Jeff Jarrett who was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame this year had his own WrestleMania Moment when he came across a surprise appearance from Vince McMahon while working on his speech before the HOF event.
He describes his “surreal” experience to TMZ Sports as he came face-to-face with his real-life rival after 20 years.
“Earlier in the day, we went through just sort of walk-throughs, camera positioning, the order, just simple stuff. They called me back later in the day and said, ‘Hey, we want you to go through just the top of your speech’ and that’s where I had the idea – me and Brian [James] had fun with it – of coming out and spelling my name. I came through the curtain and I laid it out there ‘J-E-double F,’ and did all that and they said, ‘Okay, cut that,’ and I turn around and Vince [McMahon] is two feet in front of my face.”
“I’ll never forget that, not ever, because it was so out of left field, so spontaneous. WrestleMania is his baby this is number 34, down to the ‘T’ on everything is thought through. He’s got a lot more priorities on his list and for me to connect with him on the stage where I got to do the speech. It was surreal. It was quick, but a real special conversation. A real personal conversation we had.”
According to Jarrett, the entire experience that weekend with the company was very positive.
“Just to be able to be there, everyone at WWE making the decision for me to be there in the Hall of Fame and those few moments [with Vince]. Positive doesn’t do it justice, it was super positive.”
You can watch the video from TMZ Sports below. H/T to Wrestling Inc. for the transcription.