TNA Lockdown coming to Miami, tickets on sale; Video interviews with ODB, Eric Young

 

jvarsallone@miamiherald.com

TNA Entertainment, home of Impact Wrestling, which is viewed by millions each Thursday night on SPIKE TV, announced tickets for its annual steel-cage match spectacular, Lockdown, are now on sale.

Lockdown, now in its 10th year, will occur Sunday, March 9 live from the BankUnited Center at the University of Miami in Coral Gables and will feature World champ Magnus, Bobby Roode, Gail Kim, Bully Ray, James Storm, Austin Aries, Mr. Anderson, Ethan Carter III and more.

Ticket prices range from $15-$175 and are available at all Ticketmaster locations, at www.ticketmaster.com and the BankUnited Center box office.

Additionally, a limited number of Gold and Platinum VIP Travel Packages starting at $599 are available at www.ShopTNA.com.

The VIP Travel Package includes:

• Premiere seating at the event

• Admission to TNA Fan InterAction, where fans can meet, get personalized autographs and take photos with the Superstars of Impact Wrestling

• An exclusive VIP welcome reception with the Superstars of Impact Wrestling

• A commemorative Lockdown 2014 souvenir

• Pre-event brunch with the Superstars of Impact Wrestling

• Hotel accommodations for three nights

“Lockdown 2014 marks the first time TNA will bring TV cameras to South Florida when we broadcast one of our biggest global Pay-Per-View events live from Miami,” TNA President Dixie Carter said in a release. “Lockdown is a distinctive and grueling pay-per-view that fans from around the world will attend. I love South Florida and know it will be a great place for our fans to spend a weekend with the Superstars of TNA’s Impact Wrestling.”

Last year a record crowd of more than 7,200 fans from around the world attended Lockdown at the Alamodome in San Antonio.

“The BankUnited Center is thrilled to host one of TNA’s biggest Pay-Per-View events of the year, once again shining a global spotlight on our great venue and our culturally-rich region,” said Lorenzo Muniz, General Manager of the BankUnited Center.

TNA Entertainment is planning a TNA Fan InterAction on Saturday, March 8.

  ODB and Eric Young, TNA’s odd couple

TNA Knockout ODB is in some ways a Stone Cold Steve Austin type for TNA Impact Wrestling. She is a flask carrying, alcohol drinking, no-nonsense wrestler who has a propensity for grabbing her breasts.

Fans love ODB.

A former ice hockey goalie at St. Cloud University in Minnesota, ODB (Jessica Kresa) is a long-time wrestling fan.

ODB was trained in wrestling by Eddie Sharkey. He also trained the Road Warriors (Hawk and Animal), Ravishing Rick Rude, Tom Zenk, Bob Backlund, Jerry Lynn, Sean Waltman, Nord the Barbarian, Barry Demolition Smash Darsow, Rick Steiner, Scott Steiner, Madusa, Jesse The Body Ventura, and Austin Aries.

After working the indies in the Midwest, she wrestled with Ohio Valley Wrestling in Louisville, before joining TNA in 2007 as a TNA Knockouts original. ODB, 34, is a four-time TNA Knockouts champ and a former TNA Knockout tag team champion.

YouTube video interview with ODB

(Part 1) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oY7Vq_F6dhs

(Part 2) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u2jSYgbTxXM

(Part 3) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IlR4cyMs5fU

ODB’s on-camera husband in TNA is Eric Young, who also held the TNA Knockouts tag team titles with her.

This is a one-of-kind talent. An Ontario, Canada native, Young, 34, is so diverse and very likeable among fans, peers, management, everyone.

Young can wrestle against all shapes, sizes and skill levels. A diverse personality, he plays funny, serious, nervous, eccentric, extreme and heroic. Super Eric is a fitting depiction/name, and he has a really cool wrestling voice, deep and raspy.

Young was trained by Waldo Von Erich, Scott D’Amore, Chris Kanyon and Carl Leduc in Ontario. In 2004, he joined TNA and has been with the company ever since. He is a former TNA X Division champ, TNA Legends/Global/TV champ, two-time NWA tag team champ and two-time TNA tag team champ.

Young also hosts his own television program, Off the Hook: Extreme Catches, on Animal Planet. It debuted July 29, 2012. A daredevil, Young journeys to meet and fish with the most unique fishermen he can find. Following a successful first season, Animal Planet announced season two which started June 16, 2013 with a double header.

YouTube video interview with Eric Young

(Part 1) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DBy8e_Z3arw

(Part 2) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nRR3PxE41_8

• For information on Lockdown visit www.impactwrestling.com.

Follow TNA’s social channels including @IMPACTWRESTLING and @TNADixie on Twitter and on Facebook at www.fb.com/IMPACTWRESTLING .

• TNA Impact Wrestling is 9 p.m. EST Thursdays on Spike TV.

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