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    Source: PWInsider.com

    TNA-OWNERSHIP UPDATE, WHAT IT MEANS TO DIXIE CARTER
    by Dave Scherer @ 7:53 PM on 1/4/2017

    As we have been reporting for weeks, Anthem Sports & Entertainment has made their purchase of TNA official. Dixie Carter will remain a "minority equity stakeholder" and advisor.
    They sent us the following press release:
    For Immediate Release – January 4, 2017

    Anthem Sports & Entertainment Forms Anthem Wrestling Exhibitions, LLC., Acquires Control of IMPACT Wrestling


    Toronto, Canada (January 4, 2017) - Anthem Sports & Entertainment Corp. today announced it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire a majority interest in TNA IMPACT Wrestling, and has formed Anthem Wrestling Exhibitions, LLC. Anthem also owns Fight Network, the world’s premier 24/7 multi-platform channel dedicated to complete coverage of combat sports, which is IMPACT Wrestling’s exclusive broadcast partner in Canada and worldwide digital partner.

    “We are thrilled to have acquired TNA IMPACT Wrestling,” said Ed Nordholm, Executive Vice President of Anthem Sports & Entertainment Corp., the parent of Fight Network. “As we grow Anthem’s linear, digital and mobile platforms globally, top tier content with global appeal is key to that success and this acquisition is a perfect strategic addition to our portfolio. IMPACT has been a dominant wrestling brand around the world for more than a decade and we are confident that Anthem can leverage its assets and strategic partnerships to take IMPACT Wrestling to even greater heights.”

    Mr. Nordholm, who has been the managing director of the IMPACT Ventures Board of Managers since October 2016, will assume the position of President of Anthem Wrestling Exhibitions, LLC. Dixie Carter will resign from her position as Chairman of Impact Ventures and join the Advisory Board of Fight Media Group, which holds all of the combat sports-related assets of Anthem, where her focus will be on the global growth of the combat sports-related brands owned by Anthem.

    “Anthem has been a great partner for many years,” added Dixie Carter. “We have worked hard to find the right company who would acquire TNA, use its strategic influence and have a long-term commitment to the brand. TNA’s incredible fans, talent and staff deserved to see the brand continue to thrive after 15+ years of incredible growth. I’m excited to move to a new position and work with Anthem on their global strategic plan, and I am confident TNA IMPACT Wrestling is going to be a huge part of their success.”

    Ms. Carter will remain a minority equity stakeholder.

    For More Information, Contact:
    Anthem Sports & Entertainment Corp.
    Ariel Shnerer
    Director, Programming & Communications
    [email protected]

    About Anthem Sports & Entertainment Corp.
    Anthem Sports & Entertainment Corp. is a global sports media company and a leader in operating targeted specialty video channels on linear, digital and mobile platforms with offices and studios in New York, Toronto, and Los Angeles. Anthem’s portfolio includes Fight Network, the world’s premier combat sports channel now broadcasting in the U.S., Canada and over 30 other countries, Fantasy Sports Network (FNTSY), the world’s first and only channel dedicated to fantasy sports, GameTV, a Canadian specialty channel available in over 9 million homes, RotoExperts.com, a leader in fantasy sports news and analysis, DailyRoto.com, the most comprehensive and far-reaching daily fantasy sports website and Edge Sport, an extreme and action sports network recently launched in Canada in partnership with IMG. Anthem also has a significant ownership interest in Pursuit Channel, one of the top outdoor channels in the U.S. available in over 40 million homes, and it owns SportsGrid.com, a leader in general sports entertainment commentary.

    About TNA IMPACT Wrestling
    TNA IMPACT Wrestling specializes in television properties, events, products, merchandise and music, as well as the management and promotion of professional wrestlers. The roster features such greats as Jeff Hardy, Matt Hardy, EC3, Bobby Lashley, Drew Galloway, James Storm, the high-flying X-Division, Gail Kim and the lovely and lethal Knockouts. Its highly successful flagship, IMPACT WRESTLING, broadcasts in more than 120 countries around the world, including Thursdays at 8 p.m. ET/PT on Pop, a joint venture of CBS Corporation and Lionsgate, in the United States and on Fight Network in Canada.
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    I've heard more than a few rumblings about this for some time now. I don't want to sound so cliche`, but I think we will have to take a wait-and-see attitude with this.

    I do not know what happened with Dixie over the years, it kinda seemed like she's been sliding downwards for a good long while now.
    You see, I come from a highly-educated university, so when I come and post on this message board, I gotta dumb myself down.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Funk Doctor Spot View Post
    I've heard more than a few rumblings about this for some time now. I don't want to sound so cliche`, but I think we will have to take a wait-and-see attitude with this.

    I do not know what happened with Dixie over the years, it kinda seemed like she's been sliding downwards for a good long while now.
    She didn't know how to run a wrestling company and the people she hired to help her run it didn't make things any better.
    “Don't tell me about the world. Not today. It's springtime and they're knocking baseball around fields where the grass is damp and green in the morning and the kids are trying to hit the curve ball.” ―Pete Hamill

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zero View Post
    She didn't know how to run a wrestling company and the people she hired to help her run it didn't make things any better.
    To me, it seemed like she did early on, or was that Jeff Jarrett's doing?
    You see, I come from a highly-educated university, so when I come and post on this message board, I gotta dumb myself down.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Funk Doctor Spot View Post
    To me, it seemed like she did early on, or was that Jeff Jarrett's doing?
    I think things started going downhill after Jarrett was sent home and Bischoff and Hogan came in. The company was touring and was doing well and then they left Universal Studios and tried to move to Monday Nights. Too much, too soon. Plus, look at all of the wrestlers associated with the company that are now in WWE: Styles, Joe, Aries, Roodes, Young and The Dudleys. Those guys, with Storm and Abyss were the backbone of the company for a long, long time. Also, Daniels and Kazarian are gone, too. Why did they leave? It was probably money but they weren't going to take pay cuts because of Dixie's incompetence.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Zero View Post
    I think things started going downhill after Jarrett was sent home and Bischoff and Hogan came in. The company was touring and was doing well and then they left Universal Studios and tried to move to Monday Nights. Too much, too soon. Plus, look at all of the wrestlers associated with the company that are now in WWE: Styles, Joe, Aries, Roodes, Young and The Dudleys. Those guys, with Storm and Abyss were the backbone of the company for a long, long time. Also, Daniels and Kazarian are gone, too. Why did they leave? It was probably money but they weren't going to take pay cuts because of Dixie's incompetence.
    Sad but true, I 100% agree, Zero.
    You see, I come from a highly-educated university, so when I come and post on this message board, I gotta dumb myself down.

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    #TNA turning into #GFW?


    Impact Wrestling’s new owners, Anthem Sports & Entertainment, are in the process of phasing out the initials the company’s been known by since its inception - TNA.

    PWInsider reported earlier that this is part of a strategy by the new owners. The TNA initials have been removed from the company’s website (with the exception of their web store, which is under the URL “ShopTNA.com”) and social media accounts. Their championship belts still bear the logo of the old name, but are labeled as the generic-sounding "World Heavyweight Championship", "X Division Championship" and "World Tag Team Championship" online.

    The most interesting item in the Insider report isn’t sourced, but the mention does give some credence to speculation - and that’s the idea that “TNA” might be replaced with “GFW”.

    GFW is, of course, Global Force Wrestling, the company Jeff Jarrett started back in 2014 after leaving Impact. Despite announcing partnerships with other international promotions, holding a couple tapings, crowning champions and even some touring, the promotion was never able to secure a television deal.

    Jarrett, who Anthem brought back to Impact to help manage and run creative, has said Global Force is still in existence and has teased news about the brand. GFW could become Impact’s new name, or it could become an umbrella organization for a network of international promotions. Impact has already announced partnerships with Japan’s Pro Wrestling NOAH, and has teased a similar arrangement with Mexico’s Crash, which could be part of a plan to finally see Global Force become the 21st century NWA some fans hoped it would be when Double J announced it a few years back.

    We’ll have to wait and see on that.
    http://www.cagesideseats.com/tna/201...e-jeff-jarrett
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