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Adams no friend
By BRET HART -- For The Calgary Sun
  What's wrong with Brian Adams? I always thought Brian was a good guy but the lure of money and the big time has turned him into a low-life ruffian.

 No, not BRYAN Adams. I'm talking about the Brian Adams who used to be Crush in Demolition and then Chainz in DOA.

 About a week ago, Brian showed up in WCW and announced that I still have a friend in this business. I would have been happy to shake his extended hand but then he jumped me, taking off his coat, exposing his nWo shirt and his devious character.

 The Brian Adams I remember would've had too much pride to let the whole nWo in on a one-on-one fight. Mean Gene Okerlund said it best when he asked Adams, "what did Bret Hart ever do to you?"

 Brian's going to find out that I have a lot of friends in this business and, up there near the top of the list, is The Nature Boy -- Ric Flair.

 I'm so disappointed by Curt Hennig's allegiance to the nWo that I can't wait to knock some sense into him. I have a long history with Curt. I took the Intercontinental title away from him at Madison Square Garden in August of '91. Hennig gave me such a tough fight that I rate it up there in The Hitman's top 10 -- maybe even the top five matches of my career, so far.

 Hennig's allegiance to the nWo is especially offensive to me since, like myself, he's a second-generation wrestler. I hope Hennig takes up my challenge for a match at the Uncensored pay-per-view next month. Here's his opportunity to prove if he's still "perfect" or if he needs the nWo boys to back him up.

 Randy Savage lost to Lex Luger at SuperBrawl VIII but he's won a Harvard Lampoon award. Since 1876, the world's oldest humor magazine has honored celebrities for achievements in comedy. The winner is supposed to exemplify universal manliness. Previous winners include Robin Williams, Chevy Chase, Tracy Ullman and Bill Cosby.

 Does this mean no one is taking seriously Savage's claim that he'll throw Hogan out of the nWo? Will having some gold back in the nWo help reunite them?

 The Outsiders took the tag straps away from Scott and Rick but the Steiner's loss really came from the inside. I can empathize with Rick. Just seeing the look on his face when Scott turned on him brought back all my bad memories from when Owen kicked me in my bad knee.

 Booker T successfully defended the TV title twice at SuperBrawl VIII. If there was still any question about Booker's ability as a singles performer, his stunning wins over Rick Martel and Perry Saturn should eliminate all doubt. A good note is that the Flock didn't interfere. A bad note is that they took Martel to the hospital with undetermined leg injuries.

 Despite the disappointment of Juventud Gurrerra's defeat by Chris Jericho, Juvy showed great courage when he honored special stipulations and took off his mask. This is the first time in the two years the Luchadors have been in the WCW that a mask was lost.

 Chris Benoit didn't bring the U.S. title back to Canada but I'd say his match with Diamond Dallas Paige was the hardest fought battle at SuperBrawl. This one is far from over.

 Did rookie Steve McMichael really think he could beat The British Bulldog at SuperBrawl VIII? You have to admire his perseverance, though.

 Disco Inferno beat LaParka, even though the Luchador used a chair. Disco can wrestle better than he can dance.

 Bill Goldberg won again -- this time over Brad Armstrong. I'd like a shot at this guy. Everyone compares him to Steve Austin, but I never saw Austin rack up such an impressive string of lightning fast victories.

 I'll be rooting for new WCW champion Sting to keep the belt through Scott Hall's overdue title shot and long enough for me to finish my business with Hennig. Then one of the most anticipated and debated fan fantasy matches of all time -- Hitman vs. Sting, Sharpshooter vs. Scorpion -- could finally happen.

 I saw this serpent-like face on TV last Tuesday, cold eyes with his forked tongue darting out, and I said, "Hey, there's that liar, Vince McMahon on TSN's Off The Record."

 He said that when I was in the WWF, I was breaking down physically, I was disruptive in the dressing room, my value was waning and that I started missing dates.

 First off, I'm not breaking down and he's lucky I don't sue him for saying so. And even if I was, he had a contract to pay me whether I was injured or not. He implied that it's OK for his "boy toy" to be injured but because I was being paid more, I was not entitled to get hurt. He fails to mention that only three days after extensive knee surgery, I was on his crummy Raw show.

 As for being disruptive, I guess that's why he had a full-scale revolt in the dressing room in Montreal, when al-most all my fellow wrestlers considered quitting and going home because of the way he'd double-crossed me. Some did.

 As for my value waning, I guess that's why WCW paid me double or triple to work for them. And, as far as missing bookings, well, I never missed but two bookings in 14 years and not one in the past eight years.

 The wonderful thing about McMahon's interview was when Michael Landsberg asked him, "If Bret Hart tells us, as he did, and has told the world, that when he got in the ring (in Montreal) he had an agreement with you ... is he lying when he says that?"

 McMahon: "No, he's not lying about that."

 Landsberg cornered him with, "so that when he (Bret Hart) says you lied to him as he was heading to the ring, he's right?" and McMahon replied, "yes, he's right."

 He says I breached my contract, yet he openly admits that in my final 30 days, I had reasonable creative control. The lies that man can tell.

 I'll leave you to consider the validity of the following statement by McMahon to Landsberg: "The only person who truly believes that Bret Hart is a Canadian hero is Bret Hart ... Bret is no more a Canadian hero than the guy on the street."

 Hey, I'm the guy on the street. That's the whole point. I'm living proof that, through hard work and dedication, any one can make it to the top. Once there, I've been lucky enough to have fans who expect me to extol the superhero virtues of The Hitman. It's both an awesome compliment and responsibility.

 If, in living up to your expectations, I have become a better, dare I say heroic person, I am grateful to my fans for constantly challenging me to be the best person I can be. The humility comes in knowing that you have to strive to be heroic.

 If being a hero comes easily, then you're deluding yourself into believing you're better than everyone else. I'm not better than everyone, but I'm a better person by striving to embody what everyone expects of me.

 Every wrestler should read a transcript of McMahon's interview, cross out my name and insert theirs and it will become clear what an awful man he is to work for. Liar, liar, pants on fire.

 In the words of Van Morrison, "all I ever wanted was simply just to be me. All you ever need is the truth -- and the truth will set you free. I'm not feeling it any more."

 Bret Hart's column runs every

 Saturday in the Calgary Sun.

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