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WWF ready for the trash bin
By BRET HART -- for the Calgary Sun
  From this point on, I will do my best to mention the WWF as little as possible or not at all.

 I decided to not even address the complete and utter rubbish that spewed out of Vince McMahon's mouth on Monday Night Raw, which I was glad to see was pre-empted.

 I was not kidding when I said I will not watch that trash anymore and I haven't.

 Instead, I found myself tuning in to the WCW Nitro on Wednesday night. I was very happy to see Ravishing Rick Rude stroll on and talk about the wrongs and rights of professional wrestling.

 Basically, Rude said that he couldn't stay in the WWF anymore, on account of the deplorable way that McMahon and his thieves stole the world title from me.

 I very much appreciated what Rude said, especially since it was the truth. While I did not watch but read a transcript of McMahon's comments, I can't help but shake my head in disbelief when I picture him babbling on about a time- honored tradition and how I wasn't worth the money anymore.

 I will simply say this: I think McMahon is missing the point.

 The fact is, whether I was worth it or not is totally irrelevant. What is is important is he was obliged to pay me a certain amount for a number of years. It's called a CONTRACT. McMahon told me he was going to break my contract. I assume McMahon knew what I was worth when we both signed it.

 Lucky for me, the WCW knows what I'm worth better than he does.

 And about this time-honored tradition stuff ... what does Shawn Michaels know about honor and tradition, having forfeited more titles than any wrestler alive?

 Last but not least, what kind of man wants to hold his integrity up to a light when the whole world watched him and his slimy little cohorts conspire and cheat me out of a world title?

 Please Vince, take this advice, the first rule of holes is: When you're in one, stop digging. I hope I don't need to mention them anymore. I was very interested in my first real viewing of the WCW Nitro show and I was honestly impressed.

 I am now only becoming familiar with the NWO and all I can say is that Hulk Hogan has definitely got himself quite a crew with Kevin Nash (Diesel), Scott Hall (Razor Ramon), Randy Savage, Curt Hennig, Syxx (1-2-3 Kid) and many more. I imagine I would fit in with a bunch like that pretty easily. But unfortunately I have this thing about titles, world titles to be exact.

 This Sunday may be the best way for me to decide whether I am WCW or NWO. The WCW presents World War III, a 60-man three-ring battle royal. The last survivor wins a shot at the WCW heavyweight championship, hold by Hollywood Hulk Hogan. With great wrestlers like Lex Luger, the Steiner brothers, the Giant, Chris Benoit, Sting, Diamond Dallas Page, Ming and many more.

 It will be interesting to see who wins.

 And by the time I get there, just who will be wearing the gold. Live on PPV at 5 p.m. tomorrow.

 It will be an excellent opportunity for all my Canadian fans to get familiar WCW, `cause that's where the big boys play.

 P.S. -- Nitro is on Wednesday mornings at 10:30 and 10 p.m. at night. Let's all get acquainted!

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