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King Kong has re-entered the building


Saturday, October 18, 1997
GLENN COLE -- Toronto Sun
They were huge stars, literally and figuratively, in the WWF.

Now King Kong Bundy and John Tenta are waddling their way through the independent circuits.

Tenta, a native of Vancouver who fought in Japan and most recently seen in WCW, will be in Niagara Falls tonight at the Memorial Arena for the debut of WOLF (Wrestling's Only Legitimate Federation). Bell time is 7 p.m.

Tenta, using the moniker Avalanche, will meet Typhoon, his former tag-team partner, in the feature bout of an eight-match card.

Also scheduled to appear are Marty Janetty, who is up against Bobby Blaze; Pat Tanaka and Qui Chang against Hercules Hernandez and Pete Rock; and RWA (Renegade Wrestling Association) regulars Steve Hart, Wildcat and L'Artiste taking part in a triple-threat match.

Meanwhile, Bundy will be in the area next Sunday as part of the RWA's show at the Burlington Crown Centre, 3348 Harvester Road.

Bundy will battle Man Mountain Mike in the feature match of an eight-bout card which also features a 20-man battle royal and a bout between RWA title holder Wildcat Jamie Jackson, a 200-pounder from Winnipeg, against the 385-pound One Man Wrecker from Chicago.

The Shaw Corporation will also take on the Hollywood Hunks in a tag-team clash.

Both cards look interesting and as Niagara Falls promoter Frank Maturi said this week, there used to be tons of these small promotions before the WWF and WCW came along and overpowered them.

"The problem is no one wants a 4,000-seat venue," Maturi said. "It's not worth the WWF's time."

But WOLF and RWA feel there is a good wrestling following in their areas. These cards hope to prove it.

TV UPDATE: The much-ballyhooed WCW two-hour Nitro was supposed to be this coming Wednesday and it will happen -- sort of. Because of commitment to a UEFA soccer game, Nitro has been delayed to 4:40 p.m. from its original 4 p.m. start and there will be no replay at midnight Thursday this week. Hardly the debut the WCW wanted.

RIC'S REVENGE: Most times the WCW pay-per-views do not live up to expectations. But the best always seem to be at Halloween. So next Sunday's Halloween Havoc is eagerly anticipated if only to see Ric Flair attempt to wreak havoc against Curt Hennig in a U.S. title match. Scott Hall vs. Lex Luger and Hulk Hogan against Rowdy Roddy Piper in a steel cage match are the other features on the card (Viewer's Choice, 8 p.m.) Check your cable company for cost.

HERE AND THERE: Jeff Jarrett is gone from the WCW and may be WWF bound ... Steve Austin's neck injury may still keep him out of the Survivor Series, despite the fact he has a deal to meet Owen Hart ... And may Brian Pillman rest in peace. May he find the peace he did not seem to enjoy in his final days on Earth.