Jeff Jarrett Says He Has A Plan To Rebuild Impact Wrestling, Discusses The “Broken” Gimmick & More

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Impact Wrestling co-owner; Jeff Jarrett, recently sat down with Justin Barrasso of Sports Illustrated’s “Extra Mustard” section. During the interview, Jarrett spoke on the rebuilding of Impact Wrestling, the on-going legal battle with the Hardy’s over the “Broken” gimmick & much more.

Here are the highlights:

Jeff Jarrett On Adding Talent From Other Promotions To Their Match Cards & Roster:

“You can connect with an audience by being a conduit. I’m a big believer of connecting wrestling audiences. You need to refresh a roster and create new match-ups, the old saying is; familiarity breeds contempt, so my philosophy is to refresh the roster. The brand took a lot of hits over the past 36 months and the quickest way to re-brand is by bringing in new talent and giving new opportunities.”


“Broken” Gimmick:


“It absolutely is not personal, it’s business. My family and Jeff Hardy’s family have taken vacations together for several years and Jeff’s been one of my best friends for a long time, but business is business. I’m not going to comment on a legal battle, but I will say that I understand IP law. Whether it’s a song you write or a television show or a movie or professional wrestling, there are three components to IP law. There is publishing, there are writers and there are performers. The publisher is always the owner. The discussions have really gotten twisted, but IP law is real simple; the publishers are the owners, I’ll leave it at that because I want to take the high road. I think very highly of Jeff and I respect Matt Hardy’s ability, quite frankly, more than he ever will know, but business is business. I’m very happy for their success and they’re kicking butt in WWE.”

His Thoughts On Slammiversary XV:

“If you’ve ever been a fan, you do not want to miss Slammiversary. I can tell you about the heavyweight title, the women’s match between Rosemary vs. Sienna, or the X-division match between Sonjay Dutt and Low Ki. We have a star from the NFL in DeAngelo Williams wrestling. From top to bottom, you will be thoroughly entertained by this show.”


Impact’s Tour Of India:


“We just got back from India, we were the first wrestling organization to ever produce content on Indian soil and that is something we’re very proud of. Airing on Spike in the U.K. is another milestone for us and we got in our ratings from Africa, where there has been a constant, steady growth.”

Jarrett On Wanting To Make Impact Wrestling Live:

“We want to be on television in 2018 and I’d love to go live. Success will dictate that. It is no secret that the whole industry is moving toward video on demand, but there is nothing like a live experience and feel. Watching wrestling live completely changes the experience and that is a major reason why we are going back on the road for live shows in August.”

 

 


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