It’s no secret that many wrestlers and fans feel as though the wrestling business skews away from having minority champions. There’s been many discussions on whether black athletes in particular can carry a company. This was one of the questions asked to GFW owner & TNA wrestler Jeff Jarrett in a recent interview.
“Absolutely not. The biggest box office attraction that this business has ever produced ever – in the history of it – is half black. That should answer your question.” – Jarrett
It’s great to hear an owner of a wrestling promotion feel as though race and ethnicity have no bearing on crowning a champion. We see other promotions have no problem putting their heavyweight championship on a black athlete, such as ROH.
The WWE may not have had a legitimate black champion since The Rock but NXT may soon crown Apollo Crews their champion, which sends shock waves throughout the entire company.