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Jarrett to join wrestling greats in WWE hall of fame


Jarrett to join wrestling greats in WWE hall of fame

By CHRIS LADD

Hendersonville resident Jeff Jarrett will be inducted into this year’s class of the World Wrestling Entertainment Hall of Fame.

It was announced Monday morning by NBC Sports that Jarrett would be included in this year’s class along with superstars Goldberg, The Dudley Boyz, and Ivory. The Hall of Fame induction will take place Friday, April 6, in New Orleans during Wrestlemania 34 weekend.

Jarrett tells Sumner Home Page about getting the phone call from the WWE about the big news.

“I was speechless, shocked, humbled, perplexed, and very grateful,” Jarrett said. “Being a third generation in the business and knowing that thousands upon thousands have wrestled, been a manager, an announcer, and the countless other jobs in the business and there is less than 200 in the hall of fame is a great honor for my family.”

Jeff has wrestled all over the world and has won some of the biggest championships in wrestling from the World Wrestling Entertainment, World Championship Wrestling, National Wrestling Alliance, New Japan Pro Wrestling, and many more.

Jeff Jarrett in 2016 wrestled in Portland in a fundraiser that raised money for Moon Ranch. Photo by CHRIS LADD

He’s had matches with some of the biggest stars in wrestling history from The Rock, Jerry Lawler, Hulk Hogan, Kurt Angle, Sting, Ric Flair, Bret Hart, and many others.

After WCW was bought out from Vince McMahon and the WWE, Jarrett started Total Nonstop Action Wrestling in 2002 which has helped pave the way for some of the biggest stars in wrestling today from AJ Styles, Samoa Joe, Bobby Roode, James Storm, Eric Young among others.

Jarrett wouldn’t reveal who would be the one to induct him into the hall of fame.

“I have to keep that a secret but it’s the one guy that fits this role to a T,” Jarrett added. “I’m super excited about this person being the one to do it.”

WWE Executive Vice President of Talent Paul Levesque known as TripleH went to Twitter to congratulate Jarrett on his upcoming induction.

“Born into this business, Jeff Jarrett not only led a decorated career, but created opportunities for new talent around the world,” TripleH said. “Congratulations Double J and welcome to the WWE HOF.”

April 6, also marks a special anniversary in the career for Jarrett as he had his first match on that date in 1986.

“I don’t believe in coincidences in life but I had my first match on April 6, 1986,” Jarrett said. “To be inducted into the WWE hall of fame on that same date 32 years later tells me I’m heading in the right direction.”

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