Sometimes I knock it, but I will proudly say it this time.  It's great to be in New York!  Well, as a wrestling fan at least.  New York boasts some of the most passionate, if not clinically insane wrestling fans in the world, so when a promotion is looking to sell some tickets, we are often one of the main target areas.  Thus, when TNA finally booked a show in New York, fans were all over tickets like a Kardashian sister on a black man.  The company had been touting this show, which would take place at MCU Park, home of the Brooklyn Cyclones, as their biggest house show in their history.  Would the show deliver to the more than 5,000 expected fans?  I decided to show up and find out. 

-My friend and I had debated back and forth whether we should attend this event.  After a flat tire incident earlier in the week, I felt karma was not on my side and had decided against going.

-Friday afternoon came and a quick conversation convinced me to go.  Didn't take much, so off we went to Brooklyn. 

-Hit a little traffic (this is NY, after all), so we got to the show about 10 minutes before it was set to start.

-Before even buying the tickets, I realize that a TNA show is kind of like Halloween gone wrong.  Lots of costumes, but very few that look good on people. 

-We get our tickets and walk in.  It's weird to see a wrestling ring sitting on home plate, but weird just fit the mold of the day. 

-Our seats are adjacent to first base, and you can see our view via the picture on top of the article.  Not bad for not having tickets until 10 minor prior to the show. 

-The first match has started and it's Homicide vs. Kendrick vs. Lethal vs. Amazing Red.  The entire match consists of big spots, so a lot of "ohhhs" are heard from the lively crowd.

-There are more kids in the crowd than I would have thought.  Isn't TNA supposed to be for an older audience?

-Amazing Red wins the match.  Quite a sloppy match which was just spot after spot, but there was a lot of indecision which effected the flow.  Five hours later I found out that Red got #1 contendership to the X-Division title from that match, which makes no sense since Kendrick is #1 contender and hasn't faced Doug Williams yet. 

-Jeremy Borash comes out in between each match to do the introductions.  He introduces Earl Hebner next.

-Hebner takes off his ref shirt to reveal a "Damn right I did it!" shirt underneath.  He gets more boos than anyone on the card.  A lot of "you screwed Bret" cheers break out.  Apparently people who are pawns in a scheme 13 years ago that has been resolved can still get heat.  Wrestling fans are quite the interesting breed.

-Hebner will ref the Knockouts title match, as Angelina love makes her way out first.  From far, she looks pretty good.  Probably because I can't see her nasty tattoos and piercings from my seat. 

-Madison Rayne is out next to a chorus of "we want Velvet" chants.  Real fair for the Knockouts champion who is quite a looker in her own right.  Though, what's with the black underneath the blonde in the hair?

-Rayne announces that the match won't be for the title, which basically ensures that Love will get the win.  Hey TNA, it IS ok for a heel to win at a house show if they are champion! 

-My buddy and I decide that this is a good time to get dinner, so we watch the match on the monitor at the food stand.

-They have Knishes at this baseball stadium!  And the prices aren't outrageous!  I get a hamburger and knish for under 8 dollars.  Life is good. 

-Love wins after Rayne gets kissed by Hebner.  Really?  Did I just write that?  I wish that wasn't true.....

-Jeff Jarrett comes out next to talk about TNA and its history.  He hypes up the acquisitions of Kurt Angle, Jeff Hardy, and RVD.  Either he realizes that the acquisitions of Hogan and Bischoff were a waste or they just weren't hyped because they weren't in attendance.  I personally think it's the former. 

-The next match features Desmond Wolfe against Kurt Angle.  The obligatory "USA" chants break out.  In all the years of wrestling, any foreign heel deals with this cheer.  It's amazing that fans haven't come up with anything new in all that time.

-Kurt comes out in a yellow hat.  I wish I was close enough to see what it was, because from afar, it seemed like a weird color to wear. 

-Angle's dominance at the end of the match got big cheers.  The tri German suplex spot got big pops, as did the ankle lock which ended the match.  This was probably the match of the night. 

-After Angle plays to the crowd a little, the ring is cleared and out comes Abyss.  He decides to throw chairs in the ring to make himself seem tough.  Yep, a man billed at 6'8" and over 350 pounds with black attire and a black mask is trying to look tough by tossing around chairs......when he's facing a man half his size.

-That man is Jeff Hardy, who takes a long time to come out of the dugout.  I joke to my friend that it would be "vintage Hardy" to no-show a huge event like this.

-Hardy finally comes out and runs all the way up the first base line to where we are sitting.  We get a great view of Hardy and realize that internet fans have been calling the wrong Hardy "Fat Hardy".  Jeff has got a serious gut these days!

-Abys comes out of the ring and starts the fight on the grass with Jeff.  It was announced that it's a "Monster's ball" match, which means weapons are legal.  This got many fans excited, but not me. 

-As expected, the match was a lot of hitting people with stuff, and very little wrestling.  I still wonder why anyone ever enjoyed this type of entertainment. 

-The ending was pretty good, as Hardy turned a sunset flip into a powerbomb.  Of course, the move was onto some tacks, but the move is impressive whether tacks are there or not.  If anything, fans might be so impressed that the guy took a bump onto tacks that they missed out on appreciating a solid wrestling move.  This is exactly why I don't like hardcore stuff. 

-After Jeff hit the Swanton for the win (which i cringed and hoped he didn't miss and land on the tacks), he celebrated for a little bit before Jeremy Borash and Don West make their way to the ring.

-These spiffy men announce intermission, but Don West offers us some crazy deals to take advantage of at the merchandise counters.  The stupid Hebner "I did it" shirt was half price, a grab bag of DVDs with an RVD shirt was 20 bucks, and you could buy a ticket to get your picture taken with RVD in the ring after the show for 20 as well.  Only the second one was remotely appealing, but after pestering fans and finding out the DVDs were from about 2005, the deal didn't seem so great anymore. 

-I get up to walk around during break and I hear people screaming "FANVSFAN!"  I turn around to see the guys I interviewed at the end of the Fatal 4 Way Pay Per View.  It's safe to say that we have added a few to our fanbase! 

-Just to add to that, the slight bit of celebrity I had for that minute was kind of nice.  It's just that sort of encounter that keeps a writer motivated to deliver quality stuff.  Maybe one day I'll do just that (just kidding!  I hope I already do!)

-During the break, I also run into a trainer from my gym.  Immediately I felt guilty that I ate at the stadium instead of getting subway beforehand, but luckily, no calorie talk ensued. 

-After the break, we had tag team action.  Ink Inc. made their way out first, and I was probably the only person to cheer.  I had to give my boy Shannon props!  A guy grants you an interview, it's the least you can do. 

-Ink Inc. was set to take on Team 3D, who were excited to be home, and even went into the crowd before the match.  Of course, just yesterday on Spike TV, this team was shown at odds, so continuity at a house show is clearly not the priority here. 

-Of course, 3D was very popular in NY, and their decision to change the match to a tables match was met with cheers as well.

-Due to their popularity, Ink Inc. worked heel..........sort of.  It's kind of hard to take two guys with the combined weight of one 3D Brother as bullies.

-Of course, 3D got the win, and this was another match that relied heavily on weapons outside the ring.  For a company who is supposed to pride themselves on "Total Nonstop Action", I was feeling like ring action was quite lacking. 

-My last hope was the main event.  I thought there would be another match in between here, but after the 3D affair, it was main event time. 

-A.J. Styles was out first.  It's good to see him in the main event on a house show, because on Impact and PPVs, he wont' be sniffing the main event for a while. 

-The crowd cheered A.J. upon his arrival.  With an NY crowd, this is not a surprise.

-Everyone sang along to RVD's theme song.  Not a hard task, since it has like 6 words.......but it's clear that he's still quite popular in NY.

-A.J. cuts a promo to get heel heat.  He insults Nathan's and Jay-Z, which is met with a lot of boos.  You can mess with Nathan's, but NOBODY messes with Jay-Z!

-A.J. also mentions being from Georgia and being proud of that.  There's a lot of states that walk around with pride, but Georgia is not one of them.  Just sayin'.

-Decent match, though it's underwhelming to see a heel A.J. since he can't do a lot of his high flying moves.  He'd be a lot more exciting in that regard than RVD.

-RVD wins with his finishers, but the five star frog splash was a lot closer to a Superfly Splash than a frog splash.  I'm not a big RVD guy, so perhaps I'm nitpicking, but it just wasn't that pretty.  I'd give it like 2 and a half stars, not 5.

-After the match, the show was over and the people who bought tickets to meet RVD got in a line.......a line so big, the Puerto Ricans would be jealous because it might just outdo their world famous parade. 

-Since we didn't buy tickets to that ridiculous line, I reminded my fanbase to visit the site and made my way out of the stadium. 

-We walked by a tiny group of people and onto an area with barricades, figuring the wrestlers will come out that way.  No one told us it would be hours before that happened.......

-Spending a lot of time with wrestling fans is always an interesting endeavor.  Actual quote "name 10 positive things about John Cena" "He's good with fans, he does make-a-wish more than anyone...." "Those don't count!".........gotta love wrestler fan logic!

-After about an hour and a half, no wrestlers had come out and the barricades are taken down.  Many fans leave, but since the doors didn't close, we decided to stay.  I'm not sure what my motivation was, but I had nothing else to do, so why not?

-With only a few fans left, Jesse Neal walks out.  That's about the last person anyone wanted to see, but he was very nice, and even though he walked away, came back later to sign a few autographs.

-After a little while, Brian Kendrick came out and my comment about us both being short got a laugh out of him.  This turned into a picture taking opportunity despite a few kids waiting patiently.  Sorry, but I have love for my fellow short people!

-Abyss came out while Kendrick was mingling.  He is just as wide as he is tall, which is not 6'8".  He's closer to 6'5" but every bit of 350-400 pounds.  He walked by with his mask on and said nothing.  I'm not sure if he was staying in character or focused on getting to the nearest Wendy's. 

-Kurt Angle came out a litte bit after this, and the guy does not walk right.  I felt bad as he limped to a car, stopping only to take a couple of pictures with kids. 

-Realizing that only RVD was left inside and he might take a while to get out, my friend and I decide it's time to go.  After getting there at 7, we finally leave at about 12:30.  I can't believe I spent that much time at an event for a company I constantly berate.  Funny how life works sometimes...

Overall, I learned you can make anything fun with a good attitude.  If I was being critical, I'd say that this event had a lack of real wrestling, cheap tactical booking, not enough matches, and lacked some big names from the company.  However, it was still a great time if you let yourself go and live in the moment.  Also, getting on Brian Kendrick's good side helps.  TNA will be returning to NY on September 23rd at the Hammerstein ballroom, an old stomping ground for ECW and great wrestling venue.  For any fan of wrestling, it should be a good time, even if it is TNA.