A lot of management changes are going down on Impact before their next tapings.
They announced today via press release that Scott D'Amore and Don Callis have officially joined Anthem Wrestling Exhibitions LLC as vice presidents. Reporting to Ed Nordholm, they will be the creative force behind Impact going forward.
PWInsider reports that along with these changes, John Gaburick and Dutch Mantel will both be out by the start of the year. Gaburick was said to be a holdout in case the Jeff Jarrett management didn't work, and Mantel was part of the Jarrett regime who was pretty much pushed out when Jarrett was let go by the company.
Their report also says that in addition, more talent is expected to leave the company in the coming months, including the top names. Their idea going forward is to hire more Canadian talent.
As for Don Callis' run with New Japan, they say that the idea right now is for him to stay, but it could change depending on how the TNA schedule works out.
Here is the full press release by Anthem:
TORONTO – Anthem Wrestling Exhibitions LLC, a subsidiary of Anthem Sports & Entertainment Corp.and parent company of IMPACT Wrestling, announced today that Don Callis and Scott D’Amore have joined the company as Executive Vice Presidents. Reporting to Ed Nordholm, President of the Company, they will form a 3-member Executive Committee with overall responsibility for developing the creative direction for the Company and managing the execution of the Company’s business plan.
Don Callis has built a critically acclaimed 15-year career in the wrestling business as a performer, color commentator and writer for WWF, ECW and TNA. After retiring from wrestling in 2004, he obtained an MBA and established another successful career in international business. Callis recently returned to the world he loves and is now the color commentator for New Japan Pro-Wrestling (a role that he will retain) and co-hosts the hit podcast “Killing the Town” on The Jericho Network.
Scott D'Amore has held just about every position in the wrestling industry, including performer, trainer, promoter, writer and producer. D’Amore is an IMPACT Wrestling original, having been with the company from its early days in the Asylum until his departure in 2010. In his time away from the organization, D’Amore applied his entrepreneurial spirit to transform The D'Amore Group from a family-run construction company into a multi-faceted real estate development company. He has kept his hand in the industry, running Border City Wrestling in Windsor in collaboration with the Entertainment Technology program at St. Clair College. He also owns and operates Can-Am Wrestling, a successful professional wrestling training facility that has produced numerous top talents in the wrestling industry today.
”I am excited that Don and Scott have made this commitment to the Company,” said Ed Nordholm, president of Anthem Wrestling Exhibitions, LLC. “The 50 years of experience and success in the wrestling industry brought by Don and Scott, combined with the global media, marketing, sales and financial expertise of Anthem, provide the management depth and expertise that will propel IMPACT Wrestling to greater success as we continue to expand our footprint, embrace digital opportunities and grow the brand.”
Impact's next set of tapings, the first of the latest regime, will be from January 10 through January 15 at the Impact Zone.