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WWF undertakes new twist

By GLENN COLE -- Toronto Sun
  Wanting to make an impact in its debut on the UPN network, the WWF unveiled its latest plot line.

Now longer do we have the Ministry of Darkness. It's now the Corporate Ministry, with the Undertaker joining forces with Shane McMahon. Several hints were dropped that this was going to happen, the biggest coming this past Monday night when Shane held back his corporation lads while the Undertaker and his pals were doing all kinds of nasty things to Shane's sister, Stephanie.

This new twist in the plot creates all kinds of possibilities and, sadly, probably more run-ins and interference than we are going to want to see. What will be intriguing is how the WWF credibly keeps the so-called good guys -- Steve Austin, Paul Wight, The Rock, Ken Shamrock and Mankind -- united.

It may give the Undertaker -- whose match a week ago at backlash against Ken Shamrock ruined a generally good pay-per-view -- a new life. For the uninitiated, the Undertaker has been considered a good guy, but now has turned heel totally. It should sell.

What will be interesting is what the UPN ratings show for the Thursday effort, which was also carried by TSN. A moribund outfit whose best network effort has been a never-ending series of Star Trek spinoffs, perhaps wrestling's popularity can boldly go where no other UPN show can.

And in case you think there is not enough wrestling on TV, there's another show coming, according to the TV computer listings. On May 15 at 11 p.m. on CTV Sportsnet, WWF Live Wire is scheduled to make its debut.

GOOD SHOW, BUT: The winner and champion for the first hour of Nitro: Sting. But if you missed the last segment of the WCW show, you should know that Sting lost in the four-way to Dallas Diamond Page on a show which was entertaining, featuring much better action than Raw, but lost 6.0 to 3.9 in the U.S. cable ratings.

Meanwhile, they have committed Ric Flair to the funny farm. Is that any way to treat a legend?

ICW BACK: International Championship Wrestling returns to Oshawa today at 2:30 p.m., at the Oshawa Civic Auditorium with Greg Valentine putting his ICW title on the line against Bruiser Bedlam, while Chainz and Typhoon team up to battle Magnus van Steele and Tommy Twilight. Tickets for both events can be purchased through Ticketmaster, 416-870-8000.

SABU IN TOWN: The Canadian Wrestling Allegiance has a show on Tuesday at the Medieval Times featuring a $10,000 ladder match. The combatants in this one are 2 Cold Scorpio, who wrestled for a while as Flash Funk in the WWF, and Sabu of ECW fame. Bell time is 7:30 p.m. Fans are asked to bring non-perishable food items for Daily Bread Food Bank ... On Mother's Day at Appleby's, 2787 Eglinton Ave. E., it's the Mother's Day Massacre, featuring Jim (The Anvil) Neidhardt against WWS champion Joe E. Legend. Scott d'Amore and Destiny also will appear on the six-match card which gets under way at 7 p.m. ... AWF returns to Cactus Pete's on May 16 with George (The Animal) Steele battling that weirdo Ms. B. Haven. The AWF, which has a card today in St. Catharines at 4 p.m., with a three-way battle featuring Neidhardt vs. Tony Atlas vs. Superfly Jimmy Snuka at the CAW Hall, 124 Bunting Road., has a special card set for June 6 featuring Terry Funk. More on that next time.