NWA's Total Non-Stop Action #1
Live on PPV Wednesday June 19th, 2002
from the Von Braun Center in Huntsville Alabama
Commentary Team: Mike Tenay, Don West and Ed Ferrera
The very first edition of Total Non-Stop Action opens with a montage of the history of the NWA. Audio Clips, still photographs and the very little footage not owned by Vince McMahon of the NWA heyday showcase former stars and champions such as Dusty Rhodes, Ric Flair, the Funks, Harley Race, Sting, Lex Luger, the Four Horsemen, Magnum TA. Quickly they pass by our TV screens as the announcer talks about tradition and legacy...the screen explodes in a firey explosion as the Total Non-Stop Action logo bounces around on the screen. Tonight Tradition gets taken to the extreme as a new crop of stars plan to revolutionize the NWA to a new level of action! Tonight its Total Non-Stop Action!
We are live to the arena next as our commentary team welcomes us to the very first NWA Total Non-Stop Action broadcast ever! Mike Tenay
promises to combine the past, present and future into one promotion honoring the rich tradition of the National Wrestling Alliance as well as presenting something new and fresh. Don West
says it is a real alternative to other wrestling shows because "this promotion is all about action in that ring!" And Ed Ferrera
chims in and says it doesn't hurt to be on PPV and have no standards and practices either. Yeah Ed, cause that was what killed WCW.
Match #1|X Division Showcase
The Flying Elvises (Sonny Siaki & Jimmy Yang w/Jorge Estrada) vs. Psicosis & Super Crazy
vs. Jerry Lynn & AJ Styles vs. Low-Ki & "The Fallen Angel" Christopher Daniels
The very first match of the TNA era of the NWA kicks off with a X Division showcase. Out first are the trio of Jimmy Yang, Jorge Estrada and Sonny Siaki...the Flying Elvises. The announcers talk about while they may appear goofy on the outside, these three Elvis admirers are three of the top high flying talent in the world. Ed Ferrera explains that everyone needs a gimmick. Out next is the team of Low-Ki and Christopher Daniels, it is noted that they have been long time advesaries and are teaming up for the first time in the NWA! Super Crazy and Psicosis come out next to a great pop, they are being dubbed Lucha Revolucion! And the final team is that of Jerry Lynn and the young rising star AJ Styles. Lynn is giving Styles advice as they make it to the ring, looks like Lynn has taken Styles under his wings in NWA-TNA!
The match itself really does hit all the marks and sets the pace for the Division. It is essentially, like WCW's Cruiserweight Division, a human car wreck! Quick tags all around as everyone gets a chance to shine. The main storyline being told here is Low-Ki and Daniels having a hard time co-existing in a tag team, as well as Styles not listening to Lynn's direction. However even though it would appear that Psicosis/Crazy and the Flying Elvises have it more together the finish really comes down to the other teams as the finish sees Styles pick up the pin on Low-Ki after Daniels refused to make the tag, leading to a Styles Clash!
Winners: Jerry Lynn & AJ Styles via pinfall when Styles pinned Low-Ki
After the match, Low-Ki and Christopher Daniels exchange words on the outside about loosing their match. They begin shoving on another. Clearly these two aren't getting along. However on the inside of the ring Lynn and Styles celebrate a victory. Their arguments during the match gone, bad blood over thanks to picking up the W.
Backstage, interviewer Jeremy Borash is standing with Curt Hennig. Hennig talks about growing up in the business. Hearing war stories about the National Wrestling Alliance. How he always wanted that 15 pounds of gold around his perfect waste and tonight he'll win the Gauntlet for the Gold, then lay claim to the prize that was made for a wrestler like him.
hits the ring, NWA World Title in hand. He is flanked by a whole list of NWA Legends including the Fantastic Jackie Fargo, Bobby Fulton, Harley Race, Bob Orton
(yeah I know he was known mainly for WWF work but oh well), Dory Funk Jr, Bullet Bob Armstrong and Ricky "The Dragon" Steamboat
hit the ring. Dusty talks about the tradition of the NWA and how the previous match set the tone for what will become the most exciting wrestling promotion on the planet, baby. He talks about the great men who have held this title before explaining the rules of the Gauntlet. 30 men will compete in a Rumble style battle royal, with two men starting it off and a new man joining them every 60 seconds. The last two remaining men will then face off in a one on one match to crown a new NWA World Heavyweight Champion.
Ch-Ch-Chosen One hits as Jeff Jarrett
makes his way out guitar in hand. He proclaims himself the king of the NWA! The King of the Mountain! Jarrett says everyone knows he's the chosen one and he has the most stroke around here, so they should just award the title to him right here and now. Dusty objects to this and the two have words, with Jarrett promising to kick his fat ass (we are on PPV after all, language is ok). Dusty welcomes it and lets the legends exit the ring as he says he won't be a push over suit in the office and if he has to he'll whip some since into the boys in the back, physically if need be. The cowd is on its feet as Jarrett enters the ring to face off with Dusty Rhodes. The annoucners are worried Dusty can't handle himself due to his age. Those fears are put to rest as Dusty delivers a few hard rights and a HUGE Elbow sending Jarrett to powder to the outside. The crowd is going nuts as Dusty plays to the crowd. Mike Tenay wonders if Dusty could be the next NWA Champion
Jarrett returns to the ring and nails Dusty across the back with a steel chair to a chorus of boos. As Jarrett continues the assault, security rushes to the ring but Jarrett nails them with a chair as well. Suddenly the lights go out and our screen and the arena is filled with darkness.
The crowd is buzzing. When the lights come back on, STING is standing in the ring pointing a baseball bat at Jarrett
and the crowd go completely bat shit crazy. Even though Sting was advertised for the event, they haven't seen him in a while and his appearence gets the crowd into it. Jarrett immediatly exits the ring wide eyed with fear backing up the ramp. Sting just watches him go before checking on Rhodes.
Backstage, Goldylocks stands by with "Grandmaster Sexy" Brian Christopher. Christopher is in full gimmick dropping hot and fresh smack talk will mackin on the fly Goldylocks. He predicts a very sexy winner of the Gauntlet for the Gold tonight but is cut off by Disco Inferno who talks smack. It eventually descents into a dance off before we thankfully cut away
Match #2 | Singles Match
David Young (w/Bobcat) vs. Randy Orton
David Young makes his way out first with his girlfriend Bobcat around his arm. The angle here with Young, is like Orton he is a rising star. The announcers put over Young winning titles all over North America on the Indies. However they talk about how Bobcat seems to be a distraction to the normally focused Young. Orton is out next to a small pop, most in the crowd do not know these two men. Hoever the match gets them into it. The two talented young men have a very competitive back and forth match with each showcasing their abilities.
Young looks to win the match but on the outside and through out the match Bobcat has been trying to get the camera men's attention. Eventually this distracts Young long enough for Orton to nail a missle drop kick for the win.
Winner via pinfall: Randy Orton
Orton celebrates his win as the announcers hype the young talent in the NWA today, where the future of the business wrestle! On the outside Young argues with Bobcat.
Speaking of new talent, backstage Goldylocks is standing with the Shane Twins, who introduce their new valet the former Major Gunns, miss Tylene Buck. The Twins talk about being stripped of the NWA World Tag Team Titles leading into the relaunch. They said it won't matter because when things are settled in a few weeks and new NWA World Tag Team Champions are crowned it'll be on their shoulders once more
Back in the arena, a young entergetic wrestler is in the ring awaiting his first singles match in the NWA pumping up the crowd. He is billed as "the Prototype" John Cena
, and the announcer hype his "it" factor. Suddenly out of the crowd comes the former WCW star Crowbar, being called Tempest
, who slides in the ring nailing Cena from behind. Cena fights back but is cut off by a second attacker the monsterously jacked Kraken
(the young bald former WWE developmental talent Dave Batista) and a third man the 6 foot 8 beast known as the Malice
, who is a much thinner and evil looking Wall from WCW. The three men proceed to destroy Cena in the ring before Malice choke slams him through a table ringside. The Announcer call for order as the three stand dominate in the ring and a wicked "CHURCH MUSIC" hits and Minister James Mitchell
enters the ring. He talks about a new age, how everyone is claiming ressurection and revelations in the NWA...but he holds the truth word. The word of the New Church. He says he has taken three men who were held down and given names by men in suits and awoken their inner demons. Together they will unleash hell itself on the NWA until everyone in the back has been converted. He says it is a new age in the NWA and the New Church will usher in a new reign of violence and destruction in the NWA. He lets out an evil laugh as his monsters look vicious inside the ring.
[COLOR="rgb(153, 50, 204)"]Backstage, Goldylocks checks in on Dusty Rhodes who is holding a bag of ice on his ribs as friends check in on him. He promises next week Jarrett will get his as he has signed a main event for the show, pitting Jeff Jarrett one on one against Sting! The annoucers go crazy over this announcement.[/color]
Match #3 | Tag Team Match
The Rainbow Express (Lenny & Lodi w/Bruce & Joel Gertner)
vs. The Shane Twins (Todd & Mike w/Tylene Buck)
Joel Gertner in a cheesy hawaiian shirt leads out the trio of Bruce, Lenny and Lodi...the Rainbow Express. On the microphone Gertner talks about while he loves pie, his team are more braut men. He says that even though these three men live alternative life styles they will be the most dominate team in all of the NWA. The Shane Twins head to the ring with the very boxom Tylene Buck. The match itself is a solid tag team encounter. For all the controversary and hooplaa, the Rainbow Express prove themselves to be contenders for the upcoming Tag Team Tournament.
However the strength of the Shane Twins are too much as they are all but asured a victory which causes Bruce to hit the ring and clip the leg of Todd Shane while Gertner slides a chair in the ring. The Rainbow Express have been DQ'd but continue to assault the Shane Twins as Tylene jumps up and down screaming at ringside. Out of the back come NWA Tag Team Legends The Rock-N-Roll Express
who clear the ring with chairs in hand.
Winners via DQ: The Shane Twins
The Rock-N-Roll Express stand tall with the Shane Twins as the Rainbow Express retreat up the ramp. Morton grabs a microphone and says next week the pair of fruits (how very PC of him) will get a little Rock and Roll as they lock up with the Rock-N-Roll Express. The Rainbow Express act disgusted by the thought of it.
We cut backstage where former WCW World Tag Team Champions Sean O'Haire and Mark Jindrak are standing by with Goldylocks. Mark explains that he wants to enter the tag team tournament while O'Haire is focused on a singles career. They share a laugh saying why not conquor both.
In the ring Jeremy Borash stands introducing the women of NWA-TNA and they make their way out one by one including Dawn Marie, Elektra, Alexis Laree, Daffney, Jasmine St. Claire, Taylor Vaughn, Joni, Lizzy Borden and Veronica Caine!
Out last is the Queen of Extreme Francine
who enters the ring last. Borash proclaims that these women will participate in a Bikini Contest next week right here on NWA-Total Non-Stop Action! The crowd seems to enjoy this however Dawn Marie grabs the microphone and lays into Francine being hired. She says she watch Francine sleep her way around a locker room before and she isn't needed in this new promotion. This leads to a CATFIGHT! CATFIGHT! CATFIGHT! That sees Francine strip Dawn Marie topless. Nothing is seen however as Simon Diamond hits the ring wrapping his girlfriend in a towel and they exit. The segment ends with Francine giving a little dance for the crowd and Ed Ferrera having a heart attack.
Randy Orton is putting on his street clothing in the locker room. He is talking to Chris Harris and Cowboy James Storm as he is approached by his father Bob Orton and NWA legends Dory Funk Jr. and Harley Race. They all give him a pat on the back for his match earlier, Randy says he still has a lot to learn but think the NWA is the right place for him. King of the Old School Steve Corino enters flanked by CW Anderson. Corino laughs and says that its sad when a puppy so wet behind the ears like Orton gets a featured match, yet a former NWA World Champion like himself is bumped from the card and stuck in a battle royal. He looks at Bob but says it makes sense because his daddy isn't on the booking commitee. Orton gets upset by this and gets in Corino's face. Says he'll prove his worth anywhere, anytime. Corino laughs, saying how about next week. Corino says he has a couple guys who would love to tango with Orton and his BFFs, the old men. Dory likes the idea but Harley says this isn't about them, let the young guys handle it. Thats when Harris and Storm stand up and say they'll have Randy's back next week. Corino smirks before exiting.
Back ringside, the announcers go over the insane night we have been witnessing while hyping next week's broadcast which will feature Sting vs. Jeff Jarrett. They quickly get cut off by the music of Rey Mysterio Jr.
who comes to the ring! The crowd pops huge at the fact that he is once again wearing his trademark mask. The announcers put over the rich history of Lucha Libre and how the NWA will be reaching out to promotions south of the boarder to exchange talent bringing the very best state side. Mysterio hits the ring but is cut off by the voice of Lex Luger over the PA.
emerges from the back, and to call the man standing on the stage The Total Package would be a travesty. Long gone is the ripped lean body of Luger replaced with a flabby gut. The rumors are true as he has changed his ring gear from trunks to long pants that say Luger on the sides and a singlet underneath. Luger holds microphone in hand and is joined by a sickly looking Miss Elizabeth
. The announcers ignore the site as the fans begin booing and openly mocking Luger. Luger reminds Mysterio that he lost the mask he is wearing in the ring to Luger many years ago in WCW and demands he remove it now! When Mysterio refuses Luger smirks saying Rey must feel like a big man, well he's such a big man Luger has recruited back up in WCW...which brings out his Totally Buff partner Buff Bagwell
. The two begin heading down to the ring to attack Mysterio until from out of the back Scott Hall emerges and cuts them off. Hall grabs the microphone and to a chorus of cheers from the crowd invites Totally Buff to face them right now in a tag team match!
Match #4 | Tag Team Match
Totally Buff (Buff Bagwell & Lex Luger w/Miss Elizabeth) vs. Scott Hall & Rey Mysterio Jr.
The match is on, and lets face it. This isn't a very good match. Luger is blown up after only a few minutes working with Hall so Buff does most of the work. Logic tells you that Mysterio (the smaller of the two on his team) would take the heat here but Hall does as Bagwell and Luger cut him off exchanging tags and working over Hall in their corner. However something bad happens half way through the match as Bagwell goes for a hard whip on Hall and falls to the matt holding his knee.
It appears as though he has pulled something. He is clearly in pain as he holds his knee and the referee checks on Bagwell. This give Hall a chance to get the hot tag, but he milks it as to give Bagwell enough time to do the shame. Mysterio comes in on fire as Bagwell tags Luger before rolling to the apron where a trainer rushes to his side.
Luger no sells most of Mysterio's offense but once Halls back in he eats a huge clothesline from Hall, and a splash from Mysterio from the top. Mysterio makes the cover for the 3 count.
Winners: Scott Hall & Rey Mysterio Jr. when Mysterio pinned Luger
Bagwell continues to hold his knee ringside as Luger exits the ring completely out of breath. That match was horrible and they know it. On the inside Mysterio and Hall muster up some enthusiasm celebrating their "Victory" as trainers and EMTs check on a visably shaken Bagwell ringside. The announcers hope Bagwell is okay as we cut backstage to...
Backstage, Jeff Jarrett is lacing up his boots when Ricky Steamboat enters to him. Steamboat wants Jarrett clear of one thing, this isn't the wild west and rules will be enforced. What happened earlier tonight won't happen again. Jarrett tells Steamboat to go tell Fat Dusty that, because while Jarrett is a main eventer he's over the hill. Steamboat said he'll worry about Rhodes and that Jarrett should worry about the 29 other men in the rumble tonight before walking off.
Standing by with Goldylocks is The World's Most Dangerous Man Ken Shamrock who talks about winning titles everywhere he has ever gone be it MMA or the WWF. He says tonight he'll add the NWA World Title to his collection.
Back on the stage, Road Dogg
makes his debut introducing Country Music star Toby Keith
performs his hit " Courtesy of the Red, White and Blue
" for the crowd. Halfway through the song out of no where K-Krush
enters the arena brushing past Keith causing the song to end. He turns trash talking Keith. The announcers aren't clear on whats going on here, repeatidly saying this isn't scheduled. K-Krush grabs the microphone off the stand. He says that he is sick and tired of country music, rednecks and RASSLIN' fans holding him back! He points to Road Dogg who is standing in the ring with Jeremy Borash having introduced the music. This is when Toby Keith shoves K-Krush from behind and the two start a shoving match but Security and Keith's people get in between them, dragging Keith backstage.
K-Krush says he was stuck with that cracker's ass (refrencing his tag team with Road Dogg in WWF) for years and now that he's finally gotten a chance to break out on his own and prove he is the star he knows he is, the white management in the NWA want him to tap his shoes and play second fiddle to Road Dogg again. K-Krush gets in the ring and gets in Road Dogg's face. Krush explains that people like him aren't given a fair shake in this company cause a bunch of old white dudes like Brian's (using his shoot name) daddy hold them down. Road Dogg takes offense to this and explains that in the WWF, he went to bat for K-Krush even when the rest of the locker room wanted him fired. Krush smirks and tells Road Dogg he won't be his slave anymore and if anyone in the back have a problem they can fuck off. He turns to the camera and says "Fuck you Jerry! Fuck you Dusty! Fuck you Bob!" However when he turns back he gets a solid right from Road Dogg and the two begin to brawl around ringside.
Eventually they brawl up to the stage where The Keith Band's equipment still sits. K-Krush gets the upper hand and whips Road Dogg hard into the drum set
before security finally comes out and breaks the two up. The announcers say this is personal between these two men. The announcers appologize for the language of K-Krush. They acknowledge that Total Non-Stop Action may push the envelope but that kind of language was never meant to be broadcasted.
Backstage, Toby Keith is being told he can't get involved in the wrestling matches by Jackie Fargo and Ricky Steamboat. However Dusty who seems to have recovered comes up and invites Keith to come to the show next week when it will be Road Dogg and K-Krush one on one, with Keith as the special outside enforcer! Steamboat seems irritated by this.
Match #5 | The Gauntlet for the Gold
30 Man Rumble, Last Two Men face off for NWA World Title
A shot of the NWA World Title is seen ringside as the main event starts. Out first is ENTRANT #1 - Jeff Jarrett
who seems not thrilled at all about drawing the first place pick. His opponent to start things off is Entrant #2 -"GrandMasta Sexy" Brian Christopher
. The two go at it fast and furious as the crowd gets into it. After all it was Christopher's performance against Jarrett at WWA's Revolution PPV back in February that got him the job with this company. ENTRANT #3 - Disco Inferno
is out next and he joins Jarrett to double team Christopher in the ring, quickly they are joined by ENTRANT #4 - Wildcat Chris Harris, ENTRANT #5 - Mark Jindrak and ENTRANT #6 - Gran Apollo
. The ring is filling up as ENTRANT #7 - The New Church's Malice
hits the ring and eliminates Harris and Christopher. Apollo scores an elimination too when he dumps Disco Inferno over the top rope. ENTRANT #8 - Sean O'Haire
joins the match next, followed by ENTRANT #9 - Konnan,
who gets a huge pop. Malice and Apollo have a face off after they both eliminate ENTRANT #10 - Kaos almost imediately. The two come to blows but is cut off when ENTRANT #11 - turns out to be Kraken of the new Church and they eliminate Apollo tegether. ENTRANT #12 - Vampire Warrior and Entrant #13 - CW Anderson
fill out the rest of the ring. ENTRANT #13 - K-Krush, ENTRANT #14 - Scott Hall
and ENTRANCE #15 - Justin Credible
all get good responses. However the Eliminations start to come quicker now, with Anderson being eliminated by Hall, Vampire Warrior and Konnan being eliminated by the New Church and Kraken going out himself by the duo of Sean O'Haire and Mark Jindrak.
However Sean O'Haire also goes over the top rope when they eliminate Kraken. This leads to O'Haire snapping and re-entering the ring attacking Jindrak before he is pulled out by security. ENTRANT #16 - Tempest
Tosses out the hurt Jindrak where O'Haire continues his assault before being pulled to the back. O'Haire has snapped. ENTRANT #17 - Rick Steiner
comes out to a huge pop and goes after Jarrett in the corner. ENTRANT #18 - Dangerous Danny Doring
and ENTRANT #19 - Simon Diamond
brawl over the top rope eleminating each other. ENTRANT #20 - Road Dogg
goes straight for K-Krush in the ring. A few seconds later they're both over the top rope and into the crowd fighting out of the match. Tempest is thrown out by ENTRANT #21 - FORMER NWA Champion Barry Windham
who gets a solid response. The Announcer state he is replacing John Cena after what the New Church did to him on this show. ENTRANT #22 - Elix Skipper
is out next. The Eliminations of Rick Steiner, Justin Credible and Elix Skipper all come at the hands of the monster Malice, who himself is eliminated by ENTRANT #23 - Ken Shamrock. Entrant #24 - Roadkill
is out next, followed by ENTRANT #25 - Kid Kash
. The ring is rocking with stars as ENTRANT #26 - Cowboy James Storm, ENTRANT #27 - Steve Corino
and ENTRANT #28 - Curt Hennig
all enter the ring. ENTRANT #29 - Bruce
comes in and finally ENTRANT #30 - Dusty Rhodes
himself comes out to a huge pop. Rhodes helps Hall eliminate Jeff Jarrett before Ricky Steamboat comes down and makes Rhodes exit the match eliminating from the match. Steamboat explains to Rhodes he isn't a wrestler anymore. The rest of the match continues as Roadkill is eliminated by Shamrock. Storm, Bruce, Skipper and Kid Kash all are eliminated through this period. The final four come down to Hennig, Shamrock, Windham and Corino. Two former NWA World Champions go at it, when they are both taken out of the match by Hennig as they brawl near the ropes.
Winners: Ken Shamrock and Curt Hennig
The very sloppy yet exciting Rumble is now over and referee Mickey Jay
enters the ring with the NWA World Title. Jeremy Borash makes the official introductions that feel rushed because the broadcast is running out of time. Its getting close to the 10:00pm hour.
Match #6 | For Vacant NWA World Heavyweight Championship
Ken Shamrock vs. Curt Hennig
Again time contrants keep this match from being able to explore the story telling you think it would. The two brawl around the ring for a few minutes before going inside and exchanging hold, putting on a techinical wrestling showcase with Hennig being the one with the upper hand. The Announcer verbally hope they don't run out of time in the broadcast. With that the match is cut short with a BELLY To BELLY from Shamrock out of nowhere out of the corner on Hennig for the pin fall.
Winner and NEW NWA World Heavyweight Champion: Ken Shamrock
Pyro goes off as Steamboat hands Shamrock the title in the ring. Shamrock holds up the belt as the fans cheer for him. With time quickly running out on the broadcast Tenay once again hypes next week's show including Jarrett vs. Sting, Update on Bagwell's condition, Rock-n-Roll Express vs. Rainbow Express, the X Division crowns a champion and new NWA World Champion Ken Shamrock will appear!
We fade to black on Shamrock on the turnbuckles holding his title high above his head.
- AJ Styles & Jerry Lynn def. Low-Ki & Christopher Daniels, Psicosis & Super Crazy and the Flying Elvises in a 4 Corners Tag Match.
- Randy Orton def. David Young via pIn fall
- The Shane Twins def. The Rainbow Express via DQ
- Scott Hall & Rey Mysterio Jr. def. Totally Buff
- Curt Hennig & Ken Shamrock co-won the Gauntlet for the Gold Rumble
- Ken Shamrock def. Curt Hennig via pin fall to become new NWA World Champion