Jeff Jarrett Talks Turning Down WCW Offers, Global Force Wrestling, The Style Of GFW's TV, WWF, More

GFW and TNA founder Jeff Jarrett appeared on Colt Cabana's Art of Wrestling podcast to talk about his career in wrestling, WWF, WCW, and several other topics. You can check out highlights of the interview below, and listen to the full podcast above.

* Jarrett says that next year will be in his 30th year in wrestling. He recalls a point where he worked 120 days in a row.

* He talks about the staying power of Jerry Lawler in one area, and puts over how he was able to tell a story over and over each week because he was believable.

* Jarrett said that when Hulkamania came around, every territory went down. Cabana noted that a lot of times when wrestling is hot all wrestling is hot, but that wasn't the case back then.

* Even though his father was a promoter, Jeff wasn't completely on the inside whenever he started with wrestling. He told a story of Jimmy Hart picking him up after basketball camp, and that was one of the ways he realized things were a work.

* Jarrett started out working in concessions, and talked about the huge markup for concession products

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* Jarrett played college basketball one year, and knew he wasn't going to make it to the next level and fall out of love with it. Cabana shared a similar story with football.

* Jarrett said that as soon as he signed with WWE he was working with Bret Hart on the road because Jerry Lawler couldn't go.

* Jarrett had offers to go to WCW/NWA in 1990, 1991 and 1993, but passed them up.

* Jeff said that his dad was on Vince McMahon's payroll during the steroid scandal, so they both kind of knew that it was time to make that change.

* He said that he worked as a heel for the first time in WWF. He said that the character was actually similar to him.

* "With my baby tonight" is a Jim Johnston composed theme.

* Lawler and Jerry Jarrett bought Handsome Jimmy Valiant a house to try to get him to make his main territory Memphis.

* He says it wasn't hard to tell when your time in a territory was up. If you were losing 8 weeks in a row, it was probably time to get booked in a different area.

* Jarrett says most territories had core groups of guys they knew they could rely on. For every other spot, there was basically a hotline to get a supporting cast.

* He said Ultimate Warrior and Sting showed up on his dad's doorstep on Thanksgiving 1985, and within a few years they were world champions elsewhere.

* Jeff talks about how getting over was more important than a one-time paycheck at the time, because he wanted to have a career in the business.

* Jarrett says someone should write a thesis of unwritten rules in wrestling during the territory days.

* Colt says he's seen the first episode of GFW: Amped, and it has a different feel to it, like a documentary style feel to the show. Jarrett says he doesn't want it to be a reality-style program because of the Kardashian-Duck Dynasty style stigma. He wants it to be real in the sense that everyone has a story and people can identify with each talent.

* He talks about how almost any kind of match can sell. He talks about how a 'loser eats dog food' match did great business for them, but they eventually ran their course.

* Jarrett talks about failure often breeding success. Successful people find the things that work in failure and tweak them in an effort to make them more successful. He says that's what he's trying to do.

* Jarrett says that wrestling talent's lives would bore people 90 percent of the time. They need to find that ten percent of that would compel the wrestling fans. He points to Chris Masters' story.

* Jarrett puts over Global Force Wrestling to close the show.


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