I was sort of back to treading water again because Bruce Prichard came in, and Eric Bischoff came in, and they didn’t know anything about me, and I just had this reputation as someone Dixie [Carter] liked and that immediately turned them all off on me, and I understand that. I was kind of like, ‘It wasn’t my fault, do you know what I mean? I’m just trying to get better. I’m just trying to get good at this,’ and Jeff, at that point, had seen that in me, and seen how much I improved, and seen how much I was paying attention. I was doing things like sitting on the head set in between stuff, so I could learn about everything, television, and the way it worked.
[Jarrett pushed Aldis, who credits the WWE Hall of Famer as a driving force behind some of his greatest successes in TNA]
When I finished up with TNA, there was a situation where I couldn’t stay with them, and they could’t afford to keep my contract, and I wasn’t going to take a pay cut. It’s been well documented that I didn’t get along with John Gaburick. That relationship wasn’t going to work, so right away I decided to move on, and right away Jeff had Global Force Wrestling, and it didn’t do much. It didn’t go anywhere, but he went with me, and he went for it, and right away brings me in. Next thing I know I’m the first champion in front of a few thousand people in Vegas beating Bobby Roode in the middle of the ring. When someone does those things for you, you don’t forget that.
[Aldis details fan backlash regarding Jeff Jarrett’s involvement with All In, which prompted him to take to social media in Jarrett’s defense]
There was a time where Jeff and I didn’t speak for a long time. We had a pretty major incident, a pretty major falling out between – I won’t go into all the details – but it was a pretty major falling out between Jeff, and Karen, and myself, and my wife, and we didn’t speak for a long time, and it pretty much completely changed our relationship up to then. It was me who said, ‘I knew that Jeff was having some personal problems.’ It was later on when I realized that was that time of his life, and I wasn’t aware of those problems then, and it started to make more sense. I went, ‘He was suffering. He was an alcoholic.’ He had been inducted to the Hall of Fame, and I was really happy for him, so I basically reached out to him and said, ‘There’s no payday, but I’d really like it if you were to be part of my entourage and walk me to the ring at All In because it’s a testament to you. You helped teach me to be ready for this spot,’ and he did it. Once I explained it that way to Nick and Matt [The Young Bucks] that we have a chance to set precedent – I don’t know what their beef was or that situation, it’s none of my business. I said, ‘This is your show and the whole point of All In is saying that it can be done. Let’s stop being so petty and silly. What better way to exemplify that than to say we even allowed Jeff Jarrett to be here? The past is the past and we’re all in this together.’ Once I explained it to them like that they said, ‘Absolutely.’ Now the relationship is back to where it was. The Bucks are happy. Everyone’s happy.
(Transcription Credit: Michael McClead, WrestleZone)
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Nick Aldis Details Personal Fall Out With Jeff Jarrett