Jeff Jarrett made a surprise return to TNA Impact last night during the live broadcast of the show.
The announcers played it up as a huge surprise, as both Jeff and Karen Jarrett walked into the Impact Zone. After shaking hands with the announcers, Jeff thanked the fans. He was wearing a Global Force Wrestling shirt, and said people are probably wondering what the co-founders of GFW are doing in TNA. He said he’d address some points but not others, and said that TNA management sent him a text last week saying they had a proposal. Initially he had no interest, but then he decided to call them back.
Jarrett said TNA management offered him to come back for one more match. “I don’t even wrestle in my own promotion, so why would I wrestle here,” he said. They told him it was the King of the Mountain match, which he created, and he was sold.
They told him it wasn’t just any episode of Impact – it was the 13th Anniversary of the company he and his father founded together. He thought about all the amazing moments they had and brought up names like Kurt Angle, Samoa Joe, and AJ Styles. He had to think hard about the proposal and how it would affect his company.
He asked Karen how she would react to it. She said she loves Jeff and said she thought they had moved on from TNA. Once Jarrett laid out everything she began to understand. She supports her husband in whatever he does in life. She told a story about how she was talking with Sonjay Dutt, and he told her Jeff didn’t go out the way he wanted to, that he was fired on a backstage pre-taped segment. She said Jeff would leave TNA on his terms and make things right.
Jeff said he would be walking down the ramp one last time, and participating in the King of the Mountain match, and stated he would be the reigning King of the Mountain one last time.
Drew’s Take: This is certainly an interesting development, and I’m pretty sure almost noone thought Jarrett would ever set foot in a TNA ring again. Naturally, this spawns the discussion about GFW and TNA working together in some sort of an invasion angle, as well as the notion that Jarrett could potentially buy out TNA and run with it. It generated a buzz, and I’m pretty pissed I didn’t get to see this live (DAMN YOU COMCAST).
I’ll be discussing this breaking news in an edition of Around the Ring w/ Ring Rap, out later today.