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One last Bash for mat legend?


By GLENN COLE -- Toronto Sun

  Just what we all wanted, another bid by Hulk Hogan for the WCW title.

 Yet there he will be tomorrow on WCW's Bash at the Beach pay-per-view (8 p.m., Viewer's Choice) battling Jeff Jarrett for the crown.

 Okay, so Hulk is a legend, not like Lou Thesz or Killer Kowalski, but a legend.

 But aren't legends supposed to retire at some point? This is supposed to be his last match with the WCW, but plans have been known to change.

 The Bash at the Beach show does have some appealing moments every year, though not necessarily all in the ring as longtime viewers know.

 The second most important match on the card -- some would say the best match -- features Goldberg against Kevin Nash with the contract of Nash's buddy Scott Hall on the line.

 Hall has been off and on the WCW roster in the past few months for well documented reasons, but you don't really think the WCW is going to let him loose and perhaps fly north, do you?

 So, while the outcome of this one is kind of predictable, Goldberg will get his licks in on the insufferable Nash, lots of them.

 Scott Steiner puts his U.S. title on the line against Mike Awesome, Kronic battles Perfect Event for the tag-team titles, Buff Bagwell grapples with Shane Douglas and Big Vito meets Terry Funk (yep, he still is wrestling) in a hardcore match. There also is a wedding gown bout on the card to provide some comic relief.

 JACK'S BACK: He has been known as Cactus Jack, Mankind and sometimes even by his real name, Mick Foley.

 Now you can call him Mick Foley, WWF commissioner. And actually, it was a good idea to get him involved to help create new angles and a couple of new directions.

 The Rock-Triple H thing had become a crashing bore.

 Now, with Foley, The Undertaker and Kane playing prominent roles again, business, as Jim Ross might say, is picking up.

 HERE AND THERE: Investigators in Calgary say that a fire that gutted a guest house owned by wrestling's Hart family earlier this week was deliberately set. Damage was estimated at $150,000 ... To make a complicated story short, ECW fans in Canada are out of luck. The Nashville Network, which had been carrying ECW shows on Friday nights, has decided to drop the show, even though it has great ratings. Likely coming aboard as a replacement is more WWF programming as that federation has severed ties with the USA Network, though the latter is appealing a recent court decision ... Wouldn't it be grand if either Sportsnet or Headline Sports found a way to work the ECW into their programming? It could be done, if they really wanted to do it, but there is no sign that is the direction in which they want to go. The feeling in the United States is that ECW might wind up on USA to replace the WWF, which does Canadians no good whatsoever. For the ladies: Chris Jericho has been voted the sexiest Manitoban ... WCW, which was moved out of the Air Canada Centre when the ACC cancelled the contract, has a show scheduled for the SkyDome on Sept. 18. Talk about bad timing. The Olympics are on, the Blue Jays could be in the throes of a pennant race, the Maple Leafs will have started their pre-season schedule and there is a Monday Night Football game.

 ON THE LOCAL SCENE: The next AWF show is July 30 at Cactus Pete's. Apparently Flesh Gordon stole the show on Canada Day at Cannington, Ont., taking the 12-man rumble ... Border City Wrestling has a card at 1 p.m. today at the Mackinaw Charity Festival, Waterfront Park in Point Edward near Sarnia. Sabu, King Kong Bundy and the Brooklyn Brawler are all involved. Border City also has a show a week today in Windsor at 2:30 p.m. at the Riverfront Civic Terrace across from the Windsor Casino. The Honky Tonk Man joins Sabu, the Brooklyn Brawler, Bundy, Barry Horowitz and Scott d'Amore on the card ... Bret Hart will be at the Molson Indy Motorfest signing autographs next Saturday, starting at 10 a.m.