Wrestling legend Jeff Jarrett reflects on his career and Australian wrestling talent

Jeff Jarrett. Picture: wwe.com

Jeff Jarrett has had one of the most remarkable careers in professional wrestling, and now the WWE Hall of Famer is now launching a new podcast with Conrad Thompson called ‘My World with Jeff Jarrett’, where he speaks about his nearly 35-year journey in the wrestling industry.

Speaking with The Inner Sanctum this week, Jarrett said it was the perfect time to dive into the podcasting industry.

“I just celebrated my 35th year in the industry and I’m pretty hyped up,” he told The Inner Sanctum.

“This is something that candidly, and I’ve said it multiple times over the last couple of weeks, I never thought I would be getting into the podcast world.

“But from early days of starting out in regional/territory days of wrestling, to Texas, Japan, Puerto Rico, and early days to WWF to WCW, to WWE to TNA and then to the Hall of Fame stages – we’re going to just tell stories.

“And you know, as COVID and the pandemic rolled along last year, and different documentaries, namely, The Last Dance, I’ve told the story that I began to look at the podcasting world a little bit different in that we live in an on-demand entertainment, society generation, it’s truly Netflix, Hulu, and, you know, it goes without saying, we live in an on demand world.

Jeff Jarrett in WWE. Picture: wwe.om

“And Conrad [Thompson], it’s going to be me and him every week, taking an event or a talent or whatever it is, and really telling the story behind the stories.

“And I’ve never done that for 35 years, I’ve always, I guess with my promoter mentality, talk is about things coming up in the future and all that, but never a recap guy, never looking in the rearview mirror and critical whether it was great, or whether it’s horrible or that whether it’s in between. I’ve always looked at the past and said what can I do better and learn from it, but move on.

“Now, this is an opportunity to Conrad and the business component of it with blue chip advertisers and just outside the deep, deep penetration that podcasting now gets. I’m really looking forward to launching.”

Conrad Thompson does podcasts with other wrestling personalities such as Jim Ross and Eric Bischoff, and similarly to those, he’ll be picking the subjects.

“I’ve left that up to Conrad,” Jarrett said.

“But I know right out of the gate, he wants to talk about my my match with Chyna, the Good Housekeeping match and the story behind the story with that with me and Vince.

“You know, the byline is that I, Jeff, held up Vince, which is preposterous in and of itself.

“But, the story is going to be told.

“The last Nitros a couple of stories, we’re going to tell some TNA stories.

“So I know those are the topical ones, the Hall of Fame story, a couple of Hulk Hogan stories and me flying to Japan.

“I’ve got 35 years to cover when I let Conrad dictate.

“But you know, on all the social medias that we have, there’s fan engagement, the listeners are going to get too heavily influenced what topics come next.

“So that’s a part of this podcast universe, you talk about having the ability to listen to your audience, they are going to dictate the topics and that’s pretty cool.”

Following the death of WCW, WWE was the only game in town, which triggered Jarrett to begin TNA.

“I’m a third generation promoter and when Vince [McMahon] bought WCW, and there was only one game in town, it was very obvious to me, and this is a story that deeply connects with Australia and the WWA, that when he bought it, there was no such thing as a number one, it was just Vince, there was no other number two,” Jarrett said.

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“Avis, the rental car agency has made billions of dollars on ‘we try harder, we’re number two behind Hertz’.

“I knew there was a huge void in the marketplace.

“And so that was one thing to void and then touring the world, coming to Australia, coming to New Zealand, going all across Europe, and the different talent that was available.

“There was a massive amount of talent available, and I knew that it wasn’t going to be easy.

“Coming off the Attitude Era, there was a lot of bad taste in the corporate side of things, but I knew that there was an opportunity to promote professional wrestling, and so from the beginning, we wanted to create, even if it was a rather distant number two, that was always the goal, to get into the game.

“And when you look over from about 2002, to about 2009, 2010, it went from a dream in my head, to a reality and a two-hour flagship show on Spike TV in the United States and seen in 130-140 countries around the world and licencing programming and live events, everything that went with.

“The goal was to be a fully functioning, and we got there, promotion.”

Jarrett fondly reflected on Australia and the Australian wrestling scene, believing it’s a huge market, which WWE has now seen with the growth of talent such as Rhea Ripley and Murphy.

“I came [to Australia] as a part of the WCW Nitro tour in the late 90s to 2000,” Jarrett said.

“I knew the opportunity that existed in Australia without question, Andrew McManus, the promoter from Australia, he wanted to get in the wrestling business, but I just knew Australia, New Zealand, English speaking countries and knew that there was a great upside to it.

“And I’ve always I’ve said it many, many times. The Australian fans, super educated on the world of professional wrestling. Very educated on the product, and loved it and supported.

“Murphy is an incredible in-ring performer and I really enjoyed working with him from time to time.

“But you can’t really have this discussion nowadays without talking about Rhea [Ripley]. Her skill set, the sky’s the limit with her.

“Her look, I call it her aura, or her it factor is at a premium.

“The minute Rhea opens her mouth. she identifies herself.

“She’s not like the other females on the roster. Her accent alone sets her apart.

“And that’s a part of this industry, you have to be identifiable.

“So there is the Australian performer who looks just fantastic.

“Just the broad shoulders. She looks like she’ll rip your head off. And you know, her cadence and her it factor.

“So it’s hard not to talk about Rhea when you’re talking about Australian superstar this day and age.”

You can listen to the podcast trailer below.

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