WWF KOs WCW at ACC
By GLENN COLE -- Toronto Sun
The WWF will attempt to succeed where the WCW failed.
The next WWF card will be in October at the Air Canada Centre and, while details still are being worked on, there are indications the WWF could do as many as six shows a year at the ACC.
The reason no date has been announced for the first show is that the National Hockey League has yet to release its schedule, thus the Maple Leafs' confirmed home dates are unknown. There also are Raptors scheduling concerns that must be considered before firming up a wrestling date. It is believed the first card would be in late October.
Six WWF shows would be two more than the WCW had promised, even though it did only two last year and none so far in 2000.
The Rock, of all people, let the cat out of the bag at last Sunday's farewell show at the SkyDome, although WWF announcer Jim Ross had been mentioning the pending Toronto shows on his Ross Report.
It's a good move for the WWF and the ACC, which apparently grew impatient with the WCW's dithering.
The WWF has been shifting away from shows in stadiums like the SkyDome and back to confines of modern arenas, which are more conducive to wrestling shows.
It might put Toronto in a better position to land one of the major pay-per-view shows.
As for the WCW, no one can say for sure. Don't forget all the false alarms that were sounded before it actually staged a card.
There are times one gets the feeling the Ted Turner-owned group takes Canada for granted and, as a result, it has suffered in TV ratings and interest compared with the WWF.
CHANGE IS GOOD: About this time last year, Chris Benoit was wallowing in the background in WCW.
He seldom was seen on their television shows and when he was, it mainly was in the ring as he rarely was interviewed.
That all changed for the 32-year-old Canadian when he joined the WWF in February.
"There are just a lot more doors to be opened here," said Benoit, who was in Toronto for the recent show at the SkyDome. "I have had more opportunities here since February than I had in four years with the other company.
"I think the WWF knows to market its product much better. There is much more exposure."
ON THE MAT: WCW holds the Great American Bash on Sunday (8 p.m., Viewer's Choice). This usually is one of their better PPVs and Eric Bischoff claims he will unveil a huge surprise. We'll see ... Bret (Hit Man) Hart and Nitro Girl Spice will hold an autograph session today at Paramount Canada's Wonderland from 2:45 p.m.-4:45 p.m. ... The AWF holds its monthly card tomorrow at Cactus Pete's. The feature match pits AWF champion El Fuego against No. 1 contender Mysterious Mayhem. The Hollywood Hunks, All-Knighters, Tony Mack and David Diamond also are featured on the card that begins at 4 p.m. Cactus Pete's is located at 462 Birchmount Rd.