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Stabbed in the Hart


By MR. X -- Ottawa Sun
  PARTS UNKNOWN -- Bret Hart's pride and Vince McMahon's face are still stinging after last Sunday's Survivor Series debacle.

Leaving no doubt why he's called Hitman, Hart plowed McMahon after the WWF boss double-crossed his heavyweight champion during the pay per view. During Hart's title defence against Shawn Michaels, McMahon apparently conspired with ref Earl Hebner and perhaps Michaels, to ignore the previously-determined result, a disqualifaction. Hebner signalled for the bell, 10 minutes before the match was to conclude, with Hart in a submission hold, the sharpshooter. Hart, clearly, had not submitted. But the bell was rung and Michaels declared champion.

Hart couldn't believe it. He spit on McMahon at ringside, then sent some TV equipment flying.

The "job" is scandalous in the wrestling world where the result is explained to the wrestlers before the match and trust is everything.

Hart had earlier in the week given his 30 days notice to the WWF, agreeing to a deal with WCW. McMahon, apparently, didn't want to deal with the possibility his champion would flee to the rival while still holding the belt.

It could be argued McMahon badly botched this angle, lying to Hart and forcing on him the indignity of losing a bogus decision in his home country. It shouldn't come as a surprise that Hart pounded on McMahon backstage. And it shouldn't be surprising that several wrestlers, including Legion of Doom, Barry Windham, Mick Foley (Mankind and Dude Love), Savio Vega and the Godwinns along with Owen Hart and the British Bulldog boycotted the following night's Ottawa RAW IS WAR show. Sunny, who lists the Hart Family among her few friends in the wrestling business, and Ken Shamrock were also apparently upset, but were persuaded to appear.

Surely, there were other ways for Hart to lose his title. He could have it stripped from him; he could lose it in a "special challenge" match. WWF fans shouldn't feel like Hart sold out. It was McMahon who basically asked Hart to leave to free up some cash.

McMahon is first and foremost a showman who reaches to the stars for shocking angles. You can bet his next shocking angle, though, will likely be a little less painful.



RAW DEAL: The Ottawa show sadly missed Bret Hart and the Hart Family. While getting ravaged by some reviews, RAW wasn't bad. After skipping Ottawa and Cornwall, Owen Hart and Bulldog have agreed to rejoin the WWF. Among the highlights was a Ken Shamrock vs. Hunter Hearst Helmsley match with Shamrock eventually pinning Shawn Michaels, who had interfered, thanks to a three count administered by commissioner Sgt. Slaughter. Shamrock vs. Michaels for the title is the main event of the next pay per view, Dec. 7. Boxer Butterbean was ringside and was enticed into what will become a feud with Marc Mero. Local football hero Glenn Kulka made his debut in fine style, beating Sexton Hardcastle. The main event dark match saw Undertaker, Stone Cold Steve Austin, Vader and Ahmed Johnson defeat the Nation of Domination. Michaels, for the record, mocked Hart, suggesting the Hitman "would be joining the dinosaurs in Atlanta. The only guys that aren't dinosaurs down there are my friends, and they'll kick your ass too."



RAW PART II: The RAW taping in Cornwall Tuesday, to be aired Monday on TSN, was weaker than the previous night, but still had a couple of highlights. Kulka beat Doug Furnas with a dynamic finishing touch. Sgt. Slaughter was pummelled by DeGeneration X, then returned later to sanction a match with himself facing Helmsley at the Dec. 7 pay per view. Sable interfered in a Mero match, costing him a decision to Jerry Lawler. Sable also revealed a black eye with Mero quickly denying he had struck her, saying his real-life wife had been hurt by a horse. Let's hope the WWF has enough moral sensibility to steer away from a wife-beating angle. Goldust continued his twist into a heel by whacking Vader with a hammer. Goldust is not seeing much action these days, recovering from a hand injury. One internet report suggests Sable will eventually become linked with Goldust. Hope not! ... Rocky Maivia is the new intercontinental champion, sort of. He swiped the belt off Austin, who won the title off Owen Hart at Survivor Series. Austin had a highlight package of his own on the night, dropping the NOD three times with Stunners. D-Lo Brown was felled twice, while Maivia felt the Stunner in the night's last match ... Kane appeared for the second straight night and after Undertaker vowed never to face his brother in the ring, Kane's manager Paul Bearer said Kane would leave a carnage of bodies. You can bet one of those bodies won't be Lawler (after all, isn't Kane really Dr. Isaac Yankem, the King's former dentist?). Kane entered in the midst of a 3-on-3 match of the minis with Sunny reffing. Sunny and the minis went scurrying for the announcer's table, out of the villain's sight. Out ran the Headbangers who were beaten by the Undertaker's evil younger brother.



AROUND THE WCW: The NWO welcomed the news of the Bret Hart signing by waving Canadian flags. Don't be so sure he'll join the NWO, though. Putting him against Hollywood Hogan at some time would make sense ... Van Hammer has joined the Raven's Nest, while Stevie Richards is gone.