Jeff Jarrett is a pro wrestling veteran and remains one of the very few legends who still compete in the ring even now. Double J finally made his way to AEW last year and has been a staple of AEW television ever since. Jarrett also doesn’t mind words and it appears he took a shot at wrestlers who complain about their booking on social media.
The advent of social media is both a boon and a curse in many ways. While it gives fans more freedom to interact with their favorite pro wrestlers, it has also given rise to a lot of complaints from pro wrestlers themselves.
While speaking to Jonathan Zaslow on The Zaslow Show, Jeff Jarrett shared his views on wrestlers using social media to express their grievances about their spots on television.
Jeff Jarrett pointed out that social media has a double-edged sword that wrestlers need to be aware of. Jarrett explained why wrestlers who complain about their booking on social media will be viewed negatively.
“Here’s what I’ve learned through the years, it’s an old philosophical quote, ‘Each and every day, the older I get, the more I understand that I absolutely know nothing.’ It’s the different platforms. I have five kids, all different ranges, my younger ones don’t know a life without social media. It’s the evolution. Years ago, talent that didn’t have social media and liked to complain, where did they complain? They complained at the nightclubs, at the gym, in the dressing room. It’s all the same. Now, the double-edged sword is, these guys complain, they don’t understand, they’re creating a narrative of who their character is.
Guys in the years gone by that complained, when they stepped through the curtain, that’s what the public consumes this as. Now, when you peel the onion back and this guy is complaining or bitching, that kind of defines their character. You are literally giving the audience the opportunity to vote yes or no on, ‘Am I going to spend my money and my time and get emotionally engaged in this character?’ That’s the reality. Some folks, as we speak, they learned their lessons the hard way, unfortunately.”
Jeff Jarrett also noted that some wrestlers have learned these lessons the hard way, but it is never too late to change. Regardless, Jeff Jarrett has a right to his own opinion and it is likely some fans will agree with what he said.
What’s your take on what Jeff Jarrett said? Do you think pro wrestlers shouldn’t complain on social media? Sound off in the comments!