On a recent episode of Something To Wrestle, it’s a remix show with Conrad Thompson revisiting episode #65, Jeff Jarrett in the WWF! Conrad provides alternative commentary, insight, and stories behind this classic STW episode…and he is joined by Double J himself.
Jeff Jarrett talking about the vignettes that aired introducing him to the WWE:
“As we were shooting those, those were the first real, I’ll say long winded, heel persona. Each one, in my opinion, got a little bit better. Me and Bruce working together as talent producers, those were a blast. When they aired on television, and they put in the sparkling gold tooth, four weeks back in those days, if I remember correctly, somebody at Titan TV was telling me the most they did was six or eight, but we got 12 weeks of promos. Then, the 13th week was a compilation. Those ran and by the time I walked through the curtain in Poughkeepsie, NY, I had an instant reaction. Those were one of those light bulb moments when you go, ‘Vince is a genius.’ The character was so primed. The audience knew who I was the minute I walked through the curtain. That was a real gift for me.”
Jarrett on the song, “With My Baby Tonight”:
“It’s a love song. You can look at the song in two ways. It’s a catchy tune, or it’s the corniest damn thing and you hate it, but it’s a song that you can’t get out of your brain and it just sticks with you.”
Jarrett on leaving the WWE in his first stint there:
“Brian (Road Dogg) walking out and WCW wasn’t on my radar. You can think what you want. It was a creative difference. Me and Brian got together. He was in Lowell, MA. He sang in front of Vince and Bruce and others. It got him a job and they put him with me. Me and Brian were on camera as Double J and The Roadie less than six months. This is the boss (Vince McMahon) and he had the right to split us up and shoot the angle. I felt there was so much more gas left in the tank to do another song, to do a concert. I didn’t think we were ready to be split up. I voiced it multiple times, but not loud enough, and certainly, I don’t think they thought that I was going to say, ‘I’m not up for this. I’m going to lose the title to Shawn and I did.
My track record speaks for itself when it’s time to do the honors, but I’m not doing the angle afterwards.’ Brian will tell you to this day, ‘Brian, you make the decision that you want to do. I’m leaving, but you don’t have to.’ I’ll leave a cliffhanger here, but there’s a couple other reasons that he left as well. There was a creative difference that I didn’t talk through, and I’ll put that on me more than I’ll put it on Vince because I didn’t over communicate with him. It had zero to do with WCW. It had zero to do with my father. It had everything to do from a creative perspective that I thought that there was no rhyme or reason. The song just really started going. I’m Nashville, so I’m biased. I think the song had only been out six or eight weeks. Coming off Royal Rumble, I won the I.C. title. Mania, everybody thought Razor Ramon was winning it back, everybody. We kicked off the first ever In Your House. We were just getting going. There you have it.”