For those who don't know yet, Global Force Wrestling is the newest wrestling promotion founded by Jeff Jarrett, also founder of TNA, and his wife Karen Jarrett. Global Force Wrestling has stated that their goal is to produce a more fan friendly and interactive promotion "unlike any other".
"We are going to put out a professional wrestling product that listens to the fans, engages the fans. We are going to immerse ourselves with the wrestling fan and that is going to be first and foremost" - Jeff Jarrett.
So far we know this much:
April 7, 2014
After months of speculation and build up, Jeff Jarrett officially announces the launch of his new wrestling promotion, Global Force Wrestling.
"Because of new media, new technology and more 'in-tune' fans than we've ever had, wrestling is poised for another boom like it experienced in the mid-1980s and late 1990s. What we're going to deliver is a multi-platform, innovative brand that will engage fans in ways they've never experienced. It will provide a fresh perspective inside the business that fans have been clamouring for."
April 15, 2014
GFW announced that they had signed a deal with 25/7 Productions. Although a television deal has still not been announced, 25/7 has said they will be producing all GFW television programming. They have also stated that they intend to create new on-air content 52 weeks of the year, that means going toe to toe with WWE and TNA.
April 21, 2014
GFW announced that NASCAR driver and self confessed "lifelong long wrestling fan", Hermie Sadler had signed on to the board of directors.
April 29, 2014
GFW announced they had reached a partnership with AAA, Mexico's top wrestling promotion. The two companies will exchange talent for events held both in the United States and Mexico.
May 17, 2014
GFW announced another deal, this time with Japanese promotion Inoki Genome Federation.
June 1, 2014
Global Force Wrestling held their first 'talent search' try outs in Canada. Those trying out performed short matches and had some promo time.
Wrestlers offered tryouts included:
- Kongo Kong
- Jake Omen
- Tyson Dux
- Taeler Hendrix
There were more that tried out, who I weren't able to identify. But a pretty good talent pool for their first round of try outs.
Here is the video of the try outs.
June 12, 2014
WWE released nine wrestlers from contract. I felt this was relevant as it means nine more wrestlers looking for work, with large promotion experience.
- Evan Bourne
- Drew McIntyre
- Jinder Mahal
- Curt Hawkins
- Brodus Clay
- Yoshi Tatsu
GFW couldn't go wrong signing even a few of those under utilised WWE talent.
June 21, 2014
GFW announced another deal, with Japanese promotion New Japan Pro Wrestling. They too will exchange talent for shows in both the United States and Japan.
July 3, 2014
It was announced that Jeff Jarrett was supposedly intending to use the six sided ring concept for GFW, before TNA adopted it in June. The word circulating was that TNA adopted the ring to "beat Jarrett to the punch". It makes sense for Jarrett to have the idea given that he was the one who introduced the six sided ring to TNA in the first place. Personally I think they dodged a bullet.
July 10, 2014
GFW announced more partnerships, this time with multiple European promotions.
- Revolution Pro Wrestling (covering south of England)
- New Generation Wrestling (covering north of England)
- Premier British Wrestling (covering Scotland)
- Westside Xtreme Wrestling (covering Germany)
- Emerald Pro Wrestling (covering Ireland)
In Jarrett's statement he said "We put the word Global in this new brand, and we meant it".
July 27, 2014
News broke that Spike TV and TNA were on rocky ground. If this ultimately leads to the closure of TNA, that would mean three things:
1) The full TNA roster looking for work, with large company experience and personal ties to Jarrett.
2) The title of "number two wrestling promotion in America" is now open for the filling.
3) Jeff Jarrett is no longer invested in another company (he is still an investor and minority shareholder in TNA at this time). GFW would now have his full focus.
This, of course, all rests on the outcome of this ongoing TNA saga.
August 5, 2014
GFW announced yet another partnership, this time with South African promotion World Wrestling Professionals. WWP runs shows throughout Africa and India.
August 10, 2014
Jeff Jarrett and GFW manager Scott D'Amore joined New Japan Pro Wrestling stable the Bullet Club. GFW had previously announced a deal with NJPW and Jarrett was reportedly in Japan to cement the partership.
That is all we know so far but expect more on this topic as I intend to try to keep you informed with any updates, important rumours or announcements, and analyse what those updates mean.
Thanks again for reading guys and your responses are much appreciated.