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Rock's cooking up a storm


By MR. X -- Ottawa Sun
  PARTS UNKNOWN -- We should have smelled what the Rock was cooking.

And, now, Mr. McMahon has himself a corporate champ.

The Rock won the vacant WWF championship at last Sunday's Survivor Series:The Deadly Game, with plenty of chicanery.

Stone Cold Steve Austin's title shot was stopped dead when referee Shane McMahon showed his true colors by re-aligning himself with his dad. And The Rock turned heel once again to grab the title.

Austin lost in the semis to Mankind with the assistance of McMahon's stooges. Then, Mankind lost the final when McMahon and ref Earl Hebner, with memories of last year's Survivor Series in Montreal when Bret Hart was jobbed out of his title, called off the match even though Mankind had not submitted in a sharpshooter from The Rock. Appropriately, The Rock turned on the fans, calling them trailer park trash.

AROUND THE WWF: RAW pushed it a little far Monday, with TSN wisely editing some bare-butt shaking by Godfather's bimbos. And then there was the overly-dramatic suicidal climb to the top of the Titan-tron by Animal, who was pushed off by Droz ... Great comedy from Mankind, disturbed by the actions of the night before, showed up in the boiler room and declared: "I'm home" ... Sable is the new women's champ ... Here's what we missed at the end of RAW after Austin was decked by a shovel shot from Undertaker. Austin cleared the ring with a series of stunners ... The mystery man in the Deadly Game turned out to be Dwayne Gill. Guess the Brooklyn Brawler had something more pressing that evening ... Ken Shamrock joined McMahon's team as its corporate enforcer ... The WWF has pulled the plug on its French show for RDS ... TSN and Sportsnet are both bidding for Sunday Night Heat.

WCW BITS: World War III is tomorrow, 8 p.m., on pay-per-view. The main event is the 60-man three-ring Battle Royal to see who will face Goldberg. Other matches include Nash vs. Hall; Juventud Guerrera (the new cruiserweight champ) vs. Kidman; Bret Hart vs. DDP; Scott Steiner vs. Rick Steiner; Wrath vs. Glacier; Konnan vs. Stevie Ray; Scott Norton vs. Booker T.; Chris Jericho vs. Bobby Duncam Jr. and The Cat vs. Saturn ... Bam Bam Bigelow made a big debut on Nitro and could pull off a win in the Battle Royal.