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Jeff Jarrett

Real Name - Jeffrey Leonard Jarrett
Birthdate - 4/16/67
5'10" 230 lbs. - Nashville, TN

Athletic Background - Basketball (High School)

Teacher(s) - Tojo Yamamoto

Professional Background - Memphis(`86-`89), WCCW(`89), USWA(`89-`94), SWS(`90), WWF(`92-`95), USWA(`95-`96), WCW(`96-`97), WWF(`97-`99), WCW(`99-`01), WWA(`01-`02), NWA-TNA/TNA(`02-), AAA(`04-`06;`11-), RKK(`12-)

Aliases - none

Groups - Southern Justice, Creative Control, nWo 2000, The New Blood, Kings of Wrestling, Planet Jarrett, RDX

Peak Years - `95-`03


Finisher(s) - 
- Figure-Four Leglock
- The Stroke (Facefirst Legsweep)
- Guitar shot

Favorites - 
Dropkick
- Inverted Atomic Drop
- Ropesit Splash
- Enzugiri
- Uppercutt


Ringwork Rating - 

 Move Set
 Science
 Aerial
 Power
 Strikes


Intangibles Rating - 

 Entertainment
 Selling
 Bumping
 Carrying
 Heat
 Legacy


Place in History - With two generations of pro-wrestling knowledge and influential passed down to him, it is no wonder that Jeff Jarrett is still a significant player in the pro-wrestling world.  His grandmother promoted, his father wrestled and promoted and now Jeff has a made for himself as both a wrestler and promoter.  Coming into the business was not easy as he inherited his father’s small stature.  He was a fair hand though and worked hard to deserve the big push he got in the USWA in its dying days.  When Vince McMahon was facing prison time in the early 1990s, Jerry Jarrett was brought in as a creative consultant and would have taken over the company to a degree in McMahon’s absence.  This alliance between McMahon and Jarrett saw talent traded back and forth.  Jeff Jarrett, doing his infamously hokey country star gimmick, came into the WWF.  Although it was a cartoonish persona in a cartoonish era of the company, Jarrett was excellent in the ring as an upper midcard talent.  He maintained that level in WCW and again during a second WWF run.  During that time, Jarrett developed a relationship with writer Vince Russo that would be mutually beneficial for years to come.  Russo had wanted to make Jarrett a top guy, but he was prevented from making that jump and ultimately held up the company to pay him to drop the Intercontinental title after his contract ran out.  The move undoubtedly put him on the WWF’s blacklist, but he and Russo went to WCW and were key in taking the company in a different direction.  Jarrett was pushed hard, but WCW was a sinking ship at that point.  While the run on top in WCW might be dubious in some people’s minds, he used it to springboard into a couple post-WCW projects.  First was the failed World Wrestling All-Stars, which was the precursor to NWA-TNA.  Jeff and Jerry combined their visions with the influence of Vince Russo and others playing a role as well.  NWA-TNA was not really successful, but it eventually became a viable second company on the pro-wrestling landscape.  Jerry and Jeff had a significant falling out, leading to Jerry’s departure as TNA climbed to a new level with a TV deal on Spike, expanded pay-per-views and growth in other areas.  In those early years, Jarrett was typically the top heel and champion.  He phased himself out of that spot eventually and from 2006, he has only had short rivalries while maintaining his behind-the-scenes presence.  It has been a roller coaster ride.  TNA has had its ups and downs as a product, including seeing Vince Russo departure.  Jarrett’s wife passed away and he became romantically involved with and eventually married Karen Angle.  He worked with a team to create a viable pro-wrestling entity in India, Ring Ka King.  He began working as a top heel in AAA with great success there.  Jeff Jarrett is certainly past his prime as a pro-wrestler, but is perhaps at his height as a promoter.  It is difficult to imagine the current pro-wrestling landscape without the influence of Jeff Jarrett.
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