Come June 3, Destination America will be home to not only TNA’s Impact Wrestling, but Ring of Honor as well.
Sinclair Broadcast Group, which owns ROH, announced it had signed a national broadcast deal with the network, which is part of Discovery Communications. Ring of Honor will premiere on its new home on Wednesday, June 3 at 8/7CT and run for an initial 26 weeks.
Impact Wrestling moves from its Friday night time slot to 8 p.m. CT on the same day, meaning ROH is serving as a lead-in. This is unprecedented, as a broadcast network now serves as the home of the two biggest national companies under WWE. ROH has made tremendous strides in the last year with pay-per-view, internet pay-per-view and the upcoming release of its first action figures.
When TNA’s deal with Spike TV ended, the Nashville-based promotion jumped to Destination America this year. Wednesday is a competitive night for pro wrestling with Lucha Underground on El Rey Network and WWE’s NXT brand running its show on the WWE Network.
“We are very excited to be partnering with Destination America for the broader distribution of the ROH programming,” commented Joe Koff, ROH Chief Operating Officer in a press release. “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.”
“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, added. “Ring of Honor showcases tenacity, athleticism and passion and it serves as the place where America’s favorite wrestling stars are born.”
The landscape of professional wrestling on television has definitely changed.
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Ring of Honor premieres Wednesday, June 3 at 8/7CT on Destination America.
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