Less than 2 weeks ago, an announcement was made in reference to Destination America cancelling Impact Wrestling in September.
The following week, TNA President Dixie Carter made a bold statement saying that the cancellation was in fact a rumor and that the relationship between TNA and Destination America was fine and the promotion was set to move to Wednesday nights as originally advertised.
She would then go on record to say that legal action will be taken against the parties that started the rumor. It was then stated that the cancellation was due to the fact that advertisers with the Discovery Channel, the parent channel of Destination America, did not want to advertise on a wrestling show and they would state there is an opt-out clause in their contract with TNA Wrestling.
In a surprising twist to this whirlwind, it was made official that Wednesday, June 3rd, Ring of Honor Wrestling will debut on Destination America. This news is huge for indy wrestling fans. But this is also confusing to the rest of the world following this story.
Impact has has a few taped shows that will air between now and this years Slammiversary. Shows will be aired on their normal Wednesday time slot on Destination America and Ring of Honor will start airing one hour prior on June 3rd and then in September, ROH will be the only wrestling show on DA.
It is being said that Discoverie's advertisers will find it much easier to air their ads on a one hour show versus a two hour show.
Destination America made the official announcement via their twitter account around 1pm on the 27th.
This is an exciting time if you're a Ring of Honor fan or even a full on wrestling fan. If you are not familiar with ROH, many of the sports greatest athletes have come from the promotion: Daniel Bryan, CM Punk, Samoa Joe, Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn to name a few key players in the game.
In most parts of the country, ROH programming is on local television. With local television, there are restrictions on vocabulary, in ring action, etc. With the move to not only cable, but expanded cable, there is more leeway for writer and wrestler alike.
Even more exciting is ROH will now become much more available to a wider audience and it now marks the second expanded cable wrestling program that will be on the air - the first being Lucha Underground that is featured on El Rey Network.
Now with Ring of Honor replacing Impact Wrestling on Destination America, it seems wrestling is dominating cable television.