Everything You Need To Know About The Future Of TNA Wrestling
Everything you need to know about TNA Wrestling's future
TNA Wrestling was thrown into turmoil this week as Anthem - the parent company of the promotion - fired Scott D'Amore from his role as TNA President. D'Amore has been replaced by Anthony Cicione, who has been with Anthem for 16 years and TNA will move towards greater integration with Anthem's Entertainment Group.
D'Amore was reportedly fired following a falling out with Anthem Head Len Asper and the parent company rejected D'Amore's offer to buy TNA outright.
In an update on the future of TNA Wrestling, Mike Johnson of PWInsider reported that Anthem aren't planning to scrap TNA and Anthem are "fully prepared to keep moving forward with the promotion." The company are willing to make big offers to certain talents, having made big offers to Will Ospreay and CM Punk in late 2023, although they missed out on both.
Outside of D'Amore, TNA's staff and creative team remains in place. An initial Zoom meeting following D'Amore's firing was led by Gail Kim and Tommy Dreamer. RD Evans also remains with creative and Lou D'Angeli is still working in marketing.
TNA offices also won't be moving out of Nashville and the promotion could end up taping shows at Skyway Studios again, as they did during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The promotion have shows booked through the beginning of April with the Rebellion pay-per-view and post-pay-per-view TV tapings at The Palms in Las Vegas, Nevada. TNA have been working on their game plan for April and beyond this week and there was a hope amongst some in the promotion that TNA IMPACT could air live eventually.
The greater integration with Anthem has seen talks be held over having TNA stars pop up on other AXS TV programming and possibly in future films from Anthem's Gravitas Ventures. Anthem thinks the integration will help maximise money for both the parent company and TNA.
On Anthony Cicione, PWInsider noted "he has the reputation for being a stand-person and a really smart executive who will listen to feedback as opposed to 'just bulldozing the room.'" Cicione also has some working knowledge of professional wrestling as he was a top executive at The Score in Canada when WWE moved to the channel. As he has never run a pro wrestling promotion before, it is expected Cicione will lean on the expertise of others.