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WCW revives Monday Nitro


By GLENN COLE -- Toronto Sun

  Give the folks back in charge of World Championship Wrestling a bit of credit.

 They made their flagship Monday Nitro watchable again and maybe even tweaked some interest in their pay-per-view Spring Stampede tomorrow.

 What happened on the new-look Nitro was this: All of the championship belts were declared up for grabs and will be decided tomorrow night (8 p.m. on Viewer's Choice).

 The title match features Jeff Jarrett against Diamond Dallas Page. It would not be everybody's choice for a title match, but much better than having Hulk Hogan involved.

 There is also a six-man tournament to decide the U.S. heavyweight title with Billy Kidman, The Cat, The Wall, Vampiro, Booker T and Scott Steiner in it.

 There is also a tag-team tournament involving The Mamalukes, Harlem Heat, Team Package and Buff Bagwell & Shane Douglas.

 Now no one is expecting the WCW to rise up and smite the mighty WWF from its catbird seat anytime soon. But at least it appears there is going to be an attempt by Turner Sports to revive what once had been a fine alternative but had deteriorated to the point that it had become something to turn off once it came on.

 Will it work? It depends on how hard the WCW performers want to work and if executive vice-president Eric Bischoff and head booker Vince Russo can keep their egos under control.

 In this country, the WCW seldom has been considered a major entity because of all of the hype that eminates from the WWF, which keeps its fans because it regularly stages cards across the country, something WCW has failed to do.

 Hope this next little push grows into a giant one. Wrestling fans need an alternative.

 TRIPLE H RULES: Well, guess it was predictable that Vince McMahon was going to shaft The Rock at WrestleMania, but did we really need Hunter Hearst Helmsley to remain as champion?

 Quite frankly, this past WrestleMania was one of the weakest and maybe the weakest.

 The championship match deteriorated quite quickly after Mick Foley was eliminated and some predictable things started to happen.

 It is McMahon's company, but we don't really need All My Family reprised on every wrestling show. Surely, they can come up with something a little more creative.

 NEW CHAMP: Tazz, on loan to ECW by the WWF, is the new ECW champion. He defeated Mike Awesome, who apparently is WCW-bound ... The AWF has a card tomorrow at 4 p.m. at Cactus Pete's (462 Birchmount Rd., at Danforth). The scheduled matches are: Ms B Haven vs Jason Sensation in a hair-vs-hair match; El Feugo with the Squeegee Kid in his corner takes on Sheik Abdul Mustafa; David Diamond battles Tony Mack; All-Knighters lock horns with Access Denied; Vijay Singh battles Ivan Impact while Franky the Mobster meets Scotty Blaze ... The London Ice House is the site for the next Hardcore Wrestling Federation card on April 28 at 7:30 p.m. Several former WCW and WWF stars are on the card, which features many old-time favourites. Scheduled matches include Greg (The Hammer) Valentine vs Tito Santana. Brutus (The Barber) Beefcake, George (the Animal) Steele and Bastion Booger, a.k.a. Mike Shaw or Makhan Singh, also are scheduled to appear.

 Glenn Cole's wrestling column appears every other Saturday.