Manage episode 242418675 series 2250365
Cloverleaf Radio's host The Host with the Most Jimmy Falcon welcomes Former TNA Star, 3x NWA Tag Team Champion, As seen in WWE, The Natural Chase Stevens!
In high school, Chase Stevens was a Golden Gloves boxing champion. After attending a professional wrestling training
session, in order to watch a friend, Stevens decided to become a wrestler and joined the training school. After several
weeks, veteran wrestler Tracy Smothers took him under his wing and became his trainer and mentor. Stevens debuted in 1998 under a mask as "Glacius", losing to fellow trainee Johnny B. Dazzled. The Naturals began working for Jerry Lawler's Memphis Wrestling promotion in 2003, where they were renamed "The Alternative Express". The Alternative Express - a Gothic pair of rock fans who wore black clothing and recolored their hair and fingernails - were managed by The Goddess Athena.The Naturals were brought into TNA in late 2003, immediately beginning a lengthy feud with America's Most Wanted. In the course of the feud, they defeated America's Most Wanted for the NWA World Tag Team Championship on July 7, 2004. The Naturals successfully defended their titles against Triple X, but were eventually beaten by Chris Harris and Elix Skipper (one member of each team) on September 8, 2004. In 2005, The Naturals formed an alliance with Chris Candido, who also became their manager. On April 26, they defeated America's Most Wanted to become NWA World Tag Team Champions for a second time. The sudden death of Candido two days later led to a surge in popularity for The Naturals, eventually turning them into fan favorites. On June 19, 2005 at Slammiversary, The Naturals were assisted in a title defense against Team Canada by Jimmy Hart. They were managed by Hart throughout mid-2005, with their reign ending on the October 22 episode of TNA Impact!.