5 Wrestlers Who Were LEGITIMATELY Fired On The Air
5. Jeff Jarrett
Vince McMahon wasn't F-O-N-D of J E Double F.
Jarrett was always perceived by the WWF as a midcard performer, but as a worker, he was and remains in the top tier. Knowing ahead of No Mercy '99 that his contract was up but the Intercontinental Title remained around his waist, Jarrett, per the 15 November 1999 Wrestling Observer, held the WWF up and refused to drop it "unless he got what he perceived was all the money that would be due him". The figure cited by Dave Meltzer ranged between $100,000-200,000 and "was probably a higher number, significantly so, than he would have eventually received under normal circumstances". Jarrett, hilariously, agreed on a price and then reneged on it.
McMahon, furious, ordered onscreen talent and backstage personnel alike to sign letters confirming that in the event of their departure, even if they were fired, they would not work for WCW for a period of one calendar year. The parallel departures of Vince Russo and Ed Ferrara hardly helped his foul mood, which must have simmered for a good 18 months, if the events of the 26 March 2001 RAW are any indication.
On that famous RAW/Nitro simulcast, the WWF went to the contrived lengths of splicing Jarrett in - he wasn't physically present at Nitro that Monday - purely to enable McMahon to fire him, or at least, make d*mn sure that he wasn't about to receive an offer. Shawn Stasiak was deemed worthy of the expense, but not Jarrett. This was peak pettiness on Vince's part - so much so that his promo barely made any sense. "G Double O Double N Double E"?
D I S Double M I Double S E D might have made more sense, or, you know, his very famous "You're Fired!" catchphrase.