Officials with TNA Impact Wrestling and Discovery Communications announced last month that the popular wrestling league will join Discovery on the network’s Destination America channel, debuting in January 2015.
The Impact Wrestling series features some of the biggest names in professional wrestling, including Jeff Hardy, Bobby Roode, Kurt Angle, Bobby Lashley and Gail Kim.
The partnership, which sees TNA depart Spike TV after 10 years, will include the U.S. premieres of additional TNA Wrestling series and specials and will provide Discovery Communications with international broadcasting rights in select regions, to be announced at a later date.
“The enduring, cross-generational enthusiasm of pro wrestling is felt by millions of fans around the country, from coast-to-coast and throughout the heartland. We are delighted to bring this beloved American pastime to the one and only network dedicated to celebrating the unique spirit of the U.S., Destination America,” said Marc Etkind, general manager of Destination America. “Our knockout partnership with TNA Impact Wrestling continues Destination America’s mission of bringing our viewers the best of all-American entertainment, and going center ring with one of the world’s foremost professional wrestling leagues fits perfectly within our DNA. Wrestling has created a fiercely loyal, passionate and widespread fan base, and we look forward to being part of the TNA family.”
“We are very excited about Destination America being the new network for Impact Wrestling and the partnership with Discovery Communications both domestically and across the globe. Their commitment to promote and grow our brand in innovative and compelling ways was instrumental in knowing we had found the right home,” said TNA President Dixie Carter. “Together we will create an experience that takes our fans on a new journey that will push the envelope of technology, including where we take our cameras, going deeper into our superstars’ lives and showing the reality of what it takes to create a weekly professional wrestling show, all while showcasing the very best male and female athletes in the world.”