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  • May 10, 2002: Nashville, TN – Jerry Jarrett, CEO of J Sports and Entertainment, announced the launch of the new weekly NWA: Total Nonstop Action wrestling series, stressing the importance of the NWA name being attached to the product.
  • (Date Unknown): TNA moved from the Nashville Municipal Auditorium to the much smaller Fairgrounds for the weekly Pay-Per-View shows.
  • August 14, 2002: Wrestler Don Harris wore a t-shirt to the ring with a swastika on it, which was taken very offensively by fans. An apology was posted on the NWA-TNA website for the action.
  • October 31, 2002: Panda Energy officially confirmed that the Dallas-based company had purchased a majority share of NWA-TNA from the Jarrett family. “Yes, that’s true,” said a Panda employee when asked if the company had purchased NWA-TNA. Representatives from Panda met with the wrestlers at the Nashville Fairgrounds before a Pay-Per-View to announce their involvement. Panda Energy was represented by Dixie Carter (the daughter of Panda CEO Robert W. Carter and Executive V.P. Janice Carter), and Chris Sobol, who will be in charge of day-to-day operations. Sobol told the wrestlers that his job is to oversee TNA finances and added that he will spend three-and-a-half days per week at the TNA offices in Nashville. At the meeting, it was announced that the Jarretts would oversee the wrestling end of the company, while Panda officials would handle the financial end of the operation and focus heavily on advertising and marketing.
  • April 2003: Vince Russo was given more influence on the creative side of TNA, as Jerry Jarrett was no longer helping to write the weekly shows. However, Jeff Jarrett has the final say on all creative decisions.
  • February 2004: TNA opened a wrestling school with Jerry Lynn involved. Those working at the TNA training school include Terry Taylor, Scott D’Amore, Glenn Gilberti, Chris Harris, James Storm, and Abyss.
  • April 2004: At one point, rumors suggested that Panda (which owns TNA) was interested in purchasing the WWC – An established promotion in Puerto Rico.
  • (Date Unknown): TNA adopted a unique Six-Sided Ring to set themselves apart.
  • June 4, 2004: TNA began taping episodes of IMPACT in Orlando, Florida, to be shown on FOX SportsNet.
  • September 24, 2006: TNA officially announced they had signed Kurt Angle to a TNA contract!
  • October 22, 2006: TNA presented its first three-hour PPV outside of Orlando. Bound For Glory took place in Detroit and featured a retro Sting defeating Jeff Jarrett for the NWA World Heavyweight title.
  • May 14, 2007: The National Wrestling Alliance severed all ties with Total Nonstop Action, forcing TNA to drop their NWA-sanctioned championships (World Heavyweight and World Tag Team) and create their own TNA-sanctioned championships).