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ECW to air on Global in Canada
By SLAM! Wrestling


As of Friday, August 11th, Global Television across Canada will be a little more hardcore.

Extreme Championship Wrestling, which debuted in the United States on June 13 on the SciFi Channel, will premier on the Global Television Network nationally on Friday August 11 at Midnight. In addition, ECW will also be shown on the Xtreme digital channel on Saturdays at 1:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. and Sundays at 4:00 a.m. ET.

"This news is very exciting for us - WWE creates successful and vibrant television programming that we're sure our viewers will enjoy," said Adam Ivers, Vice President Programming, CanWest MediaWorks in a press release.

In the same release, Carl DeMarco, President, WWE Canada said, "This is great news for WWE and ECW fans in Canada. We're very happy that we're able to deliver ECW to 12.2 million homes in Canada."

In its previous incarnation, the independent ECW never had a television deal in Canada, only making it to the airwaves north of the border through the American channel TNN.

In addition, Global Television Network has also committed to adding both Monday Night RAW and SmackDown! to their programming lineup in Quebec, beginning with RAW on August 7 at Midnight on CKMI. SmackDown! will air on Saturday nights at 12:30 a.m. ET on CJNT starting on August 11.

This has been a busy week for TV news in Canada. On Wednesday, the WWE announced a deal with The Score to air Monday Night Raw nationally at 10 p.m. ET starting August 7th, after 11 years with TSN. The Score also announced that Smackdown will air on Fridays instead of Thursdays, and that it will create some sort of WWE show for Sunday evenings.

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