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BREAKING DOWN TODAY'S IMPACT MANAGEMENT ADDITIONS, DEPARTURES COMING AND MORE IMPACT WRESTLING NEWS

By Mike Johnson on 2017-12-05 12:57:00

Lots going on within Impact Wrestling today obviously:

*As noted in today's announcement, Scott D'Amore and Don Callis will be the top executives within Impact going forward, as Executive Vice Presidents. D'Amore had pretty much been Ed Nordholm's right hand man in recent months and now has the title and power to match it. Callis will officially start with the company on 1/1/18. The trio will be overseeing all aspects of the business of Impact as well as the creative flow and direction.

*Callis had been working as The Executive Director, President and CEO for ‎Manitoba Trade and Investment Corporation over the last seven years. Callis intends to remain with New Japan Pro Wrestling as an announcer, but obviously that will depend on whether he can balance the two sides, especially if New Japan ramps up the amount of events that require English language commentary. New Japan had been preparing for his exit but as of today, believe he's going to be remaining. Impact wants a working relationship with New Japan obviously, but this does add fuel to the fire to the rumor of an NJPW/Impact/ROH link up. There's no word yet whether Callis will appear on camera for Impact, but I'd be shocked if he doesn't. He's always been a great antagonist and announcer, he's going to be at the tapings and it would allow him to wear another hat for the company.

*One source has stated that Johnny "Impact" Hennigan and Taya have both signed deals with Impact that would allow them to continue to be utilized on Lucha Underground when that series films its next season.

*There is an expectation that there will be additional talents exiting over the next month or so, including some top of the card names. There is expected to be a far more larger contingent of Canadian-based talents going forward.

*The word making the rounds today among the talents in the company is that John "Big" Gaburick will be officially leaving the company at the first of the year. After taking over the company, Anthem had kept Gaburick on as a consultant and he was working at the TV tapings, but he was there more as insurance in case the Jeff Jarrett regime didn't work out. When Jarrett exited, Gaburick stepped in to assist and transition things, but mostly on the production side of things as the creative direction had been one that D'Amore and Sonjay Dutt had been responsible for. With D'Amore and Callis now in place, Gaburick will be exiting, which he had already been preparing for as he had been working on outside projects before the Jarrett situation led to him taking an increased role in recent months.

*Dutch Mantel is also expected to leave the company at the onset of the year. One source stated he has already been let go, but we haven't confirmed that to be the case. He hadn't been brought to the November tapings and lost his position of power when Jarrett exited the company.

*There are plans for Impact to try and run more consistently in 2018. What that has been described to me as if running TV tapings more often (perhaps taping 4-5 week worth of TV at a time, as opposed to 10 weeks over a long stretch) as well as doing some live house show events in smaller venues if they can be cost-effective. The hope is to run in both the United States and Canada. The January TVs will remain in Orlando. There's talk of taping in March in Canada, possibly Windsor, a market D'Amore knows very well from his years of promoting Border City Wrestling.

*Sonjay Dutt is still in the mix in terms of creative and producer responsibilities. None of today's changes are a sign he's on the outs at all.

*Jeremy Borash, Jimmy Jacobs, Gail Kim and Abyss will be working as producers as well and have input into creative discussion and direction, but the final calls will be made by D'Amore, Callis and Nordholm.

*Production will remain in Nashville at Skyline Studios, where there is also some space where office work can be done as needed. As noted, all of the support staff from the Nashville office completed working for the company last week.

*Impact exec Bob Ryder is, by all accounts, still with the company and believed to be working from home going forward.
 

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Kind of sucks that the big name US scene guys are mostly finished, I'm not too familiar with the Canadian scene outside of Canadian wrestlers who've moved to the states, thank Christ Gaburick is gone he was fucking awful, they should have dropped him a long time ago. Ryder can fuck off too, he's one of the last remaining horrid assets.
 

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Kind of sucks that the big name US scene guys are mostly finished, I'm not too familiar with the Canadian scene outside of Canadian wrestlers who've moved to the states, thank Christ Gaburick is gone he was fucking awful, they should have dropped him a long time ago. Ryder can fuck off too, he's one of the last remaining horrid assets.
Bob Ryder is very well like by pretty much all of the locker room, plus he's just finished cancer treatment and is in remission.
 

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Yeah, as I suspected, Impact is officially full blown Canadian indie company. Doubtful they have a domestic TV deal at this rate, but I'm okay with that. ROH is slowly expanding more and more, has long filled the void left by TNA, and NWA is looking to make inroads too. Best of luck to D'Amore with the new Canadian indie fed, Impact Wrestling!
 

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Yeah, as I suspected, Impact is officially full blown Canadian indie company. Doubtful they have a domestic TV deal at this rate, but I'm okay with that. ROH is slowly expanding more and more, has long filled the void left by TNA, and NWA is looking to make inroads too. Best of luck to D'Amore with the new Canadian indie fed, Impact Wrestling!
They're on Pop through 2018, its a rolling deal, they're happy with the shows ratings but its not just ratings Pop take into account.
 

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Well with Scott and Don is finnaly some good news for the company. Now let's hope they create a brand and stick with it at the next set of tapings.

They should scrap the 6 sides ring too and try and bring the brand back to the glory days when Scott was part of creative around 2004 ect
 

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Yeah, as I suspected, Impact is officially full blown Canadian indie company. Doubtful they have a domestic TV deal at this rate, but I'm okay with that. ROH is slowly expanding more and more, has long filled the void left by TNA, and NWA is looking to make inroads too. Best of luck to D'Amore with the new Canadian indie fed, Impact Wrestling!
You mad bro?

Funny this Indie company is on TV in more countries than your fave. For sure Impact has fallen a lot from their peak. Maybe one day your company can be lucky enough to reach that peak. Keep supporting who you like. Plenty of great companies out there with amazing talent.
 

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I was about to get excited until I seen Borash,Abyss and Ryder name still there but it sounds like a better place already.
 

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When is Taya returning?

Since the company is Canadian based now it's head scratcher why Chelsea Green wants her release. She could become one of the faces of the company. They just put the title on her.
 

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When is Taya returning?

Since the company is Canadian based now it's head scratcher why Chelsea Green wants her release. She could become one of the faces of the company. They just put the title on her.
January, likely they'll do the first blood match in Orlando.

I think she's damaged herself there, she should have given the appropriate amount of notice. Unless she changes her mind.
 

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When is Taya returning?

Since the company is Canadian based now it's head scratcher why Chelsea Green wants her release. She could become one of the faces of the company. They just put the title on her.
Same reason Steve asked for the release during his tag championship reign. Or Gunner before his push/VoW debut.

WWE will fuck her too.
 

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The structure continues to change. I would assume all 3 of those people will be out the door. I don't see JB wanting to be up in canda for long term. It's certainly not the company he always worked for any more.

He should find something new. Not sure he'll fit the future brand
 

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You mad bro?

Funny this Indie company is on TV in more countries than your fave. For sure Impact has fallen a lot from their peak. Maybe one day your company can be lucky enough to reach that peak. Keep supporting who you like. Plenty of great companies out there with amazing talent.
I'm not an ROH fan at all, so nice try. I actually saw my first ever episode last week. I used to be a TNA fan when they were the true #2 company and cared to be one. They fell, and when I thought Anthem bought them out, I figured they would try to get leaner first, before rebuilding back to the #2 brand in the world. Now they're not even planning on that, it's more like completely rebranded as a small time Canadian indie company. And that's okay, like I said, hopefully soon another takes the void and I'll respect that company, like I do WWE.

The structure continues to change. I would assume all 3 of those people will be out the door. I don't see JB wanting to be up in canda for long term. It's certainly not the company he always worked for any more.

He should find something new. Not sure he'll fit the future brand
I see Borash as leaving as well, and I hope so. Guy has way too much talent to be bogged down with Impact. Shame too, I always considered him as the Ryan Seacrest of TNA, class act guy, company was lucky to have him.
 

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I see Borash as leaving as well, and I hope so. Guy has way too much talent to be bogged down with Impact. Shame too, I always considered him as the Ryan Seacrest of TNA, class act guy, company was lucky to have him.
Why would he go? He's got a sweet spot with the company and he'll probably gain more power once they start US house shows.
 

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I see Borash as leaving as well, and I hope so. Guy has way too much talent to be bogged down with Impact. Shame too, I always considered him as the Ryan Seacrest of TNA, class act guy, company was lucky to have him.
Yeah just been promoted to the production team, he has no interest in WWE nor has he any desire to work there as Matt Hardy found out. He grew up with the NWA (as did every wrestling fan in Minnesota) and considers himself a "non WWE wrestling fan" (from an interview with JR)
 

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Slowly Impact is moving towards the better place. As for it being Canadian indie or not, I don't see why that fucking matters. Their output was uneven (putting it mildly) for past few years and I think most of the people would take more consistent product over some extra bling. Availability of the product didn't change as far as I know.

Speaking about show itself, haven't been watching it for couple of months now due to all weird stuff happening. Are they planning on doing some live tv episode in near future as sort of lead-in for next tapings?
 

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You mad bro?

Funny this Indie company is on TV in more countries than your fave. For sure Impact has fallen a lot from their peak. Maybe one day your company can be lucky enough to reach that peak. Keep supporting who you like. Plenty of great companies out there with amazing talent.
Relax dude and no need to be bagdad Bob for this company.

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Yeah just been promoted to the production team, he has no interest in WWE nor has he any desire to work there as Matt Hardy found out. He grew up with the NWA (as did every wrestling fan in Minnesota) and considers himself a "non WWE wrestling fan" (from an interview with JR)
People in Minneapolis grew up on the AWA.

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People in Minneapolis grew up on the AWA.

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That too but by the time the 80s boom happened the AWA was sinking as Vince offered their stars huge money to jump, thats what Borash grew up with. But I'm talking Minnesota the state they grew up with the NWA/Crockett too.

 
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