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TV show was one-shot deal


By GLENN COLE -- Toronto Sun

  Forget about seeing the U.S. feed of Raw is War.

 You got a bonus on Monday night when The National Network (TNN) made the show available on your cable system.

 The official word is you won't see it again.

 TNN doesn't have the rights to show the program in Canada, much like Court TV -- which is available on many area cable systems -- can't pipe certain shows into Canada.

 So, the viewers get the shaft again.

 It's the rules, don't you know.

 And what about those nights when the Maple Leafs are being televised on TSN in Raw's Monday night spot?

 Sorry, you still are out of luck.

 In the case of the Maple Leafs, their games on TSN are regional in Ontario and the rest of the country gets Raw in its regular time spot.

 So, all you will get on TNN is a sign that says something like "TNN does not have the rights to air this program in Canada."

 WHO RAN OVER STONE COLD? The mystery continues.

 Some are speculating it was The Big Show, whose profile has been very low in recent weeks.

 Others are saying The Rock may be fingered.

 Meanwhile, Austin had a great Monday night, pounding on the likes of Shane McMahon, Chris Benoit, Kurt Angle and particularly Steven Regal, whose reading of the works of Shakespeare Austin found stunning.

 It's good to have Austin back. It gives the WWF TV shows a better edge.

 The WWF announced this week that Austin would be on hand for its inaugural card at the Air Canada Centre on Oct. 29.

 Among the highlights of the show are a Triple-Threat match with Triple H battling Rikishi and Angle, as well as The Undertaker against Chris Benoit, and Chris Jericho grappling X-Pac.

 HERE AND THERE: Guess the WWF had enough of Edge and Christian as tag-team champions. They lost the titles on Sunday's pay-per-view to The Hardy Boyz, and also lost the rematch ... Mike VanTastic defeated Quinson Valentino in a Street Fight Match to become the PWE heavyweight champion on a recent card in Orangeville ... Some matches don't count: Recently, Terry Funk defeated Lance Storm, who put his WCW Canadian title on the line, at a Texas house show. The folks at the match thought the Canadian title was dead and buried and that the WCW's U.S. title was back. One hitch though: the match was not taped for TV and therefore, for the rest of the world, it didn't happen. The same has happened in the WWF in the past. A few years ago in Montreal, the Rougeaus won the tag-team belts at the old Forum, but only the people in Montreal saw it. On the WWF TV show the following week, there was no mention of it.

 RINGSIDE: Pro Wrestling Illustrated annually publishes a list of the top 500 wrestlers. This year's list is topped by Triple H followed by The Rock and Benoit. Jericho is ranked ninth while Storm was rated 40th. No mention of Bret Hart. The top WCW guy was Jeff Jarrett, who came in fifth ... The ECW TV home is still up in the air. There has been speculation that it may even remain in its Friday night spot on TNN, but future TV listings show ECW's 8 p.m. spot as a to be announced. The WWF, which has raw and two of its lesser shows on TNN, apparently has waived its exclusivity clause for the time being ... Think there is no money in wrestling? WWF boss Vince McMahon's personal fortune was listed as $1.1 billion US in a recent issue of Forbes magazine ... Vince Russo is WCW champion. Why?