You're face to face with the man who sold the world"
- The Man who sold the world by David Bowie
Jeff Jarrett stands backstage at the Impact Zone in Orlando, Florida and although his eyes are fixed on the monitor in front of him, for a moment he no longer sees the screen and the Impact Wrestling superstars competing on it. For a moment he is looking through the monitor as if it were a portal to another time and place, back to 2009, back to a board room in Nashville, Tennessee where the President of TNA, Dixie Carter told him that she was sending him home, that she was suspending him from his company indefinitely. It was 8 years ago but the sting of the moment still lingers with him to this day.
Dixie Carter called it a "betrayal" when she found out that Jeff had been seeing the ex wife of Kurt Angle. Carter at the time said it was "unacceptable" that Jeff had done this to a fellow member of the TNA locker room and that it looked incredibly bad. Humbly and gracefully, Jeff Jarrett accepted his punishment and never breathed a bad word about either Carter or the treatment that he had received but whilst Dixie and maybe even Kurt Angle felt justified in this, most of the rest of TNA didn't seem to really care. To most everyone in TNA at the time, Jeff Jarrett dating the former Karen Angle was looked upon as being common knowledge and treated as being no big deal. This was a single adult woman dating a single adult man, no big deal to almost everyone. In the coming days and weeks however, many began to whisper of what Carters true motives may have been in sending Jeff home, that maybe it was less to do with backing up Angle and more to do with political manoeuvring.
With Jeff Jarrett sat home in Hendersonville, Dixie Carter went from being a hands off President and moved into the de facto leader of all aspect of TNA. While up until then Jarrett had been in charge of the wrestling side of the company, Carter now asserted her authority in that area as well and whether as further punishment to Jeff or whether indeed it was in an effort to weaken the power that he'd had in the locker room, Jarrett allies in the company began to be relieved of their duties. Creative team member Dutch Mantell was let go as were long term Jarrett friends and then TNA road agents, BG James and Savio Vega. Without Jarrett and Mantell to keep the peace between he and Vince Russo, Jim Cornette was slowly but surely pushed out of the picture and eventually let go as well. The Message was being heard loud and clear, if you were a "Jarrett guy" there was no room for you in what was now officially, Dixie's TNA.
The rest of TNA history has been well documented but it saw Jeff Jarrett eventually completely removed from the promotion that he started, handing over his ownership stake to Carter who was then the complete owner of TNA wrestling. Whilst publically never slamming TNA on his way out and instead taking the high road and promoting his new GFW wrestling endeavour, the way things had ended still stung Jeff. Dixie Carter had said he had betrayed her by falling for another wrestlers ex wife but really, what Carter had done to him had been the bigger betrayal. Although happy in his home life and with GFW, there were many evenings Jeff would take a walk down by the lake at his Hendersonville home and would sit and listen to the birds in the air and the bugs in the grass and he would feel melancholic, not for the things that had happened but the things that hadn't. Jeff still felt like he had unfinished business with TNA and that there were still things he wanted to do with the promotion that he began.
It has been said that the Lord works in mysterious ways and as a man of God, Jeff Jarrett believes this but never in a million years could he have imagined that things would have played out as they did. As he sat home watching the news roll in about the on-going financial issues of TNA and the saga of Dixie vs Corgan for control along with the complications of the involvement of Aroluxe marketing and Anthem entertainment, Jeff for the fist time found himself feeling a sense of relief that he was no longer part of the troubled promotion. Although he felt wronged by her, Jarrett took no satisfaction seeing Carter finally have to hand over control of TNA to another partner as he has long since made his peace with the fact that he would never get to do the things he wanted to with what he still felt was "his promotion" and wished the new owners at Anthem all the best with it and publically hoped that they might return the promotion to better times than it had seen in recent years. So Jeff continued with his life and his business... until one day his phone rang.
In their desire to turn TNA around, Anthem decided that 2 things needed to happen immediately; one was to rename the promotion Impact Wrestling and permanently distance itself from any association to Carters TNA, the other was to reach out to the man who had helped shape Impact in its formative years. Within hours Jarrett was on a plane to Canada to meet the good folks at Anthem to discuss what he would do if he was potentially in charge of the promotion again. Whatever Jarrett had to say, Anthem were sold and Jeff went from what he would do if hypothetically in charge to being made Executive Producer of Impact Wrestling and being tasked with carrying out exactly what he wanted to do. And so bit by bit we slowly got word that Jarrett's influence had returned to Impact Wrestling as we heard that men like Dutch Mantell and Scott D'Amore, men who had helped shape some of the promotions greatest moments creatively were returning to work there. Next came news of a talent exchange relationship with Pro Wrestling Noah in Japan and a change to how Impact tapes television. Hell, even Don West is back selling merchandise. These are all small steps but they are signs that Jarrett is back and that's no bad thing.
Once upon a time some people said that the King of the Mountain was in fact the Man who sold the world, his world, the wrestling one at least. As he stands in the Impact Zone tonight however, he is back in his world and he feels good about it. The melancholy and feelings of unfinished business he once had when thinking of Impact Wrestling no longer stir in him. His eyes fix once again on the monitor in front of him and to the men and women who are busting their butts night in and night out to do exactly what he wants to do behind the scenes and that's make Impact great again. So was Jeff Jarrett the Man who sold the world? No, not him, he never lost control because even without him ther , his spectre loomed large on the landscape of Impact and now the King of the Mountain is home to reclaim his throne.