Jeff Jarrett and his young Global Force Wrestling (GFW) promotion may be invading TNA's Impact Wrestling on Wednesday nights, but despite having held two dates in Las Vegas where they taped for this own show, Amped, there still hasn't been any news about where or when that show will be broadcast.
In an interview with Richmond, Virgina's RVAMag.com ahead of one of their ballpark shows there this weekend (Saturday, August 29), Double-J addressed the status of a television deal or deals to get those episodes to consumers:
We are making moves. It's been a real challenge for us to line up a domestic situation as well as international deals. I'm heading over to London in a couple of weeks to further those moves. The first set of tapings were great. We got plenty of one hour episodes and we've got the crowning of the champions in October. With that and the Grand Slam tour as well, it's been no rest for the weary, but it's exciting time in the still the very early days of Global Force Wrestling.
Citing the appeal of a diverse roster, Jarrett says they've had some more success internationally than in the United States. The strategy here in the home market may include streaming and mobile delivery. While declining to specify the platform, he says:
My goal is if you're a GFW fan, you'll have access to watch it all across the globe... I won't call it streaming, but there's a big component in the online world for Global Force.
In discussing the production approach to the shows, he hews to the line set down from last summer when the promotion was announced. Without saying that the show will feature less wrestling, as one of his partners did, they are focused on 'reality'/documentary storytelling:
We have a saying in our studio production that we don't want to write stories, we want to document stories. Every GFW athlete truly has a story behind them...we're looking at the real story of why these athletes got into the business, why do they want to become a champion, why do they want to be on the GFW roster, what do they think it takes to be a successful professional wrestler.
Jarrett shies away from the "modern version of the NWA" comparison, focusing more on building brand awareness for the GFW (something he says is the primary reason for working with TNA) and ideas WWE fans will be familiar with like social media engagement.
Check out the whole interview on RVAMag.com for more from the man behind GFW on the status of the upstart promotion, their partnerships with TNA, New Japan, working with Ring of Honor and maybe even WWE, and more.
What do you think, Cagesiders? Is there space in the 2015 pro wrestling marketplace for GFW succeed? Does Jeff Jarrett's approach sound like the way to make that happen? Are you excited to watch Amped?