Jeff Jarrett calls The Acclaimed 'box-office', discusses what 'granddaddy ass' adds to the presentation

Originally published at https://www.postwrestling.com/2023/03/04/jeff-jarrett-calls-the-acclaimed-box-office-discusses-what-granddaddy-ass-adds-to-the-presentation/

Jarrett comments on one of the teams in the tag title match at Revolution. 

For a good portion of his time in AEW, Jeff Jarrett has been involved with The Acclaimed (Max Caster & Anthony Bowens) and Billy Gunn on-screen. 

Jarrett is part of a group with Jay Lethal, Satnam Singh and Sonjay Dutt and on March 5th, Jarrett and Lethal are going to be part of a four-way for the AEW World Tag Team Championships. 

One of the teams in that match is The Acclaimed and Jarrett spoke highly of them as he was doing an interview with Wrestling Observer Radio. Jarrett called the act ‘box-office’ and went on to discuss what Billy Gunn adds to the overall presentation. 

It goes without saying. You’d have to be living under a rock to not know they’re (The Acclaimed) gonna rap. But Max (Caster) does his own deal and I think it’s real and authentic and it totally connects with our audience. As I said, we live in such a transparent world that when he takes digs at whoever it may be, it resonates immediately and he’ll always tie in — in Dallas, he tied in Luka (Dončić) and whatever it may be, he resonates. When you look at them as a package and I was interested in how you were kind of rolling that (question) out and I’ve done my research on those guys and where they came from and you know, one in Jersey, one in New York, how they’re both going to the same school but yeah, just the magic of putting them together. But when I take a step back and really look at the package, to me, adding — and you know, as far as in-ring, I’m not saying that but when you add in — I call him ‘granddaddy ass’ but when you add Billy Gunn, whatever you wanna call him, you kind of look at Billy’s role in DX and I’m not drawing a complete analogy here but I believe the chemistry of the three brings — one plus one plus one doesn’t equal three in this equation. I think it takes the presentation of the charisma of all three to another level and look, Max and Bowens can both go, they’re both youthful. But to me, it’s just a fantastic box-office attraction because just as we were talking a few minutes ago, you can do a few moves here and there but is it really gonna resonate? We’re talking about it. So, you know, MJF may have great verbal skills but he can’t rap. Max can rap and it’s authentic and real. Bowens can talk, Billy has his lineage in the business and when you kind of put it together and the scissor and everything, it just is a true box-office attraction that is homegrown and I think that is something when you look at that diverse roster, they’re breakouts and we just kind of answered our own question. Why are they breakouts? Well they’ve got athletics, but they also can talk and you kind of combine the three, it works.

With one day left before Revolution, here is the updated match card for the show: 

  • AEW World Championship — 60-Minute Iron Man Match: MJF (c) vs. Bryan Danielson
  • AEW World Tag Team Championships — Four Way Tag Match: The Gunns (Austin & Colten Gunn) (c) vs. The Acclaimed (Anthony Bowens & Max Caster) (w/ Billy Gunn) vs. Jay Lethal & Jeff Jarrett vs. Danhausen & Orange Cassidy
  • Texas Death Match: Jon Moxley vs. Hangman Adam Page
  • TNT Championship: Samoa Joe (c) vs. Wardlow
  • Chris Jericho vs. Ricky Starks
  • AEW Women’s World Championship — Three Way Match: Jamie Hayter (c) vs. Saraya vs. Ruby Soho
  • AEW World Trios Championships: The Elite (Kenny Omega, Matt & Nick Jackson) (c) vs. House of Black (Malakai Black, Buddy Matthews & Brody King) (w/ Julia Hart)
  • The Final Burial: Christian Cage vs. ‘Jungle Boy’ Jack Perry 

If the quote in this article is used, please credit Wrestling Observer Radio with an H/T to POST Wrestling for the transcription.