If you’ve managed to keep up with the ongoing saga of Global Force Wrestling, Anthem Entertainment, and Impact Wrestling… well, congratulations are in order because even our sources in the company have trouble keeping it straight. The big picture became a little more clear Monday afternoon when Impact made the following announcement via Twitter:
*pause for celebratory hoots from the live studio audience*
Early in September, GFW head of creative and Bullet Club member (lol) Jeff Jarrett took an extended leave of absence from the company. The Chief Creative Officer was said to be on leave for “personal reasons,” and would still be used in a consulting role. Apparently those personal reasons were “everything is terrible and your belts are ugly,” probably. Jarrett’s appearance advertisements were re-done completely to remove any mention of Impact Wrestling as early as the first week of October.
Impact officially re-branded TNA as Global Force back in July, though it was speculated that Jarrett still owned all of the GFW rights.
The GFW-Anthem relationship was strained from the get-go, with Jarrett being at the center of the Broken Hardy controversy. As head of creative, Jarrett wasn’t one to put stock in the input of performers, which was a serious issue given that Matt and Jeff Hardy had complete control over their characters and storylines. Reby Hardy, Matt’s wife, was an outspoken critic of Jarrett, even going so far as to say that he “burns bridges like he burns through Kurt Angle’s alimony money.”
Not to worry, though. Jeff Jarrett and his endless supply of fragile guitars seem to worm themselves back in wrestling over and over again. In fact, we can exclusively confirm that he has big things poppin’: