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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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Ring of Honor/New Japan Pro Wrestling “War of the Worlds Night One” Results 05/12/15

Ring of Honor and New Japan Pro Wrestling teamed up to present War of the Worlds Night One in Philadelphia, PA.  Below are the results of the show.

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Ring Rap Audio: 05/12/15 – WWE Payback Preview and Predictions, Raw, Daniel Bryan, Elimination Chamber, GFW Roster Announced, Over-Saturation, more!

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It’s a tag team of Bill Wentz and Drew Koscelek today!

GFW announced their roster of talent last week, and it’s a solid list of indy standouts and former WWE and TNA talents.  While details about a television deal are scarce, the potential for greatness is there.  Drew and Bill take a look at the roster and identify the standouts, as well as take a look at how indy wrestling is taking over television across the US.

This leads into a full breakdown of WWE Raw.  What was good?  What wa bad?  How do Bill and Drew feel about the Daniel Bryan situation?

Plus, Elimination Chamber has been announced as a WWE Network only pay per view at the end of the month?  Is this over-exposure and over-saturation of the product?  We got called out on Twitter, but we still disagree, and explain why.

All this, plus a detailed look at WWE Payback, including predictions of the show!

Follow all of us on Twitter as well: @RingRapAudio and @RingRap.  Bill is on Twitter @Bill_SoonerFan.  Matt is on Twitter @bigmat75.  Drew is on Twitter too @PsionStorm.

Be sure to tune in to our shorter, more frequent solo audio show, Around the Ring with Ring Rap! (iTunes | Stitcher | TuneIn | RSS)

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Ring of Honor Announces Card for “War of the Worlds Night Two”

Ring of Honor has announced the following card for their “War of the Worlds” Night Two event.  The event will take place on May 13 in Philadelphia, PA at the 2300 Arena.

  • AJ Styles and The Young Bucks (Matt and Nick Jackson) vs. Adam Cole, Matt Taven, and Michael Bennett
  • Jay Briscoe (c) vs. Bobby Fish, Ring of Honor Championship
  • Roderick Strong vs. Hiroshi Tanahashi
  • Christopher Daniels and Kazarian vs. Kazuchika Okada and Gedo
  • Jay Lethal (Ring of Honor Television Champion) vs. Shinsuke Nakamura vs. Mark Briscoe vs. Jushin Liger; Non-title match
  • Adam Page vs. Watanabe
  • Michael Elgin vs. Kushida
  • Kyle O’Reilly vs. Tetsuya Naito

ROH also has noted that Moose will also be making an appearance.

If you’re going to either night of War of the Worlds, or other ROH  events, and want to contribute live event results and information feel free to send it along to me at bwentz@ring-rap.com.

 

 

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Ring Rap Audio: 04/14/15 – Jey Uso Injury Update, New WWE Performance Center Hires, WWE Raw, Extreme Rules, Plus a Discussion on Kicking Out of Finishers, and more!

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Bill is back to feeling like a human being again, which is great news, because we are fired up about this episode.

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ROH’s Tomasso Ciampa “Fired” at Live Event in San Antonio This Weekend

It’s worth pointing out that at this past weekend’s live event in San Antonio, TX Ring of Honor fired Tomasso Ciampa.  During the television taping, Ciampa attacked referee Todd Sinclair.  The formal announcement of the move, which can be read at ROHWrestling.com, says that there was a no tolerance policy for such behavior, and ROH was left with no choice but to terminate Ciampa following the attack.

Of course, this is the storyline version.  We previously noted that Ciampa has left the company and that the Saturday date in San Antonio was his final date with ROH.  Ciampa is presently taking independent bookings.

 

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Ring of Honor “Supercard of Honor” Quick Results for 3/27/2015 – Samoa Joe vs. Jay Briscoe for the ROH Championship, Jushin Liger vs. Jay Lethal for the ROH TV Championship, and More

WWE isn’t the only show in town in Northern California this weekend.  Ring of Honor ran in Redwood, CA last night and put on their “Supercard of Honor” show.  The following are the quick results of that event, courtesy ProWrestling.net.

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Ring of Honor Announces Additional Philadelphia Event with New Japan Pro Wrestling

Ring of Honor recently put tickets on sale for their “War of the Worlds” event, which will take place at the 2300 Arena (formerly the ECW Arena) in Philadelphia, PA on May 13, 2015.  In an email to fans, as well as on their site, ROH has now announced that there is going to be an additional Philadelphia event due to “record breaking demand.”  The announcement that appears on ROHWrestling.com appears below:

RING OF HONOR & NEW JAPAN ADD AN ADDITIONAL PHILADELPHIA EVENT

Tuesday, May 12th, 2015 – 2300 (ECW) Arena

RING OF HONOR WRESTLING® AND NEW JAPAN PRO-WRESTLING® WILL NOW PRESENT 4 SUPER SHOWS THIS MAY IN NORTH AMERICA

Due to record-breaking demand, Ring of Honor Wrestling® (“ROH”) is happy to announce that we will be adding an additional WAR OF THE WORLDS ’15 event on Tuesday, May 12th, 2015 at the 2300 Arena in South Philadelphia. Tickets for this additional event will go on sale Monday, March 9th @ 10am Est to the general public.

All ROH & NJPW stars, and matches will be announced at a later date.

Follow ROH on Twitter: @RingofHonor
Like ROH on Facebook: FB.com/RingofHonor

Watch and learn about ROH: www.ROHWrestling.com

Learn more about New Japan Pro-Wrestling: http://www.njpw.co.jp/english/

Previously announced events

Wednesday, May 13th, 2015 – WAR OF THE WORLDS ’15

Friday, May 15th, 2015 GLOBAL WARS ’15 Night #1 – click here to purchase tickets

Saturday, May 16th, 2015 GLOBAL WARS ’15 Night #2 – click here to purchase tickets