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WWE Hall of Famer Jim Ross shot down the rumors that he is in talks with
Jeff Jarrett and Toby Keith to start a new wrestling promotion in his
latest blog on I have not spoken to Jeff Jarrett since he
left WWE on a day that doesn’t rank too high on my list of fun days at
work, Ross wrote. Jarrett left the company in October 1999 and was
scheduled to fight Chyna at a pay-per-view one day after his WWE deal
expired. While Jarrett wrestled without a contract, losing the
Intercontinental title to Chyna at No Mercy, rumors are that he ‘extorted’
WWE for a total of $300,000 to do the job. Regarding talking wrestling
with Toby Keith, JR acknowledged that he did have dinner with him and
talked wrestling but discussions didn¹t involve starting a new promotion.

(thanks to Colin Vassallo)

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6 Responses

  1. matt says:

    I wouldn’t call 300,000 to lose your title to a woman on PPV without a contract extortion.. Especially if that’s gonna be his farewell WWE moment.. But if he didn’t do it & left as champion, they would’ve had to have a tournament & they’d all have to lose to Chyna too so I think he did a lot of people a favor lol.. WWE didn’t have to have a tournament & no one else had to lose their WWE street-cred so Chyna could win the title! 300,000 sounds fair to me

  2. T says:

    The WWE should have known his contract was up. Seems like sour grapes by JR.

  3. Agent Cooper says:

    Are you kidding? Even the top wrestlers don’t make $300k in a YEAR. So demanding that kind of money back in ’98 for one job seems a tad excessive.

  4. DBRude says:

    I agree with Agent Cooper. $300, 000 is a lot of damn money! But I can see why he WOULD ask for a big payout. They wanted him to fight a woman on t.v., AND lose?! Not good for the image.

  5. Scott II says:

    Even today, $300K is quite a bit, let alone in the late 90’s. If Jeff asked for 5 figures, ok, that’s fine. $300K?!? Extortion in my book. I don’t care if he was booked to lose to a woman (who at least looked the part that she could legitimately whoop some ass). Hell, Jarrett’s career didn’t suffer greatly, even if he was a top guy in a dying WCW, and pretty much, with some help, ran his own promotion for a decade and was on a good spot on the card and did a decent job.

  6. Meh says:

    Again, I believe Jarrett’s anwser to it where he said he owed that money by WWE and he was making sure his former employer paid up.

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