Jeff Jarrett Rare Early Match Footage From “King Of The Mountain”

Bill Behrens

Jeff Jarrett’s upcoming DVD will feature footage from CWA Memphis, the Lawler-Jarrett promotion where Jeff Jarrett got his start.  The footage comes from the extensive library that Jim Cornette owns.  Interestingly, very little of the CWA library was retained  by either Jerry Lawler or Jerry Jarrett, as TV tapes took up too much storage space so were regularly tape over, or discarded.  Various persons ended up with TV tapes over the years including Jim Cornette, the Poffo Family, Adrian Steet, and even I have some, but the original owners have very little of the library.  A talented guy named Randy West was the TV editor and created most of the memorable videos that aired in CWA & USWA.

It is likely that matches from USWA (Dallas & Memphis) will not be used on the DVD as that brand was sold initially by Jerry Jarrett to Jerry Lawler and Larry Burton, and then by them to an investment group led by Mark Selker.  The Selker group ran USWA for several months in 1997 before it went out of business (a 30 year company, killed in 3 months).   The Selker group then sued everybody in sight including me as I was the syndicator for USWA at the time, and helped with the TV tapings toward the end when Mike Samples and then Dutch Mantel were booking.   Other than paying a lawyer my involvement in the litigation was sort lived as courts kept wondering why I was being sued (thank God).  Lawler tells me his part finally ended last year with no judement for the Selker Group after a decade of wasted litigation.  But The Selker Group still owns the USWA brand, so that part of Jeff Jarrett’s wrestling history will likely be avoided by TNA, or at least they will be careful to never show the USWA brand, I assume.

Click below to watch some of the vintage Jarrett footage with Lawler, Tojo Yamamoto, Jerry Jarrett, Jerry "The King" Lawler, Dutch Mantel & more.


The chronicle of the life and career of the TNA Founder and the "King Of The Mountain" is coming April 14 from TNA Home Video.

Last week, TNA Wrestling Management Director Jim Cornette supplied TNA Home Video with a library of rare footage from the Memphis wrestling scene from the late 1980s and early 90s.

The tapes contain some of the earliest known matches featuring TNA Founder Jeff Jarrett, several of which will be included in their entirety on his upcoming DVD.

In fact, some of the footage that Cornette donated no longer exists on any master tapes and will be released for the first time on the DVD since their original airing.

Cornette, Dutch Mantel, Tony Faulk, The Harris Brothers and others not only discuss Jarrett’s beginnings in Memphis, but they share many classic stories about the successful territory that saw a surge in wrestling popularity in the 1970s and 80s, which included names likes Jerry "The King" Lawler, Jackie Fargo, Nick Bockwinkle, Eddie Gilbert, Austin Idol, Randy Savage, Tojo Yamamoto, Bill Dundee, Tommy Rich and so many more.

For wrestling fans who grew up watching the Memphis wrestling scene, Jarrett’s DVD will provide a brief look back at the legacy established by that era.

You can watch some of the rare video below that will be featured on the Jarrett DVD, then scroll down for more info on the upcoming release. Check back to in the coming weeks for more exclusive footage from the DVD.

Coming April 14 from TNA Wrestling Home Video is the first-ever DVD release dedicated to the TNA Founder and "King Of The Mountain"…Jeff Jarrett! The DVD will be a four-disc set, including his best TNA matches and moments, a lengthy and candid sitdown interview on his life, career and TNA Wrestling, rare photos, guest commentary and so much more! it will be the most extensive and loaded DVD release in TNA Wrestling history, chronicling the amazing career of the multiple time World Heavyweight Champion. has learned that the tentative match lineup for the DVD thus far is as follows (subject to change)

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)
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. Robert Roode (Sacrifice 2007)
Jeff Jarrett vs. Kurt Angle (Bound For Glory 2008)
Plus, rare complete matches from Jarrett’s early years in the sport

Exclusive interviews with the following:
Kurt Angle
Scott Steiner
Mick Foley
Booker T
BG James
AJ Styles
Vince Russo
Dutch Mantel
Jim Cornette
Terry Taylor
Bob Ryder
Don West
Mike Tenay
Ron & Don Harris
and many more! will have more information on the upcoming Jeff Jarrett DVD in the coming weeks – including exclusive footage from the DVD, the box artwork, never-before-seen photos and video and much more


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