In the last few days, speculation has surrounded Global Force Wrestling (GFW) and Anthem Sports. On Wednesday, Sept.6, 2017, GFW announced that Chief Operating Officer (COO) Jeff Jarrett was taking an indefinite leave for personal reasons. Not long after, a Sports Illustrated suggested Anthem Sports was getting destroyed financially trying to fund GFW's operations and that they're looking to get out from under the wrestling portion of their portfolio. This news, while sudden, wasn't terribly strange considering the struggles Impact, TNA, GFW and Anthem Sports have had in the past year.
Jarrett's absence meant that the future of former GFW Heavyweight Champion Alberto El Patron was in question. Patron was brought into GFW after his departure from WWE to be a huge star. He had the marketability and reputation to be a potential game changer, reaching a larger Latino audience. Instead, he became a liability with his out-of-the-ring antics and trouble-making.
Closer to Jeff Jarrett than potentially anyone else in control of GFW, Patron didn't have a lot of supporters inside the company. His behavior over the past few months saw him quickly ostracised and he was stripped of the GFW Title on the July 12, 2017, episode of Impact Wrestling — an expected turn of events considering he was in the news for all the wrong reasons, including a public fight with his current girlfriend and current WWE Superstar Paige. No charges were filed, but reports said Patron had done irreparable damage and may never return.
However, in a recent interview with Sports Illustrated's Justin Barrasso, Patron denied those reports. "I've been in touch with Global Force Wrestling, and we're working to bring back Alberto El Patron to the company," said Patron. "We're working to find something that will please the fans...At the end of the day, I work for the fans; they are the ones I work to please," El Patron continued. "I am going to put all my heart, all my passion into making this work. I am completely focused on where I want to take the company in November, and I promise to make the company great again, and Alberto is going to be on top again."
Patron added that it was his idea to strip him of the GFW Championship on Aug. 14, 2017, in an Instagram post. He says he wanted to show those working in the company that if you're going to get caught in a scandal (innocent or not) you have to pay the consequences. He apologized to his "brothers and sisters" in the GFW locker room and thanked them for their support.
Is Alberto El Patron returning to GFW? Jim Cornette suggested on an episode of Impact, Patron was kicked to the curb. Only time will tell which this truly the case.