Legendary wrestler, promoter heads to McKeesport to scout talent
A legendary professional wrestler and promoter will share his knowledge and check out local talent at the Pro Wrestling eXpress Wrestleplex in McKeesport.
Jeff Jarrett and his wife Karen will be in town Saturday morning at 11 for a seminar at 2125 Beacon St. for trained professional wrestlers and those in training.
He announced the development of his newest promotion, Global Force Wrestling, earlier this month.
Global Force Wrestling is building a database filled with more than 500 wrestlers from around the world.
Double J was able to talk about his upcoming visit just before catching a flight on Thursday from his home state of Tennessee to Pittsburgh.
“I'm searching out and uncovering every rock that I can,” Jarrett said. “There's just an enormous amount of independent wrestling talent out there. I think the independent wrestling scene is probably healthier than it's ever been, and the biggest star in the industry today cut his teeth in independent wrestling. That's where the talent's at, and that's where I'm going to look.”
Pro Wrestling eXpress owner/promoter Jim Miller said Saturday's visit is a tremendous opportunity for up-and-coming performers in Western Pennsylvania and surrounding areas to learn in-ring technique and character development from Jeff Jarrett, a founder of Total Nonstop Action Wrestling, a World Wrestling Entertainment intercontinental and tag team champion, a World Championship Wrestling world heavyweight and United States champion and a National Wrestling Alliance world heavyweight champion, just to name a few accomplishments.
“(It's) something I've tried for years to try and get (to) happen,” Miller said. “Remember, I had his dad (Jerry Jarrett in McKeesport) last year.”
Miller was president of the National Wrestling Alliance and part of a contract with that group and Total Nonstop Action. He's kept in contact with the Jarretts ever since.
“I've been in the wrestling business my entire life,” Jeff Jarrett said. “My grandmother actually promoted wrestling. Her days date back to the 1940s, and my father's a wrestling promoter. So it is a family business, and I'm really excited to be launching a brand new wrestling company in 2014.”
The two most famous pro wrestlers from Western Pennsylvania are Bruno Samartino and Kurt Angle.
Samartino was The Man in pro wrestling in the 1960s and '70s, and came out of retirement for a few years in the '80s before hanging up the boots. He is a World Wrestling Entertainment Hall of Famer.
Angle, a 1996 Olympic gold medalist and future hall of famer, still wrestles for Total Nonstop Action.
Jarrett knows talent like that is hard to come by.
“To win an Olympic gold medal and to step into the world of professional wrestling and take that over (is) pretty impressive,” Jeff Jarrett said. “So, I don't think I'm going to find another Kurt Angle. I do know for a fact that I've already seen who's already signed up for the seminar, and (I'm) looking forward to (evaluating) anybody in the area. Raw talent is raw talent. It's giving guys a chance and a break. That's what Global Force and my team's going to do. We're going to do everything that we can to refine that talent, coach that talent up, help define who they are in and out of the ring. It's pretty exciting.” Other Global Force Wrestling announcements include the addition of NASCAR personality and former driver Hermie Sadler, and a partnership with “Biggest Loser” creator Dave Broome's 2 5⁄7 Productions.
The journey of Global Force Wrestling is being well documented with videos posted regularly to update fans on its progress.
“We're going to immerse the fans in as many ways as we possibly can,” Jarrett said. “The wrestling fan is the most important, most key component to any wrestling business. Without the fans there is no promotion no matter how big or small you are.”
More information about the new promotion is available online at www.globalforcewrestling.com.
Pro Wrestling eXpress presents its next show following the seminar. Doors open at 7 p.m. with bell time at 7:30. Cost is $12 for general admission and $15 for VIP. Children younger than 12 get in for $6.
More Pro Wrestling eXpress information is available at www.pwxtv.com.
Michael DiVittorio is a staff writer for Trib Total Media.