Impact Wrestling would be negotiating with several television networks to broadcast its programming in 2019. New information suggests that, after the Impact contract with Pop TV ends in early 2019, the company owned by Anthem Sports will take the step to a new television site.
PWTorch reports exclusively that Impact is maintaining contacts with three specific channels: SyFy, TruTV and WGN. This news would have been confirmed by a source within Anthem for PWTorch. Of the three channels, SyFy and WGN have experience broadcasting pro-wrestling content, in addition to which they would allow a reach and importance superior to what they currently have with Pop TV.
During the last episode of PWTorch Livecast, Mike McMahon and Andrew Soucek revealed that Impact would try to return to its usual schedule in the prime time slot. PopTV does not currently grant it since they recently changed the broadcast schedule by delaying it by two hours until 10:00 PM (ET time). This movement of Pop TV was announced shortly before Impact, generating discomfort in the company. After the debut of the new schedule, Impact is marking the worst audience data of the year.
Also, it is detailed that, if the negotiations do not arrive at good term with the other chains, Impact will choose to continue with its stay in Pop TV, prolonging its agreement with its present televising home. Additionally, Pop TV is also looking to increase its content in pro-wrestling, so they are planning to broadcast Aro Lucha (in the last few weeks several announcements have been issued during the Impact broadcast).
It is worth remembering that the agreement between Pop TV and Impact Wrestling ends on December 31, as confirmed by several media such as PWInsider or the Wrestling Observer Newsletter. Even so, they will continue with their stay in the company during the first months, where they will continue with the negotiations.