According to sources former NWA/TNA world champion Jeff Jarrett allegedly knocked the glasses of the son of IWA Mid-South promoter Ian Rotten after not getting his promised pay from the often embattled promoter.
Reports coming out of the promotion say Jarrett was given half his draw at the show and promised the remaining amount to be paid "in two to three days." This allegedly sent Jarrett into a rage where is he alleged to have been screaming and cursing at many in the locker room and then directed his rage against the 17 year old son of Rotten, John Calvin. Sources say Jarrett either slapped John Calvin and knocked his glasses off or snatched them off his face during his rant and attempted to "hold them hostage to the point of breaking them," before calming down.
"Jeff and Karen Jarrett were both intoxicated," promoter Ian Rotten said. "I have a locker room full of people to back me up on that."
Rotten has tried to redeem himself and the IWA Mid-South promotion over the course of the last year after having been mostly absent from the indie scene since a disastrous appearance on "And Then the Bell Rings" radio show in March of 2011.
The IWA Mid-South had seen somewhat of a resurgence of late drawing consistent, yet not great, crowds in southern Indiana but still the rumors of wrestlers not being paid or paid what was promised still hounded Rotten.
"He is never going change brother, hell, he still owes me $50 from a show," an indie veteran said.
There is not only one to be owed money, a number of other indie superstars have once again vowed never to work for Rotten again after not getting what they had been promised.
"I am embarrassed," Rotten said. "I know it sounds incredibly stupid but we forgot to get the advance out of PayPal."
Rotten, while he has his detractors, still has his supporters and has often been called the "Svengali" of professional wrestling for the way he can continue to convince people to work for the IWA Mid-South while continuing to seemingly have money woes.
One wrestler, who asked not to be identified, said Jarrett was "out of control" at one point and that Karen Jarrett was almost egging him on by threatening to go to the ring while wrestler Drake Younger was doing an interview to interrupt and "expose" Rotten.
"Jeff Jarrett will get his money in a couple of days as promised and he can use it for a defense attorney because I will be going to the sheriff tomorrow (Monday) to swear out a warrant for assault on a minor," Rotten said.
As word of this incident grows and if proven true and whether or not Rotten does eke out a criminal complaint, this kind of publicity is not what Jarrett's new Global Force Wrestling needs.
Attempts to reach either Jeff or Karen Jarrett for comment have been unsuccessful as of press time.