TNA is on its way to Destination America in 2015, and has done its best to hype the move off Spike. “Impact Wrestling” was given a facelift with a new lead announcer as well in Josh Mathews, and the company is lining up programming for its new station. It was announced last week one new show was already in development.
The company has announced via a press release it will start a new show on the network, entitled “Greatest Matches.” Below is a portion of the release.
DESTINATION AMERICA EXPANDS WEEKEND WRESTLING LINEUP WITH ADDITION OF TNA WRESTLING’S GREATEST MATCHES
“(Silver Spring, Md.) – Destination America today announced it is adding TNA WRESTLING’S GREATEST MATCHES to its weekend lineup of wrestling programming. An hour-long show, GREATEST MATCHES presents the most remarkable and unforgettable contests of iconic TNA superstars such as Kurt Angle, Sting, Jeff Hardy, Mr. Anderson, Samoa Joe and AJ Styles. TNA Wrestling’s Greatest Matches debuts with a three episode mini-marathon on Saturday, January 10 beginning at 10 AM ET followed by two new additional premieres on Friday January 16 at 9AM.
TNA WRESTLING’S GREATEST MATCHES will continue to premiere in its regular time slot starting January 17 on Saturdays at 12PM.
“We joined forces with TNA because of their rich history with wrestling and have compiled an incredible anthology of TNA WRESTLING’S GREATEST MATCHES to share with our audience,” said Marc Etkind, general manager of Destination America. “We’re bringing fans and viewers together as we celebrate the wildest, the most intense, and the most jaw-dropping moments in the careers of some of the best professional wrestlers in the world with TNA WRESTLING’S GREATEST MATCHES.”
“The legacy of TNA is best celebrated by looking at the amazing moments created by our iconic wrestlers in their finest matches,” said TNA presidentDixie Carter. “It’s why we are so thrilled to bring TNA WRESTLING’S GREATEST MATCHES to the ever-growing lineup on Destination America, the new home for fans looking for professional wrestling at its best.”
With a special LIVE broadcast, IMPACT WRESTLING debuts on Destination America on Wednesday, January 7 from 9-11 PM ET, televised from New York City’s legendary Manhattan Center. IMPACT WRESTLING moves to its regular time slot on Fridays from 9-11 PM ET beginning January 16 on Destination America. IMPACT WRESTLING: UNLOCKED, with announcer Mike Tenay, will kick off Saturday wrestling with premieres in its permanent (again, regular) time slot on Saturdays from 10 AM-12 PM ET followed by brand-new episodes of TNA WRESTLING’S GREATEST MATCHES at 12PM.”
Interestingly enough, the show will feature several current and former WWE talent. Some of the airings for January include:
“Saturday, January 10:
10 AM ET: Best of Sting
11 AM ET: Best of Kurt Angle
12 PM ET: Best of Kurt Angle Part 2
Friday, January 16
9 AM ET: Best of Rob Van Dam
10 AM ET: Best of Mr. Anderson
Saturday, January 17 at 12 PM ET: Best of Jeff Hardy
Friday, January 23 at 1 PM ET: Best of The Knockouts
Saturday, January 24 at 12 PM ET: Best of Samoa Joe
Saturday, January 31 at 12 PM ET: Best of Bully Ray”
I like what TNA is doing here. More shows, even at a smaller audience, will help create an identity with the station, and gives more opportunities for viewership.