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

Rodman courts ring of attention


By GLENN COLE -- Toronto Sun
Will his hair be red, green, purple, orange, green or yellow?

And just what exactly will the newest member of the New World Order be able to accomplish tomorrow night?

In case you didn't know, Dennis Rodman, basketball's bizarre one, teams up with aging Hulk Hogan at the Bash at the Beach (Viewer's Choice, 7 p.m.).

They will battle the Giant and Lex Luger, who should win, but likely won't because Hogan and Rodman have the backing of the NWO, which -- no doubt -- will interfere.

There will be a curiosity factor from both wrestling fans and non-wrestling types just because of the freakazoid Rodman has become in the minds of many.

The rest of the show is a mixture of old-time feuds which American fans seem to enjoy: Ric Flair vs. Roddy Piper; Chris Benoit vs. Kevin Sullivan and Diamond Dallas Page and a mystery partner against Randy Savage and Scott Hall.

Kevin Nash isn't on the card nor is the insufferable Syxx, but the betting is the former will be involved somehow.



WILL SHAWN SHOW? Shawn Michaels, pounded by Bret Hart in a backstage fight in Hartford on June 9, is supposed to appear Monday night on Raw (TSN, midnight). Apparently Michaels feels secure enough in his home town of San Antonio, Tex., but exactly what he'll be doing is anybody's guess, if he shows.



FREE AGENTS: Jacques Rougeau and Pierre-Karl Ouellette have been dropped by WCW as have the Nasty Boys, Mike Rotundo, Jim Duggan and others. Rougeau and Ouellette may return to the WWF ... Former CFLer Glenn Kulka is indeed being developed by the WWF and has been trained by the Harts. He's working the Maritime circuit this summer, but it would be a surprise if he made an appearance on Raw next Monday from Halifax ... Nice to see the WWF in Canada so much. At least the federation is No. 1 in this country ... Do we really need Los Bariques led by Savio Vega? ... Raw is War moves to a 9 p.m.-11 p.m. slot on USA Aug. 4. Speculation in the U.S. is that if Raw does not do well in the 10-11 slot, it will revert to a one-hour show in the USA network's fall lineup.



TRIP IS A GO: Ron Hutchison says reaction to the proposed bus trip to watch an ECW card in upstate New York has been positive. Those buying tickets for the Canadian Hardcore Express between 3 p.m.-4 p.m. today at Sully's Gym, 53 Fraser Avenue #215 will receive a grab bag of wrestling memorabilia . If you want further details please call 416-703-8063 ... Two tag-team bouts are the features of the RWA's card at the RWA's training centre, 760 Pacific Road in Oakville tomorrow at 3:30 p.m. Wildcat and Steve Hart meet the Hollywood Hunks, while Fists of Fury meet Austin Shaw and Major Punishment.



BACK IN THE RING: Afa and Sika, the Wild Somoans, return to the ring after a five-year absence Sept. 20 in a UNWF card. Lou Albano will manage them ... Bam Bam Bigelow is still UNCW champion ... Interim WCW booker Terry Taylor is a big fan of Mexican wrestling notes John Molinaro in his Huricarana news letter which is why Mexican wrestlers have been on several WCW shows recently and the likes of Psicosis actually have been given a good push ... Meanwhile, Jake (The Snake) Roberts, Razor Ramon II and Diesel II are working the Mexican circuit ... Anybody out there have exact times for Lucha Libre on Tele-Latino? It seems to be all over the place.

Glenn Cole's wrestling column appears every other Saturday.