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    Posted: 27/May/2015 at 20:02
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UPDATE: Here is the official press release…

Destination America announced today that it has signed a national broadcast deal with professional wrestling league RING OF HONOR, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Sinclair Broadcast Group, Inc., bringing one of the most respected wrestling organizations to the only network dedicated to all-American entertainment. Destination America is now the one-two-punch to professional wrestling, adding RING OF HONOR (ROH) to its line-up after launching IMPACT WRESTLING in early 2015. RING OF HONOR has been delivering top wrestling matches for ten years with captivating hard-hitting stars such as Jay & Mark Briscoe, AJ Styles, Samoa Joe, The Young Bucks, Maria Kanellis, Adam Cole and Jay Lethal. Destination America will pack on the action beginning Wednesday June 3 with the series premiere of RING OF HONOR at 8/7c leading into brand new premieres of IMPACT WRESTLING at 9/8c.

“With the electric and intense matches that RING OF HONOR provides, Destination America is the network for fans to get an entire evening of jaw-dropping entertainment on Wednesday nights,” said Marc Etkind, general manager of Destination America. “RING OF HONOR showcases tenacity, athleticism and passion and it serves as the place where America’s favorite wrestling stars are born.”

“We are very excited to be partnering with Destination America for the broader distribution of the ROH programming,” commented Joe Koff, Chief Operating Officer – Ring of Honor Wrestling. “ROH will now reach an additional 57 million households including those in New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago, Philadelphia and other large cities where Ring of Honor is not currently airing. ROH has a loyal fan base and is one of the fastest growing major wrestling franchises in the country. With this great partnership with Destination America, we can continue to expand our footprint and reach while producing entertaining, original content and continuing to provide wrestling fans some of the best wrestling content available.”

RING OF HONOR will premiere on Wednesday, June 3 leading into IMPACT WRESTLING, making Destination America the home for wrestling every Wednesday evening. The first match will feature the Briscoe Brothers, Mark and Jay, as they face off with the House of Truth in the main event. Also catch athletes of New Japan Pro Wrestling battle it out with the RING OF HONOR stars and follow former NFL lineman Moose compete against BJ Whitmer.

ORIGINAL: Destination America sent out the following today on Twitter, announcing that “Ring of Honor is coming to Destination America” on June 3rd at 8PM ET. The show would air one hour prior to iMPACT!, which is moving to Wednesdays on that evening. More details as they become available…

 
So this is surprising news what with all the rumours of TNA getting cancelled by this network, makes you wonder what the angle is here, are Destination America lining up ROH as a replacement for TNA or are they hoping that by running both promotions head to head it will boost interest in TNA?
 
The most interesting possible development would be the chance of a inter-promotional war between TNA and ROH, with both on the same network its entirely possible and would be a huge boost to the product of either company with talent able to cross over and inter-promotional matches being held.


Edited by Fletch - 27/May/2015 at 20:03
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I see this more as a win for ROH. With ROH getting TV exposure, no matter on how small a network, it'll be a boost to make them the 2nd company. TNA has been a sinking ship for a while so if this has a knock on effect and makes it better for them, then smart decision making from DA.

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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Rico Len Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 27/May/2015 at 21:16
I've been seeing RoH showing up on both Fox and CBS two of the U.S. biggest tv networks every sunday for a while now. This almost seems like a step back for them to me, granted Sunday mid-day is a poor timeslot, but being on basic cable is more than enough to offset it I would think.
 
In any case this almost comes off like a partnership in some ways, even though I know it's not. This could be really big for both companies depending on how well it does.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote admin Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 27/May/2015 at 23:21
Looks like TNA are safe for now with them mentioned in the press release. I can see a fued between the two companies with talent appearing on eachothers shows.

I hope Challenge pick up ROH so we in the UK can have the same schedule.

Hopefully ROH have enough to get over without relying on all their former TNA guys who work for them.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Rico Len Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 28/May/2015 at 00:06
Yeah a Wednesday Night War storyline is kind of a must at this point, and it would be great for both companies and even better is that it doesn't involve WWE...
... unless of course NXT were to show up on USA on Wednesday nights.
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Is this the first time this has ever happened? I cant ever remember a time two "rival" companies were on the same network let alone the same night in the same program lineup.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (1) Thanks(1)   Quote John The Baptist Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 28/May/2015 at 02:16
edit - it's just delayed repeats, no original content.

Massive mehh. TNA are on life support though. Great news.


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Originally posted by bigfloridapimp bigfloridapimp wrote:

Is this the first time this has ever happened? I cant ever remember a time two "rival" companies were on the same network let alone the same night in the same program lineup.

The same night, no, but the DA/TNA/ROH situation is eerily similar to the one with TNN/ECW/WWF in 2001 before ECW got kicked to the curb. And the coincidences are quite extraordinary, especially if it's proven to be true that Dixie Carter blasted DA officals in an e-mail they accidentally received.

As for ROH, to me it's simple: ROH is cheaper to acquire for DA so they'll make money off of it. Hell, I heard that with the way it's structured, ROH will also probably make money as well since they'll have 2 channels of TV distribution. Plus, probably that DA's sponsors will be more willing to advertise during ROH rather than TNA (which has been jokingly called DNA - as like Do Not Advertise - by sponsors for the channel)....

So.....yeah, the writing is clearly on the wall for TNA. Sad for the workers and staff members that don't deserve that but it's about time someone puts Dixie Carter out of her misery.
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we've still got a few months to see what happens.
 
if DA are going to pull the plug on TNA, they won't do so until the contract expires in September, but, the fact that they have ROH as the lead-in to TNA, and not the other way around, has to be some sort of good sign, as if they were aiming to push ROH, it would follow on from Impact, surely?
 
if they are dropping TNA, it is a smart move by DA, as I have no doubt that Dixie would be making Twitter threats to sue the company if they terminated the contract...
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A TNA vs ROH war, a talent sharing agreement or a merger of the two promotions all sounds good to me as if you pool the resources of the two companies you have a very good roster, however I think it's far more likely Destination America have signed up ROH on a much cheaper deal than TNA and the idea is for them to be the replacement wrestling show when they end their relationship with TNA in September.

The fact that TNA have failed to actually flat out deny the cancellation rumours says it all really. ROH can likely at least equal the ratings TNA currently pull on DA, possibly even beat them as they have more of a smark fan-following.
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