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Austin sidelined by vicious drive


By GLENN COLE -- Toronto Sun
There is good news and bad news for the WWF this weekend.

The good news is that Ground Zero has sold out. The bad news, of course, is that Steve Austin won't wrestle in Louisville tomorrow night.

Austin, wo injured his neck when a piledriver by Owen Hart went a little too far during Summerslam, more or less hinted Monday night on Raw that while he would be in Louisville, it would not be to wrestle. And word from the U.S. is that Austin could be gone for as much as two months.

That means that there will be a tournament for the intercontinental title and already there is a feeling that Dude Love will be the I-C champion.

YOU'LL HAVE TO WAIT: There will be no Sting-Hulk Hogan confrontation at Halloween Havoc in Las Vegas next month, unless there is a drastic change of plans. Right now, Hogan is scheduled to meet Rowdy Roddy Piper in a cage match.

By the way, the WCW storyline is that Hogan ants Sting as much as Sting wants Hogan. At least that's what Hogan was telling one and all during this week's Nitro.

Speaking of waiting, still no word from WCW on its Canadian plans. Negotiations for a December card in Toronto are continuing.

SAY IT AIN'T SO: There has been speculation from a few American wrestling types that The Patriot will prevail over Bret Hart tomorrow night. Let's hope not. He would be one of the weakest excuses for a champion any federation has had. The guy was a mid-carder with WCW and let's face it, he is not what the WWF needs as a champion right now. And notice how much the WWF TV shows were pushing the Shawn Michaels-Undertaker match in their pay-per-view hype the past couple of weeks? It speaks volumes.

HERE AND THERE: Danno O'Shocker, who was based in Hamilton and was prominent wrestler during the 1950 and 1960s, passed away this week in California. He was 73. O'Shocker, whose real name was Jack Lloyd, was a tag-team partner of the late Ray (The Crippler) Stevens and was often seen on Chicago-area TV wrestling and also worked the Ontario circuit. Thanks to Dan Chambers for his tip ... Big Bubba Rogers is back in the WCW and wants to be called Ray Traylor, which is his real name. Also returning to WCW is the insufferable Disco Inferno ... Marc Mero is supposed to return for a Monday Night Raw card in New York Sept. 22 ... Ahmed Johnson is sidelined for another eight weeks ... Glenn Kulka's WWF debut may be at the SkyDome on Nov. 7.

RENEGADE RAMPAGE: Wildcat meets Steve Hart today at Wallabees in Burlington in one of seven matches on a Renegade Wrestling Association card at 3:30 p.m. A Titan-Human for Hire matchup is on the card at 2058 Lakeshore Road ... For those who asked: Huricanrana, a monthly look at Mexico's Lucha Libre, can be obtained from John Molinaro, 643 Blue Forest Hill, Burlington, Ont., L7L 4H4. Cost per issue is $2. Telelatino has Mexican wrestling at 4:45 p.m. on Saturdays.

Glenn Cole's wrestling column appears every other Saturday.