WWF should court Giant testing
By GLENN COLE -- Toronto Sun
Some news and views from the squared circle, where life isn't beautiful all the time. Just ask WWF boss Vince McMahon.
GIANT DECISION: Word is that the Giant's contract with WCW is up at the beginning of next year. If this is true and you are McMahon, do you make a pitch for the young leviathan? The guy is only 25 years old, would be a perfect foil for De-Generation X and is rumored to be unhappy with his diminished role in WCW, although he does have the No. 2 match at Starrcade against Scott Hall Dec. 27. There is a downside to the Giant -- his wrestling skills are limited. But with a lot of hype and a little work on his deadly dull character, he could become a, uh, huge asset.
BRET SPEAKS OUT: In response to McMahon's charge that "Bret screwed Bret" at Survivor Series in Montreal, Bret (Hit Man) Hart told Greg Oliver of SLAM!Sports this week that what McMahon did to him "was a total lack of respect for my fans, fellow wrestlers and me.
"My integrity now and before remains unblemished," Hart said.
Hart, who is scheduled to appear on TSN's Off The Record on Wednesday at 6 p.m., may have something more to reply to next week. Word is that McMahon, who is miffed with the backlash from Hart's departure and the contrived Survivor Series result, will fill up some Raw time this week. Don't they wrestle on these shows any more?
HERE AND THERE: What makes the least sense? Hunter Hearst Helmsley vs. Sgt. Slobber at In Your House Dec. 7 or Larry Zybysko vs. Eric Bischoff at Starrcade? ... Hall won the 60-man battle royal at Saginaw, Mich., last weekend. Does that mean Hall gets a title shot at Hulk Hogan, signaling a split of the New World Order in January? ... WCW's new show on WTBS will be called Thunder and will be shown on Thursdays during the winter months at 8 p.m. It shifts to Wednesdays in the spring ... Ric Flair apparently has agreed to a new pact with WCW ... Owen Hart and Davey Boy Smith are on hiatus. No word on when they will return ... The WWF card scheduled for Jan. 12 at Copps Coliseum now will be held Dec. 28 ... WCW invades Buffalo for a Nitro show Dec. 8, but there still is no word on when a Canadian tour will start.
OFF THE TOP ROPE: Bad Ass Billy Gunn and Road Dog are the new WWF tag-team champions. Why? ... Errravishing Rick Rude did not have a contract with the WWF, which is why he was able to slide over to WCW so easily in a move which caught a lot of people off guard. His loss is minimal for the WWF, but the surprise element was great for the WCW which had Rude live on Nitro the same night the WWF was showing a taped Raw show from Cornwall ... It's 64 weeks and counting for Nitro over Raw in the U.S. cable wars. ... A recent WWF card in Richmond, Va., almost ended in a mini-riot after Shawn Michaels addressed the fans following a loss to the Undertaker. One elderly fan was taken to hospital after being struck with a projectile.