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Scott D’Amore addresses the latest Impact/WWE meeting

Back in September, Impact Wrestling president Ed Nordholm, accompanied by EVP Scott D’Amore, met with WWE officials in Stamford. While it wasn’t exactly sure why they held the meeting, it was assumed that the WWE was working on getting footage for documentaries involving the Hardy Boyz and AJ Styles.

On the Wrestling Perspective Podcast, D’Amore shed some light on the meeting between the two companies.

Since the beginning of the year, we’ve done three content deals with the WWE. We did the Hardys documentary deal…we did a deal to provide footage for AJ Styles and Kurt Angle for Table for 3, and we provided footage for Bruce Prichard on the WWE Network.

We’ve done a few deals together, which I think WWE is seeing that this is a different day with Impact Wrestling, and I think in the most minor levels maybe they are seeing that it’s a different age in pro wrestling.

There was a meeting, we got together, we talked and thought, ‘You know it was nice to see each other face-to-face and say hello.’ It’s a whole different world and there’s no reason that we can’t communicate.

D’Amore went on to say how this kind of meeting wouldn’t have happened twenty years ago. However, in the new age of professional wrestling, it makes sense to work with your competitors to strengthen the business than try to shut each other down.

  • Soulshroude

    This professional meeting could turn out to be a “good thing”. What I mean and is common sense, this could actually go into a whole new direction if both sides are professional and mature about the matter of “business is business”, I don’t see any reason why a future relationship can’t be maintained.

  • CC

    They never wanted to be number 2, they wanted to be number 1, and they now realise they will never beat WWE … do I really have to spell that out?

  • Rinn13

    WWF and WCW going at each other’s throats, was a headlong race towards self-destruction. It almost destroyed WWF, and DID ultimately destroy WCW. And I’m sorry, but the “Monday Night Wars” were not a golden age. I remember, because I watched them. It was an era far more concerned with 10+ long minute promos and comedy skits and stupid stunts, than it was with wrestling. It was an era that treated women like strippers (literally), focused on grotesque and harmful “hardcore” matches and stunts, and featured the “genius” trash TV vision of people like Vince Russo. It was an era when wrestling was trying to be Jerry Springer, just to get “shock” ratings.

    Were there some good moments and matches? Sure. But I could have done without Stone Cold doing some new stunt against Vince every single week. I could have done without Mick Foley presenting Rock with “This Is Your Life”. I could have done without Val Venis and The Godfather and Bra & Panties matches. Frankly, the “golden age” of pro wrestling, was the late 80s through about 1994. At least then, you had a focus on matches, and especially with the rise of stars like Bret Hart, Owen Hart, Undertaker, Sting, Mr. Perfect, etc., you had a focus on actual sound wrestling.

    And dude? If you honestly think that Impact has zero ambition to eventually try to claw their way back up to being “#2” again? You’re insane. Of course they want to grow and be successful. They’re not just going to be content to be a glorified indy promotion like ROH. And I say that never having really been a TNA fan.

  • CC

    There is a huge difference between now and 20 years ago. Had WWF and WCW been all pally, we would not have got the golden age of wrestling that was the Monday night wars.
    They were two huge companies wanting to be the top dog.

    Now, there is not a single wrestling company as big as WWE so what benefit does it have for WWE to be as aggressive? They know that nobody is going to challenge them anymore, so it now benefits them to have working relationships with smaller promotions so it can benefit them (video footage being the key benefit).

    Go back a few years ago and TNA was like this annoying yappy dog, doing a lot of barking at WWE to try to make it seem like they had a fighting chance. WWE though did not even acknowledge them, which was even funnier than fighting back.

    I think we have finally got to a point with Impact where they themselves do not believe they will ever be any bigger, so they have quietened down significantly.