Lawler recalls the time he and Jarrett filmed “Life With Mikey” with Michael J. Fox. They both mention that they had a lot of fun working on that film, and they remember how much Fox got into that role. Lawler adds that he still gets royalty cheques for that film to this day, and he got one a few weeks ago for $3.39. Jarrett laughs and says he gets similar cheques from time to time as well.
Jarrett informs that Tojo Yamamoto taught him a lot when he was coming up in the business. Yamamoto was very serious about how a babyface should sell, and beat Jarrett pretty good with a kendo stick on multiple occasions. He adds that he worked tag team matches against Akia Sato 6 or 7 nights a week for a long period of time, and every night after the match Sato would have some constructive criticism for him. It almost became annoying at some points, but it was all very valuable.
Lawler asks Jarrett who he enjoyed working with in Memphis. Jarrett says he loved working with Lawler and Bill Dundee, but they both had other responsibilities and were in and out of in-ring action from time to time. Dutch Mantel was always great to Jarrett, and would often pull him aside and try to help him. Mantel was a part of Jarrett’s initial angle, and although he was in and out of the promotion as well, they’ve remained friends even to this day.
Jarrett remembers working with Vince McMahon to develop the Double J character in WWE. They knew right from the start that they wanted to do a country singer gimmick, but there were plenty of details that needed to be ironed out. Once they cut the initial vignettes and he debuted, things started rolling fairly quickly.