Monday, February 3, 2014

New Promotion?

In the past 24 hours, Jeff Jarrett posted a teaser for his new project. The question we in the internet wrestling community are wrestling with is whether or not we're looking at a new project or another chapter of TNA crossing the line. This question of another branch of the brand is striking and one that could make ripples that would make WWE actually sweat. Think about this.....if Jeff Jarrett were to launch a West Coast chapter of TNA, the brand could cover BOTH sides of the country and come together for special events, just like WWE did with their brand extension, separating RAW and Smackdown into two separate rosters. The major difference would be that each branch could have their own hierarchy and recruit from each end of the country, allowing talents to find themselves on a TNA roster no matter which side of the country they're on.

With one headquarters in Nashville and another in maybe coastal California, you could hold events in Los Angeles and the surrounding areas where the venues are more numerous. On the other side of things, TNA could secure a more permanent home for their events right back where they started....the Asylum. If a East Coast TNA were to collide with a West Coast TNA, the result could be EPIC.

If THIS is the development Jarrett and company has been teasing, it's an exciting time to be a fan of the product. On the other hand, if we're looking at outright competition, that COULD be another story. I still look very closely at the 35 percent stake Jarrett still owns in TNA's assets as my greatest evidence that he wouldn't attack his own promotion. Another thing that flags my attention is the statement TNA Wrestling made when he resigned his duties.

"On behalf of TNA Wrestling, we would like to thank Jeff for his contributions to the Company. We wish him the very best and look forward to his continued participation as an investor of TNA Wrestling."

I have made a lot of predictions and speculations concerning TNA's future, but the evidence is beginning to mount that Jeff isn't looking at starting something brand new as an independent promotion, but rather building upon the foundation that is already established. The TNA brand has global implications and with him scouting out office space on the west side of the country, it seems clear that something big is coming, and most likely for TNA. If an investor with the mainstream reach of Toby Keith is on board along with backing from a few outside sources I've yet to become privy to, you can BET that Spike TV is going to think twice about allowing them out of a contract once their option to renew comes around.

The economic climate of the professional wrestling business would undoubtedly find itself on the verge of something monumental if the IWC is able to take sides and place their bets if Jarrett's promotion is actually a secondary branch of the already internationally popular TNA brand.

It's entirely possible I'm mistaken, but the question that started this blog seems appropriate: "Wouldn't it be cool if....."?

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