[MISC] Spike TV Planning Competition for First RAW on USA


After speculation that Spike TV would broadcast a TNA Wrestling special in the soon-to-be former RAW timeslot of 9pm on Monday, October 3 (the date RAW moves to USA Network), Spike TV has decided to … show a live Ultimate Fighting special.

According to MMAWeekly.com:

Monday, September 05, 2005 –

Spike TV is winding down it’s relationship with the WWE as the WWE is getting ready to switch networks from Spike TV to the USA Cable Network. As a result, Spike TV has contacted the UFC about putting together a LIVE show on October 3rd, which is the first date the WWE will not being doing their weekly Monday Night Show on the Spike TV Network.

The UFC will now lock down the WWE timeslot and Spike executives are hoping those who regularly tune in for Monday Night for WWE RAW on October 3rd, will sit through the UFC Live show instead.

Michael DiSanto broke the story on Inside Fighting on Sunday, but there were a few match ups that were reported incorrectly. MMAWeekly has learned that there will be a fight between Thiago “Pitbull” Alves from American Top Team fighting Spencer Fisher from Miletich, not Alves vs Larson as was reported by Inside Fighting.

MMAWeekly has learned that Brock Larson will actually face John Fitch. So here is the correct updated card reported by MMAWeekly.

– Evan Tanner vs David Loiseau
– Stephan Bonnar vs James Irvin
– Josh Koscheck vs Drew Fickett
– Chris Leben vs Edwin Dewees
– Thiago “Pitbull” Alves vs Spencer Fisher
– Brandon Vera vs Fabiano Scherner
– Brock Larson vs John Fitch
– Johnathon Guillet vs Jay Hieron

There is no word as of yet regarding any potential TNA participation in the UFC event (such as having Tito Ortiz or Ken Shamrock present at events for both promotions, having TNA stars sitting at ringside during the UFC special, showing TNA commercials during the UFC special, etc.). PWInsider.com is reporting, however, that TNA iMPACT! will be replaying on Mondays at midnight in October, according to SpikeTV’s upcoming TV listings.

Matthew Michaels is editor emeritus of Pulse Wrestling, and has been since the site launched.