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Global Force Entertainment, LLC
Global Force Wrestling
Private
IndustryProfessional wrestling
GenreSports entertainment
FoundedApril 7, 2014; 4 years ago (2014-04-07)
FounderJeff Jarrett
Karen Jarrett
HeadquartersNashville, Tennessee, United States
Area served
Worldwide
Websiteglobalforcewrestling.com

Global Force Entertainment, LLC, d/b/a Global Force Wrestling (GFW), is an American professional wrestling promotion founded in 2014 by Jeff Jarrett, the co-founder and former President of Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (now known as Impact Wrestling), and his wife Karen Jarrett. The promotion ran several live events and tapings for a potential television show. Jeff Jarrett returned to Impact Wrestling in an executive role in January 2017 and Karen Jarrett announced that GFW had "merged" with them on April 20, 2017. Impact Wrestling assumed the GFW name the following month, but it was dropped when Jeff Jarrett departed the company four months later. Jarrett resumed promoting events under the name in December 2017.

History[edit]

With Jeff Jarrett out as minority investor of TNA Wrestling,[1] he debuted the branding of Global Force Wrestling (business name Global Force Entertainment, LLC)[2] in April 2014 and began promoting the brand and establishing international partnerships with wrestling promotions across the world. The organization had a strategic partnership with 25/7 Productions and David Broome (creator of NBC's The Biggest Loser).[3] Broome stated that the organization planned to create new on-air content 52 weeks per year.[3]

By August 2014, GFW announced working agreements with Mexican promotion Lucha Libre AAA World Wide (AAA),[4] Japan's New Japan Pro Wrestling (NJPW) promotion,[5] multiple European promotions,[6] South African promotion World Wrestling Professionals (WWP),[7] and promotions from Australia and New Zealand.[8] As part of GFW's relationship with New Japan Pro Wrestling, it presented NJPW's Wrestle Kingdom 9 at the Tokyo Dome on the American pay-per-view market on January 4, 2015.[9] The pay-per-view featured English language commentary from Jim Ross and Matt Striker.[10] Wrestle Kingdom 9 reportedly drew 12,000 to 15,000 buys in North America.[11]

Co-founders Karen and Jeff Jarrett

Throughout May 2015, Jarrett announced talent for their roster, which included Bullet Club members Karl Anderson and Doc Gallows, the Killer Elite Squad, and Chael Sonnen as an expert analyst.[12] Jarrett also announced that four champions (Global, NEX*GEN, Tag Team and Women's Champion) would be crowned at the July 24 tapings.[13]

The first Global Force Wrestling house show took place on June 12, 2015, at The Ballpark at Jackson in Jackson, Tennessee, as part of GFW's "Grand Slam Tour", which entailed holding events at minor league baseball stadiums.[14] In that show's main event, Karl Anderson and Doc Gallows defeated the New Heavenly Bodies.[15]

On July 9, 2015, Jeff Jarrett announced that the name of GFW's television program was "Amped". Tapings for Amped took place at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada on July 24, August 21, and October 23, 2015.[16] In a December 2015 interview, Jeff Jarrett said that they had sixteen one-hour shows filmed at the Las Vegas tapings and hoped to have the programs air globally on television in the future.[17] GFW announced that they had signed an international TV distribution deal with Boulder Creek TV in the UK on September 14, 2015,[18] and with New Zealand's TVNZ Duke on February 18, 2016.[19] Despite this, no tapings of Amped ever aired until 2017, when footage from them were aired as Impact One Night Only pay-per-view specials.[20][21] Overall, the promotion held 36 live events.[22]

After returning to TNA in early 2017 as the promotion's chief creative officer, Jarrett stated that GFW and the newly renamed Impact Wrestling were "becoming one day-by-day".[23] On the April 20 episode of Impact Wrestling, Karen Jarrett announced that GFW and Impact Wrestling had officially merged.[24] In a press release issued on June 28, Impact Wrestling announced that their parent company, Anthem Sports & Entertainment Corp., had entered into an agreement to acquire the rights to GFW.[25] After the announcement, Impact Wrestling rebranded and took on the Global Force Wrestling name.[26] Jeff Jarrett took an indefinite leave of absence from the company in September and Anthem slowly reverted to using the Impact Wrestling name. Impact Wrestling's rebranding was officially over on October 23, when Impact announced that its business partnership with Jeff Jarrett and GFW was terminated. The deal for Anthem to acquire GFW was never completed and Jeff Jarrett continues to own the rights to GFW.[27]

Global Force Wrestling returned with a private show held for the Kentucky Wildcats and Northwestern Wildcats on December 27, 2017.[28] In May 2018, FITE TV announced that they had reached a deal with Global Force Entertainment to produce content for the streaming network.[29] On August 14, 2018, Jeff Jarrett and Global Force Entertainment announced that it had filed a lawsuit against Impact Wrestling's parent company, Anthem Sports & Entertainment, in the District Court of Tennessee for copyright infringement over the GFW rights, as Jarrett owned all GFW properties since its creation in 2014.[30][31]

The first event GFW produced for FITE TV was Starrcast, which was held during the week of All In from August 28 to September 2, 2018.[32] On October 21, 2018, GFW co-produced the NWA 70th Anniversary Show with the National Wrestling Alliance in Nashville, Tennessee.[33]

Championships history[edit]

GFW Global Championship[edit]

GFW Global Championship
Details
PromotionImpact Wrestling
Global Force Wrestling
Date establishedOctober 23, 2015
Date retiredJuly 2, 2017
(unified with the Impact World Heavyweight Championship)
No. Champion Reign Date Days held Location Notes
1 Nick Aldis/Magnus 1 October 23, 2015 547 Las Vegas, Nevada Defeated Bobby Roode to become the inaugural champion. Changed his name to Magnus during his reign.[34]
2 Alberto El Patrón 1 April 22, 2017 71 Orlando, FL [35]
Unified July 2, 2017 Orlando, FL Alberto El Patrón defeated Lashley to unify the GFW Global Championship with the Impact World Heavyweight Championship at Slammiversary XV.[36]

GFW NEX*GEN Championship[edit]

GFW NEX*GEN Championship
Details
PromotionGlobal Force Wrestling
Impact Wrestling
Date establishedOctober 23, 2015
Date retiredJuly 2, 2017
No. Champion Reign Date Days held Location Notes
1 PJ Black 1 October 23, 2015 35 Las Vegas, NV Won a four-way match over Jigsaw, TJ Perkins, and Virgil Flynn to become the inaugural champion.[34]
2 Sonjay Dutt 1 November 27, 2015 364 Winston-Salem, NC [37]
3 Cody Rhodes 1 November 25, 2016 191 Winston-Salem, NC During his reign, he wrestled as Cody and Cody Rhodes.[38]
Deactivated June 4, 2017 Orlando, FL On June 4, 2017, it was reported that Rhodes' contract with Impact Wrestling had expired while he was champion. The championship has since been deactivated.[39]

GFW Women's Championship[edit]

GFW Women's Championship
Details
PromotionImpact Wrestling
Global Force Wrestling
Date establishedOctober 23, 2015
Date retiredJuly 2, 2017
(unified with the Impact Knockouts Championship)
No. Champion Reign Date Days held Location Notes
1 Christina Von Eerie 1 October 23, 2015 546 Las Vegas, NV Defeated Amber Gallows to become the inaugural champion.[34]
2 Sienna 1 April 21, 2017 72 Orlando, FL [40]
Unified July 2, 2017 Orlando, FL Sienna defeated Rosemary to unify the GFW Women's Championship with the Impact Knockouts Championship at Slammiversary XV.[36]

GFW Tag Team Championship[edit]

GFW Tag Team Championship
Details
PromotionImpact Wrestling
Global Force Wrestling
Date establishedOctober 23, 2015
Date retiredJuly 2, 2017
(unified with the Impact World Tag Team Championship)
No. Champion Reign Date Days held Location Notes
1 The Bollywood Boyz
(Gurv Sihra and Harv Sihra)
1 October 23, 2015 406 Las Vegas, NV Defeated Reno Scum to become the inaugural champions[34]
Vacated December 2, 2016 The titles were vacated due to The Bollywood Boyz signing with WWE.[41]
2 The Latin American Xchange
(Ortiz and Santana)
1 April 23, 2017 70 Orlando, FL Defeated Veterans of War in a tournament finals to crown the new champions.[42]
Unified July 2, 2017 Orlando, FL The championship was unified with the Impact World Tag Team Championship after LAX defended both at Slammiversary XV.[43]

Other championships used by GFW[edit]

Promotion Championship Last GFW Champion Reign Notes
Total Nonstop Action Wrestling TNA King of the Mountain Championship PJ Black July 27, 2015 – July 28, 2015 [44]
TNA World Tag Team Championship Brian Myers and Trevor Lee July 28, 2015 – July 29, 2015 [45]
OMEGA Championship Wrestling OMEGA Heavyweight Championship Trevor Lee May 2, 2015 – November 21, 2015 [46]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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