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Ontario promotions amalgamate


ICW
By GREG OLIVER -- SLAM! Sports
 Even in the nineties, bigger territories are still eating up smaller ones.

International Championship Wrestling, based out of Cambridge, Ont., announced Thursday that Border City Wrestling out of Windsor, Ont., is joining them.

The deal means that "ICW has a little more control through Ontario," said ICW's Ike Shaw.

Scott D'Amore, talent booker for BCW, said that it was "exciting for everyone involved ... who knows where this thing can go from here."

Plans are to create a strong, national product that will give Canadian wrestlers a place to work, so they don't have to go to the U.S.

Shaw said that ICW is working on "several" TV deals.

He envisions a return to "more of a wholesome kind of wrestling," albeit re-introduced slowly. Shaw doesn't like the way the WWF is promoting these days, with adult content aimed at children. He believes that WWF owner Vince McMahon is a "frustrated movie producer"

He promised that "You're going to know the good guys from the bad guys," unlike the scene in the WWF, WCW and ECW.

Waldo von Erich, president of ICW, is looking forward to giving all Canadian wrestlers "more exposure" and believes that wrestling can flourish again in the territory format.

The merger will be announced to the public at the Border City Wrestling show in LaSalle, Ont., on May 29.

The only confirmed upcoming dates for the newly merged group is a tour of Newfoundland from August 26-29.