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King of the Ring will be fun!
By BRET "THE HIT MAN" HART -- For the Calgary Sun

  Maybe it's just me but it seems like this year there's more hoopla about the singles and tag matches at King of the Ring than about the tournament itself!
  By now most of you have heard that, as much as I would like to break Boy Toy's jaw (so that it would be wired shut for a while!), the powers that be won't give me the required medical approval to fight him at King of the Ring.
  I'll admit I was a bit disappointed about not being able to administer Boy Toy some sobering punches but, as it turns, out I'm just tickled pink about it now. You see, Brian Pillman was scheduled to kick Stone Cold Steve Austin's sorry butt but, out of the goodness of his hart, he stepped aside so that unwilling tag partners Stone Cold and Boy Toy can rip each other apart!
  I wanted a close-up view of my two biggest opponents destroying each other so I'm going to be right there at ringside doing commentary and cheering them both on! In fact, I might just decide to be an announcer for the entire pay-per-view!
  I'm fed up with all the mamby-pamby politically correct commentary from Vince McMahon. I'm going to enjoy having a live mike for three hours to just tell it like it is! There won't be any of this nonsense about how this is Boy Toy's first pay-per-view since his contrived knee injury. If anyone is hurt it's Austin, who claims to have eroded vertebrae in his neck. On second thought, isn't it strange how that information comes from an unnamed doctor from none other than San Antonio?
  I still want to know what happened to Austin's promise to wipe the floor with Ken Shamrock after WM13. When he realized it might end up being the other way around, Austin's stone's got so cold it's like he's caught just a touch of shawnitis. You know, that's when you think your opponent might have a good chance at winning so you refuse to get in the ring with him and that way no one can say you lost the match.
  What is with Undertaker? I don't mean to minimize Taker's victories over Stone Cold's wrestling arsenal or Mankind's maniacal threshold for pain but hey, Taker hasn't put the belt on the line enough to even qualify for consideration as a "fighting champion."
  It might be that Undertaker is distracted because he's become the victim of emotional blackmail perpetuated by the Devio us Paul Bearer. What could be so awful a secret that the dead man from the dark side would allow Uncle Paul to accompany him at King of the Ring?
  Especially when tomorrow night Taker will face his toughest challenge yet when he defends the WWF Title against Faarooq and the entire Nation of Domination! I don't think Faarooq should ever have announced that he think's there's been some conspiracy by the WWF not to have a black champion.
  Now if he wins there will, no doubt, be some narrow- minded people who will think he's just the token black. On the other hand, if he loses, I hope Faarooq doesn't resort to using his racial conspiracy idea as an excuse.

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