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Hitman's cut loose by WCW


By JASON van RASSEL -- Calgary Sun

 Grappler Bret "Hitman" Hart has been tossed out of the ring by World Championship Wrestling.

 The WCW cited the Calgary-born wrestling star's lengthy recovery from a concussion that's left him unable to work since January as the reason for terminating his contract.

 "Based on your ongoing incapacity (post concussion syndrome) WCW is exercising its right ... to terminate your independent contractor agreement effective Friday, October 20, 2000," read the letter sent to Hart yesterday by the wrestling circuit.

 "Your contributions to the wrestling business are highly regarded and we wish you only the best in the future."

 Hart couldn't be reached for comment, but in his weekly column in today's Sun, he said he would say more about the firing soon.

 "It's not the first time I'm standing at the crossroads. I know a lot of you want to know how I feel about this and what I'm going to do," he wrote.

 "I'm going to take some time to think everything over and I'll let you know next week."

 A representative of Hart's management company said they'll meet with him next week to discuss his future.

 "Of course, we're all saddened by the news," said Teri Tkachuk of Bruce Allen Talent.

 Given Hart's injury, the firing may not have been a complete shock, but Tkachuk said the way she found out was that a writer with SLAM! Wrestling on the Sun Media-owned CANOE website called Thursday after hearing rumours about Hart's departure.

 That was followed by a call from the WCW Thursday night and a letter the following day.

 This isn't the first time Hitman, son of local wrestling legend Stu Hart, has been tripped up by contract troubles.

 Hart left the World Wrestling Federation in 1997 after a bitter public feud with owner Vince McMahon.

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