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WHERE THINGS STAND WITH IMPACT WRESTLING ON A TV DEAL

By Mike Johnson on 2019-07-24 15:01:00

Over the last several weeks, there have been rumors that Impact Wrestling was in negotiations with AXS TV about bringing their weekly series to that cable platform.  That rumor has been incorrect, because something much grander has been in play - Anthem Media, Impact's parent company, has been in talks about acquiring AXS TV.    The talks date back at least three months and the initial hope was to have had the deal done by early July. 

Had that timeline taken place as hoped, Impact Wrestling planned to announce they were moving to AXS the Monday after Slammiversary, but the AXS TV deal was not consummated.  Anthem's potential purchase would not have changed New Japan or WOW's status with AXS we are told as the station and its programming would have remained in place as it currently exists, although Anthem-owned content, including Impact, would have migrated over.

There were rumors over the last day that the AXS TV purchase was dead but PWInsider.com is told by several sources that the talks are still active as of this week.

AXS TV is one of several potential outlets Anthem has been looking at in order to add to their footprint in the United States, so it stands to reason that should the AXS TV deal not happen, if Anthem acquires something else, that is where Impact Wrestling will land.  

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