It goes without saying that this is not the way fans were expecting to hear the names Jeff Jarrett and WWE in the same sentence again. Although details remain scant as of the moment, reports suggest that Jarrett, who was recently pulled from a series of upcoming shows in North Carolina, is now in some form of WWE-sponsored rehab.
As noted by Wrestling News, the move came shortly after Jarrett showed up for a Canadian independent show in poor condition, and on the same day, it was announced that he would not be at next month’s WrestleCade Weekend in North Carolina. To make matters worse, the report added that Jarrett’s friends and family have been “worried” for him in recent times, though details on the type of rehab the now-former Impact Wrestling Chief Creative Officer is undergoing were not mentioned. It wasn’t mentioned either how long he will need to be in rehab, or where the rehabilitation facility is located.
The trip to rehab marks the latest setback for Jarrett, who was reportedly ousted as Impact Wrestling Chief Creative Officer in September and placed on extended leave. He was officially released by the company earlier this week. According to Uproxx, Jarrett went on a leave of absence in September due to “personal reasons,” but was nonetheless allowed to remain on Impact’s payroll as a consultant.
As most longtime wrestling fans know, Jeff Jarrett and the WWE have not had a working relationship with each other since 1999, when Jarrett allegedly demanded $300,000 in order for him to wrestle one last match and put Chyna over for the Intercontinental Championship before rejoining WCW. This was due to a contract misunderstanding where WWE was not aware Jarrett’s deal expired a day before No Mercy 1999.
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Despite WWE and Jarrett being estranged from each other for the past 18 years, his rumored rehab on WWE’s dime is not unprecedented. WWE sponsors such treatment for past and present wrestlers and other on-air performers, and that has extended even to people who weren’t in the company's good graces at the time, such as Sunny and the late Davey Boy Smith.
Obviously, things haven't gone too well for Jarrett as of late, and while he remains a very divisive figure in the world of wrestling, there's nothing pleasant about having the monkey of substance abuse on your back, as has often been alleged about Jarrett. We commend Jarrett for taking the initiative to get help and wish him the best as he hopes to conquer this ongoing challenge.