It didn’t arrive in September as originally announced (at least, not on purpose), but the Global Wrestling Network (GWN) is here. The streaming service is a key part of Anthem Entertainment’s plan to make money off of
Global Force Impact Wrestling, its tape library and current roster.
In addition to the free tier which will give users access to the latest Impact and Xplosion episodes, the pay service includes old episodes and pay-per-view (PPV) events - many of which feature current WWE talent like Kurt Angle, Samoa Joe and AJ Styles. PWInsider reports that, in an effort to position GWN as the alternative to WWE Network, Anthem’s app “also features material from Scott D'Amore's Border City Wrestling, Aaron Weiss' Pro Wrestling Superstars PPV series, Canadian independent promotion Smash Wrestling, and Wrestling at the Chase, classic content from the old St. Louis territory.”
Here’s the company’s official press release:
Anthem Launches Global Wrestling Network
Multi-Platform Digital Service
NASHVILLE | TORONTO – 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.
Who’s downloading and/or subscribing?