Stone Cold's red hot as champ
By GLENN COLE -- Toronto Sun
TORONTO -- As expected, Steve Austin, the people's choice, is the World Wrestling Federation champion.
Austin's match against Shawn Michaels was the highlight of WrestleMania which dragged at times, notably during the Kane-Undertaker slugfest which featured the Undertaker flying over the top rope and into the Spanish TV desk.
The personal highlight for many was Kane delivering the tombstone piledriver on Pete Rose. Haven't heard one complaint about that.
Meanwhile, Michaels is taking some time off to let his ailing back heal.
AIRCAN CENTRE A BATTLEGROUND:
There is a battle going on behind the scenes that will shape the
future of wrestling in this town for the next few years.
The Air Canada Centre, set to open in February of 1999, is looking to fill
the dark nights when neither the Maple Leafs nor the Raptors are playing.
Wrestling is always a popular date-filler and both the WCW and WWF want to
get into the new building.
While the SkyDome may be fine for baseball and football, it was not
designed for arena sports. It's just too big.
Maple Leaf Gardens was much more wrestling friendly and one would expect
the Air Canada Centre will be as well.
But wrestling fans can only hope that the folks at the Air Canada are a
little smarter than those at the Dome and avoid signing an exclusivity
contract with either wrestling group.
HERE AND THERE:
Sean Waltman will be called X-Pac in his latest WWF
go-round. He was the 1-2-3 Kid before fleeing to the WCW to become Syxx. There
is a lot of fuss about the drip coming back and you have to wonder why ...
Waltman said that his pals Scott Hall and Kevin Nash are being held hostage by
their WCW contracts and also took some shots at Hulk Hogan, something many
ex-WCW types have done ... Hall is in a rehab centre for the second time in a
year while the NWO angle now has Nash challenging Hogan for leadership of the
group, which is a natural progression of the angle ... The Warrior had been
dropping hints that he was about to join WCW, but Eric Bischoff says it would
not be a good fit for the organization he heads.
RENEGADES IN ACTION:
The Renegade Wrestling Association holds its next card
at the Brantford Boys and Girls Club on Saturday, April 25 at 7 p.m. Danger
Boy Derek Wylde puts his cruiserweight title on the line against Gord Rease
while Shank Dorsey battles Sherman Tank ... For fans of ProWrestling Torch, a
sample copy can be obtained for $3 US by writing to, P.O. Box 201844,
Minneapolis, Minn., 55420 ... John Molinaro continues to produce an
entertaining newsletter on Mexican wrestling. To find out what Konnan and
others are up to contact John Molinaro, 643 Blue Forest Hill, Burlington, Ont.
L7L 4M4. Cost is $2 Cdn per issue.