Back at the beginning of March, Impact Wrestling went through a facelift and the start of new talent coming into the company. One of the first new faces to walk through the door was former World Champion Alberto El Patron who was honestly a shock in my book. Though his momentum was basically killed right when he first arrived due to the finish of his first match against Lashley.
However, this is suppose to be a cause for celebration and not a "normal" post about the company. One of the highlights of Impact has been the commentary of The Pope as he seems to be the only person that actually is meant to do his job and that is make the action in the ring the focus of the show. This is the first time that I have tried to list this type of post in a different section of the site so I thought I would see how this works.
Back a few years ago in the early days of Global Force Wrestling an "invasion" angle kicked off with them entering TNA and gaining limited, but much needed momentum. However, once the angle finished the momentum for the company completely dropped off and by 2016 interest was all but gone in the company. Throughout all of 2016 rumors would run around about the possibility of Impact Wrestling getting sold to a new party. At first it was Billy Corgan, but that fell apart and Corgan was replaced by Anthem Sports and Entertainment that would end up buying the company.
Soon after the announcement of the sale of TNA we started hearing about former TNA champion and founder of both GFW and TNA Jeff Jarrett was back in the company handling the creative once again for the company. Jeff brought both Dutch Mantel and Scott D'Amore back to the company with him to help the creative. At first we saw the likes of Cody Rhodes and Magnus bringing in their Global Force Wrestling championship titles.
The company has officially become defunct and merged into Impact Wrestling and was no longer an active company. Global was founded in April 2014 and has gone through ups and downs as a company and hit the highest of highs and the lowest of lows and for the last few years things have been rough for the company. This merger announcement isn't shocking as many wondered what happened to the company once Jeff was announced as the leader of creative. After losing all momentum and interest it is pretty clear that the company belongs in the past. Hopefully, the former World Champion can help stabilize the company he helped found back in the day.
Almost two months ago at this point the company formerly known as TNA Wrestling decided it was high time to drop the TNA name and move onto a new brand name. The higher ups decided that the Impact Wrestling idea deserved another shot and so they changed the companies name to Impact Wrestling. This began an overnight elimination of anything having to do with the TNA name including names and titles the whole nine yards. Starting I believe it was on March 6, everything was to begin to change in the new Impact Wrestling.
There is only one problem and it's one that the higher ups didn't think about is you can't eliminate the negative feeling that some fans have associated with TNA just by changing the name and expecting everything to be different. The reason why the saying "Distance makes the heart grow founder" is a true is because when you have something you start miss and want it back. But if you can never miss it then you never get the chance to want it back. The best thing that they could've done with TNA is sent away for a few months and repackaged the company in a different way by taking a few months to develop a new identity for the company. It might be clear why they could have done this, but that doesn't mean it wouldn't have worked better the re-branding that they decided to do.
Also my last point is that the show has been called Impact since 2005 when they debuted on Spike TV so it's not like it's a new name. This is another reason why I feel like if they took longer to re-brand then it would've been better off for the company because everything could have been brand new instead of a lazy name change.
The list is growing ever so long with talent walking away from the Impact Wrestling and now we can add another name to that list as former Tag Team Champion Crazy Steve is leaving the company. As of this writing it seems as though Steve may have opted out of his deal with Impact Wrestling and unlike his former co-workers it wasn't the companies doing as much as it was Steve's. Actually Impact had an option to renew Steve's contract but decided not to when he asked for his release.
At this time it seems more likely that Steve will be taking a short stint on the indies before even coming close to debuting in WWE due to an agreement they reached with ROH. This means that for at least 90 days he will be a free agent and then once that times passes he will likely join the WWE. In my opinion, with the fact that it seemed as though they were already scrapping the Decay faction with the return of Joseph Park it may have been a good thing that Steve left. Also Steve seems to be one of the few amicable departures in the companies long list of departures since the change in power.
I do think that under a new guise and with a new character Steve will do well in the WWE and I just hope that Impact Wrestling looks to a lesser known talent to replace Steve rather than a former WWE star. The best way to replace someone is by making someone new and not by reestablishing a former star.
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