BREAKING NEWS: Dixie Carter Resigns From TNA Impact Wrestling

Anthem officially announces it has acquired control of TNA Impact Wrestling. Dixie Carter resigns as chairman.

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.

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WWE RAW Viewership Rebounds This Week

– According to ShowBuzz Daily, this weeks episode of WWE RAW, featuring Bill Goldberg’s return kicking off 2017, drew 3.046 million viewers.

This number is up 6.7% from last week’s 2.855 million viewers.

* First hour drew 3.042 million viewers
* Second hour drew 3.159 million viewers
* Final hour drew 2.939 million viewers

RAW was #8 on cable for the night in viewership, behind the Rose Bowl, the Sugar Bowl, the Cotton Bowl and four other ESPN college football programs.

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Kenny Omega On The Announcement That Changed His Career, His Vision For NJPW, More

– New Japan Pro Wrestling star Kenny Omega recently spoke with Justin Barrasso of Sports Illustrated’s Extra Mustard and discussed a wide variety of topics, check out the highlights below:

On wanting to be a legend that never worked in WWE:

“I would rather be the legend that never stepped foot in WWE but was better than every single one of them and did something that none of those guys could do in their prime or could ever do if they left WWE and tried. No one is going to win ten ‘matches of the year’ in Japan, no one could. I’ve already won ten. No one could go from WWE and win one – if you did, you’d have to have a better match than me, and that isn’t going to happen. That’s the kind of pride I bring to my work. AJ is the closest guy who could do it, but I’m talking about their roster as a whole. It’s just not going to happen. That’s not just me saying that because I’m a cocky prick. That’s me saying it as a challenge because I’m pushing the barrier every single day. I’ll take all my matches against WWE’s best matches, I’ll put it up against Ring of Honor’s best matches, or whatever promotion you want, and I guarantee people will be more entertained with my matches than theirs. That is the attitude I need to carry with me. If I lose my confidence, then I’ll lose my way. And yes, I’m saying controversial things, but I’m not purposely saying them just to be controversial. I’m just one of the only guys to be speaking my true feelings.”

On his vision for NJPW:

“My vision for the company is different from what we’re seeing right now. We are using a ton of foreign talent, and it would be easy for us to cross over and extend our borders. We have talent that is looking to stay loyal and see this company grow, and I’m not just sitting on the sideline waiting to see the highest bidder. I’m committed to seeing this company grow, as well. I can be multi-cultural, multi-lingual, work a physical style, push forward entertaining storylines, and be the more worldly entertainment that the company needs. I’m also willing to accept the blame if it fails. I’m not afraid to fail, and I have no fear because I believe we can do it.”

On how his career changed:

“My career changed instantaneously with the announcement of Shinsuke, AJ, Gallows, and Machine Gun leaving in the blink of an eye. I went from being a junior—and probably set to be Kushida’s arch-nemesis until the cows came home—to suddenly being vaulted into the heavyweight title picture for the Intercontinental championship. That taught me a lesson: I couldn’t put a limit on myself. The things I wanted were finally coming true. I was finally going to get a shot against these heavyweights, the guys that had all the hype. I had to listen while people said all these different guys were the best, but I knew, if I was ever given the chance, I would be able to show everyone something new. Then I was finally in the position to do it, so I wasn’t going to just be complacent. Some guys do that—they look at this as a job, but I knew I could show something really cool that people hadn’t seen before.”

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Seth Rollins On Wrestle Kingdom 11, Bret Hart’s Emotional Return, RAW In Detroit Pre-Sale

– WWE Superstar Seth Rollins tweeted the following message on New Japan Pro Wrestling’s Wrestle Kingdom 11 event, check out the tweet below:

Pretty awesome to see professional wrestling on all levels alive and well all over the world. #wrestlekingdom11

— Seth Rollins (@WWERollins) January 4, 2017

– WWE RAW returns to the Joe Louis Arena in Detroit, MI on March 13th. The pre-sale is underway, you can purchase tickets using code RAWRED. The pre-sale ends on January 5th at 10pm.

– Seen below, WWE Hall of Famer Bret Hart steps back inside a WWE ring to address the WWE Universe:

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WWE Announces WrestleMania 33 Axxess Details

– WWE announced the following on WrestleMania 33 Axxess today:

WrestleMania Axxess comes to the Orange County Convention Center

WWE’s biggest fan gathering of the year is gearing up for its return to the Sunshine State this spring.

WrestleMania Axxess will be held Thursday, March 30, through Sunday, April 2, at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida. One of the most popular cornerstones of WrestleMania Week, Axxess is an annual celebration, complete with Superstar meet-and-greets, live in-ring action and many more activities.

Check back soon at WrestleMania.com for Axxess ticket details and other event information.

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Braun Strowman’s Tinder Profile Picture Revealed (Photo)

– Braun Strowman’s Tinder profile went viral this week after Reddit user Casuke matched with him.

Strowman’s profile reads, “”6’8″ 375lb country boy!!!! I ike lifting weights and eating steaks”

Check out the profile screenshot below:

Someone on Reddit found Braun Strowman on tinder HAHAHA pic.twitter.com/mxMusScnxz

— Cena Mark (@JohnCenaSource) January 3, 2017

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Teddy Hart Jailed On New Year’s Day, Officially Pulled From CWE Tour, More

– Canadian Wrestling Elite announced yesterday that Teddy Hart, nephew of WWE Hall of Famer Bret “Hitman” Hart, will not appear on their upcoming “New Heights” tour in Canada due to “legal circumstances in Texas.”

“It is with great disappointment we have learned today that due to legal circumstances in Texas beyond our control Teddy Hart will be UNABLE to appear as scheduled in Calgary, Winnipeg, and Thunder Bay,” they announced on Facebook. “Although we anticipate this situation will reveal itself in the public eye soon enough it isn’t our place to discuss Mr. Hart’s legal situation right now and the consequences of it. However it is our place to be honest with our fans who are very loyal and supportive of the brand.”

According to a report on Pro Wrestling Sheet, Hart was arrested on New Year’s Day after attempting to run away from police and evade arrest after being stoppped for “a hazardous traffic violation” in Arlington, Texas. It was noted that he was allegedly intoxicated and operating a vehicle without the consent of the owner. Hart is currently in jail with bail set at $6,500.

Below is the full statement from CWE:

1/3- Teddy Hart NO LONGER Appearing On CWE’s New Heights Tour.
It is with great disappointment we have learned today that due to legal circumstances in Texas beyond our control Teddy Hart will be UNABLE to appear as scheduled in Calgary, Winnipeg, and Thunder Bay.

Although we anticipate this situation will reveal itself in the public eye soon enough it isn’t our place to discuss Mr. Hart’s legal situation right now and the consequences of it. However it is our place to be honest with our fans who are very loyal and supportive of the brand.

Upon the announcement of Teddy Hart on the tour there was some hesitation and doubt from our loyal fans based on his track record. That track record was the very same reason CWE hadn’t attempted to do business in almost six years and the first and only time he was advertised for CWE and didn’t make the event.

However, those close to Teddy and affiliated with CWE had reached out on multiple occasions stating he has made many positive changes in his life and simply wanted an opportunity to prove that as he had hoped to be a brand ambassador for Canadian wrestling and hopefully tour regularly with the company.

With him proving to be focused and reliable as of late with huge main event performances in Mexico and California and even his recent appearance on Talk is Jericho where he very sincerely said he was looking to make changes and for opportunity it was thought the stars had aligned for Teddy Hart to be an impact player for the organization.

We sincerely wish Teddy Hart the best of luck in his current situation and hope he finds the help he needs to truly get his life on track and be the success story we all know he is capable of being.

As a result there are some obvious changes to the cards he was involved on. Here are the changes made,

Calgary
ACH vs. Jason “The Gift” Kincaid
– This was a huge first time encounter that was supposed to take place in Winnipeg that wasn’t meant to be. As a result it will go down in Calgary, Alberta in what promises to be a once in a lifetime contest that will be talked about for a long time to come as two of the most innovative wrestlers on the planet compete for the first time.
Shigehiro Irie vs. Dylan Knight
– These two monster heavyweights will collide in what will also be a first time encounter featuring two of the strongest and heaviest of hitting men you will see in a CWE ring. Both big men have a point to prove in what will be their first matches for the company!

Winnipeg

Jason “The Gift” Kincaid vs. “Tornado” Tony Kozina
– These independent wrestling sensations wrestled in Calgary for the first time ever on the Destined For Greatness Tour and arguably stole the show with a near 20 minute clinic. Kincaid is the hottest star on the independents right now a place Tony Kozina has been many times over his 20 year career. Winnipeg is a town that appreciates a true wrestling classic and that is exactly what they will get on January 20th.

Thunder Bay

“Hotshot” Danny Duggan vs. “The Crown Jewel” Chase Owens
– There is one match that is leading the Match Of The Year polls by a land side and that is Danny Duggan vs. Chase Owens from the last event in Thunder Bay. These two men took pro wrestling to another level in T-Bay in a 30 minute classic. Now the fans of Thunder Bay will get to see the rematch in place of Teddy Hart in what promises to be even better than the first given how the last match ended in such controversial fashion.

*For anyone looking for a refund due to Teddy Hart not appearing they can do so at their original point of purchase. For those that don’t need one prepare yourself for the most stacked series of tour shows CWE has every produced with more stars from around the World then ever before. CWE flourishes under these circumstances and will make sure you leave forgetting such a thing was ever supposed to happen in the first place!

For full tour information visit cwecanada.ca

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