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WWF getting new/old faces
By TIM BAINES -- Toronto Sun

 The WWF may be about to shake the wrestling world to the rafters with a major announcement.

 Hulk Hogan, Kevin Nash and Scott Hall are close to signing.

 Scuttlebutt has Hall and Nash getting contracts in the area of $600,000-$700,000 US per year, while Hogan could pull in more than $1 million.

 Wow!

 Nash's talent speaks for itself. Hall has plenty of skeletons in his closet and it 's surprising the WWF may take a chance on the enigmatic star. And Hogan? Frankly, fans grew tired of the wagging finger, blocked punch and match-closing leg drop years ago.

 But Hogan still has charisma, and that may be enough to sell the WWF's fans on his character should he return. The WWF is insisting no deal has been formally struck, but they say Nash and Hall are closer to signing than Hogan.

 If a deal is completed, the former members of the NWO could help set up next month's No Way Out (NWO, get it?) pay-per-view.

 It'll be interesting to see what characters they'll be given if they enter the WWF. Nash was a WWF star as Diesel, Hall was big as Razor Ramon ... and Hogan, well he morphed from the Hulkster to the despised Hollywood Hogan.

 One scenario has Stone Cold Steve Austin vs. Triple H in the main event at Wrestlemania, with The Rock facing Hogan. More likely is a triple-threat main event with Triple H vs. Stone Cold vs. The Rock (perhaps the new WWF champ after tonight's Royal Rumble main event vs. Chris Jericho). It seems a likely result of The Rumble would be Triple H and Austin hitting the ground at the same time, making them both No. 1 contenders.

 Another scenario making the rounds has The Undertaker, after being eliminated, attacking both.

  • Here are the 30 wrestlers entered in The Rumble, according to WWF.com: Al Snow, Albert, Big Show, Billy, Booker T, Big Bossma, Bradshaw, Christian, Chuck, Dallas Page, Faarooq, The Godfather (likely Ho-less), Goldust, Jeff Hardy, Kane, Kurt Angle, Lance Storm, Matt Hardy, Maven, Mr. Perfect, Perry Saturn, Rikishi, Rob Van Dam, Scotty Too Hotty, Austin, Test, The Hurricane, Triple H, The Undertaker and Val Venis (likely minus the porn star gimmick) to battle it out for the right to be named No. 1 contender at Wrestlemania. Other matches include Ric Flair vs. Mr. McMahon (street fight rules), Edge vs. William Regal, Tazz and Spike Dudley vs. The Dudley Boyz and Trish Stratus vs. Jazz.

  • It looks like the WWF's roster split, which was supposed to happen Jan. 7, could be delayed until after WrestleMania. The WWF will have one group which will do RAW, and another which will perform at Smackdown! There will also be more house shows each year, which will be good news for Canadian fans. Ottawa could host a couple of shows a year, while Toronto could get three.

  • Bill Goldberg, an 18-handicap golfer playing in this week's Bob Hope Chrysler Classic, once again slagged the WWF, making it clear he won't give up the payments he's still getting from his former employer, WCW owner Time Warner. He told the Deseret Sun: "I would be an imbecile if I gave up half my money to work for a company I don't respect."

  • Booker T appeared on Howard Stern's radio show Thursday and admitted he was dating Sharmell Sullivan (Paisley from WCW).

  • Don't discount a return by Shawn Michaels around Wrestlemania time.


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