Jeff Jarrett: King of the Mountain

Monday Night Mayhem DVD Review
“Jeff Jarrett: King Of The Mountain”
Produced By: TNA Home Video
Written By: “Wild” Bill Brown

Content: 9.5

A loaded four-disc set containing over eleven hours of footage, prepare to set some time aside, as this latest TNA release is the best yet that will keep you in front of your television. Take a great look at the history of Jeff Jarrett from his early days right on through our current day here in TNA. You will hear from close friends of Jeff, plus many stars from the TNA organization, as everything is discussed from the boom periods in Memphis through the decline in popularity, when Jeff spent many years in the mid-’90’s going back & forth from both WWE & WCW and how all these changes happened. You will also find out how TNA was formed, the discussions from various speakers from when WCW closed down, & how Vince McMahon was the only major promoter running in the country. There are tremendous stories as well as touching tragedies that unleash a lot of sad discussion & brutal truth that Jeff fully went through in his past years in this business with those closest in his life. With all the time put into these four discs, believe me there will be plenty to digest which any viewer should truly enjoy.

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Video: 8.2

The video production of TNA wrestling is very good & at a top level. This DVD though shares some older footage from the ’80’s & the Memphis Territory, which unfortunately is not at all from any master videos. You actually can tell they came from outside sources, as stations & weather graphics may appear in the corners briefly while Memphis clips are used. Plus, they have an older look that is easily identified, which can be seen in comparison to the TNA shot footage shown within the DVD. While I can never complain about seeing older footage, the matches/clips used really have a lack of quality & are not enhanced well.

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Audio: 9.5

Clear & crisp commentary during the documentary & matches. Dolby Surround in two channels. Accurate sound reproduced. The extras & older footage once again takes it down a peg, but everything is heard well.

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Special Features: 8.5

Five rare & hard-to-find Memphis matches from Jeff’s early days are displayed at the end of the fourth disc, after “King Of The Mountain” is completed. Considering this is all they could use (since the WWE owns the rest of his career, as well as TNA featuring his story through the four discs), seeing these matches was very satisfying & showed the viewer the early stages of a future World Champion.

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Minor Complaints:

The timeline within these four discs confused me. They were focusing on the story of his life, yet always after every segment began showing matches of his TNA career from the start. As the segments with Jeff’s life continued & you went back in time, his TNA matches were continued in pace after each discussion. As a viewer, this threw me off constantly & broke both timelines apart. Plus, the sequence of some of the segments Jeff talks through are not even in order in some parts towards the end. In my opinion, it would be better if TNA gave you the entire great Jeff Jarrett story on one disc, with the matches on the other discs. Everything would be in sequence, and this could have made this TNA video a home-run.

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The Matches: 8.5

- Jeff Jarrett & the first ever TNA Pay-Per-View (06/19/02)
– Jeff Jarrett vs. Scott Hall: Challenge Match (07/02/02)
– Jeff Jarrett vs. Ron “The Truth” Killings: NWA World Heavyweight Championship Match (11/20/02)
– Jeff Jarrett, “The American Dream” Dusty Rhodes & The Road Warriors vs. S.E.X. (Vince Russo & Triple X: Low-Ki, “The Fallen Angel” Christopher Daniels & “Primetime” Elix Skipper) (01/15/03)
– Jeff Jarrett vs. “The Phenomenal” AJ Styles: NWA World Heavyweight Championship Match (02/19/03)
– Jeff Jarrett vs. “Hacksaw” Jim Duggan (03/12/03)
– Jeff Jarrett vs. Raven: NWA World Heavyweight Championship Match (04/30/03)
– Jeff Jarrett & Sting vs. Sean Waltman & “The Phenomenal” AJ Styles (06/18/03)
– Jeff Jarrett vs. “Wildcat” Chris Harris: NWA World Heavyweight Championship Match: (03/17/04)
– Jeff Jarrett vs. “The Phenomenal” AJ Styles vs. Raven vs. Ron “The Truth” Killings vs. “Wildcat” Chris Harris: “King Of The Mountain” NWA World Heavyweight Championship Match (06/02/04)
– “Gauntlet For The Gold” NWA World Heavyweight Championship Match, featuring Jeff Jarrett (07/04/04)
– Jeff Jarrett vs. Jeff Hardy: NWA World Heavyweight Championship Match (TNA Victory Road 2004)
– Jeff Jarrett vs. “The Alpha Male” Monty Brown: NWA World Heavyweight Championship Match (12/03/04)
– Jeff Jarrett vs. Kevin Nash: NWA World Heavyweight Championship Match (TNA Against All Odds 2005)
– Jeff Jarrett vs. “The War Machine” Rhino: NWA World Heavyweight Championship Match (TNA Turning Point 2005)
– Jeff Jarrett, “The Monster” Abyss & America’s Most Wanted (“Wildcat” Chris Harris/”The Tennessee Cowboy” James Storm) vs. “The War Machine” Rhino, Ron “The Truth” Killings, & Team 3-D (Brother Ray/Brother Devon) (TNA Destination X 2006)
– Jeff Jarrett, Scott Steiner, & America’s Most Wanted (“Wildcat” Chris Harris/”The Tennessee Cowboy” James Storm) vs. Sting, AJ Styles, Ron “The Truth” Killings & “The War Machine” Rhino: “Lethal Lockdown” Match (TNA Lockdown 2006)
– Jeff Jarrett & Scott Steiner (w/Gail Kim) vs. Sting & “The Samoan Submission Machine” Samoa Joe (TNA Sacrifice 2006)
– Jeff Jarrett vs. “The Instant Classic” Christian Cage vs. “The Monster” Abyss vs. Ron “The Truth” Killings vs. Sting: “King Of The Mountain” Match (TNA Slammiversary 2006)
– Jeff Jarrett vs. “The Samoan Submission Machine” Samoa Joe: “Fan’s Revenge” Strap Match (TNA No Surrender 2006)
– Jeff Jarrett vs. Sting: TNA World Heavyweight Championship Match (TNA Bound For Glory 2006)
– Jeff Jarrett, Kurt Angle, “The Samoan Submission Machine” Samoa Joe, “The War Machine” Rhino & Sting vs. “The Instant Classic” Christian Cage, “The Phenomenal” AJ Styles, Scott Steiner, “The Monster” Abyss, & Tomko: “Lethal Lockdown” Match (TNA Lockdown 2007)
– Jeff Jarrett vs. Kurt Angle (TNA Bound For Glory 2008)
Bonus Matches Include:
– Jeff Jarrett’s first-ever TV appearance (as a referee in an altercation) (03/05/86)
– Jeff Jarrett vs. Tony Falk (03/12/86)
– Jeff Jarrett vs. Hector Guerrero (12/26/87)
– Jeff Jarrett vs. Jerry “The King” Lawler (02/06/88)
– Jeff Jarrett & Bill Dundee vs. Gary Young & Cactus Jack (09/20/88)

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The Verdict:

This DVD features a great story of the career of Jeff Jarrett, as well as plenty of great matches involving a true legend inside the ring. You also get to understand Jeff Jarrett, the man, and find out how he became a true legend outside of the ring as well. Any DVD that can keep its viewers wanting more after eleven hours of great footage definitely gets a thumbs-up.

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Final Thoughts:

Jeff Jarrett “King Of The Mountain” from TNA Home Video is a great alternative pick for any true wrestling fan out there. This is a whole new view of our business from a man that went in other directions to make a name for himself. I would strongly advise anyone to see the latest & best production yet from TNA Wrestling. Despite some flaws discussed, I still give this a very strong recommendation to any wrestling fan.

Overall Rating: 8.8

This DVD was reviewed By “Wild” Bill Brown. Visit the official website & MySpace pages of The Mayhem’s official DVD reviewer at www.BBrownVideo.com & www.MySpace.com/BBrownVideo.