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NWO losing spit, polish
By BRET "THE HIT MAN" HART -- For the Calgary Sun

  The NWO has been doing so much talking and interfering in people's business that I wonder if it's just to distract everyone from noticing that all their gold is gone.

 The Steiner Brothers defeated The Outsiders, Hall and Nash, for the WCW tag title and that was the last title the NWO still had.

 Whatever trouble there is in the NWO, the Wolfpac still seems to be united. The Outsiders, Hall and Nash, were a solid team against the dysfunctional Steiners. Even after Scott took an amazing amount of punishment, he refused to tag out. Luckily, Hall accidentally pushed Scott into his older brother, inadvertently causing a tag.

 Not realizing that Rick was the legal man, Hall set Scott up for the Outsider Edge. With Hall's back turned, Rick came off the top rope with a bulldog, then hooked the leg for the pin and the win.

 With tag belts in hand, it was nice to see The Steiners celebrate together, putting aside their recent differences. Come on, work it out.

 Maybe the most interesting part of this match was that Nash kept threatening to use the Truckstop powerbomb -- but never did. Looks like someone lowered his spending limit.

 Which brings me to Hogan vs. Savage. Sounds like a pay-per-view match anywhere in the world but on Nitro it turned into nothing more than a disappointing donnybrook.

 It's discouraging when two of the worlds best wrestlers resort to rule breaking. Savage got Hogan with the flying elbow and was this close to victory when -- you guessed it -- in came the NWO to pound on Savage.

 The WCW heavyweight title is still being held up until the Hogan/Sting rematch at SuperBrawl next Sunday. If Hall gets the winner it's strange that the NWO almost has to hope Sting wins! If it ends up being Hall and Hogan, I don't see how the NWO could survive.

 Either the Wolfpac would split off or divided loyalties would cause a brutal power struggle in the NWO.

 In a way I hope Sting wins the WCW heavyweight title next Sunday at SuperBrawl. If I'm going to challenge someone for the title, I'd rather have a clean fight with Sting than to have to look over my shoulder for the whole NWO.

 On the other hand, Hollywood Hulk Hogan somehow has decided that it's my fault he's not the champion.

 Let me get this straight, Hollywood Hulk Hogan. You wrestled Sting at Starrcade and you lost -- 1,2,3. You wrestled Sting on Nitro and you lost again. Yeah, it must be tough to face that you got beat by the same guy twice -- in less than 24 hours. I wouldn't know because that's never happened to me!

 So go ahead and blame the referee -- in this case, me. No one knows better than me what it feels like to get screwed by a referee. I called it as I saw it. Well, you want a piece of me, Hollywood Hulk Hogan? Bring it on. I've been waiting five years for you to get up the guts to face the excellence of execution.

 That you want to do it in Canada is fine by me. Don't bring the NWO to watch your back because, in Canada, I've got a few friends of my own.

 Diamond Dallas Paige will defend the U.S. title against Chris Benoit at SuperBrawl. Although Benoit would make a great champion I've heard there are people who will be cheering for Paige just because they don't like the idea of the U.S. strap around the waist of a Canadian Crippler.

 Juventud Guerra wants Chris Jericho's cruiserweight title so badly that he's put up his mask in exchange for a title shot at SuperBrawl.

 Nitro highlights this week saw football player-turned-wrestler, Steve Mongo McMichael, score a solid win over Glacier. McMichael has become a force to be reckoned with in the squared circle.

 In a show-stopping tag match, Chavo Guerro, Jr. teamed up with Dean Malenko against Uncle Eddie Guerrero and Chris Jericho. Chavo was admirably effective against Eddie and Jericho but the tables turned when a series of springboard double teams wore partner Malenko down. He managed a desperation tag to Chavo who lost it to the Liontamer.

 Bill Goldberg was unstoppable again this week and showed us a little more of his arsenal. Goldberg used a flying shoulder to set up Steve Regal for a body spear and followed through with the jackhammer for the win.

 Booker T. retained the TV title against Raven, despite inevitable interference from The Flock. I would have enjoyed watching Booker and Raven wrestle and it's too bad this deteriorated into a senseless 5-on-1 attack.

 You can write to Bret Hart C/O The Sun or email HITMANclub@aol.com

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