The long, ongoing saga that is the TNA Sale has reached a major point. Anthem Sports issued a press release confirming they have acquired control of TNA Wrestling.
From the press release:
“We are thrilled to have acquired TNA IMPACT Wrestling,” said Ed Nordholm, Executive Vice President of Anthem Sports & Entertainment Corp., the parent of Fight Network. “As we grow Anthem’s linear, digital and mobile platforms globally, top tier content with global appeal is key to that success and this acquisition is a perfect strategic addition to our portfolio. IMPACT has been a dominant wrestling brand around the world for more than a decade and we are confident that Anthem can leverage its assets and strategic partnerships to take IMPACT Wrestling to even greater heights.
Dixie Carter, who will resign from her position as chairman, had the following to say:
“Anthem has been a great partner for many years,” added Dixie Carter. “We have worked hard to find the right company who would acquire TNA, use its strategic influence and have a long-term commitment to the brand. TNA’s incredible fans, talent and staff deserved to see the brand continue to thrive after 15+ years of incredible growth. I’m excited to move to a new position and work with Anthem on their global strategic plan, and I am confident TNA IMPACT Wrestling is going to be a huge part of their success.”
PWInsider reports that Jeff Jarrett and Dutch Mantel are returning to the company. Both will be in attendance at tonight’s tapings. Jarrett is of course one of the founders of TNA and was in charge of the company for the first several years. Mantel worked as a booker and producer for TNA until his release in 2010, where he returned to WWE under the name Zeb Coulter.