It was previously reported that WWE recently confirmed that Jeff Jarrett will be the latest inductee into the Hall of Fame. During his video package that was shown on RAW, WWE aired his achievements while competing for the company as he popularized himself by pompously spelling his name to eventually becoming a crew-cut, hard-nosed competitor as well as Jarrett smashing guitars over the heads of his foes.
They also showed some of his pinnacle moments in WCW, as he was The World Heavyweight Champion four times and The United States Champion three times as well as the leader of the nWo in just under a year and a half with the company from 1999-2001.
Jarrett was recently interviewed by TMZ Sports about WWE’s announcement and he said that it is surreal to him. He also revealed that WWE contacted him back in January if he would like to go in the Hall of Fame and he did not think twice about it.
“Out of all the guys who’ve laced up their boots, there’s less that 200 of us in the Hall of Fame,” said Jarrett. “So, I’m very grateful, I’m very, very humbled, and… this is for my family. My family goes back three generations, so I’m the lucky one that got picked for my family being in the Hall of Fame.”
TMZ Sports also asked him about the infamous moment back in March 26, 2001 during the simulcast of RAW and Nitro where Vince McMahon revealed that he bought his rival and also publicly fired Jarrett as he was appearing on WCW Nitro. Then a year later, Jarrett and his father Jerry would launch TNA Wrestling.
Jarrett said that during that night in Panama city who would have thought that these many years later, 17 years later or whatever it may be, that I’m standing here Monday, February the 19th and the announcement is made.”
Jarrett would then say thank you to WWE for their decision to induct him in the Hall of Fame, despite his ups and downs. Below is the video of TMZ Sports interviewing him: