REAL NAME: Jeff Jarrett
BORN: April 14th, 1967 in Nashville, TN
5'10", 230 pounds
ALIASES/ NICKNAMES: Double J, The Chosen One
Perhaps it's no wonder that Jeff Jarrett decided upon professional wrestling as his chosen profession, being the son of Jerry Jarrett, a long time promoter in Tennessee.
After serving as a referee at the age of 19 for his father's promotion, the Memphis-based, CWA,
Jarrett would debut in April 1986, with a victory over Jim Jamison. Before the year was out, Jarrett would have his first taste of gold, teaming with Billy Travis to defeat the Sheepherders on November 17th, to become one-half of the CWA Southern Tagteam Champions, a week after the Sheepherders had defeated them in a tournament for the belts.
After teaming with Travis and, later, Pat Tanaka to pick up a pair of CWA Tagteam title reigns in early 1987, Jarrett's first singles championship, the NWA Mid-American title, would come at the expense of Moondog Spot on May 11th, 1987. Jarrett would hold that championship five times before losing it in a title unification match against AWA Southern heavyweight Champion Jerry Lawler on December 12th, 1987. (The match, also involving International Champion Manny Fernandez, created the CWA Heavyweight title.)
With the interpromotional wars between the AWA, CWA and World Class Championship Wrestling, Jarrett would head to Texas to battle Eric Embry over the World Class Light Heavyweight Chanpionship. Jarrett would claim the crown from Embry on October 15th, 1988, trading it with Embry in November, only to lose it back to him at the Super Clash III supercard on December 13th, 1988.
Following Super Clash III, Jarrett split time between Memphis's CWA (where he defeated Dutch Mantel for the CWA title on March 11th, 1989) and Texas's World Class Championship Wrestling (teaming with Kerry Von Erich, Mil Mascaras and Matt Borne to win the WCCW Tagteam titles in the spring of 1989).
Borne and Jarrett would continue to team for a while, battling Robert Fuller's "Stud Stable" which included Scott Braddock, Ron Starr and Cactus Jack Manson (aka Mick Foley). After Borne lost a "loser leaves town" match, Jarrett was left on his own and, although he did team with Jeff Gaylord, also began to see action as a singles competitor.
With the creation of the United States Wrestling Association (USWA) out of the CWA and WCCW, Jarrett became one of the new promotion's fastest rising stars. On October 6th, 1990, Jarrett defeated Dick Slater to win the first of nine USWA Southern Heavyweight titles. He would also defeat Tommy Rich, Brian Lee and Steve Austin for future championships.
Jarrett would team with Jerry "the King" Lawler in pursuit of the USWA Tagteam titles over 1991-1992, and engaged in a ferocious feud with the Moondogs (Spot, Spike and Cujo), with the USWA Tagteam titles hanging in the balance. The titles would switch hands several times and the feud would be voted Pro Wrestling Illustrated's "Feud of the Year".
In addition, Lawler and Jarrett would, on August 9th, 1992, attend a WWF card in Memphis. Sitting front row, Jarrett would jump the rail during Bret Hart's Intercontinental Championship match and challenge Hart for the title. Hart agreed, if he retained the title at SummerSlam.
History shows that Hart lost to Davey Boy Smith, and so the anticipated Hart-Jarrett bout never took place but the incident was the beginning of an interpromotional angle between WWE and the USWA. Jarrett would find himself facing WWE stars such as Crush, Koko B. Ware and Doink the Clown over the first few months of the angle.
In September 1993, the Southern Heavyweight Championship was renamed the USWA Heavyweight title, which Jarrett lost to Tommy Rich but soon regained the belt. In addition to holding that title, as well as the USWA Tagteam titles (with Brian Christopher), Jarrett would defeat Lawler for the USWA Unified World Heavyweight Championship.
Towards the end of 1993, Jarrett began to appear on WWE telecasts, with a new gimmick. Gone was the clean cut babyface to be replaced by "Double J", an arrogant, flamboyant country and western singing sensation, who planned to use his success in WWE as a springboard for a career in Nashville.
Jarrett made his first WWF pay-per-view appearance at the 1994 Royal Rumble but was eliminated by Randy Savage. After losing to the 1-2-3 Kid (later Syxx and X-Pac) at the King of the Ring, Jarrett got his fist major win, defeating Mabel at SummerSlam.
Shortly after introducing the Roadie (aka Brian Armstrong, later Road Dogg and BG James), Jarrett became involved in his first major feud in the WWF, with Razor Ramon, which netted him the Intercontinental Championship at the 1995 Royal Rumble. After trading the title with Ramon in May, 1995, Jarrett lost the belt to Shawn Michaels in July.
Two days after Jarrett defeated Ahmed Johnston for the USWA Championship in December, Jarrett attacked Johnston in the WWF at an In Your House pay-per-view. However, shortly after Jarrett lost to Johnston at the 1996 Royal Rumble, he left the WWF due to a contract dispute.
Jarrett headed back to the USWA, where he traded the Unified Championship with Lawler before heading to WCW. He quickly found himself stuck in the middle of the NWO-Four Horsemen battles. After battling The Giant and Sting, Jarrett proved his worth to the Horsemen and earned a spot on the roster.
Despite his winning the United States Championship from Dean Malenko on June 9th, 1997, Jarrett found himself on the outs with the Four Horsemen and feuding with former partner, Steve "Mongo" McMichael. Jarrett would receive help in his feud with McMichael from Mongo's ex-wife, Debra but McMichael would defeat Jarrett for the U.S. belt on August 21st.
Jarrett's time in WCW was coming to an end. After losing to Booker T on the October 6th, 1997 edition of Monday Nitro, Jarrett left WCW and returned to the WWF. In his return to Monday Night Raw, Jarrett cut a promo on both Eric Bischoff and Vince McMahon.
Shortly after Jarrett's return, the WWF began an angle where Jim Cornette and his NWA contingent "invaded" the WWF. Jarrett defeated Barry Windham for the NWA North American Championship on December 30th, 1997 and for a short time, aligned himself with Cornette and the NWA.
After breaking away from Cornette in April 1998, Jarrett returned to his "Double J" gimmick, taking on Tennessee Lee (aka Robert Fuller) as his manager. The Jarrett/Lee partnership would last only until August, when Jarrett dumped Lee.
Meanwhile, Jarrett was losing, and not just his matches. After a loss to X-Pac at SummerSlam 98 in a "hair vs. hair" match, Jarrett lost his trademark long blonde hair. Before the end of the year, Jarrett would lose to 2 Cold Scorpio, Al Snow and Goldust during major events.
However, Jarrett was reunited with Debra and, as 1999 began, to team with Owen Hart. On January 25th, 1999, Jarrett and Hart defeated the Big Boss Man and Ken Shamrock to win the WWF Tagteam titles. Jarrett and Owen made a successful title defence at Wrestlemania XV, defeating D-Lo Brown and Test but lost the titles to Kane and X-Pac on March 30th.
Tragedy struck, however, on May 23rd, 1999 when Jarrett's partner, Owen, fell to his death on the Over the Edge pay-per-view. Jarrett and Debra had to perform immediately after the accident, losing to Val Venis and Nicole Bass. The following night, Jarrett defeated Test during the WWF's tribute show to Owen.
A week later, Jarrett defeated the Godfather for the Intercontinental Championship, a title he would hold until July 24th, when he lost the belt to Edge at a Toronto house show. Jarrett regained the championship the next night, but lost it to European Champion D-Lo Brown on July 27th.
Jarrett and D-Lo Brown would meet again at SummerSlam 99 with both the Intercontinental and European Championship on the line. Mark Henry, Brown's partner, turned on D-Lo, costing him the titles. In gratitude, Jarrett gave Henry the European title.
Jarrett's next major feud came, incredibly, against Chyna. Jarrett began to attack members of the WWF's female roster. The day before his Intercontinental title defence against Chyna at No Mercy, Jarrett's contract with the WWF expired and he chose not to re-sign. After demanding money from Vince McMahon to appear, Jarrett dropped the title to Chyna in a "Good Housekeeping" match before leaving for WCW.
He arrived on Nitro the next night and, much like his arrival in the WWF, cut a promo against the promotion he had just left and dubbed himself "the Chosen One". Before the year was out, Jarrett had defeated Chris Benoit for the U.S. Championship.
At Spring Stampede 2000, Jarrett defeated Diamond Dallas Page in the finals of a tournament to win the vacant World Heavyweight title. Page would, in turn, defeat Jarrett on April 24, 2000 to end Jarrett's title reign but a second title reign would begin when Jarrett defeated Page and David Arquette in a "Ready to Rumble" match.
On May 15th, 2000, Ric Flair would defeat Jarrett for the belt, but the title would be stripped from Flair and Jarrett would defeat Kevin Nash for the vacant belt a week later. This latest title reign would last only two days, as Nash would win a Three-Way Dance involving Jarrett and Scott Steiner but Jarrett would, of course, regain the title.
At Bash of the Beach 2000, Jarrett would lay down for Hollywood Hogan but Hogan would toss down the title and leave WCW, leaving an angry retort from Vince Russo in his wake. Jarrett would battle Booker T later that night, but it would be Booker who would leave as Champion.
Jarrett attempted to regain the title,battling Booker T to no avail and eventually feuding with Sting over who was the number one contender. As 2001 began, Jarrett aligned himself with Ric Flair as a member of Flair's "Magnificent Seven" stable, that included Road Warrior Animal, Rick and Scott Steiner, Buff Bagwell and Lex Luger. Jarrett's membership in the Magnificent Seven led to feuds with Diamond Dallas Page and (with Flair as a tag partner) Dusty and Dustin Rhodes.
With the acquisition of WCW by the WWF, Jarrett decided not to follow many of his fellow WCW superstars to Vince McMahon's organization and instead joined the World Wrestling All-Stars on a tour of Australia, joining such stars as Buff Bagwell and Bret Hart. Jarrett's tenure with the WWA was highlighted by being crowned the first WWA Champion, defeating his former roadie, the Road Dogg, in the finals of a tournament on October 26th, 2001.
Jarrett would retain the WWA Championship at several house shows before losing it to Nathan Jones during a four corners bout (that also featured Scott Steiner and "Grandmaster Sexay" Brian Christopher) on April 7th 2002.
In June 2002, Jarrett joined his father, Jerry, in starting a new promotion, NWA-Total Nonstop Action (or TNA) in Nashville. The new promotion debuted on June 19th, 2002. A week later, Jarrett made his NWA-TNA debut, losing to Scott Hall. His TNA losing streak would not last long however, as he teamed with K-Krush on July 3rd,to defeat Brian Christopher and Hall when Christopher turned on Hall.
Jarrett would feud with Hall and his former Roadie, BG James during the first few months of the NWA-TNA's existence. Then, on November 20th, 2002, he defeated Ron Killings to become the new NWA World Champion, thanks to Vince Russo who was disguised as "Mr. Wrestling III". However, Jarrett's alliance with Russo would not last and Jarrett soon found himself under attack by Russo and members of Russo's Sports Entertainment Xtreme (S.E.X.).
On May 25th, 2003, Jarrett was featured on a WWA pay-per-view, defeating Sting in Auckland, New Zealand, to unify the NWA and WWA Championships.
On June 11th, A.J. Styles unseated Jarrett as the NWA Champion in a three-way dance that included Raven. Jarrett would team with Sting to take on Styles and Sean Waltman on the NWA-TNA First Anniversary show. Meanwhile, Jarrett's war with S.E.X. continued, as he battled Russo and Joe E. Legend.
With the arrival of Hulk Hogan in NWA-TNA seemingly imminent, Jarrett travelled to Japan and interrupted one of Hogan's press conferences and blasted him with his trademark guitar. Hogan would end up bowing out of their upcoming match due to a knee injury but Jarrett would, temporarily, find himself in a two-front war, with Russo's troops on one side and Jimmy Hart and Hacksaw Jim Duggan on the other. Amid all this, he defeated A.J. Styles on October 23rd, to regain the NWA World Championship. In the weeks following, he would take on Styles, Sting and Dusty Rhodes.
Jarrett took his title to a AAA event in Mexico and faced Latin Lover. The 18,000 fans in attendance nearly rioted after the match which saw Jarrett retain the title.
Back in Nashville, Styles would regain the title in a steel cage match on April 21st, but on June 2nd, Jarrett rebounded and won a "King of the Mountain Ladder Match" that involved Styles, Raven, Chris Harris and Ron Killings. the victory netted him his third NWA Championship.
With the arrival of Jeff Hardy in NWA-TNA, he quickly took aim at Jarrett. Jarrett defended the championship against Hardy at the September 8th NWA-TNA pay-per-view and then in a ladder match at November's Victory Road pay-per-view, this time with the help of Scott Hall and Kevin Nash. A day after Jarrett defeated Hardy in a Six-Sides of Steel match on the Best Damn Wrestling Show Period, Jarrett, Hall and Nash proclaimed themselves "the Kings of Wrestling".
The Kings of Wrestling raised havoc in NWA-TNA until Hardy, Styles and Randy Savage defeated them at the "Turning Point" pay-per-view on December 5th. Meanwhile, behind the scenes, Jarrett's power over NWA-TNA and the championship may have been greatly diminished when, in late November, he was removed from the booking committee and replaced by Dusty Rhodes.
The Kings of Wrestling, however, would soon dissolve and Nash would challenge Jarrett for the NWA Championship. At Against All Odds, Jarrett would retain the title against Nash, with help from Kip James (formerly Billy Gunn). Jarrett would also get help from former foe Monty Brown during Jarrett's title defence against Diamond Dallas Page Destination X. The trio of Jarrett, James and Brown lost to Page, BG James and Sean Waltman at TNA Lockdown.
Kip James and Monty Brown could not stop Jarrett from losing the NWA Championship to A.J. Styles at Hard Justice. Jarrett's chance to regain the title at Slammiversary would be denied when he was "arrested" on the night of the show.
Jarrett would interrupt a Zach Gowan/Mickey Batts match on Impact and announced that Raven was holding HIS belt. At No Surrender, Jarrett showed up and had Rhino attack Raven after the main event.
Jarrett would regain the NWA Championship at a Border City Wrestling show in Oldcastle, Ontario on September 15th 2005 thanks to interference from America's Most Wanted. Combined with TNA newcomer Gail Kim and an alliance with Team Canada, Jarrett looked poised to be on top of TNA for some time to come.
He would drop the title to former partner Rhino at Bound for Glory, only to regain it, again with AMV's help, on TNA Impact's Prime Time special on Spike TV.
But regaining the title and retaining it against Rhyno didn't solve Jarrett's problems. He was haunted by the arrival of Sting and Christian Cage, and hounded by Jackie Gayda who looked to blackmail Jarrett, and even had to deal with Monty Brown wanting a title shot.
And so, as Jarrett went into Against All Odds, he had a lot on his mind. So much so that Jarrett would lose the NWA World Championship to Cage.
But instead of focusing on regaining the title, Jarrett instead began taunting the supposedly retired Sting. Jarrett and Sting would clash several times over the coming months, including in a Lethal Lockdown, Wargames-type match at Lockdown and in tag team action (Jarrett teamed with Scott Steiner Sting with Samoa Joe) at Sacrifice.
At Slammiversary, Jarrett won a controversial victory in a King of the Mountain Match to seemingly regain the NWA World title. The Championship was held up but Jarrett was soon awarded the title by Jim Cornette. Sting would soon be named the number one contender to the title.
At Hard Justice, Jarrett received help from Christian Cage, who turned on Sting. Jarrett walked out of Hard Justice as champion, but Sting has already demanded a rematch.
- compliled by John Milner
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May 26, 2011: TNA hopes to make an Impact with name change
May 19, 2011: Battles with Angle just like Magic vs Bird, says Jarrett
Sep. 11, 2010: Jarrett, TNA see more Canada in its future
May 20, 2009: Jarrett DVD set TNA's best ever
Oct. 11, 2008: Jarrett anxious, curious and nervous about Bound For Glory
Nov. 16, 2006: Jarrett takes TNA to promised land
Oct. 22, 2005: TNA's rise has Jarrett excited
Sep. 16, 2005: Jarrett reclaims NWA World title
May 4, 2005: Jarrett: TNA strives to innovate
Nov. 7, 2004: Big Victory in cards for TNA
Sep. 7, 2003: Double-J a hit with NWA:TNA
Oct 17, 1999: Jeff Jarrett leaves WWF for WCW
July 25, 1999: Debra, Jarrett visit fans at the Sun
Nov 11, 1998: The Jeff Jarrett interview
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