First of all, let me start by saying that this post is not an advertisement. Last night the stars of TNA rolled into my home town of Windsor Ontario, for a live event, and I was lucky enough to have front row tickets. This was my first time seeing TNA live, so I wasn’t quite sure what to expect, or who might actually show up. I have to say that the whole experience was nothing but fun. I have seen the commercials for their live events, and of course they are going to say that the company tries harder than the competition, and really gets close to the fans, but now that I have been there personally, I can say that its true.
From the start, I was impressed by how organized everything was. Don West came out to greet the ticket holders who were getting in early for the meet and greet. ( a slightly higher priced ticket that guaranteed you the first 5 rows, and the one hour early entry) He explained how everything was going to be run, so that it all went smoothly once we were in, and even started selling the programs himself to the people in line, to lessen the wait time at the merchandise booth. Now, the deal was, that the higher end ticket holders such as myself would go in early, and station ourselves around the ring along the front row barrier. The stars came out 3 at a time, and circled the ring signing autographs, and taking pictures. This was the best opportunity to get a majority of the autographs, but there were other chances, as both the Motor City Machine Guns, The Beautiful People, and Jeff Jarrett, took turns at various parts of the night, signing at a table set up in the main hallway. And after the show was over, almost every star came back out again, going around the ring and signing just about anything you had.
The best thing about the night of course, was the action. Despite being in a smaller city, they put on a hell of a show. They competed more like they were putting on a pay per view, rather than being at a house show, that wasn’t completely sold out. And of course the main event featured The Motor City Machine Guns, facing off with Beer Money. This most likey was becasue of the fact that Windsor, borders Detroit, the Guns home town.
One other thing that impressed me though, was how genuine a lot of the stars were. You could tell that they really did appreciate the fan support. Most notably, would have to be Mr Anderson, who was clowning around with the fans after the show. The Pope, who spent a lot of time getting to know his congregation. And Velvet Sky, who was out signing autographs after the show, and was one of the last ones to leave the ringside area.
So, if you get a chance to check out a TNA live event, I would highly recommend doing so. Especially while they are still a smaller promotion, and are able to do things like this. The WWE has fan fests, and Axxess, but because of the sheer number of fans that they draw, its very hard for people to get this close to as many stars.
Now to see if they come back around this way for a Pay Per View some day.