WWE and TNA in NY this week, plus wrestling on LI
This is another busy weekend for wrestling in the New York area with both TNA and WWE running live events in Manhattan, and a local independent promotion putting on a big show right here on Long Island.
Here’s the round up:
. Tomorrow night, Thursday September 23, Total Nonstop Action Wrestling runs its first show ever in the famed Hammerstein Ballroom in Manhattan. The show is headlined by Jeff Hardy taking on Mister Anderson, and also features appearances by Tommy Dreamer, Rob Van Dam and The Pope. Tickets are available through Ticketmaster
, and more information is available at TNA’s official web site.
I’d be remiss if I did not mention something that absolutely baffles me about this show (and it wouldn’t be TNA if I wasn’t baffled by something.) On the very same night, TNA is running another house show in Oklahoma City. And, for my money, Oklahoma is getting a far better card, which includes Kurt Angle taking on Ric Flair and Samoa Joe wrestling AJ Styles.
It blows my mind that TNA would not sink all its resources into putting on the best show possible for its big return to New York City – arguably the biggest wrestling market on the planet. I can’t imagine why TNA would split its roster for such a potentially big show, much less send some of its biggest stars and top money matches to the smaller market.
My guess is that Dixie Carter remains under the mistaken impression that Tommy Dreamer and the rest of the ECW has-beens are big enough draws to pack the Hammerstein, home of many an ECW event as well as the first to One Night Stand pay per view events..
And if that doesn’t give you enough reason to scratch your head, remember that both events go head to head with TNA’s weekly cable TV show, Impact as it builds toward its biggest event of the year, next month’s Bound for Glory.
That’s TNA for you.
. On Friday night, the New York Wrestling Connection is holding a big event at the NYWC Sportatorium on Brook Avenue at Deer Park. “Chained,” as the event is being dubbed will feature NYWC champion Tony "Maverick" Nese taking on former champ The "Greek God" Dimitrios Papadon in a dog collar match.
The event will also feature a special appearance by WWE Smackdown announcer Matt Striker, who is appearing to raise money for Autism Speaks
. A portion of the proceeds from the event will go to the charity.
. Just across the street from the Hammerstein, WWE is holding a big live event on Saturday night at Madison Square Garden featuring the stars of Smackdown.
The show is being billed as Bret Hart Appreciation Night and will feature the “Hitman’s” first match in 13 years in the Garden – the place where he won his second world title in the main event of WrestleMania X. Hart will team with the Hart Dynasty to take on three members of the Nexus in a six-man tag team match.
The Undertaker also returns to MSG to battle Kane for the world heavyweight championship in a street fight, and the Big Show will take on C.M. Punk.
, Matt Striker
, Bret Hart
, Jeff Hardy
, Mister Anderson
, Tommy Dreamer
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