[Slam!Wrestling: The Evolution of Don West]

Career History

  • June 2002: Don West signed on with NWA: Total Nonstop Action to do color commentary along side The Professor Mike Tenay..
  • December 14, 2006 – TNA iMPACT: Kurt Angle put Don West and later So-Cal Val in the Anklelock trying to get a rematch with Joe..
  • February 26, 2009 – TNA iMPACT: Don West suddenly turned on Mike Tenay and told him to go kiss Sting‘s ass some more..
  • March 5, 2009 – TNA iMPACT: Don West explained why he walked off the set after telling Mike Tenay off but still sounded bitter..
  • ~~Don West accused Mike Tenay of being biased all night until he got fed up and walked off the set for the second week in a row..
  • March 12, 2009 – TNA iMPACT: Don West showed up late “smelling like a brewery” (Mike Tenay’s words) and joined commentary..
  • October 15, 2009 – TNA iMPACT: Don West got an on-air role as Amazing Red’s biggest fan, official agent, and personal cheerleader..
  • October 18 , 2009 – TNA Bound For Glory: Amazing Red w/Don West won an Ultimate-X match to retain the TNA X-Division title..
  • ~~~Amazing Red beat Christopher Daniels and SUICIDE and Homicide and Chris Sabin and Alex Shelley in an Ultimate-X Match!
  • October 22, 2009 – TNA iMPACT: Homicide defeated TNA X-Division champion Amazing Red w/Don West in a Non-title match..
  • October 29, 2009 – TNA iMPACT: Hermie Sadler interviewed X-Division champion Amazing Red & Don West in the “Hotseat”..
  • November 15 , 2009 – TNA Turning Point: Amazing Red w/Don West defeated Homicide to retain the TNA X-Division title..
  • Don West also previously worked as a host for the Shop At Home Network as well as a pro wrestling color commentator and sales director for TNA Wrestling.
  • May 28, 2012 – Don West give is notice to the company that he will be leaving the company and did so.
  • January 13, 2017: Don West returned working for IMPACT Wrestling in the merchandise section.
  • July 2, 2017 – Slammiversary: West returned for one final show on commentary.
  • June 16, 2021: Don West announced he was diagnosed with lymphoma and began treatment.
  • December 30, 2022: Don West passed away at the age of 59, from lymphoma.

    Kyle Willo wrote: Don West began hosting “The Sports Collectibles” show on the “Shop at Home” shopping network in 1993. His borderline obnoxious style was a hit with television watchers, many of whom would tune in just to see his wild antics, with no intent on purchasing collectibles. In addition to “The Sports Collectibles” show, “Shop at Home” also had him pitch Beanie Babies, Pokémon collectibles, and other items. Although he was often criticized for overly exaggerating the quality and value of the items he was selling, his memorable style proved to be extremely lucrative for “Shop at Home”, often beating competitors QVC and HSN in both sales and ratings. By 2001, he was fired from “Shop at Home”, citing a change in marketing direction.