Scott D'Amore Reveals His Vision For Impact Wrestling Going Forward
Impact Wrestling executive Scott D’Amore recently spoke with Sports Illustrated’s “Extra Mustard” blog to talk about his vision for the company, the recent departure of Alberto El Patron and more. Featured below are some of the highlights from the interview.
On Alberto El Patron’s departure after he no-showed the Impact Wrestling vs. Lucha Underground themed event at WrestleCon 2018 during WrestleMania weekend: “It was obviously an unfortunate situation. When Alberto failed to show up to the event, we made our decision on a new main event for the show. It was important for us to give our fans, in a capacity crowd at the Sugar Mill in New Orleans, a great event, and we did not want them to focus on someone who wasn’t there. We wanted them to focus on the match we were giving. Those three guys went out, were so professional, and put on an amazing match. Then we sat down and huddled.”
On getting fans interested in Impact Wrestling again: “One of the things we need to do as a company is build trust. We need the fans to know that when we say we are going to deliver something, that we’ll deliver it. We did not feel good about advertising something and not delivering it, and we were not going to put ourselves in a situation where that could happen again at Redemption. We saw a match that had people buzzing with the live crowd and had feedback through the roof on our live Twitch broadcast, and we decided to go with that as a rematch for our pay-per-view main event. Austin Aries, Pentagon, and Fenix squaring off in a three-way for the world title gives us a great main event on top of an outstanding card.”
On his vision for Impact Wrestling: “Taking an athletic, modern-style product and applying some good old-fashioned storytelling to it. We can have more of a guerrilla approach and be more gritty. We can do some things that WWE is never going to do because they have such a high standard of production and it’s just not going to work for them.”
Check out the complete Scott D’Amore interview at SI.com.
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