Global Force Wrestling has announced today their plans of digital expansions as well as an extension of their POP television deal.

Read GFW’s press release below:

Global Force Wrestling, a subsidiary of Anthem Sports & Entertainment Corp., announced today numerous global and digital expansion initiatives, including:

• Plans to launch the Global Wrestling Network, a multi-platform digital service designed to give fans around the world instant 24-hour access to the extensive GFW and IMPACT libraries.

• Plans to launch the IMPACT Wrestling Channel on Pluto TV, a 24-hour live feed of content on the leading free over-the-top (OTT) television service in the U.S.

• Extension with Pop TV in the U.S. to continue airing its flagship weekly show IMPACT on Thursday nights at 8:00 p.m. ET.

• Distribution deal with 7Sports, the sport business unit of the ProSiebenSat.1 Group, to bring IMPACT back to screens in Germany, Austria and Switzerland via ran FIGHTING.

IMPACT showcases top professional wrestling stars such as GFW Champion Eli Drake, Bobby Lashley, the high-flying X-Division, the lovely and lethal Knockouts, including Sienna, Rosemary and Gail Kim, plus talent from international partner promotions such as Johnny Impact, Naomichi Marufuji and El Hijo del Fantasma. The 3,000+ hour library features 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.

“These digital initiatives and broadcast agreements are a significant step forward for the Global Force Wrestling organization as we continue to expand the brand globally, making it available on more platforms and in more countries,” said Ed Nordholm, president of Global Force Wrestling. “Anthem is committed to broadening Global Force Wrestling’s footprint, as we work alongside international broadcast partners, digital platforms and professional wrestling promotions to bring our passionate fans a high-quality product that not only stands out in today’s media landscape, but continues to thrive into the future.”

Additional details about the launch of the Global Wrestling Network and IMPACT Wrestling Channel on Pluto TV will be revealed in the near future. For more information on Pluto TV, visit www.Pluto.tv.

“We are excited to extend our partnership with Anthem and remain the exclusive linear television home of IMPACT in the U.S.,” said David Mandell, COO of Pop. “IMPACT delivers over 100 hours of original programming per year on Pop with some of the best and most passionate fans in television. With our broad distribution across all major cable and satellite providers, as well as almost every new over-the-top bundle, including DirecTV Now, Sony Vue, Fubo TV, Hulu TV and YouTube TV, IMPACT fans have more options than ever to catch their favorite show every week.”

IMPACT will be available as part of the ran FIGHTING BLACK PASS for €3.99 per month at ranFIGHTING.de across Germany, Austria and Switzerland starting on Sept. 8, which includes a simulcast of IMPACT on ran FIGHTING’s 24/7 web channel, plus VOD access to IMPACT episodes and One Night Only specials. The service also gives customers the opportunity to purchase GFW’s premium annual pay-per-view events, including Bound for Glory and Slammiversary.

“The deal with ProSieben marks the second major European broadcaster to license IMPACT, including Spike UK earlier this year,” Nordholm added. “Coupled with the Pop renewal, our digital launches and significant increase in YouTube views, this reflects the increasing excitement and demand for GFW’s content.”

Are you looking forward to more of GFW Impact in the coming year?

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  • Really…

  • Nicola Byrne

    Really? where are they getting the money? have they enough content to fill 24/7 365? Anthem want to sell as it’s hemorrhaging money! Honestly the Jarrett’s are fucking delusional

    • Troy Smith

      They have thousands of hours of footage. Just the old weekly PPV stuff, the 10 years of Impact episodes. 10 years of monthly PPVs as well. Plus they can add some original content. They also have partnerships with other promotions. They could add the NOAH video library. The AAA library. They could make deals with other Indy promotions to add their content as well. Maybe make a deal with Shimmer, Shine, WSU to air their PPVs live and add their video library to the on demand service. Sure it wouldn’t have the decades of stuff that WWE has but there is a lot of US and International wrestling outside of WWE that people would be interested in seeing.

  • MK126

    Dont they realize that most people can find their stuff on youtube and dailymotion? Its not like they have wrestling tapes from WAY back when like WWE does. All their stuff is still easily accessable online if you look correctly

    • Troy Smith

      That’s true for every promotion. I sub to WWE network and can find everything for free online. I just think the service is worth the money. Plus it’s all convenient in one place.

      • MK126

        Thats true but you cant really find ALL of WWEs old matches/PPVs/events online. With TNA only really having tape history starting from 2002 (besides the NWA stuff if they put it on there). Its not like they have other content like WWE has with their original shows

        • Troy Smith

          You can if you go to good torrent sites. Plus there is tons of stuff on Dailymotion. I watch stuff from the 80s on Dailymotion just a few weeks ago. Full shows. You can find all the Raws, Smackdowns, PPVs and a lot of other stuff.

  • Danny?
    • Troy Smith

      Depends on what content it has. I’d subscribe for the Impact archives. They might be able to add AAA and NOAH shows to is. Some people might want to see that. They could also form deals with Indy promotions to add their stuff.

      • Danny?

        If the current product is struggling I don’t see how adding this is going to help.

        • Troy Smith

          It’s another revenue stream that won’t cost much money to put out. Plus, I’m not buying into these “struggling” rumors just yet. We get these rumors every year and nothing huge ever comes of it. I’ve been hearing “they’ll be dead in a year” for about 13 years now.

          • Danny?

            I guess only time will tell what happens with this ‘network’.

          • Troy Smith

            True. It could be something great. It could be something mediocre. But there are a lot of possibilities.

  • Travis Rashawn Ford

    how the heck they gonna launch their version of WWE Network knowing they’re in debt?

  • LBOneOfKind

    I’m definitely subbing the GFW network, the old TNA footage along got me wanting to sub it

  • Raekon

    Happy to hear that they expand their opportunities and making new deals.
    This way they can generate more Money, pay their Talent and creative appropriately and gain more fans in the process. :)

  • Sounds almost impossible because the debts they have, also not having much money to create their own content.

  • Troy Smith

    Update. Nordholm did an interview with Wrestling Observer. The plan is to have everything that isn’t WWE. They plan to try to make deals with as many Indie promotions as possible to add their content. Smash airs on fight network so that’s likely. They could also make deals with Shimmer, Shine, and other women’s promotions.

  • LBOneOfKind

    We now got more info on Global Wrestling Network app with Ed Nordholm giving us few details that its set to release net week at price 7.99/month which he also said there is plans to add AAA, Crash, Noah, and more wrestling brand content to it at later date.