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Lords of the ring


By TIM BAINES -- Ottawa Sun
  Montreal -- A sea of Canadian flags, some true patriot love and even a Benedict Arnold wasn't enough to turn back an American invasion at last Night's Survivor Series at the Molson Centre.

And you get the feeling it could yet grow into more than a battle of words.

Bret Hart was jobbed. Plain and simple.

Hart used every weapon at his disposal -- including a fleur-de-lis flag -- to pummel his opponet in last night's main event against Shawn Micheals. But he lost the war, his world title and his cool after suffering the indignity of losing inexplicably.

Some how, for some reason, he lost his belt after supposedly submitting to his own hold, the sharpshooter

But after the match he went on a silent rage around the ring, leaving broken TV monitors in his wake. He then stood in the middle of the ring and flashed WCW signs, perhaps comfirming in his own way his departure for a rival wrestling association

While Team Canada turned aside Team USA in the featured Four vs Four match, Bret's brother Owen felt the wrath of the Stone Cold stunner, leaving Steve Austin once again the Intercontinental champ.

The Molson Centre rollicked with a deafening united Canadian flavor, plenty of flags and chants of `Canada', uniting the country again.

The crescendo had been building all night, thousands of fans singing on the streets, their vocal chords undampened by the drizzle.

As the fans sang, the wrestlers put on their game faces, ready for a night of pandemonium, hijinks and chicanery.

THEY GOT THAT AND MUCH MORE

When the wrestlers head out on the highway today, driving the two- hour trek to Ottawa, they'll be bringing more of the same to the Corel Centre.

Tonight's RAW IS WAR, beginning at 8 p.m. but picked up live on TSN at 9 p.m., will have plenty more surprises.

And Canada will once again get a chance to stand on guard.

Let's hope the Americans get turned back this time.