Jeff Jarrett Shares Thoughts On Modern Day IMPACT Wrestling
There have been a lot of ups and downs in IMPACT's 20-year history...
IMPACT Wrestling founder Jeff Jarrett has given his thoughts on the longevity of the promotion after it recently celebrated its twentieth anniversary.
Jarrett, alongside his father Jerry and Bob Ryder, started IMPACT (originally known as NWA-TNA) in June 2002 as an alternative to WWE following the collapse of ECW and WCW the year prior.
Discussing IMPACT's legacy on After the Bell with Corey Graves, WWE's current SVP of Live Events said:
"As an entity, Ted Turner’s [WCW], didn't last 20 years.
"But also think about the trajectory of the company [IMPACT Wrestling]. It's no secret, there's been a lot of ups, but there were some downs and quite a few downs, but it's still rocking and rolling and creating content, so hats off to that group in so many ways".
Jarrett left TNA in 2014 and subsequently founded Global Force Wrestling. After TNA and GFW failed to merge, he cut ties with TNA. He was inducted into the TNA Hall of Fame in 2015.
Double J was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2018 and returned to the company as a backstage producer in January 2019, before becoming a member of the creative team.
He was released by WWE in January 2021 and returned in his current role in May of this year.