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Jeff Jarrett Praises Scott Hal, Talks His Top Wrestlers of All Time, More

January 6, 2016 | Posted by Larry Csonka

– Jeff Jarrett recently appeared on Brown and Scoop (transcript credit wrestlinginc.com), here are the highlights…

On Scott Hall: “It was in an era where WWF was coming out of a down period with the steroid scandal and the government scandal. You can see the crowds get bigger every month. He was a big part of that. He is Razor Ramon. His athletic ability and mind for business..he knew how to connect. He connected with millions around the world. We were married to one another for 12 months… he goes ‘Double J, I don’t like you’…I said why’s that…he said, ‘because I have spent more time with you and touched you more than my wife this year.'”

On Global Force Wrestling: “It’s very exciting. Back in 2002 we launched TNA and it was such a different time. 2016 we got some really cool distribution announcements. The answer is yes, it’s harder but yes it’s easier. Look what we’re doing right now. We’re doing a podcast that’s going to be heard worldwide to get exposure. I worked tirelessly to promote the brand and not just at TNA, but over the years you got to do things on a step by step basis. If you rush a product to market, especially in this climate, you set yourself up for favor. Is somebody really going to compete with Coca-Cola? They got a 50, 60 year head start and they do more positives for this business. When you look at the hottest box office attraction in the world in Hollywood…is Dwayne Johnson. When he comes back to professional wrestling, it’s almost like he never left over the last couple of years. WWE is the 8,000 pound gorilla in the room and the market share they have is north of 90 percent. “At Global Force Wrestling, we’re going to do things a little different. We want to do things a little out of the box. We want to bring different styles… Mexican lucha libre, strong shot of Japan, European mat wrestling, the pageantry of U.S., and put them all under one umbrella. We also want to continue to do the things out of that. We want to do things out of the box like sitting here and promoting a movie that has a wrestling tie in and we got some other cool promotions and tie ins from a marketing standpoint that we’re working on. The world has changed so you got to be a little bit of everywhere, but you have to focus on that wrestling fan. One thing we have learned over the years, you have to listen to your fan base. You got to know your fan base and you have to really drill down and get their feedback and put out a product they want.”

On His All Time Top Wrestlers: “Fabulous Jackie Fargo is one of the guys I was raised on. He was strutting long before Flair was and certainly myself. He was somebody who sold out The Garden many times. I’m going way back.

“Jerry The King Lawler is a guy that in his hey day… his believability, his authenticity, his realism… he taught me so much.

“Shawn Michaels is a guy that I got to have many matches with, but when you look on his body of work over the years, you have to put him if not at the very top, certainly up there at the top.

“You got to go with a guy who I had the fortunate… or unfortunate, because he beat the hell out of me, Kurt Angle. Olympic gold medalist and Kurt came on to the scene and really…a lot of amateur wrestlers in our business don’t quite get how to make that transition and I believe yes, Kurt won the worlds and he won the gold and he did almost everything you could possibly do as an amateur wrestler…the professional wrestler he became just off the charts good.

“I knew this guy when he broke in down in Texas. He worked in Tennessee and then he went to WCW. When you take a step back and really look at the big man in this business. You almost have to say Undertaker. Andre the Giant, great big man, Great Giant Stud, but when you look at Taker’s…the dude was main eventing Wrestlemanias in the 80s. Mark I don’t think is a big man. He has no peers. (‘He’s like the LL Cool J of wrestling.’ – Scoop) ‘Great analogy. That caught me off guard. I like it. That was good.'”

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