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Bischoff vows WCW revamp
By GLENN COLE -- Toronto Sun

  Eric Bischoff is back in charge.

 Bischoff is the head of Fusient Media Ventures, a group that will be taking over World Championship Wrestling from Turner Sports, which essentially has run the WCW into the ground, Bischoff promised a total revamp, signing on former WWF writer Vince Russo, who helped make the Connecticut-based WWF a ratings winner.

 What will we see with the new group?

 First and foremost, WCW will remain on WTBS as part of its programming. But watch for things to get a little closer to the WWF's style of lurid story lines.

 Will they bring Hulk Hogan back? Who knows? No one can say for sure. But hopefully, Bischoff will learn from his previous mistakes and the errors that have been made since he left.

 One of the things the group must improve on is the quality of its pay-per-views. To say they have been poor is a gross understatement.

 SIN-FUL: Coincidentally, the WCW has a PPV show tomorrow night as WCW Sin 2001 comes to you from Indianapolis.

 The title match features Sid Vicious, still crazy after all these months, against Scott Steiner, Jeff Jarrett and a mystery man in a four-way title match.

 And seeing that we don't give away Coronation Street secrets, the mystery man will be kept a secret, Besides, no one can be certain who it is but Rick Steiner and Sting are candidates.

 Kevin Nash and DDP battle the Natural Born Thrillers in a tag-team title match and Team Canada takes on the Filthy Animals in a Canadian Style Penalty Box match.

 Bill Goldberg has been reduced to working a secondary tag-team battle with Sarge as they battle Lex Luger and Buff Bagwell, who has stayed with the Atlanta-based group probably because the WWF was in no rush to sign him.

 The telecast begins on Viewer's Choice at 8 p.m. Check your cable company for cost.

 HERE AND THERE: Stone Cold Steve Austin gets screwed by the McMahons again. And on it goes. And how many more times will we see the Rock vs. Kane vs. the Undertaker vs. Rikishi in a four-way match?

 Come to think of it, aren't four-ways becoming all too common? Black Entertainment Television has announced that it will begin airing UWA wrestling starting on Jan. 17 at 9 p.m. More airings will follow every Saturday night.

 IWF IN ACTION: Lots of stuff starting with the IWF show in Guelph, tonight at 7 at the Royal Canadian Legion, 919 York Rd. Featured on the card are Marco Malaquias vs. Billy Boogie; Showtime Eric Young vs. Derek Wylde; Jacob Cain vs. Master Kwan Chang; Ebony Xpress and Romeo Adams vs. Hellraisers and The Player ... The AWF holds its next card tomorrow at Cactus Pete's at 462 Birchmount Rd ... Reigning AWF champion Vijay Singh defends against the AWF's most popular athlete the CLUB Tony Mack. Other matches includes: Tracy vs. Ms. B. Haven; Four-corner cruiserweight elimination match (Knight vs. Wylde vs. Hacker vs. Knightwing); Finesse vs. Strength; El Fuego vs. Flesh Gordon; Squeegee vs. Kwan Chang; Challenge match (Tommy Twilight vs. Slade); Tag-team match (Sinn and Mayhem vs. Sheik and Urkov) ... Twin Tower Wrestling Federation has a show on Thursday at Seneca College, Newnham campus, 1750 Finch Ave. E., while Powerslam Wrestling Extreme will be in St. Catharines next Friday at 9 p.m. at Isaac's Pub on Brock University Campus, 500 Glenridge Ave. Among the matches are Mike VanTastic vs. Quinson Valentino; The Hacker vs. Solid Shawn Gold ... The HWF hits Aylmer, Ont., on Feb. 26 at the East Elgin Memorial Community Centre, 244 Sydenham St. E.


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