Former TNA World Heavyweight Champion Jeff Jarrett announced today via Twitter that he has resigned from TNA Wrestling. "On December 22nd, 2013 I officially resigned from TNA Entertainment. Thanks to everyone involved for all the fantastic memories! #grateful" said Jarrett in a succinct tweet.
Jarrett's exit is exceptional one compared to the parade of big names like Hulk Hogan, Jeff Hardy, and AJ Styles who have left the company in the past few months. Jarrett helped found TNA Wrestling and on top headlining as a star wrestler in the early years of the company, he also served as executive producer.
Jarrett has not been an on-air performer with TNA IMPACT for over a year, while his backstage executive duties were also reduced. In the last few months, it was reported that Jarrett had come back to TNA in an executive role to help the company develop new deals internationally and run a more streamlined product as IMPACT got off the road returned to taping TV on a sound stage in Orlando's Universal Studios.
It's not public at this time exactly what motivated Jarrett to leave TNA. Currently there is still rumors swirling that TNA Wrestling is up for sale but the company has internally denied this to employees. Earlier this year, a group of investors reportedly lead by Jarrett were rumored to be one of several different parties that were looking into purchasing TNA Wrestling from it's parent company, Panda Energy.
Several TNA wrestlers reacted to the news of Jarret's announcement on Twitter today.
@JeffJarrettTNA my best to you and yours Jeff see you down the road. - @SamoaJoe
@JeffJarrettTNA is one of the smartest men I have ever been around. Above all else he is a amazing man father and husband. Huge loss for TNA - @ShowtimeEy (Eric Young)
@JeffJarrettTNA thanks for everything Uncle Jeff. If it weren't for you I would've never had a shot. Much appreciated. - @iPeteyWilliams