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Update On ROH/GFW Relationship Going Into NJPW's US PPV Debut

Posted By: Jason Patrick on Nov 05, 2014
Source: Wrestling Observer

According to Dave Meltzer of the Wrestling Observer, as of right now Ring of Honor and Jeff Jarrett's Global Force Wrestling haven't came to an agreement on ROH talent appearing on the GFW branded show, as ROH has clauses in their talents contracts forbidding them from appearing on non-ROH produced content without ROH's approval. Throughout the summer ROH re-signed many talents including The Briscoes, reDRagon, Jay Lethal, Michael Elgin and others to new contracts with salary's and exclusivity on ROH managements discretion.

On the 22nd of October, Jeff Jarrett and Scott D'amore met with ROH management in their office in Baltimore to discuss the matter, but no deal was made. It was more of an introduction to one another and less of business meeting. As of the release of todays newsletter Dave Meltzer says that ROH COO Joe Koff has insisted that no ROH talent are booked for the Tokyo Dome show on January 4th but a source within ROH has denied this saying that airfare for four talents has already been paid.

The downside to all this could be that the ROH talent, which depending on the result reRDragon's match at NJPW's Power Struggle show on Sunday, could feature the IWGP Jr. Tag Team Champions who represent ROH as well as the ROH World Champion, a title NJPW want defended on the show, could either be removed from the show or work the dark matches which would only air on iPPV through NJPW's streaming service Nociencio.

The feeling is that by the time of the show ROH and Jeff Jarrett will have worked things out as neither wants to be responsible for disrupting NJPW's plans or for costing talents such as reDRagon, or potentially Jay Briscoe, Adam Cole or Michael Bennett, from missing the second biggest show in pro-wrestling in-front of 40,000 people.


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