Phil Strum of the Poughkeepsie Journal interviewed TNA founder Jeff Jarrett. Here are some of the highlights.
What his role with TNA is right now:
“I’m involved in all aspects of the organizations. Here I am today, coming in early, promoting the show. Ambassador of the company. From the marketing, yesterday, I had a call with Jakks Licensing. We talked to the French promoters a couple of weeks ago. So, a little bit of everything. Jack of all trades, master of none.”
On what is different with promoting wrestling today:
“The technologoy is just incredible. How we gather information and how we distribute information. I’m not just talking the internet. The iTunes. We have a video vault that people can go and literally watch every show we’ve ever done. You can watch Impact the next day on your phone. That technology changing. We’re putting a program together now where the pay-per-views will be able to be seen worldwide over the web. Technology is the biggest thing how it’s changed. I think some of the fundamentals have been lost. With Hogan coming in, he’s been in the business a long time and he’s focused on partnering up and getting, in one aspect, back to the basics. We’re not afraid of professional wrestling or the words professional wrestling. Vince (McMahon) can have his sports entertainment and we’ll be professional wrestling.”
If there are any plans to take TNA Impact on the road:
“Right now, our business model is set up to stay in the Impact Zone. People were talking on Monday about David vs. Goliath. That’s true in every facet. We are a business. We are in the business of making money. We have to make it cost-effective if we’re going to take this show on the road. It’s very, very expensive. WWE is a publicly-traded company and a huge organization. At the end of the day, we’re still only seven-and-a-half years old and to take the show on the road — would we like to someday? Certainly. It’s not in the works right now because the Impact Zone has some tremendous advantages from a business perspective. As well as, it’s got a real intimate atmosphere. We were just talking about what was the feeling like there on Monday night? It translated on television just incredible.”