Global Force Wrestling’s, Sonjay Dutt recently took some time to participate in an interview Marc Madison of The News Hub. Dutt shares about his time in TNA, his time on the independent circuit, the Ring Ka King experience, his enthusiasm competing for Smash Wrestling and his aspirations for Global Force Wrestling. Check out excerpts of the interview below and the complete interview here:
On his aspirations for Global Force Wrestling:
I think it slowly comes down to domestic television here in the States. I think that for anybody to be a viable competitor or just be a viable entity out there in this day and age, and sure there are other avenues out there like you talked about streaming services and the digital world. The bottom line at the end of the day is you need a domestic television deal. People still sit down and turn their televisions on and find something to watch. Pro wrestling has got to be up there so are biggest hurdle and challenge is that. We are working so diligently now behind the scenes and trying to secure something domestically.
Internationally, we have great partners with Boulder Creek International out of London and we’re working with them and that’s just in the UK. We’re working on something with them. It’s just us and we’re trying to secure television in Europe. Trying to secure television internationally is just so huge that it could reap benefits for any company. Like you said, to compete and be a viable entity I think it just solely comes down to a television deal.
On competing on the independent circuit:
I loved the independents. I came up on the independents and even being in touch with a major company in the states I still did independents. My heart always stayed in the independents. I love the independents. I think that really is what afforded me to continue making a good living and being a pro wrestler and not having that TV time after I left TNA.
The fact that I can go out there and dictate my own schedule and I don’t have to ask for permission. I’m not a politics guy and I don’t really play the political game. I just want to go out there and I want to perform and I love meeting new people. Stuff like this, having highly intelligible interviews and having a discussion with you about wrestling. That lends itself to good things. Being on the independents, affords itself to you the freedom way more often than being in a major company. At times, you have handcuffs on and you’re answering to someone else where here I’m answering to myself and what’s best for me and my family.
On his time with Ring Ka King:
It was interesting. First of all, I loved that time period and doing Ring Ka King was amazing. How it came about was at the time, Jeff Jarrett was still with TNA and this was a Jeff Jarrett project. While he was still working for TNA, it was under their banner. Nobody in that office had anything to do with it other than his team with was myself, and Rudy Charles. Jeff had approached me at the time and said you know I have this deal and I think we’re going to be starting a promotion in India. We’re going to shoot it in India, we’re going to create Indian stars and do this and do that and we’d like you to jump on board and we think that with me and him going back quite many years with me starting in 2002/2003 we go back a long time.
He knows that I have my head on straight and just a liaison between professional wrestling and the Indian culture. The dos and don’ts. I speak the language, I know the culture and I think in the beginning he wanted someone that could smooth things over and tell them let’s try this, let’s try that and this would fit well with Indian people. I became real good at the behind the scenes stuff. I helped write the shows, produce the episodes. I went on a talent mission and we had auditions across the country to pick Indian’s and train them and make them into pro wrestlers. One of the guys that I discovered at the time and he’s with TNA now is Mahabali Shera. So it was a project and it afforded me opportunities to learn so many other things in pro wrestling other than just in the ring and I think that it was awesome. It’s carried on now with Global Force Wrestling and my work there.