by Tony Quant
It is fair to say that the past few weeks at Impact Wrestling HQ has been pretty manic. The promotion has seen some extreme highs and lows as they transition under the new management of Anthem Sports and lots of changes taking place backstage.
So whilst we hope you have all been keeping up to date with our daily news, we thought it would be worthwhile of doing a full wrap up of the happenings which have been taking place at Impact Wrestling over the past few weeks.
Former TNA Champion Drew Galloway started things off, announcing he would be leaving the promotion. It was reported that contract talks had been ongoing but Impact had left it until the final hour to finalise their offer which resulted in Galloway opting to not renew his contract.
The following day, Matt Hardy tweeted the below adding further speculation that the Hardy brothers could potentially be exiting the promotion as well.
A few hours later Matt confirmed, again via twitter (below) that he would be leaving the promotion and thanked them for his time.
His wife Reby wasn’t quite as complimentary to Impact Wrestling.
On the same day (February 27th), Impact Wrestling sent out a company wide e-mail confirming that Dutch Mantell has taken on the role of Head of the Creative team. He has replaced John Gaburick who is still with the company but has taken the position of working the Gorilla Position and offering advice to the creative team. Former owner of the promotion Jeff Jarrett is now the chief creative officer.
The following day saw two more stars depart the promotion with Mike Bennett and Maria Kanellis-Bennett leaving. The couple’s contracts had expired in late 2016 and both appeared on the TV tapings earlier this year, but they were not willing to sign new deals which were offered by Impact.
Bruce Prichard was then announced as someone else who would be returning to the promotion on both a backstage and on-air role. It was understood that the main reason Impact had been looking to bring him back was due to the popularity that he had, had with his podcast.
The above tweet confirmed that he was on his way to the latest television tapings which took place on March 2nd in Orlando. Prior to the tapings taking place there was rumours that Konnan would be making an appearance.
On March 2nd, Impact announced a huge television deal in the UK alongside Spike TV which starts in March and will including weekly television shows and PPV events on the channel.
During the television tapings, former WWE Champion Alberto Del Rio made his Impact Wrestling debut. It had been rumoured that Del Rio and Impact talks had been squashed but contrary to those rumours, Del Rio has signed a deal with Impact Wrestling.
During the tapings, one of the longest running tag teams in Impact Wrestling history returned. LAX (Latin American Xchange) made their return during the tapings and included Konnan, Homicide, Angel Ortiz, Mike Draztik & Angel Rose.
As you can tell from the above its been a crazy few weeks for Impact Wrestling but I for one am excited to see what the future holds for the promotion who seem to bounce back in the face of adversity and put on their very best work when their back is pushed against the wall.