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WCW cancels 3 Canadian shows


By GREG OLIVER -- SLAM! Wrestling

So much for the great WCW invasion of Canada.

The shows scheduled for April 1 in Toronto, April 2 in London, ON, and June 26 in Vancouver have all been taken off the WCW schedule.

Susan Rosenberg, of TNA International who handles WCW publicity in Canada, wanted to stress that WCW did not cancel the shows. "I hate when you say cancelled because if it was never on sale, it was never confirmed, really."

WCW did have the shows on their web site schedule until recently.

"The Toronto date was moved to September 18," promised Alan Sharp, WCW public relations. "The reason why is right now with Bret Hart being out injured, we want to wait and come to Canada when Bret's at full strength and ready to go. And the April 2 date for now had to be cancelled." (September 18 is a Monday night -- hello Nitro!)

Both Rosenberg and Sharp said that the Winnipeg show is a go for Saturday, February 26, despite the injury to Hart, and the defection of Chris Benoit to the rival WWF.

"Winnipeg is fine. We just had to change the card again. Now I have Sid Vicious against Scott Hall," said Rosenberg. The rest of the show is as follows: Total Package vs Sting; Vampiro vs Jeff Jarrett; Harris Boys vs Rick Steiner & Mike Rotunda; Kidman vs Prince; Brian Knobs vs Fit Finlay vs Norman Smiley; Berlyn vs Wall; special appearance by Bret Hart

Tony Brenner is the manager of Thompson Arena in London. He found out last week about WCW abandoning the date. "The only reason they gave me was that apparently Bret Hart has suffered a concussion and they're concerned that he may not necessarily recover in time and they felt they didn't want to proceed on that basis of uncertainty," he said. "They did indicate that they might try to pick up a date in the fall. Certainly I was dismayed too to hear it. However, I understand these things happen."

To further rile up the Canadian patriots in the affected cities, consider that the April 1 date is now occupied by Johnston, Pennsylvania, April 2 in Youngstown, Ohio, and the June 26 Nitro will now be in Des Moines, Iowa.