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Toronto gets an authentic street fight

By GLENN COLE -- Toronto Sun
  It has the potential to be the best independent wrestling card of the summer.

 Tuesday night at the Medieval Times, the Canadian Wrestling Allegiance brings together some familiar names from the past and present in an effort to solidify its foothold in the local market.

 The CWA has persevered and certainly bringing in the likes of ECW star Sabu hasn't hurt.

 This time around, Sabu -- with manager Bill Alfonso -- will battle 2 Cold Scorpio in a $25,000 Toronto Street Fight. Falls count anywhere.

 The second feature on the card has the venerable Jimmy (Superfly) Snuka battling former WWF Intercontinental champion Tatanka, who has been working in Calgary with the revived Stampede promotion.

 Wild Thing meets Larry Destiny for the CWA heavyweight title with Shackles, Bullwhip and Rhino Richards among those also scheduled to appear.

 Bell time is 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $23 and $17.

 Toronto and area is a tough market for the independent promotions, which do not enjoy any part of the 15 hours of local television time devoted to the squared circle. While the RWA, GWN, WWS and a few other promotions have disappeared in the past months, the CWA has shown quite a survival instinct.
 FLUFFY STUFF: As expected, the much-hyped TSN interviews with Vince McMahon and family were off the mark. The McMahons answered what they wanted to, the way they wanted to, and with little or no challenge. TSN fluff and filler.
 HERE AND THERE: Tony Schiavone is expected to return to Nitro next week. Scott Hudson did a good job, but ... Mean Gene Okerlund will retire from the wrestling biz when his WCW contract expires later this year ... The Dudleys are leaving ECW to join the WWF ... There has been all kinds of speculation as to what Chris Jericho's role will be in the WWF. We should have a better idea after this week's Raw. Jericho is a great talent who won't be wasted by McMahon the way he was in WCW ... Minnesota governor Jesse Ventura appears Monday on Raw and tomorrow night on Heat (7 p.m., CTV Sportsnet), Val Venis meets D'Lo Brown for the I-C strap ... WCW continues to take one step forward and two steps back in its effort to regain some of the ground it has lost to the WWF. It now appears that Kevin Nash will regain his heavyweight title in next week's pay-per-view because, apparently, Hulk Hogan has a knee injury. There also is speculation that Nash and Kevin Hall will reform the Outsiders and that Montreal-born Chris Benoit will be getting one of the lesser singles title belts ... One element that has been sorely missed by the WWF: Mankind ... One element that has not been sorely missed by the WWF: Goldust.
 OFF THE TOP ROPE: UCW's card in London, Ont., scheduled for Wednesday, has been postponed until Sept. 15 at Fanshawe College Community Fitness Centre, 1460 Oxford St. E. Bell time is 7:30 p.m. Call (519) 673-5715 for ticket info ... The WWF, which ditched autumn cards in Western Canada, has cancelled a card in Ottawa scheduled for November.
 Glenn Cole's wrestling column appears every other Saturday.