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Hitman ponders his future
By BRET "THE HIT MAN" HART -- For the Calgary Sun

  It seems like the biggest question fans are asking me these days is if I'm going to be in the New World Order (NWO) or WCW. For those of you who don't know yet, the NWO is a rebel alliance that is determined to overthrow the WCW empire. The wrestlers who are in the NWO are actually under contract to WCW, but a peculiar situation exists that allows any WCW wrestler to join the NWO -- if the NWO invites them in. That's mostly made possible by WCW executive vice-president Eric Bischoff, who himself turned on WCW and went to the NWO. With Bischoff in the NWO, if a WCW wrestler "goes NWO", who is going to stop him?

 The NWO was formed, about a year and a half ago by Diesel and Razor when they left the WWF. Hollywood Hulk Hogan is the Godfather-like leader of the NWO, commanding respect from an impressive roster including; Randy Savage (Macho Man) with Elizabeth, Curt Hennig (Mr. Perfect), Kevin Nash (Diesel), Scott Hall (Razor), Syxx (123 Kid) Buff Bagwell, (Konan). Scott Norton and Vincent (Virgil). Whether The Hitman is going to add his name to the NWO roster is something I haven't decided yet. I have this thing about world titles, so whether the Hitman is NWO or WCW depends a lot on what happens at the Starcade pay-per-view on Dec. 28. See, Hogan won the WCW World title from Lex Luger last Aug. 9, bringing the WCW belt to the NWO. They spray painted "NWO" on the belt and made it into the NWO Title. At Starcade, Sting, who has become a symbol of unity for WCW wrestlers and fans who want to stamp out the NWO, takes on Hogan in an attempt to bring the belt back to WCW. If Sting wins, The Hitman may have to go NWO and if Hogan wins, I may have to go WCW. Or I may just try to be a lone wolf, which is something I've been used to since Grade 1.

 A few paragraphs ago, I asked who is going to put a stop to the NWO -- but if anyone can do it, a good place to start would be with Sting! For many years, people have drawn an analogy between Sting in the WCW and The Hitman in the WWF as far as technical ability, longevity, and loyalty. The much-talked-about fantasy match between The Hitman and Sting can finally be reality now that I'm in the WCW or NWO -- and if Sting has the WCW title after Starcade, I'll be coming after him fast! Sting is no stranger to titles and it's fair to say his career in WCW has a lot of parallels to mine in the WWF. Sting has been three-time WCW world champion -- defeating Ric Flair, Lex Luger, and Vader! No small feat! WCW has a United States Heavyweight Title and Sting held that honor twice, defeating Meng (Haku) and none other than Steve Austin! WCW used to have a World International Title -- which ceased to exist back in around '91 when Ric Flair cheated to defeat Sting for that belt. Sting's impressive WCW title history doesn't end there! He teamed with Lex Luger to claim the Tag straps from Harlem Heat (Stevie Ray and Booker T), defeated Mike Rotunda (I.R.S.) for the World Television Title, and captured the one time only WCW European Cup in a one night tournament! Sting's list of accomplishments and honors in WCW goes on and on and I'll tell you what, world title or not, I am looking forward to finally wrestling this guy! Hitman vs. Sting! That's a "mega match" the world has never seen before! But so is Hitman vs. Hogan -- which I've been waiting for since Hogan stole the WWF Title from me (via a non-sanctioned one minute altercation with Yokozuna) at Wrestlemania 9! Retribution is just "too sweet" (as NWO would say). If contracts can be worked out, it would be great if I could challenge the winner of the Hogan/Sting match at Starcade 'cause either way wrestling fans everywhere would finally get to see one of the most anticipated mega matchups of all time!

 It isn't just the big matches that enticed me to sign with WCW. Besides Hogan and Sting, I'd like to get my hands on Savage and Hennig and what about Ric Flair?

 But WCW has so much depth of talent that I really want to wrestle some of their great, young guys and see what they've got!

 What about The Giant? Even though he's only been in the ring for a couple of years, he's amazingly agile for his size and his choke slam finisher is devastating. Then we have the anti-giant in Rey Misterio, Jr. The diversity of his arsenal -- huracanranas, dives -- is amazing, but he's also surprisingly strong, pound for pound and is a throwback to the old Stampede Wrestling days. What about Chris Jericho? Chris was trained right here in the infamous Hart family dungeon and nicknamed himself Lion Heart! He worked Lucha style in Mexico, New Japan style in the Orient and hick style in Tennessee but I'd like to see if he can wrestle Hitman style for me or against me! What about Eddie Guerrero?

 He isn't well liked for forsaking his friends and family -- even beating up his nephew, Chavo, Jr., but he has a winning combination of awesome aerial ability and solid mat skills!

 I could go on and on -- I'm leaving guys out -- and it's refreshing for a change that the Hitman, the fightingest champion of all time, will finally have some new and worthy competition! It'll be a great test and way for me to prove that I'm still the best there is, the best there was, and the best there ever will be.

 Lastly, I want to congratulate my friend Theoren Fleury for having his dream come true having been chosen for the Canadian Olympic team. I know personally what it means to him and I wish him all the best.

 For a guy who doesn't mind carrying the world on his shoulders, I know he'll do us proud.

 Bring us back some gold, Theo!

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