September 21, 2005
TSN to broadcast full WWE Homecoming
TNA, UFC not a part of TSN lineup
By JON WALDMAN -- SLAM! Wrestling

Canadian wreslting fans, worry not; you will be getting all of WWE's Homecoming programming.

In an exclusive announcement sent to SLAM! Wrestling, The Sports Network (TSN) has confirmed that the Canadian television network will air all three hours of WWE Raw's October 3 broadcast, the first under its new agreement with the USA network south of the border.

Andrea Goldstein of TSN told SLAM! on Wednesday that, "TSN will be airing the special 3-hour WWE Raw episode on Monday, Oct. 3 on a short turnaround from 9pm to 12 midnight ET," while an encore broadcast will take place Tuesday, October 4 starting at 3pm ET.

WWE Homecoming will include appearances by a variety of returning veterans and legends. Among those named, either on WWE broadcasts or on wwe.com, are Hulk Hogan, Mick Foley, Steve Austin, Triple H, "Hacksaw" Jim Duggan, Jimmy Hart, Hillbilly Jim, Superstar Billy Graham, The Iron Sheik, "Rowdy" Roddy Piper, Fabulous Moolah, Mae Young, Harley Race, Jimmy "Superfly" Snuka, Chief Jay Strongbow, Greg "The Hammer" Valentine, Nikolai Volkoff and Koko B. Ware.

Also part of TSN's programming that night will be the one-hour special Raw Exposed: WWE's 10 Greatest Moments will are at 12:30 ET, following an abbreviated edition of Sportscentre. A preview on wwe.com, states that, "some of the biggest names in WWE, past and present, will talk about their RAW experiences on WWE RAW Exposed and how the show changed the face of sports-entertainment forever. Stone Cold Steve Austin, The Rock, Mick Foley, Triple H, John Cena, Trish Stratus and many more will provide unforgettable commentary."

While Raw is moving away from Spike TV, the Viacom-owned station will be picking up other fight programming, including TNA Impact and a variety of UFC broadcasts. TSN has confirmed, however, that they will not be airing these shows. "TSN and ESPN Classic will not be televising Impact. ESPN Classic will continue to televise the classic TNA pay-per-view episodes (up to the end of the 2004 season)," Goldstein noted, adding that, "TSN will not be televising any UFC specials from Spike."

Jon Waldman has been with SLAM! since 2000.


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