Ring of Honor COO Joe Koff was on VOC Nation’s Greg DeMarco show to discuss the surprise announcement of Ring of Honor on Destination America. Below are a few highlights of the interview. You can listen to the entire show at VOCNation.com.
On how the Destination America deal came about: Unlike other wrestling promotions we’re a broadcasting company and we have a different kind of rolodex. We were able to make a contact at Destination America. They’re great people and they’re wrestling fans… One of the things we talked about is what a tremendous two-three punch we could give that network if they had both Ring of Honor and Impact Wrestling.
On if Samoa Joe will still be able to appear on ROH television with the new deal: We have not heard otherwise, so I don’t have the answer for you. We have contracts—they have contracts. I’m hoping that since he was able to take our booking when we had a TV program with significant coverage. I don’t know at this point, I am counting on him to be on TV with us as long as he appears with us, but I guess we’ll find out.
On if fans can still watch the weekly television show on the ROH website: Absolutely. It’s really well thought out by both parties. Our programs are weekend programs that primarily air on our Sinclair stations plus our syndicated partners on Friday, Saturday or Sunday. The Destination America program will be available at 8 o’clock… with the same program. We’ve expanded our footprint significantly with the Destination America clearance… it’s a win-win for everybody.
On how Ring of Honor kept the deal from leaking out: I’m proud of it, quite frankly. It’s something I’ve always done throughout my whole career. There are certain things that are best kept out of the press and I have a terrific inner circle—the people I work with and the people I trust—understand the importance of that from my perspective. I think specifically for this deal a well it was really important due to the fact that another wrestling promotion was on Destination America. I’m all about Ring of Honor—doing the best thing for our company is our main focus. It was an important deal for both parties and I am really proud of the fact that we were able to get through the announcements without it getting leaked out.
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.
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!
Today, TNA issued the following press release to announce that iMPACT Wrestling is changing nights. The show, broadcast currently on Friday nights, will move to a new Wednesday time slot at 9PM EST starting on June 3.
Destination America’s IMPACT WRESTLING, will make a permanent move to Wednesday nights at 9/8c beginning Wednesday, June 3rd. The mid-week knockout premiere will kick off with stellar matches showcasing America’s favorite wrestlers.
The tag teams will head to epic battles with The Wolves and the Dirty Heels competing in match three of the Best of 5 Series on their quest to capture the vacated TNA Tag Team Titles, and The Rising and the BDC are at war battling it out in a six-man tag team matchup. TNA World Champion Kurt Angle will compete in the main event and the Knockouts will be in action featuring the Dollhouse and Brooke.
Tonight, IMPACT WRESTLING continues its premieres with Hardcore War at 9/8c on Destination America.
While Kurt Angle defeated Eric Young to retain the TNA World Title last week, the feud continues as Young and Angle form teams to compete in a 10-man tag match where each participant can bring a weapon of choice to the ring. Austin Aries and Bobby Roode, the Dirty Heels, will face The Wolves, with a returning Eddie Edwards, in the first of a Best of 5 Series for the TNA Tag Team Titles. The Dollhouse, Marti Bell and Jade, take on Brooke and Rebel in tag team Knockouts action. Ethan Carter III also continues his “EC3 for Champ” campaign and the BroMans return to find out what the future has in store for Jessie, Robbie E and DJ Z.
I can’t figure why they didn’t jump on a Tuesday night time slot, as there is a good buzz from Raw and no other wrestling television going on, but anything is an improvement over Friday night. Wednesday is now loaded with wrestling, as NXT, Lucha Underground, and TNA will all be on the same night and in approximately the same time slot.
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!