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WWF tribute to Hart showed class

By MR. X -- Ottawa Sun
  PARTS UNKNOWN -- It still seems like a bad nightmare or a WWF stunt that took it too far.
 But it was all too real. Owen Hart is dead. And the wrestling world mourns the loss of one of the sport's true nice guys, a talented, lovable overachiever out of Calgary.
 Hart fell to his death during the WWF's Over the Edge pay-per-view last Sunday night. Wrestling as the Blue Blazer, Hart was to be lowered to the ring by a harness and wire. Something went wrong and Hart landed full force with the side of his face on a turnbuckle.
 The WWF has been roundly criticized for continuing the show, but the following night's RAW is WAR program was a beautiful tribute to Hart. It was the most memorable RAW, perhaps ever, with no gimmicks and no outrageous interviews ... only heartfelt sympathies from Hart's extended wrestling family and several straight-ahead matches.
 Especially emotional were Mark Henry, Hunter Hearst Helmsley and Jeff Jarrett. But the whole WWF troupe deserves kudos for an exceptional night which ended with Stone Cold Steve Austin in the ring saluting a still photo of Hart, raising two cans of beer into the air and clicking them together before taking a swig.
 It's never easy saying goodbye to someone you love. And the wrestlers did it with class and remarkable composure.
 We'll miss you Owen.
 WWF BITS: The Ottawa show scheduled for tomorrow has been postponed to the night of July 1. Tickets for tomorrow's show will be honoured for the new date ... Lost in Sunday's horror was the crowning of The Undertaker as new champion, thanks to some help from Shane McMahon with a quicker three count than it took for the Sabres to knock the Senators out of the playoffs this year. Look for The Undertaker to confront Austin with "a higher power" during the next RAW, taped this past Tuesday. Also look for the debut of Beaver Cleavage (formerly Headbanger Mosh) ... According to Rick Scaia's fine Online Onslaught website, the Insane Clown Posse is due back in the WWF in June to provide a push for an evil clown character (Headbanger Thrasher) ... OSR 1200's Sports Doctor will air an Owen Hart tribute today from 9-10 a.m., with listeners invited to call in. A tape of the show will be sent to Hart's family.
 AROUND THE WCW: The WCW paid tribute to Owen, too, with the bell tolling three times and a few brief words. Classy move ... WCW was pummelled in the Monday ratings ... In a surprise (and welcome) move, Chris Benoit and Dean Malenko turned on Four Horsemen mate Ric Flair to side with Rowdy Roddy Piper. Flair walked the walk with Diamond Dallas Page and Bam Bam Bigelow ... What's up with Randy Savage? He belted out Take Me Out to the Ballgame Tuesday at Wrigley Field.

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