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On the record
By BRET "THE HIT MAN" HART -- For the Calgary Sun

  Eric Bischoff, head man at WCW, will be on TSN's Off The Record, (Wednesday at 4 p.m., Ch. 25), to set the record straight about the falsehoods spewed by Vince McMahon on that same show last week. This should be interesting ...

 It's become clear to me that my mission in WCW is to dismantle the nWo, brick by brick. That includes the second biggest back-stabbing sell out of all time, Dusty Rhodes. I don't think 'jello man' is up to the challenge anymore so I'll have to make an example out of his protege -- and that's Scott Hall.

 It's not surprising that Dusty's son, the creature formerly known as Goldust, is having a massive identity crisis when you consider that his father practically disowned him to raise up Scott Hall, over a decade ago, in Florida Championship Wrestling. Dusty was the guy in charge of hiring and firing and, with Rhodes as his mentor, Hall did well for himself. After FCW, Dusty and Scott didn't work in the same promotion -- until now. By the time Hall got to the WCW, Rhodes was doing commentary, which the three-time world champion misinterpreted as being pushed aside despite his loyalty.

 Considering all the career advice and breaks he'd given Hall over the years, he went to the nWo co-founder to return the favor. I want to get my hands on Scott Hall and use him as an example of what I'm going to do to the entire nWo, but after Hall sees what I'm going to do to Curt Hennig on May 15, he won't be too eager to accept my challenge.

 I can't believe that Curt Hennig wants to drag this down to grade-school level. What is it he said, "my dad is tougher than your dad," or something like that? The fact is that Stu Hart beat Larry Hennig and Bret Hart beat Curt Hennig. He's just afraid I'll do it again.

 I don't have a bad word to say about Curt Hennig's wrestling ability.

 Hennig is one of the most technically sound guys I've ever fought. He's tough, smart, experienced and he can be cagey as a fox. Curt's good enough that if you make the smallest mistake or your timing is a tiny bit off, he'll seize the moment and take the match away from you. Then again, I'm almost certain Curt would describe me the same way.

 It's because I do respect Curt that I have a problem with him.

 Regardless of whatever feuds we'd had, there was a time Curt and I shared a common goal to preserve the integrity and dignity of this business. For Curt to go nWo was almost as nonsensical a notion as The Hitman trading pink and black for white and black. That's why Hennig was able to pull off one of the greatest swerves in wrestling history. It went like this.

 As Curt Hennig arrived in WCW, Arn Anderson retired. Forced out of ring action when years of bumps and bruises took their toll, Anderson honored Hennig by offering him his spot as the Enforcer of the legendary 4-Horsemen.

 In a highly emotional Nitro interview, both Hennig and Anderson seemed moved by the passing of the torch and even Horsemen co-founder, Ric Flair was teary-eyed.

 Interim commissioner Roddy Piper saw it as the best chance yet for the WCW to regain control over the nWo, so he sanctioned a Horsemen vs. nWo match at War Games '97. Hennig and Flair had teamed up before but their alliance with fellow Horsemen Chris Benoit and Steve McMichael seemed to signal a re-emergence of WCW's oldest stable as a dominant force. The hopes of the entire WCW rode on the Horsemen to finally end the nWo's invasion.

 Hennig entered the cage last and then showed his true colors -- black and white. There had been a secret alliance between Curt and the nWo all along. Their plot was to destroy the 4-Horsemen from within. It worked.

 Hennig and his nWo comrades handcuffed Benoit and McMichael to the cage and then nearly killed Ric Flair by smashing his head with the heavy steel cage door. With Flair hospitalized, Anderson retired, and Benoit and McMichael chained to the cage, that was the demise of the 4-Horsemen.

 To add insult to injury, just days later, Hennig pinned McMichael and brought the U.S. Championship belt to the nWo.

 I watched all this with disgust and wished there was something I could do about it but it happened just before I started working for WCW.

 Over the years, I'd come to respect the staying power of the Horsemen, their solidarity and support rivalling that of the Hart Foundation. Avenging the destruction of the 4-Horsemen was one of the things I most looked forward to when I signed with WCW.

 At Uncensored, I am going to beat some sense into Curt Hennig. I hope he's still 'perfect' enough not to rely on interference from the nWo. Maybe I can turn Hennig around.

 I'd like to see this match be his passage back to the WCW -- and The Hitman's passage into the trust of WCW fans who, I hope, will realize, that The Hitman has come here to help lead the charge against the nWo invasion. I dedicate this match to the solidarity of the WCW and to the memory of The 4-Horsemen, although I suspect they haven't ridden off into their final sunset just yet.

 Speaking of wily ol veterans, it's nice to see Rod Sykes (former mayor of Calgary) in my dad's corner in his bid for decency and fair play in his possible land development project up on Broadcast Hill east of Sarcee Tr.

 Sykes tells me it's the most unfair land treatment he's seen in 30 years and it amounts to 'confiscation without compensation.' What I do know is that my mom and dad have been darn good people here in Calgary for a darn long time and all they really want and deserve is some fair play.

 My dad has always said that his land was his pension plan and unfortunately that's about all that's left. I don't like to see my parents hurt and it's just not right to see them taken advantage of. I'm confident I'll see some fair play from the city council and that the right things are done. I hope the city knows that with Rod Sykes in Stu's corner, they're in for a grand old knock-down drag out.

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