GFW Amped (partially found unaired professional wrestling show; 2015)

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Status: Partially Found

GFW Amped was an unaired professional wrestling show. Produced by Global Force Wrestling (GFW), 16 hours of content was filmed at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas from July-October 2015,[1] but none of it aired by the time GFW merged with Impact Wrestling in early 2017. On 14th August 2018, GFW owner Jeff Jarrett sued Impact Wrestling's owner Anthem Sports & Entertainment after it transpired that the latter deleted the GFW Amped master tapes.

Background[edit | edit source]

GFW was founded by Jeff and Karen Jarrett on 7th April 2014.[2][3] A professional wrestler most known for his time in the WWF and WCW,[4] Jarrett was previously the owner of TNA Wrestling, founding it alongside his father Jerry.[5] After selling a controlling stake to Panda Energy in October 2002, Jarrett's influence in the organisation faded over the years.[6] Nevertheless, Jarrett was interested in starting a new promotion, and with the assistance of Dave Broome's 25/7 Productions, aimed to create a weekly professional wrestling television show.[7]

Before the main roster itself was formed, GFW announced agreements with Asistencia Asesoría y Administración (AAA) from Mexico,[8] New Japan Pro Wrestling (NJPW) from Japan,[9] several promotions from England, Scotland, Ireland, and Germany,[10] World Wrestling Professionals (WWP) from South Africa,[11] and several promotions from Australia and New Zealand.[12] After building a roster throughout 2015, which included the likes of Scott Steiner,[13] Doc Gallows and Karl Anderson,[14] Shelton Benjamin,[15] Mickie James, and Nick Aldis among others,[16] Jarrett announced the creation of GFW Amped on 9th July.[17] Filming for the show began on 24th July, with further tapings on 21st August and 23rd October, all at the Orleans Arena.[18] By the time filming wrapped up, the Global, NEX*GEN, Tag Team and Women's champions had been crowned,[19] and 16 hours of footage, split into 16 one-hour shows, was captured.[1]

Nevertheless, GFW were seemingly unable to gain a US television deal,[20] despite securing agreements in the UK and New Zealand,[21][22] and was represented in trade show/convention in French and Monaco by Boulder Creek International. An appearance on a TV broadcasters convention in Singapore was planned on December 2015, but this ultimately did not transpire[23] On 20th April 2017, it was announced by Karen Jarrett that Impact Wrestling (previously TNA) and GFW had merged, Jeff having already returned to the company as its chief creative officer earlier that same year.[24] This deal would later turn sour, with it ultimately being terminated on 23rd October 2017, Jarrett also leaving the company having already taken an absence of leave months earlier.[25]

Lawsuits[edit | edit source]

On 14th August 2018, Jarrett and Global Force Entertainment sued Anthem Sports & Entertainment over copyright infringement.[26] A second lawsuit was filed by Jarrett on 19th February 2019, accusing Impact Wrestling of having deleted the master tapes for GFW Amped. Anthem Sports & Entertainment and Impact Wrestling later admitted that they had destroyed the footage to save storage space,[27] but countersued, claiming Jarrett knew in advance that the master tapes were to be deleted.[28] The trial ultimately concluded in January 2021, with a private settlement between Jarrett and Anthem Sports & Entertainment having been reached.[29]

Availability[edit | edit source]

GFW Amped was never aired on television as a stand-alone show, despite 16 hours of shows having been filmed.[1] Nevertheless, four hours (or 25%) of content would be televised by Impact Wrestling as part of its 2017 Impact One Night Only events.[30] Part 1 of GFW Amped Anthology would be aired on 11th August 2017, with part 2 televised on 15th September, both parts containing matches from the 24th July 2015 tapings.[31][32][33][34][35] Part 3, consisting of footage from the 21st August taping, was aired on 13th October.[36][37][38] Despite the GFW agreement having already been terminated by this point, Impact Wrestling aired part 4, containing footage from the 23rd October taping.[39]

The entirety of GFW Amped Anthology would later be sold on DVD, and remains as the only publicly accessible footage of GFW Amped. However, the original lawsuit caused Impact Wrestling to pull the sale of the DVDs, making the footage somewhat of a collector's item.[40] The remaining footage of GFW Amped is now considered permanently irrecoverable due to the destruction of the master tapes.

Gallery[edit | edit source]

Videos[edit | edit source]

TonyPizzaGuy video on Global Force Wrestling promotions, including information about GFW Amped.
Markyd123 video on Global Force Wrestling promotions, including information about GFW Amped.


Part 1 and Part 2 (24th July 2015)[edit | edit source]

Promo of 24th July taping.
Another promo of 24th July taping.
First 5 minutes footage of GFW Amped Anthology Part 1.
Preview of GFW Amped Anthology Part 1.
Preview of GFW Amped Anthology Part 2.
Highlights of GFW Amped Anthology Part 1.
Bobby Roode vs Kevin Kross from Part 1.
PJ Black vs Senada from Part 1.
Brian Myers vs Chris Mordetzky from Part 2.
Fan recording of the 24th July 2015 matches.
Another fan recording of the 24th July 2015 matches.
A third fan recording of the 24th July 2015 matches.

Part 3 (21st August 2015)[edit | edit source]

Promo of 21st August taping, containing footage from previous GFW Amped matches as a placeholder.
Kevin Kross vs Juicy Joey.

Part 4 (23rd October 2015)[edit | edit source]

Promo of 23rd October taping, containing footage from previous GFW Amped matches as placeholder.
First part of GFW Amped Anthology Part 4.
Second part of GFW Amped Anthology Part 4.
Third part of GFW Amped Anthology Part 4.
Highlights of GFW Amped Anthology Part 4.
Fan recording of Enigma vs Bestia 666 vs Cielo Escorpion.


Photos[edit | edit source]

Part 1 and Part 2 (24th July 2015)[edit | edit source]

PJ Black vs Seiya Sanada[edit | edit source]
Bobby Roode and Nick Aldis Ring Segments[edit | edit source]
Phoenix Star & Zokre & Misterioso, Jr. vs Bestia 666 & Blood Eagle & Steve Pain[edit | edit source]
The Bollywood Boyz vs Akbars[edit | edit source]
KUSHIDA vs Virgil Flynn[edit | edit source]
Karen Jarrett Ring Segments[edit | edit source]
Christina Von Eerie vs. Mickie James vs. Lei'D Tapa[edit | edit source]
Jigsaw vs. Sonjay Dutt[edit | edit source]
Chael Sonnen Ring Segments[edit | edit source]
Brian Myers vs. Chris Mordetzsky[edit | edit source]
Reno Scum vs. Phoenix Star & Zokre[edit | edit source]

See Also[edit | edit source]

External Links[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Wrestleview reporting on the 16 hours of footage captured. Retrieved 16 Dec '21
  2. Fansided reporting on Jeff Jarrett announcing GFW. Retrieved 16 Dec '21
  3. SB Nation reporting on Jeff Jarrett announcing GFW. Retrieved 17 Dec '21
  4. WWE's Jeff Jarrett biography. Retrieved 16 Dec '21
  5. Wrestling News where Jarrett discussed founding TNA Wrestling. Retrieved 16 Dec '21
  6. The Sportster detailing TNA/Impact Wrestling's ownership history. Retrieved 16 Dec '21
  7. Hollywood Reporter reporting on GFW announcing a venture with 25/7 Productions. Retrieved 16 Dec '21
  8. Press release of agreements with Asistencia Asesoría y Administración (AAA) Retrieved 17 Dec '21
  9. Press release of agreements with New Japan Pro Wrestling (NJPW) Retrieved 17 Dec '21
  10. Press release of agreements with several promotions from England, Scotland, Ireland, and Germany Retrieved 17 Dec '21
  11. Press release of agreements with the World Wrestling Professionals (WWP) Retrieved 17 Dec '21
  12. Press release of agreements with several promotions from Australia and New Zealand Retrieved 17 Dec '21
  13. Wrestling Rumors reporting on Scott Steiner joining GFW. Retrieved 16 Dec '21
  14. Still Real To Us reporting on various names joining GFW, including Doc Gallows and Karl Anderson. Retrieved 16 Dec '21
  15. Sportskeeda reporting on Shelton Benjamin joining GFW, among others. Retrieved 16 Dec '21
  16. WhatCulture reporting on Mickie James and Nickl Aldis joining GFW Retrieved 16 Dec '21
  17. SE Scoops reporting on the GFW Amped announcement. Retrieved 16 Dec '21
  18. Wrestleview reporting on the GFW Amped tapings. Retrieved 16 Dec '21
  19. Sportskeeda reporting on the GFW champions being crowned. Retrieved 16 Dec '21
  20. Wrestling-Edge noting the lack of progress GFW made concerning a US TV deal. Retrieved 16 Dec '21
  21. Press release of GFW's UK TV deal from Boulder Creek International. Retrieved 17 Dec '21
  22. 411 Mania reporting on GFW's New Zealand TV deal, which will be aired on then-new channel called DUKE (now TVNZ Duke). Retrieved 17 Dec '21
  23. PWInsider reporting on GFW's trade show/convention appearance. Retrieved 17 Dec '21
  24. Cageside Seats reporting on the GFW-TNA merge, noting Jarrett's position in TNA creative. Retrieved 16 Dec '21
  25. Wrestleview reporting on the GFW-Impact Wrestling deal being terminated. Retrieved 16 Dec '21
  26. Ringside News reporting on Jarrett and Global Force Entertainment suing Anthem Sports & Entertainment over copyright infringement. Retrieved 16 Dec '21
  27. 411 Mania reporting on Anthem Sports & Entertainment and Impact Wrestling admitting that they had destroyed the footage. Retrieved 16 Dec '21
  28. Fightful reporting on Anthem Sports & Entertainment countersuing. Retrieved 16 Dec '21
  29. Wrestling Inc reporting that a private settlement had been reached. Retrieved 16 Dec '21
  30. Wrestling-Online reporting on GFW Amped footage being aired as part of Impact One Night Only. Retrieved 16 Dec '21
  31. Voices of Wrestling reviewing Part 1 of GFW Amped Anthology. Retrieved 16 Dec '21
  32. 411 Mania reviewing Part 2 of GFW Amped Anthology. Retrieved 17 Dec '21
  33. NerdCorp reviewing Part 2 of GFW Amped Anthology. Retrieved 17 Dec '21
  34. Cage Match detailing Part 1 of GFW Amped Anthology. Retrieved 17 Dec '21
  35. Cage Match detailing Part 2 of GFW Amped Anthology. Retrieved 16 Dec '21
  36. NerdCorp reviewing Part 3 of GFW Amped Anthology. Retrieved 17 Dec '21
  37. KB's Wrestling Reviews reviewing Part 3 of GFW Amped Anthology. Retrieved 17 Dec '21
  38. Cage Match detailing Part 3 of GFW Amped Anthology. Retrieved 16 Dec '21
  39. Cage Match detailing Part 4 of GFW Amped Anthology. Retrieved 16 Dec '21
  40. Wrestleview reporting on Impact Wrestling pulling the sales of the GFW Amped Anthology DVDs. Retrieved 16 Dec '21