TNA leaves Orlando, visiting Tampa (Part 2)


This is Part 2 of conversations with some TNA Wrestling’s associates who face the camera or stand behind it during the company’s final scheduled shows from the Impact Zone at Universal Studios Orlando in March.

So TNA Impact Wrestling (8 p.m. EST Thursdays, Spike TV) is no longer housing at the Impact Zone as the company took the next step in its evolution, currently traveling to a different host city each week for its flagship broadcast.

TNA spent three days at the Impact Zone at Universal Studios Orlando filming One Night Only pay-per-views, each representing its own theme, which are available for viewing throughout May.

Will TNA ever return to the Impact Zone?

Never say never.

TNA will be traveling I-4 again but on its west side in Tampa on Thursday, May 23 for an Impact Wrestling broadcast from the USF Sun Dome.

(Orlando is on the east side of I-4.)

You probably will see TNA Wrestling’s Brian Stifler, one of the brightest young referees in the business, who is working under the endorsement and tutelage of standout referees Earl and Brian Hebner.

YouTube (Jim Varsallone the jimmyv3 channel) video interview with the TNA Wrestling referee Brian Stifler

You probably won’t see Steve Small, who is one of the hardest working men behind the scenes in TNA. As TNA Wrestling’s Director of Productions, he makes it work in studio and on television. An avid runner, he actually did have a brief on-screen role as Jeff Jarrett’s lawyer. Nice trench coat, sir.

YouTube (Jim Varsallone the jimmyv3 channel) video interview with the TNA Wrestling’s Director of Productions Steve Small

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You definitely will see the work of Chris Dispensa, TNA Wrestling’s head carpenter, props master and stage manager. Chris has been with the company quite a while, and he is very good at what he does. The Ultimate X steel cage, Hulk Hogan’s office, the trap doors, Suicide’s entrance, the Gut Check office, Kurt Angle’s entrance from below the top of the rampway are just some of his succesful projects.

YouTube (Jim Varsallone the jimmyv3 channel) video interview with the TNA Wrestling’s Multi-Titled Chris Dispensa

You most definitely will see the work and style of Christy Hemme. A jill of all trades, Hemme is athletic, talented and beautiful. A TNA Knockout for sure, she’s wrestled, managed, interviewed talent and hosted segments. Diversity defines Hemme; she is currently Impact Wrestling’s ring announcer.

YouTube (Jim Varsallone the jimmyv3 channel) video interview with the TNA Knockout Christy Hemme

•  TNA Impact Wrestling in Tampa in May

TNA will return to Central Florida when Impact Wrestling broadcasts live on Thursday, May 23 at the USF Sun Dome in Tampa. Bell time is 7 p.m. EST with television at 8 p.m. EST.

Tickets, starting at $15, are available via TicketMaster online, TicketMaster outlets or by phone 800-745-3000. To avoid some service fees, you can purchase tickets directly at the arena, but check with the arena for availability and hours of operation.

•  TNA One Night Only PPV

Two dozen of the biggest names in wrestling count on a whole lot of fight and a little bit of luck as they compete for a $100,000 grand prize as TNA Wrestling presents One Night Only: Joker’s Wild, a pay-per-view event hosted by Jeremy Borash and Christy Hemme that is available throughout May for $14.95.

The Joker’s Wild lineup features a who’s who of TNA Wrestling’s past, present and future. Former TNA champs such as The Cowboy James Storm, The It Factor Bobby Roode, The Samoan Submission Machine Samoa Joe, Mr. Anderson of Aces & Eights and Rob Van Dam jump into the fray alongside ring veterans Christopher Daniels, Chavo Guerrero Jr., Devon of Aces & Eights, Al Snow and Doug Williams, as well as talented newcomers like Gunner, Crimson, Joey Ryan and more.

The Joker’s Wild format pairs TNA superstars in randomly drawn tag teams, facing off with another team in a series of six matches. The winning teams from those six matches will then be entered in a 12-man Gauntlet Match, with the last man standing taking home $100,000.

The complete roster for Joker’s Wild includes James Storm, Christian York, Gunner, Crimson, Jessie Godderz, Mr. Anderson, Doug Williams, Kid Kash, Christopher Daniels, Samoa Joe, Chavo Guerrero Jr., Rob Van Dam, Robbie E, Zema Ion, Joseph Park, Hernandez, Alex Silva, Devon, D.O.C., Rob Terry, Matt Morgan, Joey Ryan, Al Snow and Bobby Roode.

Contact your cable or satellite television provider for complete details.

•  TNA Impact Wrestling on Spike TV

TNA Impact Wrestling is 8 p.m. EST Thursdays on Spike TV. Visit

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