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Benoit out for now, Hart set to wrestle Winnipeg card


By DOUG LUNNEY -- Winnipeg Sun

 A real-life love triangle that began as a story line a couple of years ago has resulted in great turmoil in World Championship Wrestling.

 However, the show will go on when the Atlanta-based company is slated to make its debut in Winnipeg.

 Chris Benoit, here last week to promote a Feb. 26 card at Winnipeg Arena, is among five stars who have been granted their releases from WCW as of Feb. 1. Whether they'll follow through by agreeing to leave their high-paying jobs and seek employment elsewhere remains to be seen.

 "It doesn't mean they've been fired or released, but it means they have to choose whether or not to sign the releases before they become official," explained Joe Aiello, an industry insider as host of 92 CITI-FM's No Holds Barred weekly wrestling radio show.

 Benoit's career reached an all-time high in a pay-per-view event last Sunday when the Edmonton product won the championship belt over Sid Vicious.

 FALLING OUT

 However, Benoit has had a falling out with WCW vice-president Bill Busch over the appointment of Kevin Sullivan as head of the booking committee. Benoit wants no part of a company that has Sullivan in power, since he is now living with Sullivan's ex-wife Nancy, who is eight months pregnant.

 With Benoit out at least temporarily, WCW has covered by having referee Arn Anderson rescind his decision to award the Canadian Crippler the title last Sunday, saying he didn't realize Sid's foot was on the ropes when Benoit won. Consequently, there is no champion.

 Aiello has heard the five, all earning between and $300,000 and $400,000, want to join the WWF.

 The Toronto-based group handling the marketing for WCW's event in Winnipeg is hoping to confirm early next week who will and won't be on the card. Benoit is currently slated to meet Calgary's Bret Hart in the main event.

 "We have sold well over 4,000 tickets and we're still coming," said an upbeat Susan Rosenberg, TNA International's director of marketing. "Bret Hart will still be there, and that's about all I can tell you at the moment."