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TNA wrestling at Maryland Theatre a 'hit' with the crowd

August 30, 2013|By KAUSTUV BASU | kaustuv.basu@herald-mail.com
  • Kazarian drops Gunner during the first match of TNA Wrestling at Maryland Theatre Friday evening.
By Ric Dugan / Staff Photographer

The event was billed as an unforgettable night of action.

And there was plenty of action Friday night at the Maryland Theatre in downtown Hagerstown, where the stars of TNA Impact Wrestling performed for a boisterous crowd egging on their every move.

Rafael Morffi, senior director of live events for TNA Impact Wrestling, said the event was an opportunity for youngsters to see their heroes in action.

“Tonight they get to see it live in action. They are going to see their heroes. They are going to see those they cheer, those they follow passionately each and every week live in person perform in front of them,” Morffi said.

TNA Impact Wrestling is broadcast on Spike TV at 9 p.m. on Thursdays.

“We’ve had a wonderful experience here at the Maryland Theatre in Hagerstown. The crowd is great, the crowd is animated, it’s responsive ... one of the reasons we come here each and every year. We try to accommodate and reward the crowds that come out every year,” Morffi said.

Some of the wrestlers scheduled to perform Friday included Bully Ray, “The Cowboy” James Storm and “The IT Factor” Bobby Roode, he said.

Many in the audience were up on their feet and cheering as the event began at 7:30 p.m.

Michael Seliga, a Myersville resident, said that he likes all kinds of wrestling.

“I will pretty much see anything that is coming to town that is good to see. I like TNA ... generally good wrestling for everyone,” Seliga said. “The main thing I like about it is the action. It is scripted, I think every one pretty much knows that, but they are all athletes, and they do stuff I could never do.”

Seliga said the crowd brought a lot of energy to the event.

“I like it more because of the crowd,” he said.

Herb Facchina of Frederick, Md., said that in every match there is a good guy and the bad guy.

“I always choose the bad guy, and that’s who I am a fan of,” Facchina said. “Good guys finish last.”

Facchina was accompanied by Tavis Cooley from Sabillasville, Md., who said he has been a wrestling fan for 30 years and loves live shows.

“For me, I think, it’s in real life you are rooting for the good guy, you are rooting for what’s right, but this gives you a chance to root for the other side. That’s how I look at it,” Cooley said.

Jeff Garland of Greencastle, Pa., who brought his 4-year-old son, Hudson, to the event, said the boy watches wrestling on TV, but this was his first time at a live event.

“This was a surprise for him,” Garland said. “It is just a neat entertainment event.”

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