Ahead of his advertised booking with the folks at River City Wrestling this Friday in San Antonio, Texas, soon-to-be WWE Hall Of Famer Jeff Jarrett spoke with the local CBS affiliate, KENS-5, for an interview. Featured below are some of the highlights.
On being contacted by WWE about being inducted into the WWE Hall Of Fame as part of the 2018 class: “It was in early January, it was on a Sunday morning. I got a text that said, ‘Can you chat for a couple of minutes?’ In the wrestling industry and the entertainment industry, weekends you never have off. So getting a text on a Sunday morning didn’t really shock me. Me, my wife and kids were getting ready for church and I went up to my office and had a conversation. I was shocked because I didn’t think that on a Sunday morning I’d be getting that call in early January. But that’s our industry, that’s the uniqueness of it. We’re obviously not true sports and we’re an aggressive, physical form of entertainment. We’re a hybrid and always have been and always will be. We do things bigger and louder and prouder and boisterous and everything that goes with it. It’s still very surreal to me that I was asked and I’m really looking forward to April 6.”
On what he remembers about the end of the Monday Night Wars when Vince McMahon opened the final episode of WCW Nitro with a simulcast to announce that he had purchased the promotion: “The last three to four months of WCW, there was all kinds of sale talk. It was going in a bunch of different directions where people were questioning the future of the company. I can remember vividly that Nitro was gonna be held in Panama City and there was a lot of promotion. I went down on a Wednesday or Thursday to participate in promotions and appearances. It was just a different time. I was under contract with the Turner organization and I knew that I had another eight or nine months on the contract and knew that whatever happened, that contract situation had to be resolved one way or another. One thing Vince McMahon does, and he does a lot of things great, but he knows how to create great television, very compelling television. But with all the things that are going into the production, it was a sad day for the production people. They knew that the WWF had their production people in place, whether it’s lighting or sound or graphics, whatever the department may be, they knew that that was the end of their “wrestling run” certainly for the time being. So that was an uncomfortable situation. It was their last night.
“Wrestlers, you name it, it was a mixed gamut. Some knew they were gonna be getting paid, some didn’t have a clue, some were excited about a new opportunity. It was a unique day in our industry, without question. It was so memorable just because of the fact that we’re sitting her talking about it. Who would’ve ever thought that there would be a simulcast with Shane on one network and Vince on the other? My last night with WWF at the time was in Cleveland. And how ironic that Raw was in Cleveland that night as well. So I’ve had two nights where I finished up in Cleveland with the organization.”
Check out the complete Jeff Jarrett interview at KENS5.com.