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Canadian promotion hits the airwaves


By GREG OLIVER -- SLAM! Wrestling

 This Saturday afternoon in Canada, you'll find a wrestling show in an unexpected place. No, this isn't about a switch of the WWF to TNN, or ECW's new home.

It's a pro wrestling pilot on the Aboriginal Peoples Television Network.

According to Jim Compton, Programming Director at APTN, their decision to air the pilot for All Canadian Wrestling was based upon the success of wrestling on other networks.

He called it the station's "first foray" into sports.

"The reason that we're going with these guys [ACW] is that they've promised us a stable full of Aboriginal wrestlers," Compton said.

The pilot will air on Saturday, September 30 at 3 p.m. ET, again at 10 p.m. ET.

All Canadian Wrestling is based out of Cambridge, Ont., and run by Joe Frocklage and Waldo von Erich. It's the former ICW promotion.

ACW expects to have six or seven Aboriginal wrestlers in the stable, and the pilot was done 100% by Aboriginal audio and visual production houses. "We met the criteria, which is having three Aboriginal people and we've got more," said Frocklage.

Frocklage is excited by the chance to air the pilot, and said that "it's looking really good" to run more episodes, possibly starting as early as January.

Compton, however, was not able to commit to any more than the initial airing of the pilot. "[We're going to] see what happens with it. Based on the ratings and viewer response, we'll decide whether or not we continue with it," he said.

In fact, he's not completely sure what to expect from ACW. "We're not sure of the calibre, we're not sure of the talent and the production values."

The Aboriginal Peoples Television Network should be available in your area, as it is a channel mandated by the CRTC to be carried on all cable stations.