Global Force Wrestling Owner Jeff Jarrett recently participated in an exclusive interview with PWMania.com.
Jarrett revealed the changes of the wrestling industry, new opportunities with Global Force Wrestling, his time with the TNA promotion and his experiences competing in WWE.
Check out some highlights from the interview below:
The Attitude Era And His Time In WWE: “Everybody that was part of that era on both rosters were just stacked full of talent. WCW was stacked top to bottom, the WWE being stacked right to the bottom. Everyone was scratching and clawing and doing their best too. It was drastically different in 97’, 98’, 99’ then it was in 91’, 92’, 93’ and everybody had an edge and some more than others. I had a series of matches with X-Pac and DX which culminated in a hair match and there were some other matches. It was such a unique time, and I was fortunate to be a part of both organizations during the Monday Night Wars from 1995-96 and 96-97 and 97-99. I jumped back and forth; so I was there when the nWo was red hot, and I was there when Stone Cold and The Rock and DX were red hot. It was a really cool time in the business, and the business was red hot.”
The nWo And Evolving Pro Wrestling: “The original core group of the nWo, the original three Scott [Hall], Kevin [Nash] and Hulk [Hogan] are obviously the very best version. They do say though that the most sincere form of flattery is imitation; so as it rolled along there were different versions of the Four Horsemen, there were different versions of nWo, and then it split to red and black, and then it reunited. That’s a part of this business that has always been around...at Global Force what we are trying to do is to truly evolve the presentation and the production of professional wrestling because the world sees so much more in 2015. It really does. There are YouTube stars who have never been on TV, but they have their own YouTube channel, and they are truly pop culture stars. That goes to show you in my opinion in 2015 where the world is heading. You don’t need to be on broadcast network like you had to be 15-20 years ago. The age of the digital technology, especially with all the social media platforms, it’s just a different era.”
The Bullet Club: “Those guys -- the Young Bucks, Doc and Karl -- have already been part of our Grand Slam Tour shows, the first seven that we’ve had. The in ring ability of the Bullet Club versus the in ring ability of the nWo, and I think those guys [nWo] would be the first to tell you is that without question would say the Bullet Club is off the charts bell to bell more talented. They organically came out from Fergal DeVitt and Karl Anderson and those guys came up through the hard way in the New Japan Dojo. They worked their butts off, match after match, tour after tour. The timing was right also as it all exploded all at once. It is a completely different set of circumstances then the nWo, when it was a real life set of circumstances when Scott Hall, Kevin Nash, arguably two of the biggest four or five guys in the WWF at the time, defected and went south and were taking over. That was as real as it gets. But when you talk about competitive and Global Force Wrestling, we are going to bring that type of competition to the forefront.”
His Characters: “I have always enjoyed being challenged. The ‘Double J MMA’ was a lot of fun to this day. I am undefeated in MMA bouts and had a lot of fun with that as well. Also the series of matches that I had with Kurt [Angle] at that stage of my career is something that I’m very proud of. I know he pushed me; I hope I pushed him. We turned out some really physically brutal matches, but it was rewarding and like any wrestler you have to evolve and evolve with the times and keep challenging yourself, and the audience will latch on to that and realize that the effort is all about that and all about effort. In 2015 the wrestling fan is so acute to what is going on. They do not take a lack of effort ever.”
Jarrett discusses Buddy Landel, Global Force Wrestling, the nWo, TNA, WWE and more.
The next GFW Amped tapings at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas occur Oct. 23.
- GFW in New Orleans
Go to GFW’s YouTube page (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCV8DpbMPGY2Zfr5YHaM8rLQ) and subscribe today to watch the new “Amped” videos leading up to the big event. All four GFW championships -- GFW Global Championship, GFW Tag Team Championship, GFW Women's Championship and GFW NEX*GEN Championship -- are on the line at the Orleans Arena on Friday, Oct. 23.
Who are the athletes vying to walk out of Las Vegas with gold around their waists? What did it take to get here?
“This is what it’s all about. This is what we’ve been building toward for 18 months now,” GFW founder and CEO Jeff Jarrett said in a release. “We’ve had some great athletes take part in Amped, and they’ve had some great matches. But now we’re going to find out who is going to wear the Global Force Wrestling belts for the first time. This is historic, and I couldn’t be more pumped about it.”
GFW co-founder Karen Jarrett said: “I cannot wait to see who strikes gold in the women’s division. The athletes in GFW are redefining women’s wrestling with their hard-hitting style and athleticism.”
Fans in Las Vegas will see such stars as Nick Aldis, Bobby Roode, Chris Mordetzky, P.J. Black, Seiya Sanada, Jigsaw, Sonjay Dutt, the Bollywood Boyz, Reno SCUM, Amber Gallows and Christina Von Eerie. Tickets for the event are on sale at the Orleans Arena box office and at orleansarena.com, and prices start as low as $10.
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