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WWF presents steeltown yawn


By GLENN COLE -- Toronto Sun
  There have been weaker pay-per-view cards.

WCW's fall brawl comes to mind, but that effort the WWF put on the other night in Hamilton bordered on boredom.

The best match of the night probably was Owen Hart's battle with Edge. The result, including the ending -- which had Steve Austin losing the title when he was pinned simultaneously by Kane and the Undertaker -- was far too predictable.

Interestingly, Monday Night Raw, the unedited version, was far more entertaining, especially when Austin drove to ringside at Joe Louis Arena on a Zamboni, climbed atop it and dove over the top rope to plant Vince McMahon, who had run away with the title belt on Sunday.

The edited version of the show, which ran on TSN on Monday night, was a disjointed joke. The upshot of last weekend's scramble is Kane will battle the Undertaker for the title two weeks from tonight, with Austin as the referee.

BAD AGAIN: Now Bret Hart is a bad guy again, just a week after he repented to the WCW fans. The decision to turn him heel again probably was a surprise to Bret, another in a series of last-minute decisions.

In case you missed it on Nitro, Hart turned against Sting, who had taken an "injured" Hart's place in a match against Hulk Hogan.

ON THE RISE: Judging by crowd reaction in Hamilton and Detroit, not many are people buying Ken Shamrock's act, but the former Ultimate Fighting champion is ranked No. 8 in Pro Wrestling Illustrated's top 500 list.

And Shamrock, who had a tough childhood on the West Coast, said the outrageous rage he often displays is real. "That rage that I scream out is to release the tension," Shamrock said. "I get so involved in my matches that (the rage) is reality to me. I don't think you can fake that kind of intensity. It has to be within you."

Austin was ranked No. 1 in the PWI poll, followed by WCW champ Bill Goldberg. Mitsuhara Misawa is third followed by Diamond Dallas Page and the Undertaker. Winnipeg's Chris Jericho was top Canadian at 10 followed by Owen Hart at 15 and Chris Benoit at 19. Bret Hart was 40th, Hogan 53rd.

HERE AND THERE: Jimmy Snuka is part of the AWF's show at Appleby's, 2787 Eglinton Ave. E., tomorrow night at 7 p.m. Sheik Abdul Mustafa will be his foe ... The EWF has its bi-weekly show at the Burlington Crown Centre, 3348 Harvester Rd, on Friday night. Bell time is 8 p.m. with the likes of Billy Boogie on the card. The RWA stages a card a week from tonight at the Hamilton Boys and Girls Club, 45 Ellis St., with ex- WWFers Doink the Clown and Typhoon on the card. Bell time is 7:30 p.m. ... Hunter Hearst Helmsley is out for six weeks with a knee problem ... Owen and Bret Hart, were back in the ring together recently for a taping of Honey, I Shrunk The Kids ... Reports from the U.S. suggest Rick Rude is seriously ill ... Rumours have The Giant talking to the WWF ... Just how friendly were McMahon and Kevin Nash when they crossed paths in the Newark Airport last weekend?