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Spike TV cuts off WWE chief as wrestling deal ends

(Posted September 28, 2005 by Leah Yoakum)

Spike TV cut off World Wrestling Entertainment chief Vince McMahon Monday as he mentioned that WWE's "Monday Night RAW" would go to the USA Network.

"Next week 'Monday Night RAW' returns home," McMahon said on the telecast. "Next week, 'Monday Night RAW' returns" -- at which point viewers didn't hear "USA Network."

A Spike TV spokeswoman would only say: "We had a good five years with them, and we wish them well."

Spike TV has been the home of "Raw" since 2000, when the Viacom-owned channel was known as TNN. But negotiations to renew the show ran aground on an increase in license fees, according to reports at the time. USA Network took it over; the channel had carried the WWE program before the Viacom deal.

During Monday's telecast, McMahon said Spike TV and the WWE had been "pretty good tag-team partners."

Reuters/Hollywood Reporter

Source: Yahoo! News

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