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PPV deal huge for Brito, CPW
By TIM BAINES - Ottawa Sun


Canadian Professional Wrestling has fought to get local recognition, staging matches every couple of weeks in Hull. Now it's going to be front and centre on a much bigger stage -- pay-per-view across Canada and eventually into the U.S.

Aaron Weiss' Pro Wrestling Superstars series will use CPW as its centrepiece, especially in the French-Canadian market.

Also included in a one-year deal with CPW is Gino Brito's wonderful International Wrestling library.

"I'm very excited," said Weiss. "There's so much nonsense in this industry. (International Wrestling) is the footage I grew up with.

"This can help CPW grow by leaps and bounds.

"With a lot of the newer federations, there's a lack of interaction with the fans -- they're too reliant on high spots. With Gino, there's a lot of old-school values. They're focused on telling stories. And I think that's underestimated in this business."

In putting together the CPW deal, Weiss turned his back on the Internet Wrestling Syndicate in Montreal.

"I'm disappointed ... I liked the fans and the workers," said Weiss.

But he's happy that he's got at least one year, possibly more, with CPW. His relationship with Border City Wrestling will continue.

"Border City is amazing," said Weiss. "Scott D'Amore is one of our biggest assets and friends. In a business filled with vultures and snakes, it's a pleasure doing business with somebody like that."

- Here are the winners of the DVD giveaway, for which I received more than 300 entries. Jean-Guy Landriault, Eli Chaddad, Tara Breza, Dean Ryan, Brad Hammond and Mike Westgarth won SummerSlam DVDs, each autographed by Batista. Robyn Walker, Ian Barton, Gregory Naufal, Michael Abson, Mitchell Sturmey and Christopher Sullivan have won Chris Benoit Hard Knocks DVDs, autographed by Benoit.

- I paid to see TNA's Victory Road last Sunday ... and other than a few blips, it was a solid show. Results: Hector Garza won the 20-man Invitational X Division Gauntlet match; Ron "The Truth" Killings, Johnny B. Badd, Erik Watts and "Empire Saint" Pat Kenney beat Kid Kash, Dallas and The Naturals; Piratita Morgan lost to Mascarita Sagrada (boring!); 3 Live Kru won the tag titles over Team Canada; Trinity beat Jacqueline (yep, the former WWE star); Alpha Male Monty Brown won the Monster's Ball match over Raven and Abyss; Petey Williams beat A.J. Styles; America's Most Wanted beat Triple X; Jeff Jarrett beat Jeff Hardy in a ladder match. Rowdy Roddy Piper welcomed old nemesis Jimmy "Superfly" Snuka to Piper's Pit. Macho Man Randy Savage appeared.

- Tonight's WWE Survivor Series card: Benoit, Chris Jericho, Randy Orton and Maven vs. Triple H, Batista, Edge and Gene Snitsky (winners get control of RAW for a month); Eddie Guerrero, Big Show, John Cena and Rob Van Dam vs. Kurt Angle, Mark Jindrak, Luther Reigns and Carlito Caribbean Cool; JBL vs. Booker T; The Undertaker vs. Heidenreich; Shelton Benjamin vs. Christian; Spike Dudley vs. Rey Mysterio vs. Chavo Guerrero vs. Billy Kidman; and Trish Stratus vs. Lita.

- CPW will hold a show today at 2 p.m., at the Community Centre (201 Main St.) in St-Albert (near Casselman). Paranoid Jake Matthews defends his title vs. Thunder. Other matches: MVP Michael Von Payton and Dave Titan vs. Aftershock; Wild Dangerous Dan vs. Tray Hugh Mongus; Sweet Cherrie vs. Misty Haven; Mr. Know It All Shawn Demers vs. "The Freak" Zakk Manson vs. Frank "The Beast" Bradley; and Psycho vs. Quinson Valentino. Visit cpwinternational.com.

- Montreal's World All-Star Wrestling will hold Brawl in the Mall Nov. 20, at 7 p.m., at the Cavendish Mall (5800 Cavendish Blvd). Abdullah the Butcher will meet home-town boy Andy Ellison in the main event, with Max Moon facing Jim "The Anvil" Neidhart and four other matches. Tickets are $15, with proceeds to benefit the NDG YMCA and West-End Sports Association.


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