CANOE Network SLAM!Sports

 
SLAM! Sports SLAM! Wrestling
  April 4, 1998



News & Rumours
Bios
Obits
Canadian Hall of Fame
WrestleMania 30
WrestleMania 30 photos
Video
Movie Database
Minority Mat Report
Columnists
Features
Results Archive
PPV Reviews
SLAM! Wrestling store
On Facebook
On Twitter
Send Feedback




Photo Galleries

Raw in Chicago


Titans in Toronto VI


WWE Night of Champions


Legends of the Ring fan fest


Heroes & Legends IV fan fest


NXT Takeover: Fatal 4 Way


ROH All Star Extravaganza VI







SCOREBOARD
PHOTO GALLERY
VIDEO GALLERY
COMMENT




READER ALERT: For all the latest wrestling happenings, check out our News & Rumours section.

NOTE: SLAM! Sports has the exclusive rights to publish this column on the Internet. You may link to this column, but a copy cannot exist on any other Web site. It also CANNOT be posted on newsgroups or newsboards.
Feel free to use the this button on your site to link to Bret's column.
Link to:
http://www.canoe.ca/SlamWrestling/hitman_home.html.
Check out our Bret Hart photo gallery!.

Hunting for Hogan
By BRET "THE HIT MAN" HART -- For the Calgary Sun

  When I came to WCW, I didn't keep it a secret that I had two main goals. One was to become WCW world champion and to be considered by WCW fans as among the best WCW champions ever. The other was to lock up with Hulk Hogan. One has a personal importance and the other a professional one. Can you tell which is which? I've asked myself that question and it's interesting how the answer inverts itself every so often. Right now, I think both accomplishments would fall into both categories and maybe that's a sign that the time has come for me to make them happen.
 When you think about the WCW world title, two guys immediately come to mind, Sting and Hogan. For years, fans have been telling me that Hitman vs. either of them is the so-called dream match they want to see. They're also dream matches that I look forward to fighting -- but that's where the similarity ends. Hitman vs. Sting is about respect. Hitman vs. Hogan is about retribution.
 There is honor in wrestling Sting. No matter who wins or loses, I know we'd both enjoy an epic battle of matching wits and strategies.
 I don't care if I have to go through every guy in the nWo to get to Hogan. I started with Curt Hennig because I have a particular problem with Hennig's allegiance to the nWo. He and I used to be friends and we both believed in preserving the dignity and integrity of professional wrestling. Today, Curt mocks those ideals. It's different with Hall and Nash because they never had an ounce of integrity to start with. It's no surprise that ash told Hogan they're lining up behind him to stab him in the back. The smartest thing the dissenters in the nWo could do is to get out of the way and let The Hitman take Hogan down. They're not smart enough to think of that.
 Even if the nWo can resolve their internal differences, they're going to find out that they're not the most powerful force in wrestling. Jimmy Hart has been pestering me to reunite The Foundation, but I think we're already a few steps ahead of him. That's all I can say for now -- I'm working on it.
 There's so much happening on Nitro that I enjoy watching all the matches from my dressing room. Mike Enos and Wayne Bloom (ex-WWF, The Beverley Brothers) were showing High Voltage a thing or two about rule breaking when The Giant came in, out of nowhere, chokeslammed everybody, and the ref called the match. Roddy Piper came out and Giant agreed to team with him at Spring Stampede.
 Chris Jericho calls himself 'The Man of 1004 holds' just to annoy Dean Malenko, `Man of 1002 Holds.' Jannetty lost his concentration and submitted to the Liontamer.
 Most of you have heard me saying that I don't want to see anyone get screwed the way I did and I really want to put a stop to all the rule breaking in WCW. Disciple is just one example of a guy who needs to be dealt with. Rick Rude is another one. Jim The Anvil Neidhart dominated Curt Hennig and had Hennig in a bear hug submission when Rude ran in, causing the DQ. Rude and Hennig attacked Anvil until the British Bulldog ran out and then Brian Adams joined the fray. I had to go out there and even the odds. Some people think I'm complaining, but the truth is I just want a little justice.
 I was looking forward to my match with Randy Savage last Thursday, on Malice at the Palace, but Randy blew out his knee and he'll be sidelined for a few months. The nWo picked Crush to fill in for Savage but as tough a fight as Crush gave me, you can chalk up another win for the Hitman against the nWo.
 When Savage gets back he'll be high on my hitlist because I want to knock another brick out of the nWo's wall around Hogan. For those of you who have been fans for a long time, you might recall one of the best matches from my early WWF days was against Savage in November, 87. Back then I was teamed with Anvil and didn't have many singles bouts. The match with Savage helped me to earn a place in the singles ranks.
 I know a lot of people are anxiously waiting for the WCW to finally come to Canada and my inside sources tell me it will happen sometime this fall. Apparently WCW has had a tough time getting into some of the big arenas across Canada because the WWF has exclusivity contracts that prohibit the arenas from hosting wrestling shows by any rival organizations. What that comes down to is that the WWF is attempting to take away your right to choose by creating a monopoly. WCW isn't sitting still for this. They've worked around some of these problems by booking newer buildings and arranging to hold shows in some smaller venues, but they've promised me and all Canadian fans they are on their way!
 I really miss wrestling in front of my Canadian fans and although I'm on TV as much as ever it is not the same as wrestling in front of your home fans. It's a dream of mine to wrestle again in Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver, butmost of all, to fight Hulk Hogan in Calgary at the Saddledome. This could possibly be the highlight of my career.
 Speaking of home crowds, I hope that Calgary hockey fans will come out tonight to support our Hitmen who have fallen behind 2-1 to the Swift Current Broncos. Home ice is a big deal, especially in the playoffs, and maybe the ghosts of all those great Centennial years in the Corral will inspire coach Dean Clark and the Hitmen to kick some serious butt. Let's pack the place and show them what a little home support can do.

More on Bret Hart




Know someone who might be interested in this page? Just type in their e-mail address to send them the URL.

Destination email address:


Your email address: