In case you weren’t aware, IMPACT recently revealed that Don Callis and Scott D’Amore would set to be positioned as the new Executive Vice Presidents of the company. IMPACT sent out the following press release on the hiring:
“TORONTO – Anthem Wrestling Exhibitions LLC, a subsidiary of Anthem Sports & Entertainment Corp. and parent company of IMPACT Wrestling, announced today that Don Callis and Scott D’Amore have joined the company as Executive Vice Presidents. Reporting to Ed Nordholm, President of the Company, they will form a 3-member Executive Committee with overall responsibility for developing the creative direction for the Company and managing the execution of the Company’s business plan.
Don Callis has built a critically acclaimed 15-year career in the wrestling business as a performer, color commentator and writer for WWF, ECW and TNA. After retiring from wrestling in 2004, he obtained an MBA and established another successful career in international business. Callis recently returned to the world he loves and is now the color commentator for New Japan Pro-Wrestling (a role that he will retain) and co-hosts the hit podcast “Killing the Town” on The Jericho Network.
Scott D’Amore has held just about every position in the wrestling industry, including performer, trainer, promoter, writer and producer. D’Amore is an IMPACT Wrestling original, having been with the company from its early days in the Asylum until his departure in 2010. In his time away from the organization, D’Amore applied his entrepreneurial spirit to transform The D’Amore Group from a family-run construction company into a multi-faceted real estate development company. He has kept his hand in the industry, running Border City Wrestling in Windsor in collaboration with the Entertainment Technology program at St. Clair College. He also owns and operates Can-Am Wrestling, a successful professional wrestling training facility that has produced numerous top talents in the wrestling industry today.”
As you may of noted, Callis is part of Chris Jericho‘s podcast network and good friends with the Winnipeg native. During a recent interview on ‘Talk is Jericho’ Callis revealed that it was in fact Jericho who reached out to Anthem Executive Len Asper and told him to hire Don Callis and Scott D’Amore to run Impact Wrestling. Whether this is an elaborate rib being played by both Callis and Jericho remains to be seen but if this is true then Jericho’s influence across the wrestling landscape seems to be broadening in recent months.
Getting your buddies a job? Jericho invented that.