TNA Wrestling’s First Pay-Per-View Match: The Flying Elvises vs. AJ Styles, Jerry Lynn & Low Ki

In 2002, Total Nonstop Action (TNA) Wrestling held their first ever pay-per-view event from the Von Braun Center in Huntsville, Alabama, as a promotion within the National Wrestling Alliance (NWA).  The pay-per-view’s opening match was a 6-Man Tag Team Match between the team of AJ Styles, Low-Ki & Jerry Lynn versus The Flying Elvises (consisting of Jimmy Yang, Jorge Estrada & Sonny Siaki).  The purpose of this match was to show the stark contrast between TNA’s philosophy and the over-the-top & gimmick-heavy entertainment philosophy of WCW in its final years and WWE during the early 90’s.  TNA had sought out to be recognized for having the best athletically intense matches from the most physically talented professional wrestlers in the world (which can be said of both teams involved in the above match), rather than water-down the product with random gimmicks and storylines.

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