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.
There’s not enough space in a tweet or a post to say all the “thank-you’s” that I want to say!… https://t.co/fejTooaLwf
— Jeff Jarrett (@RealJeffJarrett) February 19, 2018
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.
— Austin Creed aka #1 Windjammer (@XavierWoodsPhD) February 19, 2018
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.
Tye Dillinger Requests Release from WWE
Tye Dillinger is ready to move on from WWE, and has officially asked for his release from the company.
Dillinger has been sparingly used since his call up from NXT almost 2 years ago, and with the rise of other promotions, and the launch of AEW, it’s no surprise that Dillinger has decided to go elsewhere.
Lio Rush Backstage Reputation
WWE superstar Lio Rush has been in the middle of a confusing wrinkle in his association with Bobby Lashley, who seems to be done with Rush, but still teaming with him.
Lashley attacked Rush following Fin Balor pinning Rush in their handicapped match at Elimination Chamber, which cost Lashley his Intercontinental Championship despite not being pinned.
It’s been an interesting direction for Rush’s character, and according to PWInsider’s Mike Johnson (h/t WrestlingNews.co) Rush may have a reputation backstage.
“It appears Lio Rush is done with Bobby Lashley. I can tell you behind the scenes there were not a lot of people surprised at that and not a lot of people surprised that Lio took the pin. There are times Lio has a reputation for rubbing people, including other workers, the wrong way. Whether that was being held against him and that was part of the reasoning for him losing or whether it was just a decision to protect Lashley and shift the belt to Finn Balor, I guess we’ll have to see based on how Lio is presented in the weeks and months to come.”
D-Generation X, with Chyna, to be Inducted in WWE Hall of Fame
Chyna will finally get recognized and honored as a WWE Hall of Famer.
According to ESPN, Degeneration-X will be officially inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame as part of the Class of 2019.
Shawn Michaels, Triple H, The New Age Outlaws, X-Pac, and Chyna will all be inducted. It will mark Michaels’ second induction into the Hall of Fame.
“I think it’s the most meaningful for us all to go in together and to be recognized together,” Tripe H said, according to ESPN. “Because I think both groups were [just] as impactful.”
“It’s a funny thing, because DX was something that, before Kevin [Nash] and Scott [Hall] left, at the time we all talked about using ‘The Kliq’ as it was — kind of morphing that into television, since it was so out there anyways,” said Levesque. “But things worked out the way they did — they left, and the timing was right.”
“Shawn and I still wanted to do it. Vince saw the value in it, I guess, and finally let us go at it, by that point in time I was looking for a heater, and we had brought Chyna.”
Triple H went on to say Chyna deserved to be in the Hall of Fame.
“Look, people believe what they want to believe. When I said a few years ago on the Austin podcast, or show, or whatever you want to call it, there’s complexities around it,” said Triple H. “But absolutely, definitely deserves to be in there. It’d be tough to pick a female that was more impactful on the business. She did something that was completely so out of left field that it wasn’t even being considered when we first brought it up for her to come in. It wasn’t even a consideration… it wasn’t an easy thing, and against all odds she did all of that.”
And as far as Chyna being inducted in the future as single’s competitor, which she deserves, Triple H is confident it will happen eventually.
“From that standpoint, absolutely 100 percent deserves to be in the Hall of Fame, and should probably be more than once — as a group, but individually as well,” Levesque continued. “There’s more complexity to that than meets the eye, but here we are. I’m just happy that it’s here. I’m happy for her family, the people that she was close to, that hopefully this is super meaningful to them. I know it would be to her. It’s a great thing — very deserving.”
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