Sports: TNA Wrestling

At the height of its mainstream popularity a decade ago and recently troubled by associations with enhancement drugs and early deaths, pro wrestling appears to be on unsteady terrain on which to build a company in 2009. Nashville-based Total Nonstop Acti

At the height of its mainstream popularity a decade ago and recently troubled by associations with enhancement drugs and early deaths, pro wrestling appears to be on unsteady terrain on which to build a company in 2009. Nashville-based Total Nonstop Action (TNA), however, is a rapidly thriving promotion that is intent on sticking with wrestling and reinvigorating the niche’s landscape. Founded in 2002, TNA’s roster contains a startling array of stalwarts from wrestling’s pop-cultural peak (Kurt Angle, Kevin Nash) and upstarts in their prime (AJ Styles, Homicide). Currently, factions representing the old guard (the Main Event Mafia) and the fresh blood (the Frontline) are at war for total supremacy. As part of this conflict, TNA World Champion Sting versus Samoa Joe headlines Saturday's card. Wrestler Shark Boy (aka Dean Roll), who will stop by again on March 22 for Buckeye Pro in Middletown, understands that the tenacity of TNA’s talent is what separates it from the competition: “I promise you, every match is going to have action, beginning to end, bell to bell. Our guys don't phone it in.” Roll estimates that the company's Spike TV program is pulling in 2 million viewers a week and that TNA is widening its reach overseas. “Things are just going to keep getting bigger and better,” he says. The show begins at 7:30 p.m. at the Cincinnati Gardens. $20-$50. Get tickets and find nearby bars and restaurants here.


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