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Jeff Jarrett says Toby Keith turned down an invite to sing at the White House so he could appear at first TNA show

On the latest episode of “My World with Jeff Jarrett” on, Jarrett talked about the debut of TNA in 2002 at the Von Braun Civic Center in Huntsville, Alabama.

Jarrett shared many behind-the-scenes stories that have never been told before including the time when Toby Keith turned down an invitation to sing at the White House to perform at the debut TNA show.

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.”

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