently aligned with NWA TNA and will not be part of the gimmick\'s resurrection.

COLLISION COURSE: The WWE has done an awesome job of building heat between Chris Jericho and Shawn Michaels and it\'s looking like the duo will be kept apart until Wrestlemania.

HBK and Y2J will probably duke it out in the Royal Rumble match next week but their feud will only intensify, culminating with a big singles showdown at the March 30 supercard.

Other predicted \'Mania matches are already falling nicely into place.

McMahon is scheduled to return to Raw next Monday, leaving him wide open for a battle with Hulk Hogan as expected, or Bret Hart if an agreement can be reached.

Brock Lesner has been set up to beat Big Show at the Royal Rumble and go on to win the battle royal itself, allowing him to go onto the \'Mania main event against Kurt Angle.

LIGHTS, CAMERA, WRESTLERS: Lots of Hollywood happenings in wrestling this week as Dwayne (The Rock) Johnson began the publicity work for his still-untitled action flick, formerly Helldorado.

He is expected to return to the WWE in a few weeks, making a heel turn and feuding with Bill Goldberg, before vanishing back to the studio to work on his next movie.

Elsewhere in Tinseltown, Triple H was heavily tipped for a role in Arnold Schwarzenegger\'s latest project, another sequel in the Conan the Barbarian series.

The Game is apparently in line to play Conan\'s son in King Conan: Crown Of Iron.

Meanwhile, Stone Cold Steve Austin just signed on to voice himself in the movie version of Celebrity Deathmatch, due for release this summer.