Impact Wrestling announced today that Scott D'Amore and Don Callis have been hired as Executive Vice Presidents of the company. D'Amore has been working closely with Anthem's Ed Nordholm for several months now following Jeff Jarrett's departure. PWInsider reports that the original plan was for Callis to start working in November but his contract had not been completed. The official announcement seen below notes that Callis will continue working commentary for New Japan Pro Wrestling. PWInsider adds that NJPW had been planning for Callis' departure and were considering several replacements.
Impact Wrestling sent us the following this morning:
IMPACT Wrestling Hires Senior Executive Team
TORONTO – Anthem Wrestling Exhibitions LLC, a subsidiary of Anthem Sports & Entertainment Corp.and parent company of IMPACT Wrestling, announced today that Don Callis and Scott D'Amore have joined the company as Executive Vice Presidents. Reporting to Ed Nordholm, President of the Company, they will form a 3-member Executive Committee with overall responsibility for developing the creative direction for the Company and managing the execution of the Company's business plan.
Don Callis has built a critically acclaimed 15-year career in the wrestling business as a performer, color commentator and writer for WWF, ECW and TNA. After retiring from wrestling in 2004, he obtained an MBA and established another successful career in international business. Callis recently returned to the world he loves and is now the color commentator for New Japan Pro-Wrestling (a role that he will retain) and co-hosts the hit podcast "Killing the Town" on The Jericho Network.
Scott D'Amore has held just about every position in the wrestling industry, including performer, trainer, promoter, writer and producer. D'Amore is an IMPACT Wrestling original, having been with the company from its early days in the Asylum until his departure in 2010. In his time away from the organization, D'Amore applied his entrepreneurial spirit to transform The D'Amore Group from a family-run construction company into a multi-faceted real estate development company. He has kept his hand in the industry, running Border City Wrestling in Windsor in collaboration with the Entertainment Technology program at St. Clair College. He also owns and operates Can-Am Wrestling, a successful professional wrestling training facility that has produced numerous top talents in the wrestling industry today.
"I am excited that Don and Scott have made this commitment to the Company," said Ed Nordholm, president of Anthem Wrestling Exhibitions, LLC. "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."
For more information, visit www.impactwrestling.com.