TNA Wrestling began a new chapter on March 14, 2013, broadcasting “Impact Wrestling” live to the world in front of a rowdy Chicago crowd.
The Sears Center in Hoffman Estates, Ill., marks the first stop in what will now be an ongoing tour schedule for the Nashville-based promotion's flagship program.
Except for some memorable broadcasts in February from London's Wembley Arena, “Impact Wrestling” had aired exclusively from the largest soundstage in Universal Studios Orlando, dubbed by TNA faithful as the “Impact Zone.”
In a press release about the “tremendous step forward,” TNA President Dixie Carter is quoted as saying, “Fans from around the world have been coming to us at Universal for more than eight years to be a part of the ‘IMPACT WRESTLING’ audience. It's now time for us to take the ‘IMPACT WRESTLING’ television cameras to them.
"This is a very important next evolution for the company, and I'm excited that the backdrop to the show will feature our great fans in larger arenas around the country and world.”
The following photos are a document of this event.
In the coming weeks, I'll also be publishing my exclusive interview with Dixie Carter from this night, as well as a profile of So Cal Val.