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You can never have enough friends
By BRET 'THE HITMAN' HART -- Calgary Sun

 I've been fortunate enough to have the opportunity to meet quite a few famous people. Most of them were nice. Some of them were jerks. A few of them have become my best friends and one of those is music legend Aaron Neville.

 It was great to see Aaron again and I enjoyed getting back to New Orleans. The food is great and it's a rockin' place to go. He rode with me from New Orleans to Mobile, Ala., and we had fun exchanging road stories, places we've been and all kinds of people we've met along the way. He blew me away when he said he'd met Jimi Hendrix and Otis Redding. Can you imagine?

 Aaron has been a big wrestling fan since he was young and I think he felt it was cool to just hang out with the boys for a couple of days, I guess like I would feel if I played at being a rock star for a weekend. I never know when I'll see Aaron again, but I always look forward to it.

 Speaking of friends that I don't get to see very often, one of my real friends in wrestling is Mick Foley. He's written a book -- and I do mean written, as in he scrawled out 800 pages by hand on notebook paper, mostly during flights and late at night in hotel rooms. I'd like to congratulate him for making No. 1 on the New York Times best-seller list, an honour I'm sure he never dreamed of back when he was still jumping off the roof in Long Island. (By the way, my mom is also from Longuyland, as the local dialect has it.)

 A few weeks ago, I said how The Dynamite Kid put out a good book but, at that point, I'd only skimmed through it and I spoke too soon. It's garbage.

 It doesn't do justice to him or to the people who worked with him.

 Where Dynamite's book is a disappointment, Foley's book is outstanding.

 I haven't finished it yet but I don't think I'm wrong this time. It's fun to read and Mick's humour comes through as someone who has seen a few too many towns -- which is something I empathize with completely. I recommend it as a good Christmas present for anyone on your list who would enjoy a candid, behind-the-scenes-look at one man's story in the wrestling world.

 A while back, I told you that I'd write a book one day. I will. But it isn't 'one day' yet. Meanwhile, I'm still living the saga and I'm more curious than anyone to find out how it ends.

 Like tomorrow. Goldberg will try to take the WCW World Title away from me at Starrcade. I keep thinking of when I recently jumped on his back to lock on a sleeper and he was so big and strong that right there in the middle of the ring I was thinking, 'this must be what it feels like to ride one of those big ol' Brahma bulls at the Stampede.' I tried phoning my dad to ask him how he'd go about tackling him, but, as usual, the line was busy. My son, Blade, 9, was there with me and he asked me why I wanted to talk with Grampy and I told him because I want to come up with the best way to beat Goldberg.

 So he asked me, "Well, are you stronger than Goldberg?" I said 'no.' He asked me, "Are you bigger than Goldberg?" I said `no.' He paused and thought long and hard about that and then with a big ol' smirk, Blade said, "well Dad, then maybe you should cheat."

 Hey, anyone who knows me knows I would never resort to something like that! Me and Blade had a good laugh.

 Where there's a will, there's a way.

 I said on Nitro that Bill Goldberg would not beat me at Starrcade and he's not gonna beat me.

 There will be one hand raised at the end of the match and it will be mine.

 I suppose I'll have a lot of explaining to do next week and I'm looking forward to it.

 In closing, I want to congratulate Dean Clark and the Hitmen for their No. 1 national ranking.

 I hope I can wrestle as well tomorrow as they've been playing lately.

 I decided, at that moment, that regardless of whatever is going on around me in wrestling, I will do everything I can to restore the dignity that the titles have lost.

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