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Michaels no ring arbiter


By GLENN COLE -- Toronto Sun
Okay, we'll play along.

Just what dunderhead in the World Wrestling Federation decided that Shawn Michaels would be a good choice to referee the Undertaker-Bret Hart heavyweight championship match at WWF's SummerSlam next weekend at the Meadowswamp in New Jersey?

Michaels is the last guy Hart wants to see in the ring in a referee's jersey. What Bret would rather do is pound Michaels into dust, as the WWF would like everybody to believe Hart tried to do on Monday Night Raw.

Actually, when Hart came out and cuffed Vince McMahon on the side of the head, there probably were some people out there who thought it was for real. But we know better than that, don't we?

ENOUGH ALREADY: This Canadian-American angle the WWF is playing is becoming more than a little annoying and is bordering on insulting. Did you catch Michaels prancing around the ring the other night on Raw with the two Canadian flags in his hand? Notice where he stuck them when he was finished? Have Canadians become the equivalent of the Germans, Japanese or Iranians for those warped minds whose idea of patriotism is to chant "U-S-A, U-S-A" any time one of their heroes like that dweeb The Patriot jumps into the ring?

At least the WWF acknowledges Canada and knows it can make money here, as evidenced by the wildly enthusiastic near-capacity crowds in Edmonton, Calgary and Halifax recently. The Haligonians took full advantage of a rare appearance on any kind of TV and were vociferous in their booing of McMahon and particularly Michaels. It helped Raw to a 4.1 overall rating in the U.S., with a 4.3 rating watching the Canadian-U.S. show-ending battle involving the Hart Foundation and the U.S. threesome led by Stone Cold Steve Austin. Of course, that means the Canada-U.S. heat will continue, all in the name of profit. And in the name of ignorance.

HOGAN ACCEPTS: Hollywood Hogan will put his WCW heavyweight title on the line when he battles Lex Luger Aug. 8 as part of the WCW's next pay-per-view. On the same card, Curt Hennig meets Diamond Dallas Page ... Ultimo Dragon is the new WCW TV champion after defeating Lord Steven Regal on Tuesday night ... Paul Roma, who apparently has been wrestling in Europe since leaving WCW, may be headed back to the WWF along with the Nasty Boys, who were recently dropped by WCW ... Wide speculation has Glen Jacobs returning to WWF as Cain, the Undertaker's "brother". Jacobs has been Issac Yankem and Diesel II in past lives ... Wild Man Marc Mero had hoped to be back for SummerSlam, but apparently has been working a little too hard on getting his injured left knee back in shape. An October return now seems more likely ... Longtime grappler Terrible Terry Funk's retirement match is Sept. 11. Scheduled opponent is Bret Hart ... Is the WWF-ECW alliance on the rocks?

SUBMISSIONS: The RWA has cards scheduled for Aug. 3-4 at Wallabees, 2058 Lakeshore Road in Burlington ... A few members of the United Nations Championship Wrestling group -- The Hungarian Barbarian, The Mad Russian, and The Love Connection -- have tryouts Aug. 4 when Raw hits Bethlehem, Pa ... The RWA will be holding a tournament to crown a light-heavyweight champion. Competitors must be 18 or older and weigh 200 pounds or less ... The Perfect Creation is the new UNCW cruiserweight champion ... Where have you gone, Tiger Ali Singh?

Glenn Cole's wrestling column appears every other Saturday.