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Take note, Vince!
By BRET "The Hitman" HART -- For The Calgary Sun
  The boxing world is saddened by the death of super-middleweight Randie Carver. Carver was 25. It happened in Kansas City.
 The show did not go on.
 The fans did not riot.
 So much for Vince McMahon's lame excuse that he had no choice but to go on with the show as soon as they wiped Owen off the mat or else the fans would riot.
 Only an idiot would believe that.
 Vince is a lot of things, but he's no idiot. I don't even think he believes the fans would have rioted It's a pathetic attempt to blame the wrestling fans for his own tasteless decision to continue the show. An insult that the fans don't deserve. I've heard from fans who were there when Owen was dropped to his death and they were revolted that the show went on. In fact, a lot of people left.
 And I take exception to Vince's cowardly statement that Owen would have wanted the show to go on. Who is he to talk for my brother? Owen would not have wanted the show to go on.
 I applaud the dignified way that the fans in Kansas City handled the Randie Carver tragedy. They've proved my point that McMahon's riot story is a cop out that uses the fans as his scapegoat. McMahon didn't even have enough respect for the live audience to tell them that Owen was dead. They heard about it on their car radios driving home from the matches, while the replay of the show was already on TV.
 The show didn't just go on. It went on -- twice.
 Enough said.
 A lot of people have kindly commented to me that I've come back in great shape. I don't mind admitting that I've worked hard at it. I'm not a kid any more, but I wasn't going to come back huffing and puffing with my belly bulging and my tongue hanging out like a panting dog, as some wrestlers recently have. (I had a legitimate injury with surgery and the scars to prove it.)
 It turns out, I'm feeling strong and my conditioning is good and I'm more amazed about that than anybody considering that not long ago I wondered if I'd ever lace up my boots again.
 I've been criticized by some for taking the business too seriously and for a while I started to think maybe they were right, but they're wrong.
 It's not that I take it too seriously but that some wrestlers don't take it seriously enough any more. I'm not going to lower my standards because some guys got lazy and lowered theirs.
 But no matter how much you work out, a bat is a bat and I got whacked by Lex Luger two days in a row. I ran down to the ring to help Hulk Hogan out of an ambush at Fall Brawl and Luger hauls off and busts me in the back with Sting's bat.
 What the heck is Luger's problem? And then he goes and smashes me in the face with it on Nitro. I ended up with a stitch or two inside my mouth. It's not a big deal, but I have to sit out for about a week or the stitches could open up.
 The worst part of it is that it made it tough to do a video that I'd been scheduled to tape on Tuesday.
 You'll never guess what video it was. Then again, I'm more surprised than anyone when I think of the wacky, off-beat stuff I've done on TV.
 I dressed up like a lovesick Viking in a funny horned hat who ran around the jungles of South Africa in search of Valhalla (and bug repellent). I was a bar room brawling mountain man who rode stagecoach shotgun.
 I saved the day for Montgomery Burns by buying his creepy mansion when he went broke.
 I co-starred with Paul Brandt in a country music special, which is funny because I'm anything but a country music star. I've waited six years to get in the ring with Hulk Hogan -- and then when I do, I'm tagged up with him!
 And now, in the latest adventure, I somehow found myself featured in a hip-hop music video with The Rascalz.
 The song is from the soon-to-be released Wrestling With Shadows CD that, as it turns out, ends up having nothing to do with the documentary of the same name, other than that Paul Jay, the director of the documentary, watched us make the video and he said it looks like it's going to be good.
 It all started with the idea that we'd put out a CD of songs that I listened to a lot while the documentary was being filmed.
 That didn't happen because of snags getting releases to use the songs.
 So it's turned into an upbeat collection of new tunes and it's been a fun project that I think you'll like.
 One thing I know is that my son, Dallas, who is a big Insane Clown Posse fan, will be blown away when he sees me rapping with the Rascalz.
 So in October Hitman fans should keep their remotes handy and do a lot of channel hopping. My video with The Rascalz will debut on Much Music or you can switch to TNN and see me and Paul Brandt. Maybe I'll get a new reputation as the rapping cowboy or something. Then again, maybe not.
 And as for Sting and Lex Luger, since they like to play with bats so much when I get back I'll step right up to the plate and show them what hardball is all about.

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