#ImpactUK – Thank You

TNA #ImpactLondon 2014

TNA #ImpactLondon 2014

Last week TNA Impact hosted their annual UK Tour. There was a lot of buzz. I attended #ImpactLondon that hosted the final two Impact tapings heading into TNA Lockdown 2014. I was along the second row from ringside. The shows were really good. The shows….. *Jeremy Borash comes into my head* “Don’t ruin the fun for the rest of the people who haven’t seen the show yet.” So you will have to take my word for it and get ready to enjoy it. Besides I know for sure that Ric Santos will continue to deliver great previews and reviews of TNA Impact, thus I’ll leave that responsibility to him.

Magnus and Sam Shaw on the right of the lift, aiming to get up the lift quickly for a deserved rest

Magnus and Sam Shaw on the right of the lift, aiming to get up the lift quickly for a deserved rest

On behalf of the TNANEWS team, I would like to thank TNA for the fantastic tour. It is a gruesome tour with the entire TNA staff heading to different cities and countries on a daily basis. Some of these cities two Impact tapings were recorded. Not only that but these guys were also hosting TNA Fan Interactions. This means that the schedule was close to 24 hours a day if traveling is taken into account. The Fan Interaction shows were at 3:30pm and the live events would begin at 7:30pm. This required the staff to be at each venue even earlier as it doesn’t make a day to set up the venue, so some staff would have to arrive there in an earlier schedule. After #ImpactLondon, at the Hilton Hotel Wembley, next to Wembley Stadium, London, UK, there were fans gathering. This was because some of the wrestlers would walk straight through the entrance. Understandably they were exhausted and some would want to get a quick rest. I saw Sam Shaw and Magnus arrive first and chanted for Sam. They were intent in escaping the fans as they were exhausted. Unfortunately for them, the lifts weren’t available immediately. I would try to help the duo and show my appreciation for them by yelling “Make space for the Champ” while pressing the lift button. Magnus would anxiously walk to the lift while dragging his suitcase but ended up going to the other lift that opened first. Felt like paparazzi and I would like to apologize on behalf of the UK fans if they were uncomfortable. But no one attempted to block their path. Just before that Al Snow went pass and politely requested privacy due to being tired.

Mr Pectacular and myself

Mr Pectacular and myself

Just after all of the Magnus commotion, I turn to the right and I spot one of the wrestler I was most eager to meet, Mr Pectacular. He is also known as one half of the Bro Mans. He had crept up to the other unopened lift but I had to say “Mr Pectacular”! I was a bit star struck so all I could muster was, “I have you on Twitter, you added me, can we have a picture?” A tired Jessie Godderz would oblige fortunately and my zoomed in camera got a picture of us two together. He has since favourite the tweet of the picture. I have explained why I appreciate him in a previous article.. But I think the recent interview between Alex Barie & Ethan Carter III on Alex’s Assumptions personifies it. The modern wrestling climate is heavily dependent on characters and the Bro Mans have been tremendous. They’ve helped the tag team division. So for this reason I was happy to meet him. But I do regret that I never did a fist pump and said #bbeerrpp. Next year I plan in doing so, even if Mr Pectacular does a Bobby Roode, James Storm or Magnus in doing fantastic in the BFG Series and develop a new persona. The BroMans spirit shall live on.

Frankie Kazarian and myself

Frankie Kazarian and myself

Perhaps the best moment was by Frankie Kazarian. We had quite a few wrestlers momentarily greet the crowd like James Storm. But Frankie Kazarian took it to another level. Let me tell you guys that he had a busy night in #ImpactUK. Despite all of that, he still was intent in greeting the fans who had gathered around him. Frankie Kazarian was tired. He never once frowned and kept a big smile. It was extraordinary. This was nearly as surprising as Frankie Kazarian not being around with Christopher Daniels. I would have sworn that they were tied by the hips. They are awesome competitors and a great tag team. As I was at the 2nd row near ring side, you will be able to see me and Christopher Daniels together on TNA Xplosion. Frankie Kazarian proceeded to interact with us for 20 or more minutes. Amazing.

Robbie E on the phone

Robbie E on the phone

Despite the chaotic situation of us fans anticipating them, after a demanding schedule, they were still ready to greet us. Even the wrestlers who were too tired to interact with the fans weren’t rude whatsoever. This goes to show you the spirit embodied by TNA. A wrestling company determined to entertain the fans. It has the intention of providing the wrestling alternative to the goliath of wrestling, which is the WWE. C’mon even Robbie E who had fans coming to disturb his phone call wasn’t visibly upset. You could understand him being upset if he was to express it. I refrained from taking a picture outside of the building to limit the intrusion but like Mr Pectacular, I just had to interact with a Bro Man.

Thank you TNA. Can’t wait for next year!

By Sean Prem

@Sean_Ali_Prem87

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  • saeed

    i think tna if it was based in UK rather usa it would had higher ratings

    glad you had good time , i think usa have wwe already

    if tna wants to go wild i recommend to relocate to the uk were in do it weekly shows there

    as you mention u went to wembly staduim uk beest arena

    i really wish tna will get is shit together

    • http://www.tnanews.com/gut-check-didnt-they-see-nexus/ Sean

      Hey Saeed thank you for reading and commenting. TNA should certainly aim to do more shows in the UK. It would reduce the appeal to an extent of being here twice or a multiple of times rather than once, but we would still appreciate the show. The format of TNA Wrestling is to make sure each show is as impressive as possible, irrespective of a possible ppv coming up. It gives it a hybrid of indies and wwe formatting. But this is entertaining for crowds and UK crowds are very vocal

      Lets hope TNA recover from the difficulties they faced last year

  • Ryan b

    You should have tried an interview for tnanews dude

    • http://www.tnanews.com/gut-check-didnt-they-see-nexus/ Sean

      Haha, there were a group of fans all trying to hog them and these wrestlers were exhausted. I should have requested for that opportunity to make it simpler, but these guys were in such an intense schedule. That was the other message I tried to give in this article. These guys were just so busy

  • Charlie

    Hey Sean, glad you had a great time. The last(and only) TNA show I went to was in 2010 and I met Jeff Hardy, but it seems like they have made an effort to greet the fans more.

    Cool pics by the way

    • http://www.tnanews.com/gut-check-didnt-they-see-nexus/ Sean

      Hey Charlie, thank you for reading and commenting. You are one of my favourite wrestling fans to talk to as you are always ever present in commenting. Thats a big show to watch with Jeff Hardy. Yeah exactly! They seem to be more thrilled to have the fans around while it feels like the opposite with the WWE. Not putting the WWE down or anything but this is a positive factor by TNA. Its something that seems to embody Dixie, so herself acting as a dictator makes it look so bizarre

  • Ryan b

    Possibly an interview reflecting all of that. Was it worth it theme.

    Something doesn’t end up. Bad Influence and Bromans weren’t together? They mustve had a secret party set up. The after party

    • http://www.tnanews.com/gut-check-didnt-they-see-nexus/ Sean

      The wrestlers had an exhausting schedule and as human beings, when you are tired, you need a rest. Just look at CM Punk ;-) lol.
      Yeah thats true about those tag teams. It goes to show you how tired they were and how they needed some time apart to recuperate lol

  • MeeMee

    You won’t see wwe being so friendly. TNA caters for the wrestling fans

    • Kazuya

      Has any WWE superstar been unfriendly to you?

      • Ryan b

        Some can be cruel. Its natural for celebrities. Curtis Axel maybe in character gives a believable account here http://www.wwe.com/inside/worst-superstar-travel-stories-26171943/page-8

      • Ryan b

        Some can be cruel. Its natural for celebrities. Curtis Axel maybe in character gives a believable account here http://www.wwe.com/inside/worst-superstar-travel-stories-26171943/page-8 !

        • http://www.tnanews.com/gut-check-didnt-they-see-nexus/ Sean

          Hey Ryan, interesting article that you posted. It goes to show you how intense their scheduling is

      • http://www.tnanews.com/gut-check-didnt-they-see-nexus/ Sean

        Hey kazuya, glad you commented on another article. Thats an interesting topic if meemee has ever encountered an angry WWE superstar. Im a huge fan of the WWE myself and its importan to note that their scheduling is a lot more intense than TNA, so these stars would naturally be more reluctant to spend their limited free time with fans.

    • http://www.tnanews.com/gut-check-didnt-they-see-nexus/ Sean

      Hey meemee, thank you for reading and commenting. I was just giving that message. Its not that the wwe doesnt do it, where they have some excellent axxess shows. But with tna being the 2nd biggest wrestling company, they have to offer things that arent necessarily a given with the wwe.

  • Priya

    TNA NEEDS PUNK. Magnus was rude to you

    • http://www.tnanews.com/gut-check-didnt-they-see-nexus/ Sean

      Haha hey priya thank you for reading and commenting. I guess thats what happens when you join team dixie lol. Any company would benefit tremendously if they acquired CM Punk