TNA Wrestling founder Jeff Jarrett recently spoke to Josh Stewart of Astheworldturnsleft.com, where Jarrett opens up about his relationship with Kurt Angle, winning the AAA Championship, and the name change from TNA Wrestling to Impact Wrestling. Below are a few of the highlights:
Q: You just got back from a AAA show in Mexico, where you unexpectedly won the AAA World Heavyweight Title. How important is that relationship toward expanding TNA internationally?
A: You nailed it. It’s all part of an international presence. I guess you could say the title speaks for itself. The presence that TNA has in Mexico right now, it’s all a part of expanding the brand, growing the brand. And it’s the continuous evolution, so to speak, of TNA, and just broadening our reach.
Q: After so many years of turmoil, how would you describe the dynamic between yourself and Kurt Angle?
A: I’ve said this on the record many times: I believe when we step into the ring to face each other we bring out the best in each other. We’ve pulled out some of the hardest-hitting, best matches. It’s a healthy business relationship, and an even better family situation. But Kurt’s Kurt, and Jeff’s Jeff, and put us two in the ring and we’re going to have some fireworks, no doubt about it.
Q: TNA has changed the name of its show to “Impact Wrestling” to emphasize its wrestling content. But there are still a bunch of backstage vignettes. How is the show changing creatively other than just a name change?
A: That is something the viewer needs to decide. Because at the end of the day, from the day this company was founded, we strived to put out the very best in-ring product that we possibly can. Are we going to please everyone? Absolutely not. Are we going to try different things at different times and get great results? Yes. And sometimes we’re going to get bad results. But that’s all a part of growing a business and taking chances and trying to seize certain opportunities to help a business grow. I’ve been asked that question before about “Impact Wrestling.” The wrestling’s in the name, I totally understand that, the rebranding. But the viewers are going to have to decide on a weekly basis what they like and what they don’t like.