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The Big Show gets cancelled


By GLENN COLE -- Toronto Sun

  The Big Show is over. But the bigger show must go on.

 While it is hard to believe most things that go on in wrestling today, it is no surprise that Paul (The Big Show) Wight had a short reign as champion of the World Wrestling Federation.

 Charisma is not one of his assets. His work on the microphone is not all that strong and these days that's what you need to be a true star in the so-called sports entertainment business.

 So it's back to Triple H as champion, a minor improvement at best.

 IN A FUNK: All right, how many times is Terry Funk going to retire and come back before he really calls it quits?

 Actually, it was fun watching him go at it with WCW champ Bret (Hitman) Hart this week because really, there only is one Terry Funk.

 Funk took a licking, but keeps on ticking.

 TV TALK: While WCW Nitro, which originates this week from Buffalo, has improved as a show in recent weeks with slightly better angles, it still is lagging in the ratings behind the soap-opera oriented WWF.

 And even with the absence of Mankind and Stone Cold Steve Austin, WWF czar Vince McMahon has been able to keep people watching (though there are a growing number of people who would like to see the lame Stephanie-Triple H angle wear out fast).

 Meanwhile, WCW Thunder, no longer available on CTV Sportsnet, has moved to Wednesday night to get away from WWF Smackdown, which had a 5.8 rating this week.

 That means there is first-run wrestling programming available in this area every day of the week except Tuesday.

 A FIRST FOR ECW: The first wrestling pay per view of 2000 is ECW's Guilty As Charged. Rob Van Dam defends his TV title against Sabu while the main event will see Mike Awesome put his heavyweight title on the line against Spike Dudley. The Impact Players will try to snare the tag-team belts from Raven and Tommy Dreamer and, in what could be a painfully interesting match, Sandman takes on Rhino. Check your local cable company for availability.

 CHARGED CARD: Never did get an official word for the WWA's cancellation of its Dec. 27 card and no one knows for sure if and when there will be a WWA card in these parts.

 The whole independent scene, which seems to be more of a factor in the summer than the winter, is rather quiet except in London where Universal Championship Wrestling is operating. UCW has a card Feb. 9 at the Fanshawe College Fitness Centre. The main event will feature two of the top stars of Extreme Championship Wrestling battling for the UCW heavyweight championship. Sabu, the UCW Champion, will make his first title defence against Rhino in a ladder match. In addition, WWF superstar and former European and Intercontinental champion D-Lo Brown, who got his start in Michigan and Ontario independent rings, will be in London to take on Scott D'Amore, a former UCW champ.

 OFF THE TOP ROPE: The Undertaker should be back in the WWF by Royal Rumble time ... Stone Cold, who has bone spurs in his neck, will have surgery soon ... Word is that Vader is thriving in Japan after his uneventful efforts in the WWF. He never seemed to get untracked in the WWF after being a decent performer in WCW ... For reasons best known to the WCW, David Flair and Crowbar won the Lethal Lottery and now are tag-team champions ... Why is the Mean Street Posse still in the WWF? ... While Mick Foley continues to get solid reviews for his book, the one on Rocky Maivia, The Rock Says, has been greeted with limited enthusiasm ... Former WCW shot-caller Eric Bischoff does not want to return as an announcer. It would be too humiliating.

 Glenn Cole's wrestling column appears every other Saturday.