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Nash wrong guy for WCW title


By GLENN COLE -- Toronto Sun

  There was a time when the prospect of a World Championship Wrestling pay-per-view card in Buffalo would get people in this area excited.

 Not anymore.

 But with the WCW still trying to rebuild its image -- and some say it may not be able to -- the attitude toward its presence tomorrow night has been indifferent at best.

 Too bad, because by the looks of things, the Atlanta-based group has put together a decent card that is available on Viewer's Choice starting at 8 p.m.

 Hopefully tomorrow night will see Booker T regain the WCW heavyweight title from Kevin Nash, who is the wrong guy to have as your champion when you are struggling.

 Booker T is everything Nash is not, including athletic and charismatic.

 Nash is big and annoying and his matches tend to plod.

 One of the best matches on the undercard features Goldberg against Big Poppa Pump, Scott Steiner. This is expected to be a brawl because that is what Goldberg does best. He has been mired in the recent mediocrity that the WCW became, but still can -- and does -- entertain.

 And for what is left of the WCW's Canadian fan base, Lance Storm puts his Canadian title on the line against General Rection.

 Storm has been the perfect Canadian heel and actually has done well with the push the WCW gas given him.

 There are those no-minds who would like to see the end of the Canadian title run, but it is one of the few imaginative angles the WCW has going for it.

 The WCW moves on to Kitchener for a Nitro show on Monday.

 AUSTIN RETURNS: Stone Cold Steve Austin will be front and centre in the WWF soon.

 Whether it is at next Sunday's Unforgiven PPV or on Raw is War the following night, the Rattlesnake is angry and seeking revenge for being "run over" by a mystery assailant.

 It is good to see Austin back after neck surgery. How much he will be able to do remains in question. After all, he's not recovering from a pulled hamstring or a sore groin. The surgery he had was serious and one wrong fall could land him back in deep trouble.

 His presence should spice up a card which features one of those all-too-familiar fatal four-way matches for the title with the Rock being challenged by Chris Benoit, Kane and the Undertaker.

 Hopefully, it will come down to the Rock vs. Benoit at the end. At least then, there would be action.

 The Undertaker has been slowed by various injuries during his career and it shows. Kane never did move too quickly and he's a brawler more than anything else and not the guy the WWF wants as its titleholder.

 The annoying match on the card is Kurt Angle, the ex-U.S. Olympian, against Triple-H. It's a lame angle whose time ran out long ago.

 However, it should be offset by what should be a nasty tag-team match between the Hardy Boyz and Edge and Christian.

 HERE AND THERE: David Flair's non-wedding on this past week's Nitro was about as compelling as Big Brother on CBS ... Talk around that Labour Day show in Windsor was that if the WCW goes under, the WWF may be develop an angle where Vince McMahon and son Shane would wrestle for control of the WWF and Shane then would leave and take some wrestlers with him to form a second WWF circuit, bringing in the best of the WCW's leftovers. Lots of things have to happen before any of that comes to pass ... The AWF returns to Cactus Pete's tomorrow at 4 p.m. It will hold an elimination tournament to determine the new AWF champion with the likes of Tony Mack, El Fuego, Slade and Jaguar Vijay Singh among those on the card ... The ECW made a favourable impression among most of those on hand last week at the Hershey Centre. Will it be enough to bring them back or will interest here die when the ECW leaves TNN at the end of the month?