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West coast Raw viewers left out in the cold


By JOHN POWELL -- SLAM! Wrestling

 While the rest of Canada enjoyed the unedited debut broadcast of Raw Is War on TNN (The National Network) last night, viewers in parts of British Columbia tuned in only to be greeted by a message from Rogers Cable. The notice explained that Raw Is War had been "blacked out" by the cable company and wouldn't be shown that night. The announcement stunned local viewers who had hoped to view Raw without TSN's editing. Monday's edition of Raw Is War did air on TSN Tuesday morning.

"When I got home to watch it (Raw Is War) they had a notice from Rogers Cable saying the show was blackedout. So, I ended up recording two hours of nothing and I missed the show. I have no idea why it was blackedout in our area and I am very angry because I pay for the full cable package and I expect to get what I pay for," Ed Ludwig, an irate viewer from Burnaby, B.C., wrote to us.

"The time has come to buy a dish because I am tired of dishing out 50 bucks a month for cable and putting up with pre-empted shows and cancellations," wrote Ludwig.

SLAM! Wrestling did speak to numerous contacts at Rogers Cable in Vancouver about the "blackout" but was unable to obtain an official statement though they did admit to being "very surprised" that the rest of Canada got to watch Raw on TNN.

SLAM! Wrestling did learn that for next week, TNN is sending along "alternate programming" to air on its network in parts of British Columbia when Raw returns to its regular timeslot on TSN. That's the cable company's plan right now but as a source at Rogers explained, all that could change by the end of week. The entire situation itself may centre around TSN's exclusive rights to broadcast Raw Is War in Canada.

At press time, SLAM! Wrestling does not know if this "alternative programming" policy will extend to all of Canada or not.

SLAM! Wrestling is still following the story and will have more on it in the coming days.