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.
NXT’s Adam Cole Discusses Creative Freedom
NXT Champion Adam Cole is at the height of his success with the promotion, recently defeating Johnny Gargano in another instant classic to capture his first NXT Championship, and he is talking about how things go down in NXT.
Unlike much of the main roster, where promos are often scripted and comedy-acts are more common, Cole says that superstars in NXT get a bit more creative freedom, as he had with Gargano for their match.
“One of the coolest things about NXT is we have a ton of creative liberties to come up with the story and the vision we have for the match” Cole said, during an interview with TalkSport. “Of course, there’s input and advice given and there’s suggestions or, you know ‘we need something this way’ (but) we do have a lot of freedom, which is great.”
Cole added that he and Gargano came up with the format for their two out of three falls classic at NXT Takeover: New York.
Rey Mysterio Praises Andrade
WWE superstar Rey Mysterio believes that the company has a big star on their hands in Andrade .
“This kid is awesome” Mysterio said, during an appearance on the WINCLY podcast. “I mentioned it before, in previous interviews, but, every time I’m in the ring with him, there’s an affiliation to how I would move with Eddie [Guerrero],” Mysterio said.
“This is how good he is! He’s thinking a step ahead before you even move. He already knows the positioning, and knows exactly what to do and how to do it. My hat goes off to Andrade, as he’s definitely the future of WWE.”
Mysterio sees all the tools necessary to succeed in WWE.
“Just like anybody else, once you can dominate the mic skills and English, then he is bound to become a star,” Mysterio continued. “I’ve seen him work on his English, and it’s a slow process, but he’s moving forward. Once he dominates his English language, he’s on his way to stardom.”
Fandango, Apollo Crews, Killain Dain Make Returns to NXT
WWE is starting to allow superstars on their main rosters to transition back to NXT, much like they did with Tyler Breeze, who recently returned to NXT, where he had his most success, following around 2 years of meandering on the main roster following his callup.
Fandango, Apollo Crews, and Killian Dain made their returns to NXT tv at Winter Park, FL at Full Sail University for Thursday’s NXT TV tapings.
Fandango, also making his return from injury, made the save for his Breezango partner, Tyler Breeze, who was on the receiving end of an attack at the hands of the Forgotten Sons. Crews made his return to take on Kushida in singles competition, and Dain made a brutal attack on Matt Riddle following Riddle’s win over Arture Rass.
Fandango had been out of action after suffering a shoulder injury back in July 2018.
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