On a recent episode of his weekly ‘My World’ podcast, 4-time WCW World Heavyweight Champion Jeff Jarrett spoke about the meaning of wins & losses in professional wrestling nowadays and revealed that his view on this topic has changed over the years.
Here’s what Double J said:
“It’s certainly evolved through the years. Territory days, you did a finish on Monday night, whatever dictated to tell a story to get us back to TV. And you did that finish around the horn.
Then you get into the pre-Attitude Era. Syndicated television, they used to have enhancement match, enhancement match, main event. So in the main event, wins and losses meant a lot. But a loss here and there is a part of episodic storytelling. So that was just a part of it.
It’s almost become somewhat of a blur. In any week’s time, the wrestling audience gets to see however many on ‘RAW’, ‘Dynamite’, ‘Rampage’, ‘SmackDown’. There’s so many finishes being done out there, it is again back to the basics.
A story now is everything. It’s the only thing that’s going to resonate with the audience. Because matches and finishes, there’s too much out there for it to matter.”
Jeff Jarrett was famous for his 2 stints with the World Wrestling Federation (1993-1996 & 1997-1999) and his 2 stints with Ted Turner’s World Championship Wrestling (1996-1997 & 1999-2001), as well as his time in Total Nonstop Action! (2002-2015).
In 2018, Double J was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame by his former wingman The Roadie (aka The Road Dogg Jesse James).
He’s currently working for Tony Khan’s All Elite Wrestling as their AEW’s Director of Business Development, as well as a pro-wrestler.
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