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Sundays Heat up

By GLENN COLE -- Toronto Sun
  Think there is enough wrestling on television? Think there is too much?

Well, there soon will be another show to join what seems to be a never-ending list. Sunday Night Heat, introduced by the WWF as an experiment on the USA network a few months ago, is coming to Canada.

CTV Sportsnet, which had avoided WWF programming in its early stages, has added it to its schedule beginning May 30 at 7 p.m.

Heat has become a hot property on Sunday nights in the U.S., which obviously is why it still is on the air. Sportsnet recently added WWF Livewire to its Saturday-night schedule, as well. But its debut has been pushed back to Saturday, June 5, despite what some TV listing might say.

Wrestling is reaching new heights in U.S. television ratings almost every week. WWF Raw drew an incredible 8.2 rating this past Monday, although it was unopposed by WCW Nitro, which was pre-empted for the NBA playoffs.

The WWF Smackdown special drew a solid 4.0 two weeks ago on the UPN network, which apparently will have the show on Tuesday nights this fall.

MAD DOG HAS BITE: Maurice (Mag Dog) Vachon, looking hale and hearty, and his brother Paul (The Butcher) Vachon, will be the focus of Wrestling With The Past on The Comedy Network on Wednesday at 9 p.m. It takes a light-hearted look at wrestling in the 1950s, '60s and '70s, which was much different than what folks are watching today.

Killer Kowalski, Gene Kiniski and Baron von Raschke, who was Mad Dog's tag-team partner, are among those featured on the program which was written and produced by John Dolin in association with The Comedy Network.

NASH NEW CHAMP: No surprise, Kevin Nash is the new WCW champion, trying to undo the ratings disaster caused during Dallas Diamond Page's title reign.

Nitro is being pre-empted by the NBA playoffs and many feel it is a chance for the WCW to regroup to try to make a better run at the WWF, which has won the ratings war for the past 26 weeks.

It may be time for the WCW to start fully developing the likes of Dean Malenko, Chris Benoit, Chris Jericho and Billy Kidman, instead of relegating them to secondary status.

Even the return of Sting has done little to lift the ratings, although he has been wildly received at house shows. As well, Ric Flair, Randy Savage, Hulk Hogan and friends clearly are not as over-the-hill as they once were.

Bret Hart un-quit this past Sunday, not that anybody in the U.S. really cares, and Goldberg suffered an ankle injury when the Hitman attacked.

HERE AND THERE: Veteran wrestler Joe Leduc passed away recently. He was 55 ... Watch for the Steve Austin-Triple H match this Monday on Raw (TSN, midnight) ... George (The Animal) Steele is the headliner at the AWF's show tomorrow at Cactus Pete's, 462 Birchmount Rd. Bell time is 4 p.m. Steele will battle Ms. B. Haven, who defeated Jim Fury two weeks ago in St. Catharines to take the belt. The Iceman and his tag-team partner Black Eagle square off against the team of Access Denied for the Quebec tag-team titles.