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Jeff Jarrett on leaving TNA, evolving pro wrestling in 2014 with GFW

Mandy Coombes

Jeff Jarrett was a guest on Live Audio Wrestling recently and he's once again hammering the point home that pro wrestling could see another boom period but it has to evolve and he's planning on doing as much with his new promotion, Global Force Wrestling (GFW).

"At the very end, I knew it was time to move on. I'm very grateful and thankful. The TNA fanbase over the years - very loyal and passionate. I can't say enough about my TNA years, but I knew in 2014 it was time for something new. With Global Force, the vision I have for it is - you know, people love professional wrestling. Some people call it a 'dirty word,' some people call it sports entertainment. It's all one and the same. I believe in 2014 professional wrestling, it's time to evolve. As the weeks and months get there, I'm gonna be very excited to share that vision. At this time, I'm keeping it very close to the vest. The journey videos that we're posting on and all through social media, I want to literally immerse the fanbase from day one. Yes, I've talked to a lot of wrestlers but there's not one wrestler signed yet. We're really close on making some talent announcements, but we're in negotiations on every level. With the way technology is today - can I share everything? I don't think that'd be very smart or prudent business, but I can share as much as I can for the wrestling press, as well as the Hollywood Reporters of the world and Variety. I've had people reach out to me in New York and LA that are in the television business, but they're mesmerized with the amount of information that we are sharing, bringing the fans along literally step by step in this journey, because they're a part of the journey."

That sounds good and all but until a concrete idea is presented, what exactly are we supposed to believe GFW is going to do to "evolve" pro wrestling? If the idea is just to get the fans that much more involved in the product, you could argue WWE does that with its App, website, and the fact that it's a public company while TNA launched its Impact365 initiative and has been pushing talent to be more interactive with fans.

If there's a big plan to do something differently, we've yet to hear it. For now, it's all hype and no delivery.

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