From Brett Buchanan:
PRESS RELEASE: FIRST EVER E-BOOK ABOUT TNA WRESTLING SET FOR RELEASE
Former Barbaric Wrestling Radio host Brett Buchanan is releasing The Genesis of TNA, the first ever free E-Book about TNA Wrestling on TNABook.net. The book chronicles the history of TNA Wrestling from its first event ever up until the day Hulk Hogan and Eric Bischoff signed with the company. The format of the book is a mixture of storytelling and an oral history of the company’s first decade.
New chapters are being released every single week on TNABook.net, currently the following chapters are available with more to come: Chapter 1: The Origins of TNA, Chapter 2: TNA Nearly Goes Under, and Chapter 3: Vince Russo. The book contains stories about why Jeff Hardy no showed multiple TNA events in 2005, what truly led to Hulk Hogan and Eric Bischoff signing with TNA, and much more.
Brett Buchanan hosted Barbaric Wrestling Radio from 2004 to 2009 and interviewed big name pro wrestlers and MMA fighters including Rob Van Dam, Quinton “Rampage” Jackson, DDP, Christian, AJ Styles, Samoa Joe, and many others. Go to http://www.tnabook.net and http://www.barbaricwrestling.com for more information on The Genesis of TNA. TNA is a registered trademark of TNA Entertainment LLC, this book has no affiliation with TNA.
Here is an excerpt from the book about TNA’s early Nashville PPV’s:
There was also a tag team called the Johnsons who were wrestling penises. They wore flesh colored outfits while the announcers would make penis jokes. The weird thing is they didn’t even go all the way with gimmick which meant a lot of the time they were just two guys in flesh colored outfits. Years later WWE re-did the gimmick by creating a tag team called The Dicks and having them squirt bottles of oil on each other while the announcers screamed, “The Dicks are coming!” There was also a series of “Dupp Cup” matches where you had to score points by doing crazy things to win. If you hit ring announcer Jeremy Borash or the ticket lady, you would get points. Ed Ferrara was one of the first challengers for the Dupp Cup; the stipulation was that if he won he would get to sleep with the Dupp’s cousin. TNA also featured a short lived midgets division where they actually had a wrestler named Puppet who claimed to be a midget killer, despite being a midget himself. There was an infamous segment where Puppet masturbated in a trash can.
CASSIDY RILEY: As far as The Johnsons go, that was just I don’t know. Let’s just be honest, it was crap. But there was some good stuff like the Dupps, I was a big fan of the Dupps.
BILL BEHRENS: I think the original thought process to get attention was trying too hard. It was let’s try to get people talking by doing things that titillate. We had a lot more than that, one of my earliest roles was in Huntsville and it was me rushing to the ring to cover up Jasmine St. Claire before she took her top off. Then we had girls in dancing cages, we had Lollipop go topless in the ring at the Fairgrounds. Midgets in the trash can was the least of it, it was just one of the more infamous.
RUDY CHARLES: I don’t know if I was a big fan of the midget masturbating.
BILL BEHRENS: Actually the more entertaining story was that in that promo that Puppet was supposed to do a line about I believe it was summer breeze or something like that, but basically it was a line that was supposed to have a reference to a douche. Bless his heart; he kept trying to get the promo. Puppet and I had worked together in Australia and I referred to him as ‘one take Puppet’ because every time we did promos either together or separately we both nailed the promos in one take. Puppet was having a terrible time with this promo and finally he looked and he said he said ‘hey look here is the problem what the hell is this summer spring breeze thing.’ We had to explain to him that it was a douche reference and then he finally figured the promo out and he got better at it. There were a lot of those efforts and there was also a lot of dysfunction at the beginning as TNA was getting going it was just scrambling. There was too many people doing drugs, too many people drinking, too many little bits of disorganization. It was both big and little all at the same time, we were trying to give the perception of doing something big and at the same time we were operating sometimes very much like a mid level indy.
CASSIDY RILEY: With some of the stuff they were getting on, some of it was getting really close to being that fine line of comedic gold and wrestling entertainment and some of it was just like taking a pile of shit and throwing it against the wall and seeing what sticks. That’s kind of my opinion on all of that, there was some stuff that had the potential to be fantastic, and there was a lot of stuff that was just trash.
DAVID YOUNG: There was some stuff I didn’t like, I didn’t like the Johnsons and stuff like that but for the most part I understood what Jerry was going for. He was going for the old Memphis style, it worked then and it was just a different time.
RUDY CHARLES: During those early days they were just trying to throw darts at the wall and see what would stick. There was some good stuff for sure, and there was some bad stuff for sure. But that is going to be the case with any show I think, they were just trying to survive and make a name for themselves. I thought some of those early X-Division matches the athleticism was freakin insane. The people who’d seen AJ and Daniels and those guys on the independents knew what they could do, but as far as a national audience I don’t think they’d been seen too much. I guess they were on WCW some, but TNA really gave them a forum to really shine.