DeMarco: 2009 big for WWE in Canada

TIM BAINES

, Last Updated: 2:33 AM ET

WWE Canada boss Carl DeMarco says wrestling fans in "the true north strong and free" just have to be patient.

While WWE rolls into Hamilton, with all three brands on hand, for a non-televised show on Dec. 13, then follows up with a live RAW and Smackdown! taping at Toronto's Air Canada Centre on Dec. 22, the rest of Canada gets nothing, at least for now.

"It's not going to happen in 2008, but we're looking at booking opportunities for 2009," said DeMarco. "As far as future TV shows and pay-per-views in Canada, I'd say there's a real good chance for next year."

The pay-per-view, reportedly, will be Judgment Day, May 17, in Toronto.

DeMarco says it'll be worth the wait for fans.

"We clearly recognize that Alberta has a great wrestling following and tradition," he said. "But it's not just Edmonton and Calgary. Winnipeg, the home of Chris Jericho, is a great place. And we could go to Vancouver or Victoria."

DeMarco has, in the past, campaigned for a TV show for Ottawa. And Montreal always has an electric audience.

"About three or four years ago, we were playing here too many times a year," said DeMarco. "We had to adjust that. It's difficult with the routing, with WWE becoming global. You've got to fit it in with the touring schedule and make it cost effective."

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