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Hitman says best to come


By GLENN COLE -- Toronto Sun
  Bret Hart, Canada's wrestling ambassador, will be back in Toronto on July 19.

Unfortunately, it won't be in the squared circle.

Hart, the official guest starter for the Molson Indy Toronto, has wrestled on a limited basis since joining World Championship Wrestling last December. But don't fret -- the Excellence of Execution will soon be making up for what appears to be lost time.

"It has been a lot easier than I thought it would be," Hart told The Toronto Sun as he passed through Toronto en route to a WCW Thunder card in Buffalo.

"I get people telling me I don't look happy, which isn't true.

"The money (a three-year, $9-million deal) has been great. In the scheduling, I've played a limited role. I've had 14 matches since Dec. 1.

"But that will change."

Watch for Hart to battle Sting in July and while Hart is partnered with Hollywood Hogan for tomorrow's Great American Bash pay-per-view against Randy Savage and Roddy Piper (Viewer's Choice, 7 p.m.), Hart and Hogan are bound to battle.

"It's such a big company and it has such a huge number of stars, they don't need just to play Bret Hart right away," the Hitman said. "I've been told that from the beginning. I was told not to worry, to take my time."

Hart, who had an acrimonious departure from the WWF last November when he lost the WWF title to Shawn Michaels in a controversial ending at Montreal's Molson Centre, couldn't resist taking a shot or two as his former employer.

"We are treated like real athletes (in the WCW)," Hart said. "We have a trainer. We have a therapist there who will rub you down and stretch you out ... someone to tape your wrists and and ankles. They look after there stars here.

"Vince McMahon never did any of those things. Really, we were circus animals. I'm glad to be away from that."

Hart said he often has been asked if he misses the WWF and his reply is always the same -- he misses the WWF the way it used to be.

"I'll never allow the last five minutes and what they did to me ruin 14 years of the greatest memories I have. I won't allow that to happen.

"(But) the direction that (the WWF) went has been a black eye to wrestling."



HERE AND THERE: WWF star Kurrgan will meet the RWA's 7-foot-3 Giant Warrior in one of six bouts at Brantford's Boys and Girls Club (2 Edge St.) a week from tonight. This evening in Burlington Major Punishment and Pete Rokk battle Sexy Baby Jackson and Custom Made Man at the Mainway Sports and Game Centre, 3141 Mainway Drive. Bell time is 7 p.m. The Empire Wrestling Federation returns to the Burlington Crown Centre (3348 Harvester Road in Burlington next Friday at 8 p.m. Tickets and other information can be obtained by calling (905) 639-5065. A Titanic death match between Billy Boogie and Iron Mike Steele is the feature bout.



OF THE TOP ROPE: Don't worry, Sable will be back in the WWF soon ... Monday Night Raw beat Nitro for the third time in the past four weeks ... While brief, the tribute the WWF paid to the Junkyard Dog on Monday was classy ... Hogan will face Bill Goldberg at Atlanta's Georgia Dome next month ... That best-of-seven series between Edmonton's Chris Benoit and Booker T featured some of the finest pure wrestling seen in months. Booker T won and will meet Fit Finley for the WCW TV title tomorrow ... CTV SportsNet will have wrestling, opting for Thunder, which will be seen in prime time in Ontario.

Glenn Cole's wrestling column appears every other Saturday.

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