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Alphabet soup in the WWF
By BRET "THE HIT MAN" HART -- For the Calgary Sun

  With the injury list in the WWF getting longer by the day, the WWF's In Your House lineup at the Saddledome is being shuffled around again.
  The uncertainty is adding mystery and intrigue to an already exciting event.
  Among those scheduled to appear at the WWF's IYH are L.O.D., N.O.D., D.O.A., and U.T.. That should be a challenge to the ring announcer.
  Some of the most unlikely matchups are bound to take place and guys who were waiting for their chance just might get it sooner than later. Take Billy Gunn, for example.
  Rockabilly grew up around the rodeo circuit and always dreamed of being a part of Stampede. I doubt he ever thought his Stampede debut would be in the wrestling ring. Rockabilly is so psyched up that he's signed an open contract just so he can be on the card next Sunday. No word yet on who his opponent will be.
  I didn't tell Billy this, but I heard the Honky Tonk Man really is going to bring an outsider into the WWF as his protege. It seems the plan is to turn this mystery man against Rockabilly to get even with him for smashing his alleged family "hair-loom" guitar. I don't have confirmation on that but one thing I do know is that The Hitman is the one who smashed Honky's precious heirloom to bits back in '89.
  Something doesn't smell right here, and I don't mean the Godwinns dressing room. Have you caught the stale attitude on Henry "Oh-God-Win" lately?
  Looks like that neck injury he got from L.O.D. has turned him into a real pain in the neck.
  Speaking of L.O.D., there's no disputing these guys are one of the most brutal tag teams ever. Hawk and Animal have devoured all the toughest tag team competition in the world but I think they should stop saying they're the best tag team because they never beat the original Hart Foundation.
  Seems to me L.O.D. vs. Hitman & Anvil is a long overdue fight and I think it would be pretty awesome to team up with Jim one more time. I've never known Hawk and Animal to back down from a challenge so here it is.
  If L.O.D, Goldust, Austin, and Shamrock can get past The Hart Foundation next Sunday then me and Jim the Anvil Neidhart will resurrect the original Hart Foundation and challenge L.O.D. for the title of best tag team there is.
  In the wake of Ahmed Johnson inexplicably aligning himself with his nemesis Nation of Domination, he's blown a knee and has had surgery. The circumstances surrounding Ahmed's injury have been kept quiet, but rumblings are that Crush's D.O.A. (Disciples of the Apocalypse) may have had something to do with it.
  Word is that Crush felt that when Faarooq fired the entire N.O.D. -- with the exception of Di-Lo Brown, saying it would make for a much blacker Nation, Ahmed would join D.O.A. to take a stand against N.O.D's black supremacist racism. But wait a minute. Did Ahmed sell out or is this all part of D.O.A.'s M.O.?
  Having Ahmed on the sidelines was good news for the big man Vader, who has now been given the shot for the WWF world title against Undertaker this Sunday at In Your House. My respect for U.T. went down the drain after he interfered in my cage match with Sid and cost me the WWF title he's wearing.
  Of all the injuries in the WWF lately I think the worst one was the dent in Big Jim Neidhart's ego after he got decked by Thomas Hitman Hearns.
  I was only playing around with Hearns. The guy has known for years that I respect him as a fighter. I was trying to rib the guy and get him to jump in the ring with me. I figured Jim would know better than to take things as seriously as he did.
  It's commendable the way Anvil jumped right in there to watch my back, but ended up on his back. It's pretty hilarious that the Big Anvil unintentionally ended up bearing the brunt of my joke. But Jim didn't think it was so funny. In the end we were both laughing about it, but I suspect Jim will find a way to have the last laugh. I wouldn't expect anything less from ole' Anvil - and that's what worries me.

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