The event I went to was in Grand Forks, ND, which is about a half hour drive from where I live. I went with my mom, sister, my sister's boyfriend and my two nieces. My oldest niece, Jackie, is a huge Jeff Hardy fan, so there was no way she would allow us not to go to the show. This wasn't the wrestling event for five of us, but it was my other niece, Mary's first time. I've been to an AWA show way back in 1988 (The Midnight Rockers were supposed to be there, but WWF poached them about a week before the show), and then earlier this year we went to a WWE show in Fargo. Now, here's the shocker. I had more fun at the TNA show than at the WWE show. I chalk it up to TNA being in a smaller venue, which caused a nice intimacy between the fans and the wrestlers. Don't get me wrong. I loved seeing the WWE in person, even though my favorite, Christian, wasn't there. He was still out with that damn ankle injury. But I also had the cheap seats there, so the action was far away. At TNA, I was only 11 rows back from the ring. Good seats really make a difference.
My nieces really had a good time. My younger niece was the first of us to get a hand slap from a wrestler. She got one from ODB. Then everyone but my mom and I got one from James Storm, which made my mom just a bit sad since he's her favorite. But she got a smile from him at the end of that match, so she was happy. They also got hand slaps from AJ Styles and Jeff Hardy. I was the unlucky one. I kept missing them.
Well, like I said it was great fun, but we were sure we wouldn't get to meet any of the wrestlers. We didn't pay for the VIP tickets, and of course we had to get the kids home to go to bed since there was school the next day. We were just a little bit wrong. After the main event, which was Jeff Hardy vs. Austin Aries, they allowed groups to pose with Jeff and his title. In the ring. It cost $20, but it was oh so worth it. We all got to shake hands with Jeff and pose for a photo. Jackie, who never willingly takes pictures, was excited for that even. Mary got to hold the title. Mom didn't take part because she knew there was no way she would make it through the ring ropes. She battled an illness about 8 years ago that paralyzed her for several months, and her legs have never been the same since, so since we didn't want any of us injured, she stayed with our seats and stuff. Jeff was truly nice. Very soft spoken. All of us girls were shaking like leaves, while my sister's boyfriend seemed all nonchalant about the interaction. After that was done, we received our photo, went to find mom and took off. As we were walking though the hall headed to the doors, Mary began to cry. They were tears of joy. Jackie held her, and she began to cry too.
I'm so happy that Jackie got to meet Jeff. She absolutely adores him. I think I figured out why. He's marches to the beat of his own drummer, as does my niece. I believe she finds him to be a kindred spirit. I'm glad he gave her an awesome memory. Hopefully one day I
Photos will be going up soon. Still sorting them out.