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TNA Rebrand As GFW
Many consider the initials ‘TNA’ to be
a poison brand, synonymous with 15 years of
bad decisions, sliding ratings and Dixie Carter
clinging onto Hulk Hogan’s leg.
In more colloquial terms, TNA also stands
for Tits and Ass.
So it’s long overdue that the promotion
are changing their name from TNA.
To Impact Wrestling.
To Anthem Sports & Entertainment, I think.
To Jeff Jarrett’s Mega Gold Giveaway.
To now, finally, Global Force Wrestling.
Just days after Impact Wrestling ‘officially
acquired’ Jarrett’s GFW promotion, TNA
will rebrand itself as Global Force Wrestling.
Their weekly show will still be called ‘Impact’,
just like how WWE’s weekly show is called
Jarrett spoke to The Tennessean about the
“We’re a global brand.
We have partnerships in Mexico, Japan, other
Collectively coming together, we’ve combined
forces and basically the rebrand final touches
happen at ‘Slammiversary.’”
Huge TNA/GFW Title Change
Those ‘final touches’ included Alberto
El Patron (the former Alberto Del Rio in WWE)
beating Bobby Lashley at last night’s 15th
anniversary show to become the new Impact
Wrestling and GFW Heavyweight Champion.
Presumably the ‘Impact Wrestling’ part
of the title name will soon be dropped, with
all the promotion’s belts just being referred
to as ‘GFW Championships’.
Unfortunately, Impact/GFW/whatever I should
be calling them spoiled the momentous title
change just hours before it happened.
WrestleZone pointed out that the TV Guide
for this Thursday’s episode of Impact had
the following description ahead of Alberto’s
“It’s all about the fallout from Slammiversary.
Alberto El Patron will hold a celebration
in the ring…”
You’re exposing the business, TV Guide!
Jeff Jarrett’s Five Year Plan
Hopefully such accidents will be fixed in
Jeff Jarrett’s five year plan, which he
described to Sports Illustrated:
“Slammiversary is the beginning as we move
toward Bound for Glory, but we are, realistically,
looking at 2018 to fully implement our five-year
plan with Anthem.
We want to be on television in 2018.
And I’d love to go live…that is a major
reason why we are going back on the road for
live shows in August.”
Jarrett also touched on the current legal
battle between Impact Wrestling and Matt & Jeff
Hardy over the ownership rights to their Broken
Universe gimmick, claiming “the publisher
[so Impact Wrestling] is always the owner”.
But according to Matt’s Twitter account,
this could all be about to change…
Broken Hardys “Days Away” From WWE?
Yesterday Matt posted a forebodingly manic
Instagram picture with his brother, and the
caption “My URGES are actively becoming
more difficult to contain.”
He followed that up with a tweet later that
“A MASSIVE “Thanks” to all the Wrestling
Fans that backed #HouseHardy in the latest
We are days away from winning.
Matt has frequently referred to his ongoing
Intellectual Property battle with Impact Wrestling
as the ‘Great War’, and the tweet strongly
suggests a decision over who owns the gimmick
Given Jeff Jarrett’s recent insistence that
the publishers are the owners, this could
be more of a deal negotiated between the two
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