Impact Wrestling conducted a media conference call featuring Executive Vice Presidents Scott D’Amore and Don Callis.
The assembled media were able to ask various questions to two out of the three men running the company.
One thing the company did recently was break the news of Austin Aries as new Global champion ahead of TV airing, on this subject D’Amore said: “Something that is new that we are trying going to monitor and we will see what response is to it.
“Austin is a tremendous talent who has long history with Impact. Getting him in the mix is a great opportunity for us. He has a mindset which aligns with a lot of things we are looking to do here.”
One of the items the company was asked about was intellectual property, concerning Matt Hardy and his “broken’ gimmick which recently appeared on WWE TV after months of Impact Wrestling stating that the company owned his gimmick. on this subject D’Amore said: “We have made a drastic change in regards to how we deal with IP, we sat down and its important all wrestlers know that right is available to including Matt Hardy and we wish them all success.”
Callis added: “We are moving towards a future where you have to embrace whats going on in the business. The power is in the hands of the wrestlers.”
Impact Wrestling has attempted to move away from its taping location in Orlando, Flordia. On this subject D’Amore said: “We do feel strongly its important that we get out in front of fans in US and hopefully around the world, good chance you will see us in Canada and other US locations.”
D’Amore said when asked about traditional PPV: “Currently evaluating schedule in a world that is ever changing in content delivery the PPV business has changed. PPV will be area we will look to grow.
“There will be a live PPV in April coming shortly.”
On the subject of April, D’Amore added: “There will be new title belts for April!”
The company has stated that it will go back to using a four sided ring, when the promotion started in 2002, they used the traditional four sided ring until 2004. That year, when Impact made its debut, it switched to a six-sided ring until 2010 when Hulk Hogan and Eric Bischoff came in.
After four years of using a traditional four-sided ring again, the six sides came back in 2014, on this subject Callis said: “Both shared view that primary importance is creating environment where talent can flourish from top to bottom. Talent prefer four sided ring.”
One topic which was brought up by the assembled media was the contract expires of Etahn Carter III, Lashley and other talents, D’Amore said: “We always look for a combination of established talent as well as influx of new talent. This is a business where we work together but sometimes we part ways and see you down the road.”
And finally on the subject of the future, D’Amore commented: “You won’t see decisions made for anything other than what we feel is best for the company. Talent won’t be treated as assets and as human beings.”