The owl has landed (yup already hate it, but not deleting it)! The Wrap reports that Anthem Sports & Entertainment, the parent company of Impact Wrestling, has purchased a majority stake in the cable channels AXS TV and HDNet Movies from Mark Cuban. Anthem will assume operational control of the channels, while Steve Harvey has joined the Board of Directors and will likely bring new content to the networks from his Steve Harvey Global enterprise.
AXS TV is currently the home of both New Japan Pro Wrestling and Women Of Wrestling, and with this deal it’s pretty much set in stone that Anthem is going to bring Impact Wrestling from the doldrums of the Pursuit Channel (which it also owns) to AXS’ brighter lights. Good on them, because if I have to watch another Twitch livestream I’m going to lose it. None of this is set in stone though but according to Voices of Wrestling, the deal is “approaching the finish line” so come on. Impact even tweeted about the acquisition themselves:
— IMPACT (@IMPACTWRESTLING) September 9, 2019
As long as NJPW and WOW stay put I’ll be happy. I like Impact but losing the other two would be a mistake. What say you, reader: you excited for this news and what it could mean for Impact Wrestling? Or are you scared this will somehow cause AXS TV’s best show, Nothing But Trailers, to get cancelled?