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Spring Break made history
By BRET HART -- For the Calgary Sun
  I was looking forward to thawing out at the Nitro Spring Break Party in Florida, but they didn't schedule me for it because I had a concussion. Digging out was much better exercise than laying on the beach, so reward yourselves for a job well done.

 People have remarked that one of the truly great moments in wrestling took place this week when -- well, instead of telling you what the buzz is about, I'll run down the highlights and lowlights and see if you can pick out the mat milestone worthy of a notable mention in the history books.

 My personal highlight of the week was when Curt Hennig submitted to the Sharpshooter at Uncensored. Other than the mild concussion I sustained, what was accomplished by Curt smashing me in the head with a steel chair, after the bell? All it did was show that he's an unredeemable sore loser. Well, it also showed that the nWo is more in control of WCW than WCW admits. I say that because JJ Dillon didn't fine Hennig for trying to fracture my skull. I'll get back to that.

 What is Rick Rude's problem? The first thing he did when he got to WCW was to back me up by saying that what happened in Montreal wasn't right and now he's stabbed me in the back by putting a Rude Awakening on me after I got done with Hennig. What changes a guy like that? I smell Hollywood's money. The nWo wants to put me out of WCW so Hogan can avoid fighting The Hitman -- again.

 Since they didn't fine Hennig, should we take that to mean that WCW condones the use of chairs as lethal weapons? What concerns me is that Hennig's chair shot wasn't an isolated incident of rule breaking without repercussion and I've seen this trend before.

 The Jack-knife Powerbomb was outlawed -- or was is? At Uncensored, they suddenly decided that Jack-knifes were legal again, but just for that one match between The Giant and Kevin Nash. Are they going to rewrite the rule book on a match-by-match basis? I wonder if WCW has collected one cent of the Jack-knife fines. Dishing out fines is one thing, but collecting them is another.

 Brian Adams broke a baseball bat on Giant's back just as he was about to Jack-knife Nash. Where's the fine for that? Or when Scott Steiner went after Lex Luger with a chair after Lex won their match?

 It's not that I'm totally opposed to the use of foreign objects. Diamond Dallas Paige, Raven, and Chris Benoit used everything, including the kitchen sink, in a three-way, falls-count-anywhere match. But that's OK because it was a "no DQ" match. The only thing I had a problem with is when they threw Paige into a lighted sign. I don't think electrocution is included under "no DQ" and if it is, then it shouldn't be. Paige recovered and put the Diamond Cutter on Raven from the top rope, plunging him through a table, to retain the U.S. Heavyweight Title.

 What was the point of having a cage for the Hogan/Savage match if the referee opened the door and let them fight wherever they wanted? By the way, does Hogan's Disciple look familiar? I'll give you a hint: He's been spending less time at the barber shop and more time in the gym. It ended up being a two-on-one with Hogan and Disciple teaming up on Savage, so Sting rappelled down from the rafters to defend Savage.

 

 ACHIEVEMENT DINNER: I'm looking forward to meeting everyone who sold out the Cochrane and District Chamber of Commerce Achievement Dinner at the Western Heritage Centre tonight. The theme of the dinner is to show local high school students that through hard work you can achieve your dreams. I'm honored that the life and times of The Hitman is considered a personification of that ideal and also to be regarded in the same company as the other speakers, Ralph Klein and Jack Tennant.

 

 HITMEN AT WAR: Dean Clark said that losing 4-1 to the Blades on Thursday taught the Hitmen that in the playoffs every game is a war. The Game 3 tie-breaker is tomorrow at the Saddledome and I know Saskatoon is in for an epic battle. I'll be there and I hope you will be, too!

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