TNA has a sure fire hit in their new 4 disc DVD set, Jeff Jarrett: King Of The Mountain, which goes on sale tomorrow, April 14, at Walmart, Best Buy, FYE, Amazon.com and TNAWrestling.com. It’s the the first-ever DVD release dedicated to the TNA Founder and “King Of The Mountain” Jeff Jarrett.
I’ve been a fan of Jeff Jarrett since watching his early career on UHF tv, starting in the Memphis territory, followed by Fritz VonErich’s World Class in Texas, and then the USWA. The Texas vs. Tennessee feud that involved Jarrett, Jerry Lawler, Eric Embry, Eddie Gilbert, a rookie named Steve Austin [Jeff is actually about 2.5 years younger than Austin, but started in wrestling several years earlier than Austin], Terry Funk, and Bill Dundee, among others, was a classic. I was thrilled to see that this set includes full, uncut matches as well as clips from Jeff’s early career, even a look at Jeff’s very first tv appearance as a referee.
As usual with TNA dvds, mixed in with the matches there are interviews and commentary from Jarrett and other TNA personalities, additional film clips, and rare photos. Among those interviewed are Sting, Kurt Angle, Scott Steiner, Mick Foley, Booker T, BG James, AJ Styles, Vince Russo, Dutch Mantel, Jim Cornette, Terry Taylor, Bob Ryder, Don West, and Mike Tenay. The interviews include inside history from the Memphis Territory, plus funny and revealing road stories.
Jarrett himself discusses his own career from his start in Memphis, through his time in World Class, and on through his days in WCW and WWE. He covers Vince McMahon’s rise to power and the sweeping changes he made in the wrestling business, his own controversial exit from WWE, Vince Russo’s shoot promo on Hulk Hogan in WCW, the close of WCW, and the founding of TNA, among other noteworthy topics. The two most touching parts of his commentary are when he recalls the death of Owen Hart, and when he talks about his late wife Jill, and how much she stood behind him and contributed to his career. Mick Foley and Jim Cornette also speak movingly of Owen Hart.
The match lineup for the DVD includes:
Challenge Match: Jeff Jarrett vs. Scott Hall (7/2/2002)
World Title Match: Jeff Jarrett vs. Ron Killings (11/20/02)
Jeff Jarrett & The Road Warriors vs. Triple X & Vince Russo (1/15/03)
Jeff Jarrett & Sting vs. AJ Styles & Sean Waltman (6/18/03)
World Title Match: Jeff Jarrett vs. AJ Styles (2/19/03)
World Title Match: Jeff Jarrett vs. Raven (4/30/03)
Footage of Jeff Jarrett attacking Hulk Hogan in Japan (10/2003)
2004 King Of The Mountain Match (6/2/04)
World Title Ladder Match: Jeff Jarrett vs. Jeff Hardy (Victory Road 2004)
World Title Match: Jeff Jarrett vs. “The Alpha Male” Monty Brown (12/3/04)
World Title Match: Jeff Jarrett vs. Kevin Nash (Against All Odds 2005)
Lockdown 2006: Lethal Lockdown Match
King of the Mountain Match (Slammiversary 2006)
Fan’s Revenge Strap Match: Jeff Jarrett vs. Samoa Joe (No Surrender 2006)
Lockdown 2007: Lethal Lockdown Match
World Title Match: Jeff Jarrett vs. Sting (Bound For Glory 2006)
Jeff Jarrett vs. Kurt Angle (Bound For Glory 2008)
Bonus Match: March 5, 1986: Jeff Jarrett’s first on camera appearance as a referee
Bonus Match: March 12, 1986: Jeff Jarrett (in his television pro debut) vs. Tony Faulk
Bonus Match: December 26, 1987: Jeff Jarrett vs. Hector Guerrero
Bonus Match: February 6, 1988: Jeff Jarrett vs. Jerry “The King” Lawler
Bonus Match: September 20, 1988: Jeff Jarrett & Bill Dundee vs. Cactus Jack (Mick Foley) & Gary Young
This 4 DVD set runs over 11 hours and is a must-have set for all fans of Jeff Jarrett, fans of southern wrestling, wrestling history buffs, and fans of TNA. Jeff Jarrett: King Of The Mountain goes on sale tomorrow, April 14, at Walmart, Best Buy, FYE, Amazon.com and TNAWrestling.com.