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Everyone old is new again

By GLENN COLE -- Toronto Sun
  It will be a blast from the past.

A week from tomorrow night, wrestling fans will get a chance to relive fond memories with some of their former mat favourites -- and no, they won't be watching a World Championship Wrestling card.

The Heroes of Wrestling pay-per-view event should be a hit with older aficionados of the ring wars and with those who follow the independent federations around Canada and the U.S.

Many of those on the card have been through Toronto and surrounding areas in the past couple of years. Some might be back now that the big promotions don't use them any longer.

The most-intriguing match of the night could be the one pitting a pair of ring behemoths -- Yokozuna and King Kong Bundy -- in a battle of really big men. Yokozuna, who has dropped some weight after tipping the Toledos at a rotund 650 pounds, has been rumoured to be heading back to the World Wrestling Federation, but nothing has materialized.

Other matches include Jim (The Anvil) Neidhardt against Jake (The Snake) Roberts; Cowboy Bob Orton vs. Jimmy (Superfly) Snuka, with Captain Lou Albano back in Snuka's corner; Tully Blanchard vs. Sweet Stan Lane; Greg (The Hammer) Valentine vs. George (The Animal) Steele, with manager Sherri Martel; and those sardine-loving Bushwhackers in a four-team elimination match against the Samoan Swat Team, Nikolai Volkoff and The Iron Sheik, and Marty Jannetty and Fantastik Tommy Rogers. One of the prelim matches will pit 2 Cold Scorpio against The Latin Dragon Julio Sanchez.

HEAT IS ON: The feud between the Hart family and the World Wrestling Federation over the tragic death of Owen Hart heated up yesterday.

The federation filed a lawsuit yesterday asking that the venue of the Hart's wrongful-death suit be changed to Connecticut, where the group has its headquarters.

The Harts swiftly responded.

"We will contest a change of venue," Pam Fischer, the family's Calgary lawyer, told a wire service.

"The accident happened in (Kansas City) Missouri. We have retained council in Missouri. We filed the initial complaint in Missouri."

Hart died May 23 in a 21-metre plunge from the rafters of the Kemper Arena.

SMACK THIS: Smackdown rapidly is becoming the No. 1 wrestling show the World Wrestling Federation airs.

The problem for many Canadians is that a lot of them don't see it because not all cities have access to the UPN network.

In case you missed the main event on Smackdown this week, there was no conclusion of the British Bulldog-Triple H match.

The Rock was the special referee and wasn't about to help either The Bulldog or Triple H win. The show ended with The Rock and Bulldog brawling in the back and surprise, surprise, Stone Cold Steve Austin laying a beating on Triple H.

HERE AND THERE: Former Extreme Championship Wrestling legend Taz officially has signed with the WWF.

Glenn Cole's pro wrestling column appears alternate Saturdays.