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Re: What did you think of Jeff Jarret?
This one is hard, I have seen his entire career from day one.
I was watching the morning he made his wrestling debut as a skinny referee and after the match to start his career he was beaten senseless by Bill Dundee.
Early in his career he worked very hard, he had to. The USWA area was scared from the Nick Gulas nepotism of the late 70's, so he was going to have to really prove himself becuase he was Jerry Jarrett's boy.
He proved himself in those early days to be a solid ring worker and a popular pretty boy face. His tag team with Billy Travis will probably be forgotten (it already is), but it was a good team. Over the years in USWA he evolved from skinny golden haired pretty boy to a pretty good brawler. His fueds with the Moondogs and Robert Fuller really made him a main event guy in that territory. And taking a beating from the vets earned him some respect, that he had to get on his own.
The major problem with Jarrett especially in those early days was his mic work. It was exposed in the WWF. In USWA, Texas and the AWA all he had to do was be "pretty" and throw some dropkicks. In the WWF he had to cut a good believable heel promo. While he managed decent enough to be a mid card heel. He failed to make any progress up the card simply because he had a problem drawing heat. The WWF did not do him any favors sticking him in some lousey angles. He was probably the most over in the WWF when he teamed with Owen. At the time of Owen's death they were a solid team. Right after the Owen tradgedy the WWF could have pushed him, I know it sounds tacky but he had some sympathy and was getting some cheers. However (it maybe Stone Cold's fault) they went with that anti women thing and eventually stuck him in that fued with Chyna which made him look weak.
In spite of this, he got better as time went on, and in WCW he was not that bad. However he still had a hard time getting people to care about him. It was not enough that people still remembered him for loosing to Chyna, but the WCW did a poor job with him too. That Horsemen angle, making him look like an idiot pandering Arn and Flair to let him in the club, really gave fans the impression that he was a joke. If Flair did not want him in the Horsemen he was not main event material.
Then during the Russo push people still remembered the fact that his career had been a mess with two horrible gimmicks that made him look awful. It did not matter that Russo made him a champion, he was still that woman beating horseman wannabe.
I thought he got a bad wrap in TNA, he was simply doing what he thought was best, and really he was a pretty good, developed vet by this time.
He is a victim of not being great on the mic, and really bad angles. I have run into him many times around town, and spent a couple of hours with him one day at a company event. He is a really nice guy. It is a shame that he never could get the respect he deserves. He really stuck his neck out for TNA, and his dad probably gave him some bad advice (just my suspision) which helped burn bridges in WWE and promped Vince to bury him on the last episode of Nitro.
Last edited by Greenlawler; 12-06-2012 at 12:08 AM.