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Hitman, Hulk a team terrific
By BRET "THE HIT MAN" HART -- For the Calgary Sun

  I feel great!

 That tag-team win with Hulk Hogan at the Bash over Randy Savage and Roddy Piper has swelled my motivation to an all-time high.

 No, it's not because I pinned Savage, al-though that means a lot to me because I respect him as much as I do. My renewed enthusiasm is the re-sult of the solid team work between the Hitman and Hulk Hogan, because it only goes to show that if you lead a horse to water, you can make him drink.

 Hogan is drunk from soaking up my compliments. At some point on the way to getting completely smashed, sometimes booze makes some guys introspective and makes them want to set their blunders right. Either way suites my purpose.

 When will Hogan realizes that being that he's such a huge international superstar, he shouldn't hold himself back from Hollywood's fast-lane because of scheduling restrictions imposed by a wrestling title? Hogan's such an icon that he's so much bigger than just a title.

 Then there's the greatest uncrowned champion in wrestling, Edmonton's own Chris Benoit.

 Each of his best-of-seven series with Booker T is a match-of-the-year candidate, so who would have thought their Bash match-up would be the most intense of them all? I would!

 After his loss to Booker the other day, a very focused and intense Benoit told me, "I'm going to keep on going until I get what I want -- and that's gold." That he and I think alike probably has something to do with the fact that he graduated from my Dad's infamous dungeon with a degree in 'Hartknocks'. Behind the scenes, we sometimes rib Benoit, Eddie Guerrero and Dean Malenko as their rivalries have earned them the nickname the Three Musketeers of the Cruiserweight division.

 Malenko is one of the most-underrated and under-appreciated guys in all of wrestling. After 17 years on the road, the fellow second generation wrestler laments, "My father spent 30 years on the road and I hardly ever saw him. Now I have a beautiful daughter, born last Christmas, and that has opened my eyes to all that we miss travelling."

 Tell me about it. Malenko has a wrestling school in Florida and is seriously considering spending more time at home. I don't see retirement in the cards for him yet because it's still too much in his blood.

 Last Sunday for example, a new, improved, and enlarged Malenko showed that the extra time he's spent in the gym gave him the strength advantage to strike down Lyin' Heart, Chris Jericho with stomps and kicks from the opening bell. Jericho mounted some solid offence, but the more tenacious he was, the more it enraged Malenko, who finally snapped, hit an official and was disqualified. Post match, Malenko emerged as the moral victor, pummeling Jericho all the way out into the parking lot until Cryin' Heart ran away to a building across the road to hide.

 Another second-generation wrestler, Juventude Guerrera, has more guts and determination than I've seen in a long time. I don't know what kind of a bottle Juvy juice comes from and I'm not sure I want to find out. The youth warrior, as his name translates, is one of the most exciting Luchadores in the game today. He's told me that his motivation is comes from striving to live up to his father's expectations. Fuerza Guerrera is a multi-time champion in several different weight classes and one of the biggest wrestling stars in Mexico over the past 20 years.

 A friend showed me a recent interview done by Brian Adams in which Adams said, "I don't like Bret Hart and would like nothing better than to get in the ring with him and shut his mouth. Bret is one of the best, if not the best, technicians in wrestling so I can't knock him there but I don't like Bret. I'm bigger and stronger and I'll be glad to prove it any day of the week."

 How about today, Brian Adams? Or how about Monday on Nitro? What kind of a two-faced hypocrite are you anyway? You thought it was funny when we incited some mischief on Nitro. You stood there on live TV and had a good laugh with me -- and now you challenge me and you don't even have the guts to say it to my face? Brian Adams, I'll take you on anytime ... anywhere ... except the night I fight Goldberg.

 I've put calls in to get a contract signed for a match with Goldberg but they just don't get back to me. I don't know why people keep comparing Goldberg to Stone Cold Steve Austin. Austin is a tough customer, but I managed to beat him to a pulp more than once. Any similarities between the two stop at their black tights and bald heads. Goldberg is bigger, younger, meaner, stronger, faster -- and much smarter -- than Steve Austin. I want Goldberg. I could use a good fight.

 People have asked me why I haven't had more matches since joining the WCW (15 since December). I've just been settling in, that's all. Don't you see that I had this battle raging on the inside ever since the debacle in Montreal? It's like ... "A wave came crashing like a fist to the jaw ... delivered him wings. They look at me now... Arms wide open with the sea at his floor... Oh he's flying. Floated back down 'cause he wanted to share ... The key to the locks on the chains he saw everywhere. First he was stripped, then he was stabbed by faceless men, well ... He still stands ... And he still gives his love, he just gives it away and the love he receives is the love that is saved ... And sometimes is seen a strange spot in the sky .. A human being that was given to fly."

 (Pearl Jam: Given to Fly)

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