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Jeff Jarrett returns to TNA in consulting role; update on GFW's future

Jeff Jarrett

First reported by PWInsider and confirmed Thursday by Dave Meltzer, Jeff Jarrett has returned to TNA in a working relationship as a consultant. 

He, wife Karen, and Dutch Mantel are all in Orlando, FL, right now for the beginning of what will be a long run of TV tapings that will extend through next week.

The news comes a day after Anthem Sports & Entertainment announced they will soon become majority stakeholders of TNA Impact Wrestling, moving Dixie Carter to a different role within Anthem.

Jarrett was one of the original founders of TNA and officially left the company in December 2013. He would later return in a 2014 on-screen angle with his Global Force Wrestling promotion and to be inducted into the TNA Hall of Fame. At that point, he sold his remaining minority interest in the company to Carter.

As for GFW, it's expected that Anthem will help finally make a TV deal for the fledging promotion a reality. Whether or not that deal is on their airwaves is unknown.

Mantel has been out of the spotlight since the Zeb Colter gimmick was dropped by WWE. While his role is unknown, he has long been a Jarrett ally with creative, so a similar consulting role appears to be in the cards for him as well.

On a side note for Thursday's somewhat-live edition of Impact, Angelina Love, Davey Richards and Brooke Tessmacher are returning.