Global Wrestling Network

Global Wrestling Network (GWN) was[2] a digital streaming service and mobile app owned by Anthem Wrestling Exhibitions, a subsidiary of Anthem Sports & Entertainment and parent company of Impact Wrestling. It primarily featured content from the Impact video library, along with original programming and content from independent and international promotions. The service ceased operating on May 1, 2019 when it was replaced by Impact Plus.

Global Wrestling Network
GlobalWrestlingNetworklogo
LaunchedOctober 10, 2017
ClosedMay 1, 2019
Owned byAnthem Wrestling Exhibitions, LLC
Picture formatHDTV (1080i 16:9)
SloganThe Alternative Wrestling Network
LanguageEnglish
Broadcast areaArgentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom, United States, Uruguay[1]
HeadquartersToronto, Ontario, Canada
Replaced byImpact Plus
Websiteglobalwrestlingnetwork.com

History

The first service to stream Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (TNA) content on-demand happened in 2009, when the company launched its own 'TNA Video Vault'.[3] The service changed its name to 'TNA On Demand' in 2010 and ran up until around early 2013. The company also launched the 'TNA Wrestling Plus' YouTube channel - where users could rent pay-per-views and documentaries previously released on DVD.[4] In early 2017, Anthem launched the 'Total Access TNA' (later renamed 'Total Access Impact') originally for UK users after Challenge TV's TNA broadcasting contract had expired.[5]

In June 2017, Executive Vice President of Anthem Sports and Entertainment Ed Nordholm told The Tennessean that the company once known as TNA had rebranded. As part of expanding the brand, Nordholm said he had been planning an on demand service that would tap into TNA's video library. The Tennessean noted that the library was valuable as TNA had previously signed many legendary wrestlers and several wrestlers who appeared in TNA later signed with WWE.[6]

At the time of the rebranding, the company had been named Impact Wrestling after its flagship program, and had assumed the name of Global Force Wrestling (GFW). In October 2017, Jeff Jarrett left the company and it reverted to the Impact Wrestling name as Jarrett owned the rights to GFW. The Global Wrestling Network (GWN) name had been influenced by its connection to GFW.[7]

The launch of GWN was hinted on Impact!, until an announcement on the August 31, 2017 episode revealed a planned release in September.[8][9] Nordholm appeared on Wrestling Observer Radio on September 9 and stated that the goal of the network was to be an alternative brand to the WWE Network. The network temporarily went live on September 12, 2017 while the infrastructure was being tweaked, but was taken down by the next day.[10]

Global Wrestling Network officially launched on October 10, 2017. A 30-day free trial period was offered at launch. The service features free content for subscribers along with a premium content service for $7.99 USD in all available territories. Over 1,000 hours of content from the Impact Wrestling libraries are available to subscribers but the network also includes tape libraries from the Fight Network, Border City Wrestling, Wrestling at the Chase and other sources.[11][12][13][14][15][16][17]

In November 2017, content from several independent promotions such as WrestleCade, Rocky Mountain Pro, DEFY Wrestling and Future Stars of Wrestling were added to GWN.[18]

On August 14, 2018 Jeff Jarrett and his company Global Force Entertainment announced that it had filed a lawsuit against Impact Wrestling's parent company Anthem Sports & Entertainment in the District Court of Tennessee for copyright infringement over the GFW rights, as Jarrett owned all Global Force Wrestling properties since its creation in 2014. If the lawsuit by Jarrett is successful, Impact would need to immediately suspend the operations of their streaming subscription service under its current name.[19][20]

On April 28, 2019, during its Rebellion pay-per-view, Impact announced the launching of its new premium streaming service, Impact Plus which replaced Global Wrestling Network.[21]

Programming

At the time the service was shut down, the following programming was included:

TNA/Impact

Repeat/archival programming

  • All pay-per-view events (except most recent pay-per-view event)
  • Select One Night Only events (All 2013–2015, 2017–present; 7 of 10 2016)
  • All TNA weekly pay-per-views (aka the Asylum Years)
  • All episodes of TNA British Boot Camp
  • Select episodes of Impact! (All 2004-2005, 2017–present (except those which aired within 10 days); select 2006-2007, 2015–2016)
  • Select episodes of Impact! Xplosion (All 2017-2018, select 2016)
  • Select episodes of TNA Legends
  • Select episodes of TNA Unfinished Business
  • Select episodes of TNA's Greatest Matches
  • Select episodes of TNA Epics
  • All episodes of Inside Impact
  • All episodes of Twitch Specials
  • Impact in 60
  • Classic Compilations (TNA's home video releases)
  • Hidden Gems

Other

Classic wrestling

Indy wrestling

  • AML wrestling
  • Border City Wrestling
  • Capitol Wrestling
  • Championship Wrestling from Arizona
  • Championship Wrestling from Hollywood
  • Destiny World Wrestling
  • Future Stars of Wrestling[18]
  • Great White North Wrestling
  • International Pro Wrestling
  • PCW UK
  • Prestige Wrestling
  • Smash Wrestling
  • Superkick'd
  • Rocky Mountain Pro[18]
  • RISE Wrestling
  • World Series Wrestling
  • WrestleCade[18]
  • WrestlePro

Original Specials

  • Conversations
  • My Best 5
  • Retrospectives
  • Documentaries
    • Bret Hart: Survival of the Hitman

References

  1. ^ "FAQ". Global Wrestling Network. Retrieved October 10, 2017.
  2. ^ https://impactwrestling.com/impact-plus-is-available-now/
  3. ^ IMPACT Wrestling (2009-05-27), TNA Video Vault - TNA On Demand, retrieved 2018-05-13
  4. ^ "TNAwrestlingPLUS". YouTube. Retrieved 2018-05-13.
  5. ^ IMPACT Wrestling (2016-12-22), TNA Total Access Coming Soon to UK and Ireland, retrieved 2018-05-13
  6. ^ Rau, Nate (June 30, 2017). "TNA wrestling rebrands as GFW, eyes global expansion". The Tennessean. Retrieved October 12, 2017.
  7. ^ Ocampo, Ernesto (October 23, 2017). "No más GFW: Jeff Jarrett oficialmente fuera de Impact Wrestling". Super Luchas (in Spanish). Retrieved February 24, 2017.
  8. ^ Martin, Adam (September 1, 2017). "Global Wrestling Network update". WrestleView. Retrieved October 12, 2017.
  9. ^ Jordan, Paul (September 1, 2017). "More on GFW's OTT Network, Fite Getting Mileage Out of Eric Young and More GFW News". Pro Wrestling Insider. Retrieved October 12, 2017.
  10. ^ Johnson, Mike (September 13, 2017). "What Actually Happened With the Global Wrestling Network and More GFW News". Pro Wrestling Insider. Retrieved October 12, 2017.
  11. ^ Meltzer, Dave (October 10, 2017). "Anthem Launches Global Wrestling Network On-Demand Service". Wrestling Observer Newsletter. Retrieved October 12, 2017.
  12. ^ Varsallone, Jim (October 10, 2017). "Anthem, Impact announce Global Wrestling Network launch". Miami Herald. Retrieved October 12, 2017.
  13. ^ Johnson, Mike (October 10, 2017). "Anthem's Global Wrestling Network officially launches, complete details". Pro Wrestling Insider. Retrieved October 12, 2017.
  14. ^ Powell, John (October 10, 2017). "Global Wrestling Network launched". Canoe.com. Slam! Wrestling. Retrieved October 12, 2017.
  15. ^ Martin, Adam (October 10, 2017). "Anthem and Impact Wrestling launch the Global Wrestling Network". WrestleView. Retrieved October 12, 2017.
  16. ^ Keller, Wade (October 10, 2017). "Global Wrestling Network streaming service launched today with 30 day free trial including TNA PPV archives and Impact weekly series access". Pro Wrestling Torch. Retrieved October 12, 2017.
  17. ^ Powell, Jason (October 10, 2017). "Anthem/Impact Wrestling launches Global Wrestling Network". Pro Wrestling Dot Net. Retrieved October 12, 2017.
  18. ^ a b c d Powell, Jason (November 30, 2017). "Impact Wrestling adds promotions to the Global Wrestling Network". Pro Wrestling Dot Net. Retrieved January 14, 2018.
  19. ^ Johnson, Mike (August 14, 2018). "JEFF JARRETT & GFW SUE IMPACT WRESTLING PARENT COMPANY". Pro Wrestling Insider. Retrieved August 15, 2018.
  20. ^ "Jeff Jarrett And Global Force Sue Impact Wrestling And Anthem - Fightful Wrestling". www.fightful.com. Retrieved 15 August 2018.
  21. ^ "IMPACT Wrestling Announces Launch Of "IMPACT Plus" Streaming Service | Fightful Wrestling". www.fightful.com. Retrieved 2019-05-01.

External links

Against All Odds (2009)

Against All Odds (2009) was a professional wrestling pay-per-view (PPV) event produced by Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (TNA), which took place on February 8, 2009 at the TNA Impact! Zone in Orlando, Florida. It was TNA's first PPV event broadcast in High-Definition and the fifth event under the Against All Odds chronology.

In October 2017, with the launch of the Global Wrestling Network, the event became available to stream on demand.

Against All Odds (2010)

Against All Odds (2010) was a professional wrestling pay-per-view (PPV) event produced by the Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (TNA) promotion, which took place on February 14, 2010 at the TNA Impact! Zone in Orlando, Florida. It was the sixth event under the Against All Odds chronology and the second event of the 2010 TNA PPV scheduled.

In October 2017, with the launch of the Global Wrestling Network, the event became available to stream on demand.

Destination X (2009)

Destination X (2009) was a professional wrestling pay-per-view (PPV) event produced by Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (TNA), which took place on March 15, 2009 at the TNA Impact Zone in Orlando, Florida. It was the fifth event under the Destination X chronology.

In October 2017, with the launch of the Global Wrestling Network, the event became available to stream on demand.

Destination X (2010)

Destination X (2010) was a professional wrestling pay-per-view (PPV) event produced by the Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (TNA) promotion, which took place on March 21, 2010 at the TNA Impact! Zone in Orlando, Florida. The event was originally advertised as an all X Division pay-per-view. It was the sixth event under the Destination X chronology and the third event of the 2010 TNA PPV schedule.

In October 2017, with the launch of the Global Wrestling Network, the event became available to stream on demand.

Final Resolution (2009)

Final Resolution (2009) was a professional wrestling pay-per-view (PPV) event produced by the Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (TNA) promotion, which took place on December 20, 2009 at the TNA Impact! Zone in Orlando, Florida. It was the sixth event under the Final Resolution chronology & the last TNA pay-per-view to use a six-sided ring until Destination X 2011.

In October 2017, with the launch of the Global Wrestling Network, the event became available to stream on demand.

Final Resolution (December 2008)

Final Resolution (December 2008) was a professional wrestling pay-per-view (PPV) event produced by Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (TNA), which took place on December 7, 2008 at the TNA Impact! Zone in Orlando, Florida. It was the fifth event under the Final Resolution chronology and second Final Resolution event to take place in 2008. Final Resolution is usually held in January; in early October 2008 TNA moved the event to December. As a result of TNA's decision, two Final Resolution events took place in 2008; the other was in January.

In October 2017, with the launch of the Global Wrestling Network, the event became available to stream on demand.

Genesis (2009)

Genesis (2009) was a professional wrestling pay-per-view (PPV) event produced by Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (TNA), which took place on January 11, 2009 at the Bojangles' Coliseum in Charlotte, North Carolina. It was originally scheduled to take place on November 9, 2008 at the Impact! Zone in Orlando, Florida, however, TNA moved Turning Point to that date instead. It was the fourth event under the Genesis chronology.

In October 2017, with the launch of the Global Wrestling Network, the event became available to stream on demand.

Genesis (2011)

Genesis (2011) was a professional wrestling pay-per-view (PPV) event

produced by Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (TNA), that took place on January 9, 2011 at the Impact Zone in Universal Studios Florida. It was the sixth event under the Genesis chronology and the first event of the 2011 TNA PPV schedule.

In October 2017, with the launch of the Global Wrestling Network, the event became available to stream on demand.

Honor Club

Honor Club is an OTT streaming service owned by professional wrestling promotion Ring of Honor. Development of a VOD service was announced on November 9, 2017 by ROH COO Joe Koff. Honor Club was formally announced on February 2, 2018 and the service officially launched on February 19, 2018. Honor Club operates similarly to WWE Network and Impact Wrestling's Global Wrestling Network, in that pay-per-view events are available to stream through the service, but unlike its aforementioned competitors, some membership tiers must pay extra for these events.

Honor Club has a tiered pricing model that also offers discounts on merchandise and advances on ticket sales. The service currently has two tiers, both of which contain special discounts as well as access to the ROH TV archive. The basic tier, which includes a 50% discount on pay-per-views, is available for a monthly subscription price of $9.99 or one annual payment of $99.99. The VIP subscription costs $119.99 annually and provides live-streaming access to all future pay-per-view events and access the ROH PPV archive with no additional costs.With Honor Club, Sinclair Broadcast Group (Ring of Honor's parent company) now provides five streaming services. Honor Club joins Sinclair's existing four digital multicast networks for digital terrestrial television (Comet, Charge!, Stadium, and TBD), all of which also broadcast online. Like Comet and Stadium, Honor Club is also available through smart TVs and set-top boxes such as Roku and Apple TV, as well as mobile apps.

Impact! Xplosion

Xplosion is a professional wrestling television program produced by the Impact Wrestling promotion, featuring both highlights from the flagship television program of the same name and exclusive taped matches. It is currently produced for international markets with broadcast distribution in the United States on the Global Wrestling Network on a few days' delay.

It airs in Brazil on Esporte Interativo, in India on Sony ESPN and in Israel on EGO Total. It also airs in Canada on Fight Network and in the United Kingdom and Ireland on My5.

Impact Plus

Impact Plus (stylized as IMPACT! +Plus) is a multi-platform digital subscription video-on-demand (VOD) service owned and operated by Anthem Wrestling Exhibitions, the parent company of Impact Wrestling. The platform replaced the Global Wrestling Network and features services not previously available on GWN, notably live monthly premium events. The platform utilized the technology and ecosystem of Brightcove, a leading global provider of cloud management and video monetization solutions.

The service costs $7.99 per month or $71.99 for a full year. In addition purchase of any pay-per-view includes a free 3 months of service.

Lockdown (2009)

Lockdown (2009) was a professional wrestling pay-per-view (PPV) event produced by the Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (TNA) promotion, which took place on April 19, 2009 at the Liacouras Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. It was the fifth event under the Lockdown chronology. In the tradition of Lockdown events, every match took place inside a steel structure with six sides, known as Six Sides of Steel.

The main event was a Six Sides of Steel cage match for the TNA World Heavyweight Championship, in which Mick Foley defeated the reigning champion, Sting, to win the championship. Following another tradition of Lockdown events, TNA held the annual Lethal Lockdown match, which was contested inside a steel structure with a flat roof; in this match, Team Jarrett defeated Team Angle. Two featured bouts were scheduled on the undercard. In a Philadelphia Street Fight for the TNA World Tag Team and IWGP World Tag Team Championships, Team 3D (Brother Ray and Brother Devon) defeated Beer Money, Inc. (Robert Roode and James Storm) to retain the IWGP World Tag Team and to win the TNA World Tag Team Championship. The other bout was a Doomsday Chamber of Blood match, which saw Matt Morgan defeat Abyss.

Mick Foley chronicled the build to his match against Sting in the fourth volume of his memoirs, Countdown to Lockdown: A Hardcore Journal.

In October 2017, with the launch of the Global Wrestling Network, the event became available to stream on demand.

Lockdown (2010)

Lockdown (2010) was a professional wrestling pay-per-view (PPV) event produced by the Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (TNA) promotion, which took place on April 18, 2010 at the Family Arena in Saint Charles, Missouri. It was the sixth event under the Lockdown chronology and the fourth event of the 2010 TNA PPV schedule. In the tradition of Lockdown events, every match took place inside a steel cage. It was the first Lockdown event with a four-sided steel cage.

In October 2017, with the launch of the Global Wrestling Network, the event became available to stream on demand.

No Surrender (2009)

No Surrender (2009) was a professional wrestling pay-per-view (PPV) event produced by the Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (TNA) promotion, which took place on September 20, 2009 at the TNA Impact! Zone in Orlando, Florida. It was the fifth event under the No Surrender chronology.

In October 2017, with the launch of the Global Wrestling Network, the event became available to stream on demand.

No Surrender (2010)

No Surrender (2010) was a professional wrestling pay-per-view event produced by Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (TNA), which took place on September 5, 2010 at the Impact Zone in Orlando, Florida. It was the sixth event under the No Surrender chronology and the ninth event of the 2010 TNA pay-per-view schedule.

In October 2017, with the launch of the Global Wrestling Network, the event became available to stream on demand.

Sacrifice (2010)

Sacrifice (2010) was a professional wrestling pay-per-view event produced by Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (TNA), which took place on May 16, 2010 at the TNA Impact! Zone in Orlando, Florida. It is the sixth event under the Sacrifice chronology and the fifth event of the 2010 TNA PPV schedule.

In October 2017, with the launch of the Global Wrestling Network, the event became available to stream on demand.

Slammiversary VIII

Slammiversary VIII was a professional wrestling pay-per-view event produced by Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (TNA), which took place on June 13, 2010 at the TNA Impact! Zone in Orlando, Florida. It was the sixth event under the Slammiversary chronology.

This was the first time since 2006 that Slammiversary was held at the Impact! Zone, and the first time that a King of the Mountain match didn't take place.

The main event was between Rob Van Dam and Sting for the TNA World Heavyweight Championship in which Van Dam retain his title.

Matches on the undercard featured The Enigmatic Assholes (Jeff Hardy and Mr. Anderson) defeated Beer Money, Inc. (James Storm and Robert Roode) in a tag team match, Jay Lethal defeated A.J. Styles, and Abyss defeated Desmond Wolfe in a Monster's Ball match.

In October 2017, with the launch of the Global Wrestling Network, the event became available to stream on demand.

Victory Road (2009)

Victory Road (2009) was a professional wrestling pay-per-view (PPV) event produced by Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (TNA), which took place on July 19, 2009 at the TNA Impact! Zone in Orlando, Florida. It was the fifth event under the Victory Road chronology and was voted the worst major wrestling show of the year by the Wrestling Observer Newsletter.

In October 2017, with the launch of the Global Wrestling Network, the event became available to stream on demand.

Victory Road (2010)

Victory Road (2010) was a professional wrestling pay-per-view event produced by Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (TNA), which took place on July 11, 2010 at the TNA Impact! Zone in Orlando, Florida. It was the sixth event under the Victory Road chronology and the seventh event of the 2010 TNA PPV schedule.

In October 2017, with the launch of the Global Wrestling Network, the event became available to stream on demand.

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