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ECW making mat inroads


By GLENN COLE -- Toronto Sun

  Not a lot of attention is paid to the ECW in these parts.

 One of the reasons is that the ECW, much like the WCW, doesn't come here. And the ECW's pay-per-view shows were deemed unsuitable for presentation. But now that the WWF has become as raunchy and as violent, ECW fare has been deemed okay for a weekly show on The Nashville Network every Friday night. Viewer's Choice Canada figures that it can make a buck or two from the pay-per-views and thus there is one on tomorrow night.

 Justin Credible puts his title on the line in a three-way match against Tommy Dreamer and Lance Storm at the ECW Arena.

 No, these guys don't get to go to all the fancy spots like the Arrowhead Pond or the Georgia Dome and their TV shows do not have the flash and glitz of the WWF and WCW shows.

 But they also don't get bogged down with people in suits making 20-minute monologues.

 The ECW is based on action, much of it violent, much of it bloody. Some would say much of it is mindless. But then again that's a tag that most wrestling is getting these days.

 Not everyone will like what they see in ECW and that is understandable. But if you have never seen it before, it might be worth a peek, either tomorrow night on VCC or Friday nights at 8 on TNN. Judge for yourself.

 OFF THE TOP ROPE: The TWA Dome is a rather imposing building in downtown St. Louis and is a loud and busy building when it is sold out for a National Football League game. But it wasn't loud and it wasn't sold out for the appearance of the WCW's Nitro show on Monday night. There are reports that just over 6,500 fans were in the building and not all of them paid ... Marc Mero is back in the WCW fold after a semi-decent run in the WWF. He faded after Vince McMahon decided to make his wife, Rena, the star in the family as Sable. Eventually, of course, there was a falling out, so to speak ... Is Sting ever going to do anything again in the WCW? ... Scott Hall is expected to be back in the WCW in a couple of months, according to various wrestling newsletters in the U.S. He has been out with a neck injury ... Chris Jericho defending his Intercontinental belt says just one thing: The WWF was desperate to fill time because the Rock was not around ... If Chris Benoit had Jericho's microphone savvy he would be a mega-star in the WWF. Right now, he is just a great athletic performer ... WWF's Judgment Day pay-per-view will feature Benoit and Jericho in a submission match while the Rock will battle Triple-H with the heavyweight title on the line. Isn't this getting a little redundant? Is there no one else that can challenge the Rock? Well, there is, but Steve Austin is hurt ... Word is that Shawn Michaels may be making a couple of visits to Raw later this month. Good. That way we will all be spared from seeing Pat Patterson rubbing his soiled drawers in the face of Rikishi again. That was more than a touch gross on Monday night and rather suspect.

 HERE AND THERE: Remember The Iron Sheik? Fans in the Strathroy area will get a chance to see him in person tonight as the Hardcore Wrestling Federation presents a card at the West Middlesex Memorial Arena, 334 Metcalfe St. West. The card gets under way at 7:30 p.m. with Jake (The Snake) Roberts meeting The Iron Sheik in the final. Tickets are $12. The HWF returns to London on May 31 with Jimmy (Superfly) Snuka as part of the card ... Fans of Border City Wrestling will get to see longtime favourite Scott d'Amore in action Wednesday night at the Ciociaro Club, 3745 North Talbot Rd. D'Amore will battle Sabu in the main event of the card which begins at 7:30 p.m. Other matches include Jimmy Snuka against Geza Kalman Jr., while Barry Horrowitz grapples with Larry Destiny. ... The next AWF show at Cactus Pete's is June 11, featuring the All-Knighters against the Hollywood Hunks.