Jeff Jarrett Exclusive. Slamm15 “The card is stacked top-to-bottom”
The annual Impact pay-per-view Slammiversary is around the corner on July 2nd. This promises to be one of the best yet, with a stacked card, the fifteenth anniversary and a main event that is shaping up to be a classic.
We spoke to co-founder and now Chief Creative Officer Jeff Jarrett about the up and coming event, the newly formed relationship with Spike TV, as well as the state of play of ITV World of Sport and The Broken Hardys. You can listen to the full interview below:
On Slammiversary 15:
A lot of people have asked me over the last week or so, “Jeff, give me a reason to watch Slammiversary,” and I really can say this with all sincerity – if you’ve ever watched one programme, or if you’ve ever been a fan on TNA/Impact, if you’ve ever bought a t-shirt, if Don West has ever sold you anything, this is an unmissable event.
Obviously this is a 15-year celebration that we are all very excited about and the card is stacked top-to-bottom. A mega main event in Alberto [El Patron] versus Lashley title-for-title – we’ve just recently announced a truly iconic legend from the lucha-libre world, Alberto’s father, Dos Caras – one of the top three most famous luchadors of all time – is going to be in Alberto’s corner. And then you just go all the way down the list: Low Ki versus Sonjay [Dutt] in the X Division and both of those guys are truly pioneers, and X Division was here since day one; we’ve got a title situation with luchadors and stars from NOAH and LAX; our current dual GFW and Impact champions; and we’re speaking to American Football star DeAngelo Williams and Moose, a former NFL player in his right, are in a Tag Title match; Sienna versus Rosemary. I could go on – Joseph Park and Jeremy Borash, one of the UK’s favourites, actually stepping into the ring, and Big Poppa Pump Scott Steiner. I could go on and on about the card but all things have come together.
The PR fever here in the States, whether it’s ESPN or Sporting News or FOX Sports or Sports Illustrated. Robert Flores has come on to be play-by-play, with a 20-year career in broadcasting sports – he currently works for NHL and MLB. It just is a huge, huge night for us, we are celebrating 15 years and all the pieces of the puzzle are coming together. Everybody is super excited, it’s just one of those unmissable events and it’s very, very hard to come by, but Anthem and the new ownership basically stepped in January 1 and I consulted for about a month and really got on board early March and here we are, and the fans in the UK get to see it less than 24 hours after it takes place on Spike TV, for free actually. Spike – a fantastic partnership and then we came on in April, the ratings and the numbers and the viewership far exceeded their expectations and the momentum going in. We’ve had a couple of hiccups but that’s in our rear-view mirror. We’re very excited and really looking forward to the future. I couldn’t be more excited.
On Hardy’s situation:
I always take the high road because there is legal squabbles or potential legal squabbles but I have said this to a couple of outlets, and I say this with very broad strokes – I am from Nashville so I am around music which is intellectual property and I have been in the business 30 years. Intellectual property laws are very simple, there are two sides to it; there are publishers and the writers, then there are the performers as well. Jeff Hardy has been one of my best friends for 20 years, you can look on my social media and their social media, and we take family vacations together but business is business. So when it relates to IP it’s real simple, there is a publisher who owns the property, there is a writer who gets credit and can monetize it, then there is the performers. There is no question that Broken Matt and Brother Nero’s performances were off the charts good. But when it comes to ownership to me its almost a silly squabble, it’s never been in question. Impact are the owners.
You can catch Slammiversary 15 on Spike at 9pm July 3rd for free.