• Hall Of Famer On Why He Left The WWF In 1995
During an episode of his weekly ‘My World’ podcast, Old School WWF/WCW Legend Jeff Jarrett revealed the reason behind him leaving the World Wrestling Federation after his famous In Your House 2 match against Shawn Michaels.
Here’s what Double J said regarding his 1995 departure:
“Lack of communication and I’ll take full responsibility, I’ll still stick to my guns that the package of Double J, and we’re still talking about it today. You would’ve thought oh man, Jeff and Brian, they were together a couple of years. We were on screen together 6 months, that to me is a little bit of validation that we really had something.
I bet I had 3 or 4 conversations [with Vince]. ‘Ah, Vince, I really think it’s premature, I don’t think we need to pull the trigger.’ We had talked about another video, we talked about multiple videos, we talked about an album.
You have to remember, CDs in the 90s were printing money. Living in Nashville and knowing the amount of money that was being distributed, the country music industry, there were a whole slew of acts in the early 90s they literally blew this town up from a financial perspective, all the money that was being created. As hot as the country music business was and knowing that Brian can sing his a$$ off as good or better than most folks out there, it’s not my opinion, I’m talking about music execs.
The only thing I know to do is, once we shoot the angle, it’s game set and match. The title is inconsequential to our storyline. Our storyline is between us. I went to the well again Sunday, I’ll never forget it. I’m standing on stage next to Vince and we’re going over the performance and I say ‘Vince, can we reconsider this? I don’t think so, I really don’t think we should do this.’ [Vince said] ‘Nope, no,’ he really didn’t even give me the time of day.
Here was sort of the Jeff plan, drop the title, Shawn is my buddy, it’s business, I’m not going to prohibit anybody from doing their thing, but if I don’t do the angle with Road Dogg, my plan was to leave the building, let the dust settle and the meeting of the minds would take place.
A week, two weeks, three weeks, I just didn’t foresee Vince McMahon being furious and Bruce [Prichard] being irate and Pat [Paterson] saying ‘Let’s move on.’ I’m putting words in their mouths but I’m not putting words in Vince’s, Vince was furious.”
Jarrett was eventually brought back in December 1995, but left again shortly after the Royal Rumble PPV in January 1996.
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• ON THIS DAY IN WWF HISTORY (July 31, 1993) – WWF Superstars of Wrestling
On this day in 1993, the World Wrestling Federation aired an episode of their weekly TV show ‘WWF Superstars of Wrestling’.
This episode was pre-taped at the Wilkes University Marts Center in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania and featured matches, promos & storyline segments on the road to the ‘WWF SummerSlam 1993’ PPV.
Here’s the match-card:
1. Men on a Mission vs. The Brooklyn Brawler & Brian Costello
2. Adam Bomb vs. Tony Devito
3. Mr. Hughes vs. Jason Headings
4. The Headshrinkers vs. Dave Thornberg & Bret Tyler
5. Mr. Perfect vs. Glen Ruth
6. Sensational Sherri vs. Luna Vachon