Jeff Jarrett believes Ahmed Johnson was “his personal worst enemy” throughout his three-year spell in WWE between 1995 and 1998.
Johnson turned the primary African-American holder of a WWE singles title when he received the Intercontinental Championship from Goldust in 1996. Earlier that 12 months, he defeated Jarrett on the Royal Rumble and feuded with the Corridor of Famer at dwell occasions.
Talking on his My World podcast, Jarrett mentioned claims from Johnson that he might have been racist are “such nonsense.” The 54-year-old added that his former on-screen rival ought to have taken accountability for failing to succeed in his potential:
“I assumed that I had the identical relationship with Ahmed that mainly all people else did. Right here’s a man, million greenback look, checks all of the packing containers, might make a fortune on this business, however he’s gonna be his personal worst enemy till he’s not. And if that’s gonna change, it’s solely as much as him,” mentioned Jarrett. [47:56-48:18]
Former WWE commentator and govt Jim Ross mentioned on his Grilling JR podcast in 2021 that discussions as soon as befell about Johnson turning into world champion. On the time, WWE’s higher-ups had considerations in regards to the one-time Intercontinental Champion’s inexperience within the wrestling enterprise.
Jeff Jarrett didn’t have an issue with Ahmed Johnson
Ahmed Johnson didn’t get alongside together with his fellow Nation of Domination members throughout his transient stint with the group in 1997. Nation member The Godfather claimed on the It’s My Wrestling Podcast final 12 months that Johnson didn’t hearken to their recommendation.
Jeff Jarrett went on to say that he by no means had points with the previous WWE Famous person behind the scenes once they labored collectively:
“I form of bought the sensation that he felt that method about all people… I didn’t see him having good relationships with anyone, and I’m not knocking him per se. My notion of all of it was I by no means thought he singled me out, like, ‘Hey, I don’t like Double J.’ By no means. That’s my delusions, possibly, however I by no means thought that.” [48:53-49:26]
In Jarrett’s opinion, Johnson doubtless developed an entitled perspective because of the quick success he achieved in WWE. He additionally believes his Royal Rumble 1996 opponent by no means totally understood the wrestling enterprise.
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