Jeff Jarrett’s induction into the World Wrestling Entertainment Hall of Fame Class of 2018 is a bit of a shock. Jarrett’s legendary career would certainly prove to carry the credentials to the Hall. It’s just interesting that Jarrett’s departure from WWE was less than cordial and when the WWE purchased WCW, Jarrett was fired on air. Jarrett’s termination from the WWE would lead to World Wrestling All-Stars creation and later Impact Wrestling. Jarrett and his father Jerry would go on to found Total Non-Stop Action Wrestling who would partner with the National Wrestling Alliance.
Jarrett’s career within the WWE netted him six WWE Intercontinental Championships, a WWE European Championship. He was a WCW United States Champion three times and a four time WCW World Heavyweight Champion. While in the WWE he also held the NWA North American Heavyweight Championship. It has been stated by past NWA Executives that the NWA invasion of RAW grew membership for the NWA and essentially saved the legacy brand. Even the fledgling World Wrestling All-Stars (an Australian based Touring Company) piggy backed off of the Legacy of Jarrett to push forward with its International Touring. The WWA World Title was folded into the NWA Worlds Heavyweight Championship. Jarrett’s ties to Australia do not end there. He also defeated Rhino for the WSW World Title. One of the same titles held by Austin Aries currently. Jeff Jarrett would also win the AAA World Heavyweight Championship while Impact and AAA had a working agreement.
Interestingly enough, Jarrett would hold the NWA North American Championship while competing with the WWE. Jarrett only defended the title in the WWE before the title was vacated by the NWA. Jarrett would defeat Barry Windham for the title and would go on to feud with JBL over the title. Jarrett was a five time NWA Mid-American Heavyweight Champion, while wrestling for the Continental Wrestling Association. He’d go on to win the NWA Worlds Heavyweight Championship while with Impact Wrestling. He’d defend the title over the course of his six reigns against the likes of Ron Killings, Jeff Hardy, Monty Brown, AJ Styles, Dustin Rhodes, Rhino, Jay Lethal (for NWA Liberty States), Christian Cage, and his final run as NWA Worlds Heavyweight Champion would come to his loss to fellow WWE HOF Inductee Sting.
After leaving Impact Jarrett would win his last NWA Championship in May 2015 by wining the NWA Western States Championship at Vendetta Pro Wrestling. Jarrett would later return to Impact, before starting Global Force Wrestling, which would later partner with Impact Wrestling. Jarrett’s own personal demons forced him out of Impact Wrestling.
We celebrate Jeff’s induction into the WWE Hall of Fame!
New Western States Heritage Champion