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What Crappy Wrestling


By GLENN COLE -- Toronto Sun

  Some news and views from ringside:

 It's getting tougher by the week to watch World Championship Wrestling.

 The spark is gone. There's no direction.

 It will be interesting to see just how many people tune in for Super Brawl tomorrow night (Viewer's Choice, 8 p.m.)

 This is not a pro-WWF rant, though it seems some think that any time the WCW is slammed it's a plus for the WWF. It is just that not so long ago, the WCW was a healthy alternative. Now, it's just sad to watch.

 It doesn't help when Hulk Hogan, who is well past his prime, goes around slamming the young talent on whom the WCW hopes to build a future.

 While the WWF is gearing up for Wrestlemania, the WCW is on the path to ruin and there is nothing on tomorrow's card to make you think that it is going to rebound any time soon. Take the heavyweight title match -- Jeff Jarrett against Sid Vicious and Scott Hall in a three-way dance.

 While Jarrett is a capable performer, he is not what people would consider world championship material. And Hall's best days are behind him as personal problems have dragged him down.

 A Hogan vs. Lex Luger bout and Ric Flair in a Texas Death Match with Terry Funk are great matchups -- if you happen to be watching a classic wrestling bouts tape from 15 years ago.

 Nobody has a magic formula to turn the WCW around. It seemed to be on the right track when it hired writer Vince Russo from the WWF. But he never really was given a chance to gets things turned in the right direction.

 Someone somewhere better have a long-term plan if the WCW is to survive. Or maybe somebody wants to get out of the wrestling business. Sometimes it sure seems that way.

 NO SHOWS: Bret (Hitman) Hart's groin injury has forced the WCW to make a change of plans. The shows scheduled for April 1 in Toronto, April 2 in London and June 26 in Vancouver all have been taken off the WCW schedule. The new Toronto date has been set for Sept. 18, which means that Nitro will make its second visit to the Air Canada Centre. Whatever happened to the idea of having three or four shows a year at the ACC?

 WWF RETURNS: Thank goodness the WWF is a touch more regular with its shows and will be at the SkyDome on March 3 with a four-way match featuring the Big Show, Kane, Triple-H and The Rock. Two top Canadian performers -- Chris Benoit and Chris Jericho -- are in a three-way bout with X-Pac. Too Cool battles Dean Malenko and Perry Saturn; the New Age Outlaws bump heads with the Hollys; Rikishi Phatu grapples Bossman, and Toronto's Edge takes on Prince Albert in other feature bouts. Bell time is 7 p.m.

 HERE AND THERE: This is a big weekend for wrestling in and around the Toronto area. The Hardcore Wrestling Federation will be at the Molson Centre tonight in Barrie at 7:30 p.m., with Jimmy (Superfly) Snuka battling the Honky Tonk Man in the main event. The HWF has a show set for the Palace in Guelph on March 26 with Chris Candido among those scheduled to appear. Tomorrow afternoon at 4 p.m. at Cactus Pete's (462 Birchmount, at Danforth), the AWF has an interesting show that featuring a heavyweight title match between El Fuego against L'Artiste.

 OFF THE TOP ROPE: Luna and Glenn Kulka are off the WWF talent roster ... Canada's latest addition to the ranks of the WWF is fitness guru Trish Stratus ... Kanyon asked for his release from the WCW earlier this week ... Both Buff Bagwell and Kevin Nash are making rumblings about leaving WCW. Many wrestling insiders figure WWF boss Vince McMahon would take Nash back into the fold, but would take a pass on his partner, Last Call Hall .

 Glenn Cole's wrestling column appears every other Saturday.