Jerry Winston Jarrett (September 4, 1942 – February 14, 2023) was a professional wrestler, promoter, and businessman from the United States.
He was a pivotal figure in the history of professional wrestling in the Mid-Southern United States, together with his long-term business partner Jerry Lawler. In 2009, he was honoured into the National Wrestling Alliance Hall of Fame as a “wrestling genius.”
What was Jerry Jarrett’s Cause of Death?
Jerry died on February 14, 2023, according to the WWE. The cause of death has not been disclosed, but the wrestling legend had been battling esophageal cancer for some years.
Following the news of Jerry’s death, numerous wrestling fans and figures paid tribute on social media.
“I loved Jerry Jarrett. He believed in me,” two-time WWE Hall of Famer Sean Waltman (aka X-Pac) penned. “He’s responsible for Marty [Jannetty] and I becoming Tag Champs. I was also one of the 1st people he called to help start TNA. I’m very grateful to Jerry and I’m really sad to know I’ll never see him again.“
RIP Jerry Jarrett 🕯️
One of the greatest minds in wrestling. His impact on the business is undeniable, and his influence will continue to be felt as long as there are still fans willing to pay to see personal issues settled in the ring.
Our deepest condolences to the family. pic.twitter.com/Au2gcRwirY
— Dark Side of the Ring (@DarkSideOfRing) February 14, 2023
Jerry was a “brilliant booker for his time, one of the finest ever, [and] generated ratings nobody will ever touch again,” according to Dave Meltzer, and “the man behind the best wrestling television of all time,” according to WrestlingInc reporter David Bixenspan.
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How Did Jerry Starts His Career?
Jerry had a big impact on the wrestling industry; he began his career as a referee in the 1960s. Jerry, on the other hand, became a professional wrestler with the support of his friend Tojo Yamamoto and veteran wrestler Sailor Moran, primarily for NWA Mid-America.
Jerry formed the Continental Wrestling Association in Memphis, Tennessee, in 1977; in addition to booking the promotion, he also wrestled on occasion.
Although he officially retired in 1988, he returned to the ring in the mid-1990s for the now-defunct United States Wrestling Association.
Jerry took a break from promotion to work as a consultant for World Championship Wrestling (WCW) and the World Wrestling Federation (WWF) (now the WWE).
In 2001, he put together plans to buy WCW; unfortunately, the WWE bought the company and quickly destroyed its final potential competition.
Jerry and his son, Jeff, co-founded NWA: TNA with the late Bob Ryder in May 2002. Since then, the wrestling promotion has been regarded as the second-largest in the United States, trailing only WWE.