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Dastardly deeds backstage
By BRET "THE HIT MAN" HART -- For the Calgary Sun

  Backstage at Nitro, Roddy Piper told me that he hasn't been around since October because he was waiting for the 'right time.' When he realized that I'm at least as fed up with the nWo as he is, he figured the right time is now.

 It didn't surprise me that Roddy's first order of business was to call out Randy Savage. It didn't surprise me that Savage accepted the challenge. It didn't surprise me that Elizabeth interfered. It didn't even surprise me that Piper countered her interference by grabbing Liz and giving her a smooch on the lips. No one was surprised when Hogan and Nash charged the ring. But when they couldn't decide whether to attack Piper or Savage, things got very unpredictable. While Hollywood and 'Hopeless' were bickering and airing dirty laundry, Sting seized the opportunity and appeared at ringside with bat in hand. Savage attacked Sting, so Nash and Hogan attacked Piper. But if Piper had gone after Sting, then I get the feeling Hogan and Nash would just have soon have mauled Savage.

 In all the confusion, the one thing that was clear is that there's big trouble in nWo land -- really big, as in Giant sized. The Giant came out and cleared the divided nWo out of the ring and stood united with Piper and Sting.

 On Thunder, Bischoff and Hogan tried to convince us that there's no dissension in the nWo but it was transparent that their claim was bogus.

 It only made it worse when Kevin Nash came out and questioned Hogan's decisions and motivations and held Hogan responsible for the decaying state of the wolfpac -- Hall, Nash, and Syxx. (Hall needed time off to take care of a personal matter and Syxx (123 Kid) has been sidelined with a serious neck injury for a long time.)

 Hogan countered that neither of those things is under his control and Nash charged that at the very least there is a problem of trust between himself and Hogan. Hogan denied that and said he'd be willing to team up with Nash right then and there against any two guys in WCW to prove they could still trust each other and work as a team and Nash reluctantly accepted. These guys were shooting some serious live rounds and while they're so busy saying that the nWo started to crumble when I got to WCW or calling Savage the instigator, I think they need to realize that right now the nWo is their own worst enemy.

 The Total Package, Lex Luger, and WCW world champion Sting, were only too eager to accept Hogan's challenge.

 When Hogan and Nash made their way to the ring the big question was whether they were going to watch each other's back or stab each other in the back but they worked surprisingly well as a team. They had little choice, considering the mutual trust between Sting and Luger. Sting had the upper hand over Nash when Savage ran in and smashed Sting, seemingly to save Nash, but all it did was cause a melee that resulted in Hogan and Nash going at it again. I suspect that was Savage's plan. Did he run in to save Nash from Sting or to save Nash and Hogan from reuniting after what might have been a successful team effort?

 The WCW executive committee asked me to be the guy to figure out the answer to that question, to figure out if Randy Savage is nWo, WCW, or just nuts. The best way for me to know where a guy is coming from is to get in the ring with him.

 They scheduled The Hitman vs. Randy Savage for April 2 but then they found out Thunder isn't going to be on that night. In light of that, WCW took the opportunity to bring together a mega card, 'Malice at the Palace,' that will be presented exclusively as a WCW 2hot4TV premier internet event. For more info, go to wcwwrestling.com and while you're there, if you want to see something truly amazing, be sure to check out the Nitro Girls bikini breakout!

 Malice at the Palace has DDP and the Canadian Crippler, Chris Benoit vs. Raven and Saturn in a hard core no-rules brawl. Konnan and Chavo Guerrero will have a Lessons for Young Luchadors match. Eddie Guerrero is waiting for someone to step up to the plate and take his Texas Tough Guy challenge. Juvy and Lizmark Jr. vs. Psychosis and LaParka are the Lucha Daredevils. Bill Goldberg is waiting to see who will try to break his 60-0 winning streak! Flair and Hennig will face off in a 15-ft. high steel cage to prove which of them is the Master of Psychology and Villainy.

 And speaking of great victories, I'd like to congratulate the mighty Calgary Hitmen for layin' a lickin' on the Saskatoon Blades yesterday to win their WHL playoff series 4-2. Way to go boys!

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