October 8, 2006
TFN puts up a fight
By TIM BAINES - Ottawa Sun
Life can't get much better for Mike Garrow. What once was just a dream now is a reality that has consumed much of his time and passion for the past year.
With its eclectic collection of chokeholds, bodyslams and roundhouse rights, The Fight Network is packing plenty of punch in Canada. And Garrow, a 35-year-old Ottawa native living in Toronto, says it's only going to get bigger and better.
"For all intents and purposes, Canada is done," said Garrow, The Fight Network's president/COO and co-founder. "We got Bell Express Vu this week, with Shaw still to come.
"What I'm focused on now is the United States ... we've got three different opportunities we're looking at. I think you'll see The Fight Network in the U.S. in 2007 in some capacity. It'll be the first time a Canadian digital specialty channel goes to the U.S."
With the network's first anniversary just passing, Garrow says there's plenty of exciting changes on the way.
The Fight Zone, hosted by Mauro Ranallo, will provide a strong news element with an inside look at mixed martial arts, boxing and wrestling. A ticker is also on the way. Up soon is a TV version of radio's weekly Live Audio Wrestling. And before and after major pay-per-views, Jason Agnew and Dan (The Mouth) Lovranski will have a 90-second segment done in a "shoot" style breaking down matches.
Randy (The Natural) Couture was signed as the lead MMA analyst and company ambassador to add star power.
Along with the usual wrestling fare, The Fight Network has an upcoming 13-part series called Icons of Wrestling, featuring stars such as Antonio Inoki and rare footage of bouts such as Abdullah the Butcher vs. Hulk Hogan. Also scheduled are a documentary on Tiger Jeet Singh and another called BodySlam, which includes Christopher Daniels.
- The RAW Family Reunion will be shown live on The Score tomorrow from 8-11 p.m. There's a repeat at midnight and another at 2:30 p.m. on Tuesday. Among the matches is Kane vs. Umaga (Loser Leaves RAW). My bet is Kane loses and heads to Smackdown! after a little time away from wrestling.
- Jeff Hardy is the new Intercontinental champ, winning the strap from Johnny Nitro on RAW.