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Rodzilla stomps thro' ring
By BRET "THE HIT MAN" HART -- For the Calgary Sun

  The Hitman and Rodzilla take Detroit!

 That's what happened when I hung out with Dennis Rodman last Monday.

 It would have made the plot to Godzilla look tame. It turns out he's a big wrest-ling fan and a big Hitman fan.

 An interesting character who just happens to have a party that follows him everywhere he goes. What a great recruit for the nWo!

 Chris Benoit. What a guy. And one heck of a wrestler too. It's comforting to know that with so much corruption and greed in pro wrestling today that there's a fellow Canadian who believes in fair play.

 It's encouraging, really. It means there's still a glimmer of hope for the restoration of righteousness. And it means when the time comes that I need to count on a guy to do the right thing Benoit has passed the test.

 The right thing. That's my mantra lately. I haven't lost sight of what's right but I've learned that sometimes when you take the direct approach and people can see where you're headed, there are always those who'll throw roadblocks in your way. Sometimes there are advantages to navigating the swerves on the backroads.

 That best-of-seven series between Benoit and Booker T has been some of the most outstanding technical wrestling I've seen in a long time. I just can'tget over how much Benoit reminds me of Dynamite Kid. Do you see it? Now that it's best-of-eight, thanks to yours truly, on Sunday, millions of pay-per-viewers will have the chance to see a final epic battle in this feud to decide who wrestles twice at The Bash to face Fit Finley for the TV title.

 Finley has enjoyed watching these two wear each other out, all the while remaining fresh and focused. But Finley couldn't have gotten more of a kickout of it then I did when Savage and Piper tore into each other on Nitro.That's one of the most hilarious things I've ever seen. It's pathetic too.

 You'd think they've both been around long enough not to get suckered into that.

 Speaking of suckers, no of-fense to Juventude Guerrera but how did they ever talk him into facing Reece, a guy who is over 7 ft. and has a 300 lb. advantage on the agile little Luchadore? Juvy has shown great courage but accepting this match up shows something else: inexperience. Sometimes youjust have to learn the hard way.

 Why does Chris Jericho insist on doing things the hard way? He went all the way to the U.S. Library of Congress to research long forgotten loopholes in the 1934 NWA rule book in search of a way to claim that he's still cruiserweight champ. (WCW was born from the NWA, which has a storiedhistory of over 80 years, built on, shall we say, time honored traditions.

 Now Jericho really has himself in a jam because there was no loophole to save him from the one thing he was tryingto avoid, and that's fighting Dean Malenko for the strap.

 And becauseJericho shot off his mouth, there is an added stipulation that the loser leaves WCW. Malenko has been tougher and more intense than ever and I think Jericho will have a hard time trying to slow Malenko's mo-mentum. I'm kind of hoping that somehow Jericho will be around for a while. As annoying as his whining is, I had some plans for him down the road.

 It was Eddie Guerrero's whining that made nephew Chavo nuts. Evil Eddie thought he could train a champion by beating him and deriding him at every turn. I tried to tell Chavo this would do him more harm then good but he said that as much as he respects me and the Hart family's wrestling heritage, that his family has their own way and that he must honor it. It was painful for Chavo to realize that even when blood is thicker than water, if the family ties that bind are abused, they become restrictive and make your soul bleed. Now Chavo knows the only way to free himself is to beat Eddie. And now Eddie is the one running scared.

 As for me, I want Hitman fans everywhere to tune into the Bash pay-per-view on Sunday, not just because it's a great card, but because it will be the first and, most likely, the last time you'll see the most unlikely tag match in the history of wrestling. Do you really think that two admitted head cases like Randy Savage and Roddy Piper can keep it together enough to defeat The Hitman and Hulk Hogan?

 I have a lot of mail telling me you'd rather see me fight Hogan than team with him, how can I trust him, and all that. Let me answer that by asking you a question. If Hogan is the Godfather of the nWo, how come that Hogan T-shirt I've been wearing is red and black? Don't be too quick to chastise me until you're sure what my true colors are. Keep the faith.

 I'm honored to have been picked to start the Molson 500 in Toronto in August. Gentlemen, start your engines! That's about as close as I'll probably ever come to racing, although two decades of racing to catch planes or make the main event on time are this industry's unique version of driver ed. I'm sure I have a few friends who have been in the perilous position of being in the passenger seat who would tell you that they'd rather ride along during the Molson 500!

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