Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Total Nonstop Action

A few weeks back, on behalf of Global Traveler magazine, I checked out some Total Nonstop Action, otherwise known as TNA Wrestling. TNA held a pay-per-view (Bound For Glory) in Chicago for the first time. It was a major success, as was the fanfest the day before the ppv. Founded in 2002, TNA has been growing steadily. It is succeeding due to the hard work, dedication, versatility and creativity of all involved. Currently, Spike TV airs TNA iMPACT on Thursday in prime time.
The fanfest was held at the Hyatt Rosemont. Fans got to meet their favorite TNA personalities, purchase TNA merchandise and play the new video game (TNA iMPACT). Plenty of TNA staffers were on hand to ensure that this event ran as smoothly as any such event I have seen.
I had the chance to interview the Rock N Rave Infection (Jimmy Rave, Lance Rock and Christy Hemme) and to talk with Jeremy Borash (TNA broadcaster), Dixie Carter (President of TNA Entertainment) and Terry Taylor (Director of Talent Relations).
The ppv, Bound For Glory, was even more fun, as the Sears Centre was overflowing with rabid TNA fans and the show did not disappoint. From the opening tag team bout (Eric Young and Sojourner Bolt defeating Lance Rock and Christy Hemme) to the Icon Sting winning the TNA championship (defeating reigning champ, Samoa Joe), the action never let up nor did crowd reaction.

Jeremy Borash and me in Rosemont, IL-October 2008.

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