There seems to be smoke to the fire regarding the rumors about Ring of Honor and Spike TV having discussions. PWInsider denied that there were any talks and also denied any past talks but that report appears to be incorrect. The latest Wrestling Observer newsletter is reporting that there have been preliminary talks with both AXS TV and Spike TV. There’s no word on how serious these talks are but talks have definitely taken place.
ROH made a pitch to AXS but there’s no word on what came out of that. AXS did carry Ring of Honor programming at one point when they were called HDNet. The deal ran from 2009 to 2011 and ended when AXS/HDNet decided not to renew. They currently air New Japan Pro Wrestling on Friday nights and the impression being given is that AXS is happy with New Japan.
In regards to Spike TV, there are talks going on but it’s not clear how serious those talks are and key people in both companies were not even aware that talks were going on. Since then there has been confirmation that talks are taking place. The idea would be for ROH to get a Friday night show that would air once a month. Spike would have a regular rotation on Friday nights of Bellator, Glory kickboxing, Al Haymon’s boxing, and ROH wrestling. This would be a great deal for ROH since Spike is in about 83 percent of the country and Sinclair Broadcasting stations make up 37.5 percent of the country. ROH is also on a few non-Sinclair stations so that would put them at 40 percent right now.
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