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Wrestling Society X axed from Canadian airwaves
By TJ MADIGAN - Calgary Sun


On Jan. 30, almost a million American viewers tuned into MTV for the premiere episode of Wrestling Society X.

They got to watch a fast-paced wrestling rollercoaster -- 30 minutes of high-flying daredevils (including Calgarian Ted Hart) nearly killing themselves for the cameras in a revolutionary new take on pro wrestling.

The weekly rumble is set in an underground fight club, with rapid-fire cruiserweight matches and ultra-violent brawls, along with some insane gimmicks such as an exploding steel cage and a piranha-tank death match.

But when Canadian viewers tuned to MTV to sample the new grappling concept, the WSX action wasn't on display.

Instead, Canucks were treated to the misadventures of a wacky 32-year-old skateboarder and his burly bodyguard.

That's because MTV Canada has X'd the wrestling show from its lineup. In its place is Rob & Big, a 'reality buddy comedy,' according to the blurb on the station's website.

Reps from MTV Canada had previously confirmed plans to broadcast the grappling show in sync with the American feed, simulcast on both sides of the border each Tuesday night.

Plans changed a week before the premiere episode aired, with a media mail-out from MTV implying WSX may be permanently pulled from the Canadian schedule.

Industry insiders, however, say the delay is likely the result of a licensing issue or some other minor red tape holdup and the show will eventually air on Canada's MTV network, which is owned by CTV.

WRESTLEMANIA CARD ON THE TABLE:

After weeks of going back and forth on the lineup for Wrestlemania 23, WWE has finally announced the top matches for the biggest grappling show of the year.

The company has done an about-face on matches it was teasing as late as last Monday, going with some less intriguing (but ultimately safer) pairings.

The Undertaker will challenge Dave Batista for the world heavyweight championship in the Smackdown main event at 'Mania with Undertaker looking likely to take the win.

John Cena, meanwhile, will be defending the title against Shawn Michaels -- a match which seems to be designed to propel Cena to an even higher level of superstardom.

Up to eight more matches will be announced over the next month, including Edge vs. Randy Orton and Hulk Hogan vs. The Great Khali (and friends). Wrestlemania takes place April 1 at Ford Field in Detroit.

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