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    IMPACT WRESTLING HAS A NEW HOME, ANTHEM MEDIA PURCHASES AXS TV

    IMPACT WRESTLING HAS A NEW HOME, ANTHEM MEDIA PURCHASES AXS TV

    By Mike Johnson on 2019-09-09 16:45:00
    Anthem Media, the parent company of Impact Wrestling, has come to terms on a deal to purchase AXS TV, PWInsider.com has confirmed. The agreement was reached just minutes ago after a long negotiation.
    The deal will, obviously, see Impact Wrestling migrate from The Pursuit Channel to AXS, where far more viewers will be able to view the series. There have been plans in place for secondary Impact programming to debut on Pursuit as well.
    This move places Impact Wrestling on the best TV platform it has landed upon in forever as the jumping around from cable network to cable network, something that has been going on for the last five years after SpikeTV pulled a multi-year deal from Dixie Carter, at the time President of Impact, when she declined to take less money in 2014. Since then, Impact has landed on Destination American, Pop TV and The Pursuit Channel, all with dwindling audiences after each move. This gives Impact a chance to reverse that trend.
    While AXS does not give Impact the entire cable TV and satellite universes, it’s a much larger cable network than they had been on and now they can move forward without a “gun to their head” mentality waiting for the inevitable.
    As PWInsider.com reported back in July, there had been discussions going on for months attempting to secure the purchase of AXS, which would give Anthem Media a much needed footprint in the United States. The initial hope was to have had the deal done by early July and had that timeline taken place as hoped, Impact Wrestling planned to announce they were moving to AXS the Monday after Slammiversary.
    We have been told that Anthem's purchase will not change New Japan Pro Wrestling or WOW's status with AXS, but obviously that can change. Impact sources are confident in stating that AXS programming will remain in place as it currently exists, although Anthem-owned content, including Impact, will soon migrate over. Impact Wrestling, under its current management team of Scott D'Amore, Don Callis and Ed Nordholm, have long sought to build a working relationship with New Japan, which has distanced itself in recent months from Ring of Honor, so owning their TV platform gives Impact a nice advantage as New Japan works towards running more in the United States.
    AXS TV, formerly HD Net, was launched in January 2001. While known as HD Net, the network aired ROH on HD Net for a year. It was rebranded as AXS TV in July 2012.
    We will update with additional information as it is confirmed.


    Very good news for Impact.

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    Mark Cuban owned that station, and I guess Steve Harvey is also involved in this deal. Pretty interesting.

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    Impact will outlive is all.

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    If they can get that working relationship with NJPW it'll open things up nicely for them. Let's hope the product can improve moving forward.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Baldrick View Post
    If they can get that working relationship with NJPW it'll open things up nicely for them. Let's hope the product can improve moving forward.
    Seems pretty doubtful anytime soon since NJPW has a partnership with ROH and Impact has a partnership with NOAH.

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    NJPW is never, ever going to put faith into TNA again after they botched Okada.


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    Good for Impact.

    I see a deal with AEW more likely to be honest with you.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Baldrick View Post
    If they can get that working relationship with NJPW it'll open things up nicely for them. Let's hope the product can improve moving forward.
    Yeah er, you might want to erase that thought out of your head entirely. NJPW absolutely hates Impact.

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    I wonder how long NJPW has a deal with AXS? I would think they'll try to shop their show around when the deal comes up.

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    Wow, I haven't watched Impact in over 8 years. Surprised that it's still around but I hear there's some good talent over there. This is great news for them.



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    PWInsider: One day after they bought the network, Anthem shut down the AXS office in Dallas

    One day after Anthem Media took over controlling interest in AXS TV, the cable network's Dallas office was shut down.

    Adam Swift, who was hugely responsible for bringing pro wrestling to the network, dating back to Ring of Honor on HDNet, is departing this week:

    "This is my last week at AXS TV after 11 amazing years. Proud of all that we accomplished, blessed to have worked with so many wonderful people, and excited for the next adventure." he tweeted out.

    With the entire Dallas office shut down, a major question to look at is who will be handing production of the weekly New Japan series going forward.

    The brutal reality of a corporate takeover.
    Wow, not shocking sucks for everyone who lost their job.

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    Re: IMPACT WRESTLING HAS A NEW HOME, ANTHEM MEDIA PURCHASES AXS TV

    Here is the official promo video for Impact on AXS:
    https://twitter.com/AXSTV/status/1172162952268582912

    October is proving to be a very interesting month for wrestling. Also looks like they are going for a new look and ditching the blue.

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