Ain’t he great?
Surprising news from WWE on Monday as 6-time Intercontinental Champion Jeff Jarrett has been announced as the latest member of the Hall of Fame class of 2018. Jarrett also had four runs as WCW World Heavyweight Champion, six runs as the NWA World Heavyweight Champion, and is, unless we’re horribly mistaken, the only person to win an NWA (edit: singles) championship on WWE TV.
Jarrett’s formative role in TNA Wrestling made him an unlikely candidate for HOF induction, but the wrestling times, they are a’changing. His write-up on WWE.com almost mentions TNA, even!
Jarrett continued to compete around the world and also began to promote shows that gave future WWE Superstars like AJ Styles, Bobby Roode and Eric Young their first major exposure.
Double J’s resume is one of the most impressive in sports-entertainment history. He’s a four-time WCW Champion, three-time United States Champion, six-time Intercontinental Champion, European Champion and World Tag Team Champion. And during WrestleMania 34 Week, Jeff Jarrett will add one more accolade to that list: WWE Hall of Famer.
Jarrett’s last appearance on WWE television actually happened way back in 2001 via him appearing on Nitro, being fired by Vince McMahon across the airwaves. He joins the Dudley Boyz, Ivory and Goldberg in the 2018 Hall of Fame class.
As an interesting aside, Jarrett continues the trend of Impact Hall of Famers getting WWE Hall nods. In 2012, TNA Wrestling inducted Sting into their Hall of Fame. In 2013 they inducted Kurt Angle, in 2014 they inducted the Dudley Boyz, and in 2015 they inducted Jeff Jarrett. In 2016, WWE inducted Sting into their Hall of Fame. In 2017 they inducted Kurt Angle, and in 2018 they’re inducting the Dudley Boyz and Jeff Jarrett. Do Earl Hebner and Gail Kim get in next year?
Jarrett will presumably be inducted by Steve ‘Mongo’ McMichael, Queen Debra, and a metal briefcase.