PLATTSBURGH - Total Nonstop Action Wrestling is coming back once again, and it's getting John Lahart all fired up.
Lahart, who serves as one of the local promoters for TNA Wrestling events, said fans have been clamoring for TNA to return since their last stop in the North Country in February of 2010.
"The last event was outstanding," said Lahart, referring to the standing-room only event held at the City of Plattsburgh Recreation Center.
The second-largest wrestling organization in the world will return to Plattsburgh Saturday, May 21, stopping this time at the Crete Memorial Civic Center. The TNA Live! event will feature wrestling personalities Rob Van Dam, Mr. Anderson, "The Hardcore Legend" Mick Foley, "The Pope" D'Angelo Dinero, "The Blueprint" Matt Morgan, "The Samoan Submission Machine" Samoa Joe, Tommy Dreamer, Mickie James, and TNA founder and wrestling superstar Jeff Jarrett, among others.
"The fans love TNA events because unlike other wrestling organizations, TNA is not afraid to be fan-friendly," said Lahart, who added fans always get "more than your ticket price" with the amount of interaction wrestlers have with the audience.
Fans will also have the chance to get autographs and meet the stars of the six-sided ring at the conclusion of the event.
"TNA provides top-notch talent, the biggest names, and an up-close event," Lahart added, with those paying for higher admission prices and special contest winners also able to have special "meet and greet" sessions backstage with some of the wrestlers before the event.
The success of bringing TNA Wrestling back to the area is something Lahart credits to the support of the fans, he said.
"TNA is always impressed by the Plattsburgh area fans," said Lahart. "Because of the Plattsburgh turnouts, things are going to get even bigger. You support TNA in Plattsburgh and TNA will support you by coming back even bigger next time."