Jeff Jarrett has been having a lot of qualms with WWE over the last few months. While Jarrett was released by WWE without any real noise, he still had a very unique deal with them. One thing Jarrett is prominently known for are his backstage issues he had with WWE Hall of Famer ‘Stone Cold’ Steve Austin.
Jarrett took to “My World” on AdFreeShows.com podcast where he revisited the past. Jarrett talked about what their issues stemmed from which were causing backstage eruptions in WWE from 1997 to 1998.
The problem traces back to their days in the Memphis territory. Once when Austin had received his first check, he was simply looking at it thinking about how little he’d made. Jarrett came, slapped his back and said “Keep on staring at it boy. It ain’t going to make it bigger.” Jarrett remarked on hearing about the news of Austin’s issues with him on his podcast.
I remember it vividly. Let’s go down the story behind the story. Let’s go back in time. Should I have said it? Hell no because I had no idea and didn’t know until years later until these kinds of stories came out. I don’t even remember the first time hearing it, from Bruce (Prichard) and others, and I’m like, ‘Oh dear Lord.’ I was shocked. I was shocked in so many ways because Steve wasn’t the first person that I said that to.
Matter of fact, you have to laugh about it because if you don’t, you’re going to cry over it. My paychecks were exactly what others were. We got $40 and this happened in Evansville, IN. We got paid on crappy houses, $40 bucks, in Louisville, Evansville, and Nashville. My father always tried to pay a little bit better in Memphis because the gross was bigger. There were a lot of $40 payoffs, and 7 times 40 is $280. So most guys got about $350 a week on the really crappy weeks.
It was a sad state of affairs to see pro-wrestlers early on doing such hard work and still making very little money. That has changed, however, as those who do make it get paid well. There are big promotions like WWE & AEW as well, which keep their superstars very happy.
(h/t to WrestlingNews.co)
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