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Wow, even for GFW / Impact, this is next level bonkers.  Especially after the Del Rio shenanigans.

Former Champ... MIA, personal reasons

Head of Creative / 2 time founder of company.... MIA, personal reasons

Karen Jarrett must be a hell of a wife.

GF-Dub! GF-Dub! GF-Dub!

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Man, I hope this is for good. Take Prichard, Dutch, Sonjay and Karen with you and hit the bricks.

Jarrett basically came in, hired his buddies, rebranded (if you can even call it that) the company into his vanity project that never took off, and then it was the "rasslin" business as usual. Not much effort, lazy booking, the yes men coming out of the woodwork like cockroaches.

He's obviously not the guy to grow any company let alone this one. 

If Ed Nordholm, I'm looking for Billy Corgan's number and giving him the chance he should have had last fall. 

 

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59 minutes ago, RIPPA said:

Apparently the story is that GFW had an intervention and is forcing Jarrett into rehab

Jeff Jarrett missed a golden opportunity to bring more attention to GFW by not having his intervention on A&E.

 

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8 hours ago, Thibs said:

Damn really? Where did you hear that?

Sorry only seeing this this morning

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By Mike Johnson on 2017-09-05 18:37:00
As noted earlier on PWInsider.com, Global Force Wrestling Chief Creative Officer Jeff Jarrett has taken a "leave of absence"  from the company that he initially founded in 2002 and returned to after Anthem Media purchased TNA Impact Wrestling.  We are told by several people that the decision was one Ed Nordholm made today and that he met personally with Jarrett in Nashville, TN this afternoon.  

As noted earlier by Dave Scherer, Jeff Jarrett, based on his social media activity, did not know the move was coming.   He was scheduled to host a NFL Fantasy Draft party at his home today with GFW staffers but obviously, that is no longer happening.  The staffers are instead holding it at GFW HQ.

The belief among those we have spoken to is that unhappiness with Jarrett involving alleged "erratic behavior" (as one source described it), claiming that was a driving factor in Nordholm's move today, not an unhappiness with the company's creative direction. We are told that the situation had been building for months and the final tipping point appears to have been Triplemania several weeks back, where  Jarrett was obviously not in the best of shape, as he had put on weight and seemingly stumbled down the ring steps before wrestling for just a few short minutes before journeying around ringside for an extended period.  The Triplemania appearance led to a lot of people talking about whether Jarrett needed time off.   It should be noted that Ed Nordholm was in Mexico at the show.

The incident a few months back where Jarrett was screaming at Bob Ryder at a TV taping was also pointed to by a source today as the "beginning" of everything that led to today, including one person who claimed it was far "uglier" than anyone realizes. 

Attempts by PWInsider.com to reach Jarrett this evening were unsuccessful. 

It should also noted that one source stated that Jarrett was not "blameless" but there also was "blame to be thrown in all directions" regarding the situation and claimed that a lot of things that Jarrett had been criticized for publicly were simply due to him following marching orders out of loyalty to Anthem after they brought him back to his former company.  That source posited that things Jarrett had been blamed for, including defending Anthem when it came to the "Broken Hardys" situation, was simply Jarrett towing the company line.  I do know there was a belief among some that Jarrett was trying hard to step in between Nordholm and the wrestling side of things, as it had been oft-repeated in GFW circles that Nordholm simply didn't "get" the business.  One person used an example of the company going out of its way to bring in Alberto el Patron as a surprise by flying him secretly to Tampa and bringing him to Orlando under the cover of darkness, only for Nordholm to then take a picture and tweet it out, "ruining" the surprise.   The source claimed that Jarrett, who they admitted "needed a break" had been bending over backward to try and balance things between Anthem and GFW, noting, "Jarrett desperately wanted his company back and wanted to prove to everyone he was right all along with his vision."  

With Jarrett taking an indefinite break, a few people have wondered how Nordholm will fare running the company for Anthem.  There were a number of meetings today in Nashville in regard to the future direction of the company.   There has been no decisions made regarding any changes in creative direction and as of this writing, the current team Jarrett put together, including Scott D'Amore and Dutch Mantel, remain on board. 

One source pointed out that John "Big" Gaburick was still with the company as a consultant and floated the idea that perhaps Gaburick was retained as a "Plan B" if the Jarrett regime did not work out.  PWInsider.com can confirm that Gaburick was at GFW HQ today as well as their production studio, and he has not been around much at all (beyond working TV tapings) in recent months.  There is belief among some PWInsider.com has spoken to that Gaburick gained a LOT of power today within the company, although others have downplayed that idea.

It should be interesting to see whether this exit has any change on the staff of the company as Kevin Sullivan, who heads production, is a long-time Jarrett ally who helped him launch the GFW company in 2014.  

Speaking of GFW, interestingly, one source told PWInsider.com that the "GFW/Anthem merger" was "nowhere near as completed" as has been flouted publicly.   A press release was issued months ago annoucing the merger, claiming that Jarrett had been given a minority ownership in the company as part of the deal.   Trademarks for the Global Force Wrestling name and the GFW letters are still listed as owned by Global Force Wrestling, LLC, as they have been since Jarrett launched that company in 2014.  So, if Jarrett does not return, it's entirely possible the GFW letters will fade away from Impact Wrestling.  If Anthem was really utilizing those letters without having any actual ownership, all they did was help raise the profile of the Global Force Wrestling name internationally, which in hindsight, was a really dumb business decision. 

The status of Alberto el Patron is also in question as sources indicate that Nordholm was willing to cut bait on Patron after the July airport incident while Jarrett had been intimately involved in calming that situation.  With Jarrett out of the picture and less than a year believed to be left on Patron's deal, the when for Alberto's return may be back to "if he returns."

The belief is that as long as Jeff Jarrett remains separated from the company, Karen Jarrett is also gone, as she (as one would expect and quite frankly, as she should) will remain loyal to her husband. 

As of this evening, Jim Cornette, who obviously came in via his long-standing relationship with the Jarrett family, is still with the company.

 

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1 hour ago, RIPPA said:

So, if Jarrett does not return, it's entirely possible the GFW letters will fade away from Impact Wrestling.  If Anthem was really utilizing those letters without having any actual ownership, all they did was help raise the profile of the Global Force Wrestling name internationally, which in hindsight, was a really dumb business decision.

 

Holy shit.  This fucking company...

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if Jeff is getting some help then hopefully someone is pushing Karen in the back telling her to get in line with Jeff.   Sorry but that is two men that Karen has been with who ended up having alcohol and/or pill problems.  Either she has horrible luck or maybe she has played more of a factor then want to admit.   we know Karen doesn't have an issue with getting her drink on. 

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You legit can't make any of this up

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By Mike Johnson on 2017-09-06 10:06:00
Justin Barrasso of Sports Ilustrated is reporting that Global Force Wrestling, under Anthem Media's ownership, has been "hemorrhaging funds" and that "sources close to the situation have confirmed that Anthem is ready to withdraw itself from the wrestling industry and sell GFW."

It was obvious based on the last set of TV tapings that there had been cutbacks with a number of talents not brought in and others only used for certain tapings before being flown home, as opposed to remaining for the entire run of tapings.  

Since purchasing what at the time was known as TNA Impact Wrestling, Anthem has had to catch the company up and get it out of several legal predicaments including the Billy Corgan situation and a lawsuit brought against the company by its former production company, Virginia's Audience of One Productions.  The ownership came with Impact Wrestling deeply, deeply in the red.  Although there have been several new TV deals made, there have been relatively few new revenue streams brought into the company and partnerships forged with different international companies, including AAA, Crash Lucha Libre and Pro Wrestling NOAH. 

Since Anthem purchased the company, controversy continued to follow, including the "Broken Hardys" situation, the suspension of then-reigning GFW champion Alberto el Patron and now, the departure of Jeff Jarrett, who is taking an "indefinite leave of absence" as Chief Creative Officer following a meeting yesterday in Nashville, TN with Ed Nordholm.

Prior to Anthem taking ownership of Impact from Dixie Carter and Impact Ventures LLC, World Wrestling Entertainment, ROH parent company Sinclair Broadcast Group and Billy Corgan (who went on to purchase the National Wrestling Alliance instead) all looked into potentially acquiring the brand - and in the case of Corgan began that process before ending up suing the very company he was, at the time, President of.

PWInsider.com can confirm that there were multiple meetings yesterday afternoon and early evening regarding plans for the company going forward.  Anthem Media is also the parent company of the Fight Network, which airs pro wrestling programming regularly.  It has begun putting much of the TNA/Impact/GFW library to use on the network since acquiring ownership.

To read Barrasso's report, click here.

 

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The belief among those we have spoken to is that unhappiness with Jarrett involving alleged "erratic behavior" (as one source described it), claiming that was a driving factor in Nordholm's move today, not an unhappiness with the company's creative direction.

Well that's it then: interventions all around!

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3 hours ago, hammerva said:

if Jeff is getting some help then hopefully someone is pushing Karen in the back telling her to get in line with Jeff.   Sorry but that is two men that Karen has been with who ended up having alcohol and/or pill problems.  Either she has horrible luck or maybe she has played more of a factor then want to admit.   we know Karen doesn't have an issue with getting her drink on. 

That's....um..... quite a leap you made.  It's just as likely that Karen is likely to keep ending up with husbands who have substance abuse problems as long as she keeps getting involved with pro wrestlers.

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6 minutes ago, Infinit said:

LOL @ "Super Bowl draft party".

Don't think we can fault them for having a fantasy football draft party.

We can't. But its such a TNA thing to do particularly the week when the bottom falls out of your viewership. 

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probably so.  Maybe Jeff was becoming a bloated drunk mess long before Karen jumped into the picture.   Plus she isn't forcing to him to be this way.  My point as bad posted as it was that both of them obviously need help.  it isn't just Jeff that is the mess at times.

 

 

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