TNA Impact Wrestling’s Lockdown Weekend in South Florida got underway Saturday, March 8 with its Fan InterAction at the Airport Hilton in Miami.
The stars were out to sign autograph and pose for photos before they take center stage in front of a worldwide audience at the Lockdown pay-per-view 7:30 p.m. Sunday, March 9 at the BankUnited Center at the University of Miami in Coral Gables. Fans traveled from all over the world including the United Kingdom and Australia to see their favorites in person and in action.
The event featured everyone from TNA world champion Magnus, Austin Aries, Samoa Joe and Velvet Sky to Gail Kim, James Storm, Chris Sabin and Mr. Anderson. A long line formed when the hometown favorite MVP appeared, sporting a Hurricanes jersey with his trademark 305 chain hanging from his neck. He hinted we may be seeing more orange and green when he heads down the aisle in the Lethal Lockdown match on the PPV at The U.
A line also immediately formed when Jeff Hardy arrived, which was his first appearance for the company in some time. Each fan in attendance received lithographs done by this athlete who is a talented artist.
TNA President Dixie Carter hosted an impromptu autograph and photo opportunity for those waiting to get their time with the “Charismatic Enigma.” Fan Luis Dulanto of Miami saw a once-in-lifetime chance to serenade the TNA president, who appeared flattered and impressed by the performance.
Christy Hemme and Jeremy Borash hosted the proceedings, which included a “press conference” by Ethan Carter III. EC3 said he will still be competing at Lockdown after learning that his opponent, Kurt Angle, is unable to wrestle because of an injury. The emerging star then answered a few questions from fans and his onscreen Aunt Dixie.
What makes Lockdown even more special is the international flavor, led by the legendary Great Muta. The president of Wrestle-1 not only made a rare appearance at the TNA Fan InterAction but will compete at Lockdown as well. He will be joined by X Division champion Sanada and Nakanoue as part of his organization’s partnership with TNA.
Tigre Uno from the AAA promotion in Mexico was a big hit with Miami media such as Telemundo.
The roster was very approachable with fans and seemed in good spirits. The TNA staff was accommodating and made sure everyone who attended left with a smile on their face. Whenever the company comes to your town, I would highly recommend attending these types of events, as TNA does a stellar job putting the interaction in Fan InterAction.
• See a fan serenade Dixie Carter at Fan InterAction in Miami.
• Starting on March 28, TNA’s Rockstar Spud and DJ Z (Zema Ion) are going to be hosting a free “Fist-Pumpin’ Pre-Show” before live events. The party, included with paid admission, will feature DJ Z spinning popular music mixes to set off a high-energy tone to kick-off the evening as fans meet, get autographs and take photos with their favorite TNA superstars. Spud is going to serve as the emcee for festivities.
• Follow me on Twitter @smFISHMAN for tweet-by-tweet coverage from Lockdown 7:30 p.m. Sunday, March 9 at the BankUnited Center University of Miami in Coral Gables.