Jeff Jarrett has discussed the beginnings of TNA and which stars from WWE he and his father Jerry wanted to bring to their upstart promotion.
Jarrett and his father Jerry famously came to the conclusion of starting a new wrestling promotion following the demise of WCW on a fishing trip. TNA wrestling soon breathed new life into the wrestling world in 2002 and forged a partnership with the historic NWA.
Speaking on his latest episode of his My World podcast, WWE Hall Of Famer Jeff Jarrett discussed which stars of WWE were at the top of his list for joining him at The Asylum in Nashville.
“Sean [Waltman] has always had a relationship with my father dating back to him being a part of the creative team in 1993-94 and of course Mick [Foley] came to the territory in . He always had an eye for talent and scouted it, you don’t always bat a thousand, but you miss every shot you don’t take and you miss every talent that you never look at. Back to Mick and Sean, my dad had personal relationships with both those guys.”
Another star that Jarrett coveted was his former Roadie from his days as a country music star in the mind-nineties. That Roadie had gone on to become the Road Dogg and was one of the stand out stars of the Attitude Era. Jarrett also looked to a former WWF and WCW Champion that he had shared the ring with on one infamous occasion.
“Road Dogg is this simple, Brian going single and the merchandise sales, he was the Attitude Era in so many ways personified,” Jarrett said. “A mega singles star at the time and one of my best friends. He was a no-brainer. Sid, I was in the ring with when his leg broke. He had told me, ‘I’m going to make a comeback.’ He had been a big box office attraction, Sid was going to get back in the game and I was excited about that.”
Another star Jarrett was able to convince to join him was former UFC star and former Intercontinental Champion Ken Shamrock. A longer shot Jarrett thought was to convince wrestling icon and former WWF Champion Randy Savage to join the company:
“The mindset of UFC and [Ken Shamrock], Kenny being led can have great matches but I really like Ken as a talent to represent the brand coming out of the gate. Huge box office attraction, huge pay-per-view box office attraction. So as much as I wanted to put the anchor in the ground about the kind of wrestling we were going to have, Ken checked all the boxes, Ken was up there. Randy [Savage], him and my dad had a unique relationship, I never saw Randy coming and being a part of a start-up [wrestling company].
Before leaving the World Wrestling Federation for the second time in 1999, Jarrett had famously been in a feud with Chyna. It was an easy answer for Jarrett if he had wanted The Ninth Wonder Of The World to join his team.
Jeff Jarrett responded:
“Hell yes. I’m going to go back to me being a witness night in and night out on live event after live event and knowing the reaction she got walking to the ring, the aura she presented. Obviously my matches and my storyline with her, but even outside of that. When DX, the New Age Outlaws, X-Pac and Hunter, and Chyna. Chyna was box office, so of course, I wanted her a part of the roster.”