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Talking about revolution
By BRET "The Hitman" HART -- For The Calgary Sun
  Fall is in the air, but things are really heating up at WCW.
 Would you believe I'm enthusiastic about the direction the wrestling business is headed? Finally! Nitro has been really good the past couple of weeks and isn't it great to see Stampede Wrestling back on TV?
 There were those who called me a complainer when I spoke up about the decay of TV wrestling.
 You tell me that it's evolution ... we all wanna change the world ...
 They told me the sex and violence was just keeping up with the times. But I agree with Chris Benoit: "Down with evolution -- start the revolution!"
 You say you want a revolution, you wanna change the world ...
 Be careful what you wish for, you just might get it. We've heard this revolution stuff before and sometimes with disastrous results. Need I remind you that's how all that X-rated degenerate stuff started in the first place?
 In the case of brand 'X' wrestling, things went from bad to worse. If it works, don't fix it. Then came the nWo revolution. It wreaked havoc, upended the political totem pole, weeded out dead wood and lit a fire under a lot of young talent.
 It was a fire that burned dangerously out of control. From one week to the next, no one knew who would turn good or turn bad or turn their back or turn it off or turn away, like I did when I quit.
 But when you talk about destruction, don't you know that you can count me out ...
 When I walked out of WCW, it was a wake-up call. I wanted anyone who still cared about wrestling to ask why Bret Hart, a guy who loves wrestling, has it in his blood, would walk away. Actions speak louder than words.
 I'd said plenty of cautioning words on TV about how the wrestling TV shows were turning into something not suited for kids, something I was no longer proud of. I wrote here about how that broke my heart, made me sad -- and mad. The suits didn't listen.
 My instinct triggered an alarm in that place inside where you guard special things. The sirens were screaming that WCW was emerging from the clearing smoke of the disbanded nWo at a critical crossroads ... this close to choosing the wrong path.
 I breathed a sigh of relief when they elected to stay with programming that kids can watch. I don't know how much my quitting had to do with that decision but if it helped in some small way, then I accomplished my purpose.
 You say you got a real solution, well ya know, we'd all love to see the plan ...
 I've come back to WCW to make a difference. I could have come up with valid excuses to stay home but it goes back to the idea that if you're not part of the solution, you're part of the problem.
 All you have to do is watch Nitro to see that a plan is in the works. I'm excited by the huge match-ups already announced for Halloween Havoc -- not only because they're great matches but because the fact that they've been announced this far in advance is a good sign of things to come!
 We've got Psychosis vs. Kidman in a mask-vs.-hair battle. The really interesting thing about this one is that Chavo Guerrero got carried away when he put the mask on the line and Psychosis is pretty darn peeved. The stakes are hardly even since for the Mexicans the mask is tradition but Kidman can grow hair in a few months.
 Goldberg vs. Sid Vicious speaks for itself ... except for this great sign a fan had at Nitro that said, 'The Millennium Man is a Y2K bug!'
 I'm off to Atlanta to be a part of what the pundits are calling the most unlikely and unexpected team in the history of wrestling.
 They're right! Hart, Hogan and Flair --having held more than 30 titles between us --all on the same side, taking on Sting, Lex Luger and Diamond Dallas Page. The odds-makers are predicting that Hogan, Flair and I will never get along long enough to finish the match.
 I can see why they think it's a recipe for disaster. After all, the legendary rivalry between Hogan and Flair spans the history of two promotions! Then again, Hogan and I have unresolved business going back over seven years. And I don't think Flair ever really accepted that I won my first world championship from him.
 Yeah, I can see why the wrestling reporters and the office staff and the fans and even the boys in the locker room are saying that Hogan and Flair and I can't trust each other and heck -- that we don't even like each other. They're all missing the point.
 I believe that Hulk Hogan, Ric Flair and Bret Hart have one powerful thing in common that is so important to each of us that we can put our differences aside.
 We want to make a difference.
 You ask me for a contribution, well, you know, we're doing what we can ...
 ... to bring wrestling back to where ability is rewarded by the promoters and applauded by the fans.
 Hogan, Flair, and Hart. We three ring generals have realized that using that power against each other serves no purpose if we each acknowledge that on any given day, each of us is the best there is, was, or ever will be. But by combining the power of the three biggest names in professional wrestling, we're a force never before seen or reckoned with. A force with the power to save the sport .. or, at least, go down fighting.
 And don't ya know it's gonna be all right.
 Tune in to the six-man tag on Nitro. Watch the show. Let me know if you agree that the show is bigger, better and badder than ever!

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