The DVD includes interviews with the following TNA personalities: Dixie Carter, Jeff Jarrett, AJ Styles, Chris Harris, Raven, James Storm, Christopher Daniels, BG James, Mike Tenay, Don West and many others. Music featured on the DVD is â<80><9c>Fighterâ<80> by Candlefuse.
Part One – The Documentary
The Summer of No Worries
Jeremy Borash talks about how he had time to reflect on what he wanted to do, he was also getting paid and worked a few of the international tours with Jeff and got to know the workings of the business which got Jarrett interested.
Bob Ryder talks about how he and Jeff, and Jerry [Jarrett] used to go fishing and it was there that Jeff started discussing some ideas for the company. Ryder talks about how WCW getting kicked off cable was a huge reason TNA was unable to find a TV network. It was then that the idea of running weekly pay per views became a possibility. He explains, TV was the ultimate goal, but getting started, pay per view was were to begin.
Jeff says that after that trip, there was an idea, but nothing was set. He explains how he took it seriously and wanted to make a real go of it. He talks about looking into financing and all the other aspects needed. He talks about how he and Jill spoke a lot about it, one thing led to another and when he finally got financing, everything was starting to come together.
The Genesis of TNA
TNA Pay Per View Moment: Ken Shamrock wins the NWA World title in Gauntlet for the Gold on the very first show.
Building the Roster
Storm heard about the company starting up in June of 2002 from Terry Taylor who he was working with at the time. He says Taylor told him they were holding tryout and told him to go down. He talks about how he and Chris Harris were feuding with each other and the match was set. They put on the match that Bob Ryder says stole the show.
Don West said he didnâ<80><99>t know a lot about it when he was given a try out and he was paired with Ed Ferrara who was also a comedy guy. He says that he just tried to make observations and tell the story. After that, Jeff Jarrett and Jeremy Borash both believed he would eventually get it and he got the job.
TNA Pay Per View Moment: Jerry Lynn and AJ Styles win the first NWA Tag Team Championships of the TNA era.
The First Show
Rudy Charles talks about how he was nervous on the day of the first pay per view. He had only done indy work up until that point and Slick [Johnson] and Scott Armstrong really helped him.
Ryder says organizing travel was his main responsibility and he had flights arriving late and people calling because they were lost. He got to catch up with a lot of the WCW production team which was fun, he compared it to being at a Nitro as the setup was similar to that of the WCW arena. He talks about there being a lot of tension, but they also had a good crew and the Harris brothers really helped a lot.
West says he was so nervous and he used to suffer anxiety attacks. He very rarely had them at the time, but about 2 hours before the show he had a big one. He said they donâ<80><99>t last too long but he was trying to get past it. He then talks about when he had just gotten past the attack, there was a problem. A fat man by the name of Cheex was in the dark match and he broke the ring. They were about to go live and they needed to get the ring fixed
Tenay talks about how they were going to open the show if they couldnâ<80><99>t get it fixed in time. He talks about Keith Mitchell explaining to him how the show was going to be changing.
Ryder thought it was going to take a few hours to fix the ring which they didnâ<80><99>t have. The original plan was for the Flying Elvises taking on AJ Styles, Jerry Lynn and Low Ki which was supposed to be followed by legends of the NWA ceremony. They moved that segment to the start while the Harris brothers fixed the ring with a piece of cable.
AJ talks about how they were concerned about the broken ring in a match where they were expecting to use the top rope a lot. They were all praying it would be fine, but they had a bit more time because of the switch.
Jarrett talks about Cheex breaking the ring and says the ring was an old WCW ring, not on great shape. He knows you can fix it if you know what you are doing, but they didnâ<80><99>t have a plan because the cable snapped. They cut it, and it got too short. The Harris brothers and Jim Wakefield came up with the plan and they got it fixed. Ron and Don had to use their strength to push the stuff the right way. As the opening pyro goes off they run from the ring as they just got it fixed. They all came together with their experience to do the job.
Ryder says after the first show, there was a lot of emotion. It was a great moment and when something goes wrong, they work hard to fix it.
Will TNA Last?
Jarrett says outside of his wife everyone thought he was crazy for trying but he knew it was a gigantic risk, but he always believed. Without great risk, there is no great reward. He needs to be told more than 100,000 times he canâ<80><99>t do something before he will start to believe it. He says that he had doubters, which was pretty much everyone outside his wife.
Tenay says the X Division was shaping up well and he was becoming more optimistic. He talks about having some established names in the heavyweight division but the tag division had not yet took off to the way it would.
Borash said he was stubborn and never gave one thought to TNA not surviving. The first year was so hard, but it made them all stronger. In July, they lost their funding and they thought it was done, but Jerry Jarrett made them believe they would stay alive.
AJ talks about how there were rumours it wasnâ<80><99>t going to last, but after 6 months, he just started to ignore them and just believe. The only thing he was focusing on was his performances.
Elix Skipper says that when he started there, people were telling him the company would fold quickly. He just come back from Japan and was invited down. Heâ<80><99>d heard all the talk that it wouldnâ<80><99>t last and would turn out to be an expensive independent company.
Harris wanted to believe, he heard it all and even people in the company saying they would fail. He kept going and did his job.
Storm is much the same and feared having to get a real job. He believed that they would fail at one point, but since Panda Energy came along, he was faithful.
TNA Pay Per View Moment: Ron â<80><9c>The Truthâ<80> Killings wins the NWA World Championship
The Carter Family
Jeff talks about how Panda Energy came about. The initial investors had major issues and had no money and pulled out. He then went on the search, and through Trifecta, Dixieâ<80><99>s company, he was looking for money, not directly from them, but letting them know what they needed. He had tapes and they produced a product.
After working with TNA, she was excited. They had a private meeting about losing the investor. She asked how much he needed since they had no money to run the next show, she took the concept to her father [Bob Carter] at Panda Energy and she knew he would want to help. With a WWE, there needed to be a TNA for the fans.
Jeff says the Carter family was interested and they met with Bob Carter. This time, they had tapes, business plans and everything else they had, and they wanted to make a deal.
Dixie says the initial challenges were huge and they had a lot of wrong information given to them. They had bad contracts with people, and they had a lot of repairs to do. The weekly concept was a hard sell, especially to get someone to buy show one in the hope they would come back and buy show two next week. They set realistic goals, they were low, but they were reachable. The guys in the ring worked hard that they had to do what they could behind the scenes.
Dixie says year one was so lean, the sets were bad and she got money for them to renovate the Asylum. Even she and her husband helped paint the arena. She was worried what she got into, but then she realized how passionate she was about the company. They all had to help, and it is a survival story.
TNA Pay Per View Moment: Americas Most Wanted wins their first NWA World Tag Team title
The Rise of the X Division
Ryder says they needed to spotlight some younger talent like AJ Styles. Ryder says himself and Borash remembered AJ from WCW and he was one of the first target for the division. They wanted to capatalize on the â<80><9c>X Gamesâ<80> that ESPN were running and the tagline â<80><9c>itâ<80><99>s not about weight limits, itâ<80><99>s about no limitsâ<80> came about.
AJ says winning the X Division title meant everything to him, the X Division was his baby. It changed wrestling and will continue to do so in future. He was honoured to be the first champion.
Andrew Thomas talks about his memories of the 3 way X Division ladder match between AJ Styles, Jerry Lynn and Low Ki.
Don West talks about the ladder match as still being one of his favourite matches in TNA history.
AJ says the X-Division was main event, they had the spotlight and were treated as special. No one can put on matches like they did.
The Tag Teams
Harris talks about when he found out he was going to be a tag team wrestler, he says he wanted to be a singles star, but eventually conceded that there were big names and young guys. They didnâ<80><99>t put up a fight even though they wanted to be a singles star.
Storm says he found out at the first tapings. He says they both wanted to be singles wrestlers, but if they had to be a tag team, they were going to be the best tag team possible.
Tenay says that the AMW vs The New Church was the setup for the tag divisionâ<80><99>s success. He says it worked so well, that it showed they had a superior tag team division
TNA Pay Per View Moment: Roddy Piper comes to TNA Wrestling
Welcome to the Asylum
AJ talks about how the change wasnâ<80><99>t a big deal to him because it made them closer.
BG James talks about how he broke into the business when it was in huge arenas, but he preferred the smaller venues like the ones where he used to see his family wrestle. He says he preferred it where he would be able to interact with the people as opposed to trying to bring someone in a sky box into the action.
Raven vs Jeff Jarrett
Raven says it was huge for the company. He used an analogy that Jarrett had built up a Tommy Dreamer type baby face in himself, but there was no Raven, and then there he was. He says the match lived up to its expectations.
Looking Back at Year One
BG says it got him back to his roots and he was happy again wrestling. TNA happened to him at a time when he needed it personally. He learned a lot in the last 5 years, and he loves it. He says you just got to be good at what you love.
Harris says that TNA was his real start, he had a short stint under contract for WCW, but he never really started his career. He did that in TNA. People know who he is, and he says year one was amazing. They have come a long way and proved a lot of people wrong.
Daniels knew it was an opportunity to be something. He worked hard to make everything he did great. TNA wouldnâ<80><99>t be what it is if it hadnâ<80><99>t been for the effort of a lot of guys from year one. Everything from the first show and the first year is why they are here today.
Ryder says there were a lot of ups and downs, but when they hit one year, Jeff, who isnâ<80><99>t a touchy feely guy, was hugging people at the party and was very emotional. They knew they could do it as long as they kept the effort up.
Borash says that without year one, nothing would matter. It was special for everyone, but he wouldnâ<80><99>t want to live through it again but he is proud of everything they did.
Double Elimination Match To Determine the first NWA-TNA X Division Champion:
Triple Ladder Match for the X Division Championship:
The Final Battle – No Disqualification Match for the NWA World Tag Team Championships:
NWA World Heavyweight Championship Match:
Part Three – Bonus Features
The Original TNA Commercial: Until this DVD set, I had personally never seen this (due to being in the UK). Don West does the voice over, and puts over Scott Hall, Jeff Jarrett, Ken Shamrock, Hardcore Midget Mayhem and the TNA Girls.
James Storm vs Chris Harris – The Try-Out Match: This was from June 1st 2002 and actually takes place at the Asylum (pre-makeover). I have to say, they did a great job redecorating because had I not looked it up, I wouldnâ<80><99>t believe it was the same place. This match is basically a highlight video (as I believe the entire match is available on another TNA DVD release, The Best of Americas Most Wanted). Both guys looked like they had talent, and obviously the guys in TNA liked it as they got a job. Harris looked the same, Storm has shorter hair and isnâ<80><99>t as big as he is now, but besides that, there is no difference from the AMW that became the best tag team in TNA.
Remembering Curt Henning: In 2003, the wrestling world lost a great friend and competitor in Curt Henning. During his time with Total Nonstop Action, Curt became close with several TNA stars…..and they spoke about him during the filming of this DVD. This is the introduction TNA put on the beginning of this feature. In this video, James Storm, BG James, Mike Tenay and Chris Harris all talk about their time with Curt and share some of their memories of the man.
The WZ Lowdown
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