The television landscape in the United States has changed greatly for pro wrestling over the years and beyond the larger promotions, often doesn’t get any spotlight in the pro wrestling press. With the ease in access of video on demand or streaming, pro wrestling on television doesn’t hold the appeal to some as it once did. As of this writing, All Elite Wrestling (AEW) was rumored to have two significant television deals on the table, most significantly with TNT. If/when a deal is announced (or any new developments in pro wrestling television), this resource will be updated.

WWE. The WWE airs on the USA Network. Monday Night Raw- Mondays, 8-11pm est. Smackdown Tuesdays, 8-10pm est . In October, Smackdown will move to Friday nights on the Fox Network. This will be the first time the WWe airs regularly on a major network in many years.

New Japan Pro Wrestling. NJPW airs on AXS TV on Friday nights 8pm est. The promotion has benefitted (and helped) the growth of the channel to distribution in 51 million homes. The relationship has grown to more current programming and live specials.

WOW Women of Wrestling airs following NJPW on AXS on Friday nights at 9pm est. The program has been renewed for a second season on the network.

Ring of Honor Wrestling. ROH airs across a variety of stations, mainly owned by its parent company, Sinclair Broadcasting Group. Some stations are Fox, ABC, NBC or CBS affiliates. The company owns stations in 89 markets, 191 television stations and 607 channels. Many of these air ROH. The company has a limited presence in some of the largest markets including New York, Los Angeles and Chicago.  Programs also air on Sinclair’s digital networks like STADIUM and Charge! Check listings here

Championship Wrestling from Hollywood. CWFH has full distribution in America's 2nd largest television market, Los Angeles, with potentially 5M homes and nearly 5% of U.S. markets. The company has some presence in America's top market, New York, via WVVH-TV in the Hamptons as the network is carried on Verizon Fios, one of the metropolitan areas largest cable providers. The programming is carried via YouToo America. New England Sports Network (NESN) provides the company with coverage in the #9 market, Boston, MA and the station includes 6 states with 4M subscribers). Additionally there is clearance for CWFH in Detroit, the 14th largest market, with 1.7M homes and 1.6% of U.S. homes. Other stand-alone markets include Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Gulfport, Mississippi and Spokane Washington. The company also airs on digital tier or low power A stations such as The Action Channel and TUFF TV. Check listings here.

Championship Wrestling presented by Pro Shingle, a repackaging of CWFH with a Memphis studio flavor, premiers on CW30 Memphis and CW39 Jackson (TN) on April 6 at noon CST. Additionally, Jerry Lawler's Classic Memphis Wrestling airs on the CW30 Saturdays at 11am.

Championship Wrestling from Arizona. Quietly, the sister company to its glitzier Hollywood cousin, CWFA airs in 6 states on 9 stations including Washington, Alabama and Kansas. Check listings here.

Impact Wrestling. The Pursuit Channel 9-11pm est. The station is cleared in around 27 million homes. 

Major League Wrestling (MLW). beIN Sports USA Saturday 9pm est and beIN Sports en Español Mondays. There had been a series of carriage disputes for beIN but it is in around 22 million homes. Most interestingly, is an opportunity to market to Spanish speaking homes in the U.S. 

Ohio Valley Wrestling. WBNA 21 (Louisville, KY) Saturday 9pm est.  America’s longest running television promotion outside of the WWE recently celebrated 1,000 episodes.

Rocky Mountain Pro Wrestling airs at 1am 5 nights a week on Right Now TV. The station has affiliates in affiliates in AR, TN, UT, CA, NY, VA, ID, MT, and American Samoa's Capital Pago Pago. 

Appalachian Mountain Wrestling (AMW) airs in prime time Wednesday nights on Hometown 24,   WYMTHeroes & Icons in Eastern Kentucky Saturdays at 11:30am and Saturdays on EKBTV at noon.

Empire State Wrestling. The official debut of ESW on Western New York based WBXZ (Buffalo) will be on February 28, 2019, at 8 p.m. and air every Thursday in this time slot. Encore presentations will air on Fridays at 10 p.m. ESW action will be aired on WBXZ’s Throwback Television on digital sub-channel 56.4. More info here.

SMASH Wrestling. The Canadian promotion airs on The Fight Network as should programming with Impact. 

USA Championship Wrestling, run by southern wrestling mainstay Bert Prentice, has aired a special on Right Now TV as recently as a live special on December 12th. The program has aired on the station regularly on Sundays at 5pm and aired on WBBJ in Jackson, Tennessee but a search of both sites had no listings for the promotion. 

CMLL airs on Nuestra Vision USA, a collection of digital tier/ low power stations on the US.

World Wrestling Council: The Puerto Rican promotion airs Super Estrellas de la Lucha Libre on WAPA America.

Please email me with any updates or information that should be added regarding pro wrestling on television in the United States.

Lavie Margolin is the author of TrumpMania: Vince McMahon, WWE and the makingof America’s 45th President. He is available for consulting/ analysis assignments via Laviemarg@Lioncubjobsearch.com . Follow Lavie on Twitter @Laviemarg. Lavie Margolin is a shareholder of Ring of Honor’s parent company, Sinclair Broadcasting.
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