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Shrinking brothers
By BRET "THE HIT MAN" HART -- For the Calgary Sun

  It finally happened. A long overdo reunion between me and my brother, Owen. Not that we'd had differences or anything like that. Despite persistent rumors to the contrary, the only difference between Owen and I since we parted ways in the WWF has been our schedules. We never seemed to be in the same place at the same time but it finally happened -- in the most unpredictable of scenarios. We teamed up to film an episode of the hit Disney sitcom, Honey I Shrunk The Kids, in a show with a wrestling storyline. We had a great time with the cast and crew and I hope you have as much fun watching it as we had doing it. I don't know when it will be on TV, but I'll keep you posted.

 Whether you like Hollywood Hulk Hogan or you don't the facts are simple. The man has won thousands more matches than he's lost and he takes the losses very hard. Hogan's biggest loss by far was to The Ultimate Warrior back in 1990 at SkyDome in Toronto. It was the end of an era. The night Hulkamania died. There were tears in the eyes of many who feared that the demise of Hulkamania would end the box office boom that wrestling enjoyed in the 1980s. That was offset by an uneasy excitement at the untested ramifications of the landmark good guy vs. good guy match up on pay-per-view.

 It may well have been the defining moment that eventually lead to the current situation where there really aren't any clear cut good guys anymore.

 The 1980s will always be remembered as Hulkamania's time. For better or worse, the 1990s are shaping up to be the age of the anti-hero. And to drive home that point, the (then) biggest wrestling promoter in the world double-crossed the biggest good guy wrestler in the world, in Montreal. Not exactly the way I envisioned myself going down into the history books. I hope when people look back the screw job won't overshadow my accomplishments. And that the way I carry myself in the aftermath will serve as an example for anyone to whom life deals a cruel and unjust blow. Get up. Dust yourself off and go on.

 Look back only to find strength in your experience but don't dwell on the 'whys' of self pity. Only the guilty should lose time haunted by the sins of yesterday, not the victims.

 Hogan never let go of his loss to Warrior. In his case, it's not a matter of guilt but pride. In many ways, he's earned the right to have a huge ego. The danger in that is when you start actually believing you're Superman and it eats away at you that you lost, even to a worthy victor. I think what's been nagging Hogan for eight years isn't so much that he lost to Warrior, but that Warrior disappeared so fast that Hogan never had a chance for a rematch.

 With the most anticipated rematch in wrestling history a month away, I hope Hogan remembers that he ran out on The Hitman after Wrestlemania 9 much the same way that Warrior vanished. I never lost to Hogan and the details of what happened at Wrestlemania 9 have been dissected here enough that I'd rather not beat a dead horse. The condensed version is that I walked in as champion, my opponent was Yokozuna, and somehow Hulk Hogan left with my title and left the WWF so fast that our scheduled match at SummerSlam never happened. Hogan has carried the weight of his loss to Warrior on his shoulders for eight years. I've waited five-and-a-half years for justice. Alliances and friendships aside, what's right is right and eventually justice will prevail.

 Looking back at the history involved with the heavyweight championship is interesting, but the excitement comes from looking ahead to future challengers.

 It appears that under the managerial auspices of Jimmy Hart, Hugh Morrus had become much more focused. Morrus is a big tough guy but when it came down to getting the pinfall he'd lose focus. Jimmy has Morrus going to a hypnotist three time per week, and although it may sound far fetched based on Morrus' impressive wins lately, Hart's scheme is working. That makes Rick Steiner's win over Morrus, on Thunder, all the more impressive. I'm sure it was cause for brother Scott to intensify his training routine for the brother vs. brother bout at Hallowe'en Havoc. Watch for Hugh Morrus to become a top heavyweight contender.

 Another guy coming into his own is Saturn. He's a stand up guy who is better off standing on his own. Group ties can bind but in the case of the flock, where your individualism is forfeited, they drag you down. Fans tend to look at Saturn as a big, strong guy but they often overlook that he can fly like the best of the Luchadores. He has amazing agility for a big guy and I'm looking forward to watching Saturn fly up the heavyweight ranks to title contention.

 I think wrestling in the 1990s will be remembered as the era when anything could happen -- and did.

 Never say never to the Calgary Hitmen. They're ranked fourth in the country going into the home opener against Lethbridge tomorrow and the new team colors look sharp. They're bigger, better, and badder than ever before and I hope you'll all come out to cheer for coach Dean Clark and the boys when they kick butt.

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