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ECW tickets going fast


By GLENN COLE -- Toronto Sun

  Can the ECW succeed where the WCW has failed?

 Judging by the ticket sales at the Hershey Centre, ECW has taken a solid first step.

 The ECW, whose television exposure in the Canadian market is minimal at best, will stage a card a week from tonight in Mississauga, attracting the wrestling fans who enjoy blood and guts over the soap-opera style that now prevails in the WWF.

 ECW is not everyone's cup of tea, but it does have its rabid followers.

 Still, it is going to be anything but easy for the ECW to maintain a following in this country.

 Television is the main impetus for the popularity of the WWF in Canada and at last check, no Canadian outlet was rushing to sign up ECW, which was bumped off The Nashville Network thanks to a new WWF deal with TNN.

 TSN's wrestling time is locked by Raw and Nitro, while Sportsnet, which reluctantly took WCW's Thunder only to see the move fail, is satisfied it has enough grappling with two WWF shows, Live Wire on Saturdays and Sunday Night Heat.

 There even is speculation that Viewer's Choice Canada would consider dropping ECW pay-per-views if the organization can't penetrate the Canadian market.

 HERE AND THERE: Former U.S. Olympian Kurt Angle actually suffered a concussion on Sunday night at Summer Slam. He hit his head on a table in an awkward fall ... Just in case you didn't get enough of them, The New York Post reports that ECW is interested in hiring Kelly and Sue of Survivor TV show fame for a match at a future pay-per-view Word is that the WWF and WCW also have expressed some interest and the betting is that the WWF, which does wrestling showbiz better than the others, will land this dubious match -- if indeed there is one ... Trish Stratus easily was the most popular celeb among the 300 or so on hand when the WWF officially announced it would be holding its first card at the Air Canada Centre on Oct. 28. Tickets for the show go on sale next Saturday at 10 a.m. ... In an effort to breathe some life into its moribund ratings, the WCW will have a mini-War Games on Nitro this week. At last report, the WCW said the match would feature Vince Russo/Kevin Nash/Jeff Jarrett/Scott Steiner on Team Russo vs. Team WCW's The Cat/Goldberg/Booker T/Sting. The Cat replaced Mike Awesome on the original team announced for Team WCW ... Sorry, the WCW seemed to be headed in the right direction when Booker T held the world heavyweight title. Now the gold is back in Nash's hands and frankly, that scripting makes little or no sense. They will battle for the crown on WCW's next PPV, which is set for Buffalo on Sept. 17, a night before the Nitro show in Kitchener.

 ON THE HORIZON: Brutus Beefcake will be featured on a Border Cities card on Sept. 2 at Windsor Raceway. A number of ex-WWFers, including George (The Animal) Steele, Tracey Smothers, Brooklyn Brawler, Doink the Clown, Barry Horowitz and Kurrgan all are listed as participants ... Powerslam Wrestling will be in St. Catharines on Friday night for a card at Isaac's Bar on the Brock University campus. Tickets will be $6 ... This is the last weekend of the CNE and Monday marks the closing day of the AWF's Iron Man Challenge at the Ex. The AWF returns to Cactus Pete's at 4362 Birchmount Rd., for its next house show on Sept. 17.