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Heenan refuses to take sides


Saturday, November 1, 1997

By GLENN COLE -- Toronto Sun
He is entertaining. He is glib. He is one of the best in his profession today.

But don't ask Bobby (The Brain) Heenan to get involved in the war of words currently raging between members of the World Wrestling Federation, for whom Heenan used to work, and his present employer, World Championship Wrestling.

"I spent 10 years in the WWF, so if I start knocking them, I'm knocking myself," Heenan said as he breezed through Toronto recently en route to Buffalo to promote the WCW Nitro card in the Queen City Dec. 8. "I am not paid a dime to talk about the WWF. I'm an employee of WCW paid to talk about our wrestlers."

Nitro has dominated Monday Night Raw in the U.S. cable TV wars, winning for the past 63 weeks head-to-head. Recently, both sides have been slagging the other in what some see as a fight for survival.

"There's room for both, there's room for 20 what with all the television," Heenan said. "The WWF is a wrestling company that needs TV. WCW is a television company that has wrestling. When I first came over here, we were behind the WWF in the TV production, but now we are ahead of anything they did in my 10 years there."

As for the WCW's domination in the U.S., Heenan said that wrestling fans likely are more familiar with the WCW roster which includes the likes of Hulk Hogan, Ric Flair, Randy Savage, Scott Hall, Kevin Nash and Curt Hennig.

"I'd rather have Elvis coming over to my place with a sore throat than a guy who can sing just as good."

HART BACK: Owen Hart was not part of the WWF tour of the Middle East and there was some speculation the youngest of the wrestling Harts would not appear at Survivor Series in Montreal a week tomorrow. However, it was confirmed yesterday by WWF Canadian president Carl DeMarco that Owen will be appearing on Monday Night Raw and also here in Toronto on Friday before going on to Montreal. Hart was roughed up by Ahmed Johnson in the taping of the Raw show which was televised this past week and apparently suffered a concussion. There already has been talk Stone Cold Steve Austin will be a no-go for that show as well, but the WWF won't tip its hand. The Patriot also is on the sidelines with a triceps injury.

HERE AND THERE: Ken Shamrock, who put on a good show pounding Shawn Michaels the other night, will battle Hunter Hearst Helmsley and Johnson will tackle Farooq in what should be the best matches on the card at the SkyDome next Friday. Bret (Hitman) Hart is scheduled to compete; Michaels is not ... Sting and Hogan have signed a contract to battle in Starrcade Dec. 28. Sting has not wrestled for the past 18 months ... Sunny will be appearing at Tower Records at Queen and Yonge next Friday at 4 p.m. ... Looking forward to a Mankind-Cain feud, though Mick Foley's legendary Cactus Jack persona is far better than his tormented miscreant schtick ... Former CFLer Glenn Kulka makes his WWF debut next Friday as Johnson's corner man ... Word from New York is that Yokozuna's return has been delayed indefinitely because of heart irregularities ... Gorilla Monsoon is seriously ill.

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