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TNA Impact Wresting to stop at Johnson Coliseum

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Published: Thursday, February 13, 2014

Updated: Thursday, February 13, 2014 01:02

TNA’s Impact Wrestling will make a stop at Johnson Coliseum Sunday as part of their Road to Lock Down Tour.

The event will include appearances by wrestling icons Bobby Rhode, Bully Ray, Magnus, Mr. Anderson, “The Cowboy” James Storm and, most notably, Kurt Angle.

“Watching wrestling live is a whole different experience than watching through the television,” said Ed Chatal, recreational sports associate director for facilities.

This isn’t the Coliseum’s first time hosting wrestling superstar. In 1999, World Championship Wrestling came to Huntsville. At the event, superstar Rey Mysterio broke a table at the Coliseum and signed it after the event as a souvenir for SHSU. The Coliseum still has it in its office. The “Nature Boy” Ric Flair also featured in the event.

In 2006, World Wrestling Entertainment made a stop at the Coliseum, which included an appearance by the Big Show.

Although TNA Impact isn’t as well-known as WWE and WCW, it still brings in the crowds, broadcasting every Thursday night on Spike TV.

TNA will only be making three stops in Texas: Abilene on Friday, Austin on Saturday and in Huntsville on Sunday.

“They could have went anywhere, but they picked us,” Chatal said.

Sunday’s event is a stop before TNA reaches their PPV event, Lock Down.

Even though Sunday’s event isn’t PPV, it will feel like it as TNA will feature a cage match between Magnus against "The Samoan Submission Machine" Samoe Joe for the World Heavyweight Title.

“These steel cages matches are pretty rare now-a-days,” Chatal said. “They lug around these steel cages for these small shows.”

There are six other matches slated for the event Sunday, including four title matches.

The event begins at 5 p.m.

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