Excitement was in the air as wrestling fans flocked to the Jamestown Savings Bank Arena Friday night to watch the TNA Wrestling 2014 World Tour.
An hour before the show, a line snaked out of the arena and down Third Street. Inside, music blasted from the speakers as world-renowned DJ Z entertained the crowd throughout the "Fist-Pumpin' Pre-Show Party. Wrestling fans met with their heroes through autograph sessions and photo opportunities before the match began.
"I think I started watching wrestling with my grandma. As odd as that may sound, my grandma got me into wrestling when I was (young), and I've been watching it ever since," Ryan Gibbs told The Post-Journal as he stood in line with his young sons, Brayden and Tristen, and his wife, Stephanie. Gibbs, a member of the military, recently flew back from Okinawa, Japan, and bought tickets upon hearing the TNA Wrestling World Tour would be coming to Jamestown.
Ryan, Stephanie, Brayden and Tristen Gibbs traveled from Panama to come see the wrestling match held at the Jamestown Savings Bank Arena.
Samuel Shaw and Mr. Anderson get into a fight after Shaw offers his apologies to Anderson.
P-J photos by Mallory Diefenbach
"I like it how they wrestle, how they put them in the sleeper hold," said Irvin Penhollow, of Jamestown, when asked what he enjoyed about wrestling. Other fans, when asked, echoed his sentiments.
Between the characters, the excitement and the moves used, wrestling appealed to all walks of life from the young to the old on Friday night.