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It'll be a horror show for Luger
By BRET "The Hitman" HART -- For The Calgary Sun
  I can't wait to get my hands on Lex Luger at Halloween Havoc tomorrow. This match has been a long time coming.

 Anyone who saw me lock up Luger at the Saddledome a few years ago will tell you that it was one heck of a battle. But it's nothing compared to what's in store for him tomorrow at the Halloween Havoc pay-per-view.

 The last time I fought Luger, one-on-one, we had this mutual respect thing going. I've always had respect for Luger both as an athlete and for being a level-headed guy. Lex Luger is a guy you can never take lightly in the ring.

 He can grab a win from anyone any day of the week. He has the distinction of being the only guy I have ever submitted to -- and I didn't begrudge him that win. I respected him for it. The times that I beat Luger, he's always shaken my hand when we got back to the dressing room. Until now.

 Unfortunately it's obvious that when the former lady known as Miss Elizabeth took Luger's name away from him -- his identity, asking that he be known as The Total Package from now on, it has changed something in Lex Luger. Luger hasn't always been Mr. Nice Guy and that's OK because this business has a way of bringing out the good and the bad in anybody.

 But the bat has got to go.

 There's no place for a bat in pro wrestling. Do we really have to wait for something tragic to happen and then people will lament about how senseless it was?

 When Luger bashed me in the mouth, I took a few stitches. Then it was shots to my ribs. Last Monday, he smashed my shin.

 I can't believe there are actually fans who e-mailed me (HITMANclub@aol.com) wanting to know why I tapped out. Hey, the next time a strong guy slams you in the shin with a bat as hard as he can, then talk to me about it. Why would I risk my whole career on winning the one match -- even if it was the title shot? Of course, I'd like to become world champion for the sixth time . But after I do, I'd like to be able to defend it against the toughest opponents, not skip out with a bum leg.

 I'd say it was decent of Sting to come out and offer me a title shot but it unfortunately turned out there was nothing noble about it, since he knew his buddy was watching his back so he couldn't lose. What I want to know is, since when does Sting feel he needs an insurance policy?

 Besides, Sting must have heard me wrong. What I said on Nitro last Monday is that I want to wrestle Hulk Hogan -- and Sting walked out there and said he was going to give me what I came to WCW for -- a title shot. A title shot is one thing but a bat shot to the shin is another.

 As far as Hogan goes, anyone who saw his attitude on Nitro knows there's something more to it than meets the eye. I'm just not sure what it is. I called him a couple of times but he didn't get back to me, which isn't like him. Something's up. It'll be interesting to say the least when Hogan faces Sting for the world title at Havoc tomorrow. They've had three mega-matches in the last few years and Sting has claimed victory each time --always with the controversial endings. But this time Hulk is red and yellow. No doubt bat boy will be waiting to pounce, so this one is completely unpredictable.

 In what they're calling a Generation Match, Diamond Dallas Page takes on Nature Boy Ric Flair. There is no way this can be anything but a brutal battle but I'm not sure what it proves. Page is one of the best of his generation and Flair is one of the best of all generations.

 As far as Goldberg vs. Sid Vicious, having this mammoth collision in California is making earthquake predictors uneasy.

 Wrestling pundits have suggested that Vicious has the advantage because he has so much more experience than Goldberg but I say never, ever underestimate Goldberg. He played along with Sid's head games and remains focused. Meanwhile, Sid seems blind with rage.

 So there you have it, pay-per-view, match after match, that is too close to call. Even if it is live from Vegas, I wouldn't gamble on picking the winners but it's a sure bet this will be a great show to check out.

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