We noted before how Impact Wrestling announced that in a few weeks they will be moving to Pursuit Channel from Pop network where the show currently airs.
This move was notable for a lot of reasons but the biggest of them all is that Anthem Sports owns a significant portion of stock in the channel, which means that there were so few buyers of the program that they had to move it to their own channel.
Dave Meltzer talked about this in the latest edition of Wrestling Observer Newsletter and revealed that Anthem had actually tried to sell Impact to the upcoming wrestling promotion AEW:
“Essentially it appears Anthem put the show on its own channel, and not even in a strong time slot, which says they couldn’t make a deal to keep the show on the air. It is not a secret that there were forces attempting to sell Impact to AEW a few months ago, but that proposal was turned down.”
Nobody knows how AEW buying Impact would have changed the landscape of the wrestling business but both these news tell us that Anthem itself is not very fond of Impact and it wouldn’t be a surprise if the company hits the open market for sale once again in 2019.