Wrestling legend Jeff Jarrett shares heartwarming connection to Taylor Swift

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1 Aug 2023, 13:51

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Wrestling star and AEW talent Jeff Jarrett has shared his “favourite memory” of pop icon Taylor Swift. 

The highly decorated in-ring talent, who is currently in the UK to promote All Elite Wrestling’s (AEW) upcoming Wembley Stadium show, was born and raised in Hendersonville, Tennessee, not too far away from the then-fledgling country music star Swift. 

In her earlier days, before all fame and fortune, the soon-to-be superstar used to visit Jarrett’s three young daughters and she helped to provide some wonderful memories for the athlete. 

After speaking to talkSPORT about the upcoming AEW show, Jarrett sat down with virginradio.co.uk and recalled his “favourite story” about his time with the Love Story hit maker, who gave much more than just her time to Jarrett and his family. 

Speaking about the heartwarming generosity of Swift, Jarrett explained: “My first wife battled breast cancer. She passed away in 2007, but I think it was December of 2006, so she had been fighting it pretty hard for a year. [Taylor is] obviously from the same community in Hendersonville and a friend of a friend. Her first album had come out and the song Tim McGraw, but it was really before she had really broke out big time. 

“She decided to come over to play - I get choked up thinking about this - to play a few songs for my girls. She was going to stop by for like, 20 or 30 minutes. It was a weekend, and it was early in the afternoon and she played a few and then as little girls do, my wife had a lot of people and helpers around, [Taylor] played like three or four hours in the house. It still gets me. She’s special.”

Jarrett is no stranger to country music himself, having become famous for bringing his guitar (as an instrument or weapon) to the wrestling ring. 

He started his career in his father’s company, Continental Wrestling Association, in 1986 before moving onto the WWE in 1993. He wrestled in a number of different promotions, including NWA, AAA and WCW.

Jarrett left WWE for AEW in 2022, and has successfully held over 80 championships in his near-40 year career. He was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2018. 

Jarrett and his stable mates Jay Lethal, Satnam Singh and Sonjay Dutt will join the likes of Paul ‘Big Show’ Wight when AEW lands in London later this month.

AEW arrives in the UK with a huge one-night event at Wembley Stadium on 27th August.