Anthem’s Impact Wrestling just found its replacement(s) for Jeff Jarrett.
The pro-wrestling promotion has hired Don Callis and Scott D’Amore at the executive vice president level. The new duo will join company president Ed Nordholm as a three-person committee with the “overall responsibility for developing the creative direction for the company and managing the execution of the company’s business plan,” per Anthem.
“I am excited that Don and Scott have made this commitment to the Company,” Nordholm said on Tuesday. “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.”
Callis has worked as a performer, color commentator and writer for WWF, ECW and TNA. He’s best known for his time with the World Wrestling Federation as The Jackal and with Extreme Championship Wrestling as Cyrus. After retiring from wrestling in 2004, Callis earned an MBA and branched out into international business. He’s now color commentator for New Japan Pro-Wrestling, a gig which Callis will keep.
As a trainer, promoter, writer and producer, D’Amore has done just about everything there is to do outside the wrestling ring. This time around won’t be his first stint with Impact — D’Amore was there back in the earliest days. In 2010, D’Amore departed the company and went into real estate. He kept an arm-hold in the business, however, running Border City Wrestling and eventually owning and operating Can-Am Wrestling.
Former Impact chief creative office Jarrett was fired by the company in October. When reached for comment at the time, the man who performed in the WWF as “Double J” Jeff Jarrett simply told blog Wrestle Zone that Impact-owner Anthem “is out of money.” His former employer denied cashflow problems to TheWrap.
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