Jeff Jarrett and a fellow WWE Hall of Famer have attempted to put to bed speculation regarding a fall-out between the pair.
For more than 25 years it was believed that there was serious bad feeling between Jeff Jarrett and Stone Cold Steve Austin.
This issues reportedly go all of the way back to when Austin was just starting his career and was working for Jarrett’s father. The story goes that Austin always resented that he was paid so little by the legendary promoter.
However, the tension became very real in 1997 when Jeff Jarrett arrived back in the WWF after a short spell in WCW. As part of his big return Jarrett cut a scathing promo blurring the lines between reality and fiction taking aim at a number of targets including Austin.
The problem being that the Texas Rattlesnake had no idea that Jarrett would be including him in his tirade. As a result, Austin refused to work with Jarrett, despite Double J previously being promised a feud with the star.
Despite this, during an appearance on the Broken Skull Sessions which is hosted by Steve Austin, both Stone Cold and Jarrett were at pains to point out that there was no heat between them.
“People wanted to latch on and different stories came out,” Jarrett explained. “I can’t tell you how many interviews I’ve done and said, ‘Man, Stone Cold hates your stinking guts. Why?’”
Jarrett remained with the WWF until 1999, when he returned to WCW once more. After returning, Jarrett finally won the WCW World Heavyweight Championship. While the championship was undoubtedly a high-point in his career, shortly after, Double J was involved in an infamous incident with Hulk Hogan and Vince Russo at Bash at the Beach 2000.
During his conversation with Austin, Jarrett explained that the incident left him “disgusted.”
H/t to Wrestling Inc for the transcription.