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By BRET "THE HITMAN" HART -- For the Calgary Sun
  Thanks for your letters about the documentary. I sincerely appreciate your feedback. I knew you'd like it. I'd like to thank A-Channel for believing in this project from the beginning, especially Joanne Levy.

 I'd also like to thank my new friends at High Road Productions. They were really great to work with.

 I don't know anyone who would enjoy having a camera crew follow them around for a year but Paul Jay and company made it painless. They were sensitive to the needs of myself and my family and it's a credit to them that even though they were there for many private moments I never felt that they invaded my privacy.

 I never had any doubt that they would deal with me honestly. Their film, Hitman Hart, Wrestling with Shadows is an accurate account that will become required viewing in the wrestling industry, to which it does a great service.

 On Monday, for my match with Chris Benoit. I found myself in the awkward position of wrestling someone that I like and respect.

 He's one of the old Stampede boys groomed in the dungeon by my father, Stu, and my brother, Bruce, and the rest of the Stampede guys.

 I was enjoying a feisty match with The Canadian Crippler but it was unfortunately interrupted when somehow his old groin injury acted up again.

 I tried to revive him but he was out. I tried to be a good sport and do the best I could to help a fellow Canadian.

 I even went and got a chair to prop him up but Dean Malenko got himself all worked up and came rushing out because he felt that he could take better care of Chris than I could.

 I figured I'd just get out of his way as long as Chris was OK but then Malenko's back spasmed and I had to go back and help him too.

 Enter Diamond Dallas Paige.

 What's up with DDP? He's still hobbling around on that bum knee he got in a match with me a couple of weeks ago and yet on Nitro, he dared me not to wait for our U.S. heavyweight title rematch at World War 3.

 Seems to me the only reason he made the challenge is because Bischoff had just fired JJ Dillon and Paige knew there was no one to sanction the match.

 I just left him standing there because it means more to me to demolish DDP when he's at 100% than to beat up a guy with one good leg.

 Paige says he's back and he's jack.

 DDP doesn't know jack.

 The Hitman is more unpredictable than the dreaded Diamond Cutter.

 Diamonds are supposed to be one of the hardest things on Earth but nothing is tougher than a hardened Hart.

 I don't know why the WCW booking committee is upset with me, but they made it clear they are by having me work with Konan.

 Here's a guy that I'd like to beat with an ugly stick except somebody beat me to it. The British Bulldog is sidelined with a back injury and I know he must have burst out laughing when he saw that I had to fight K-Dawg not once but twice in 10 days.

 I was trying to wrestle scientific but after a while, it's sort of catch-as-catch-can with a guy who hasn't seen a bar of soap in so long that his gear stands up on its own.

 If I have to wrestle him again, I'll demand that it's written in the contract that he be deloused.

 Backstage during the matches, I'm usually tied up on the phone doing business or interviews.

 I was talking some serious stuff to a prominent newspaper reporter when I happened to glance at the TV monitor and what do I see?

 A fat, ugly guy in half a dress standing in the ring with a bra on. I hear it was supposed to be an impersonator of The Steiner Brothers mother and that somebody beat up Judy Bagwell.

 I don't know what that's about and I'm not sure I want to know. Rick and Scott are both great guys and I tried asking them what's up, but they're both so riled up that it's beyond talking.

 As much as I tried to talk them out of it, they're going to settle it brother against brother at World War 3.

 Rey Mysterio managed a tough victory over Juventude Guerrera last week and was psyched to face Kidman, but Guerrera rebounded and took the cruiserweight belt from Kidman to assure himself a rematch against Mysterio.

 The thing is that Mysterio is LWO so I doubt this cruiserweight title match will remain a one-on-one contest.

 A couple of years ago, it was Kevin Nash and Scott Hall who founded the nWo and changed wrestling.

 Hall's drinking problem divided their infamous friendship and when all else failed, Nash resorted to tough love as the only answer and tried to beat some sense into Hall at Halloween Havoc .

 Nash left before pinning Hall and I can't see why Hall put Nash through a wall. Nash vows to turn the Outsiders inside out at WW3.

 I still have friends in the WWF who keep in touch but the guy I miss most is my brother, Owen.

 Due to our conflicting schedules, we don't get to see each other much and it was fun to reunite with him in a fictional way on an episode of the hit Disney sitcom, Honey I Shrunk The Kids.

 We had a good time with the cast and crew in an amusing episode with a wrestling story line, Honey I'm Wrestling With A Problem ... and the Chief.

 It gets a little crazy when The Hart brothers come to town for a championship match but when we get injured, Wayne Szalinski steps up to the mat to take on the evil Executioner Brothers.

 Of course he's got just the right invention to help him combat the dastardly duo, the 'Szalinski Robo Wrestler'.

 For a good laugh to start your Sunday, tune in at 7 a.m. on WBN Ch 58 or at 8 a.m. on WSBK Ch.55.

 For a great end to the day, come back at 6 pm and see my rematch with Dallas Paige at World War 3. There won't be any Robo Wrestler to fight DDP and even if I had one, I wouldn't give up the satisfaction of a good fight.

 The thing about Paige is that he's quick and smart and he's got a great arsenal. Then again, look at the guys already on my Hitlist -- Booker, Benoit, Konan, Savage, Piper, Flair, Sting -- just to name a few.

 I hear DDP wants some time off and he's going to get it. At World War 3, DDP will be excellently executed. New alliances will be formed as the field narrows in the 60-man, 3-ring WW3 battle royal. The winner gets a shot at Goldberg's world heavyweight title at Starrcade.

 Who will it be? Find out at World War 3.

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