Impact Wrestling is in a lot of trouble, and they desperately need to make some major changes if they want to remain one of the top wrestling promotions in the world—and the new head of the promotion revealed how they’ll do it. Co-founder Jeff Jarrett tried merging Impact with his new Global Force Wrestling promotion, but that deal fell through abruptly.
On top of that, Impact has lost a handful of its top superstars over the past calendar year, including Matt and Jeff Hardy, Mike Bennett & Maria Kanellis, James Storm, Rockstar Spud and others. There is speculation that EC3 and Bobby Lashley may also be on the way out, too.
Impact Wrestling recently brought back Scott D’Amore, appointing him and Don Callis as the new executive vice presidents of the company. D’Amore recently sat down with Mirror Online and explained how he’s going to try and fix Impact:
“What we want to bring here is an open environment and let the best idea carry the day, regardless of who it comes from. One of the things we want to be is more collaborative with our talent and other partners and companies. Our approach is being collaborative and we look at it as a partnership between us a company and each individual talent…
We can be part of providing a creative and fun platform for people to be part of, without handcuffing them and saying ‘you have to go here, on this day’ and laying out their entire schedule 365 days a year.”
Impact Wrestling has gotten off to a good start under D’Amore’s leadership, with television ratings trending up in the past three weeks. With the recent addition of former WWE superstar Alberto Del Rio (Alberto El Patron), the opportunities for a major turnaround are there.
D’Amore, a native of Windsor, Ontario, worked with TNA from 2003-10 as an agent and creative team writer. After he left the company, D’Amore worked briefly for Global Force Wrestling before getting re-hired by Impact last month.
Callis (a fellow Canadian), has a lengthy wrestling resume, having competed in ECW, the WWF, TNA and NJPW. He retired from in-ring competition in 2004, and became an announcer for New Japan Pro Wrestling last year.
Both D’Amore and Callis have the experience and ability to turn Impact Wrestling back into the WWE’s primary competitor. Changes had to be made at the top, and the two men are off to a good start. We’ll see if they can continue breathing new life into a company that was on the ropes just months ago.
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