Today, Anthem Sports — the parent company of Impact Wrestling, or is it/is it not Global Force Wrestling, I’m not sure as I’me just as confused as most of you are, so who knows — has launched their own over-the-top streaming pro wrestling network, the Global Wrestling Network, a’la WWE Network and New Japan WORLD. When you sign up for the 30-day free trial, you’ll have access to EVERYTHING TNA/Impact has ever done, including their original weekly pay-per-views from 2002.
Right now, there’s a LOT of free content you can watch RIGHT NOW, like the old TNA Epics weekly series hosted by Mick Foley, yet most if the library is locked (because, well, DUH). Plus, $7.99 a month is a pretty good deal, and hopefully more promotions will be added to the Network in the near future. Even though TNA has been the butt of a TON of jokes for the last several years and the company hasn’t had the best publicity (mostly due to silly/”me-too” storylines and behind-the-scenes power-grabbing shenanigans), there always has been GOOD WRESTLING component throughout TNA’s existence (O Hai AJ Styles, Samoa Joe, Kurt Angle, Ron Killings, Jeff Jarrett, Motor City Machine Guns, CM Punk, Robert Roode, etc.).
The full press release, via Anthem:
Anthem Sports & Entertainment Corp., the parent company of IMPACT Wrestling, announced today the launch of the Global Wrestling Network, a multi-platform digital service designed to give fans around the world instant 24-hour access to the extensive IMPACT Wrestling library, including every classic pay-per-view event, groundbreaking original series, reality shows and documentaries, exclusive events and cards from international promotions and partners, classic content from old territories, over 1,000 hours of original programming, plus the ability to purchase premium live pay-per-view events.
Global Wrestling Network will be available on all major over-the-top (OTT) platforms and devices, including web at GlobalWrestlingNetwork.com, iOS and Android, and coming soon to Roku, Xbox, Amazon Fire TV and Smart TVs. A premium subscription will be priced at just US$7.99 per month with a 30-day free trial for new members.
Members will also have free access to episodes of the weekly flagship show IMPACT!, as well as new weekly episodes of Xplosion and other original digital content featuring top professional wrestling stars, including Eli Drake, Bobby Lashley, EC3, Eddie Edwards, James Storm, the high-flying X-Division, the lovely and lethal Knockouts, including Sienna, Rosemary and Gail Kim, and talent from international partner promotions such as Johnny Impact, Naomichi Marufuji and El Hijo del Fantasma.
“Within just one year, we have made tremendous progress by re-branding and re-energizing the IMPACT Wrestling product,” said Ed Nordholm, president of IMPACT Wrestling. “The launch of the Global Wrestling Network marks a significant milestone in the brand’s digital growth and international expansion. Working with our partners, GWN will create, acquire and curate content from various promotions around the globe to become the leading provider of independent professional wrestling content in the world.”
Programming from IMPACT Wrestling’s 15-year library showcases household industry names such as Hulk Hogan, Ric Flair, Sting, Kurt Angle, Kevin Nash, Jeff Jarrett, AJ Styles, Samoa Joe, Bobby Roode and many more.