The plan for their debut on Destination America is January 7th from 9 to 11pm. That is not official but that’s the plan right now. The deal includes other programming and a replay of Impact. There may be other shows besides Impact or offshoot shows and possibly some specials. They’ve told the talent that Discovery is very much behind them. In other words, TNA will be top priority for the network.
It’s a step down from Spike TV because some people would have to upgrade their cable package to get it and they will be available in far less homes than Spike TV is. There is no word on how much money TNA is getting from this deal.
Now that they have this deal finalized, TNA will be signing wrestlers to new deals. One of the guys that will probably get a call from John Gaburick is Kurt Angle. They are working on securing TV taping dates for December. New York will be the likely location. They originally had January 7th booked but that may have changed because they don’t want to do a live show.
Another thing to note is that Gail Kim and Kurt Angle were mentioned in the press release even though they are not under contract. That may mean that they are confident that they will work out a deal with them. Bully Ray was not mentioned in the press release. He was an agent as well and wore many hats backstage. There’s no word on what that means but Matt Striker mentioned on commentary at the House of Hardcore show that Devon and Bully Ray are rumored to be free agents.
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