Jeff Jarrett has opened up about an incident in 1999 where he allegedly held up Vince McMahon for several thousand dollars before leaving for WCW.
During the Monday Night War between WCW and the WWF, Jeff Jarrett was no stranger to crossing wrestling’s great divide.
The star signed with the then-WWF in 1993, and remained with the company until early 1996, winning the Intercontinental Championship in the process. However, after leaving Vince McMahon behind, Jarrett headed to WCW where signed a one year deal and eventually joined The Four Horsemen.
After discovering that he wasn’t going to fulfil his ambitions ‘down south,’ Jarrett returned to the WWF and was a regular performer with the company until October 1999, and then things got messy.
With Jarrett’s WWF deal expiring, he had already decided he was going back to WCW. However, Double J’s deal expired while he was still holding the Intercontinental Championship, although he was due to lose it to Chyna at No Mercy the following day.
The story goes that Jarrett negotiated an extra payment to the tune of $300,000 to appear at the pay-per-view and lose the title. In a further wrinkle, it has been alleged that WCW’s head booker at the time, Vince Russo, was behind the plot to squeeze McMahon for more money.
Speaking on his My World podcast, available via AdFreeShows, Jeff Jarrett attempted to clear up the situation. Jarrett explained that he didn’t actually want to leave the WWF, but once it became clear he was going, wanted to tidy everything up on the way out.
“I’ve said it multiple times on the pod. I didn’t want to leave, contrary to what everybody believes that Jeff held Vince up on the Chyna match and he got his money. No, I didn’t really want to leave, but I knew if I was leaving, I didn’t want to put my pay off and my financial in their hands after I’m working for the opposition. That’s just dumb business, so I wanted to clean everything up that night. What’s fair’s, fair? I got my money, Vince got his championship, and we were both very happy that night.”
After moving back to WCW, Jeff Jarrett was involved in another infamous incident, where he lay down for Hulk Hogan at Bash At The Beach 2000. In a recent interview, Jarrett said the situation left him disgusted.
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