TNA’s backstage morale is not in a good place following the dismissal of Scott D’Amore as company President.
Numerous reports have been issued in the aftermath of the news, which broke yesterday (Wednesday, February 7), with Haus of Wrestling providing a concise rundown of internal Zoom calls. The first, which was strictly held with TNA roster members and was run by TNA Head of Talent Relations Gail Kim and producer Tommy Dreamer, was reportedly “chaotic” once the news broke. Dreamer concluded the call by informing talent that if they wished to be released, those discussions could be held.
Numerous Anthem executives, including new TNA Wrestling President Anthony Cicione, joined the second call, alongside TNA roster members, the production team, and other staffers, in what was described as a “rah-rah speech”. Anthony Burroughs, Anthem’s Vice President of Sales, was noted as stating Anthem’s desire for further TNA integration on other Anthem shows.
Overall, the meetings were said to Haus of Wrestling as being “a surprise” and, it would seem, wholly last-minute; an email went out only 90 minutes before the news was publicised, declaring a “mandatory town hall” meeting.
Scott D’Amore’s termination as TNA Wrestling President ended his seven-year tenure with the promotion, having been first brought in as an Executive Vice President in late 2017. Successes throughout the D’Amore era have included multiple shows overseas, a glut of working relationships with both national and international groups, and the rebirth of IMPACT Wrestling back into TNA.
A specific reason for his termination hasn’t been given, though it reportedly came via Anthem owner Len Asper. It is heavily believed that the decision was made to allow for a “stronger synergy” across the board.