In a report by Mike Johnson at PWInsider.com, Jeff Jarrett will be returning to TNA Impact Wrestling starting with this evening’s show and the tapings to follow. Jarrett, one of the original founders of the company, resigned in 2013 then sold his ownership shares to Dixie Carter in 2014.
Also in the report, Johnson indicated that Dutch Mantel (f/k/a Zeb Colter in WWE) is in Orlando as well. Mantel was one of Jarrett’s creative team members when Jarrett had control of TNA, and is expected to assist in the creative for the product starting with this evening’s shows.
Jarrett, who also owns Global Force Wrestling, apparently plans to continue forward with that promotion as well according to the report. He was working on a deal of some sort with the Nashville Fairgrounds in the fall of 2016 for a venue, but it’s not clear if the intent was to use that venue for TNA, Global Force, or some other project. Jarrett has insisted to friends that the company will be airing somewhere on television in the spring without offering further specifics.
Bill Says: One key thing to note here is that bringing Jarrett back would signify the true end to Dixie Carter’s time in any sort of management of the company. The two were at odds at various times when they were both managing the promotion, and word is they split the locker room as well. This is an interesting development that I will talk more about tonight on Around the Ring.