New management, but same old bulls---.
That's likely what much of the talent in Impact Wrestlinig is thinking after payment issues have struck the company yet again. These issues were seemingly as frequent as back-body drops under the previous regime, but when Anthem Sports & Entertainment took over the company in 2017, talent was assured that these dark days were over.
However in recent days several members of Impact Wrestling reached out to PWInsider.com to say that they had not yet been paid for their work in January. They also said that they weren't paid for November 2017 until after the Christmas holidays and before their next set of tapings.
PWInsider then reached out to Anthem president, Ed Nordholm, to seek clarification on the payment issues. Nordholm then released a statement denying that they are behind in pay.
"Talent is not behind on their pay. We generally provide for talent to be paid as independent contractors in the month following a month in which services are rendered. This was an improvement over previous management, where talent cheques were issued only as the actual episodes aired (could be as much as 12 weeks after tapings before final instalments were delivered).
We instituted a payment policy last year to pay for all services rendered in a month in the following month, regardless of when the shows would air. Accordingly, cheques for January were mailed earlier mid-month; cheques for November were mailed mid-December (and I understand got caught up in Christmas mail delays).
We realize that one unexpected impact of moving our corporate offices to Canada has been a further delay with mail services going cross-border. We are working to streamline our talent payroll processing so future events will be paid closer to the beginning of each month after services are rendered."
Per Nordholm's statement, talent should be getting paid any day now as checks were mailed in mid-February. Nordholm also threw a jab at "previous management" for their payment policy though it's unclear if that was directed at Jeff Jarrett, Dixie Carter or Billy Corgan.
It seems as though most of the Impact talent believes the current ownership group is an upgrade over the previous one, but it's still a bit unsettling that there have been payment issues in two out of the last three months.