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 Posted: Fri Sep 8th, 2017 02:14 am
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The Impact creative team going forward will be headed by John Gaburick, Sonjay Dutt and Scott D'Amore. It is not a case of Gaburick being in charge of creative again. The trio will be leading the creative together with Dutch Mantel, Jeremy Borash and Abyss also having input and assisting with different creative duties.

In regard to the Justin Barrasso report on Sports Illustrated's website that Anthem is seeking to sell off GFW, we are told that in meetings this week, all discussion was about plans going forward and there was no inkling of plans to shut down or sell off the video library. We've heard nothing from the WWE end that such discussions are underway and they would be the most likely buyer. Although any discussions would be attempted to be kept under wraps as long as possible, my personal belief is that with WWE in cost-cutting mode and having slowed down other aspects, such as original WWE Network programming, they likely aren't looking to rush into a major acquisition,

There was also a report circulating in the last day that Dave Meltzer of the Wrestling Observer reported Anthem was shutting down the office in Nashville and moving everything to Toronto. We are told that during meetings earlier this week, Ed Nordholm was specifically asked about this by a staffer and said there were no plans to do such a move. Long-term, I think it makes the most sense as Anthem has a studio and an infrastructure in Toronto, so it makes more sense to have everything in-house as opposed to renting out studio space in Nashville.

In regard to Karen Jarrett, I inferred several days ago that she was done here. That was an error on my behalf and I apologize for that. I have been told that no decision has been made on where things stand with her.

Jeff Jarrett's Twitter bio now notes, "Several new projects on the way…Bookings, email JJ4Jarrett@gmail.com"

Tonight's episode of Impact Wrestling was put to bed before this week's changes.



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Ed Nordholm spoke with The Wrestling Observer yesterday and talked about the future of the company. He says the goal is to break even and that they knew the company would take a while to turn around. Nordholm stated Anthem's commitment to the Impact brand:

"We're invested in this company. We're growing it. We know it's not going to turn around tomorrow."

The Impact executive also gave details on the upcoming details on the "Global Wrestling Network" which will reportedly launch next week. The service will have a free and paid tier. The free tier will feature episodes of Impact 10 days after its initial airing for users in North America. The paid tier will feature around 850 to 900 hours of the reported 3000 hours in the library. There will be a one-month free trial and he mentioned that the price will be $7.99 and available on iOS and Android and web-based platform with Roku, Apple TV and smart TV apps are in the works. He said it will be built off of existing apps for The Fight Network and Fantasy Sports Network.

While initially featuring Impact Wrestling content, Ed Nordholm states that are plans to include much more content from their strategic partners around the world:

"We do expect in the very near future to be bringing in our partners as well," Nordholm said. It's not branded an Impact app. We want it to be a generic place for AAA, NOAH, if we can persuade New Japan or anybody. We'll have a plan, an efficient place for an aggregation of wrestling content that isn't related to WWE."

On the company decision to have two separate tiers for the streaming service:

"Most of the product will be in the pay tier. It's hard to make the business work in the digital world off an ad-based product. There will be stuff available on the free tier, but you'll have to go to the pay tier for the archives."

When asked about selling the video library to WWE, Nordholm states that it makes no economic sense:

"I know full well how the WWE Network would monetize the content and what they could pay for the library," he said. "It makes no sense for me to sell it for that kind of price. I'd rather keep it, put it up on the app, and monetize it myself."

Nordholm states that Alberto el Patron will be at Bound for Glory as well America Top Team and many others. And also mentions that he hopes Jeff Jarrett will return to the company soon

He states that they're experimenting with different taping methods to save money and to expose their business partners pointing out their recent trip to TripleMania.



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So it's back to being Impact again, no more GFW (this week).

PWInsider:

In several media releases issued today, Anthem Media is once again referring to their wrestling company as Impact Wrestling, not Global Force Wrestling.

PWInsider.com has requested comment on the change, but thus far, has not received a response.


As previously noted on PWInsider.com when Jeff Jarrett took his leave of absence, the announced "merger" between the two sides had not actually been completed. It would appear with today's announcements that the GFW name will fade away and remain, potentially, a separate entity should Jeff Jarrett opt to run GFW events on his own.

Anthem had been in the middle of running One Night Only PPVs utilizing the GFW Amped! TV footage that had been filmed but not utilized prior to Jeff Jarrett's return to Impact. Whether they continue on that path or drop those shows (which had two remaining PPVs to air) remains to be seen.



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Josh Matthews, who in addition to being a commentator handles social media for whatever we're calling this company, gave this quote to PWInsider today:

"You know, I wish I could tell you everything and tell you that 'this is what it's going to be', because I think we did a great job in January of getting rid of TNA, of getting rid of that brand and becoming Impact, then becoming GFW," said Matthews.  "Now, you're right, if you look at that graphic, it says Impact Bound for Glory, and that's the brand we are bringing to Ottawa.   Those are the tapings that is coming to Ottawa.  That's the show that's coming, Impact.  I know that doesn't really answer a whole lot of questions, but that's what we're doing.  That's what we're bringing up there.  That's what you're going to see and after what you see on November 5th, to be determined, I suppose."



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