I spoke with Jeff Jarrett on Wednesday to promote Global Force Wrestling and New Japan Pro Wrestling's Wrestle Kingdom 9 pay-per-view, which will air in North America on January 4, 2015. Below is a full transcript:
First off, thank you for taking the time to speak with WrestlingNewsWorld.com. I'll start by asking what all the fans want to know, and that is when will we hear about a television deal?
There is lots and lots and lots of work being put into this. There's the media side, the distribution side, the talent side, and working out a venue. But when the time is right, we will roll it out.
So we know that Jim Ross has been signed to do commentary for Wrestle Kingdom 9. Can you give us any hints as to who will be alongside JR for the pay-per-view?
We will be making those details known, actually very soon. Hopefully in the next week or so.
Jim Ross has stated in the past that he would like to call a wrestling event alongside CM Punk. Have you reached out to CM Punk, or is that something you would consider?
Absolutely. Who wouldn't consider that? He is a real unique guy. Do I think that will happen in the foreseeable future? Absolutely not. I reached out to Punk and he made his decision. I love the guy, but I want him to follow his heart. And now he's stepping into the octagon and I wish him nothing but the best.
Is there any news on a possible partnership with Ring of Honor?
Obviously it's no secret that we have formed partnerships with New Japan, AAA in Mexico, and several others throughout Australia, Europe and South Africa. We have a little bit different philosophy than Ring of Honor. It's groundbreaking. But all wrestlers in this day in age need helping. You know, with Ring of Honor having their pay-per-view a few days ago, we used our digital social media platforms to help out. So we have a lot of respect for those guys; their brand and their product. They've got their tag champions [reDRagon] coming to work on our show, so really we are already working together.
Will there be some sort of women's division in Global Force Wrestling?
Yes. I believe that women can be just as compelling as tag teams or as heavyweights.
Do you currently have anyone signed to your roster? Will we see talent announcements soon?
No comment. As I said, that is something we will roll out when the time comes. We are focusing on this pay-per-view that really has taken off on its own. It was about four weeks ago when the promotional promo when out and the ball has really started rolling. It's just one thing after another with Jim Ross, all the promotional videos we have. And this isn't just domestically, this is literally all over the world. We will have more than 40,000 fans at this pay-per-view and I think that's pretty neat.
Will Global Force Wrestling become its own entity or will it continue to co-promote events?
It will be it's own entity. Building a brand doesn't happen overnight. We have this business plan and it's all about taking one step at a time.
When GFW does get on TV, would you consider going on the same night as WWE or TNA?
That would obviously be a joint decision between us and the network. We would work to put it in a place where it fits best. Viewers watch what they want when they want. We live in this digital age where the way things are distributed, it's much different than it was just three or five years ago.
What are you looking for in a roster size?
We will have a full roster.
Will Global Force Wrestling have its own championship(s) and will it be defended in a cross-promotion style?
That's asking for a lot of details (laughs). You'll see when the roll-out comes.
What's next after Wrestle Kingdom 9?
TNA recently aired videos of Rockstar Spud "opening his own promotion" because he was unhappy with the company. Do you think that was a knock towards you?
I can't really tell if it is.
Wrestle Kingdom 9 is being sold as the best pure wrestling event of the year. Is the pure wrestling market big enough for a company to become successful? Should a wrestling company also go after the casual wrestling audience?
Some people call it the best pure wrestling show, and I think it will be.Wrestle Kingdom 9 has a little bit of everything to offer to fans and it will be the best pure wrestling show.
Will you be wrestling for GFW or will you be focusing on building the promotion?
Focusing on building the promotion, without a doubt.
Once again, I would like to thank Jeff for taking time out of his busy schedule to speak with WrestlingNewsWorld.com. If you haven't already, be sure to follow Jeff Jarrett on Twitter @RealJeffJarrett and Global Force Wrestling @GFWWrestling.
Stay tuned to GlobalForceWrestling.com for the latest news.
You can watch the Wrestle Kingdom 9 pre-show HERE on YouTube.