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Stone cold keeps the gold


By GLENN COLE -- Toronto Sun
  Stone Cold Steve Austin did more catching than pitching at the SkyDome last night.

But he is still the World Wrestling Federation heavyweight champion.

And the Undertaker, who expressed his disdain for Mankind before participating in a triple-threat heavyweight championship match with Austin and Kane, probably likes him a whole lot less today.

It was Mankind's outside interference that took the Undertaker out of the ring and kept him occupied as Austin, who had been the recipient of a thorough beating, delivered the Stone Cold Stunner on Kane to retain his title strap.

Now the question is how much the Undertaker and Mankind will battle each other in the next few weeks. Mankind and Kane are still recovering from the loss of the WWF tag-team belts to the 'Taker and Austin last month. And there is no doubt Mankind wants to take get some revenge for the pounding he took in a recent Hell-in-the-Cell match against the Pale Destroyer.

"To his credit, I would have to say that Mankind is one of the toughest individuals I have ever comes across," the Undertaker said, recalling two spectacular plunges Mankind took from atop of the 20-foot-high cage. "I know there are a number of people going around saying they are the toughest SOBs, but it took a hell of a man to get on the top of the cage and get slammed through it again.



ENTERTAINING

"I don't agree with his philosophy or like him as an individual, but as far as respect in the wrestling ring, there is no one any tougher."

Overall, last night's 10-bout card -- which featured three Toronto-born wrestlers -- generally was entertaining. Of the three Torontonians, Edge got the biggest cheer before he dispatched Pierre of the Quebecers.

Val Venis, raised in Markham and now living in Peterboro, was on the defensive for most of his match against 7-foot-2 Kurrgan, but got the win over the lanky New Brunswick native who later put the dreaded claw on his manager/mentor Jackyl. Tiger Ali Singh, son of the legendary Tiger Jeet Singh, drew only a marginal reaction in his win over Scorpio.

Fellow Canadian Owen Hart lost his submission match to Ken Shamrock's ankle lock despite being on offence for most of the 10-minute match. The Rock retained his Intercontinental belt when the Godfather jumped Hunter Hearst Helmsley from behind as HHH was ready to record a pin fall.

One of the strangest moments of the evening came when D-Generation X tried to get a woman in the crowd to doff her top, something which has been done on Monday Night Raw the past couple of weeks. One woman came to the ring, but resisted the temptation and returned to her seat to the catcalls of the crowd.

The next WWF card is at the SkyDome on Saturday Nov. 7 at 1:30 p.m.