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Rude awakening for WWF boss


Saturday, November 22, 1997
By MR. X -- Ottawa Sun
  PARTS UNKNOWN -- If Vince McMahon thought his problems were over with his recent Hart attack, he was in for a Rude awakening.

Imagine the WWF boss' surprise when opposite his "live" RAW IS WAR show Monday (actually taped in Cornwall the previous Tuesday), which included a bearded Rick Rude along for the ride with DeGeneration X, was WCW Nitro live with the same Rick Rude, minus the beard.

Yes, WCW swiped Rude from underneath McMahon's nose, and despite any denials you'll hear it had to cause a lot of embarrassment.

Rude has joined the nWo and in his entrance to the WCW, talked about how Bret Hart had gotten the shaft from McMahon in the Survivor Series' fix of all fixes.

But, still don't count on Hart joining the nWo when he debuts some time in the next month or so. It seems logical that he'll spark up a feud with Hulk Hogan at some point.

It's surprising Rude would join the WCW. In an on-line interview, Rude once referred to the WCW boss by saying: "Eric Bischoff is lower than snake----, and not half as pretty."

But, apparently, Rude had a lawsuit against WCW dating back to an injury incurred in Japan against Sting. Bischoff could have agreed to settle the lawsuit out of court if Rude jumped ship. And that was no big problem, since Rude had no contract with WWF and also was only loosely tied into ECW.

As for McMahon's problems with Hart, the WWF boss delivered a back-hander at the Hitman on RAW IS WAR, suggesting any charges that could follow as a result of his scuffle with Hart would be "up to Brett". Read between the lines, this seems to say: "Shut your mouth, Bret."

Hart did back out of a scheduled Wednesday chat on TSN's Off the Record. Hart has been suggesting he left not because of money, but because of the WWF's racist angle with the Nation of Domination being played up against the Hart Foundation.



AROUND THE RING: The WCW holds its World War III pay-per-view tomorrow. Other than the huge battle royal, Ric Flair, apparently locked up for three more years, meets Curt Hennig ... Don't be surprised to see Sycho Sid back in the WWF soon. Softball season is over and one of America's great sluggers is probably anxious to return to the ring ... One suggestion, by Wade Keller, suggests the WWF could play its Hart championship loss angle off as a referee pay off, with Earl Hebner in the back pocket of Shawn Michaels.