TNA & GFW Battling To Get On Same Network, Spike TV Return Rumors & More

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As of last week, TNA Wrestling did not have a domestic television deal past February 2016 (when their current agreement with Destination America is set to expire). The big hang up in getting a deal done is that TNA wants a year guaranteed and WGN wants to be able to cancel the show at any point with 90 days notice. TNA is starting to turn their attention to Pop, which is the channel Global Force Wrestling was confident they could get on. Jeff Jarrett is not happy that Pop is now talking with TNA.

For TNA, even though Pop isn't that well known, it is an upgrade over Destination America. Destination America is in approximately 57 million US homes while Pop is available in approximately 75,255,000 US homes.

Another thing that is interesting is that in talks with some networks, TNA is posturing like they might go back to Spike TV and intimating Spike is interested in taking them back. From what we’ve heard though, that’s not true. Spike is having a bit of an identity crisis in terms of their Friday fight block. They are done with GLORY kickboxing and PBC boxing ratings have been nothing to brag about. They own Bellator MMA, so Bellator is safe for the foreseeable future. Spike has a multi-year guaranteed deal with PBC so they’re going to be in the fight game for years to come.

Spike is very sour on pro wrestling right now and even more sour on TNA. With Kurt Angle getting involved with Bellator, TNA was hopeful they could use the rub to try to lock something in with WGN and make it look like they had other options. It’s unlikely WGN budges on the 90-day out clause, especially given TNA’s track record.

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