Nonstop Action Wrestling
Nonstop Action Wrestling
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Nonstop Action Wrestling (TNA), is a privately-controlled
integrated-media (focusing on television, internet,
and live events) and sports entertainment company,
dealing primarily in professional wrestling, with
major revenue sources also coming from product
licensing, and direct product sales. Dixie Carter
Salinas is the president and chairwoman of the
company and co-founder Jeff Jarrett is the vice
president. As of 2005 Panda Energy International
owns the majority of its shares.
The company has its headquarters in Orlando, Florida;
its trading company TNA Entertainment, LLC operates
out of Nashville, Tennessee. The company previously
bore the name "NWA Total Nonstop Action"
— at the time of its formation it belonged
to the National Wrestling Alliance. TNA was granted
exclusive rights to both the NWA World Heavyweight
Championship and the NWA World Tag Team Championship.
TNA withdrew from the NWA in 2004, but was permitted
to continue to use the championships until the
NWA abrogated the agreement in May 2007.
TNA became the first American promotion to make
exclusive use of a hexagonal wrestling ring (as
opposed to the more conventional four-sided ring).
The organization also employed the unconventional
rule that a championship can change hands as the
result of a disqualification or countout, but
has slowly phased out this rule. TNA's business
focus is on professional wrestling, a simulated
sport that consists of wrestling combined with
acting and theatre. It is currently the second
largest professional wrestling promotion in the
world, behind World Wrestling Entertainment.
Jeff and Jerry Jarrett were initially responsible
for booking, followed by Dusty Rhodes, while Vince
Russo focused more on writing. At times, the position
of booker has been coterminous with the on-screen
position of Director of Authority.
Total Nonstop Action Wrestling authority figures
When TNA first launched, it billed the on-air
authority figure as a representative appointed
by the National Wrestling Alliance. It did this
for storyline purposes only, however, and the
actual "representatives" already worked
in some capacity for TNA. From February 19, 2003,
TNA had no active authority figure until July
23, 2003 when Erik Watts made his return to TNA
as the Director of Authority. Watts started feuding
with Don Callis (billed as TNA Management Consultant),
ending with Watts forced to quit. On February
18, 2004, TNA named Vince Russo the new Director
of Authority, a position he held until November
7, 2004 when Dusty Rhodes defeated and replaced
The NWA Championship Committee, established in
2004, comprised a group of wrestling veterans
who acted as arbitrators, determining a winner
in the event of a time-limit draw. The committee
consisted of Harley Race, Larry Zbyszko and Terry
Funk, with Funk later replaced by Roddy Piper
without ever having appeared on TNA television.
After Race and Piper left TNA, the Committee essentially
ceased to exist as a physical on-screen body,
although Zbyszko continued to be referred to as
a member of the committee while simultaneously
acting as on-screen authority figure, booking
matches and giving title shots.
In October 2005, Larry Zbyszko began to repeatedly
reference an ambiguous authority within TNA known
only as "TNA Management". "TNA
Management" has, in the past, appeared in
the form of "special referee" Earl Hebner,
"consultant" Dave Hebner and "messenger"
Christy Hemme. The current face of "TNA Management"
emerged at Slammiversary 2006 in the form of Jim
Cornette, who has been called the "Management
Director" in press releases following that
pay-per-view. On October 23, 2008, on the first
high-definition episode of Impact!, TNA announced
that Mick Foley had become TNA's (kayfabe) Executive
Jarrett, wrestling promoter and multi time pro
Leonard Jarrett (born July 14th, 1967) is an American
professional wrestler currently signed to Total
Nonstop Action Wrestling. He is well known for
his time in World Championship Wrestling and the
World Wrestling Federation (now World Wrestling
has held twelve world heavyweight championships
in various promotions throughout his career. He
is a six-time NWA World Heavyweight Champion,
four-time WCW World Heavyweight Champion and two-time
WWA World Heavyweight Champion. He is also a three-time
USWA Unified World Heavyweight Champion, which
brings his tally of world championships to fifteen,
however this title was never defended on an international
forum. While he never captured the WWF Championship,
he challenged for the title and achieved notable
championship success in the promotion, becoming
a six-time Intercontinental Champion (a record
from 1999-2004), and one of only three men to
hold both the Intercontinental and European championships
in Nashville, Tennessee, Jarrett became involved
with basketball when he was in high school, but,
he worked for his father Jerry Jarrett's Continental
Wrestling Association (CWA) as a referee in March
1986 and trained as a wrestler under his father
and Tojo Yamamoto. Jeff Jarrett made his in-ring
debut at the age of 18 in April 1986 when jobber
Tony Falk attempted to end his lengthy losing
streak by challenging Jarrett, then a referee,
to a match. Jarrett accepted the challenge, wrestling
Falk to a ten-minute draw. Jarrett is a third-generation
wrestler; his father wrestled, as did his maternal
grandfather, Eddie Marlin, while his paternal
grandmother, Christine, was employed by a wrestling
In 1989, Jerry Jarrett purchased the Texas-based
World Class Championship Wrestling promotion and
merged it with the CWA to create the United States
Wrestling Association (USWA). Over the following
years, Jarrett won the USWA Southern Heavyweight
Championship on 10 occasions and the USWA World
Tag Team Championship on 15 occasions. Jarrett
also wrestled on the independent circuit for seven
years, appearing in Japan and Puerto Rico. In
1993, he was hired by the World Wrestling Federation.
the following episode of Impact!, Jarrett announced
in a pre-taped interview that he was leaving TNA
indefinitely. For the following six months, Jarrett
did not appear on TNA television, instead focusing
on his role as Vice President of TNA Entertainment.
Jarrett, however, temporarily returned to TNA
television on the April 12, 2007 episode of Impact!,
and aligned himself with Samoa Joe, by helping
him defeat A.J. Styles. On April 15, 2007 at Lockdown,
Jarrett and the rest of Team Angle defeated Team
Cage in a Lethal Lockdown match. He then entered
into a feud with Robert Roode, losing a match
to him at Sacrifice. Jarrett was then scheduled
to take on Styles with the winner to earn a spot
in the King of the Mountain match but could not
compete due to "personal issues". In
June 2008, Jarrett was featured in the promotion
of TNA's January 2009 "Maximum Impact!"
tour of the United Kingdom.
TNA Hard Justice 2008, Samoa Joe defeated Booker
T using the Acoustic Equalizer (smashing a guitar
over the opponents head), the trademark move of
Jarrett, setting up for his return to in-ring
action, as quoted by the website, "Obviously,
we all know who used a guitar in the past!"
referring indirectly to Jarrett. After numerous
weeks of Jarrett's theme song playing and his
guitar appearing on TNA programming, Jarrett returned
to Impact! on September 11, 2008. At No Surrender,
he would help Joe defeat Kurt Angle and Cage and
assist Joe in retaining the TNA World Heavyweight
Championship by hitting Angle with a guitar keeping
him a face. The following Thursday, on Impact!,
Jarrett cut his first promo since Slammiversary,
claiming that the current respect angle that Sting
was involved in was actually a matter of the veterans
refusing to pass the torch to the young guys.
Angle came out and challenged Jarrett to a match
at Bound for Glory IV, but Jarrett refused, saying
he had nothing left to prove, and instead pointed
to the screen to reveal the debuting Mick Foley.
On the next edition of Impact, Jarrett relented
to verbal cheap shots taken by Angle regarding
Jarrett's children and accepted the match at Bound
for Glory. The feud got more personal due to Angle
mentioning Jarrett's wife, which lead to Foley
being named the Special Enforcer for their match.
At Bound for Glory Jarrett returned to the ring
after nearly a two year absence, and defeated
Angle using his Acoustic Equalizer.
On the November 20, 2008 edition of Impact!, Kurt
Angle threatened Mick Foley and wanted another
match against Jarrett at Final Resolution after
Foley announced that it was Angle vs. Rhino at
the event. Angle continued to demand a match with
Jarrett and he said if he couldn't get him at
Final Resolution, he would wrestle Foley. Angle
then slapped Foley causing Jarrett to come out
and talk about what Angle wanted (the match) and
then what Jarrett wanted (Angle to be fired).
Because of Angle's contract clause, Jarrett could
not fire him, so he made this stipulation: if
Angle lost to Rhino, he would be fired from TNA;
if Angle beat Rhino, he would get Jarrett at Genesis.
Angle won, allowing him to face Jarrett at Genesis.
The feud got even more personal when it started
involving Jarrett's three daughters during the
December 11, 2008 episode of Impact!. Angle said
that they would become orphans after Genesis and
that "Uncle Kurt" may find it in his
heart to adopt them and make them his. Jarrett
came out to confront him but was held back by
his long time friend, BG James, TNA Personnel
Terry Taylor, referee Earl Hebner, and Scott D'Amore.
On January 11 at Genesis, Jarrett lost to Angle.
Jeff suffered some injuries, but able to compete
on the TNA Maxium Impact Tour, by facing against
Kurt Angle in two singles and a few tag team matches
with AJ Styles against Kurt Angle and Scott Steiner.
Then on February 12, 2009, Jeff Jarrett returned
to Impact to stop Angle from forcing Sting to
lay down and gain an easy championship victory.
The next week, Jarrett allowed Angle to have another
match against Sting, and on February 26, 2009
Jarrett announced Angle vs. Sting at Destination
X for the TNA World Heavyweight Championship.
He also fought in the main event of Sacrifice,
in which every competitor had to sacrifice something,
he sacrificed his voting shares, but was not pinned,
therefore kept the voting shares, and recently
qualified for the main event of Slammiversarry
by defeating Eric Young, but afterwards Young
snapped and attacked Jarrett. The following week
Jarrett called out Young and offered to turn the
other cheek but instead Young provoked him by
saying that he pays more attention to wrestling
than his own daughters—just like his father,
Jerry Jarrett—which resulted in Jeff slapping
Young and assaulting him. Jarrett also would accidentally
punch referee Earl Hebner while Hebner was trying
to separate the two. On the June 11th edition
of Impact!, Mick Foley kayfabe fined and suspended
Jarrett and threw him out of the arena as a punishment.
The following week Foley threw a party for Jarrett
and welcomed him back to TNA in order to have
him on his side at Slammiversary, however at Slammiversary
Jarrett refused to give Foley the belt in the
King of the mountain match which was won by Kurt
Angle after assistance from Samoa Joe. Shortly
after Slammiversary, Jarrett once again disappeared
from TNA programming.
announced that on April 14, 2009 the first-ever
Jeff Jarrett DVD release would be a four-disc
set, including his best TNA matches and moments,
a lengthy and candid interview on his life, career
and TNA Wrestling, rare photos, and guest commentary,
among others. (Credit:
Jarrett appears on Network Nine "Rove"
to promote Australian tour - Sept 09
Jarrett - Hulk Hogan insider talk - hype or genuine
Ten ROVE - Jeff Jarrett