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Epicenter DVD Review: TNA: Best of TNA - Year One DVD

Submitted By James Walsh on 01/14/08
TNA holds a special place in my heart. This is especially true of the early years of the company when they were a Wednesday night pay-per-view based promotion. For one, I became a man on June 19, 2002... For another, it reignited a spark for this business that had burned out the day WCW and to a lesser extent ECW went under. It rekindled my love affair with the form of entertainment everyone has known since I was a toddler that I adored. The TNA Year One DVD reminds me of this point in my life. And, these are good memories.

I remember the first time I even heard the name TNA. It followed the letters "NWA" when I was reading about the prospect of this company on 1wrestling.com. My first thought was, "Great! Southern Raslin where they praise Ric Flair as though he were Jesus All-Mighty". That said, I was very anti-WWE at the time (I was a WCW fan) and was eager to see what a second company could accomplish without the Ted Turner machine behind it. So, June 19, I was locked in and ready to see what they would have in store for the business. The result? A company that I felt captured the best parts of WCW and the best parts of ECW and rolled it into one package. I already said it rekindled my love for the business but it bares repeating. TNA wrestling rekindled my love affair with this business. I just can't believe that was nearly 6 years ago already... Damn.

From Episode 1 onward you had the good in young athletes such as AJ Styles and Christopher Daniels finally getting a shot on a national scale while you also had veterans like Jerry Lynn putting in perhaps the best work of his entire career. The superstars like Jeff Jarrett and Scott Hall were there to suck the fans in while the women like Francine, Daffney, Elektra, Jasmin St. Claire, and Taylor Vaughn were there to ... Well, thank God for the slow motion button!

What great memories seeing gimmicks like the Flying Elvis' this DVD brought back. There are also great things like the first Jarrett/Styles match which is often forgotten but was perhaps the first time AJ Styles showed he belonged with the "big boys" to steal a now longer around promotion's tag line. Raven against Jeff Jarrett was the biggest thing TNA had ever seen and the DVD really captures why that match was so important. All this plus the formative matches of America's Most Wanted! How cool is it to see the two most talented guys in the TNA locker room, Chris Harris and James Storm, making a name for themselves?

Year One of TNA was a raw, untamed animal trying to find its place. I think formative years like Year One are a must for all fans to see to appreciate what the company has become now. From the ashes, this company rose. And, this DVD features the first year of the company in a true, unspun light. There is no revisionist history. They admit mistakes and admit the rocky road the company was on. This is an HONEST presentation on DVD which is amazing to see. And, it is certainly proof that TNA has A LOT going for it today.

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