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O hell ya, Canada!


By GLENN COLE -- Toronto Sun
  There is something about Canada and the WWF heavyweight title that brings out the worst in Vince McMahon.

Remember the much-ballyhooed title change at Montreal's Molson Centre when Bret Hart lost to Shawn Michaels last November?

"It's something about the air up here in Canada that when I get around a championship match, things happen," McMahon said. "I don't know what it is."

Well, last night McMahon, who was a special ringside referee, tried his darndest to make Stone Cold Steve Austin lose his championship bout against Hunter Hearst Helmsley. He failed miserably. Special timekeeper Dude Love was a non-factor as Austin chased him away early.

While McMahon got a shot in on Austin early, he was left in the carnage as Stone Cold went wild and retained his belt by delivering his patented stunner on Helmsley. Did you really think Austin would lose?

Helmsley appeared to have the match won moments earlier after his pal Chyna delivered a low blow to Austin with the regular referee knocked out. McMahon came in to make the three count but only got to two. It was then that Austin rallied for the victory, stunning Chyna and then Helmsley.

Miraculously, the referee recovered his senses in time and counted to three with Austin clearly having pinned his long-haired opponent from De-Generation-X.



SLUGGED REF

Upset with the officiating, McMahon, who was nailed with a few soft-drink containers as he stood in the ring, slugged the regular ref.

But McMahon paid for his transgression as he was on the wrong end of the stunner, much to the delight of close to 20,000 fans at the SkyDome.

The next SkyDome card is set for Aug. 1 with the wrestling setup reconfigured for the event.



THE RESULTS OF LAST NIGHT'S WWF DON'T TRUST ANYBODY CARD AT THE SKYDOME:

* Stone Cold Steve Austin def. Hunter Hearst Helmsley by pinfall to retain the WWF heavyweight title.

* The Undertaker def. Kane by disqualification after Paul Bearer interfered.

* New Age Outlaws def. Skull and 8-Ball by pinfall to retain the WWF tag-team title.

* The Rock def. Faarooq by countout to retain the WWF Intercontinental title.

* Taka Michinoku def. Brian (Too Sexy) Christopher by pinfall to retain the WWF light-heavyweight title.

* Bradshaw def. Marvellous Marc Mero by pinfall after Sable distracted the referee.

* Vader def. Owen Hart by disqualification.

* Double J Jeff Jarrett def. Steve Blackman by pinfall.

* Headbangers def. The Quebecers by pinfall.

* Kurrgan def. D-Lo Brown by submission.