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Videos don't lie about ring sins
By BRET "THE HIT MAN" HART -- For the Calgary Sun

  How long have I been saying there should be video replays in pro wrestling?

 It's amazing the lengths you have to go to sometimes. If you can't get something done through the front door, then find the back door.

 Randy Savage avoided fighting me for years, so I helped Hollywood Hulk Hogan take the belt away from him knowing that Savage would challenge me. Then I sucker-punched Roddy Piper because I knew he'd make himself referee. With Piper in a dual role as ref/commissioner, all I wanted to do was get him to review the video tape. For five years I've been fighting for a videotape rule. It doesn't really matter to me that Piper reversed his decision on my Slamboree win over Savage. What matters is that by using video replay to change his decision, Piper has established a precedent. Now, any time a guy gets jumped, cheapshotted, ambushed, double teamed or screwed -- every time a referee gets knocked out -- the commissioner should review the videotape and hand down his decision. Of course, Commissioner J.J. Dillon will try to find a way to squirm his way out of it on a match-by-match basis, but that'll be difficult without antagonizing Piper.

 Hollywood Hulk Hogan suggested that it will be fun for us to team up against Savage and Piper at The Great American Bash pay-per-view and I couldn't agree more. For those of you who are confused about why I'd team with Hogan, get with the program. Is it because Hulk Hogan is the most-recognized wrestler of all time? Or because Hulk Hogan has made more money than any wrestler ever? Or because it's a good idea to keep your friends close but your enemies closer? Pick one.

 With a record of 89-0, a lot of guys consider Bill Goldberg to be the enemy. The wrestlers have been studying videotapes looking for Goldberg's flaw. They ask me if I see it. Maybe, but I'll keep that to myself until I have the opportunity to get in the ring with him. I guess Curt Hennig thinks he's spotted the fatal flaw because he's challenged Goldberg to a match at Great American Bash. As technically proficient as Hennig is, I don't know if he can overcome Goldberg's weight advantage. I'm confident that Hennig will be able to outmanoeuvre him and keep him in the ring longer than what's usual for Goldberg. The longer he's out there, the better the chances of spotting that flaw.

 The title fights in WCW have been happening so hot and heavy that sometimes it's hard to keep up!

 Fit Finley barely managed to retain the TV Title in an intense match against Chris Benoit at Slamboree. Both guys switched back and forth between brawling and technical mat wrestling and they even managed to throw in high-risk, high-flying manoeuvres. Booker T. appeared at ringside and Benoit was distracted enough by his nemesis that Finley whacked him with a baseball slide to set up a tombstone piledriver and the pin.

 Bill Goldberg finally made a mistake when he accidentally punched the ring post. Saturn took advantage of the rare moment of vulnerability and attacked with a swinging neckbreaker, a Gargoyleplex and a springboard dropkick off a chair. Showing amazing resilience, Goldberg stunned Saturn with the head spear when he attempted another springboard and then came the jackhammer.

 The biggest rasslin' match to hit these parts in a long time was the Super Sumo Spectacular at Cowboys last night. Owner Paul Vickers had his hands full refereeing the epic battle when I teamed up with Hitmen coach Dean (Mad Dog) Clark to answer the challenge so boldly and recklessly thrown out by Deep Six Eric Francis and Gerry (The Animal) Forbes. We got a great jump start on Hitmen season ticket sales and the $500 winner's purse, donated by Vickers, goes to charity. I reckon these here media boys thought it was gonna be a dang show. That just goes to show what happens when you mix rasslin' and hockey and besides ... they knew we had to win!

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