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Jeff Jarrett became one of Owen Hart’s closest friends before his tragic passing, but Jarrett didn’t realize how his friend’s death affected him so heavily until years later. Double J joined Steve Austin on the latest episode of “Broken Skull Sessions” to talk about the entirety of his pro wrestling journey up until this point. Halfway through the episode, Austin asked Jarrett about those moments surrounding that heartwrenching evening on May 23, 1999.

“I didn’t realize how bad it affected me until 19 years later when I got into the darkest part of my life and it all came out,” Jarrett said to Austin. “When it went down, cause I remember it like it was yesterday, he left his house on a Saturday. We were going to All-State Arena, Chicago live event, sold out … but he got there late.

“We were working against Edge & Christian. I’m dressed, Edge & Christian are dressed, we were supposed to go over the match. And Owen comes in and he hears it, and he says, ‘Jeff, come here.’ We get in a little bathroom stall, and he pulls out of his tights these red noses,” Jarrett said. “He wants to play a rib on these kids and throw this together, and me and him got red noses on.”

Jarrett also recalls Hart having fun with Bradshaw and Steve Blackman that Sunday morning as well. He then goes into detail about a WWE ticket person named Matt Miller, whom Hart was friends with, letting him know that it was time to go up in the rafters. Hart left and Jarrett knew he had about 15 minutes to get ready for his match.

Earlier than expected, Miller came back to tell Jarrett that Hart fell and Jarrett’s time to go out was now. Jarrett initially thought that Hart just hurt his knee, and recalls doing his promo and getting to the ring for his mixed tag match.

“They wheel him back, and Francios is on top of him and there’s a whole mass of people going, and I finish the promo and Owen goes that way with the whole medical scene and they tell us to go this way. We go, Steve, go down the aisle. It’s all a blur, but the one thing I’ll never forget, [I] get up in the ring like we do and feel the ropes, but the top rope’s really loose, and I walk over in that corner and there was the divot, and that’s when the whole kind of thing went into, ‘He didn’t just break his knee.’ Cause I thought Matt Miller said, ‘Hey man, he fell,’ and I immediately go, ‘Oh man, his knee’s screwed up, they had to stop the match.’ I’m not thinking the worst at all,” Jarrett said.

“I come through the curtain and Matt and the police officer were there, and I said, ‘I want to go now,’ and they knew it, and I told the cop, ‘Where are you going to be?’ He said, ‘I’m right there.’ I ran up for whatever reason and grabbed my bag and jumped, and went back into the cop car and we’re hauling ass down the road, and I’m knocking on the plexiglass, ‘Officer,’ and he didn’t want to answer. ‘Hey dude, can you help me? I know you obviously can’t say anything but what am I stepping into here?’ Steve, he looked over his shoulder and that’s when he goes, ‘It’s not good.’”

Jarrett talked about the sadness of going through all the events of the week following Hart’s passing, including “WWE Raw” the night after and Hart’s funeral. All that being said, there was never any time to process the intense emotion of it all.

“In a week’s time, we were kind of all back to work. ‘You okay, Jeff?’ ‘Oh, I’m fine.’ Like, a lot of us, it’s what we did. Well, 19 years later when I get into treatment and they sort of drill down on that, man, a flood of emotions came out. So it affected me in so many ways that I had no idea,” Jarrett stated.

“Knowing Owen and the kind of guy he was, and it affected me for a lot of years that I had no idea. I can’t even imagine. It’s one thing [to Austin], you’re closing the show. There was not a right or wrong decision. I would have hated to be in Vince’s shoes. To be put in those circumstances on so many levels, it was – a night we’d all like to forget.”

A WWE Hall of Famer has been confirmed as the next special guest on “Stone Cold” Steve Austin’s Broken Skull Sessions.

The Texas Rattlesnake’s sit-down interviews have become a huge hit with fans all around the world. The likes of The Undertaker, Goldberg, Sasha Banks and AEW’s Chris Jericho have all appeared in the past to discuss their careers and answer hard-hitting questions from Austin.

The most recent guest on the show was Cody Rhodes, who recently returned to WWE at WrestleMania 38 after leaving All Elite Wrestling. That particular interview dropped on May 6.

In a tweet posted out the WWE Network Twitter account, it was confirmed that Jeff Jarrett will be the next special guest. It was noted that the episode will be released on Friday, June 3. The release will coincide with WWE’s Hell in a Cell Premium Live Event that will take place just two days later from the Allstate Arena in Rosemont, IL.

Jarrett’s second tenure with WWE between 1997 and 1999 ended in controversial circumstances when upon the expiry of his contract, he left to join rivals WCW. Once Vince McMahon had completed the purchase of the Atlanta-based promotion in 2001, he ultimately fired the former Intercontinental Champion live on “Raw”.

After 12 years involved with IMPACT Wrestling, formerly known as TNA, the former NWA World Heavyweight Champion was invited back to WWE to be inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2018. The following year, after being inducted by his friend Road Dogg, he was hired as a backstage producer, before reportedly departing the promotion in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic.

In recent times, Jarrett has been performing on the independent circuit in different roles, notably with Game Changer Wrestling and with the National Wrestling Alliance.

The tell-all interview will be available to watch on Peacock in the United States of America, and on WWE Network around the world.

WWE Hall Of Famer Jeff Jarrett has called Bryan Danielson the absolute best pro wrestler on the planet in 2022.

Jarrett told ‘The Ringer Wrestling Show‘ that AEW’s workhorse combines unbelievable in-ring skills with “storytelling ability”. He also reckons Danielson’s connection to hardcore wrestling fans should never be overlooked or downplayed.

Interestingly, ‘Double J’ said that Bryan is the best “when he has time” to work with. Maybe that was a nod back to the then-Daniel Bryan’s infamous 18-second loss to Sheamus at WrestleMania XXVIII in 2012 – that has always stuck in the craw of fans and peers alike, because it seemed like such a huge waste of talent.

Things worked out well for Danielson, at least, and he’s currently smashing it as part of the All Elite roster.

Jarrett said that Roman Reigns comes close (citing his merchandise sales and commanding presence), but there’s no-one he’d rather watch perform more than Bryan. That’s a huge compliment to the AEW star. Few people who watch wrestling week-to-week could complain with Jeff’s choice here either.

Perhaps Jarrett’s favourite thing about Bryan is that “everything he does has meaning to it”.

Jeff Jarrett appeared on Wrestling Inc. Daily where he spoke about AEW signing Jay Lethal. He said that he couldn’t be happier for him as he discussed the talent that Lethal will bring to the table.

“As the proverbial saying goes, when one door closes another one opens and I could not be happier for my man, Jay Lethal I could not be happier. He is one of the guys that I would be asked, ‘who is out there on the Ring Of Honor roster?’ Or really just out there. But Jay always re-upped with those guys and he had a sense of loyalty, so hats off to him,” Jeff Jarrett said.

“But I believe, and my track record speaks for itself when I was part of a decision-making team, Jay has unbelievable talent,” he claimed. “He’s diverse, he can not just get it done in the ring, he can tell a story in the ring so many different ways, but he can talk. His impersonations are hilarious but they’re compelling. But that just shows sort of the range, like a singer. Jay can do a lot of things, and he can do a lot of things well. So I could not be happier for him.”

Jarrett then spoke about the recent decision for Ring Of Honor to go on hiatus. He discussed how it could be a Sinclair decision, but noted that he doesn’t like to see it happen.

“There’s only one thing for certain in life and that’s change. I don’t know the ins and outs or the corporate battles of what Joe faces. When you look back, WCW getting canceled, was that specifically a wrestling decision? I don’t know about that one,” he said. “Here’s a better one, had UFC not left Fox, would WWE be on Fox Network on Friday nights on SmackDown? I don’t know. It’s definitely a question to ponder. Joe’s challenges, again I am on the way outside looking in, they bought all the sports networks, so it’s a Sinclair decision. I hate to see it.”

Another wrestler who made his mark in Ring Of Honor is Danhausen. Jarrett spoke about the popular wrestler, making it clear he is a fan of him.

“I love him. A unique talent. It’s not a guarantee if you’re unique that you’re going to be successful, but in his case, you’re talking about him and I think that says a lot,” Jarrett claimed. “You asked me, out of everybody out there right now, you asked me about him. I think the proof is in the pudding. I love him, he’s a unique talent, a unique skill set, he’s going places.”

Rumors of CM Punk’s in-ring return first surfaced less than a month ago, but talks of the Best in the World getting back in the squared circle have already gone mainstream.

WWE Hall of Famer Jeff Jarrett recently weighed in on Punk’s reported return to wrestling, calling it a “special moment.”

“You know, Punk, as a performer or promoter [what] I’m most excited about is [that] to say that absence makes the heart grow fonder pretty much goes for everyone,” Jarrett told Love Wrestling. “In this type of scenario, it’s been a minute since he’s stepped into the world of professional wrestling with people. [He did] the UFC and that, but him reentering the industry and yes, he did some FOX stuff, but I mean, what you’re tabling here? It’s gonna be a special moment, because not many times do you see a guy that rose to his heights that dipped out and is now returning.”

Jarrett noted the various variables surrounding Punk’s supposed AEW debut are what has his attention.

“The curiosity factor alone is through the roof,” Jarrett said. “How’s it going to be done? [How’s] the timing going to be done? Who’s going to be that first opponent? How’s the crowd going to accept him, or his opponent, or the story?”

In a sport that has no offseason, Jarrett says intrigue like this is what makes pro wrestling so engaging. While Double J agreed that wrestlers should get time off, he emphasized that the unpredictability of week-to-week broadcasts is what makes the business “red hot” right now.

“I went into this couple of weeks ago on the podcast, our industry is so cool, and I think it’s one of the biggest things that attracts me. 52 weeks a year, and look, yes, I saw somebody said people need time off. I agree. But, the content being produced 52 weeks a year is fantastic,” Jarrett said. “There’s always next week. So, what’s happening next week, is Punk coming next week, or the following week, or the following week? No matter what happens, we’re all gonna sit back and either praise it or whatever it may be. But, then, there’s going to be the next week, and then the next week. That’s kind of really cool. I’m excited. Like I said just a second ago, the business in so many ways, is super red hot. I couldn’t be more excited.”

As noted, CM Punk is expected to make his AEW debut this Friday at AEW Rampage: The First Dance.

WWE Hall of Famer Jeff Jarrett recently spoke on his podcast, My World, about the infamous WCW Bash at the Beach 2000 pay-per-view where he notoriously laid down for Hulk Hogan. Jarrett mentioned the differences between WCW creative and WWE creative and praised Vince McMahon for his ability to run the ship better than Eric Bischoff.

“I knew day one, literally day one, this is a different organization than what I just came from,” Jarrett said. “The buck stopped with Eric [Bischoff], Hulk was a part of the creative, it was a corporate environment from the very beginning. Love him, hate him, not like him, Vince [McMahon] even though [WWE] is a publicly traded company, it’s his call on every decision. I never got that feeling ever when I worked for [WCW], going back to 1996.”

Jarrett continued on his criticism of WCW, stating that almost every single thing that happened with the company was negotiable. The former Intercontinental Champion continued to note the main differences between working for Vince McMahon and Eric Bischoff.

“Negotiating a simple finish, not every night, but for the most part everything was negotiable,” Jarrett said. “If you work for WWF, most of the time it’s non-negotiable. The producer is going to go to the head writer and then to Vince. That’s really the only way it’s going to get changed, when Vince sends that show out or that finish out, that’s what you expect to get. At WCW, for the most part, everything was negotiable.”

On a recent episode of My World with Jeff Jarrett, the founder of TNA Wrestling spoke about the preparations he and his father, Jerry Jarrett, had to make to start the company.

Jarrett talked about acquiring Dixie Carter as their PR agent for the company at the time. Prior to Dixie becoming the President of TNA, she was hired by Jarrett to be the PR agent of the company, which was how she got her start in TNA.

“Dixie, as a PR agent as a woman, she reminded me of my grandmother to a certain degree,” Jarrett said. “From the verbal skills to the salesmanship and the assertiveness and her resume with professional billiards association. She had some major accounts, a whiskey account, wrangler jeans, she knew how to deal with both coasts.

“I knew by the time I left that meeting that was the PR agent I was going with.”

Jarrett also spoke on a previous podcast about the specific talent TNA were looking for when starting the company, which included names like The Ultimate Warrior, Ken Shamrock, Chyna and others. Another name Jarrett mentioned that they wanted, who ultimately signed with TNA, was Scott Hall. Double J spoke about Hall, saying he was one of the guys who he was surprised never won a major championship in his career.

“I don’t recall exactly but my gut tells me I would’ve reached out to him,” Jarrett said. “The Jeff Jarrett – Razor Ramon relationship was pretty deep and travelled a lot of miles with him and all that, when he became available, I definitely remember I was super excited. I think to this day for him not to have been a World Champion, to me is sort of a head scratcher. He had it all. I was very excited and my dad and him always had a great relationship, I was very excited to get the opportunity to have him on board.

“Me and Scott were [talking] ‘Scott, we’re not talking about locking you up, you know creatively what I think about you, we’re going to take care of you.’ He wanted to know what I was doing, and I was like ‘Dude, trust me.’ We knew each other, I was going to take care of him creatively and here’s the dates and here’s the money.”

On the latest episode of the My World Podcast, Jeff Jarrett spoke about creating TNA with his father and who they wanted to start the company with. Jarrett said he and his father, Jerry Jarrett, who was an American professional wrestling promoter in the late 70s through the 90s, were recruiting former big name wrestlers who worked for WWE.

“He was putting out his feelers and I was doing the same,” Jarrett said. “Who’s available, who wants to be a part of this, who believes in it. Who’s out there available, who can we sell tickets with and who are we going to go after.

“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 [1988]. 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.”

In 2002 when TNA launched, Brian “Road Dogg” James was one of the first big name wrestlers the company signed. Road Dogg and Jarrett were great friends through their time together in WWE and Jarrett said James’ time as a singles star in WWE proved to him that he could be a big draw for TNA. Jarrett also named Sid Vicious, Ken Shamrock and Randy Savage as starts that they thought about bringing to TNA for the start of the company.

“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.

“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].

On a previous podcast, Jarrett broke down what happened when he left WWE before a match with Chyna at No Mercy 1999. Jarrett spoke about wanting Chyna to come to TNA at the start, saying she was a box office draw and he saw that during his time with WWE.

“Hell yes,” Jarrett said when asked if he wanted Chyna in TNA. “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.”

On the latest episode of My World with Jeff Jarrett, the founder of TNA Wrestling spoke about creating the company with his father, Jerry Jarrett, and the plans they had with signing certain talent off the heels of WCW being bought by WWE. The original idea for TNA was sparked during a summer where Jarrett was on the shelf at home after being “fired” on RAW by Vince McMahon live on television after the purchase of WCW.

Speaking about the birth of the idea of TNA on a previous podcast, Jarrett said the company had several names from WWF at the time in mind for the company, including Chyna and Sid Vicious. Jarrett also mentioned how interested he and his father were in The Ultimate Warrior being a part of TNA, noting that his father had a great relationship with the former WWF Champion.

“I had a couple conversations with [Ultimate Warrior], but very top level,” Jarrett said. “To put it back in context, I had never done business with him, our paths really never crossed in WWF. Me and [Warrior’s] paths never really crossed other than I met him on Thanksgiving day in 1985 and I met him with Sting. Our paths had never crossed, he was more a business colleague, he was a friend of my dad’s. I reached out, had some conversations but my dad was doing all the business negotiations. He was asking me some questions, very high level.

“He has tremendous name value and going into June of 2002, we were only looking at 26 shows. ‘Hey man , come give us a try,’ I gave that pitch to a lot of folks through the first year, whether it was [Mr. Perfect], Rick Steiner or Hacksaw or the Road Warriors. We’re not asking you to sign an exclusive deal, we’re not asking you to do anything. We’re starting up a company, do you want to come work a few shows?”

Although Warrior never appeared for TNA Wrestling, Jarrett said his father was the main person driving that conversation and it was due to his lack of knowledge of the business at the time. Jarrett said every talent they talked too, including Warrior, was very hot and cold about joining TNA and it was on them to convince the talent to give their new company a shot.

“During this startup phase, from the time WCW closed to this timeframe, I was sharing many more conversations with my father about the business than I had the years I went to WCW and WWF back and forth,” Jarrett said. “I can vividly remember thinking to myself talent of 2002 has quite a bit of a different mindset than when [my father] was actively involved in an ownership role, it wasn’t the same mentality.

“Dealing with talent post WCW and nothing else on the horizon, the underbelly is, am I jumping on this train or not? Who’s doing what, how’s it taking us? There wasn’t really any place to make a living, my dad dealing with the hot-cold switch of any talent, let alone Ultimate Warrior, I became very aware of that.”

On the latest episode of the My World Podcast, Jeff Jarrett recalled the night that his great friend Owen Hart passed away live on a WWE pay-per-view, Over the Edge 1999. Jarrett spoke about Owen, who he was scheduled to follow that night, and described what it was like being rushed out to wrestle his match.

“I knew I was on after Owen,” Jarrett said. “I went down to Gorilla and came back and Owen was taking off with his garb and his outfit and all that and I went into the dressing room and I had boots and tights on but no shirt, no glasses. I could remember this kind of stuff like it was yesterday, Matt [Miller] running up the hall saying ‘Jeff, you’re up, you’re up.’ And I remember saying what, thinking he’s ribbing and he goes ‘No, you’re up.’ [I said] ‘Owen’s back? What are you talking about?’ He goes ‘No, no, no, Owen fell.’

“That convinced me that I’m up, and then I heard several screams. ‘Jeff, Jarrett!’ As I get down there, people in production are like ‘Hey, we’re going to do a promo,’ and I’m thinking do a promo? I can tell you if you’ve ever been to a car wreck or hospitals, the heaviness. I’ve processed this multiple times, but the heaviness of the room, the area. They said you have to do a promo and that’s when I kind of like, he didn’t fall and blow out a knee? This is a lot more than Owen just fell. I just couldn’t fathom, I didn’t have that immediate thought [that he had died], but nothing serious.”

Jarrett recalls seeing one of WWE’s trainers giving Owen chest compressions before he walked out for his match. He also talked about the trauma he experienced while walking to the ring and realizing that the boards under the ring were broken from Owens fall.

“Francois, I have a vivid memory, he was a trainer, chiropractor, there is a mass of people and it is a gurney and Francois is up on top and giving chest compressions,” Jarrett said. “He’s doing that and just the mass of people, to this day I’ve never watched any of this event back, but I vividly remember the feeling of ‘Oh’, and 3-2-1, the promo rolls. I finished it, they grabbed me and said ‘Go right to the ring.’ Walking down that ring and getting up in that ring and walking around like I do before matches and going to the place where Owen had fallen and feeling the ring. In treatment I was taught PTSD, I always thought that was for folks that went to war but being up in the ring and feeling that, that’s when the heaviness came over.

“Coming through the curtain and Matt [Miller] standing there, I said ‘Get me a car, now.’ Whatever came over me, I grabbed my bags and came down and Matt said over here and they had me a cop car. When I think back over it now and what was known and wasn’t known, how Matt took care of me and had the cop, they put me in the car and the car takes off fast. I immediately started bowing my head and just thinking, I asked the officer ‘What do you know?’ No answer. I banged on the window, ‘Sir, I know you probably can’t tell me a lot, can you please give me a heads up? We got to be getting close.’ And whatever I said, I can remember him looking over the corner of his shoulder and saying ‘It’s not good Jeff.’ And that’s when I basically was just like wow.”

Jarrett described what happened when he got to the hospital that night. He also explained what happened after he left the hospital and how he and Road Dogg were together in a room trying to process what had just transpired.

“Did I know he had passed? No,” Jarrett said. “We pulled in there, out walks a nurse, out walks another nurse and that’s when the news broke to me. I can remember them saying ‘Do you want to go in?’ And I immediately said no, Martha needs to be here and family. I just stood outside and that felt like an eternity and I just sort of sat out there and to this day I don’t recall who came and got me. I stood out there and sobbed and weeped and couldn’t really wrap my head around it, and then the doctor came out and sort of talked to me and that was a heavy heavy day.”

“We go back to the hotel, and I could remember Road Dogg sitting across from me on a twin bed with the phone. And him getting on the phone with my wife and him telling her ‘Yeah, he’s good, we’re good.’ You think about me and Brian James trying to console one another, what a train wreck that is to think about. We tried to process it but I’ll say we didn’t.”