And thus, the proud legacy of Jeff Jarrett’s Global Force Wrestling (GFW) comes to an end.
If you’re thinking, “I thought this already happened?” or “What is there to acquire?”, well, you’re not alone. A merger between the two promotions was already revealed on an episode of Impact back in April, and even then there didn’t seem to be much to merge except for Jeff, his wife Karen and some championships. Despite the fact Jarrett filmed some episodes for a GFW television show, to be called Amped, in Las Vegas in 2015, Global Force has never existed as anything more than hype and a handful of house shows (and a pyramid scheme).
No word on if Impact and their parent company Anthem Entertainment is getting any Global Force Gold, but they are grabbing some publicity by officially announcing the acquisition of GFW during the build to their Slammiversary pay-per-view (PPV) this weekend.
Here’s the press release:
IMPACT Wrestling Acquires Global Force Wrestling
NASHVILLE | TORONTO – Anthem Wrestling Exhibitions LLC, a subsidiary of Anthem Sports & Entertainment Corp. and parent company of IMPACT Wrestling, announced today that it has entered into an agreement to acquire Global Force Entertainment, LLC d/b/a Global Force Wrestling.
Jeff Jarrett, the founder of both IMPACT Wrestling and Global Force Entertainment, will join Anthem Wrestling Exhibitions as a member of its board of managers, equity owner and Chief Creative Officer.
“We are thrilled to be joining forces with Anthem as a partner to build the business,” said Karen Jarrett. “This partnership will be complementary of our strengths and bolster our capabilities to grow the IMPACT Wrestling brand. Ed Nordholm as President and Jeff Jarrett as Chief Creative Officer make a great tag team”
“We are excited by the progress we have made with IMPACT Wrestling since acquiring the business in January,” said Ed Nordholm, president of Anthem Wrestling Exhibitions. “Jeff and his team have been instrumental in this success and we are pleased that we have reached an agreement on the basis of which we can combine our businesses to continue to grow. Slammiversary XV will be a fitting occasion to bring the promotions together and merge the titles under the new IMPACT combined belts. By combining our resources and talent, we can produce the best product for our global audience.”
There you have it.