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WCW, Benoit part company


By GLENN COLE -- Toronto Sun

  It must be tough to be a WCW fan these days.

 One moments, one of its top young performers is a champion. Now his future with the organization is very much in question.

 Chris Benoit won the WCW title at Souled Out last weekend -- a victory many people in southern Ontario missed because of cable TV problems. But upset with the direction the WCW is taking with the dismissal of booker Vince Russo, Benoit was told to go home and was stripped of his title.

 Benoit does not get along with Kevin Sullivan for personal reasons and felt that he would not get a decent push with Sullivan and Kevin Nash as the WCW bookers. Reports indicate that Benoit was supposed to be involved in a three-way match this past Monday night, but he was at home pondering his future.

 Benoit, a native of Montreal who grew up in Edmonton and trained under the watchful eye of Stu Hart in Calgary, will not be out of work long. If the talent-thin WWF was wise, it would snap him up in a wink of an eye.

 Benoit was not the only unhappy camper in Ted Turner's wonderland. Apparently Billy Kidman was ready to go, but he was convinced to stay because the new bookers promised him a push.

 Perry Saturn, Dean Malenko, Shane Douglas, Eddie Guerrero and Konnan officially want out, but there is thought that would change if Russo was put back in charge.

 In the meantime, the WCW is shooting itself in the foot. It has lagged so far behind in the television ratings and it is probably at the lowest point in its history.

 If Benoit is gone for good, it's an inexcusable gaffe.

 And Benoit has more options than just the WWF. He could return to the ECW and could also bide his time in Japan where he is immensely popular.

 The other malcontents would be attractive for the WWF too, but Vince McMahon can't get everyone.

 TITLE SHOT: Sid Vicious and Jeff Jarrett will meet to deicide the WCW championship ... Fans in the U.S. will get a shot at seeing something this weekend that we can only hope will be replayed here on TSN or CTV Sportsnet in the future. ESPN Classic is running a 12-hour marathon as a salute to the golden age of wrestling. It will feature the likes of Andre the Giant, Killer Kowalski, Lou Albano and Gorgeous George starting at 7 a.m. tomorrow morning ... The WWF's Royal Rumble will be presented tomorrow at 31 Toronto-area Famous Players theatres, including Colossus Toronto, Coliseum Mississauga, Coliseum Scarborough and Paramount Toronto. Cactus Jack meets Hunter Hearst Helmsley in the main event. The card also features a battle royal ... In case you missed it, Ric Flair plans to run for governor of North Carolina.

 AUSTIN RELEASED: Stone Cold Steve Austin has been released from a San Antonio hospital just three days after doctors performed surgery to remove bone spurs from his neck. Two of the cervical discs in his neck were replaced with a bone graft, a metal plate and screws. Depending on the healing process, Austin could return to the ring later this year.

 HERE AND THERE: There is a new wrestling show on WUTV (Fox 29) that made its debut recently. WXO wrestling doesn't aspire to be the WWF, or anything close to it. Show time is 1 p.m. KTLA, the Los Angeles superstation, is also listed to carry the WXO, but at 5 a.m. Sunday morning. It didn't make it to air last week ... The AWF holds its next card at Cactus Pete's Feb. 20 at 4 p.m. The feature match pits L'Artiste against AWF title holder El Fuego. In a no-holds-barred affair, Sheik Abdul Mustafa meets the Squeegee Kid, a former AWF titlist ... The Hardcore Wrestling Federation has a TV taping in London next Saturday at 8 p.m. at the South London Community Centre and stages a card Feb. 19 at the Barrie Molson Centre at 7:30 p.m. that will feature Jimmy (Superfly) Snuka battling the Honky Tonk Man.