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WCW needs big T.O. show

By GLENN COLE -- Toronto Sun
  The arena will be full.

There will be a flood of memories.

But will the wrestlers from Atlanta-based World Championship Wrestling be able to win back the fans it has lost to the World Wrestling Federation?

For the first time since April 1993, WCW will invade this market next Monday and, unlike the previous time when fewer than 10,000 were at the SkyDome in a card lost in the excitement of a Maple Leafs' playoff run, the guns should be blazing.

As was the case with Raw is War, the card will not be released in advance, but all of the top stars are scheduled to be here including 14-time world champion Ric Flair, Bret Hart, Goldberg, Chris Jericho and Chris Benoit.

WCW is coming off one of its best pay-per-views in a while after Flair's win over Hollywood Hogan at Uncensored.

One guy who is not expected to be here is Scott Steiner. It seems that Big Poppa Pump ran afoul with the law and will be serving a 10-day jail term after an altercation with an official with Georgia's department of transportation. He also was fined $25,000.

Tickets still remain for the WCW's show in Kitchener a week from Tuesday.

VENIS SHOCKED: De-Generation X now has two belts in its camp -- the Road Dogg holds the WWF's intercontinental title after an upset win over Val Venis on Monday and Billy Gunn captured the Hardcore title after taking care of Bob Holly. Both belts will be on the line on Sunday Night Heat and there may be new title holders.

Regardless, there will be a four-way battle for the I-C strap at Wrestlemania with Road Dogg, Venis, Ken Shamrock and Goldust all involved. A three-way match for the Hardcore title featuring Gunn, Holly and Al Snow also will be settled during the WWF's premier event.

Monday's Raw will feature a bout between Steve Austin and Paul Wight, the idea being that Wight will soften up Austin for his title shot against The Rock next Sunday at Wrestlemania.

Owen Hart and Jeff Jarrett will have to defend their titles against the winners of a tag team battle royal an hour before Wrestlemania gets under way at 8 p.m. (Viewer's Choice) from Philadelphia's First Union Center. Cost for the card is $34.95 plus tax.

HERE AND THERE: There often are requests for independent wrestlers' addresses and pictures. Unfortunately, these are not available ... Jericho has been dropping hints he will jump to the WWF from WCW this summer ... Benoit visits TSN's Off The Record on Tuesday at 6 p.m. ... Edge, Christian, Test and Venis will be appearing at BCE Place starting at noon on Thursday. Fans are asked to bring non-perishable items for the Daily Food Bank for a chance to get autographs ... Worth a listen: The wrestling show on The Fan 590 at 1 a.m. on Monday mornings ... The wrestler known as Kurt Von Hess, a classic villain in his day, passed away in Hamilton recently.