With news of Jeff Jarrett being placed on an indefinite leave of absence from GFW and Anthem Sports’ Ed Nordholm, one has to wonder what’s next?
Clearly, the number one concern is Jarrett’s health. If the rumors are true that he’s not well and is battling some personal demons, he needs to seek proper treatment. If this is more an issue between Nordholm and Jarrett, the two need to sort things out if GFW and Impact Wrestling stands a chance at surviving.
With new information surfacing by the moment, that doesn’t appear very likely, so here are five things wrestling fans can expect to happen with Jeff Jarrett gone from GFW.
5. “Big” John Gaburick Will Take Over
It appears now, the main reason Anthem Sports kept “Big” John Gaburick employed was in the event a situation occurred where they couldn’t trust Jarrett’s leadership. Gaburick has years of experience in the wrestling business, and with Jarrett gone the transition is far less painful than having to find someone to take the reigns and right the ship.
Gaburick is not without his own controversy, but an interesting development could be his close relationship to WWE Executive Kevin Dunn. Could this be detrimental to GFW and Impact Wrestling in the long run? Is this a good sign for the WWE?
4. GFW Name May Disappear
There is speculation that in the sale of TNA/Impact and the resulting merging of GFW to Anthem Sports, some of the names and trademarks exchanged during that process are still property of Jeff Jarrett. In fact, he still owns a large chunk of the naming rights to GFW. If that’s the case, the GFW name may disappear from the title and go back to simply Impact Wrestling.
The reason the name GFW came with the sale in the first place was so that Anthem Sports could separate from the TNA brand. There’s no word on whether or not another name would be added if the GFW name split off.
3. Alberto El Patron Won’t Be Back
There was already word that Alberto El Patron was done with Anthem Sports, but it appeared Jarrett was a cheerleader for keeping the peace between the two sides. With Jarrett out of the way, Anthem can dump Patron and not renew or extend his contract with little blowback.
This could be true to other wrestlers who were closer to Jarrett. It could also mean the returns of guys like Gregory Helms (the Hurricane) who didn’t see eye to eye with Jarrett. That would, of course, mean that the folks now running the shots are still trying to make this thing succeed.
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2. Jeff Jarrett May Not Return
The company is calling this an indefinite suspension, but from the sounds of things, there are bigger and more underlying issues. This may be a more permanent development. Nordholm and Jarrett were rumored not to have been seeing eye to eye, and Jarrett was being closely watched. His erratic behavior is what led to such a quick decision.
If Anthem is losing money on this venture and Jarrett is taking a lot of the blame, he may not return in any capacity even if they’re saying he’s available as a consultant.
1. Anthem Sports May Bail
Speculation is Anthem is losing money hand-over-fist trying to make this wrestling thing work. They had to sell the Fight Network just to buy Impact and TNA out of legal trouble and fund the operational side of things. In short, Justin Barrasso of Sports Illustrated is reporting that Global Force Wrestling is hemorrhaging money.
This could lead to a sale of the video library and potentially a sale of the company to another party, namely the WWE. What would be for sale, if GFW goes with Jarrett is Impact Wrestling and nothing else—well except the “Broken” gimmick and the videos that might be worth the sale alone.
All of these things would be logical conclusions, especially if Anthem is looking to sell. With that said being said, they could shock everyone and go a completely different direction. Say, for example, a Global Wrestling Network equipped with a 24/7 service of the GFW and Impact Library?
Such a move might only delay the inevitable because as everyone knows, there’s such a “huge” market for Impact to have its channel and air around the clock.
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