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Truth is Hart of the matter

By GLENN COLE -- Toronto Sun
  There is a little truth in each piece of fiction, including professional wrestling.

So while people continue to grapple over the question of whether Bret Hart really quit WCW on Monday night, know this:

- Hart legitimately is dissatisfied with his lot, feeling he has been misused.

- Hart does have a groin injury which needs time to heal.

- The new Stampede Wrestling promotion, run by two of Hart's brothers, started last night in Calgary.

- Eric Bischoff genuinely seemed annoyed with Hart Monday night.

"Clearly the fans here like him, like him a lot," Bischoff said. "The truth is that in the United States, he hasn't had the reaction that he wants. He didn't get reaction from the crowd when he worked for our competition. He didn't get it when he worked for us. Maybe the problem is not with the other organization or us. Maybe the problem is with Bret Hart."

Someone is not happy with somebody, but time can heal all wounds, right? Stay tuned.

HOGAN CHEERED: Canadian wrestling fans have different tastes than those in the United States. South of the border, they are cheering Ric Flair and Diamond Dallas Page and booing Hollywood Hogan. In Toronto on Monday, it was just the opposite.

The Air Canada Centre show generally was well-received, although there seemed to be a few dead spots when taped segments were shown. There also was that annoying taping for the Jesse Ventura movie. It was a better effort than the Monday Night Raw at the SkyDome in February.

Chris Jericho received a wild welcome, but the crowd turned on him when he dissed Canada.

The best match of the night was the tag-team bout involving Chris Benoit and Dean Malenko, who lost their belts to Kidman and Rey Mysterio Jr.

HERE AND THERE: WCW returns to the Air Canada Centre on Sept. 1 for a Thunder show ... Watch for Paul Wight in a handicap match Monday night on Raw. There is a title change on the show as well ... Did we really have to have the Bossman "hanged" at Wrestlemania? ... Watch for a Steve Austin-Hunter Hearst Helmsley feud in the coming months ... Kind of sad to see that the most attention Pete Rose has had in the past two years is being slammed by Kane at Wrestlemania XV ... Raw had a 7.0 rating in the U.S. for the start of its show Monday night ... Randy (Macho Man) Savage and Kevin Nash were both backstage Monday night at Nitro, as was The Disco Inferno ... On the mend: Mick Foley (aka Mankind, etc.) You shouldn't be surprised ... Goldust is WWF intercontinental champ again ... The Canadian Wrestling Allegiance has a show April 17 at the McCormick Community Centre, 66 Sheridan Ave. Call 392-0742 for more information. Ricky (Soul Man) Johnson, Portuguese star Eduardo Pavao, Joe E. Legend, Dane Jerris and Scott D'Amore are on the card which gets under way at 2 p.m. Tickets are $10 and fans are asked to being a donation of non-perishable food items for The Daily Food Bank ... AWF returns to Cactus Pete's at 462 Birchmount (corner Danforth) next Sunday at 4 p.m. Sherri Martel and Missy Hyatt are featured on the card. There is also a hair-vs.-mask match as Zakk Wylde meets El Fuego Kid ... A memorial service for Earl Sullivan -- the founder of Sully's Gym where many wrestlers have trained, and the Toronto Youth and Athletic Club -- will be held at Parkdale's Ross Craig Funeral Home, 1357 Queen St. W., today 2 to 5 p.m. He passed away last weekend at age 84.

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