As Jeff Jarrett prepares to enter the world of podcasting when My World debuts on AdFreeShows, the WWE Hall of Famer has opened up about Vince McMahon – calling WWE’s CEO the “greatest promoter in all of entertainment” and noting his showmanship.
Double J, who himself has straddled the roles of wrestler, promoter, producer and now podcaster across his career, had high praise for McMahon when asked about the segment which saw Vince McMahon parody Jarrett’s melodic catchphrase and say he’d be “G-double O-double N-double E” on the RAW and Nitro simulcast. In a recent interview, Inside The Ropes’ Lead Writer Gary Cassidy asked the six-time Intercontinental Champion about Vince McMahon.
“What’s really unique, Bruce was actually in Panama City, but obviously working for Vince and so there’s a really cool backstory to that and as you dig deeper into it, we’re going to cover that in one of the first few episodes of My World. So that’s something that… That’s been talked about. The match with Chyna… I mean, I could go down the list of stories, the Double J vignettes and being part of the Four Horsemen. We just mentioned Mongo McMichael. There’s so many different stories and peeling the story back and the different layers of onion.”
Jarrett added that it says a lot about the segment that he was the man pin-pointed, and that it still gets spoken about two decades later.
“It’s funny how people… We’re still talking about it today. That happened in 2001 and here we are 20 years later, 20 years and just over, the people are still sort of hanging on that and I’ve always often said that it’s… And again, I was a wrestling fan so I’m not pointing fingers at wrestling because I’m a wrestling fan, but some people say, “Oh, that’s real. Oh, that’s not real.” So what is real and what’s not real? We’re going to tell those kind of stories.
The four-time WCW World Heavyweight Champion had high praise for McMahon, though, saying he’s the best promoter in any form of entertainment.
“The truth of the matter is, Vince does a lot of smart things over the years, incredibly gifted promoter, probably the greatest promoter of all forms of entertainment, of all time – but he’s also a showman and so I immediately thought, when I heard it, that they could have picked 30… I don’t know, 30, 40 different guys. I’m the one that got featured. The real details of the contract, you’ve got to be hired before you get fired and we’re going to get into all those kind of stories. But it was pretty cool and I’ll say this, and hats off to Bruce and Vince. They shot a vignette that was just sort of maybe off the cuff and we’re still talking about it 20 years later, so I think that’s a real unique side of all of it. But we’re going to get into that on My World for sure.”
Jarrett previewed his podcast, which debuts this week, by teeing up many of the topics he covers on the show – including bringing ‘Macho Man’ Randy Savage to TNA, Owen Hart, finding out he was fired on live TV, Bash at the Beach 2000 and much, much more.
“You know, with Bruce’s podcast, Something To Wrestle With, and Conrad as the co-host of Bruce’s podcast and now mine, we’re going to get into that because what’s really unique, Bruce was actually in Panama City, but obviously working for Vince and so there’s a really cool backstory to that and as you dig deeper into it, we’re going to cover that in one of the first few episodes of My World. So that’s something that… That’s been talked about. The match with Chyna… I mean, I could go down the list of stories, the Double J vignettes and being part of the Four Horsemen.”
You can read the full interview here.