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Sinclair Broadcast Group Issues Press Release to Announce Ring of Honor Being Broadcast on Destination America

Sinclair Broadcast Group issued the following press release to comment on the signing of a broadcast deal with Destination America to carry Ring of Honor wrestling.  The deal is for 26 weeks, which is becoming the industry standard rather than long-term television contracts.

Sinclair Broadcast Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: SBGI) (the “Company”) announced that it has signed a national broadcast deal with Destination America, part of Discovery Communications, for the Company’s professional wrestling promotion, Ring of Honor (“ROH”). ROH will premiere on Destination America for 26 weeks beginning Wednesday, June 3, 2015 at 8pm EST/7pm CST. The announcement was made by Joe Koff, Chief Operating Officer – Ring of Honor Wresting.

“We are very excited to be partnering with Destination America for the broader distribution of the ROH programming,” commented Joe Koff, Chief Operating Officer – Ring of Honor Wrestling. “ROH will now reach an additional 57 million households including those in New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago, Philadelphia and other large cities where Ring of Honor is not currently airing.

ROH has a loyal fan base and is one of the fastest growing major wrestling franchises in the country. With this great partnership with Destination America, we can continue to expand our footprint and reach while producing entertaining, original content and continuing to provide wrestling fans some of the best wrestling content available.”

“With the electric and intense matches that Ring of Honor provides, Destination America is the network for fans to get an entire evening of jaw-dropping entertainment on Wednesday nights,” said Marc Etkind, General Manager of Destination America. “Ring of Honor showcases tenacity, athleticism and passion and it serves as the place where America’s favorite wrestling stars are born.”

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Destination America Issues Press Release for Weekly Ring of Honor Series

Below is a formal press release issued by Destination America and Discovery Networks regarding the national broadcast deal signed between the network and Ring of Honor Wrestling.

Destination America announced today that it has signed a national broadcast deal with professional wrestling league RING OF HONOR, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Sinclair Broadcast Group, Inc., bringing one of the most respected wrestling organizations to the only network dedicated to all-American entertainment. Destination America is now the one-two-punch to professional wrestling, adding RING OF HONOR (ROH) to its line-up after launching IMPACT WRESTLING in early 2015. RING OF HONOR has been delivering top wrestling matches for ten years with captivating hard-hitting stars such as Jay & Mark Briscoe, AJ Styles, Samoa Joe, The Young Bucks, Maria Kanellis, Adam Cole and Jay Lethal. Destination America will pack on the action beginning Wednesday June 3 with the series premiere of RING OF HONOR at 8/7c leading into brand new premieres of IMPACT WRESTLING at 9/8c.

“With the electric and intense matches that RING OF HONOR provides, Destination America is the network for fans to get an entire evening of jaw-dropping entertainment on Wednesday nights,” said Marc Etkind, general manager of Destination America. “RING OF HONOR showcases tenacity, athleticism and passion and it serves as the place where America’s favorite wrestling stars are born.”

“We are very excited to be partnering with Destination America for the broader distribution of the ROH programming,” commented Joe Koff, Chief Operating Officer – Ring of Honor Wrestling. “ROH will now reach an additional 57 million households including those in New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago, Philadelphia and other large cities where Ring of Honor is not currently airing. ROH has a loyal fan base and is one of the fastest growing major wrestling franchises in the country. With this great partnership with Destination America, we can continue to expand our footprint and reach while producing entertaining, original content and continuing to provide wrestling fans some of the best wrestling content available.”

RING OF HONOR will premiere on Wednesday, June 3 leading into IMPACT WRESTLING, making Destination America the home for wrestling every Wednesday evening. The first match will feature the Briscoe Brothers, Mark and Jay, as they face off with the House of Truth in the main event. Also catch athletes of New Japan Pro Wrestling battle it out with the RING OF HONOR stars and follow former NFL lineman Moose compete against BJ Whitmer.

Since launching in 2012, Destination America has become one of cable’s top fastest-growing networks, and continues to earn telecast ratings records among key series. In 2015 to date, Destination America has acquired over 50 million unique viewers. With top series that explore unique American cultures and ways of life – including Paranormal Survivor, Hillbilly Blood, Buying the Bayou, and BBQ Pitmasters – Destination America’s programming spans the nation from Alaska, Hawaii and Colorado to Louisiana, West Virginia and communities in between. To find Destination America, go to destinationamerica.com/watchda.

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Ring of Honor Set to Debut On Destination America

In what can only be called a surprising twist of events given the general conversation surrounding TNA’s future on the network, Discovery Networks has announced that Ring of Honor will be joining the Destination America lineup.  The announcement came via a tweet from the Destination America Twitter account, as shown below.  Ring of Honor will begin airing on Wednesday, June 3 at 8PM EST.

As noted in Ring Rap Audio last night, TNA will be moving to Wednesdays as well on Destination America, also starting on June 3 at 9PM EST.  With all of the speculation regarding TNA’s future on Destination America, this is a very interesting development.  We will bring you more information as it becomes available.

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WWE NXT Results for 06/17/15 (Spoilers)

On Thursday, May 21st, 2015, NXT did a series of tapings for the next few weeks of television.  The tapings were held at Full Sail University in Winter Park, Florida.  The spoilers for the June 17th show are available below.

Did you attend the show?  We would be interested in your thoughts on the live experience.  Please email me at dkoscelek@ring-rap.com.

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WWE NXT Results for 06/10/15 (Spoilers)

On Thursday, May 21st, 2015, NXT did a series of tapings for the next few weeks of television.  The tapings were held at Full Sail University in Winter Park, Florida.  The spoilers for the June 10th show are available below.

Did you attend the show?  We would be interested in your thoughts on the live experience.  Please email me at dkoscelek@ring-rap.com.

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WWE NXT Results for 06/03/15 (Spoilers)

On Thursday, May 21st, 2015, NXT did a series of tapings for the next few weeks of television.  The tapings were held at Full Sail University in Winter Park, Florida.  The spoilers for the June 3rd show are available below.

Did you attend the show?  We would be interested in your thoughts on the live experience.  Please email me at dkoscelek@ring-rap.com.

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WWE NXT Results for 05/27/15 (Spoilers)

On Thursday, May 21st, 2015, NXT did a series of tapings for the next few weeks of television.  The tapings were held at Full Sail University in Winter Park, Florida.  The spoilers for the May 27th show are available below.

Did you attend the show?  We would be interested in your thoughts on the live experience.  Please email me at dkoscelek@ring-rap.com.

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TNA Releases Statement on Rumors of Cancellation

TNA published the following press release yesterday, in response to rumors of cancellation.

It has come to our attention that several internet news sources have falsely attributed statements to TNA, its executives and broadcasting partner. These false statements constitute defamation and if necessary we will seek all legal remedies available to us.

More details as we get them.  In the meantime, cross your fingers they don’t sue Ring Rap!

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Destination America Reportedly Cancels TNA Wrestling

Dave Meltzer of the Wrestling Observer is reporting that Destination America is cancelling TNA Wrestling, with the expectation that the cancellation will take effect in late September 2015.

Allegedly, this decision was made prior to the decision to move Impact to Wednesday nights.  TNA has yet to publicly make a statement on the matter.

More as it develops.

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READER POLL: Rate WWE NXT Takeover: Unstoppable 05/20/15

If you watched WWE’s NXT Takeover: Unstoppable this evening, please take a moment to let us know what you thought of the show!