WWE Hall of Famer Jeff Jarrett recently took to an episode of his “My World with Jeff Jarrett,” where he discussed the debut episode of TNA in 2002 at the Von Braun Civic Center in Huntsville, Alabama as well as the time Toby Keith turned down an invitation to sing at the White House to be at TNA's debut show.
Jeff Jarrett said:
“Toby, just to tell you what a megastar he was, he was a huge superstar in the ‘90s. By 2002, when this came along, he went into a whole different stratosphere of selling tickets, downloads, records, and all that. He got invited to the White House, and he turned down the White House. They wanted him to sing on June 19th. The whole Peter Jennings controversy had come out, and his interview, and it was national news, not just Southern type headlines. But Toby was invited to the White House, and he actually turned the White House down, and said, ‘I’ve already committed to Jeff to do a wrestling event in Huntsville, and I can’t be there. It shows you what kind of a man and friend Toby is. It’s just incredible.”