Devil's Advocate Series Part I: Why Jeff Jarrett Better Than Fans Think He Is
Welcome to Part One of a five part series, in which I will play the devil's advocate for certain wrestlers or events in wrestling.
Part One is about "Double J" Jeff Jarrett, the most loathed man in wrestling, period. I will start off with a synopsis of Jarrett's career to demonstrate his success in the ring. Then, I will talk about his TNA business moves to show his successes out of the ring. Once I have discussed both, it will be up to you to judge.
Over the years, "Double J" has successfully played both face and heel in every company he has worked for. Not only has he played both roles well, but he has also held titles in all of those companies. In some cases, he was a multiple-time heavyweight champion.
Now, he finds himself as a minority partner of TNA wrestling, a company that he and his father founded in 2001. That company grew from being a small company to being the second biggest wrestling company in the nation.
In his first stint in what was then the WWF, Jarrett was a two-time intercontinental champion. Those reigns occurred within a three-year time span, when that title actually meant something. A year later, he went to WCW, where he was dubbed a "free agent" and had the nWo and Four Horseman fighting for his services.
Shortly after that, Jarrett found himself in the hunt for the United States title, which he eventually won. Then, after being with WCW for only one year, he packed his bags and went back to the WWF.
During his second go-around with the WWF, Jarrett went on to become Intercontinental champion four-more times, European champ once, and tag champ once. He would also trim his locks and take on a new persona as a bad-ass type wrestler.
In 1999, WWF head writer Vince Russo jumped ship to rival WCW and Jarrett followed shortly after. There, he found his biggest push and became a four-time WCW champion. He stayed with the company until its demise in 2001.
One year later, he created TNA wrestling, where he still works and is a six-time champion. Jarrett has since struck a deal with Mexican promotion AAA involving a talent exchange and invasion angle. In fact, just last week I reported that he just won their heavyweight title.
Now that we have covered his career, let's discuss his business dealings.
Since TNA's inception, Jarrett has thought outside of the box. For example, he took a revenue idea from MMA and began advertising on the ring mats. He also came up with the six-sided ring and created the X-Division. This helped brand TNA and set them apart from other wrestling organizations.
Jarrett also had the foresight to make people like R-Truth, Christian, Gail Kim, and Awesome Kong the faces of their divisions. This obviously occurred prior to their current runs with the WWE. He also jumped on making Sting and Kurt Angle a part of TNA when both had lost interest with the WWE.
Even after his suspension from TNA for inappropriate behavior. Jarrett managed to come back as a face. He was the one that later dated and marred Kurt Angle's wife.
Mind you, their divorce barely had time to collect dust before Jarrett came and swept her away. It was not for a few months after his return that the Angle-Jarrett feud began and Jarrett became a heel.
This situation is similar to the Edge-Lita-Matt Hardy story. However, Edge, the man who stole Lita, was always viewed as the heel while Hardy was backed by the fans as he sought revenge.
Now, onto the "Monday Night Wars" version 2.0. When TNA had stacked the deck with Hogan and Hardy, the WWE noticed and held their annual Brand Draft. This ultimately depleted Friday Night SmackDown! and gave RAW an all-star roster.
Clearly, Vince McMahon was worried that he might lose some viewers that were looking for something different. Even though TNA lost and moved back to Thursday nights, Jarrett's brainchild definitely made it's mark.
More recently, he was able to convince Sting not only to come back to the ring but to resign with TNA. This angered many fans, as they were hoping to see Sting at WrestleMania.
Guitar shots aside, you are talking about a pretty solid career, both on and off TV. Now that I have plead the case for Jeff Jarrett, it's your turn to decide whether Jarrett is better than we thought. Or do you still despise him?
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