Jeff Jarrett made his shocking debut for All Elite Wrestling on the November 2 broadcast of Dynamite. Aligning himself with Jay Lethal, Sonjay Dutt, Satnam Singh, and Cole Karter, the WWE and IMPACT Hall of Famer smashed a guitar over the head of Darby Allin to signify his arrival in the promotion.
Tony Khan confirmed via Twitter that Jarrett is also coming into AEW as the Director of Business Development. Further reports on this role hint that AEW may be expanding its output of events per year, including the addition of regular untelevised live events. As of yet, nothing is concrete.
“I’m Nervous” – Jeff Jarrett Details Moments Before AEW Debut
Despite having appeared for the vast majority of major wrestling groups throughout his legendary career, even Jeff Jarrett gets nervous. Jarrett told his wife Karen how nervous he was ahead of making his debut on AEW’s flagship show.
Speaking on his My World podcast, Jeff Jarrett elaborated on how he felt, adding that he may have been the last person ever hired to WWE by Vince McMahon:
“In the different little footnotes of Double J’s career, I may be – and we’ve talked about this, I may be the last hire of VKM [Vince McMahon]. That may, or may not be true. but from that point to now, there was a lot of soul-searching, a lot of thought processing, and I can tell you today, I don’t know if I’m more excited about the behind-the-scenes work, the executive work, or the in-ring stuff.
Karen texted me on Wednesday, about 1:00-1:30pm, and said, ‘What are you doing?’ I said, ‘I feel like I’m a 19-year-old rookie pacing around WMC TV Studios. I’m nervous. I’m nervous about tonight. I’m thinking things through and I want them to go right.’
So that’s kind of one of the messages I want to throw out there, folks. I’ve been doing it a long time, but I was as nervous as could be. When the lights were restored in the ring, it was a surreal moment. I had a little fresh coat of paint on, a little red and black guitar. It was really cool. I got a good crack at ol’ Darby. All the faces that I saw backstage, I mean, we can make that a whole podcast. I am super grateful. I’m excited. I’m ready to dig in, in all kinds of ways.”
There’s currently no word on how long, exactly, Jeff Jarrett’s deal lasts.