There have been a lot of shocking departures from TNA Impact Wrestling over the past few months, but the biggest of them all just hit today. According to impactwrestling.com on Dec. 23, TNA has accepted the resignation of Jeff Jarrett from the company, effective at the start of 2014.
While Hulk Hogan was the biggest name the company has ever worked with and AJ Styles was the wrestler that most people connected with TNA Impact Wrestling throughout the years, Jeff Jarrett was a different story.
Jeff Jarrett is the man who created and founded TNA Impact Wrestling in 2002.
Shortly after the WWE purchased WCW and Vince McMahon publicly fired Jeff Jarrett on live television, Jarrett went on a fishing trip with his dad and former WCW executive Bob Ryder to discuss their next move. That move was creating TNA Wrestling, a weekly pay-per-view wrestling promotion that featured new wrestlers like AJ Styles, James Storm and Christopher Daniels, as well as established talent, like Ken Shamrock and former WWE star Ron "The Truth" Killings.
Soon, the company began to grow and they reached a television deal that allowed them to broadcast TNA Wrestling nationwide on Spike TV in 2005. Soon, Panda Energy pushed Jeff Jarrett aside and took over the leadership of the company, which it still holds today.
Jarrett, who has been off of television for years, remained a part of the behind-the-scenes aspect of running the company and returned to help run shows after Hulk Hogan left and Eric Bischoff was sent home. He has also been wrestling in Mexico and Japan during this time.
It appears now that Jeff Jarrett's time working with TNA Impact Wrestling has come to an end and his final day with the company will be Jan. 4, 2014. The statement wished Jarrett luck in the future and said he will continue to participate as an investor.