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Raw moving from TSN?
Press conference on Wednesday could be TV deal
By SLAM! Wrestling




TSN may no longer be the home of WWE Raw.

Amidst the anticipation of a heavily publicized press conference in Toronto on Wednesday, July 19, reports have begun to surface that the popular sports network will cease being the Canadian home of WWE's Monday night wrestling broadcast. The popular wrestling program would be moving to The Score, the current home of WWE Smackdown!.

Dave Meltzer, in his Friday News Update on wrestlingobserver.com, reported that, "according to several sources in the Canadian TV industry, Raw will be moving from TSN to The Score in just a few weeks."

The move, Meltzer added, was in part due to TSN's recent acquisition of the Canadian broadcasting rights for Monday Night Football, as well as declining ratings.

SLAM! Wrestling attempted to contact TSN, but the network could not say anything regarding its contract status with WWE. "Unfortunately, TSN is unable to comment on this matter at this time," said TSN's Matthew Garrow.

TSN has been the broadcasting home of WWE Raw for more than a decade. It has also aired a variety of WWE special programming over the years, including the recent Head to Head event featuring WWE vs. ECW.

The Score has been the broadcaster for WWE Smackdown! the entire time the Thursday (now Friday) night program has been available in Canada, save for the pilot episode. The Score has also run various WWE syndicated programming over the years.

The Wednesday press conference, as noted in a release on newswire.ca, will include WWE Vice President, Global Media Shane McMahon, WWE Canada President Carl DeMarco, The Score Senior Vice President and General Manager David Errington and The Score Anchor Sid Seixeiro. WWE superstars Trish Stratus, Ric Flair, Edge and Torrie Wilson will also be on hand.

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    Stay tuned to SLAM! Wrestling for more on this developing story, including full coverage of Wednesday's press conference.

    -- with files from Jon Waldman