– TNA is planning to launch a new international brand by the end of 2011 that is being spearheaded by Jeff Jarrett. The new brand will be a weekly series in India that won’t be using the TNA brand name.
The current plan is to tape for a week in December with another week of tapings scheduled for January of 2012.
TNA has hired former WWE writer Dave Lagana to work on the new project. The new project for the Indian market will be separate from TNA, creatively and as far as the roster goes. Former TNA writer Dutch Mantel will be joining Jarrett and Lagana on the creative team.
Regarding the roster, former referee Rudy Charles has been involved in developing the roster. No word yet on what talents have been signed but word is that they’ve put together a roster of former WWE, TNA and ECW stars, as well as independent wrestlers.
We noted a few weeks back that BG James, who is now working with WWE, went to India with Sonjay Dutt to scout talents. Dutt will reportedly be a major part of the new brand. James and Dutt saw over 100 Indian talents tryout and of those, ten were chosen and will be brought to the US to work on the new show.
The new project will air in India on The Colors Network, known in the US as Aapka Colors. Colors is carried by some providers in the US including Dish Network.