WWE and Impact Wrestling recently held a closed-door meeting and while it doesn't appear as though there's any deal in the works for WWE to purchase Impact Wrestling, there are whispers as to what that meeting was actually about.
According to a report by PWInsider, Impact Wrestling officials recently met with WWE officials at WWE HQ in Stamford, CT. From Impact's side, it was Ed Nordholm and Scott D'Amore who were in attendance and from WWE's side, members of Triple H's team (Vince was not there). The initial reports were that both companies were having friendly discussions about working together but new information, revealed by The Wrestling Observer Newsletter now reports that Impact officials might have been pitching ideas to WWE, including but not limited to the Impact tape library being available on the WWE Network.
The reason Impact could be interested in a working partnership with WWE and the WWE Network is because their deal with Pop TV is ending in less than a year and not very lucrative for the company. Impact Wrestling has had serious issues getting television deals to air their improved product and if they can strike a deal to have programming air on WWE Network, it could mean a consistent stream of income.
Another idea was finding a way to use some of the library footage from Impact while Impact can still keep most of it for The Fight Network which is owned by Anthem. This sort of relationship has already existed and is evident in the Hardy's DVD and the AJ Styles specials that aired earlier this year.
It would be interesting to see if WWE and Impact could work out a relationship that benefited both sides. WWE has more and more talent that made their names in TNA and Impact and having access to that footage would be a huge asset. Meanwhile, if Impact is making no tv revenue but could change that by airing their weekly programming on WWE Network, it could help financially.