In the perpetual “this is fine” meme that is Global Force Wrestling, you’d think we’d be used to a little shake-up on a nearly daily basis. In fact, in the most recent GFW Impact TV report, our own LaToya Ferguson talked about the very weird state of the company and how the end result of all this constant change leads to a very strange product.
It’s hard to believe, but we’re still very much in the early going of the all-new Global Force, which is still super duper TNA/Impact all the way down. Jeff Jarrett’s GFW and Impact officially partnered (then merged) this year, after the sale of Impact to Anthem. The GFW titles were incorporated, but the company was only for-realsies renamed Global Force Wrestling in July. JULY. IT’S ONLY BEEN TWO MONTHS SINCE TNA HAS BEEN GLOBAL FORCE.
And what a two months it’s been! Alberto El Patron got stripped of the world title after … you know … stuff, and he might not be back. Low Ki won the X Division title, and now he’s left the company again. Jim Cornette is back. The company got all new title belts. One of their wrestlers is publicly on strike. Things are going great, in other words.
And they got even more great on Monday, when news broke that Jarrett, who has been the head honcho behind the scenes in the company ever since the sale to Anthem, and who wholly owned Global Force before the two promotions became the same promotion, is taking an indefinite leave of absence due to personal issues.
The official GFW website later posted an official statement confirming the news.
Effective immediately, Jeff Jarrett is taking an indefinite leave of absence from his position as Chief Creative Officer to focus on personal matters. Jeff will be available on a consultative basis as needed.
According to PWInsider, Anthem Sports Executive Vice President Ed Nordholm, who has been front and center in the dispute over the “Broken Hardys” trademark, was the one who made the call for Jarrett to go on leave, and met personally with Jarrett in Nashville on Monday to discuss the situation. PWI’s sources claim that this was a situation that has been building for months.
Further muddying the waters of all of this is that one of PWI’s sources claims that the merger between GFW and Anthem may not be complete as of yet, and Jarrett may well still own the rights and trademark for Global Force.
We hope that everything is okay with Jarrett and his family, and will bring you further updates as necessary.