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Fans must grapple with Raw TV deal
By TIM BAINES - Ottawa Sun


The news is probably about as devastating being on the receiving end of Petey Williams' Canadian Destroyer finishing move.

TSN has announced that, beginning next September, Monday Night RAW will really not be Monday Night RAW in Canada for at least a few months. It will be tape delayed until 12:30 a.m., with encore showings at 3:30 and 9 p.m. on Tuesdays.

The decision isn't unexpected. RAW will be replaced by Monday Night Football. Yep, NFL, you might have heard of it.

As good as RAW's ratings are ... and they're often better than the NFL audience on TSN ... there was no way Canadians weren't going to be able to watch the NFL here, with ESPN picking up the rights in 2006. So it was a natural for TSN. The only problem is there will be a lot of angry wrestling fans all across Canada.

Wrestling fans who don't give a rat's behind about football. Wrestling fans who don't want to wait until the wee hours for 17 weeks to watch their show.

- The buzz is that Jay Reso (Christian), who quit WWE a bit more than a week ago, will be at TNA's Genesis pay-per-view tonight. That would be huge news for TNA, who would be acquiring a guy who seemed to be building a lot of momentum in WWE, and was then forgotten. Here are the Genesis matches: Rhino and Team 3D vs. Jeff Jarrett and America's Most Wanted; The Phenomenal AJ Styles vs. Petey Williams; The Fallen Angel Christopher Daniels, Samoa Joe, Alex Shelley and Roderick Strong vs. Chris Sabin, Matt Bentley, Sonjay Dutt and Austin Aries; Sabu vs. The Monster Abyss (no DQ); The Alpha Male Monty Brown vs. Jeff Hardy; and Team Canada vs. The 3Live Kru.

- Pro Wrestling Superstars -- Past, Present and Future presents Full Assault on Nov. 14, 19, 23 and 29 on pay-per-view. Matches: Bulldog Bob Brown vs. Lanny Poffo; Alofa (later Rikishi) vs. Sheik Ali; American Dragon vs. Kid Kash vs. Extremo; Road Warriors vs. The Rougeaus; and The Sandman vs. PJ (later Justin Credible).

- WWE will release Blood Sport: ECW's Most Violent Matches. Included is Terry Funk vs. Sabu in a barbed wire match.

- It's confirmed, Candice Michelle will be the next WWE diva to take off her clothes for Playboy. Just in time for Wrestlemania, Michelle will be in the April issue, out early in March.

- Batista could be out for three months after suffering a back injury during Tuesday's Smackdown! tapings. With Batista out for that length of time, you've got to think WWE will have to crown a new champ, maybe with a tournament to decide the top contenders.

- A big thumbs up for Joey Styles' announcer work so far on RAW. Still miss Jim Ross.

- Twins -- Ric Flair and new Renegades coach John Jenkins. Expect to hear Wooooooooo! from the sidelines a lot next year.


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