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Destination America Pins Down TNA Wrestling Deal

Pro Wrestling Franchise Moves From Spike To Discovery-Owned Net
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Discovery Communications' Destination America will be the new home for the TNA pro wrestling franchise’s weekly Impact Wrestling series, it was announced Wednesday.

The series, which currently airs on Spike Tv, will move to Destination America this January, according to network officials. The partnership includes the U.S. premieres of additional TNA Wrestling series and specials, as well as select international broadcasting rights for Discovery Communications to be announced at a later date.

“Our partnership in this uniquely entertaining franchise with TNA Impact Wrestling provides a significant addition to Destination America’s programming strategy,” said Henry Schleiff, Group President of Destination America, Investigation Discovery, American Heroes Channel, Discovery Fit & Health and Discovery Family Channel in a statement. “The enduring, cross-generational enthusiasm of pro wrestling is felt by millions of fans around the country, from coast-to-coast and throughout the heartland.  We are delighted to bring this beloved American pastime to the one and only network dedicated to celebrating the unique spirit of the U.S., Destination America.”

Added TNA President Dixie Carter: “We are very excited about Destination America being the new network for Impact Wrestling and the partnership with Discovery Communications both domestically and across the globe.  Their commitment to promote and grow our brand in innovative and compelling ways was instrumental in knowing we had found the right home.”

Earlier this year Spike announced it was discontinuing carriage of the TNA Impact Wrestling series at the end of December after a nine-year run.

Spike TV President Kevin Kay said in a statement: "Our partnership with TNA Wrestling will officially come to an end with our last telecast on December 24. Dixie Carter and her team have been incredible partners to work with over the past 9 years, delivering high-action entertainment and strong ratings. As Spike continues to evolve into a network reaching a broader audience, we continue to look across our schedule to find opportunities to add original scripted and non-scripted programming that appeals to a wider demographic. On behalf of everyone at Spike, we would like to wish Dixie and TNA all the best and continued success."

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