Ring of Honor (“ROH”) is proud to announce that beginning December 2nd, ROH will air its weekly television program nationally on the COMET television channel.
TNA Impact Wrestling will be moving to POP TV, the former TV Guide Channel, beginning Tuesday, January 5th at 9pm EST.
Lucha Underground Renewed For Season 2, and slated to return to El Rey Network in January 2016.
USA Network will have a white hot January with the grand arrival of the two-hour live action WWE powerhouse Smackdown on Thursday, January 7 at 8/7c
These are just some of the headlines that have been published thus proving that professional wrestling is very much alive and well going into 2016. Let’s look into each deal and see how this benefits each company.
Impact Wrestling to Pop TV has given TNA not only a chance to survive, but to return back into a position where they can at least make a comeback to the level of viewers that they had on Spike. Pop TV has 75 million viewers and is featured on Direct TV and Dish Network and most major cable companies, except my carrier (thanks U-Verse!). The move to Tuesday nights at 9pm Eastern is even better for Impact so that they no longer compete alongside Lucha Underground and WWE NXT. Things could not have turned out better for TNA. I expect to reach back out to some of their lost talent or seek out some free agents.
Ring of Honor to Comet TV was a deal made simple since ROH’s parent company Sinclair Broadcasting owns the network. This new network at least gives some of the major TV markets a way to find a digital converter and find the show at midnight on Wednesday nights. Basically, ROH is more or less in the same place that they were while hoping that Comet TV will find its way to cable or satellite in the near future.
Lucha Underground getting a season 2 is a result of El Rey Network realizing that the wrestling product wasn’t the only reason ratings did not get higher as originally hoped. El Rey Network is in the middle of an identity change by partnering with Warner Brothers Domestic TV to air reruns of Constantine, Almost Human, Human Target, Mortal Kombat, Freddy’s Nightmares, V and Night Visions. Those shows are a big change from the martial arts and cult movies that El Rey viewers are accustomed to. They have also cut the amount of original programming to Lucha Underground, From Dusk Til Dawn and the Director’s Chair, so Lucha probably will work with close to the same budget they had last season.
WWE Smackdown is a move to soon to talk about. WWE might get a small bump in ratings because of the channel change but that is all I expect to happen.
Wrestling has a better future in 2016, and that makes for a lot of happy wrestling fans like yours truly.-KOP