March 3, 2007
Wrestling Society X can't cut it
MTV wrestling show falls off the charts
By TJ MADIGAN - Calgary Sun

Wrestling Society X appears to have bitten the dust.

After just four episodes, the grungy underground wrestling show has reportedly been cancelled by MTV.

Late Friday, the company behind WSX, Big Vision Entertainment, released a statement clarifying the situation:

"MTV is making no statement in regards to canceling Wrestling Society X. However, WSX will be pulled off the Tuesday night lineup in order to strategize the best way to bring the show back to the network and to the fans," explained Big Vision CEO Houston Curtis. "Although the show has not been performing as well as the network had hoped in the Tuesday night lineup, we have been told that other MTV departments including MTV 2, MTV Online, MTV Mobile, and MTV Video-On-Demand are 100% behind Wrestling Society X. Additionally, the Creative and Development executives at MTV have commended us on the production of the show and are saddened by the lack of response due to scheduling mishaps and under-promotion."

The six remaining unaired episodes have been pulled from MTV's schedule. All four previous episodes will be available on WSX.MTV.COM along with their WSXtra counterparts.

WSX had been heralded as the Great White Hope for creating a new generation of wrestling fans. Targeted at a young, hip, under-25 demographic, the show featured live rock music, a fight-club environment and a ring announcer who screamed more often than he actually announced.

The wrestling itself was fast-paced, high-flying and ultra-violent, with a focus on explosions and barbed wire rather than headlocks and dropkicks.

After a strong debut showing last month -- more than a million American viewers tuned in to the premiere episode -- the ratings gradually dipped to almost half that level by Week 3.

After a one-week hiatus due to a censorship issue, WSX returned with rumours of impending cancellation already hanging over its head.

Wednesday night, word filtered down from MTV sources that the show had officially been axed.

Big Vision Entertainment will keep the rights to the show, with the option to shop it around to other networks. WSX never aired in Canada, even though Calgarian Ted Hart and former Stampede Wrestling standout Jack Evans were two of the promotion's biggest stars.

RAW MOVE: Starting Monday, WWE Raw will be moved to a 7 p.m. CT start time on The Score.

Since switching from TSN, WWE's flagship show has aired on a one-hour tape delay in Canada, reportedly because a live broadcast would push The Score over its regulated allowance of live content.

But now, the Monday night wrestling block will begin in sync with the U.S., starting with a 15-minute countdown show.

Produced by the Canadian network, the pre-game show will recap recent storylines and hype the evening's action.

Raw itself will air at 7:15 p.m., just a 15-minute delay on the U.S. feed of the show.

QUICK HITS: Andrew Martin, better known as ECW wrestler Test, is the latest star to be dropped from WWE ... The lineup for Wrestlemania 23 is starting to take shape. The third annual Money in the Bank ladder match is being booked as the show stealer. So far, CM Punk, Kane, Booker T, Edge, Ken Kennedy and both Hardy Boyz have qualified for the match.


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