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Fans buying crude 'n' rude


By GLENN COLE -- Toronto Sun
  It's not the wrestling your granny used to watch.

And while many fans have complained about the language, crotch chops and some of the other antics going on in the World Wrestling Federation, its owner says things are going to stay just the way they are.

"Five years ago we were foundering and we were looking for some direction, a creative direction," Vincent K. (Mr.) McMahon told The Toronto Sun.

"We made a decision, a conscious effort. I look in the mirror and I know I have an attitude from a human standpoint. I'm very aggressive, I know that. I'm truculent, I know that. We decided to be who we are and we've done that."

McMahon noted that other sports have had trouble with television ratings recently, similar to those pro wrestling was having in its Saturday time slots.

"Ratings have been down in baseball," McMahon said. "Television ratings are going in the toilet for the NHL in the U.S. and that's with Fox giving it a tremendous push. NBA ratings on TNT are down.

McMahon said that 1980s style of wrestling -- when Hulk Hogan and Macho Man Randy Savage ruled the WWF -- could never sell today. The hero in a white hat versus the villain in a black hat doesn't work anymore.

"The '80s was a cartoon," he said. "We had to evolve in terms of sophistication. Life is a shade of grey, a lighter or darker shade or grey depending on who we deal with and who we are. Why shouldn't that be reflected in the WWF?

"It gives our characters more depth to be able to do it that way. It's more realistic."

And, of course, more profitable, otherwise it wouldn't be done.

HERE AND THERE: Ultimate Warrior is going to wrestle with the WCW starting perhaps as early as June 8, but likely later. The guy has wrestled four months in the past five years. Yawn ... Those De-Generation X invasions of the WCW offices were cute, but may cause the WWF more trouble than it wants. Stay tuned ... Gogan, featured on Raw this past Monday as one of Jakyll's Parade of Human Oddities, was none other than John Tenta, who used to be known as Earthquake ... Shawn Michaels might not wrestle again until next January because of his back problems ... Scott Hall is back in rehab ... Davey Boy Smith has returned to WCW.

AROUND ONTARIO: The RWA holds its next card tomorrow at 3 p.m. at the Fort Erie Native Friendship Centre, 786 Buffalo Road. All Knighters take on Danger Boy & Seattle Kid, Sexy Baby Jackson meets Stunner and L'Artiste battles Dane Jarris. Tickets are $6. The RWA returns to Burlington June 13 at the Mainway Sports & Game Centre, 3141 Mainway Dr. with Major Punishment and Pete Rokk against Sexy Baby and Custom as the feature bout. For more info call the RWA at (905) 637-5525 ... The Windsor-based Border City Wrestling group has merged with the ICW. The new group is working on a TV contract.