One of the biggest news stories doing the rounds right now is the sudden firing of former TNA Wrestling President Scott D’Amore.
Scott was with the company for several years and was instrumental in building the company from the ground up which is what made his termination all the more shocking. Following the news, Fightful Select reached out to new TNA Wrestling President Anthony Cicione who issued a statement.
In his statement, Anthony mentioned that this change in leadership was brought about to further integrate TNA Wrestling into the Entertainment Group of Anthem Sports & Entertainment with a focus on improving values in different areas of the company.
“This move is intended to further integrate TNA Wrestling into the Entertainment Group of Anthem Sports & Entertainment as we work to leverage the resources of the entire company to add more value in areas such as production, distribution, marketing, viewership, customer acquisition, digital revenue streams, ad sales and sponsorships, and digital tech operations, among others.”
He then thanked Scott D’Amore for his years of dedication to the Anthem and TNA and even acknowledged Scott’s role in turning around the company.
“Everyone at Anthem Sports & Entertainment is appreciative of and thankful for the years of dedication that Scott D’Amore gave to Anthem, and TNA Wrestling. Scott has been a part of TNA since 2003, holding many key roles. He played a vital role in the growth of the company and the evolution to its strong industry reputation today, including the 2024 return of the TNA Wrestling brand itself. I personally want to thank Scott for the passion he brought to the business and his personal touch with talent.”
Anthony further expressed excitement about expanding existing revenue streams as well as creating new ones.
“TNA Wrestling is in a position to take a big leap toward its next stage of growth and expansion. While we can create more operational efficiency the most exciting part is expanding existing revenue streams and developing new ones. Wrestling promotions have evolved from event driven businesses to global media enterprises.”
Anthony is optimistic of being able to continue the success of shows like Hard To Kill and Snake Eyes for the remainder of the year.
“I was in Las Vegas last month for both the Hard To Kill pay-per-view and the next night’s Snake Eyes show. Those were not just the two best pro wrestling shows I have attended, they were record-setting for TNA Wrestling on multiple fronts. That growth, expansion and popularity that thousands witnessed live and in-person in Las Vegas, and live on pay-per-view around the world, will continue in 2024. We have many exciting, groundbreaking announcements coming up over the next few months. Our momentum is continuing.”
He heaped praise on the TNA roster and the crew members who were responsible for bringing the incredible in-ring action to the fans.
“TNA Wrestling features an incredible roster of in-ring talent who will continue to shine and deliver incredible matches and moments. We have a behind-the-scenes crew and staff who are incredible at their jobs. Our business is being run by experienced professionals, and the fans will notice many improvements in the coming months. TNA’s success is attributable to its teamwork, and that team will continue to grow with more input from Anthem’s top executives, partners and others.”
He concluded his statement by acknowledging that a change in leadership brings about a lot of uncertainty but assured everything is to further elevate their operations.
“We know departures of well-respected executives can create uncertainty, but we are fully committed to this new business model. We are entering a new stage of growth. These changes bring together more leadership experience to help us elevate our operations.”
Although this statement issued by Anthony Cicione highlights the positives that this change could bring, it remains to be seen if he will be able to replicate the success of Scott D’Amore.
What do you make of Anthony Cicione’s statement? Do you think this change was the right move for TNA Wrestling? Sound off in the comments section.