“I know people at WWE, and we have conversations, but there’s nothing in the works as far as going over there and training folks or any of that kind of thing. I’m moving forward with Bloodsport as much as possible and a bunch of other things, but the option, I guess, is always there. If that’s something that they want or something that we think would be a good idea, then I guess we’ll do it.”
Barnett is currently the driving force behind Game Changer Wrestling’s successful ‘Bloodsport’ endeavour. Previously headed by Matt Riddle, the annual event incorporates a style that is heavily influenced by mixed martial arts and other combat sports.
The most recent edition occurred last Sunday where AEW World Champion Jon Moxley defeated Chris Dickinson in the main event.
Timothy Thatcher and Karrion Kross have both notably competed at the event in their independent careers before signing with NXT. In the same interview, Barnett credited GCW’s eye for talent:
“Now, when it comes to WWE and NXT picking up athletes from our shows, not a surprise,” Barnett said. “People like Thatcher, I have personally trained before. He has been training with me for years, and before that, he’s trained with other fantastic people. And he has taken a seminar with Billy Robinson when he was still around. So the fact that these kind of athletes are being picked from my show and put into the WWE, doesn’t surprise me at all because I believe that people that me and Brett [Lauderdale] seek out and source, we do so because we have an eye. We can spot talent.”
GCW Josh Barnett’s Bloodsport 3 is available to watch in full on FITE.tv for $19.99.