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Tuesday Night Titans on Deja View?



Hi Scott,

Since the WWE won't be putting any of it's older shows to the Network any time soon (though, you'd think they'd at add a pile of Stampede shows as "Canadian Content" to appease the CRTC in Canada), why don't they try selling these shows to retro cable channels like Deja View or  specialty channels like the Fight Network? It's easy TV rights money. I'm sure Vince can under cut whatever it costs to broadcast Golden Girls reruns.

Hell, they could even repackage the old regional shows as with the appropriate Legend as host and sell them to local TV stations for cheap afternoon or late night programming. It seems like it would be an easy cash grab.

Unfortunately not.  The problem is that those kind of stations are generally owned by the content providers -- Shaw, Bell, or Rogers -- and then used as ultra-cheap content dumps for vaguely related material from more popular channels.  So Shaw owns HGTV, for example, and then offloads repeats of the "Canadian Content" reality TV junk that they are obligated to produce for it (Patio Deck Showdown!) onto, say, the Urban Lifestyle Channel so they can appear to be carrying two different Canadian stations.  Which is a long way of saying that WWE can't undercut zero cost for that kind of junk programming and thus chances of it appearing on one of those "force everyone to take this channel when they get Food Network" channels is pretty much nil.  

That being said, WWE still produces a show called Vintage Collection for international distribution and it was on the Score for a long time, but got punted when the WWE Network deal came through this year.  However, and this is one thing I'm shocked they haven't done yet, TSN still owns the rights to most of the Stampede Wrestling shows from the late 80s because there was a specific TSN-branded show made for them in the early days of the channel.  They could throw that shit up on TSN5: The Cinco anytime they want instead of poker reruns and probably score GIANT ratings in the western provinces.  Giant compared to poker, of course.  I mean, they still do AWA reruns on ESPN Classic up here, so maybe they just forgot about the Stampede tapes?  

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  1. Sources have told me the old TSN Stampede tapes were lost when an intern recorded over them during a Mama's Family marathon.

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  2. Hey! Golden Girls >>>>>> WWE anyday.
    So you get ESPNC there, Scott? Watch any GWF yet? Or is it different from the US version?

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  3. It happens. This is why we don't have lots of things...and especially in the game show genre. (the above reminds me of what happened to the 1971-75 run of Password...Mark Goodson re-used the tapes to preserve episodes of Family Feud)

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  4. I remember something on TSN called the CNWA. Is that basically Stampede? Was around 1989-1990.

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  5. The BBC recorded over a ton of old shows, perhaps most tragically the bulk of the first several years of Doctor Who. Preservists are still combing through tape archives in the orient & middle east trying to recover copies. The whole topic of film & movie preservation is pretty fascinating actually.

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  6. Adam "Colorado" CurryOctober 16, 2014 at 4:03 PM

    There's no known complete copy of Super Bowl 1, and that was broadcast on 2 networks. No one gave a damn, the game itself didn't come close to selling out.

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  7. Gwf was really bad. Only seen a few but man was it awful

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  8. Raw could be down to Dean Ambrose and Randy Orton only in the main event scene and it would probably still do anazing ratings in Canada.

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  9. BOOOOOO! GWF Ruled. Cactus Jack, Sean Waltman, Booker T, Del Wilkes, Scott Putski, Eddie Gilbert!!!!!!!!!!! Come on man!

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  10. I wouldn't mind seeing a few Mamas Family reruns on the network to be honest.

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  11. There's a channel called Deja View? Brilliant

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  12. Fair enough, I've only seen a couple of them (and only parts of that). All I saw were out of shape jobbers and bad news updates. I must've missed the good stuff

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  13. I don't have cable anymore, no. But GWF wasn't on the Canadian version of ESPN Classic when I did.

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  14. That was the bastard offspring of Stampede after it died for good, with a much shadier group of people using some of the same talent and apparently not paying them very much. It didn't last long.

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  15. Yeah, it's where all the assorted 90s sitcom reruns like Full House and Roseanne get dumped.

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  16. Extant1979 Most Must-See BoDerOctober 16, 2014 at 5:51 PM

    I'm gonna team up with jobber on this one. I loved me some Global Wrestling Federation!

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  17. the weird thing is, it might still happen today. usually not with tv broadcast, but what about dozens of uploaded videos on youtube etc. - there most be tons that no one has ever bothered to download to his hdd (and somehow I can't imagine youtube etc. having a backup of ALL their videos).

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  18. Believe me, we are just a few EMP bursts away from losing the bulk of our modern culture & history.

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