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Hogan-Russo lawsuit hits the news


It's either the ultimate example of a work going too far, or it's completely true.

The Hulk Hogan - Vince Russo storyline hit a new level today when a wire service moved a short story talking about the lawsuit that Hogan has filed against Russo.

Here's the piece:


ATLANTA -- Hulk Hogan has filed a defamation suit against the World Championship Wrestling, accusing the WCW's creative director of berating him on national television after a ring appearance.

According to the lawsuit, Hogan won the July 9 bout in Daytona Beach, Fla., by default when his opponent refused to wrestle, but the WCW's Vince Russo followed Hogan from the ring, accused him of "playing politics" and implied he is dishonest.

WCW spokesman Alan Sharp declined to comment.

Some have speculated that the lawsuit might be a publicity stunt, as part of a continuing story line in which the WCW has sought to eliminate older wrestlers such as Hogan as it tries to revive flagging ratings. Hogan has not appeared on WCW programs since the lawsuit was filed Aug. 1.

"This is a real lawsuit," said Hogan's attorney, John Taylor Jr. What Russo said "was defamatory and a breach of contract."



The cynical wrestling fan will likely begin thinking of the other lawsuits that could be filed: The Rock suing Juventud Guerrera for ripping off his character, Stephanie McMahon suing Chris Jericho for all those nice things he's said about her, or Jeff Jarrett suing Goldberg for assault following the attack this Monday.

Other fun parts of the wire story: "by default when his opponent refused" -- gee, wouldn't that be Jeff Jarrett, and isn't that lazy journalism not to include it?; "implied he is dishonest" -- Russo went a little farther than that, didn't he?; "Alan Sharp declined to comment" -- why would he when people within the company don't even know if it's a work of not?

Of course the part that's impossible for AP to talk about is the long-suspected plan for a 'rival' promotion to WCW that will debut on another channel or on Thunder to compete with the WWF's move to TNN.

- with files from Canoe wire services

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