Jeff Jarrett and officials from Anthem Entertainment are in the UK this week for business meetings related to the Impact Wrestling product. Jarrett indicated on Twitter that he was also going for Global Force Wrestling (GFW) business.
Pro Wrestling Sheet has confirmed that Jeff Jarrett will be returning to the company at tonight’s television taping … and we’re told his new role is Executive Consultant.
Jarret’s return was first reported by PWInsider and we’re told he’s already at the Impact Zone working on the show. Same for Dutch Mantel, aka former WWE manager Zeb Colter, who is also returning to TNA as a creative consultant.
Jeff was an original TNA founder, but left the company in 2013. He returned a year later to get inducted in their Hall of Fame and behind the scenes Dixie Carter bought his shares in the company.
Jarrett launched Global Force Wrestling during his time away, and we’re told GFW wasn’t included in his deal to return due to previous contractual obligations for the wrestling fed.
Pro Wrestling Sheet reached out to Jeff for comment and he told them, “This is a great opportunity for myself and GFW. And, I feel it’s great for the wrestling business.”
Source: Pro Wrestling Sheet
Regarding the TNA ownership announcement that’s expected from Anthem Sports & Entertainment, PWInsider reports that Anthem will likely officially become the new TNA owners on January 1st and an announcement will be issued then. An official meeting is also expected for backstage at next week’s tapings in Orlando. It will be interesting to see if TNA announces any new contracts in the next few weeks as Anthem officials are working on locking in talents who have deals expiring in early 2017, including Drew Galloway and The Hardys.
– Anthem officials also are still having discussions with Jeff Jarrett, according to PWInsider. There is no sign of a deal being reached for Jarrett to return to the company in any kind of role but anything is possible. Jarrett continues to work on potential Global Force Wrestling TV deals in Los Angeles.
Jeff Jarrett’s Global Force Wrestling issued the following this week:
Global Force Wrestling will partner with the Tennessee State Fair to provide action-packed professional wrestling on the midway on each night of the fair, from Sept. 9-18.
The Fairgrounds in Nashville has a long and storied history with professional wrestling and with GFW co-founder Jeff Jarrett, and he’s proud to bring his new brand home.
“I can’t tell you how excited we are to be involved with the Tennessee State Fair,” Jarrett said. “I’ve been to the fair as a kid, I’ve brought my kids, and I’ve wrestled here literally hundreds of times.
“Wrestling’s roots are in state and county fairs, and GFW recently had a successful show at the Porter County Fair in Valparaiso, Indiana. This is a great fit for our brand, and we look forward to seeing some longtime fans and making some new ones.”
The Tennessee State Fair’s 2016 theme is “A Tennessee Tradition, ” as the fair was inaugurated more than 150 years ago. It features arts and crafts, explores agriculture, and allows attendees to have new and exciting experiences in a family-friendly atmosphere.
“What could be a better fit with our theme than professional wrestling and Tennessee’s own Jeff Jarrett?” fair manager Scott Jones said. “Wrestling is part of the fabric of the Fairgrounds, and adding it to all of the attractions we have at the fair should only add to the entertainment value for all who attend.”
For more information about the Tennessee State Fair including ticket prices and sponsors, visit tnstatefair.org.
Below is a video and a link to a interview that Global Force Wrestling founder and CEO Jeff Jarrett did with WrestlingINC.com. Jarrett talks about GFW live event, GFW TV situation, TNA, WWE, losing talent to Lucha Underground, Wrestle Kingdom 9, Roddy Pipers last film The Masked Saint and much more:
PWInsider reports that the recent deal that saw Jeff Jarrett return to TV storylines in TNA included Dixie Carter buying Jarrett out of his minority ownership of TNA. The deal also included Jarrett’s Hall of Fame induction, promotion for Global Force Wrestling and GFW having the rights to book TNA talents.
PWInsider notes that the Jarrett deal was put together just a few days before the Jarretts cut their Impact Wrestling promo back in June. The deal was precipitated by TNA and allows for both sides to part ways on good terms. Dixie and parent company Panda Energy get complete ownership of the company while Jarrett gets bought out and receives some perks for GFW. TNA can now make any moves they want without having to worry about Jarrett’s minority shares coming back to get in the way.
Source: PWInsider via WrestlingINC.com
According to PWInsider, Global Force Wrestling’s Jeff Jarrett may have signed GFW’s first international TV deal. Jarrett was reportedly in the UK last week negotiating a TV deal for that market.
GFW is expected to make announcements next week.