Jim Cornette

Jim Cornette likely finished with Impact

Jim Cornette, who returned to the company last month in a new authority figure role “firing” Bruce Prichard, is already likely done with his role on Impact on Pop TV.

The company announced they would be running TV tapings in Ottawa from November 6-10 following the Bound for Glory PPV and Cornette is unable to travel to Canada. He had trouble at the border back in 2010 when assault charges from his record were found. While the charges were dropped, Canada has a very strict border policy.

A report by The Wrestling Observer Newsletter this week revealed that Cornette was really only brought back to the company as a favor to Jeff Jarrett to help out, with Cornette adding the booking helped “pay for my garage remodel by hanging out with old friends and cutting promos.” Cornette reportedly expressed concern about the future of the company going forward to Bob Ryder, something Ryder played down as rumors only. Either way, he appears to be done and it remains to be seen how they will explain his sudden absence on TV.

GFW name being phased out

As expected, it would appear publicly that the company is already phasing out the GFW (Global Force Wrestling) re-branding. The Wrestling Observer Newsletter noted that company officials have confirmed they will be phasing out the GFW name.

While attempts by Wrestleview.com to contact officials at Anthem were unanswered, we were able to confirm this report by the Observer this week and it would appear going forward that Anthem will refer to the promotion as Impact or Impact Wrestling.

The first hint of the change came last week when promotion for the Bound for Glory PPV on November 5 suddenly displayed the “Impact” logo instead of GFW. It’s pretty clear the timing had a lot to do with the “indefinite leave of absence” by Jeff Jarrett as the official GFW Twitter account tweeted out the original Bound for Glory logo on September 5, the same day the company publicly announced Jarrett would be leaving for now.

It should also be noted that the GFW Twitter account has gone radio silent since September 11 and is no longer promoting anything regarding Impact on Pop TV or the GFW Amped specials currently airing on Pay Per View taped two years ago. The actual re-branding of the promotion took place back in March when they completely dropped any references to TNA, Total Nonstop Action or TNA Wrestling during the introduction of a new regime.

Days before Slammiversary, an article in The Tennessean revealed the promotion would be re-brand as GFW going forward and that Impact would simply be the name of the weekly show as RAW or Smackdown is to WWE. The company then held a series of unification title matches at the Slammiversary PPV and began pushing the GFW name very hard, including introducing new title belts. That lasted until September with Jarrett’s departure.

Wrestleview.com even made an effort, in attempts to avoid branding confusion, to begin referring to the promotion as GFW and even categorizing our news around the name. It would appear the company is quietly going back to being referred to as Impact, even with the confusion among current staff including Josh Mathews based on a new interview. Also not helping matters was the fact that Jarrett still continues to own the rights to the GFW/Global Force Wrestling name, meaning they went forward with the re-brand without actually owning the full rights despite issuing a press release claiming otherwise.

  • U-Dog

    WOW… crazy shit… Just when I thought things couldn’t get an worse. Today’s “Impact” makes Dixie Carters TNA look like the greatest success of all time in comparison to where things are now.

    I was a HUGE supporter of TNA… but I have completely lost all interest.

  • delos56

    I see positives….There appears to be hope for Anthem after all….

  • Aaron David Harwood

    So you get rid of Jim Cornette, the one guy who knows how a successful wrestling promotion should run…. where is the price of right lose soundbyte when you need it.

  • Colby

    I would add to this that Jim used to have an idea of how to run a successful promotion (at least in terms of booking – not necessarily from business stand-point but back then solid booking translated into solid business) but is now completely outdated in his thinking. Just listen to his podcast and interviews and you can see his ideas don’t apply to a modern wrestling promotion dealing with short attention spans, YouTube, social media, green talent that have to get over quicker than during Jim’s time, where the money comes from, etc. – in this role he was only in an on-screen role and didn’t impact the business side at all (had no interest from his comments and Anthem wasn’t looking for it either I don’t believe) so really, IMO, this isn’t a sound-byte lose moment like many of Anthem’s others since they put their trust in Jarrett.

  • Al79

    Cornette is not allowed in Canada or Dairy Queen.

  • Al79

    Agree, he is stuck in the 80’s and 90’s

  • TheCyberZon

    Well that didn’t take long.

  • TheCyberZon

    Same here, man.

  • TheCyberZon

    Mmm, I don’t know Delos. All I see is a company run by schizophrenics still trying to find its identity and still not knowing what to call itself.

  • Jeremy King

    Hahahahahah this company is an utter joke.

  • delos56

    Agreed…
    They did finally figure out the JJ is a user SOB con BS and are not giving up the ship. Still remains to see what happens? Have to have hope for em to continue to turn around. The biz needs em for better or worse.

  • Michael Arrasmith

    For those youngins out there, Google Jim herd, he is the spiritual precursor to slick Eddie nordholm.

  • Colby

    Thing is I (sadly) don’t think they figured out that JJ is / was working them. The video of him being belligerent in Mexico seems to be the reason Ed asked him to take a break and it has been noted that Jeff was having issues because of going to hard / too long without a break and they were worried he may have a drinking issue or something else going on (a la Kurt Angle for a bit) and that is the only reason Ed asked him to take a break…according to other websites. This likes up with the fact that it happened so quickly with no one to replace Jeff. It was also reported that Jeff will come back in the same role as soon as they all agree he is ready. Some of this (I.e. The video from him in Mexico happening just before the break announcement) completely adds up and so if it’s all as it is said to be, they still think Jeff is the answer – time will tell but I truly don’t think they realize yet that Jeff isn’t the answer!

  • TheCyberZon

    Wow that was….bad. Jeff Hardy at Victory Road 2011 & Jake Roberts at Heroes of Wrestling bad. So is Karen Jarrett attracted to addicts or does she turn them into addicts? Kind of a chicken or the egg scenario.