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WCW has eye on Canadian dates


By GLENN COLE -- Toronto Sun
Pro wrestling's nasty turf war may be about to spread north of the border.

Word is that Atlanta-based World Championship Wrestling is preparing a game plan and hopes to invade Toronto and other Canadian cities before the year is out.

But the blueprint for success may have to be withdrawn. While the SkyDome would be the logical choice to stage a major wrestling card, it's going to take a lot of signing and dancing for the WCW to stage a card there.

The rival World Wrestling Federation, which is signed for three events at the Dome, has a clause in its contract which essentially prevents competitors from going into the facility within 60 days of a WWF event.

"For events in November, the client is protected until January," a SkyDome source told The Toronto Sun yesterday.

"For an event let's say in March, the client is protected from January to May."

Toronto tentatively is scheduled as the first stop on the WCW invasion. If the WCW wants a December date in this town, it seems Maple Leaf Gardens or the CNE Coliseum are options.

Canada has been a World Wrestling Federation bastion since the 1980s, particularly in southern Ontario where WWF shows dominate television ratings.

IN THE MIDDLE: The Sports Network finds itself right in the middle of the WWF-WCW war. While TSN will continue to carry Monday Night Raw in its current midnight time slot, word is that WCW will get a 4-6 p.m. Wednesday time slot for Nitro as well as Thursday at midnight. TSN will have Canadian exclusivity to Nitro.

OnTV programming grids through October indicate a WCW show will be carried at 1 a.m. Monday. Nitro's former 1 p.m. Sunday time slot will be occupied by WWF Canadian Superstars.

Raw will be carried at 1 a.m. Sunday by OnTV, which has dropped Saturday afternoon wrestling.

CANNON FODDER: Brian Pillman's Loose Cannon angle went a little too far this past Monday when he claimed to be the father of Dakota, the daughter of Goldust (Dustin Runnels) and Marlena (Terri Runnels). Pillman, who has been forced to wear a dress for the past three weeks after losing at SummerSlam, wants to wrestle Goldust -- with a couple of provisions. If Pillman loses, he must leave the WWF forever. But if Goldust loses, he must provide his wife, Marlena, to Pillman as a "personal assistant" for the next 30 days. Goldust didn't want the match to go on, but Marlena insisted he take it. Stay tuned.

COLD HARD FACTS: Stone Cold Steve Austin was direct. He isn't going to let that neck injury suffered at SummerSlam keep him down, even though two doctors have suggested he quit wrestling.

"If you think for one split second that a piledriver's gonna stop me ... it ain't gonna happen," Austin said.