Jeff Jarrett was “completely blindsided” by the announcement of New Japan Pro Wrestling’sTV distribution deal in the United States with AXS TV. We’re told a lot of what he was hoping to establish with the promotion may not be possible now.
Sources indicate Jarrett was willing to sink significant money into the upcoming New Japan PPV in hopes of eventually running the operations in the United States. However, with them signing a TV deal in the US behind his back, what he had in mind as his end game is not really possible now.
Jim Ross isn’t working the pay-per-view cheap (See also -Jim Ross Set To Call One More Wrestling Pay-Per-View) and GFW was hoping to pair him with CM Punk on commentary. It was understood that Punk was a “total long shot” but they were prepared to make him a significant offer to do commentary for one night.
TNA Wrestling and Jarrett, basically sworn enemies at this point, are vying for soundstage availability at Universal Studios in Orlando to tape television but it could take a while.
TNA had talked internally for a while about moving all of their TV tapings to Las Vegas at some point next year, only to find out Jarrett has been shopping GFW to the casinos in hopes of Vegas being the location for GFW’s tapings if he can get a buyer for the shows. We’re told Jarrett’s back up plan is to tape in Nashville, while TNA’s back up plan is to keep doing what they been doing, taping in New York City when possible and other Northeast location when New York City isn’t feasible.
Jarrett reportedly has no interest in New York due to the expense.