Jeff Jarrett joined the Chad Dukes Wrestling show on Wednesday afternoon to preview Global Force Wrestling’s presentation of New Japan’s “Wrestle Kingdom 9.” In his discussion with Dukes, Jarrett talks about growing up in the business, the vision for Global Force Wrestling, Jim Ross, the crowded wrestling market, his relationship with TNA, WrestleKingdom 9, and more.
As the founder of TNA and now Global Force Wrestling, Jarrett is no stranger to starting wrestling promotions from scratch. One of the biggest questions about his latest venture, Global Force Wrestling has been what the promotion will actually be. After the initial announcement of GFW’s formation and the assembling of a talent database, many assumed that it would be a traditional wrestling group. However, the announcement that Jarrett’s new company would be “presenting” New Japan Pro Wrestling’s WrestleKingdom show led others to wonder if GFW would be more of a sanctioning body for independent promotions. Jarrett clarified the vision of Global Force Wrestling for the CDW audience, it would be a little of both.
“Global Force will be its… a standalone. I think that’s a nice enough term for it. With its own roster, with its own sponsors, own venue, running shows everything that goes with a promotion. But at Global Force Wrestling we also have a fundamental philosophy that’s a 180 from what’s been done over the last 10-15 years. Most promotions act like they’re the only promotion that exists and no other promotions…they certainly don’t talk about them and if they do they don’t talk about them in a negative light. We’ve got a different philosophy. We’ve recognized and partnered with the best promotions in the world, New Japan’s at the very top of that list. They’re obviously the best promotion in Japan. AAA, in Mexico, a red-hot promotion in Mexico. We have partnered with independent promotions around the world. Our South African partner, we’re going to be making some announcements on that in the days and weeks to come.
Yes, we’re going to be a stand alone promotion, and that’s going to roll out in 2015, but we’re also going to partner and what better way to step onto the grand stage and create even more brand awareness, partnering with New Japan bringing WrestleKingdom 9.”
When Global Force finally rolls out in 2015 they will be entering a marketplace filled with wrestling programming. Come January 2015 there will be wrestling programs on cable and syndicated television 6-7 nights a week. Jarrett discussed entering this crowded field and sees the rise in the amount of wrestling content as a sign that a rising tide will raise all ships.
“I said it back in February or March, that I felt the business was so healthy and just on the cusp of a boom. Here we are rolling into 2015 and Ring of Honor has entered the pay-per-view world, you mentioned Lucha Underground, New Japan’s got a deal on AXS TV, New Japan World as a digital streaming service, obviously everybody knows about the WWE Network and the massive amount of content, Global Force Wrestling is doing its rollout, it’s a very healthy market. I used this analogy the other day, I got asked sort of the same question, if you’ve got a busy intersection with a lot of fans and a lot of people, let’s just say for example you put a McDonalds hamburgers on one corner and across the street you put a Wendy’s hamburgers. The people at Burger King try to do everything in their power, ‘how can I get on the other corner because the other two hamburger joints are doing good.’? I believe it’s making all of us healthy.”
The partnership with Global Force Wrestling bringing New Japan to a wider American audience certainly will help differentiate GFW from WWE & TNA because of the radically different in-ring styles. Dukes asked Jarrett whom new viewers to the New Japan product should keep their eye on come January 4th on pay-per-view.
“I’ll give you two matches on this show that are in my opinion, Wrestling 2015 and beyond. The first match on the show is guys that you’re very familiar with, the Young Bucks, the Forever Hooligans, the Time Splitters- Alex Shelly & Kushida, and then Ring of Honor Tag Team Champions, ReDragon. That four corners tag match, I’ve seen bits and pieces of them on my previous trips over to Japan but those guys in a Dome atmosphere, there’s no doubt in mind it is going to be a match for the ages. It will blow you away.
And then the last match of the night, the main event, Tanahashi, and if you want to talk about just one guy, that’s the guy. He’s a rock star, he’s in his mid 30’s, he’s in the prime of his career and he’s facing Okada, the Rainmaker. Those two guys have an awesome rivalry. It’s just like a Rock-Stone Cold, a Hogan-Andre, Bret Hart-Stone Cold, whatever your feud or rivalry of a lifetime, whatever your favorite feud is, their rivalry is right on par with it. “
Thank you to Jeff Jarrett for coming on the Chad Dukes Wrestling Show. Follow Jeff on Twitter at @RealJeffJarrett and Global Force Wrestling at @GFWWrestling. Be sure to check out their website at GlobalForceWrestling.com for more information about WrestleKingdom 9 available on pay-per-view and the Flipps app January 4th, 2015.