We’re told Spike TV has very quietly taken some wrestling related meetings. While they’re posturing like they have no interest in the wrestling business, they must be willing to at least consider it because they are taking meetings.
New Japan Pro Wrestling’sTV deal in the United States with AXS TV is short term, as the promotion is weighing their options for US distribution. Jeff Jarrett is trying to sell Spike on an Americanized version of New Japan under the Global Force Wrestling banner. However, we’re told officials from NJPW have spoken with Spike without Jarrett.
The ball got rolling due to the great reception the Wrestle Kingdom 9 show did last month, with Jarrett trying to sell Spike on the idea the NJPW style would be complimentary programming with Bellator MMA. As noted, Spike is listening but they’re still not over their dealings with TNA Wrestling. Jarrett’s relationship with NJPW is interesting because they have nothing to lose by allowing him to try and get them TV deals, but with them still trying to get deals on their own, Jarrett could end up with nothing.
That's why Jarrett pushed hard to lock up AAA as a backup plan, but it didn't work. So far, he hasn't been able to get a deal done with them.