On June 24th, Jeff and Karen Jarrett make a surprise appearance on IMPACT. Along with namedropping GFW countless time, Jeff announces that he will be participating in the returning King of the Mountain Match at Slammiversary. At the PPV, Jeff Jarrett wins his trademark match to win the newly created King of the Mountain Championship.
Over the next few weeks, Jarrett is interviewed regarding the future of the championship and what it means for TNA. Jarrett announces that he will be taking the belt back to GFW and that it may become a GFW "interpromotional" championship highlighting GFW's goals. He also announces a partnership between TNA and GFW saying that as long as both companies goals are aligned, things will work out.
There has been a lot of speculation from the dirtsheets regarding the future of this partnership. Wrestling Observer is reporting that some sort of invasion could be happening. PWInsider speculated that this relationship could be a deal to "buy out" Jeff Jarrett's minority stake in TNA. That could be a reason GFW has benefited mostly so far.
Now, moving forward, there are three ways that this partnership could take:
This route I could see being most beneficial. If you look at both the Impact and GFW rosters, they are both strong in certain areas and weak in other areas.
Impact Wrestling has a solid heavyweight division with some bigger names like Lashley, Kurt Angle, Bobby Roode, Drew Galloway, MVP etc. Right now, they are lacking in tag teams, X Division stars and even need some Knockouts.
Global Force Wrestling is the contrast. They are lacking in heavyweights only having guys like Nick Aldis, Shelton Benjamin and Chris Mordestky (with many younger but unestablished stars) but they have what TNA needs. They have tag teams in Bullet Club, New Heavenly Bodies, Best Friends, Hotshots and more. They have high-flyers in Sanada, Sonjay Dutt, PJ Black, Andrew Everett, Johnny Gargano etc. They even have some interesting knockouts such as Thea Trinidad, Cherry Bomb and Santana Garrett.
Having a talent exchange could bolster both rosters if done well.
Earlier this week, I wrote a fantasy TNA vs GFW column that would be only one show. I can find many interesting cross-promotional matches that I would like to see. Shelton Benjamin vs Kurt Angle, Wolves vs Young Bucks, Manik vs Sanada, Mordestky vs Jessie Godderz. Imagine if they actually held a One Night Only show (being taped next week) that featured TNA vs GFW. It would be an interesting show.
The alternative is to have Co-promotional shows where TNA provides some talent and GFW provides some talent and both companies split the costs. It could be a way for TNA to get back on the road touring while giving GFW some name talent to help improve attendance.
Right off the bat, I don't like the idea of GFW taking over TNA or vice-versa. I think that while it would be entertaining, the end game isn't beneficial to both parties. I think a storyline with a much smaller scale would be more entertaining. Imagine TNA and GFW having a talent exchange with their stars appearing on either show. All of a sudden there is a divide within the TNA locker room. A group of villains consisting of Eric Young, EC3, Bram etc. aren't happy sharing their TV time with GFW. Other wrestlers are happy about the new challenges and opponents.
There could be a rivalry pitting a small group of TNA wrestlers against a small group of GFW wrestlers. GFW wrestlers wouldn't necessarily be the invaders plus a storyline like this wouldn't take over the entire show.
GFW has taken a good first step with the storyline with Eric Young. He is pissed that GFW has possession of a TNA championship and he goes to get it back. Having multiple perspectives and opinions on a partnership like this would provide depth to both companies.
On top of that, we have the KOTM Championship which Jarrett has teased will be an interpromotional championship that could be contested in different promotions. I would love to see that title defended on IMPACT by a Bobby Roode against a Shelton Benjamin. Its a small segment on the show that provides fans with something different.
Whatever comes of this relationship, I am cautiously optimistic. With that said, I am hoping Dixie Carter and company are being cautious with partnering with a company that has reaped all the benefits so far.