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Havoc's special
By BRET HART -- For The Calgary Sun
  Just like the WHL's Calgary Hitmen, Goldberg will do whatever it takes to keep on a winning roll. The momentum that builds with each win fuels the fire to try even harder with each challenge. And just like the Hitmen overcame the naysayers to become the No. 1 team in the league, Goldberg makes no bones about being proud to disprove the stereotype that a 'little Jewish kid' can't grow up to be a big world champion.

 Diamond Dallas Page is out to prove a point of his own. That hard work and perseverance pay off. That the years of experience he has over Goldberg will pay off. That he will be the guy to end Goldberg's winning streak (I stopped counting after 100).

 The fans love Goldberg but, for the first time, there's a growing undercurrent that maybe he's not invincible. That with the dual-edge of experience and the Diamond Cutter, DDP just might be the guy to stop the Goldberg train. There is the distinct feeling that this can go either way.

 After the New York Yankees won the World Series, hoards of fans who had flown in from the East Coast detoured their trips home to experience Halloween Havoc live, in Las Vegas, tomorrow. They know that Havoc has been the pay-per-view that traditionally ends up having the biggest and best matches in wrestling.

 This year's Halloween Havoc is a serious contender for the biggest pay-per-view card of all time and I'm honoured to be a part of it. If that sounds like hype, it's deserved.

 They're calling it the biggest rematch in wrestling history and I don't think that's an exaggeration -- at least until the Hitman ties up some long-standing loose ends.

 Hogan vs. Warrior. The last time that happened was April 1990, at SkyDome. Many consider that to be the day Hulkamania died. I agree. Hulk was gone but Hollywood came back bigger and badder than ever. Hogan's been haunted by the loss to Warrior for over eight years. He's known for the big boot and the leg drop but, that day in Toronto, Warrior still had enough left in him to move out of the way. Thirty seconds later, he was Champ. One miscalculation. Timing just a little off. It was Hogan's mistake that brought down Hulkamania.

 Hogan won't be making any mistakes tomorrow. I was flattered that Hollywood asked me to help him polish up his technical repertoire. After Hogan sparred with the Hitman on Nitro, lots of fans commented that they were surprised because they didn't know Hogan had those moves in him. He does now.

 As far as the argument that both Hogan and Warrior are past their prime, I don't buy that.

 Both of these guys are in much better shape than in '90 because back then they were working for a promotion that put them on a suicide schedule, like circus animals. Now that they have time for things that were prohibited then -- like adequate sleep, eating properly and training right -- the rematch will be on a whole 'nother level, picked up a few notches.

 In fact, the intensity level behind the scenes going into this pay-per-view is incredible. The wrestlers are working out hard and they're psyched up to the point where everyone has butterflies. Even the production people know this is a big one.

 What Hollywood Hogan did to Warrior on Nitro was inspirational to me.

 I go out there and prove, week in and week out, that I am the greatest technical wrestler in the history of wrestling. I get no respect from the fans at Nitro. When Hogan needed technical advice, he came to the Hitman.

 Now that's respect! Tony Schiavonne commented that I don't get respect from the fans because, "you get what you earn around here."

 I earned the U.S. title and it occurs to me that to earn the respect of the fans, I will have to beat the living crap out of Sting tomorrow. I'm going to make sure that this Hitman vs. Sting dream match the fans have wanted for so long will be nothing but a nightmare for Sting. What I am going to do to Sting at Halloween Havoc will haunt him for the rest of his days.

 To own your own advance copy of the A&E documentary, Hitman Hart:Wrestling with Shadows, call 1-800-900-6952 or go to brethartvideo.com.

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