Scott D'Amore Says Impact Needs To Gain The Trust Of Wrestling Fans

It's been a long, long road for Impact in the last few years.

Regime changes seem like a constant in the long running promotion. There's been so many people in charge, it seems like every time Impact tapes, someone new is in charge. Speaking to the Mirror, D'Amore knows that he has a lot of work to do. His main goal right now is to build trust again:

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Yeah, I think that what you've seen historically with a lot of the changes - and it's not a problem unique to just this company - so many people when they come in, when there are so many changes in power and control, it's a complete upheaval. It's hitting the reset button and as you said, there is a lack of stability. I think that it's important that we approach it as a company and that hopefully the fans and viewers out there understand, that lots of people have tried to do the quick fix here. That's not what is going to succeed. What is going to be successful is if we make a lot of small decisions right over a period of time, to put us in a position to make some of the big decisions. So consistency and stability are very important at this stage.

He also says that this will be a process, putting together plans that will span a number of years. Mistakes will be made, but he hopes to adjust to them and continue to build momentum:

We need to gain the trust of wrestling fans all over the world, of wrestlers, of other promotions. There has been so much going on with us, we need to have our own house in order, consistently put on a good product, consistently treat our performers with respect and as the partners they are, and consistently be friendly and co-operative with other promotions. As we do that, the course will be chartered. We're not saying 'we're taking over January 1 and in three months we will be rocking and rolling'. We're putting together a six-month, 12-month, 18-month and 36-month plan. When you're building a sports team, you don't come out of the gate on day one with the team you'll have a season or two later. We are going to evaluate and make changes, but try to put out a consistent, compelling and entertaining product. We will make some mistakes along the way and when we do, we will evaluate and adjust to them.

Impact's next set of tapings will start on January 10 and run through January 15.

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