TNA founder Jeff Jarrett has discussed his thoughts on the perception that the now-IMPACT Wrestling became known as ‘WWE-lite’.
Jeff Jarrett has recently been seen on television a lot. Not only did he appear as a special guest referee for The Usos vs. The Street Profits at WWE Summerslam, but he also teamed with AEW’s Jay Lethal against Andrade El Idolo and Ric Flair in Flair’s final match.
When appearing on his My World podcast, though, ‘The King of the Mountain’ spoke about how people perceived TNA as ‘WWE-lite’. Jarrett spoke about how a conversation he had with Dixie Carter about this, and how it was worse than being ‘WWElite’, as TNA became a ‘WWE trash can’:
“Yes. [Vince] Russo liked to blur the lines. But I think he had an issue like a lot of folks from time to time, he would never step back and look at 30,000 feet and say, ‘Hey, I’ve said that this guy left WWE and that this guy left WWE and that this guy…’ Wait a minute. We look like a trash can over here. Yeah, those things will just take you down. That’s the conversation I had with Dixie.
End of 2009, beginning of 2010. [Dixie said] ‘What do you think Hulk’s coming on board?’ I said, ‘If he’s coming on board as an ambassador, great, but we got Team 3D, and they’re not looked at as The Dudleys, they’re looked at as Team 3D. We got Kurt Angle, Olympic gold medalist. He’s been with us long enough, we had Christian [Cage] and we had The Main Event Mafia, so we’re kind of heavy. Let’s not tip the canoes so far, and forget AJ [Styles] and [Samoa] Joe and [Christopher] Daniels and all that kind of stuff.
Because then we’re going to become WWE-lite, that’s exactly what we became. I think that’s the point you’re making, is it all of a sudden, you know, maybe worse than WWE-lite, like WWE trash can? So yes, I think you can do that. And I think the audience suddenly goes, Oh, I’m watching a lesser product.”
You can hear Jeff Jarrett speak about all sorts of things from the wrestling world on his podcast My World, aptly named after this entrance theme of the same name, on all good streaming services.