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TNA Impact wrestles at Johnson Coliseum

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Published: Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Updated: Tuesday, February 18, 2014 01:02

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Brynn Castro | The Houstonian

Crowd favorites’ the American Wolves – Davey Richards and Eddie Edwards – exit the ring after winning the match, but not walking away with the World Tag Team Title due to a disqualification rule.

Alcohol is banned from Huntsville.

At least that’s what TNA Impact Wrestling star Ethan Carter III (EC3) announced at TNA’s Road to Lock Down tour stop at Johnson Coliseum Sunday.

EC3’s “dry county” comment was just one of the many ways TNA captured the audience’s interest and captivated the fans’ TNA experience. TNA connected with the audience by getting the fans involved with the wrestlers, which they really wanted to hit the nail on the head.

“[I was] most excited about putting a smile on the fans’ faces,” said Rafael Morffi, TNA Impact Wrestling senior director of live events. “We have a lot fan interaction activity going on.”

Two hours before the matches began, TNA held a meet and greet session for fans who purchased a special ticket where the fans received autographs and took pictures with selected wrestlers.  In addition, fans had the opportunity to purchase backstage passes for an even more exclusive experience.

Sophomore mass communications major Jacob Dzik enjoyed the amount of fan interaction time because it gave him a chance to treat his 16-year-old brother, an Impact Wrestling fanatic, he said.

“I was excited for him to go backstage and meet all the wrestlers,” Dzik said.

Dzik said he didn’t know a smaller town like Huntsville could hold such a huge event. When his brother told him TNA was coming to Johnson Coliseum, he didn’t believe it.

“He texted me for three months about it,” Dzik said. “I was very surprised when I heard [it was coming to Huntsville]. I thought he was wrong.”

Although Huntsville is smaller in comparison to the tour’s two other Texas stops – Austin and Abilene – the wrestlers didn’t see that playing any factor in their performances. The wrestlers still wanted to give Huntsville a good time.

Tag-team duo the American Wolves (Davey Richards and Eddie Edwards) didn’t see the size of Huntsville as a reason to not perform as hard. The duo didn’t want to neglect any fans, they said.

“There are big towns, there are small towns [and] wrestling still lives in every town,” the Wolves said. “We like to bring it to people who might not be able to see it as often as big cities. Nine times out of 10 the small towns are a lot more passionate.”

The main event was the World Heavyweight Title Steel Cage Match with championship holder Magnus against Samoe Joe.

“We give fans a little taste with the World Heavyweight Title match,” Morffi said.

Magnus ended up winning with the illegal help of EC3, but the audience was still in for a surprise.

New investor MVP made an appearance as he rushed his way to the ring to knockout EC3 and leave EC3 lying in the middle of the ring.

Fans were on their feet in an uproar as EC3 defeated “The Cowboy” James Storm after questionable officiating. The fans were yelling and chanting for Mr. Anderson as he came from behind in a two out of three fall match to beat Samuel Shaw.

The World Tag Team Title Match between the Wolves and the BroMans (Robbie E and Jessie Godderz) was one of the most exciting matches for the fans as the Wolves won the match, but didn’t win the titles due to the win coming from a bogus disqualification.

The show began with a fight between Austin Aries and Chris Sabin for the X Division Title that Aries won to the crowd’s delight. Following was the Knockouts Title match between Madison Rayne and Gail Kim with Rayne holding on to her title.

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