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He did basically fire Jarrett on live TV.

 

He didn't. That was a promo. Bruce Prichard said they had no idea what they were getting in term of contracts anyway at this point. He also mentionned Jeff backstage at Nitro actually finding this funny.

 

Really, if you think Jarrett wouldn't get a nostalgia pop, you're all out of your mind. WWE audience pop for dull 40 years old TNA lifers when they show up. Jarrett has been a pro-wrestling mainstay for 30 years. He was part of the Monday Night Wars which is The Era for the entire WWE narrative (and really, historically too the last time pro-wrestling was hot), on Nitro at its hottest then on RAW when it was getting the hottest. He created TNA, which, for better or worse, was the only alternative for a while. Jarrett showing up would get a big nostalgia pop from the "You've still got it !" modern crowd. They would pop for him crashing a guitar on Elias. And honestly, well deserved. Also, I hope it means he got his life together.

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I think Jarrett's another victim of Vince Russo really. He had a solid career going back to the Memphis days, and there was never a backlash against him until the end of WCW when Russo kept pushing him too hard.

 

Even his time in TNA was probably the best of that promotion, he wasn't involved for most of the real LOLTNA stuff.

 

 

Also I'm not sure I'd believe Bruce Pritchard's word since his gimmick these days seems to be "lovable bullshitter" no matter how much he plays the I-was-there card. Wasn't at least part of the reason him and his dad started TNA that he was persona-non-grata to WWE?

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Jeff Jarrett's TNA MMA Challenge was gold. Making those little kids tap out. He was definitely over pushed in WCW (so was Booker T.) but that's not his fault. He had a pretty good career but I always thought of him as someone other wrestlers would look back on & say "he was a solid hand." I'm kind of glad he's going in because maybe it will help people forget the Mike Graham quote.

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I'm kind of glad he's going in because maybe it will help people forget the Mike Graham quote.

 

IMO, Mike Graham's death is the only reason people aren't a lot more critical of that idiotic quote.

 

No disrespect meant to the dead, but I'm willing to wager Graham never a drew dime himself - or at least certainly drew a lot less dimes than J-E-Double F-Ha Ha-J-A-Double R-Ha Ha-E-Double T-Ha Ha - That's Double J, Jeff Jarrett.

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Mike Graham's only significant runs outside of places his dad ran was a couple of programs in the AWA over their light heavyweight title. His smug appearances on WWE 24/7 shows were always eyeroll-inducing, and they clearly were only putting up with him because they wanted the Florida footage for the vault.

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Mike Graham's only significant runs outside of places his dad ran was a couple of programs in the AWA over their light heavyweight title. His smug appearances on WWE 24/7 shows were always eyeroll-inducing, and they clearly were only putting up with him because they wanted the Florida footage for the vault.

 

I honestly felt bad for Mike Graham during those roundtables. He always came across as everyone's over-eager puppy dog little brother and either never had much to contribute or was talked over by the louder, more boisterous personalities on the panel. Doesn't change the fact that his "talking head" appearances on WWE documentaries were obnoxious as hell. I think there's an old thread on Wrestling Classics that I started about one of them.

 

Edit: Here it is. http://wrestlingclassics.com/.ubb/ultimatebb.php?ubb=get_topic;f=1;t=116022#000000 WC's search engine feels like using a web browser with AOL circa 1995, which is oddly fitting, but still... :)

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Mike Graham was a shithead. Period. He liked to brag about how he could've beat the Radicals in a real fight but Saturn being an Airborne Ranger and the two slugs he took to the neck years later kinda disproves that notion.

 

Good on JJ. Like others, I hope he's sorted his personal life out.

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Even his time in TNA was probably the best of that promotion, he wasn't involved for most of the real LOLTNA stuff.

 

 

You can't honestly sit there and say Jeff Jarrett taking a lie detector on IMPACT with all of the "tricks" Eric Young was telling him his uncle had to pass lie detector tests covered in a bunch of cheesy props over his involvement in the TNA screw job Montreal rip off for the NWA title at Slammiversary wasn't LOLTNA material.

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For what it's worth, Graham was a legit shooter who performed policeman duty for his father in Florida. Not saying he could take Saturn, but still.

 

XD I'd love to see the supposed unruly talent they had to get Mike Graham of all people to sort out. Guys like Bob Roop must've felt privileged to be allowed to share in such an honor when the great Mike Graham could've easily been sorting guys out all on his own and left them without a job.

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