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Fight Network, Smash Wrestling announce broadcast partnership

Fight Network, the world’s premier 24/7 multi-platform channel dedicated to complete coverage of combat sports, announced a broadcast partnership with leading Canadian professional wrestling promotion Smash Wrestling.

Beginning on July 20, Fight Network will televise a weekly one-hour series from Smash Wrestling on Thursdays at 10 p.m. ET, which follows the weekly premiere of IMPACT Wrestling at 8 p.m. ET. Smash Wrestling episodes will be broadcast on Fight Network in Canada, the United States and globally in more than 30 countries across Europe, Africa and the Middle East.

The Smash Wrestling roster features premier Canadian talent such as Tyson Dux, Michael Elgin and Mike Bailey, plus regular appearances from IMPACT Wrestling stars Rosemary, Allie and Braxton Sutter, as well as highly regarded international performers such as Zack Sabre Jr., Kyle O’Reilly and Sami Callihan.

“Fight Network was established in Canada, so we’re thrilled to add a distinguished Canadian organization such as Smash Wrestling to our extensive slate of professional wrestling programming, which also includes IMPACT Wrestling, New-Japan Pro Wrestling and Ring of Honor Wrestling,” Ariel Shnerer, Director of Programming & Communications for Anthem Sports & Entertainment Corp., the parent company of Fight Network, said in a release. “Smash Wrestling has a reputation on the Canadian wrestling circuit for its high-quality matchups, talented performers and fast-paced production, so we’re confident the weekly series will be a hit with our viewers.”

Sebastian Dastranj, founder and promoter of Smash Wrestling, added: “We have always had key long-term goals and one of them wasn’t just to land a television deal, but to land it with Fight Network. We are a Canadian pro wrestling brand airing on a network passionate about its professional wrestling content, so this is icing on the cake and a perfect fit for our product. We are exactly where we wanted to be and couldn’t be happier.”

The inaugural episode on July 20 at 10 p.m. ET will feature Lio Rush vs. Tarik and “The Demon Assassin” Rosemary vs. “The Endorsement” Sebastian Suave.

For a full listing of Fight Network’s broadcast schedule, visit www.fightnetwork.com, follow Fight on Twitter @fightnet, become a fan on Facebook and visit Fight on Instagram @fightnet.

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