Smackdown could be censored
By JOHN F. MOLINARO -- SLAM! Wrestling
While long-suffering Canadians are no doubt rejoicing over the announced deal that brings the WWF's Smackdown to The Score Television Network starting tomorrow night, the WWF is warning that the show could be subjected to the same editing of content that RAW goes through on TSN.
"If it's required by the CRTC, they will edit it," Carl DeMarco, President of WWFE Canada, told SLAM! Wrestling during a one-on-one interview today following the press conference to announce the Smackdown deal.
DeMarco added: "Quite honestly, do I think much anything is going to happen? Probably not. Smackdown is much more tame than RAW, we all know that. So I don't think there's going to be any major editing issues there. But we are going to meet with all the CRTC regulations. We have to... we're broadcasters and we're licensed by the CRTC. We don't want to jeopardize anybody on our license."
DeMarco says the WWF have toned down the content on their programs as of late, making it less likely Smackdown will be edited by the CRTC censors.
"The company has taken a little step back on our programming content. I think you can tell it by watching every single week on television. One thing we will have, just like we have with RAW, just like we have with Sunday Night Heat, is disclaimers. That's something we're definitely going to have with Smackdown."
"I don't think the editing is going to be a big issue with Smackdown," assured DeMarco. "If you notice on TSN by the way, they've cut down the amount of editing they're doing. So, I think we're making strides with that."
DeMarco did have encouraging news for Canadian wrestling fans, revealing that the WWF will bring Smackdown T.V. tapings and a marquee pay-per-view to Canada in 2001, with Toronto being the focal point.
"It's (Smackdown tapings) definitely going to happen in 2001. I think we'll probably have one out west, probably another one out here (Toronto) back to back with RAW. Toronto definitely. It's going to definitely end up happening here. Toronto is going to be a big hub. We're going to do a minimum of five events a year in Toronto. We do have down the road a tentative RAW and Smackdown and a tentative major pay-per-view in Toronto booked in the year 2001."