TNA: Changing The Face Of Pro Wrestling
November 13th 2004
TNA Bookers Meeting
::The scene is set with Scott DíAmore, Jeff Jarrett, Jeremy Borash, Mike Tenay, and Terry Taylor sitting around a round table::
DíAmore: Guys, Turning Point came off like a million bucks, but we are still missing something. We need to take TNA to a new direction.
Jarrett: A new direction, we just brought in Jay Reso, what else could we possibly do Scott?
DíAmore: This whole booking by committee thing isnít working. We all want different things for the company. We need one man to run everything while we just over look everything.
Jarrett: Fine then, call up Russo or whoever and see how much they want.
DíAmore: Iím not talking about Russo. Iím talking about somebody from the outside.
::Everyone in the room looks shocked::
DíAmore: Think about it. Right now WWE has their Hollywood writers where they disrespect the great name of Eddie Guerrero and are holding down top talent like Benoit, Benjamin, and others.
Jarrett: No No No. I refuse to bring in some punk kid who only knows about wrestling because he reads the internet.
DíAmore: But thatís what we need Jeff. We need some punk kid who knows what other fans want. We need some punk kid that knows wrestling. We need some punk kid who wants to see the company succeed. We need some punk kid who can give the fans what they want.
Jarrett: We have that now.
DíAmore: But we donít Jeff. Right now we have 4 guys who want to focus on 4 different things for the company. We need 1 person who wants 1 certain thing for the company.
Jarrett: But Scott some kid who has never been in the business?
DíAmore: Jeff, everyone needs a break. Most guys just werenít born into the business. Somebody gave them a break and they took it and ran with it. We need to give some kid a break and see if he takes it and runs with it. We wonít give him all the booking power. Mike, Jeremy, Terry and Myself will overlook him and if we think a certain idea is bad for business we will shoot it down. We just need 1 person running things, not 4. Listen, letís all take a vote on whether or not this would work. Everyone in favor of bringing somebody in from the outside, raise your hand.
:: DíAmore and Tenay raise their hands::
Jarrett: And everyone in favor of keeping things the way they are, raise your hand
::Jarrett and Taylor raise their hands::
Jarrett: Well itís up to you Borash.
Borash: While I think bringing somebody new in has itís flaws, as long was we over see what he does, I have no problem with it.
DíAmore: Then itís settled
Jarrett: Fine, but I donít like it one bit.
::Jarrett gets up and storms out of the office::
(The rest of the story is now in 1st Person Point Of View)
November 15th 2005
Being the Wrestling enthusiast that I am, I checked PWInsider.Com in the morning to see the news from the past day. The following headline was at the top of the page:
ďTOP STORY: TNA Looking For Outside Head BookerĒ
I wasnít sure if this was all in storyline or if it was true, so I checked it out. The following appeared on my screen after I clicked the link:
ďTNAWrestling.Com made the following press release this morning:
ĎTNA Wrestling is proud to announce that the head booking spot has become available (How could you be proud to announce that?) Scott DíAmore and the rest of the booking committee has stepped down in favor of bringing in someone from the outside. If you meet the following qualifications then please send a resume and a paper on how you would help TNA.
1. Male/Female who has been watching wrestling for at least 10 years (Check)
2. Has been watching TNA with a passion for at least 2 years (Check)
3. Knows what the fans would respond positively too (Check)
4. Willing to put in hard work and many hours at the office (Check, hey it beats college)
5. Wants to see TNA succeed and help them rise to the top (Check)
Again, if you meet all of those qualifications then please send a resume and a paper to:
1254 Universal Dr
P.O. Box 23821
We will be in contact with you within 2 weeks of the time you send your package. Thank YouíĒ
So I did just that. My resume was pretty B Level but seeing how I was a English and Journalism Major, I felt really good about my paper. 2 Weeks couldnít come soon enough
November 30th, 2005
I got home from lunch at McDonalds and walked over to the answering machine. 3 messages.
1. Jeremy, Itís mom. You never call ::delete::
2. Yo man, you gonna to the game tonight? Hit me back with an answer. Out.
3. Hello, Mr. Lambert. This is Dixie Carter President of TNA Wrestling. We reviewed your resume and paper and would like to fly you to TNA Headquarters for a meeting. A plane ticket has been sent to you and should arrive within days. Hope to see you on December 3rd.
Wow, that was the only thing I could say. And I left it at that.
December 3rd 2005
I received my plane ticket in the mail on December 2nd. One day to pack and think about my meeting, thanks TNA. On the plane I just went over some recent wrestling news and recent results and thought to myself what could I bring to the table.
I got off the plane to see a cab waiting. Couldnít even spring a limo for me? The cab took me to Universal Studios. I walked into the arena and clearly saw that nothing was going on, on this day. I shook hands with one of the Harris Brothers and he showed me to the office. I tried to spark a conversation with him but he didnít budge. I walked into the office and saw Jeff Jarrett along with Scott DíAmore.
DíAmore: You must be Jeremy Lambert
Me: Yes sir
DíAmore: Well Iím sure you know that I am Scott DíAmore and this is Jeff Jarrett
Jarrett: Nice of you to dress up
While he didnít have to be a prick about it, he was right. I was wearing a WWE Christian T Shirt and blue jeans.
Me: Yeah, Iím not really a suit and tie kind of guy
DíAmore: Good, Iím sick of suit and tie guys. Have a seat and lets get down to business.
I sat down on the other side of Jarrett, right next to DíAmore.
DíAmore: We read and reviewed everything and we like what we think you can bring to the table. We are going to tell you our plans and you tell us yours. Sound good?
Me: Sounds good
3 Hours Later
DíAmore: I like where this is going. Well Mr. Lambert, you start after Turning Point.
I couldnít say anything at that point. I was in complete shock.
Jarrett: I like your ideas, just donít fuck up anything. Got it?
DíAmore: I think heís got it Jeff
What I got, is a job with TNA.
My Comments: I haven't seen a TNA BTB so I thought I would give it a shot. A little rough to start. Iím trying something new here so bare with me. Every other BTB Iíve seen just jumps into it, Iím trying to create a story within the booking. Not a great back-story but itís just a back-story. Iíll probably post the next piece later today or tomorrow. So stay tuned.