Better late than never?
By GLENN COLE -- Toronto Sun
Finally, it appears that World Championship Wrestling is making progress in its move to invade Canada.
As reported in The Toronto Sun last weekend, the WCW has signed a deal with the people who run the new Air Canada Centre to stage at least four cards at the facility starting next March. The WCW has exclusivity for 1999 at the Hangar while WWF will continue to promote cards at the SkyDome, including a possible pay-per-view event either this fall or early next year.
WCW let it slip out last August that it was planning to come to Canada, but problems in getting a suitable venue in Toronto dashed its plans. There was talk of a card at Maple Leaf Gardens this summer, but the WCW passed.
Is the WCW coming in too late? Did it miss the boat by now showing up earlier? The first card in March will tell.
SURGERY DELAYED: Randy (Macho Man) Savage has delayed surgery on his ailing knee and will get a crack at Bret Hart tomorrow night at WCW Slamboree (7 p.m., Viewer's Choice). Many of Hart's fans are miffed that he apparently has turned heel again, but he has one goal in mind -- getting a title shot at Hulk Hogan. Meanwhile, the Giant, who also wants a title shot, has joined Hart as a temporary Hogan ally. The New World Order has split into two groups, one led by Hogan, the other with Kevin Nash in control. Nash teams with Scott Hall tomorrow night to battle the Giant and Sting, even though the Giant has aligned with Hogan and Sting has not.
In a death-cage match, the Raven meets Diamond Dallas Page while Chris Benoit battles Fit Finlay for the TV title.
What won't happen is a challenge bout between WCW president Eric Bischoff and WWF boss Vince McMahon. Bischoff issued the challenge and McMahon declined. McMahon suggested the bout be held in a parking lot without TV cameras. The parking lot might be the right spot, but the TV boys have to be there -- from both organizations.
WHERE THEY'RE AT: Interesting little item in the St. Paul Pioneer-Press which tracked down several former stars of the defunct American Wrestling Association. Greg Gagne, the son of Verne Gagne, retired from the ring in 1992 after the AWA shut down. He is a car salesman in Bloomington, Minn. Ken Patera operates Patera's Fitness Emporium in St. Paul. He's still an active wrestler on regional cards and trains beginners. Jim Brunzell, who was Gagne's High Flyers tag-team partner remains active in wrestling in Minnesota and Wisconsin. He also works as a sales representative for a novelty company.
TESTING: McMahon, who has assigned himself to referee the Austin-Dude Love championship bout May 31 in Milwaukee, will get a practice run next Saturday at the SkyDome when Austin meets Hunter Hearst Helmsley.