Jeff Jarrett is one wrestling star that is perfectly placed to comment on the differences between WWE and WCW having worked for both companies on more than one occasion. Now the former WCW Champion has detailed the differences in the way both companies approached their creative process.
Jarrett was a star of the New Generation in the mid-nineties in what was then the World Wrestling Federation before heading off to WCW. A relatively short run there ended in 1997 before Jeff Jarrett famously headed back to Altlanta in 1999 following a controversial pay-per-view appearance where he was accused of holding Vince McMahon up for money.
Now the WWE Hall Of Famer has discussed the differences in both companies on his My World podcast that is available early and ad-free exclusively on AdFreeShows.com. In conversation with co-host Conrad Thompson, Jarrett explained his thoughts on things being a lot more fluid in WCW than they ever were in Vince McMahon’s WWF.
“I knew day one, literally day one, this is a different organization than what I just came from. The buck stopped with Eric [Bischoff], Hulk was a part of the creative, it was a corporate environment from the very beginning. Love him, hate him, not like him, Vince [McMahon] even though [WWE] is a publicly traded company, it’s his call on every decision. I never got that feeling ever when I worked for [WCW], going back to 1996.”
“Negotiating a simple finish, not every night, but for the most part everything was negotiable. If you work for WWF, most of the time it’s non-negotiable. The producer is going to go to the head writer and then to Vince. That’s really the only way it’s going to get changed, when Vince sends that show out or that finish out, that’s what you expect to get. At WCW, for the most part, everything was negotiable.”
Jeff Jarrett also recently discussed one of the most famous examples of controversial creative decisions in WCW history when he laid down for Hulk Hogan at Bash At The Beach 2000.