If you didn't read Meltzer in the last few hours, here's what you missed:
--For those in the U.K., test transmissions of "The Wrestling Channel" will start Monday on Sky Digital Ch. 268 (Friendly TV). The station will broadcast 7-8 a.m. and 7-8 p.m. this coming Monday through Friday, and 9-11 a.m. and 6-8 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. This schedule will continue through the month of December. The first week schedule is listed as: *Monday: The FWA/ROH Frontiers of Honor show *Tuesday: Gene Okerlund hosting one of those old U.S. Wrestling Classics PPV shows with lots of mid-80s Memphis footage *Wednesday: Pro Wrestling NOAH *Thursday: Irish Whip Wrestling featuring Jake Roberts *Friday: Frontiers of Honor *Saturday: 2 hours of old U.S. tapes *Sunday: 2 hours of NOAH tapes (thanks to Ian Hamilton)
We have a 24 hour wrestling channel here in Japan. It's called Samurai TV. They actually show Japanese, Mexican, English, and American wrestling. Plus Pride, UFC, old school rasslin, and boxing. Only problem is, its so damn expensive. With the Yen rate so high it is about 50 bucks plus whatever your cable bill is.
The test run will begin on 12/1, running Monday-Friday for one hour at 7 AM with a 7 PM repeat of the same programming. There will be two hours of programming on weekends at 9 AM (6 PM repeat).
Announced for the test run is:
Monday 12/1: FWA/ROH Frontiers of Honor Tuesday 12/2: "Mat Mayhem" - presented by Gene Okerlund, (Classic footage featuring The Road Warriors, Jerry Lawler, Randy Savage, Rick Rude and others.) Wednesday 12/3: Pro Wrestling NOAH Thursday 12/4: Irish Whip Wrestling Friday 12/5: Frontiers of Honor Saturday 12/6: "Mat Mayhem" (2 hours) Sunday 12/7: Pro Wrestling NOAH (2 hours)
Monday 12/8: "Classic Wrestling - The Early Years" featuring Ric Flair, Harley Race, Kamala, Dusty Rhodes and more Tuesday 12/9: Ring Of Honor Wednesday 12/10: FWA/ROH Frontiers of Honor Part II Thursday 12/11: "Classic Wrestling: Ringside Retribution" featuring 1970s Florida Championship Wrestling footage Friday 12/12: Combat Zone Wrestling Saturday 12/13: "Classic Wrestling" (2 hours) Sunday 12/14: "Classic Wrestling" (2 hours featuring Florida Championship Wrestling)
Monday 12/15: Irish Whip Wrestling Tuesday 12/16: Pro Wrestling NOAH Wednesday 12/17: Frontier Wrestling Association Thursday 12/18: Frontier Wrestling Association Friday 12/19: "Classic Wrestling" Saturday 12/20: Irish Whip Wrestling (2 hours) Sunday 12/21: Pro Wrestling NOAH (2 hours)
Monday 12/22: Combat Zone Wrestling Tuesday 12/23: "Classic Wrestling" Wednesday 12/24: Ring of Honor Thursday 12/25: Pro Wrestling NOAH Friday 12/26: "Classic Wrestling" Saturday 12/27:"Classic Wrestling: The Early Years" (2 Hours) Sunday 12/28:: FWA (2 Hours)
Edit: there is a slightly different schedule at the wrestling channel's website here.
Dear Friends kind regards The Wrestling TV channel is scheduled for March but a test is going to be done on Sky in December. This is very interesting......... I think that alot of the British wrestlers see this as an opportunity to perform on TV and of course people will have the pleasure of seeing Jake "the snake" Roberts on TV once again. It could be really enterprising for the Wrestling industry as a whole..........I am sure that the WWE will be keeping a close eye on this tv channels success. fingers crossed. yours thankfully John
It's because back when they were the WWWF, wanting to "get the W out", McMahon signed an agreement with the Panda-WWF that his WWF wouldn't use the initials in an international basis (so it shouldn't affect North America). Once the WWF.