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JR SHOOTS DOWN RUMORS OF NEW PROMOTION WITH JARRETT



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 JRsBarBQ.com. 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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