It’s the day of little or irrelevant news.
Update on GFW for Sale? – PWInsider’s Mike Johnson is now refuting the Justin Barrasso report from the other day. Johnson is claiming that all discussions that were head yesterday had nothing to do with selling off the company or shutting it down, but where to go now without Jarrett. In conjunction, Dave Meltzer is reporting that one of the things being thrown around is relocating GFW’s offices to Toronto, closer to the Anthem headquarters. Though Ed Nordholm has rejected such an idea on the conference call.
Johnson has also stated that Sonjay Dutt, John Gaburick and Scott D’Amore will be heading the creative team going forward, with Chris Park (Abyss), Jeremy Borash and Dutch Mantell assisting. There’s also word going around that I hear that D’Amore or Jim Cornette will be the new public face of the company.
Jericho Lost Hosting Job? – Apparently when people still watched “America’s Funniest Home Videos”, Chris Jericho was up for the role of host of the series, but revealed in his 84928th book, that he lost the role to a star from Bel Air. Apparently Jericho’s leading role went to Carlton Banks, aka Alfonso Ribeiro.
Editors Note: Apparently ‘AFHV’ still airs on ABC. Go figure.
Opinion: Haha, Jericho loses out on everything lame. Remember that time he was the first one eliminated in a celebrity singing competition?
GFW Announces TV Deals – Despite the alleged rumors that GFW is once again up for sale by Anthem, Anthem released a presser revealing that new deals have been struck to bring IMPACT back to Germany; the press release is below;
NASHVILLE | TORONTO – Global Force Wrestling, a subsidiary of Anthem Sports & Entertainment Corp., announced today that it has reached an agreement with 7Sports, the sport business unit of the ProSiebenSat.1 Group, to bring its flagship weekly show IMPACT back to screens in Germany, Austria and Switzerland via ran FIGHTING.
Showcasing top professional wrestling stars such as GFW Champion Eli Drake, Bobby Lashley, the high-flying X-Division, the lovely and lethal Knockouts, including Sienna, Rosemary and Gail Kim, plus talent from international partner promotions such as Johnny Impact, Naomichi Marufuji and El Hijo del Fantasma, IMPACT will be available as part of the ran FIGHTING BLACK PASS for €3.99 per month starting on September 8th, available at ranFIGHTING.de on-demand via web, smartphones, tablets and Smart TVs, including Samsung, as well as over-the-top (OTT) devices such as Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV and Google Chromecast. IMPACT will be available on ran FIGHTING’s VOD service on Friday mornings in Germany and it will air on Fridays at 8 p.m. on ran FIGHTING’s 24/7 web channel. ran FIGHTING’s BLACK PASS will also include access to GFW’s One Night Only specials.
“Our fan base in Germany has been vocal about the demand for Global Force Wrestling and IMPACT content, so we are thrilled to announce a new distribution deal in the territory,” said Ed Nordholm, president of Global Force Wrestling. “As the leading provider of high-quality combat sports content in Germany, ran FIGHTING will be an excellent partner for us as we continue to expand the brand globally, making our product available in more international households than ever before.”
“We are pleased to further extend the offer of ran FIGHTING with Wrestling. In GFW and IMPACT, we have found a strong partner on whose return the German fans have been waiting for a long time,” said Zeljko Karajica, CEO of 7Sports.
In addition to weekly episodes of IMPACT and monthly One Night Only specials, customers can purchase GFW’s premium annual pay-per-view events, including Bound for Glory and Slammiversary, individually and exclusively. This is part of ran FIGHTING’s Live Pass, which is available without being subscriber to the BLACK PASS – live and on demand as pay-per-view.
ran FIGHTING boasts Germany’s largest combat sports archive, including UFC, Sauerland and Matchroom Boxing, all available through the ran FIGHTING BLACK PASS subscription.
For more information, visit www.impactwrestling.com and www.ranFIGHTING.de.
Quick Hits – The Uso’s apparently got roughed up by Shelton Benjamin and his former partner Charlie Haas in the gym and in training when they were rookies. Jeff Jarrett is now taking bookings as he’s no longer with GFW in an official capacity.