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Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Ring of Honor coming to Destination America in June

Earlier today, Destination America announced that Ring of Honor would be coming to their network starting Wednesday, June 3 at 8 p.m. (which is next Wednesday if you weren't keeping track). It's hard to say what exactly this news means for TNA but in all likelihood, things are looking bleak.

Over the past week or so, rumors have been flying all over the internet about TNA being cancelled, though the exact reason for those rumors has been everything from Destination America simply not renewing Impact for another season to the network dropping TNA after president Dixie Carter accidentally emailed DA execs calling them "dummies." Like I said, who knows what the reason was behind the most current round of "TNA is cancelled" rumors but with the news that ROH is coming to the network, it sure seems like the sun is setting on TNA.

According to PWInsider, TNA held a talent conference call at 3 p.m. and while word of the exact proceedings of that call has yet to make it online, Twitter has been on fire with all sorts of indications of how dire the situation is for TNA at the moment.

That tweet is from MVP who posted a few other tweets obviously referencing the current circumstances of TNA but that was by far the most telling. MVP has been in or at least near the main event scene of TNA since coming into the company and now he's seeking bookings on Twitter? That doesn't seem like something a happy, content employee would do.

This next tweet is from Justin LaBar, a wrestling journalist, simply stating that TNA had many press interviews set up to promote Impact, TNA's weekly show, and abruptly cancelled ALL of them right after the ROH news broke. Maybe they're just doing damage control and trying to get all their workers on the same page in terms of what this means for TNA but on the other hand, it kinda seems like TNA isn't thinking long term anymore.

But enough about what this means for TNA - think about what this means for Ring of Honor.

ROH has been around a long time and has been consistently putting out one of the best overall wrestling products. The biggest stars in WWE right now all came from ROH (Daniel Bryan, Seth Rollins, Kevin Owens) and ROH is experiencing one of the best periods in their history right now with their current partnership with New Japan Pro Wrestling. Not to mention some great stories right now like Jay Briscoe's two-year unpinned streak, Jay Lethal holding every record for TV Title, their upcoming title for title match, The Kingdom and the Bullet Club feuding, the best tag team division in the world (The Addiction, reDRagon, War Machine, The Briscoes, The Young Bucks, etc) as well as talented up-and-comers like Moose, Donovan Dijak, Dalton Castle and more.

The move to Destination America means more viewership for ROH and will immensely help their PPV numbers going forward. And because ROH already produces a weekly show, which airs online and on Sinclair Broadcasting, the cost for Destination America should be relatively small compared to what they were spending on TNA.

Though we'll probably never see another Monday Night War, between NXT, Lucha Underground and now Ring of Honor all having Wednesday night shows, I'd say the Wednesday Night Wars have already begun.

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