Jerry Jarrett’s cause of death has not yet been revealed. According to some sources, the longtime pro wrestling promoter was reportedly battling esophageal cancer.
The WWE announced the passing of Memphis wrestler and wrestling promoter Jerry Jarrett on Tuesday, February 14th, 2023. He was 80 years old.
Jarrett was a former competitor in the National Wrestling Alliance’s Mid-America promotion who retired from the ring in 1977. He then co-founded the Continental Wrestling Association with fellow Memphis wrestler Jerry “The King” Lawler.
The CWA merged with World Class Championship to form the United States Wrestling Association in the late 1980s. Jarrett sold his stake in the USWA to Lawler in 1997.
He and his son Jeff then formed Total Non-Stop Action, which later evolved into Impact Wrestling and was eventually sold to Panda Energy. In tribute to his father, Jeff wrote a poem spread over several tweets and ended it with #Dad.
Throughout his career, Jarrett maintained close ties with WWE CEO Vince K McMahon and his father, Vincent J McMahon.
In addition to being an incredible wrestler, Jarrett was also regarded as one of the best storytellers ever, a trailblazing promoter and visionary whose legacy will live on forever.
He authored two books covering his time in wrestling – an autobiography co-written by Memphis Wrestling historian Mark James and another book about TNA’s launch – both of which are highly acclaimed.