Well this ain’t good … DREAM was yanked from TBS after just one show. Actually, they haven’t been completely removed from broadcast TV – they’re just being neutered with the same delayed / edited treatment that did so well for the IFL:
TBS is now scheduled to air the forthcoming April 29 Dream card on a week’s tape delay in heavily edited one-hour installments. The broadcasts will air both in afternoon and after-midnight timeslots. However, future Dream events will air live on SkyPerfecTV pay-per-view.
All this is apparently because the first DREAM did shit ratings. I’m pretty amazed that they’re getting so little time to prove themselves … the first show was nothing more than a glorified Bushido event and rational thinking suggests that DREAM.2 would be a better indication of what’s up. But I guess the lineup hasn’t impressed the network execs so away it goes. Fingers crossed the same thing doesn’t happen over here with EliteXC.
I’m the last person in the universe to decode what the fuck this means for DREAM in the long run but this whole situation certainly can’t be a good thing. While DREAM keeps putting together low-sizzle cards, Sengoku is banking on the gaijin fighters like Josh Barnett and Jeff Monson and Kevin Randleman to make things work.