Don Callis

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      • 1964-10-13 in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

      Donald Callis is a Canadian professional wrestling color commentator and former professional wrestler and manager. is a Canadian professional wrestling color commentator, promoter and former professional wrestler and manager. He is best known for his appearances with the World Wrestling Federation as The Jackal and with Extreme Championship Wrestling as Cyrus. As of December 5, 2017, Callis has been employed by Impact Wrestling as its co-executive vice president, while also working for New Japan Pro-Wrestling (NJPW) as a color commentator on NJPW World. In 2003, Callis debuted in Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (TNA) as a "Management Consultant". During this time he claimed credit for the Ultimate X match, which he said he devised to settle the dispute over who was the X Division champion once and for all. He engaged in a power struggle with then Director of Authority Erik Watts and used his power to make life difficult for Jerry Lynn, repeatedly fining and suspending him. On January 28, 2004 Callis succeeded in ousting Watts from TNA when he defeated him in a match for control of TNA, though he quietly departed the company afterward. Retirement (2004–2017) Callis departed TNA on good terms later that year, having been offered a job in International trade that made use of his MBA. While having generally retired from professional wrestling, Callis made an appearance at the ECW reunion show Hardcore Homecoming on June 10, 2005. Callis also wrote weekly wrestling columns for the Sun media group and co-hosted a local Winnipeg radio show called "No Holds Barred" with Joe Aiello on 92 CITI FM. On October 18, 2016, Callis debuted a new podcast with longtime friend Lance Storm called Killing the Town with Storm and Cyrus.The show is part of The Jericho Network on PodcastOne. New Japan Pro-Wrestling (2017–present) On January 17, 2017, Callis announced that he had accepted a position to become the new English color commentator for New Japan Pro Wrestling's events on New Japan Pro-Wrestling World, working alongside Kevin Kelly, replacing Steve Corino. At the December 11 World Tag League Final Callis took part in a storyline attack done by Chris Jericho on Kenny Omega. Impact Wrestling (2017–present) On December 5, 2017, Impact Wrestling announced Callis as the promotion's new executive vice president, alongside Scott D'Amore. On April 22, 2018, Callis featured as the colour commentator for Impact Wrestling Redemption as well as the following episode of Impact. During the Summer & Fall of 2018, Don Callis was regularly appearing alongside Josh Matthews as colour commentator and it now appears that Callis may have become the permanent colour commentator for Impact Wrestling following the departure of D'Angelo Dinero and recent experiments in using Sonjay Dutt as a colour commentator whilst he was injured.

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