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Nash too sore to keep belt?


By GLENN COLE -- Toronto Sun
  There is a strong suspicion Kevin Nash will not be WCW world champion when all is said and done this weekend.

Nash puts his belt on the line against Randy (Macho Man) Savage at the Great American Bash (Viewer's Choice, 8 p.m.) and there are those who think Nash just might have been "banged up" a little too much this past week.

Other matches feature Roddy Piper battling Ric Flair for the WCW presidency, Edmonton's Chris Benoit and Perry Saturn defending their tag belts against Bam Bam Bigelow and Diamond Dallas Page, and Sting vs. Rick Steiner for the TV belt.

HART-BEAT GOES ON:

If you thought the police work was over in Owen Hart's death, you were incorrect. Officers in Kansas City have launched a criminal investigation into the death of Hart last month on a World Wrestling Federation pay-per-view event.

Police Major Gregory Mills told reporters on Thursday he has a concern whether "this was the safest way to perform the stunt." Police now are trying to determine whether the WWF was using the right equipment, whether they used it correctly and if Hart was properly trained to use it.

A few days after Hart's death, a Hollywood stunt artist told a wire service that Hart had no business attempting the stunt.

While the Hart family refrained from comment immediately on the report, it is likely to have much to say early next week when it is expected to launch a multi-million lawsuit against the WWF.



SABLE DEAL NEAR:

That little grandstand show put on by Rena Mero (Sable) last week appears to have been just a ploy to get out of her deal with the WWF. Word is she will likely settle out of court with the WWF, provided it lets her jump right over to the WCW.

Apparently, Eric Bischoff, who took great delight at mocking the WWF after Sable announced her plans to sue, told an Internet audio show Sable could be WCW bound as soon as this weekend.



HAMILTON SHOW OFF:

With fewer than 5,000 tickets sold, the WWF show for Hamilton's Copps Coliseum has been cancelled ... You do not want to be Carl DeMarco right now. He is a longtime friend of the Hart family. He works for Vince McMahon as the head of WWF Canada. He was in the middle of the controversy regarding the airing of footage from Hart's funeral on Monday Night Raw ... After pounding Sabu in an AWF match last Sunday, Terry Funk, 55, announced he was retiring from wrestling, again ... McMahon never made a schedule appearance on CNN's Larry King Live. WWF people say the cancellation was CNN's doing. By the way, were you really shocked when McMahon was revealed as The Higher Power?



HERE AND THERE:

Pretty Boy Simms and Big-Time Wresting have as show set for Sunday night in Welland at 7:30 at Rosevilla Hall, 310 Riverside Dr. ... The Hardcore Wresting Federation has a show next Friday in Parkhill featuring the Brooklyn Brawl against Jimmy (Superfly) Snuka in the feature match on a card which also has Doink the Clown, Larry Destiny, Stunning Sean and Dangerous Danny Steele. For ticket information call 519-294-0082 ... UCW invades Fanshawe College's Community Fitness Centre on June 25 with a card featuring 2 Cold Scorpio against Shane Douglas, who is rumoured en route to the WCW instead of returning to the WWF. The following day, CWA featuring Ricky (Soulman) Johnson and Bullwhip Johnson stages a show at the McCormick Community Centre, 66 Sheridan Ave. ... The Nashville Network has grabbed ECW for its Friday night programming beginning Sept. 10.

Glenn Cole's Pro Wrestling column appears on Saturday