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Bring it on!
By BRET "THE HIT MAN" HART -- For the Calgary Sun

  Oh, man it was exciting to be part of the record crowd last night at the Saddledome taking in the game between the Hitmen and Brandon Wheat Kings.

 Even though our Hitmen lost 4-1 last night and were eliminated from the playoffs, I'm so proud of everything the team achieved.

 Their never-say-die attitude is a testament to the tenacity of coach Dean Clark and I'd like to congratulate the Hitmen for getting farther in their first post-season action than any other Calgary WHL team in history.

 My buddies in WCW enjoyed wearing their Hitmen jerseys and cheering on our junior squad.

 Since I got to WCW, I've come to respect the abilities of a lot of guys. Booker T, DDP, Malenko, and Chris Benoit, to name a few. And then there's Sting. Here's a guy who I watched as he clawed his way to the top of WCW while I was going through similar trials in the WWF.

 As I climbed the rungs of the ladder to each new plateau and looked around to see who my toughest opponents would be and who I'd most like to wrestle, time and again I came to the conclusion that the guy who could fill both categories is Sting. It's clear that fans share that opinion because they never stopped telling me that The Hitman vs. Sting is what they call a 'dream match', the stuff that fantasy leagues are made of.

 The idea of finally making Hitman/Sting happen had a lot to do with my decision to come to WCW. Well, it didn't hurt that I'd also have an opportunity to make Hogan pay for walking out on our match five years ago and to get my hands on Kevin Nash for putting two jack-knife powerbombs on me after the bell when I beat Diesel for the WWF title.

 For so long, I'd thought of Sting as a formidable opponent that it never even crossed my mind that we'd team up before we'd lock up. It's not surprising when you realize that the same thing that made me want to fight Sting is what motivated me to tag with him on Thursday. Respect.

 There are people who think I'm whining when I say that no one knows better than I do what it's like to get screwed by a promoter. I'm simply saying that it's time to do something about it. It's time to make sure that nobody has to go through what I went through. Sting fought long and hard to be WCW world heavyweight champion and he's finding out that most guys would sacrifice so-called friendships for a shot at being the man. I'll try to prove to Sting that I can be trusted and that justice will be served. I hope that in return he'll give me a title shot for that dream match that the world has been waiting for.

 The divisive infighting in the nWo is a perfect example of back-stabbing and greed. Hogan, Nash, and Savage feel that whichever of them can wrangle the belt away from Sting will be in control of the nWo, so they keep interfering in each other's matches. Don't they see that if one of them gets the belt, there will be no unity in the nWo as long as the other two plot to claim it? For the time being, the problem is that all three of them are scheming and targeting Sting and that's why I told him that if he ever needs me, to just call. He did. That's how we ended up tagging up against Savage and Nash.

 I think Randy Savage is suffering from a bad case of 'the madness'. Either that or it's the after effects of the third-degree concussion he suffered in the hit and run that Hogan has as much as admitted being behind. In his condition, what was Randy doing teamed up with Nash against me and Sting? And a better question is, what is he thinking by challenging Sting at the Spring Stampede pay-per-view tomorrow? According to WCW officials, Savage has a separated shoulder, torn knee ligament, and a broken arm. JJ Dillon, `Mr. rewrite the rules on a match by match basis', has decided that Savage can't wear a cast for tomorrow's title bout -- but for some reason it was OK for him to wear it on Thursday, in the tag match. Still, Savage swears he'll be there to beat Sting. Of course, Hogan and Nash will have something to say about it. Well, maybe not Hogan, if he's too busy jet setting around Hollywood.

 Did you catch the lovefest between Hogan and Jay Leno last Monday? Leno's questions focused on Hogan's career and family and Hollywood ate up the attention to the point where he didn't plug his new kiddie movie, Three Ninjas. He also forgot, or didn't care, that the nWo was left on their own in Minneapolis, where Nash got a rematch against Sting. It reminds me of when Hollywood went to the premier of a Dennis Rodman movie and the nWo was not pleased.

 Applause to my nephew, Stuart Hart, for winning the 51 kg weight class in the city wrestling championships. That he won all his matches by pin fall only goes to show that he's a chip off the old block. I'd like my brother Keith to know how proud we all are that his son has carried the Hart family wrestling legacy into our third generation. Way to go, Stuart!

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