Country music star Toby Keith must have been a pro wrestling fan thanks to a couple of visits he made to TNA and the WWE. Keith, who died on Monday from stomach cancer, was 62 years old. Back in 2002, Keith appeared on the first NWA-TNA pay-per-view.
During his performance time, Jeff Jarrett came out and interrupted Keith. Well, Toby didn’t take too long to retaliate. Later on in the NWA-TNA show, Keith interrupted Jarrett in the middle of a battle royal. Keith got in the ring, lifted Jarrett in the air, and gave him a back body drop to the canvas. One week later, Keith got to deliver a message to Scott Hall in another show.
Toby Keith Had Friendship With Jeff Jarrett
Keith and Jarrett developed quite a friendship, the Wrestling Observer reports. It led to two appearances by Keith in the first two NWA-TNA shows. There even was some scuttlebutt about the two men buying into another wrestling promotion, but it didn’t happen.
TNA Wrestling issued a short statement about Keith’s death on Tuesday morning. “We are deeply saddened to learn of the passing of country music legend Toby Keith – who appeared on the very first TNA event,” the statement said. “We offer our condolences to his friends and family.”
Here’s a short clip from Keith’s involvement in an NWA-TNA event.
Longtime pro wrestling announcer Jim Ross, who was friends with Keith, posted this message on X (formerly Twitter) on Tuesday morning. “My heart is heavy today upon hearing that my friend Toby Keith has left us,” Ross, who works for All Elite Wrestling, wrote. “I’m so sad. A true man’s man. Boomer Sooner Big T.”
In October 2010, Keith also made an appearance as a guest host on WWE’s Monday Night Raw. Keith initially chatted it up with the Bella Twins, according to SportsKeeda. He gave them a copy of his latest album. They, in turn, gave Keith his own Electrovision Championship.
Keith Crossed Paths In WWE With Bella Twins
Then, Keith spent a few moments with Santino Marella. Marella eventually got around to telling Keith how much he enjoys his music. So, Santino started to serenade Keith with one of his songs. Sheamus didn’t take too kindly to Marella’s music. This led to a match between both men later that night.
Keith was led down the TitanTron ramp by the Bella Twins before the Sheamus-Marella match. He rooted for Marella during the match itself.
An outpouring of condolences and rememberances filled social media platforms on Tuesday. Keith’s music touched many people’s lives. But he was a big sports fan, too. Keith, who died in his home state of Oklahoma on Monday night, backed the Oklahoma Sooners. In a statement from Oklahoma University President Joseph Harroz Jr., he said, “Today we mourn the loss of Toby Keith, a beloved country music legend and proud son of Oklahoma.” He goes on to mention that he’ll miss Keith’s “laughter, warmth, and everlasting love for the University of Oklahoma.”
While he provided the world with musical moments to remember, Keith also didn’t forget to give back. He loved to play golf. In fact, Keith was the driving force behind creating the OK Kids Korral in Oklahoma City for kids with cancer.
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