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Champ Nash won't crash

By GLENN COLE -- Toronto Sun
  News and notes from the world of the squared circle, which seems to be widening all the time.

 Big Sexy, Kevin Nash, puts his WCW world heavyweight title belt on the line tomorrow (Viewer's Choice, 8 p.m.) in yet another in a seemingly endless line of pay-per-view events, this time the Bash at the Beach from Ft. Lauderdale.

 Knowing that Nash is the power broker du jour at WCW and has Eric Bischoff's support as the organization's booker, do you honestly think Nash will set himself up for a fall? He may take a pounding, but it would be a shock if Nash does not emerge with his title intact -- provided that Sting holds up his end of their tag team in the battle against Randy (Macho Man) Savage and Sid Vicious.
 BURGER MAYOR: There have been those who have joked about the popularity of Jerry (The King) Lawler, but he is revered in his home town of Memphis. So much so that he is considered the leading candidate in the race for that city's mayor's chair. Lawler possibly running Memphis, Jesse Ventura in charge of Minnesota, Bob Backlund running for Congress in Connecticut. It's mind-boggling ... Bret (Hitman) Hart, who probably could grab the political reins in Calgary, didn't get much of a positive reaction from the folks in the U.S. during his first appearance on Nitro since he "quit" the organization March 29 during a card at the Air Canada Centre ... Goldberg wants more money from the WCW ... Savage and the WCW are being slammed for Savage's attack on Gorgeous George and Torrie Wilson, which was edited out by TSN. Now, wasn't it the WCW which was slamming the WWF for its adult-oriented themes? An athlete beating on a woman, ripping her skirt and throwing her against a wall, simulated or not, seriously crosses the line, moreso than any sexual themes might.
 JERICHO JUMPS: The inevitable happened: Chris Jericho has joined the WWF. No one is quite sure how he will be deployed, but he does make a heck of a heel ... Stone Cold Steve Austin will meet Triple H as part of the SkyDome show two weeks from tonight. There's a pay-per-view in Buffalo the next night, so don't expect too much to happen in the Toronto show ... Glad to see the WWF is using Terry Taylor in some interview roles. It's better than the alternative ... Davey Boy Smith is talking about a return to the WWF, despite the fact his brother-in-law, Owen Hart, died at WWF show in May and the fact the Harts have a lawsuit pending against the federation. Stu Hart has given Smith his blessing.
 IN THE AREA: The AWF will provide the wrestling entertainment for tonight's show at the Opera House, 735 Queen St. E., for the Ring 'N' Ears Wrestlemusicfest. There will be a Canadian King of Hardcore tournament featuring the likes of Bloody Bill Skullion, Sheik Abdul Mustafa, Ms. B. Haven and The Squeegee Kid. The event gets under way at 8 p.m. ... Continental Championship Wrestling has a card in Fergus tomorrow at 2:30 p.m. featuring Sabu vs. Chainz, with Doink the Clown and Bruiser Bedlam also on the card. A week from tonight, at Centennial Arena in North York, Chainz, Disorderly Conduct and Bruiser Bedlam will be part of an eight-bout card. Bell time is 7 p.m. Big Time Wrestling returns to Welland, July 18 at 4 p.m. at Rosevilla Hall, 310 Riverside Dr. Tickets include a pig roast and party with the wrestlers after the show. Midnight Mass battles Chuck Simms in a hardcore match on the card, which also has Killer Kowalski Jr. against Zachary Springate III. Scott D'Amore, Larry Destiny, Otis Apollo and Irish Bobby Clancy also will appear ... Tatanka will be returning to Toronto on Aug. 10 as part of a CWA card at Medieval Times. Also appearing will be Sabu, Too Cold Scorpio and Marty Jeannetty, Shawn Michaels' former Rockers tag-team partner.