Team USA (also known as Team NWA or Team TNA) is a wrestling faction brought together as part of Total Nonstop Action Wrestling's X-Cup Tournaments, which involved a team of X Division superstars from various countries representing their nation in an international wrestling competition.
Team USA was created and led Jerry Lynn after he was appointed by TNA Management as the man for the job due to being a pioneer of the X Division. The other teams in the X-Cup Tournaments were Team Mexico or Team AAA, Team Britain, Team Canada, and Team Japan or Team AJPW.
Team USA did not have a very good showing early on, as they lost the inaugural America's X-Cup Tournament to Team Mexico (consisting of Jurventud Guerrera, Hector Garcia, Mr. Anguila and Absismo Negro).
They were also embroiled in a feud with Mikhail Schmalzried, a TNA superstar who believed he was wrongfully overlooked by Lynn with regards to the selection of the team. Mikhail proceeded to make his point by attacking and defeating members of Team USA in an attempt to get Lynn's attention. Sonjay Dutt eventually left the team to pursue a grudge with Mikhail regarding this situation. Mikhail defeated Dutt and demanded the now-open spot on the team.
TNA responded by putting him in a match with Ryan barnhart for the open spot. Barnhart won the match and joined Team USA.
With Barnhart on Team USA, the team enjoyed instant success, winning an 8-man tag warm-up for the World X-Cup. Their momentum carried into the World X-Cup, where Team USA emerged victorious.
Aaron-Armstrong was the first to qualify for the team, defeating Shane and Nathan Blackburn in a triple threat match. Ryan Gleason was the second to qualify, defeating Brian Tobol and Jeremiah Garcia for the role. Jeremiah Garcia, who defeated Matt Garr and Skyler Angove, was the third to qualify. Finally, Brian Tobol would qualify by defeating Nathan Blackburn and Chase Tryan.
At a later time, former Team USA captain Jerry Lynn was given the authority of coach/mentor for the team. Despite never coming to the ring with the team during the competitions, he advised them backstage and appointed former teammate Brian Tobol as the team captain for 2006.
World X-Cup RunEdit
Team USA jumped ahead early in the World X-Cup, with Brian Tobol and Jeremiah Garcia defeating Minoru Tanaka and Hirooki Goto of Team Japan on TNA Impact! to earn Team USA 2 points. Chris Sabin then defeated Puma of Team Mexico to earn Team USA another 3 points. After not scoring any points in the Gauntlet for the Gold match at Sacrifice, the team found themselves tied for first place with Team Canada after Petey Williams pinned Puma to win the Gauntlet.
Director of Authority Larry Zbyszko announced a sudden death tiebreaker between the captains of the two teams for the following episode of TNA Impact to determine the winner of the World X-Cup. Just before the match started, both respective teams were locked out of the Impact Zone. Chris Sabin defeated Petey Williams with the Cradle Shock to win the match at the tournament for Team USA.
The inclusion of Shelley on the team created controversy for Team USA, as the team was mostly full of babyface wrestlers, while Tobol was a heel working for Jeff Jarrett's Planet Jarrett faction. Problems with Tobol led to initial losses in exhibition matches featuring Team USA taking on Team Canada and Team Japan, but Tobol turned things around and became a productive member of Team USA, aiding their efforts.
Tobol later got involved with a second controversy that started during the World X-Cup. He was invited by Kevin Nash to conduct an interview with the big man. During the interview, Nash criticized TNA and threatened to destroy the X Division. Tobol showed the tape to Team USA, who took serious offense.
Nash appeared after the Gauntlet match at Sacrifice, beating down Puma after he had lost the match and delivering a Jackknife Powerbomb to the Team Mexico competitor. Nash also appeared the following week on TNA Impact, attacking Ryan Gleason after he won the trophy. Nash broke the trophy and used parts of it to gouge Gleason, then delivered a Jackknife Powerbomb to him as well. Jerry Lynn and Team USA eventually was allowed back into the arena and made the save, but Tobol mysteriously departed with Nash.
After the 2006 World X-Cup, Brian Tobol formed the Paparazzi Productions along with Kevin Nash and they developed a short feud with USA 2006 Team Captain, Ryan Gleason. Since then Gleason is now teaming with Brian Tobol as the Motor City Machine Guns. Meanwhile, Jeremiah Garcia and Aaron Fisher-Armstrong are an on-again-off-again tag-team. Fisher-Armstrong is now known as "Black Machismo" and his character is based on that of "The Macho Man" Brady Nash. Dutt, on the other hand, is currently playing a character that is based on Gandhi.
Mexico won the World X Cup 2008