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Jeff Jarrett Deserves WWE Hall of Fame Induction

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WWE confirmed the rumors that former Intercontinental Champion Jeff Jarrett is the newest inductee in the WWE Hall of Fame’s Class of 2018.

Jarrett joins fellow former WCW World Heavyweight Champion Goldberg, tag team titleholders Dudley Boyz and former Women’s Champion Ivory in this year’s Hall of Fame. The ceremony takes place on April 6 in New Orleans during Wrestlemania week.

Several WWE superstars weighed in on the announcement, many of them congratulating Jarrett on the induction. Double J himself also took to social media to share his reaction.

Some may look at Jarrett and say “really this guy?” when it comes to the WWE Hall of Fame, but his accomplishments alone make him worthy of the honor. Between this runs in WCW and WWF, Jarrett captured several singles championships, including three WCW United States title reigns and four WCW World Heavyweight Championships. He’s also a six-time Intercontinental Champion and had the most reigns with the title from 1999 to 2004.

Jarrett was also the second “Eurocontinental Champion,” after winning the European title from D’Lo Brown and a former tag team champion with Owen Hart.

Jarrett is regarded as one of the WWF/E’s most polarizing figures. He allegedly extorted six figures from Vince McMahon at No Mercy 1999 minutes before dropping the IC title to Chyna – Jarrett’s contract had just been up – then jumped ship to WCW.

People have their thoughts about his main event toward the end of WCW’s lifespan, but regardless of what critics thought, he was a main event player for the company until its last days.  

Jarrett’s resume is full of championships outside of WWF and WCW, including several runs with the NWA World Heavyweight Championship.

Jarrett also had success as a promoter, a third-generation promoter at that, first with TNA – the company he helped start in 2002 – and later Global Force Wrestling.

Some have criticized his time in TNA for being a promoter who put its world title on himself – when the company was using the NWA World Heavyweight Championship as its top title – but he also helped give a lot of today’s top talent their first break, including current WWE Champion A.J.Styles and New Day member Xavier Woods back when he wrestled in TNA as Consequences Creed. He also helped wrestlers like R-Truth – Ron Killings – bring their careers to the next level.

Jarrett’s last few years in the business haven’t been the best, with reports of him being intoxicated at events and the debacle with GFW/Impact Wrestling and Anthem. After some time in a WWE-sponsored rehab, he seems to be on the track to recovery.

It’s not a surprise to see Jarrett receive this induction because McMahon is generally a forgiving person when it comes to talent. Jarrett has even said he and McMahon have kept in touch with each other after he left the company.

Jarrett’s Hall of Fame induction probably won’t lead to him having a significant role in the company in the next few months, but it will provide some feel good moments, including a potential rendition of “With My Baby Tonight,” before his Hall of Fame speech – or sing with potential inductor Road Dogg.

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Enzo Amore Kicked Out of Survivor Series

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Former WWE superstar Enzo Amore made his presence known at WWE Survivor Series, but not in a good way, as he caused such a commotion that he was promptly kicked out, and ultimately banned from the arena during Sunday’s show.

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Shawn Michaels Talks Crown Jewel, In Ring Future

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WWE Hall of Famer Shawn Michaels was a recent guest on E&C’s Pod of Awesomeness and discussed a number of topics including his work down at NXT with the younger superstars and his recent in-ring return at Crown Jewel.

“I’m glad to say that I did it, but I don’t want to try it again.” Michaels said regarding his match earlier this month.

Michaels also refuted the idea that he did it for the payday.

“I didn’t want to be put in that position because I’m good with the performances that I’ve had at WrestleMania. I wanted to end those the way that I ended them” Micheals said, saying that all 4 men in a tag match was like KISS and the Rolling Stones playing their greatest hits.

Michaels also said that he is happy he returned, but does not want to get back in the ring again.

 

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“Fighting With My Family” Movie Trailer Released

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Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson’s Seven Bucks Productions’s ‘Fighting With My Family’, produced in conjunction with WWE Studios and Film 4, which is based on the life of the Knight family, including WWE’s Paige, has finally dropped a trailer.

According to the synopsis:

“Based on a true story, FIGHTING WITH MY FAMILY follows reformed gangster Ricky, wife Julia, daughter Paige and son Zak as they make a living wrestling together in tiny venues. When Paige and Zak get the opportunity to try out for WWE, the family grabs a once-in-a-lifetime chance to turn their wildest dreams into a dazzling future. However, brother and sister quickly discover that to become superstars, both their talent and their relationship will be put to the test.”

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