For the past few weeks one of the hottest rumors has been that Jeff Jarrett and Toby Keith are going to partner together to open up a new wrestling promotion. Jarrett, one of the original founders of TNA, parted ways with the company late last year. Keith was said to be the one interested party in purchasing the company when the company was allegedly being shopped. Former WCW star Konnan said on a recent podcast that Jarrett will announce the new project sometime this week.
This might not be great news for TNA, since Jarrett is essentially throwing in the towel and saying he would rather start from scratch than start the Toby Keith partnership under the TNA flag. TNA’s turmoil over the past year is well documented, so Jarrett’s assessment might not be far off.
It is worth noting that Jim Ross has been tied to the new promotion by some, and he is friends with Toby Keith. Ross and Keith both are huge fans of the Oklahoma University football team. As for the timing, now may not be such a bad time to jump in with a new promotion. Some of the talent that could be used would include:
Jeff Jarrett– of course Double J is getting up there in age but nobody is saying he should be the face of the company. He is always a viable heel and can still work.
Matt Morgan– This one’s a no brainer, he has worked with Jarrett in AAA since leaving TNA, and he is the big name free agent you can bring in to be a viable world champion.
AJ Styles– TNA dropped the ball so maybe Jarrett and Keith can run with it. Styles could welcome the alternative option of the new promotion and would be a top flight signing.
Chris Hero– The NXT drop out is said to have a lazy attitude and lack of work ethic, but the fact remains that he is one hell of a talented worker and a solid addition to any roster.
John Morrison– I’m not the biggest Morrison fan, but he has name recognition and the company would need some star power to get eyeballs on the product early on.
Chris Masters– Ever since his WWE release I had expected TNA would jump on him and they never did. He seems to continue to improve and his look is very marketable.
The Young Bucks– Things didn’t work out in TNA, but signing this team as the cornerstone of a tag division is a good start for that part of your roster.
The American Wolves– Much like the Bucks, this is an experienced team that you can build the division around for years to come.
The Pope– I always thought the Pope deserved better in TNA, but he is definitely a talented performer that can be an asset to any roster.
Crimson– Left TNA because of a knee injury, sign him up and wait until he is healthy and then push him towards the top of your card. This guy has youth, charisma and a hell of a look.
You have to wonder if more TNA guys would want to jump ship as their contracts expire as well. You don’t want to look like TNA-lite, but these are good talents that the company just didn’t connect on, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t worth having around.
Will this new company prove to be another nail in TNA’s coffin? Or will some competition for the #2 spot reignite TNA and lead to a mini-boom period for fans to enjoy? You have to think that if and when this promotion does become a reality that it will always feel tied at the hips in some ways to TNA, but will it be able to mold its own identity? Only time will tell, but this could prove to be an exciting time for wrestling fans to see something new unfolding on the horizon.