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Homecoming
By BRET "The Hitman" HART -- For The Calgary Sun
  Monday Nitro.

 Did you notice that if you time it right, Monday Nitro sounds a whole lot like Monday Night Raw?

 We'll probably never know the reason for the rhyme. Especially when we get it on Wednesday in Canada. It's a cryin' shame they haven't been able to get a spot to air it live in Canada -- yet. They're working on it. They found out that they underestimated Canadian wrestling fans. They didn't figure on so many of you and they had no idea how loyal and devoted you are to wrestling.

 And to me.

 They ain't seen nothin' yet.

 WCW's long-awaited Canadian adventure is about to begin. In two days, Nitro comes to Toronto.

 Ring trucks are on the way.

 Wrestlers are dusting off their passports.

 Heenan is practicing Canuck jokes.

 Schiavone is thinking of another dozen ways to say my groin injury is phony. Let's see what he says when me and my phony groin injury show up in Toronto -- along with 20,000 of my friends.

 The Air Canada Centre sold out in under three hours and many fans will drive longer than that to be there. Live. They're on a mission to make a point.

 What's the point? If you're missing the point, I'm sure the crowd in Toronto will make it perfectly clear to you -- and especially to WCW. If you're missing the point, tune into Nitro and allow me to elaborate. This is the first time WCW has been to Canada since I joined the company, over a year ago.

 What better time, what better place, for me to make a point -- or two?

 What happened to the big Canadian tour? Beats me. After Monday night, they won't want to leave.

 How many World title shots have I gotten? Exactly none.

 I've defended a world championship all over the world: Canada, U.S., U.K., Germany, United Arab Emirates, South Africa, Japan, India, Italy ... and everywhere in between.

 Ric Flair can't say that. Hulk Hogan can't say that.

 Neither of them ever did that. How do you call a guy a world champion when 99% of his matches are in the States? Yet, after 15 months in WCW, I haven't had one title shot.

 Everyone knows I left the WWF as champion. You'd think the WCW champion would want to seize a rare opportunity knowing a victory over the Hitman is the closest he'll ever come to the politically impossible Unified World Championship. But no.

 Not one title shot.

 Question: If all of WCW's matches are in the U.S., then what's the difference between the U.S. title and the world title?

 The last time I wrestled in Canada was in Montreal, (November 1997) -- and we all know what happened there. The WWF was to blame for what happened that night. Who's to blame for what's happened since?

 I came to WCW to build on my reputation, not to destroy it.

 You don't want to miss this Nitro.

 Another thing you don't want to miss is the Hitmen. My plane got in just in time to make the first game of the playoffs and all I can say is that the Calgary Hitmen are playing like a well-oiled machine. You can see the pride in their eyes, the jaunt in their strides.

 This is the stuff that heroes are born from. It's reaffirming. Their tenacity is inspirational.

 So, too, was the courage of Muhammad Ali for having the conviction to defend the honour of the entire boxing community by speaking out against the apparent fix on the Lewis/Holyfield fight as a black eye to the sport.

 I believe I know the feeling.

 'Meet the new boss

 He's the same as the old boss ...

 Won't get fooled again ...'

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