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Wrestling news show headed for Ontario airwaves


By GREG OLIVER - Producer, SLAM! Wrestling

Dave Curran, host of The Wrestling Wrap
After three years of being just a voice on the Talking Yellow Pages wrestling phone line, Dave Curran is bringing his face to the forefront of a new wrestling TV show starting in September.

Called The Wrestling Wrap (also the name of his old phone line), the half-hour show air on the Hamilton-based ONTV / CH Saturday nights at 12:30 a.m.

"It's time for wrestling news to be brought to the screen, for people to see what's going on, to see the wrestlers from the past, see the wrestlers out of character," Curran said.

He explained that the show will be made up of three segments.
  • The first segment is news-oriented. "It's all going to be hot news from professional wrestling, as current as we can keep it."
  • The second segment is a round-table with local journalists and celebrities talking about wrestling.
  • The third segment will be an interview with the stars of today, yesterday and tomorrow.
Curran isn't concerned that the WWF is the only big game in town. "They're only a minor part of our show. We're going to be covering all kinds of wrestling organizations all across North America, hopefully expanding internationally down the road. There's lots of other talent out there that doesn't even work for the World Wrestling Federation."

The initial 13-episode run has been bought from ONTV / CH. Down the road, the hope is to expand; it's much easier to pitch a product once it has been aired. "Right now we're a southern Ontario show, and there's negotiations in progress with other stations across Canada to pick it up," Curran said.

Jeff Kohl, who has also hosted a Talking Yellow Pages phone line as 'Jeff The Ref', will be involved in The Wrestling Wrap in a variety of capacities. He's pretty excited about the opportunity, and is looking forward to using his contacts to add to the show. Already, he said, they've come up with a "whole lineup of guests". Until the segments are filmed, however, the names will not be released.

The show will be shot at Sam-Sher Studios in Toronto and is tentatively scheduled to debut on Saturday, September 15.

After working on the deal for over 15 months, Curran can't wait to get to air. He doesn't think that the recent changes in the wrestling market affect the show.

"Wrestling is a cycle, and right now it's hit a low-point. But hopefully with this show, maybe it'll promote a little bit more, raise more awareness and create some more interest in it," Curran said. "Now, we did try starting the show a year and a half ago when wrestling was at its highest peak, but we're planning on sticking around for a long time and we'll be here for the lows and the highs."




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