The legal battle between TNA Wrestling founder Jeff Jarrett and the current owners of IMPACT Wrestling Anthem Sports is coming to a head. The judge presiding over the case has set a trial date of June 30th, pending the Covid-19 situation.
Jarrett and Anthem Sports have been battling over the intellectual property of Global Force Wrestling. Jarrett founded Global Force Wrestling in 2014 and after failing to land a TV deal, Jarrett attempted to merge with Anthem Sports in 2017. Jarrett became the Chief Creative Officer and would gain a minority share in the new IMPACT Wrestling/Global Force Wrestling corporation.
Jarrett left Anthem in September of 2017 and subsequently the merger between Global Force and Anthem was called off. Anthem went ahead with plans to air footage that Jarrett shot in Las Vegas called Global Force Wrestling: AMPED!.
Jarrett is not claiming that Anthem did not have the proper permission to use the footage or distribute the content. Anthem then deleted the master copies of GFW: AMPED! and Jarrett was unable to get the footage copyrighted.
The judge presiding over the case ordered the two partied to go through mediation. The two parties were unable to come to terms in mediation, hence a trial date of June 30th. Since leaving Anthem in 2017, Jarrett has worked for the WWE in a creative capacity.
IMPACT Wrestling airs on AXS TV.