Jeff Jarrett comments on Destination America/TNA/ROH Saga, Praises NXT, will Chael Sonnen Wrestle for GFW?
Via Alfred Boima Konuwa III:
Destination America carrying both ROH and TNA
“I think it’s very healthy, first and foremost. A wrestling block is not anything revolutionary. It was back in the 80s there was a lot of syndicated programming and you would have a block of wrestling on a Saturday morning or Saturday evening, you could watch wrestling from the Tennessee area, form the Florida area, from the Texas area, from all sorts and so I think it’s very healthy.
“I do not know what the facts are as it relates to the TNA situation or, quite frankly, the Ring of Honor deal or just how all that works in but from a fan’s perspective like me and you I’m very happy that the opportunity has arisen because in business, what do we do? We compete. So I think it’s going to up everybody’s level and I saw many posts on social media over the last seven days that, quite frankly, go right to that and who’s going to be the winner out of all these competition? The wrestling fan and that at the end of the day is good for the wrestling business.”
What wrestling promotion intrigues him the most right now
“It goes without saying it’s the influx of NXT, When you inject fresh blood and fresh talent that’s prepared, it’s a good thing. And I think that, above anything–Kevin Owens, Finn Balor–this new talent coming along those guys, they’re not rookies. The old definition of success is when preparation meets opportunity I think Kevin has prepared himself, he’s getting the opportunity, and he’s going to be successful.”
Jeff Jarrett’s on-camera involvement in GFW
“Minimal. I’m the promoter and the stars are going to shine, the athletes are going to shine, that’s what 99.9 percent of my time is geared toward as it relates to my professional side of things is promoting this brand, creating brand awareness and putting these athletes on a stage that they haven’t been before and letting their ability speak for themselves.”
Chael Sonnen eventually wrestling in GFW
“We’ll let that play out however it may be. We’ve agreed to table that for the time being and let him focus on being what he does very well and that’s being an expert analyst.”
If pro wresting can ever be mainstream again
“I think we’re in the process of it, I really do. Three years ago you had WWE on Monday and Friday nights at the time, and you had TNA and that was really the only national wrestling, and Ring of Honor had their syndicated deal. But now you have Ring of Honor with their syndicated deal and their cable deal. Yes Destination America is in maybe a little more than half the homes than Spike was, but it’s national cable television.
“You have TNA, you have the Lucha Underground on El Rey, you have New Japan (pro wrestling) on AXS so when you have multiple national promotions on multiple networks, things don’t happen overnight but the process is beginning to get there. ”
Jarrett also talked about ongoing negotiations with Jim Ross, competing with WWE and letting the fans decide the stars of GFW, and much more.