The past couple of years have been very up-and-down for long-time wrestler and entrepreneur, Jeff Jarrett. The co-founder of Impact Wrestling (formerly TNA) recently came out of rehab to receive treatment for alcohol and drug addictions.
Before he entered rehab, Jarrett received bad news when Impact Wrestling opted to sever ties with his Global Force Wrestling promotion, ending a business deal that would have merged the two companies together.
But Jarrett got a late Christmas gift, when GFW was asked to resume action this Wednesday as the Kentucky Wildcats faced the Northwestern University Wildcats before the 20th edition of the Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl. The event saw appearances of wrestling legends Jerry 'The King' Lawler and Ricky Steamboat.
Jarrett shared his gratitude about the event, and sent out a thanks that included a shout out to the WWE (per the Miami Herald):
“First and foremost, I have to thank the people at the Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl, especially President and CEO Scott Ramsey and VP of Events Jay Grider. We were thrilled to be asked to return. It was a fun night for us, and it seemed as though the players and coaches enjoyed it as much as we did. I also would be remiss if I didn’t thank everyone at WWE for helping to make this possible.”
WWE lent aid to Jarrett by sponsoring his rehabbing process. This has been an extremely helpful program that has helped past superstars including Scott Hall, Jake 'The Snake' Roberts and Lex Luger among others.
Considering Jarrett became a competitor to WWE by founding TNA, it was a great move on Vince McMahon and co. to put business aside and try to help out Jarrett. The 50-year-old wrestling veteran currently has an unclear future in the industry, but all that matters now is he's happy and healthy. But with Impact Wrestling struggling mightily, one can't rule out a return for Jarrett in the nearby future.