NWA TNA Chapter Eight: Moment Of Truth

In Chapter Seven of the NWA TNA story, Jeff Jarrett kidnapped a midget and tried to kill him in the ring before an angry, midget-hating dwarf stopped him with a handgun. Other things happened, but that’s really all you’re going to remember.

In Chapter Eight, we’ll see the entire TNA main-event scene turned on its ear as new champions are crowned, new challengers are decided, and Jeff Jarrett gets Jeff Jarrett all over everything. Plus, we learn the rules of the Dupp Cup, TNA’s new “hardcore division.” If you think the rules are as simple as, say, “anything goes, because that’s how hardcore divisions work,” you are severely underestimating TNA.

If you’d like to keep up with these columns as they go, be sure to check out the NWA TNA Wrestling: The Asylum Years tag. Again, I’d give you a direct link to the shows but the Global Wrestling Network redirects everything to their main page, and it doesn’t look like they’re ever going to fix it.

And now, chapter eight of the TNA Wrestling story for August 7, 2002.

A Black Man Wins The NWA World Heavyweight Championship And Before The Episode Is Over The Story Is “Reverse Discrimination”

On last week’s pay-per-view — what is this, WWE? — The Truth got a shot at Ken Shamrock’s NWA World Heavyweight Championship by approaching “Ricky” The Dragon Steamboat and thoroughly explaining how pro wrestling is racist as hell. Steamboat agreed. This week, they have a match for what the company refers to as the most prestigious championship title belt in the history of the sport in the second match of the show, between a six-man tag involving three guys dressed like Elvis and a hardcore match where an announcer gets hit in the face with a blow-up doll.

Anyway, if you’ve seen any of Ken Shamrock’s title matches in TNA, you’ve seen this one. He was always an enthusiastic performer in the ring, but TNA put zero (0) effort into creating a character for him, so he was just this guy with a famous name showing up sometimes in sandals and gym shorts to ankle lock a guy while 15 dudes interfered. Here, Don Harris shows up and sits at ringside to make sure no interference happens, which is hilarious, because last week he straight-up interfered. TNA’s Year One mission statement should’ve been, “say something, do the opposite.”

Interference happens, of course, in the form of Apolo. And Malice and Slash. And Monty Brown. And Ricky Steamboat’s also out there fighting everyone. In the confusion, Apolo “accidentally” “connects” with a superkick, and there sincerely aren’t enough words in this sentence to put quotation marks around to emphasize how much he doesn’t: