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Canadian Broadcaster Drops AEW Dynamite (Reason)

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• Canadian Broadcaster Drops AEW Dynamite (Reason)

Canadian broadcaster RDS is no longer airing AEW Dynamite in French due to budget constraints.

Here’s what the Wrestling Observer reported about it:

“Canada’s RDS, which aired Dynamite in French with viewership mostly in Quebec, announced on 12/28 that it was dropping the show.

RDS was doing budget cutting and one of the things they cut was the French language commentary on some shows including AEW.

The RDS deal was part of AEW’s deal with Bell Media (which owns TSN and RDS), so from a money standpoint, AEW is working with the same money deal from Bell but it does hurt exposure with French viewers in Quebec.

Bell ordered RDS to make cuts.

The AEW show had no sponsorship (the WWE French language show on rival TVA Sports which is higher rated also has no sponsorship) so it loses money for the station because they have to pay two commentators, a director and a sound man.

TSN (which airs Dynamite in Canada) only has to pick up the English feed from TBS.

The contract signed with RDS expired at the end of the year and RDS has a one-year option for 2023 which they decided against picking up to make it part of cost savings.

Multiple sources said ratings were not why they canceled the show.”

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• ON THIS DAY IN WCW HISTORY (January 4, 1997) – WCW Main Event

On this day in 1997, Ted Turner’s World Championship Wrestling aired an episode of their weekly TV show ‘WCW Main Event’.

This episode included pre-taped matches, segments & highlight videos on the road to the ‘nWo Souled Out 1997’ PPV.

The card of the show can be found here:

WCW Monday Nitro recap

nWo Souled Out promo

Starrcade highlights – Eddie Guerrero vs. Diamond Dallas Page (WCW U.S. Title tournament finals)

Courtesy WCW Monday Nitro – Glacier vs. Disco Inferno *joined in progress*

1-800 Collect on the Road Report with Chris Cruise

Starrcade highlights – Chris Benoit vs. Jeff Jarrett

Courtesy WCW Pro – Chris Benoit vs. Renegade

Courtesy WCW Monday Nitro – the Giant leaves the nWo

Clash of the Champions promo

Courtesy WCW Monday Nitro – Octagoncito & Mascarita Sagrada vs. Jerrito Estrada & Piratita Morgan *joined in progress*

Main Event Exclusive – Akira Hokuto vs. Madusa (WCW Women’s Title) *joined in progress*

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