Global Force Wrestling debuted tonight in Jackson TN before a crowd estimated in the 250-300 range.
Global is using a 6 sided ring with green ring ropes Thea Trinidad posed for photos at $20 each during intermission Special edition Jeff Jarrett guitars were sold for $250 each The show streamed live on Periscope Photos posted on Twitter showed a sparse crowd. Thirty minutes after showtime it was possible to buy 8 seats together in row 3 of the VIP area ($40 ticket). One local radio source estimated that less than 100 tickets had been sold earlier this week and noted that comps were flooding the market in an effort to attract a larger crowd. The ring was positioned in the home plate area with no field seating. Jim Cornette introduced a 10 bell salute for Dusty Rhodes. The New Heavenly Bodies cut a promo on Cornette and referring to the original Heavenly Bodies said “they’re either dead or not here”.
GLOBAL FORCE WRESTLING FINALLY MAKING DEBUT TONIGHT IN JACKSON TN UNDER CLOUD OF UNCERTAINTY Posted June 12th, 2015 by 1Wrestling News Team
After months of buildup, Jeff Jarrett’s Global Force Wrestling promotion will hold their first show tonight in Jackson TN.
The launch tonight ends months of announcements and promises of a television agreement. Shortly after leaving TNA, Jarrett announced plans to start a new promotion. He began touring around the country scouting talent. In most, if not all cases, Jarrett was being paid a fee by the local promoter to be there.
Our sources say the plan originally was for Toby Keith to play a major role as an investor in the project. Keith subsequently pulled out but apparently is willing to come back to the table if a television deal is secured. Despite multiple meetings and pitches to various television outlets, Global has not been able to secure a deal. Most potential television partners wanted to see whether Global was a viable company capable of producing a television program before moving to serious discussion. That’s the reason behind Jarrett announcing the television tapings in Las Vegas and the live event tour so he can demonstrate to potential television partners that he has a viable company that warrants consideration as programming for their networks.
In recent weeks, Jarrett has backed away from speaking about a television deal with a traditional partner. His comments seem to indicate some kind of over the top or internet based programming.
Some of the scheduled shows are showing Matt Vickers as the promoter of record. Vickers has appeared as a ring announcer in the past using the name Matt Douglas. Vickers has been working with Jarrett for most of the last year in an unpaid administrative assistant capacity.
For the show tonight, ticket sales have been slow. Tonight’s show follows a show last week promoted by Bert Prentice that featured Jerry Lawler, Tommy Dreamer, James Storm, Sabu, and the Rock & Roll Express. The Prentice show drew around 1100 paid attendance. The Global show tonight is lacking in that kind of star power and there is concern about how a small crowd will look in a baseball stadium. Sources tell us in recent days the area has been flooded with comp tickets in an attempt to draw a bigger crowd. A look at the ticket seat map this morning shows only two sections (the ones closest to the ring) with significant enough tickets sold to warrant a “medium availability” prompt on the screen. All other sections show “high availability”.
After months of announcements, YouTube videos, and scouting talent the promotion officially launches tonight in Jackson.