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Re: Total Nonstop Action: An Alternate Universe
TNA: An Alternate Universe
By Denny Crane
"Curry, Tea and Vegamite"
After the firing of Vince Russo, Jeff Jarrett put wrestling veteran Dutch Mantel in charge of creative and brought back Dusty Rhodes back as booker to try and get the company back to where it was. These hirings though didn't sit well with Fox Sports as they didn't see the potential of the company with these two men in charge. So despite Jarrett's assurances that things was going to get better the network cancelled their television deal effective at the beginning of 2004. Jarrett for the first time was really having doubts that TNA would make it.
Even though the tv situation wasn't working out great the Asylum was still selling out every weekend but most people woukd credited that to Toby Keith and other country music stars performing after the wrestling shows were finished. The roster itself stayed about the same with Jeff Jarrett still feuding with Shamrock headlining the cards. Jeff Hardy was becoming the hottest star in the company as his matches with Sabu was the most talked about and anticipated. At the last show before Christmas which was also the last tv taping for Fox Sports, Jeff Jarrett was visited by none other then Jimmy Hart.
Jimmy Hart had the same idea of the Jarretts and Ryder after WCW's closing and had started his own promotion called XWF. During 2002, XWF and TNA shared a lot of the same veteran talent but XWF had to close it doors because it never got the drawing power that TNA got with Eddie Guerrero. Since that time Hart had stayed busy promoting tours that showcased mostly wrestling legends like Greg Valentine, Roddy Piper and The Nasty Boys. During one of these shows in Memphis, Jimmy invited Jerry Jarrett and the two started talking. Since the two went back roughly thirty years, Jerry confided in Hart and told him about Russo hiring disaster and the tv contract expiring. Hart then confided in Jarrett that he too was in a bind as he had booked an international tour with an Austrailian concert promoter, Andrew McManus that was supposed to be headlined by Hulk Hogan and Sting but at the last moment Hogan had backed out. The two old friends drinked into the night but Hart knew he would be driving to Nashville in the morning. Jimmy told Jeff about the tour and told him it could be salvaged if TNA would appear. He explained that McManus would be happy with Jarrett and Shamrock appearing in place of Hulk. Hart said they needed about 20 wrestlers for the tour that would last 3 months in two week intervals with a week off between that will take through Austrailia, Asia and Europe. Jarrett told him he would have a decision in the next few days. After talking with some stars and owner, Toby Keith, they agreed to send wrestlers on the tour while still doing some shows in Nashville.
On the tour, Jimmy Hart provided wrestlers Sting, The Nasty Boys, Emory Hail, Nathan Jones and Teddy Hart while TNA brought Jarrett, Shamrock, America's Most Wanted, Jeff Hardy, Sabu, Buff Bagwell, BG James, Ron Killings, Konnan, Raven, Vampiro, Perry Saturn, Jerry Lynn, Chris Candido and Mike Awesome. The tour was a great success, the group performed in front of the biggest crowds the company ever saw. Nearly 40 thousand fans in Bombay watched the tour while almost 50 thousand watched in Seoul. All parties involved in the tour was pleased with the outcome and TNA had made almost more money then they did in all of 2013 while also gaining a fan base throughout the world. Three months later the tour was over and the company returned to Nashville with more money and a new star as Sting agreed to join the promotion.
After being back for a few weeks, TNA's phone started ringing with offers to broadcast their promotion in the UK and India after their shows did so well during the tour. The company still having the production equipment agreed to the contracts and decided to go back to the old pay per view system they had in it's first year. The shows quickly became a top program in India as Sting, Hardy, Shamrock and Sabu became household names. Jarrett dropped the world title to Sting in June as Sabu and AMW held the other titles. Finally due to the success in India, Toby Keith got a phone call from production company, Endemol, that was double of what he bought it for. After meeting with Jarrett, Keith sold the company to Endemol.
Last edited by Denny Crane; 01-04-2014 at 11:11 PM.