Impact Wrestling
Anthem Wrestling Exhibitions, LLC
NWA: Total Nonstop Action (2002-2004)
Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (2004-2017)
Impact Wrestling (2017)
Global Force Wrestling (2017-present)
Formerly called
J Sports & Entertainment, LLC (2002)[1]
TNA Entertainment LLC (2002-2016)[2]
Impact Ventures LLC (2015-2016)[3]
Private subsidiary
Industry Professional wrestling
Founders Jeff Jarrett
Jerry Jarrett
Headquarters 3201 Dickerson Pike, Nashville, Tennessee[4], United States[5][6]
Area served
Worldwide[7]
Key people
Owners Anthem Sports & Entertainment [10]
(majority owner)
Jeff Jarrett
(minority ownership)
Aroluxe Marketing [10]
(minority ownership)
Dixie Carter [10]
(minority ownership)
Website www.impactwrestling.com

Global Force Wrestling (GFW) is an American professional wrestling promotion, based in Nashville, Tennessee, that is majority owned by Anthem Sports & Entertainment. Alongside rival Ring of Honor (ROH), GFW is viewed as the second-largest professional wrestling promotion in the United States after WWE.[11][12][13][14]

Founded by Jeff and Jerry Jarrett in 2002,[4] the promotion was initially known as NWA: Total Nonstop Action (NWA-TNA) and was associated with the National Wrestling Alliance (NWA). It withdrew from the NWA in 2004 and became known as Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (TNA), but it continued to use the NWA World Heavyweight and the NWA World Tag Team championships as part of an agreement. After the agreement ended in 2007, the company created its own TNA World Heavyweight and TNA World Tag Team championships. After the promotion was purchased by Anthem at the beginning of 2017, it became known simply as Impact Wrestling, after its main television series, until later that year when it acquired the original Global Force Wrestling, also founded by Jeff Jarrett, and assumed the GFW name.

History

Formation

Jeff Jarrett, one of the co-founders of GFW (then TNA), Hall of Famer and six-time NWA World Heavyweight Champion

The concept of TNA originated shortly after World Championship Wrestling (WCW) ended in 2001. Bob Ryder, Jeff Jarrett, and Jerry Jarrett went on a fishing trip and contemplated their futures in the professional wrestling business.[15] Only one wrestling product remained on United States national television: the World Wrestling Federation (WWF, later WWE). Ryder felt that this situation led many television stations to regard professional wrestling as bad for business, so he suggested a company not reliant on television, but rather one going straight to pay-per-view.[15] In July 2002, Vince Russo joined Jeff and Jerry Jarrett's NWA-TNA promotion as a creative writer and would assist in the writing and production of the shows. Russo states that he coined the name "Total Nonstop Action", the initials of the company "TNA" being a play on "T&A", short for "Tits and Ass". The original intention, as they were exclusive to pay-per-view, was to be viewed as an edgier product than WWE.[16]

The Jarretts found the financial backing they needed and the company put on its first show on June 19, 2002. That night, however, in a dark match just before they went on the air, a 450 lb wrestler named Cheex hit the ropes with so much force that one of them broke. The estimated repair time was 30-60 minutes, which they did not have because the schedule called for them to go live in a few minutes, whether the ring was ready or not. Backstage, the producers shuffled the schedule so that some non-wrestling segments went first to give the ring crew some more time, but they did not have many of them. The ring crew fixed the rope with the help of Ron and Don Harris, and everyone went live hoping for the best.[15]

Initially, TNA's weekly pay-per-view show operated as the company's main source of revenue, in place of monthly pay-per-view events used by other promotions. These shows took place mostly at the Tennessee State Fairground Sports Arena in Nashville, Tennessee, nicknamed the "TNA Asylum". After 27 months and 111 pay-per-view events, TNA began holding a weekly television show and monthly three-hour pay-per-views.[17] The last weekly pay-per-view took place on September 8, 2004. Xplosion launched on November 27, 2002 as TNA's first regular cable show and featured exclusive matches from the TNA Asylum as well as exclusive interviews with TNA wrestlers. On November 18, 2004, the show became a recap show of the previous week's Impact! in light of alterations in the taping schedule. Xplosion resumed airing exclusive matches (billed as "Xplosion Xclusives") once more on October 7, 2005 in addition to recapping Impact!. The "Xplosion Xclusives" also aired on the now-ceased TNA Global Impact! internet show. Airing of Xplosion in the United States ceased at the end of 2006, although some of the exclusive matches can be seen on TNA Today.

2004-2010

In May 2004, TNA introduced a television program, Impact! (stylized as iMPACT!), produced at Soundstage 21 at Universal Studios Florida and broadcast on Fox Sports.[18] The transition included the use of a six-sided wrestling ring,[19][20] the implementation of the "Fox Box" displaying competitors and timekeeping for the match[21] and a generally more sports-like style than the sports entertainment style exemplified by WWE.[21]

With the switch to cable television, TNA discontinued their weekly pay-per-view shows in favor of a monthly 3-hour pay-per-view format as previously used by WCW and Extreme Championship Wrestling (ECW) and as currently used by WWE. In November 2004, TNA held the first of these pay-per-views, Victory Road, beginning the pattern of pay-per-view shows that continued until 2013.

Dixie Carter was President of TNA from 2002-2017

The television contract with Fox Sports expired in May 2005 and was not renegotiated, leaving TNA without television exposure.[22] This prompted TNA to air Impact! via webcasts - originally made available via BitTorrent and eventually via RealPlayer - and on Urban America Television replacing Xplosion. During this time, TNA continued pursuing a profitable television deal for regular broadcasting,[23][24] would later secured a deal with Spike TV and aired its first episode on October 1, 2005.[25]

In October 2006, TNA began holding select pay-per-views outside of its central filming location, the Impact Zone in Orlando, Florida, with Bound for Glory. In April 2006, TNA began a partnership with YouTube, under which TNA supplied YouTube with exclusive video-content in exchange for hosting, leading to the production of internet shows. In January 2007, TNA's mobile-content deal with New Motion, Inc. led to the introduction of TNA Mobile and mobile fan-voting.[26] TNA has also launched "TNA U TV"; podcasts aired through YouTube to help promote the company.[27]Impact! expanded to a two-hour format on October 4, 2007.[28] On June 21, 2009, TNA launched an online video-vault subscription-service where subscribers could watch past pay-per-views by choosing one of three payment options.[29]

On October 23, 2008, TNA made the transition to HD and since then all programming has been broadcast in high-definition.[30] In addition, TNA introduced a new HD set that included new lighting and several large high-resolution screens.[31]

2010-2014

In 2010, TNA hired professional wrestling legend Hulk Hogan and former WCW President Eric Bischoff. Both obtained a position behind the screen (Bischoff was part of creative and Hogan a consultant) and made some changes. They also hired many high-profile former WWE wrestlers, including Ric Flair, Rob Van Dam, Mr. Anderson and Jeff Hardy, while returning to a four sided ring. On February 15, TNA made a new deal with Spike TV, which moved Impact! to Monday nights, directly opposite of Raw (although the network kept the Thursday night slot open for repeats of the Monday night shows). The first episode took place on March 8.[32]

Signed in 2009, Hulk Hogan served as a consultant until 2013

On May 3, TNA moved Impact! back to Thursday nights, re-branded as "TNA Thursdays".[33] At the same time, Spike also picked up TNA Reaction (stylized as TNA ReAction or, alternatively, as TNA ReACTION), which became a regular one-hour docu-series on June 24. ReAction focused on the stories and characters of TNA and previewed the upcoming episode of Impact!.[34][35] On February 24, 2011, TNA began holding Impact! tapings at the Crown Coliseum in Fayetteville, North Carolina.[36] On May 3, Impact! was re-branded Impact Wrestling.[37][38][39]

On November 7, TNA revealed that Ohio Valley Wrestling (OVW) would become TNA's official developmental territory.[40] In December 2011, TNA debuted their new India-based subsidiary promotion Ring Ka King.[41] On May 31, 2012, Impact Wrestling began airing live at a new start time of 8 p.m. EST on Thursday nights.[42] The live schedule would continue throughout 2012.[43] On July 11, DirecTV, the carrier of Spike, blocked all Viacom stations affecting TNA viewership from DirecTV subscribers.[44] After DirectTV and Viacom reached agreement, the removed channels were added back on July 20.[45] In March 2013, TNA began taping Impact from different venues around the United States and terminated its lease with Universal Studios.[46] On March 14, TNA introduced a new universal HD stage which would be used for all weekly programming.[47] On November 2, TNA ended its relationship with OVW.[48]

TNA formed a relationship with Japanese promotion Wrestle-1 beginning in July 2013 with a meeting between TNA founder Jeff Jarrett and Wrestle-1 head Keiji Mutoh.[49] It was arranged for Jarrett to wrestle for W-1 in October 2013.[50] In November, A.J. Styles successfully defended the TNA World Heavyweight Championship at a Wrestle--1 show in Japan.[51]

From the period of 2013 to 2014, many well-known names or veterans of the company left TNA. Hulk Hogan's contract with TNA expired in October 2013[52] and he returned to WWE in early 2014.[53] In December 2013, A.J. Styles left TNA after his contract expired.[54] Styles later said that he could not accept TNA's new contract offer which would see him take a 60% cut in pay.[55] Also in December 2013, TNA founder Jeff Jarrett "resigned" from the company.[56] TNA accepted his resignation but clarified that Jarrett was still an "investor" in TNA. In spite of his investor status, the following year Jarrett revealed plans to start a new professional wrestling promotion, Global Force Wrestling.[57] The departures did not stop in 2014, with TNA veterans Sting,[58]Chris Sabin,[59]Hernandez,[60]Christopher Daniels and Kazarian all leaving the company in that year,[61] and the contracts of TNA Hall of Famers Bully Ray and Devon reportedly expired in October 2014, with TNA moving them to the alumni section of their roster in January 2015.[62]

In late July, the TMZ website reported that Spike TV was not renewing Impact Wrestling beyond October.[63] In response, TNA refuted the report, stating that negotiations were still ongoing.[64] On August 14, TNA moved Impact Wrestling from its Thursday timeslot to Wednesday nights.[65] On August 20, TNA signed an extension with Spike TV until the end of 2014.[66]

The 2014 Bound for Glory pay-per-view was held in collaboration with Wrestle-1 in Tokyo, Japan on October 12; the TNA World Heavyweight and the TNA World Tag Team titles were not defended at the event, which featured TNA wrestlers James Storm and The Great Sanada against Wrestle-1's The Great Muta and Tajiri in the main event.[67] After Bound for Glory, TNA effectively went into hiatus due to Impact Wrestling ending their contract with Spike TV and its subsequent move to Destination America. The show ceased airing new televised events after the November 19 episode of Impact Wrestling, with the final episodes of 2014 being dedicated to Best of TNA clip shows, before resuming events on January 7, 2015 with a live show from The Manhattan Center's Grand Ballroom in New York City.[68][69][70]

2015-2016

As revealed in November 2014, TNA ended its relationship with Spike and instead partnered with Discovery Communications to distribute its programming beginning in January 2015. In the United States, TNA programs, including Impact Wrestling, moved to Destination America. Discovery also held rights in selected international markets.[71] Spike's outreach at the time was estimated to be more than 97 million homes while Destination America was estimated to reach 59 million households.[72] However, Destination America was one of the fastest growing cable networks[73][unreliable source]

Impact Wrestling premiered on Destination America on Wednesday, January 7 at 9:00 p.m.[74] TNA also started two new shows: Impact Wrestling: Unlocked, hosted by Mike Tenay,[75] and TNA Wrestling's Greatest Matches, a series presenting the best matches in the company's history.[76] From December 2014 to March 2015, several employees re-signed with TNA, including Kurt Angle,[77] Jeff Hardy, Gail Kim, Mr. Anderson, Abyss and Matt Hardy.[78][78][79]Awesome Kong also re-joined the company following several years of absence.[79] During this period, veteran Samoa Joe and commentator Tazz left the company by mutual consent.[80][81]

On April 27, 2015, Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan joined TNA as senior producer of creative and talent development.[82]

Destination America gained over 41.94 million viewers over the course of 2015's first quarter, making this the channel's best first quarter ever,[73][83] followed by their best May ever in prime time. In both cases, Discovery Communications touted Impact Wrestling as one of the reasons for the increase in viewers.[84] Despite this success, Discovery Communications dropped Unlocked and Greatest Matches from their programming in May 2015.[85][86]

On November 19, TNA signed a deal[why?] with Pop to air Impact Wrestling,[87] where it premiered on Tuesday, January 5, 2016 in a live special held at the Sands Hotel and Casino in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. With this move to Pop, Impact Wrestling introduced a new HD set, graphics and theme music. This show saw the semi-finals and finals of the TNA World Title Series, which was won by Ethan Carter III. Husband and wife team Mike Bennett and Maria Kanellis would debut soon after. Subsequent shows would include episodes taped during a tour of England, which would be the last TNA appearances for Kurt Angle. TNA began taping Impact Wrestling from the Impact Zone at Universal Studios in Orlando, Florida beginning with a live Impact Wrestling on March 15. On March 19, longtime TNA wrestlers Eric Young and Bobby Roode left the promotion after 12 years.[88] On April 22, Velvet Sky, another longtime TNA wrestler, left the company.[89]

On August 12, Billy Corgan became the promotion's new President, while Dixie Carter became Chairwoman and Chief Strategy Officer.[90] On October 13, Corgan sued TNA due to an unpaid debt which Corgan claimed TNA has defaulted on. The state of Tennessee has also put a lien on TNA for unpaid taxes.[91] Fight Network has since offered to help TNA and repay Corgan for the loans, while also offering additional financial assistance to TNA to help keep them from filing for bankruptcy.[92] On October 31, Corgan lost his injunction that kept TNA from selling the company, but TNA was required to pay Corgan back by November 1. It was possible that one of the other minority owners could pay Corgan, effectively making them the majority owner of TNA.[93][unreliable source] On November 3, the company revealed that Anthem Sports & Entertainment provided a credit facility to fund operations for TNA and that Corgan was no longer with the company as President.[94] However, Corgan himself stated that neither TNA nor Anthem Sports & Entertainment has yet repaid the $2.7 million debt that was owed to him by TNA[95] and, as such, he was considering suing, as well as converting the debt into a 36% stake.[96] As the result of a settlement between Corgan and TNA, Anthem Sports & Entertainment had acquired the loans Corgan made to Dixie.[97]

2017-present

In January 2017, CBS Corporation, which owns the Pop cable channel, joined Hulu's new live stream service to broadcast TNA. Anthem Sports & Entertainment purchased an 85% majority stake of TNA, re-incorporating TNA's parent company. Dixie Carter retained a 5% minority stake in the company, but resigned as Chairwoman after fourteen years with the company and joined Fight Media Group's advisory board. The promotions's parent company, TNA Entertainment, was changed firstly to Impact Ventures and then to Anthem Wrestling Exhibitions, LLC., with Anthem's Executive Vice President Ed Nordholm becoming President of the new parent company.[8] On January 5, Jeff Jarrett was brought back by Anthem to serve as a consultant.[98] On March 2, all appearances of the name TNA were dropped at the TV tapings. At the same tapings, Bruce Prichard stated that the name was "dead", with Anthem re-branding the promotion as Impact Wrestling, the name of its primary television platform.[99] Wrestlers Drew Galloway, Tag Team champions Broken Hardys (The Hardy Boyz), Jade, Crazzy Steve, Mike Bennett and Maria Kanellis left the company during this period. On April 20, Impact Wrestling announced a merger with the original Global Force Wrestling, which was fully completed the following June.[100] The company then announced they were rebranding again, taking the GFW name.[101]

Ownership

The promotion was originally formed by the Jarretts under a parent company known as J Sports & Entertainment, LLC.[1]

Panda Energy International purchased a controlling interest (71%) in the company in 2002 from Jerry Jarrett,[102] re-incorporating it as TNA Entertainment, LLC in the process. In 2012, Panda Energy divested itself of its stake in TNA. Dixie Carter, the daughter of Panda Energy founder Robert Carter, who had been serving as TNA's president, acquired that stake, making her TNA's majority shareholder. Jeff Jarrett departed the company on December 22, 2013, but remained as minority shareholder until his temporary return on June 24, 2015, with the deal for his return including the transfer of his minority stake to Dixie Carter, making her sole shareholder.[103][104][105][106]

According to a report on August 7, 2015, TNA filed a new business name of Impact Ventures LLC.[2] It was reported near the beginning of 2016 that Aroluxe Marketing, a Brentwood, Tennessee-based marketing agency, had taken a stake in TNA at the start of 2016 in return for providing partial funding, as well as taking over TNA's production operations.[107] It was reported in June 2016 that Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan acquired a minority stake in TNA from Dixie Carter, but he had instead provided a loan to Carter.[108][109] Then on August 12, TNA appointed Corgan as the company's new President and the transition of Carter from President to the company's new Chairman and Chief Strategy Officer.[3] It was reported on September 16 by the New York Post that Canada's Fight Network, through its parent company, Anthem Sports & Entertainment Corporation, had taken a stake in TNA.[107] On November 4, Corgan was removed as President,[110] then on November 30 it also reported that Corgan had settled his lawsuit against TNA, with Anthem Sports & Entertainment Corp acquiring the loans Corgan made to Dixie in the process.[97]

In early 2017, TNA would go through a restructuring period that would see an ownership change, with Anthem taking 85%, Aroluxe 10% and Dixie Carter 5%.[10][10][111] On January 4, 2017, Anthem Sports & Entertainment purchased an 85% majority stake of the company, re-incorporating TNA's parent company to Anthem Wrestling Exhibitions, LLC and Carter resigned as Chairwoman after 14 years in charge, while joining the advisory board of Fight Media Group. Ed Nordholm, Anthem's Executive Vice President, then took over Anthem Wrestling Exhibitions as President.[8] Shortly after Anthem's acquisition of TNA, it was re-branded to Impact Wrestling. On January 5, Jeff Jarrett was brought back to the company by Anthem as an executive consultant.[98] Eventually, Jarrett was made the company's Executive Producer & Chief Creative Officer by Anthem. In June 2017, Anthem completed the acquisition of Jarrett's newer promotion, Global Force Wrestling, merging it with Impact Wrestling; the combined company took the GFW name. As a result of the merger, Jarrett gained a minority share in the new GFW, alongside Aroluxe & Dixie Carter.[100]

Television and touring schedule

Weekly pay-per-views (2002-2004)

From 2002-2004, the promotion's original weekly pay-per-view shows took place mostly at the Tennessee State Fairground Sports Arena in Nashville, Tennessee, nicknamed the "TNA Asylum".

Impact! and Xplosion (2004-2013)

From June 2004 to March 2013, TNA taped its flagship show, Impact! as well as its secondary show Xplosion at Universal Studios Orlando's Soundstage 21, which the company dubbed the "Impact Zone". They also aired their monthly pay-per-views from that location until October 2006 when Bound for Glory was broadcast from the Compuware Arena in Detroit.

Initially, TNA worked with Hermie Sadler's United Wrestling Federation in 2005 to create house shows. TNA permitted the usage of the ring and for championships to be defended at these events. TNA started running independent house shows on March 17, 2006.[112] They would continue to work with United Wrestling Federation and promote independent shows at the same time, until 2007. In 2007, TNA first toured Europe, hosting two shows at Porto and Lisbon in Portugal with APW Wrestling. In 2008, TNA wrestlers appeared at Wrestle Kingdom II in Japan. Later on in 2008, TNA conducted its first tour of England, with most shows selling out. The promotion first toured Germany, Scotland and Ireland in 2009, France, Wales and the United Arab Emirates in 2010 and Belgium in 2012.

In August 2007, live-events coordinator Craig Jenkins stated that TNA intended to stage eight pay-per-views and 96 house shows outside Orlando, Florida in 2008.[113]

In 2009 on TNA United Kingdom tour, a house show at Wembley Arena in London broke TNA's attendance records. On July 2, 2010, MCU Park hosted a live TNA house show, which also broke the TNA domestic attendance record at the time and is currently the most attended live TNA house show in the United States, with a capacity crowd of 5,550.[114]

Leaving and returning to the Impact Zone (2013-present)

On January 31, 2013, TNA announced that they would tape their weekly show Impact Wrestling in different venues around the United States, with the first live show being held on March 14, in the Sears Centre in Hoffman Estates, Illinois (a Chicago suburb).[115]

On November 21, 2013, TNA returned to Universal Studios due to rising costs of taping Impact Wrestling from different venues.[116] Since the return to Universal Orlando, most episodes have been taped there, although some episodes have been taped from The Sands Casino Event Center in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania,[117] the Manhattan Center's Grand Ballroom in New York City,[118][119] at The SSE Hydro in Glasgow, The Manchester Arena in Manchester, and Wembley Arena in London as part of a January 2015 tour, and, in June 2017, in India, becoming the first major promotion to tape in that country.

Partnerships

International

Throughout its history, Global Force Wrestling has worked with several international wrestling promotions, with championships from those promotions sometimes having been defended at GFW events. Among the organizations GFW has worked with are Mexico's Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre (CMLL), Japan's Inoki Genome Federation (IGF), New Japan Pro-Wrestling (NJPW), Wrestle-1 (W-1) and America's Evolve Wrestling.[120] TNA's relationship with NJPW lasted from 2008 to 2011, and included TNA sending wrestlers to participate in NJPW's annual Wrestle Kingdom event, as well as NJPW sending future IWGP Heavyweight Champion Kazuchika Okada on a training excursion to TNA; however, the relationship soured in 2011, when IWGP Tag Team Champions Team 3D were held off of a New Japan tour in favor of appearing on Impact Wrestling and Okada was given a Green Hornet-inspired gimmick.[121]

On March 2, 2014, TNA collaborated with Wrestle-1 in producing the Kaisen: Outbreak supershow in Tokyo, Japan where three TNA championships were defended.[122][123] In May 2015, it was reported that the relationship between TNA and Wrestle-1 had ended.[124]

GFW also had a working agreement with Mexico's Lucha Libre AAA Worldwide (AAA).[125]

In February 2017, Impact Wrestling established a new working agreement with Japanese promotion Pro Wrestling Noah.[126]

On March 24, 2017 it was announced that Impact Wrestling has formed a partnership with television station ITV in the United Kingdom to bring World of Sport Wrestling back on the air in the UK, after a thirty-year hiatus.[127]

National

GFW has also worked with American independent promotions in various collaborative efforts, such as the original Global Force Wrestling (also founded by Jeff Jarrett) and OMEGA Championship Wrestling (owned by Matt Hardy, Jeff Hardy and Gregory Helms).

Features

For most of its history, GFW has used a hexagonal ring

X Division

High-flying, high risk moves are a centerpiece of the X Division

Since its origin, GFW has featured a high-flying, high risk style of wrestling known as its X Division. Rather than emphasizing the fact that most wrestlers who perform this style are under 220 lb (100 kg) by calling it a cruiserweight division, GFW (then TNA) decided to emphasize the high risk nature of the moves that these wrestlers perform, removing all restraints on its wrestlers, allowing them to perform almost stunt like wrestling moves.[]

Originally, there was no weight limit on the X Division or its title, though in practice, most of the wrestlers in this division have been cruiserweights, with Samoa Joe, billed at 280 lb (130 kg), Kurt Angle, billed at 230 lb (100 kg), and Abyss, billed at 350 lb (160 kg), being notable exceptions.[] To further emphasize this point, the slogan "It's not about weight limits, it's about no limits" was used to describe the division.[] Although it was de-emphasized throughout 2007, the X Division is generally regarded[who?] as one of the key attractions of GFW and was replicated in several other promotions.[] In August 2011, a 225 lb (102 kg) weight limit was introduced.[128] This was quietly repealed in March 2012. Changes introduced in March 2013, including a weight limit of 230 lbs. and making all matches triple threat matches,[129] were repealed in August.[130][131]

Six sided ring

From the promotion's first show in June 2002 until June 2004, TNA used a standard four-sided wrestling ring. In 2004, with the premier of Impact!, TNA switched to a six-sided ring, as seen occasionally in the Mexican promotion AAA.[132] TNA used the six-sided ring until 2010.[133] A fan-voted poll to determine what type of ring the company would use was held June 17-25, 2014,[134] and the fans favored the six-sided ring.[135][unreliable source]

GFW contracts

GFW wrestlers are forbidden by contract from working for other companies with televised wrestling shows, but are free to perform non-televised work for any other independent wrestling promotions, domestic or international, as well as televised events held by foreign promotions that GFW is linked to or has a working relationship with promotions such as AAA, NJPW and Ring Ka King.[136] Many GFW wrestlers perform regularly for various promotions on the independent circuit in addition to GFW weekly shows. In 2012, GFW (then TNA) changed policy, preventing its talent from appearing at any independent events that are later released on DVD.[137] However, this was later altered due to the lack of TNA shows in late 2014 and many TNA wrestlers appeared at independent events, but were not allowed to appear on any TV or pay-per-view tapings.[] The top GFW wrestlers have guaranteed contracts, but the majority of GFW wrestlers are paid on a per appearance basis.[136] GFW wrestlers are classified as independent contractors and are not entitled to form workers' unions or employer health coverage.[136]

GFW Hall of Fame

The Impact GFW Hall of Fame was introduced on May 31, 2012, as the TNA Hall of Fame. As part of the yearly process, selected inductees will be chosen based on their overall contributions to Impact Wrestling' history.[138][139] On June 10 at Slammiversary 10, Sting was revealed as the first inductee into the TNA Hall of Fame and his formal induction took place at Bound for Glory in October 2012.[140] On June 2, 2013, former TNA President Dixie Carter revealed that the newest member of the TNA Hall of Fame was Kurt Angle, who was officially inducted into the TNA Hall of Fame on October 19, 2013.[141] At Slammiversary XII on June 15, 2014, Angle revealed Team 3D as the next inductees to the TNA Hall of Fame.[142] In 2015, Jeff Jarrett returned to TNA and was inducted into the TNA Hall of Fame. Impact referee Earl Hebner was also inducted. At Bound for Glory on October 2, Gail Kim was inducted into the TNA Hall of Fame.

Championships and accomplishments

Current championships

Championship Current champion(s) Reign Date won Days
held
Location Notes
Unified GFW World Heavyweight Championship Eli Drake 1 August 17, 2017 6 Orlando, Florida Last eliminated Eddie Edwards in a Gauntlet for the Gold match. This episode will air on tape delay on August 24, 2017.[143]
Impact Grand Championship Ethan Carter III 1 July 5, 2017 49 Orlando, Florida Defeated Moose on GFW Impact!
Aired on tape delay on August 3, 2017.
GFW World Tag Team Championship Ohio Versus Everything
(Dave and Jake Crist)
1 August 20, 2017 3 Orlando, Florida Defeated The Latin American Xchange on GFW Impact! [144]
GFW X Division Championship Trevor Lee 3 August 19, 2017 4 Orlando, Florida Defeated Sonjay Dutt on GFW Impact!
GFW Knockouts Championship Sienna 2 July 2, 2017 52 Orlando, Florida Defeated Rosemary at Slammiversary XV in a unification match for the GFW Women's Championship.

Defunct championships

Other accomplishments

Accomplishment Most recent winner(s) Date won Event
Joker's Wild Moose January 7, 2017 Joker's Wild 2017
King of the Mountain Bram April 22, 2016 Impact Wrestling
Queen of the Knockouts Jade March 17, 2016 Knockouts Knockdown 2016
World Cup Team Hardy (Jeff Hardy, Eddie Edwards, Jessie Godderz, Robbie E, and Jade) July 22, 2016 World Cup 2016
Bound for Gold Eli Drake October 2, 2016 Bound for Glory
Race for the Case Eli Drake (Red Case)
Trevor Lee (Blue Case)
Kingston (Yellow Case)
Jeff Hardy (Green Case)
January 7, 2017 Impact Wrestling
BFG Series Playoffs Ethan Carter III August 4, 2016 Impact Wrestling
Turkey Bowl Robbie E November 24, 2016 Impact Wrestling

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