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Dignity key to victory
By BRET HART -- For the Calgary Sun
  I'm not going to gloat about beating Ric Flair at Souled Out. If anything, I want to thank Flair for a great wrestling match with a great wrestler. For years, the Nature Boy has said that to be the man, you have to beat the man. But he's wrong about that, because even though The Hitman beat Ric Flair, he's still the man in WCW. This was a much tougher match than when I beat Flair for the World Championship in Saskatoon in 1992.

 As far as Roddy Piper's big announcement that Hogan and Sting will have a rematch at SuperBrawl, that's cool with me. Obviously, Piper has some heat with Scott Hall and I can understand where Hall is coming from. At World War III, Hall earned a title shot at SuperBrawl and now that's not going to happen. Piper made a good point when he said Hall can't challenge the champion when we don't have a champion, so Hall's just going to have to wait. I think the fair thing to do would be to give Hall a shot at whoever wins at SuperBrawl. What do you think?

 Whatever happens with Hogan, Sting, and Hall, when the dust clears I intend to prove to them, to all my fans, and to everyone in the dressing room that sooner or later, The Hitman is going to be the best champion the WCW has ever had.

 Souled Out was the best pay-per-view I've seen in a long time. It got off to a great start with a fast paced, high flying 7+1 Man Mexican Tag, (Chavo Guerro is a Texan). I've written before that I'm not crazy about the Mexican style because too often it's all high-flying moves meant to dazzle the crowd but I have to give credit where credit is due. These new Luchadores are an impressive combination of high flying and mat maneuvers. At Souled Out, the amazing high-risk moves included Juventud Guerrera's 450 Splash, Psychosis' Guillotine leg drop, a huracanrana off the top rope, a suicide senton splash and a corkscrew moonsault. Chavo won the match with a hurricane DDT on Psychosis. If you're not familiar with these moves, you should tune in. I'm curious to know what you think.

 Raven took the mike and told us all about the pain of being a societal outcast. I'll bet it was nothing compared to the pain he was feeling by the end of the match. With the Flock banished from ringside and not having the confidence to stand on his own, Raven resorted to every dirty trick in the book. He hit The Canadian Crippler with a bulldog onto a chair and then slammed his head into the steps. Benoit gained the advantage when he used a drop toe hold onto the chair. Both men were almost counted out when Benoit put a head butt splash on Raven while Raven was under the chair. Benoit finally won the bout with his Canadian Crippler Crossface.

 'Lyin' Heart', Chris Jericho, took the Cruiserweight title away from Rey Mysterio. Mysterio started strong but he irritated his existing knee injury. Despite losing some of his speed, he managed several aerial takedowns before Jericho took control. Chris countered an off-the-top huracanrana with the Liontamer for the win and the title. I'd like to see a rematch when Mysterio's knee heals. What do you think of Jericho's attitude lately, though? Rick Martel saved Booker T from Flock interference twice, so as payback he got a TV Title Match. Booker T accidentally hit Martel with a low blow, Martel was furious, and the rule book went out the window. Martel even got Booker into his vicious Quebec Crab but the champ managed to get to the ropes. Booker delivered a scissor kick to Martel's back and followed it up with the Harlem Hangover to retain the TV Title.

 Larry Zbyszko said he wouldn't come alone at Souled Out but no one could have guessed that Dusty Rhodes would leave the announcer position to be in The Living Legend's corner. And no one could have guessed that- believe it or not -- Dusty is NWO! The ref was accidentally knocked down by a Zbyszko sidekick and while Hall tried to revive the ref, Zbyszko set up The Outsider for his front headlock submission. Louie Spicolli ran into the ring to stop Zbyszko and Rhodes ran after Spicolli, knocking him out of the ring.

 But then The American Dream turned nightmare by delivering his famous Bionic Elbow to Zbyszko! Dusty took off his shirt to reveal an NWO T-shirt underneath and then added insult to injury by doing his "funky-like-a-monkey" dance with Zbyszko still lying in the ring.

 The Hitman wasn't the only one to score his first WCW victory this week.

 The Bulldog gave Mongo McMichael a wrestling lesson and finished him with his awesome running powerslam and The Anvil pressed Wayne Bloom to score a solid pin.

 Hart Foundation 4-life!

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