Impact Wrestling issued the following:
IMPACT Wrestling Announces Landmark Partnership with Mexico’s Lucha Libre AAA
TORONTO | NASHVILLE – IMPACT Wrestling, a subsidiary of Anthem Sports & Entertainment Corp., announced today that it has reached an agreement to establish a landmark alliance with Promociones Antonio Peña S.A. de C.V., the owner of Lucha Libre AAA, Mexico’s preeminent lucha libre organization founded in 1992.
The alliance will include a talent exchange between the organizations and other opportunities to collaborate with each other in their respective markets. The high-flying lucha libre style synonymous with AAA events was an early influencer of IMPACT Wrestling’s X-Division, which has produced some of the most memorable matches in professional wrestling history.
“In 2017 and beyond, IMPACT Wrestling will be working with more promotions around the world, which is best for the professional wrestling industry as a whole,” said Jeff Jarrett, Chief Creative Officer of IMPACT Wrestling. “This is an exciting time to collaborate, coinciding with AAA’s 25th anniversary and IMPACT Wrestling’s 15th anniversary. By building bridges with various partners globally, we can give fans a premier product featuring the best possible talent, which has always been a top priority. Looking to the future, IMPACT Wrestling will be unveiling more international partnerships in the coming weeks and months.”
“We are thrilled to forge this alliance with AAA, a company rooted in tradition, as we continue to grow our network of global partners, which also includes Japan’s Pro-Wrestling NOAH,” said Ed Nordholm, president of IMPACT Wrestling. “This alliance is an important step in our international expansion strategy, bringing together the best performers around the globe as we take IMPACT Wrestling to the next level.”
“This is a very exciting announcement for AAA and it coincides with our 25th anniversary,” said Dorian Roldan, Executive VP of Enterprise Development for AAA. “My uncle Antonio Pena started working with Jeff Jarrett many years ago and my family look forward to carrying on this mutual cooperation into the future. The talent exchange will combine both massive fan bases with a rich professional lucha libre history.”
For more information, please visit http://www.impactwrestling.com/.
Impact Wrestling send out the following tweet today teasing a potential new talent set to make their debut on April, 6, 2017.
Here is the video entitled “Fury Will Be Unleashed”
During tonight’s Impact Wrestling tapings from Orlando Florida one former WWE talent and present talent were backstage. Alberto El Patron (Del Rio) made a debut in the company during tonight’s taping, while his girlfriend; Paige (current WWE talent… for now) was also backstage with him.
El Patron and Anthem had come to terms on a contract in the last few days. Sources close to the situation say that El Patron will get a massive push in the company.
Impact Wrestling has revealed their new logo.
You can see it below;
Reby Sky was a special guest on the latest edition of Busted Open Radio, where she discussed the decision for the Hardy Brothers to leave TNA, and the potential for Matt Hardy to keep the Broken Gimmick.
During the interview Reby would confirm that the Hardy’s were not signing a new contract with TNA and that both have left the company. She claims that the Brother recieved the new contracts five fays prior to the expiration of the old ones, and they felt as if they were being buillied to sign, and that there should not be a sitaution with talents such as Jeff and Matt chasing their employers to get new deals.
Reby praises Dixie Carter and says that she knew how to talk to people, and that even in hard times she managed to keep spirits up which made talents work their butts off druring TNA’s difficult time.
Reby also discussed Matt’s use of the “broken” gimmick out of TNA. Here’s what she had to say:
“Matt is in love with his Broken Universe; he’s not about to let that go anytime soon. I can confirm that for sure. It’s kind of his baby, his brainchild, and he took such a risk with it. Even I was telling him, ‘Dude, this accent, it’s gotta go.’ Everyone was like, ‘You’re crazy, this is dumb!’ But he kept on with it and it kept evolving. It’s his baby, so there will be broken wherever there is Matt Hardy.”
You can listen to the entire interview here.
Here are some updates on TNA’s executive structure along with some changes to their talent contracts.
Jeff Jarrett will now be overseeing things as the company’s Chief Creative Officer and will not be featured on TV as of right now.
In a recent email to talents, Jarrett also noted that Dutch “Zeb Colter” Mantell will now be the head of creative for the company going forward. John Gaburick will be the creative consultant and will run the gorilla position during Impact Wrestling TV Tapings. Gaburick will not be involved in creative aspects but only utilizes as a consultant. The email also confirmed the departure of former TNA creative member Matt Conway.
When it comes to the new contracts, there are some new terms which talents must agree too. One term is the pay structure during TV Tapings. Prior to the change, talents were paid on a Per Episode basis. Meaning, if they taped three episodes in one day, and the one talent were used in all three, they would get paid for three individual episodes. Now the new term would see talents get paid on a per-day pay scale instead. In addition, some talents will have to get approval for independent bookings and will have to pay TNA 10% of their wrestling earnings outside the company. There is also talks about a change in royalty payments on its way.
MOC: Personally, these new terms don’t sound attractive at all, and could cause Anthem and TNA officials a lot of problems with talent.
Former TNA World Heavyweight Champion, Drew Galloway, announced via twitter that he is leaving TNA. Drew Galloway has wrestled for TNA for Two Years and has become the TNA World Champion & Grand Champion during his time in TNA.
This week’s broadcast of Impact Wrestling drew a total of 275,000 viewers. This is DOWN from last week’s episode which drew 325,000 viewers.
Here are your TNA Impact Wrestling Highlights from last night:
Impact Wrestling issued the following:
Impact Wrestling will be at Universal Studios in just a couple of weeks for our next set of Television Tapings from March 2nd – March 5th. Four days of incredible action that will be must see if you are in the Orlando area. If your travel plans don’t take you to Orlando in March, we are pleased to announce our Universal taping schedule through August 2017.
This is your chance to plan ahead and be a part of the energy and excitement that is Impact Wrestling LIVE. Admission to our shows at Universal Studios is always free of charge and the nights are filled with pulse pounding action.
As we march towards Slammiversary, the rivalries are certainly going to intensify. As Impact Stars EC3, Lashley, Eddie Edwards, Moose, “The Miracle” Mike Bennett and his wife Maria, Decay and others will all be appearing over the next several months.
Here are the dates you can catch Impact Wrestling LIVE!
Thursday, March 2nd – Sunday, March 5th
Thursday, April 20Th – Sunday, April 23rd
Sunday, July 2nd – Thursday, July 6th
Thursday, August 17th – Sunday, August 20th
April 20th and August 17th will feature Live episodes of Impact Wrestling. Don’t miss your chance to see your favorite Impact Stars and Knockouts LIVE and up close. VIP and Travel Packages will be announced soon from ShopTNA.Com. We are looking forward to spending the summer with our great fans at Universal Studios Orlando, FL.