Jeff Jarrett

Jeff Jarrett Comments On Returning To Work Backstage In WWE, Why He’ll Never Leave Wrestling

Jeff Jarrett recently appeared as a guest on The Kurt Angle Show podcast for an in-depth interview covering all things pro wrestling.

During his appearance on the official podcast of the former Olympic gold medalist, the founder of IMPACT Wrestling spoke about the perception from fans that Vince McMahon is an “evil genius,” his return to work behind-the-scenes in WWE and more.

Featured below are some of the highlights from the interview.

On Vince McMahon and the fans perception of him being an evil genius: “There’s nothing I or anyone else could say because we live in a completely different reality with the Instagram models, we could really go off the rails here, but it’s a completely different world and that the wrestling fan is more educated today than they’ve ever been and there’s transparency and unless you’ve literally been in the seat, and for wrestling fans, it’s what they read, what they see, I think there’s a lot of misinformation and mistruths. I always go back to this, at the end of the day, business is business and there’s two types of ink, red and black and Vince has been in the black a long time, so his decisions collectively are very successful. Here’s sort of the magic of our industry that everyone knows Steve Jobs or Warren Buffett, all of these dynamic CEOs. They don’t ever come out on their own product and play this heel role like the evil Vince McMahon the chairman did. It’s one of the greatest heel personas ever in our entire industry.”

On coming back to WWE to work backstage: “I came back in, and I’ve never really gone into this, but really I came back to join the team and my time there, it was creative, it was live events, it was international, a little bit of production here and there. I worked with multiple departments, but at the end of the day, it’s no secret that one person writes the show, it’s one person’s visions and everything around it is support and candidly he’s built a billion-dollar empire that way and through the years, whether it was Pat. Paterson, Sandy Scott, or Bruce Prichard all in a support role and at the end of the day, it’s Vince’s vision.”

On why he’ll never walk away from pro wrestling: “First off, I have a firm belief that fully step away is very relative, it’s in my blood. I love this business, it’s my work, my life’s passion, but how do I want to be remembered? At the end of the day, this business has given me a lot and I want to give back to it quite a bit. At the very core of a promoter or producer or in-ring talent, but first and foremost, I’m a wrestling fan, I am an effin’ fan! So as a wrestling fan, I would always sit up in my chair and say “oh that’s new, that’s different.” That’s what I like to bring to the industry, innovations or to try something new, you’re never going to know. There’s a fine line between genius and insanity. I love innovating so that’s what I try to continue to do. I have a lot of things coming up in 2022 and they’ll be innovative as well”

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