The Rock has given his thoughts on the late Jerry Jarrett with a thoughtful message thanking Jerry for helping his family.
It has been a sad week for the world of pro wrestling with the news that Jerry Jarrett passed away at the age of 80. Following his death, WWE wrote this touching tribute on their website:
“WWE is saddened to learn that Jerry Jarrett has passed away at age 80.
The father of WWE Hall of Famer Jeff Jarrett, the elder Jarrett was a hugely influential figure in the wrestling industry. Jarrett wrestled primarily for NWA Mid-America, winning multiple Tag Team Championships before hanging up his boots to focus on booking and promoting.
Along with his partner Jerry “The King” Lawler, the two collaborated to create the Continental Wrestling Association (CWA), building it into a successful promotion in the Memphis area. CWA would later merge with World Class Championship Wrestling (WCCW) to form the United States Wrestling Association (USWA).
In 2002, he and his son, formed NWA: TNA, which helped launch the careers of future WWE Superstars such as AJ Styles, Xavier Woods, Bobby Roode, and more.
WWE extends its condolences to Jarrett’s family, friends and fans.”
Many others have paid tribute to Jerry including other wrestling organizations and of course his own son Jeff as well.
On Instagram, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson posted a video message for Jerry while also writing this on his post.
RIP Jerry Jarrett
You were good to my dad when he was having a hard time catching a break. I’ll never forget it.
You were also good to me when I had $7 bucks in my pocket. I’ll never forget it.
Thank you for taking care of my family.
Stay strong Jeff.
I understand the pain brother.
“Son’s of wrestlers”
What a life.
What an impact he had.
What a business he loved.
#cwa #uswa #memphis
In the video below, The Rock spoke about how Jeff Jarrett was a good buddy of his who he came up with in the wrestling business. The Rock acknowledged Jerry’s contributions to the world of pro wrestling by talking about the wrestling territory life. The Rock talked about how Memphis was the hottest wrestling territory while crediting Jerry for creating that.
As he continued, The Rock spoke about how there was so much of Memphis wrestling that influenced his style.
The Rock spoke about his late father Rocky Johnson wrestling for Jerry Jarrett and Jerry Lawler. The Rock said that Jerry Jarrett gave him a job when Rock’s family really needed it. Years later, Rock had a passion for pro wrestling, Jerry gave him a job in 1996. The Rock also ended by sending condolences to Jerry’s family.