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10 p.m. timeslot necessary for RAW airing on The Score
By TIM BAINES - Ottawa Sun




Some wrestling fans may not be thrilled with a change in timeslot for Monday Night RAW as it moves over to The Score from TSN, but there was really little choice.

RAW will debut on The Score on Aug. 7, in its new 10 p.m.-midnight timeslot.

But it could have been much worse.

With TSN's commitments to hockey, curling and now Monday Night Football, the network would have consistently pushed RAW out of its 9 p.m. timeslot. The NFL games alone would have knocked RAW out of Monday nights for 18 weeks.

The problem with 9 p.m. for The Score was conditions of their CRTC licence, which only allow 15% of the network's programming to be live.

"It would have put us over our count, so we had to delay it one hour," said The Score's senior VP and GM David Errington. "It's not like we were nervous about it being live."

Errington says The Score has the same broadcast standards to adhere to as TSN, so we shouldn't expect to see a big difference in the editing process. TSN was always quick to skip past simulated acts of violence against women ... and The Score will likely do the same.

Errington, who sits at home and watches wrestling with his 10-year-old son, is thrilled to add RAW to the network's roster.
WHAT YOU THINK
Raw moving to The Score in Canada, Mondays at 10 pm ET will make you...
More likely to watch 10%
Less likely to watch 32%
Makes no difference 39%
I just tape it anyway 9%
Order a dish so I can get the U.S. version 10%

"We've had Smackdown! for six years ... we've had a partnership with WWE," he said. "They were looking to move the program ... we talked to them for 3-4 months.

"(RAW) is the No. 1-rated specialty show in Canada and it fits well with our young (demographic)."

The Score will also, in the fall, add a new one-hour program which will focus on WWE ... in particular Canada.

The Score will also bump Smackdown! from Thursday to Friday night -- in the 8-10 p.m. timeslot (beginning on Aug. 11) ... and it will air the Aug. 16 Diva Search finals.

Meanwhile, ECW finally has a home on Canadian television, with an unlikely suitor.

It was announced that ECW made its Canadian deal with Global.

The weekly ECW show will debut on Aug. 11 at midnight.

ECW will also air on Xtreme on Saturdays at 1 p.m. and 9 p.m. and on Sundays at 4 p.m.

- RAW said goodbye to TSN and hello to The Score with a couple of jabs at a press conference in Toronto on Wednesday. As Edge put it, wrestling fans won't have to hear curlers screaming "hurry hard" with RAW being pre-empted. "Now wrestling fans can watch RAW on Monday night, not on a Tuesday morning," added Toronto's own divalicious Trish Stratus. Actually, though, they can still watch it on a Tuesday morning. The Score will have a repeat showing at 12:30 a.m. each Tuesday.

- WWE is returning to Ottawa on Sept. 17. Ottawa will host a Smackdown! live event at 3 p.m. at Scotiabank Place ... then at 8 p.m., WWE will hold its Unforgiven (RAW) pay-per-view in Toronto. The following night, Montreal will be the site of a Supershow, with a Smackdown! TV taping followed by Monday Night RAW.

- Here are the results from last Sunday's TNA Victory Road pay-per-view: The Naturals beat The Diamonds In The Rough; Rhino vs. Monty Brown went to a no contest; The Latin American Exchange beat Ron Killings and Sonjay Dutt; Senshi beat Frankie Kazarian; Raven beat Larry Zbyszko in a hair vs. hair match; Chris Sabin and Jay Lethal beat Kevin Nash and Alex Shelley; The James Gang and Abyss beat Team 3D; AJ Styles and Christopher Daniels beat America's Most Wanted; Sting won a No. 1 Contender's Match over Christian Cage, Scott Steiner and Samoa Joe.

- Bob Orton Sr. died at age 76 last Sunday after a series of heart attacks. Senior was the grandfather of Randy Orton and father of Cowboy Bob Orton and Barry O.

- The Wrestling Observer says The Spirit Squad will be split up soon. Just when I was starting to like them, too.

- Mark Henry could be out for up to eight months with a knee injury.

RELATED LINKS

  • July 22, 2006: WWE scores with move from TSN
  • July 20, 2006: WWE stars kick TSN over Raw deal
  • July 19, 2006: TSN responds to Raw announcement
  • July 19, 2006: Raw jumps to The Score ... an hour later
  • July 16, 2006: WWE about to Score with RAW leaving TSN
  • July 14, 2006: Raw moving from TSN?


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