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Wild weekend in Tinseltown
By BRET "The Hitman" HART -- For The Calgary Sun
  I guess for most people day- to-day life becomes routine.

 But for me, no matter how hard I try to plan some routine in my days, the best I've been able to come up with is a sort of organized chaos.

 As last weekend was approaching, I had it set in my mind to find a little peace and quiet. I made a point of returning all my calls and wrapping up loose ends by Thursday so that I could sort of disappear for a few days.

 After a few hours of quiet, I was annoyed to find that I hadn't found solitary bliss at all because something was nagging at me.

 For a week or so I'd had this itch to just get on a plane, show up wherever WCW had a show, walk into the locker room, lace up my boots, and wrestle.

 And on Friday morning I decided to just go ahead and do it.

 I didn't really understand it. Maybe it's like that thing they say where if you fall off a horse, the longer you wait to get back on, the harder it is.

 Something in me was urging me "now or maybe never".

 I'm not sure what my motivation was, but all I know is that I threw my stuff in a suitcase to leave for California.

 That's when Eric Bischoff called. Call it coincidence or call it fate. Eric said he was in a bind because some of the top guys were out of action for the matches and would I consider helping him out by wrestling on those non-televised 'house' shows.

 I heard myself agreeing even before I'd thought about it. Since Owen's death, Eric Bischoff has been very fair and decent to me and I thought that wrestling for him when he's in a bind would be a good way to express my gratitude.

 Eric wasn't asking me to fight, he only wanted me to go out to the ring and do an interview.

 I had other ideas.

 It occurred to me that these house shows would be a great opportunity for me to make a return to the ring without the added pressure of millions of people watching around the world on TV.

 As it turns out, I wrestled fine. But you'll never guess with who.

 As soon as I landed in L.A., I hooked up with some friends there -- Debra Wilson, Will Sasso, and Brian Hart, from Mad TV and Bonnie Piatela from The Simpsons.

 I didn't have much time before the matches, so off we went to the L.A. Forum in a car train. I was in the car with the gang from Mad TV when suddenly I realized that it would be almost impossible for me to sneak into the back door of the arena, thousands of fans outside, with this strange, assorted group of personalities.

 I wanted to surprise everybody -- including Eric -- who had no idea what I really had in mind.

 I went down to the ring to do my interview ... the interview where Eric suggested I fill the fans in on when I might be back.

 That's exactly what I did. Only no one knew that I was going to announce that I'd wrestle right there, that very night. And no one knew that I was going to ask if I could have the one match that's eluded me over the years: Hitman vs. Hulk Hogan.

 The crowd went nuts and Hogan came out and said that he'd only wrestle me under one condition -- that it be a title match.

 And so we had one heck of a fight. It went back and forth and the crowd cheered us both on and it felt great. Until Hennig's posse and Sid Vicious came in and interfered just when I was about to put Hulk Hogan in the sharpshooter.

 Sting and Goldberg ran in to lend a hand since it was five-on-two and it ended up with all the heroes in the ring. Hogan and I even shook hands. The crowd loved it, I loved it and Hogan said it was a blast too.

 On the plane home, I made a decision about returning to wrestling. It's no longer 'if', but `when'.

 As for Davey Boy Smith's recent statements in the Sun, I'll have a lot to say about a lot of things when the time feels right.

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