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READER ALERT: For all the latest wrestling happenings, check out our News & Rumours section.

Hulkster eyes WWF return


By GLENN COLE -- Toronto Sun
 It's a rumor that won't go away.

Hulk Hogan may be headed back to the World Wrestling Federation. The rumor started earlier this week in the Pro Wrestling Torch newsletter produced by Wade Keller and has been picking up steam since with the latest that Hogan has a two-year deal and could appear on Raw on Monday night.

That Hogan would go back to the WWF is fascinating considering the continuous slagging he took from Vince McMahon when Hogan went to the Atlanta-based WCW in 1994.

And if Hogan does go, he will want to be top banana thus putting Shawn Michaels' nose way out of joint. The self-professed show stopper, main event, the Heartbreak Kid, the icon of pro wrestling today has expressed a disdain for Hogan and even mocked him on WWF shows recently. And how would Steve Austin react? Not positively.

There is a chance The Giant, who has been pushed aside in the WCW, will follow Hogan. It's all speculation now, nothing more. Monday's Raw and Nitro should provide some answers.

Meanwhile, Michaels defends his WWF title against The Undertaker Jan. 18 at Royal Rumble in San Jose.

NO CHAMP: There is no World Championship Wrestling heavyweight champion. If you missed Thunder on WTBS on Thursday night, you missed the announcement by J.J. Dillon that because of the questionable activities Dec. 27 and 28 in matches involving Sting and Hogan, no one owned the belt. Interestingly, they did not announce that Hogan and Sting would be meeting at Souled Out Jan. 24. Bret Hart vs. Ric Flair looks to be a feature bout.

By the way. For the most part Starrcade received a thumbs-up and did quite well in pay-per-view sales.

HERE AND THERE: Ahmed Johnson may be on his way out of the WWF. He has been on the injured list more than in the ring and the WWF folks aren't crazy about his attitude ... Crush officially is gone from the WWF ... John Nord, a.k.a. the Bezerker, is on the WCW roster and Marty Janetty has been working some non-televised WCW matches ... Once his knee injury is healed, Davey Boy Smith will be popping up on Atlanta shows ... Sean Stasiak, son of the legendary Stan Stasiak, has joined the WWF ... Phil Lafond and Doug Furnas are doing most of their work in the ECW now ... Paul Roma has been working dark matches on WWF TV tapings ... Chances are The Undertaker and Kane will be forming a tag team soon ... In case you had not guessed, Chainsaw Charlie is Terry Funk, who supposedly retired last year ... TSN will show a Royal Rumble special Sunday at 9 p.m.

HAMMER HOME: Greg Valentine will appear on a Renegade Wrestling Association card Jan. 24 at the C.A.W. Hall, 7 Erie Ave, Brantford. Bell time is 7 p.m. In the RWA worlds title match, Major Punishment battles Pete Rokk while in another feature match, Steve Titan takes on Gord Rease. Tickets are $10 and $8. For further information call (519) 752-8880.