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.
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.
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.
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.
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