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Bischoff feels heat from WWF


By MR. X -- Ottawa Sun
  PARTS UNKNOWN -- It was as if someone whacked Eric Bischoff over the side of his thick skull with Hacksaw Jim Duggan's two-by-four.

After weeks of wrestling programming that was brain-dead at best, Bischoff, the WCW boss, woke up and smelled the cappuccino, delivering a terrific Monday Nitro program.

But, really, Bischoff had no choice.

For the past several weeks, Nitro has either been knocked off the airwaves by basketball or knocked silly by its competition, the WWF's RAW.

With the turn of Luger and Sting to Nash's nWo faction, the warlines are drawn. On one side is Hollywood Hogan's nWo side which includes Brett Hart; on the other is Nash and his fan-favorites.

AROUND THE WWF: RAW, even though taped the previous Tuesday, was superb again. WWF owner Vince McMahon was handcuffed and stuffed into a police car after admitting he had assaulted Stone Cold Steve Austin. McMahon set up a match between The Undertaker and Austin which never took place, with the man from the dark side slamming the WWF boss to the mat. Still, the Austin-McMahon feud is reaching a peak with tomorrow's Over the Edge pay-per-view, at 7 p.m., promising lots of bang for your buck. Austin faces Dude Love for the title with McMahon as the guest referee. In other matches, Rocky Maivia faces Faarooq; Kane meets Vader in a mask vs. mask match (look for Kane to lose and show off a fire-scarred face); Owen Hart, D-Lo Brown and Mark Henry face Hunter Hearst Helmsley, the Road Dog and Billy Gunn; Marc Mero meets a wrestler of Sable's choice (if Mero wins, Sable has to leave the WWF; if Mero loses, Sable is not obligated to her managerial contract with her real-life hubby). Can't imagine Sable losing, but we'll keep you abreast of the situation ... Another highlight of RAW was the introduction of Jackyl's Parade of Human Oddities, which included Howard Stern regulars Hank the Angry Drunken Dwarf and Crackhead Bob, along with a masked man Goldga (John Tenta?), Giant (Paolo) Silva and the Princess (Luna Vachon). Look for the Vampire Warrior and The Edge (Adam Copeland) to join shortly, with Kurrgan also expected to return soon ... Sunny has taken time off for personal reasons ... Legion of Doom's Puke is Darren Drozdov, a former Denver Bronco ... The WWF trotted out Glenn Kulka at its Ottawa show. Surely they could have used him as a guest ref, or in another capacity which would have gotten a bigger pop out of the crowd.

WCW BITS: Nasty Boy Jerry Sags has filed suit against WCW, Nash and Hall, claiming a script was deviated from causing him permanent head and neck injuries ... Look for NBA bad boy Dennis Rodman to team with Hollywood Hogan at Bash at the Beach ... The Ultimate Warrior should see action by early July at the latest ... WCW can't use Raven enough. This guy is great! ... Will Goldberg ever lose?