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Details on TNA-ESPN Classics Canada deal
By JON WALDMAN - SLAM! Wrestling




Canadian fans of NWA-TNA have finally been given the news they've been waiting to hear, as the upstart company has signed on with ESPN Classics Canada to air their old episodes of their wrestling.

The agreement, which was officially announced this past Friday, is for one year on the channel which is owned by Bell/Globemedia, whose networks include TSN. Programming will begin on August 4th, with a two-hour block from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Wednesday nights, and re-broadcasts following at midnight and Thursdays at 6 a.m. and 4 p.m. (EST)

The deal between the two companies was in the works for quite some time, according to ESPNCC Director Phil Piazza. "We've been chatting with the Canadian distributor, who is Syndicate, for some time trying to work out a deal in terms of what we could do and how we could work in conjunction with their pay-per-view outlet here in Canada," he said. "We've been working on this for quite some time, trying to find some common ground, and over the last month or so, we were able to put pen to paper and work out a deal."

The NWA-TNA programming will consist of two one-hour shows on ESPNCC, which will hilight the history of the company, which started in 2002. The shows will be highlight shows of past PPVs, and will serve as a lead-in to the weekly PPVs, which can be seen on Viewer's Choice.

"It will be full matches, but it will be slightly edited by TNA," Piazza said. "TNA is packaging shows for us. They will be great shows with all the great wrestlers that you see in them in great format."

The shows take over the current wrestling timeslot that has been used to show classic episodes of now-defunct leagues such as Florida Championship Wrestling and Universal Championship Wrestling. These shows, which previously had a two-hour block, will now follow the TNA programming at 8 p.m.

Jon Waldman has been with SLAM! Wrestling since 2000. Anyone wishing to use information from this story should contact him at info@jonwaldman.com.