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Time for WCW to take out trash


By MR. X -- Ottawa Sun
  PARTS UNKNOWN -- It's high time Duke "The Dumpster" Droese took his garbage man act to World Championship Wrestling.

Because there's certainly a lot of trash to pick up.

WCW once again tried to pass off a horrible mess, fuelled by the king-sized ego of Hulk Hogan, as a legitimate wrestling card at last week's Road Wild pay-per-view. It just doesn't work, but for some reason Americans, in particular those in the mid-west and south, put down their banjos long enough to suck up this often senseless and ill-conceived storyline that never seems to move onward and upward.

Predictably, at Road Wild, Hokey Hogan won his championship belt back off Lex Luger with plenty of outside interference and an appearance by Scott Hall as a fake Sting.

Ric Flair struggled to a win over Syxx. Hall and Nash retained their tag-team championship even though they lost on a DQ to the Steiners Brothers. The Giant pinned Randy Savage with a chokeslam. Harlem Heat beat Scott Norton and Buff Bagwell. K-Dog beat Rey Mysterio Jr. Steve "Mongo" McMichael and Chris Benoit beat Jeff Jarrett and Dean Malenko after Jarrett allowed himself to be pinned in order to leave his partner. Alex Wright won over Chris Jericho. Curt Hennig pinned Diamond Dallas Page after Flair distracted Page.

STONE COLD STUNNER: Say it isn't so. Stone Cold Steve Austin, it's being reported in some parts, may never be able to wrestle again. While there's no doubt Austin hurt himself in his SummerSlam match against Owen Hart, this story sounds like a WWF plant for a storyline. Expect Stone Cold to be absent for a while and then return amidst much hype.

AROUND THE WWF: First it was Ahmed Johnson getting the boot from the Nation of Domination. Now, Faarooq has introduced his group's newest member, Rocky Maivia ... RAW is WAR was superb. Highlights included Brian Pillman wearing a dress and then losing his match to Flash Funk ... The Patriot and Ken Shamrock teamed up to beat Owen Hart and the British Bulldog ... In a four-star matburner, Mankind lost to Shawn Michaels when the Heartbreak Kid got some assistance in the form of a chair from his new bodyguard, Rick Rude. Or was Rude trying to smack Michaels with the chair? Stay tuned to this angle ... Paul Bearer closed the show by once again promising to deliver the Undertaker's long-lost brother, Cain.