The past 12 months have been a goldmine for wrestling shows on obscure cable networks.
Impact Wrestling found its way onto Destination America, the upstart El Rey Network created the best wrestling show on television with Lucha Underground, and now former ECW and WWE star Tommy Dreamer’s “House of Hardcore” independent promotion has signed a TV deal with Fight Network.
According to their press release, Fight Network will begin airing one-hour shows with old House of Hardcore event matches and highlights beginning on Tuesday, May 12 at 9 p.m. EST. They’ll do that for eight weeks until July 18, when House of Hardcore airs a live event from Toronto.
Everybody seems pretty happy:
“It’s a great day for House of Hardcore,” said Dreamer. “This partnership with Fight Network changes the game for me personally and for this company. I’m thrilled that we’ll bring House of Hardcore to more households, not only in Canada, but across North America and the rest of the world. Fight Network’s global reach continues to grow, as does House of Hardcore, and I think this is a great fit.”
“Tommy Dreamer has a stellar reputation in the professional wrestling business and we’re excited to partner with him to bring his House of Hardcore product to television,” said Ariel Shnerer, Director of Programming at Fight Network. “Dreamer is a consummate professional and his shows constantly feature a who’s who of established stars in the industry, from Tommy himself to Team 3D, Christopher Daniels, Matt Hardy and A.J. Styles. If the buzz surrounding his brand is any indication, we expect House of Hardcore to be a hit with our viewers.”
If you’ve never seen a House of Hardcore show, here’s the general aesthetic:
We’ll be back next week with the announcement that the Hallmark Channel will start airing old NWA Smoky Mountain DVDs.