Editor’s Note; Be sure to listen to tonight’s Chad Dukes Wrestling Show, up later tonight on the site, for Dukes, Goat, & Thom’s reaction to the situation.
More details about our friends’ at Ring of Honor’s television deal with TNA’s current television partner Destination America are now available.
- Per Ring of Honor’s press release, ROH will air for 26 weeks starting Wednesday June 3rd
- Per PW Insider, the episodes that air on Wednesday Nights will be the same episodes that air the previous weekend in syndication.
I think that second bullet is the most important point in this whole situation.
For Ring of Honor this gets their syndicated program into more homes and at the same time generates additional revenue, simply by continuing to produce the show they’ve produced for years.
For Destination America, one of the rumored complaints from Destination America about TNA has been the production costs in comparison to the return in ratings. If ROH ultimately replaces TNA and can maintain their ratings at a lower cost, because that cost is being eaten by Sinclair producing the show for their syndicated stations? It’s win-win for Destination America.
While there hasn’t been much in the way of network synergy between DA & TNA, ROH headliners The Briscoes seem tailor-made for guest shots on some of the Discovery-owned network’s programs like Hillbilly Blood and Mountain Monsters.
Hit the jump for the latest on the public reaction from TNA regarding their new lead-in program.
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MVP of TNA’s Beat Down Clan is the first TNA superstar to react to the news that Ring of Honor will be joining the Wednesday Night Destination America lineup. Check out the tweets below.
It’s a tag team “dream match” (I don’t think TNA knows what that phrase means) one more time tonight on Impact Wrestling, an epic 6-man tag, and a four-way Knockouts championship match tonight on Impact Wrestling.
Don’t get me wrong I’m not slamming the Hardys and Team 3D and I’m sure they’ll tear it down, but a dream match usually means two competitors meeting for the first time. The match is seemingly (no spoilers here) the culmination of the Hardys’ reunion and Team 3D’s pending TNA Hall of Fame induction. When we last saw the boys from Cameron, NC they dropped a TNA Tag Championship match to the Wolves at Destination X. Can they rebound against the reunited Team 3D one week removed from their huge #ItHappens moment last week?
TNA World Champion Lashely and his crew of MVP & Kenny King will lace them up in six-man action against the three top challengers to Lashley’s championship reign, three former champions in their own right: Bobby Roode, Eric Young, & Austin Aries.
And finally, the Knockouts Championship will be on the line in a four-way to round out the lineup. Taryn Terell and the Beautiful People- Velvet Sky & Angelina Love will challenge Champion Gail Kim in the bout.
Check out Impact Wrestling tonight at 9PM on Spike.
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Episodes of Impact Wrestling have been taped through roughly mid-2016. That said, tonight’s preview is spoiler-free.
New Guy-In-Charge Kurt Angle has promised tonight would be a Red, White, and Blue Throwdown. No word on whether that’s just a subtitle to tonight’s Impact, or if there’s a special match to take place. If so, that match still wouldn’t outshine tonight’s main event, in which Eric Young gets his rematch against champion Bobby Lashley.
Maybe the Throwdown is the world title match?
Also on the show –
- Bobby Roode returns to the active roster after another hiatus from television, this one only five weeks long. He joins the line of faces who look to get a shot at Lashley – EY, Samoa Joe, and Austin Aries among them. His opponent for tonight has not yet been announced.
- Bully Ray looks to end the undefeated streak of EC3 and cross another name off his list, as he enters a Tables Match with Carter.
- Angelina Love defends the KO strap against Gail Kim.
Okay, TNA. You have my attention. Color me “intrigued.”
On a live edition of Impact Wrestling, which still happen from time-to-time, wrestling legend Tommy Dreamer will appear to confront Dixie Carter concerning Bully Ray not being allowed to fulfill a recent obligation of appearing at a Dreamer “House of Hardcore” show. Yes, 99 percent chance is that this just serves to further the Dixie-Bully feud, and we’ll see something like EC3 decimating the innovator of violence. However, if (IF) the brass of TNA were smart, just give Dreamer a live mic first. Let him say his piece. Let’s make believe that wild and unpredictable things can once again happen on Spike TV on Thursday evenings.
In other news, your reigning and defending Heavyweight Champion of the World, Eric Young, has once again declared that he’ll be a fighting champion. Young, who successfully defended his strap against Bobby Lashley and Austin Aries at Slammiversary earlier this week, will defend his title tonight against an opponent hand-picked by MVP. The DWO has been soliciting suggestions on Twitter, but the opportunity is likely to go to Kenny King or Lashley. Or both.
The show will otherwise feature fallout from Slammiversary – development after victories by Carter, Love, Sanada, and more. The return of Taryn Terrell will also be featured.
Hot Topic Alert: We should also hear a push concerning the controversial fan poll about whether TNA should go back to a six-sided ring full-time. My feeling is that TNA would like to make the move just to shake things up, but would like to empower the fans in the process. Given that some wrestlers, including EC3 and Austin Aries, have spoken out against the change, it’d be interesting to see if wrestlers are allowed to give pros and cons on the issue. The voting ends after Impact tonight, and if a change will be made, it will be next week. Make sure you download the TNA App to vote. Tune-in tonight; Tenay will inform you how to turn-on your smart phone.