TNA News: Jeff Jarrett Return To TNA Confirmed As Company Co-Founder Signs Deal Dixie Carter 'Wouldn't Have Allowed'

Lorenzo Tanos

After weeks of speculation, it can now be said — Jeff Jarrett is returning to TNA Wrestling, a company he helped found in the early 2000s, but had left on less than favorable terms late in 2013.

Back in 2002, Jeff Jarrett was one of Total Nonstop Action Wrestling's founders, alongside his father Jerry, and while the company had never come close to toppling WWE's reign as the leading wrestling promotion in the United States, he had helped make it a viable alternative to a lot of fans.

Eleven years later, Jeff left the company on acrimonious terms, unhappy with how then-chair Dixie Carter was running TNA's business. He had chosen to stay silent on the matter for a few months after his departure, but WrestleZone highlighted just how at-odds he was with Carter and TNA management at the time of his resignation.

"What makes the departure seem even more negative is the silence surrounding it. TNA doesn't want Jarrett talking because he will say nothing positive. Something is wrong in Dixieland. There is never any more emotional or genuine words spoken than when a parent realizes their child has gone down the wrong path."

Now, it looks like the rumors have just been confirmed. A new report from PWInsider has confirmed that Jeff Jarrett is returning to TNA, after what appear to have been productive talks with TNA's new owner Anthem Media. It also appears that he will be present at this week's Impact Wrestling tapings, together with wife and wrestling personality Karen Jarrett.

PWInsider stressed in its report today that Jarrett's return is a move that Dixie Carter wouldn't have stood for, had she still been in control of TNA. Earlier this week, Carter resigned from her post as TNA Chairman, with Anthem Sports & Entertainment officially taking control of the company, but while she was still in charge, Carter was quite upset over Jarrett forming GFW while he still had a minority interest in TNA. And with Jeff Jarrett's return to TNA confirmed, this serves as a sign that Dixie was, at the time the deal was finalized, "completely out of terms in decision-making."

"There is no way (Carter) would have allowed Jeff to return," said one of PWInsider's sources earlier this morning. "This is proof that she is done."

Also rumored to be present at this week's tapings in Orlando is Dutch Mantel, a longtime veteran of the wrestling business who was one of Jarrett's closest allies during their shared time in TNA. Mantel had also worked several stints for rival WWE, including a three-year run as Zeb Colter, where he managed Jack Swagger and Cesaro, and in a particularly poorly-received storyline, Alberto Del Rio from late-2015 to early-2016.

PWInsider's sources added that Jeff Jarrett's return to TNA doesn't necessarily mean he will be shutting down GFW. While further specifics of Jeff's role in TNA are currently unavailable, it is believed that his return to his old company "will not impede any potential GFW business moving forward."

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