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Hart and fans get no respect


By GLENN COLE -- Toronto Sun
All Bret Hart got for his loyalty was a kick in the front of the pants.

Vince McMahon probably got what he deserved.

And Canadian wrestling fans got the shaft.

There was no doubt that Hart -- who had given notice to the WWF that he would be leaving for the WCW -- was double-crossed last Sunday at Survivor Series. McMahon gave the high sign for referee Earl Hebner to end the WWF title bout after new champion Shawn Michaels had Hart in a sharpshooter for a wink of an eye. Hebner, selected by Hart to referee in hopes of avoiding such hanky-panky, didn't have a choice. He was threatened with dismissal if he didn't do McMahon's bidding.

It was the final sign of a lack of respect on the part of McMahon, who had been dissing Hart on several shows leading up to pay-per-view card.

Remember the scene a few weeks ago when the Hart Foundation allegedly trashed the dressing room of the Nation of Domination? Hart never was told that was going to happen and it left him looking like a candidate for the Ku Klux Klan. McMahon, who was drilled on the jaw by Hart in Montreal last Sunday, also had been hinting that Hart had lost something from his game and that perhaps Hart's brother, Owen, was really the excellence of execution now.

But McMahon, who has rekindled the image of scuzzy promoter, has made a major mistake. He has angered the fans in this country, many of whom forked over money for his pay-per-view TV shows and to attend his cards in his country because of Hart.

And some fans can get their revenge. They don't have to overpay for the pay-per-views and they will think twice before spending money on the WWF when it comes back to Toronto in February.

If the Hart fiasco wasn't enough to drive people away, the atrocious effort at the SkyDome eight days ago might be. The complaints were numerous. Ottawa fans weren't exactly served with a good show either.

The WWF had a good thing going in Canada. After what has happened now, it should be a tougher sell.

The WCW plans to tour Canada next year. They should be welcomed with open arms.



hart-broken: Mick Foley (Mankind, Cactus Jack, Dude Love), Barry Windham, Davey Boy Smith and Owen Hart were among those who passed on Monday Night Raw in Ottawa to protest McMahon's double-cross ... Owen Hart and Smith have returned to the WWF, but rumors persist that they will try to leave ... Don't think Bret Hart will be a member of the NWO when he joins the WCW, but you never know.



HERE AND THERE: An RWA card is set for Nov. 23 at the Burlington Crown Centre. King Kong Bundy is the featured performer ... The report is in on Brian Pillman: He died of heart disease.