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Hart's WWF days numbered


By GLENN COLE -- Toronto Sun
Bret Hart is preparing to fly south for the winter and it looks as though he plans to stay.

The World Wrestling Federation champion, who will be at the SkyDome for a card on Friday night, apparently has given 30 days' notice to the Connecticut-based World Wrestling Federation and will leave the WWF shortly after the Survivor Series in Montreal this weekend.

He is expected to resurface in the rival Atlanta-based World Championship Wrestling group next year.

Hart, 41, wouldn't comment yesterday.

"He is going to be at Survivor Series in Montreal and in Toronto on Friday," a WWF spokesman said yesterday. There was no comment on Hart's long-term future.

A WCW spokesman yesterday would neither confirm nor deny Hart was joining the fold.

On Nitro, WCW's Monday-night show, Eric Bischoff, who has recruited most of the former WWF stars, said he would have a major announcement next week.

Hart, who just returned from a tour in the Middle East, was a no-show on Monday Night Raw, the WWF's flagship television program.

Hart is wrestling in the feature bout of the Survivor Series against Shawn Michaels and in the past, the main-event performers have been on hand to hype the pay-per-view cards.

WWF announcers said Sunday night likely would be the last time Hart and Michaels meet in the ring.

Hart, a five-time WWF champion, is one of the best technical wrestlers around and enormously popular in Canada. He has been an outspoken critic of Michaels, who has been getting increasing air time for his shtick, which includes profane language and obscene gestures.

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