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WWF format needs facelift


By GLENN COLE -- Toronto Sun
  Steve Austin vs. Kane vs. the Undertaker.

Been there. Seen that. Done that. In fact, it was the main event on the Aug. 1 card at the SkyDome.

Yet that is what the WWF will be giving the good folks in Hamilton on Sept. 27 at In Your House, its next pay-per-view event.

The WWF is coming off one of its best pay-per-view shows of the year as Summerslam lived up to expectations with an excellent championship match between Austin and the Undertaker, although many will argue that Hunter Hearst Helmsley's victory over Rocky Maivia in the intercontinental championship ladder match was the best of the night.

It's time to develop something new for Austin in the way of a storyline, to develop serious challengers for the Undertaker and Kane.

Enough of these three-ways. It's time for something completely different.

OFF THE TOP ROPE: It appears that Ric Flair's legal battle with the WCW has been settled and the legend will be back on Monday Nitro on Sept. 14. If you missed this past week's Nitro, a considerable amount of time was spent on the Four Horsemen revival, something that likely would not have been done had Flair decided to bolt the WCW for good ... Were those boos that were heard when the Ultimate Warrior was introduced the other night? The guy does nothing except wear paint on his face and yell. Entertaining? No ... Austin will face Shamrock on Raw on Sept. 14. On Raw this Monday, Kane and the Undertaker beating up people ... When Goldberg and the Giant were last seen, they were standing chest to chest, screaming at each other. Hope WCW plans to let them go at each other and the sooner, the better ... Nitro's Nielsen rating of 6.0 was the highest in the history of Monday night cable wrestling, breaking the 5.7 set by Raw on April 27.

HERE AND THERE: Owen Hart suffered a groin injury in his lion's den match with Ken Shamrock. Hart's teenaged nephew Ted Annis was sent home from a recent WWF training camp. Word is the kid had an attitude problem ... The Godfather has a broken foot ... Kurt Angle, who competed in 1996 Atlanta Olympics for the U.S., has signed a deal with the WWF ... Did you know that Goldberg was a teammate of Edmonton Eskimos quarterback David Archer on the Sacramento championship team in the World League of American Football (WLAF)? ... The most intriguing match at the WCW's fall brawl a week tomorrow is the Rick Steiner-Scott Steiner confrontation. We all know that Bret Hart is going to turn on Hulk Hogan in war games, so there goes the drama ... WWF's Sunday Night Heat is doing well in the U.S. cable ratings. Unfortunately, we can't get it here, although highlights occasionally find their way on OnTV's Sunday afternoon show at 2 p.m.

OLDIE BUT GOODIE: Jimmy (Superfly) Sunka will be back into the Toronto area on Oct. 4 as part of an Apocalypse Wrestling Federation card at Appleby's Sports Bar & Grill 2787 Eglinton Ave, E., in Scarborough.

Glenn Cole's wrestling column appears every other Saturday.

That's the same spot that featured Abdullah the Butcher in a successful and apparently entertaining show on Summerslam on Sunday.