The following was issued by TNA Wrestling on Sunday.
FOR FIRST TIME IN TNA HISTORY, LOCKDOWN ANNOUNCED FOR THE UK TOUR
Lockdown will take place at the SSE Arena Wembley on January 30
Monster’s Ball hardcore bout set for Manchester Arena on January 29
King of the Mountain match booked for Birmingham on January 31
TNA UK Tour tickets available now from www.gigsandtours.com
TNA Wrestling’s annual steel cage match spectacular, Lockdown, will take place in Britain for the first time ever, as part of the TNA MAXIMUM IMPACT 8 Tour in January 2016.
London’s SSE Arena Wembley will host TNA’s most dangerous night of the year, with matches taking place inside an unforgiving, six-sided, 15-foot reinforced steel cage.
Lockdown will form one half of a double IMPACT WRESTLING TV taping at Wembley on Saturday January 30, which will be watched by millions of fans in more than 120 countries around the world, including on Challenge in the UK and Pop in the USA.
Double TV tapings will also take place at the Manchester Arena on Friday January 29 and the Birmingham Barclaycard Arena on Sunday January 31.
The Birmingham event will be headlined by TNA’s trademark King of the Mountain match, which is also coming to Britain for the first time ever. The bout, which dates back to June 2004, sees five men battle to climb a ladder and hang a title belt. The full rules of the contest can be found at www.impactwrestling.com/news/item/5818
The Manchester Arena will witness the anything goes, no-disqualification, weapon filled, hardcore war that is Monster’s Ball. This match has only ever taken place in Britain once before – when Eric Young and Abyss tore the house down in Glasgow in 2014.
TNA President Dixie Carter said: “We wanted to do something very special for the UK fans on this year’s MAXIMUM IMPACT Tour – and what could be more special than bringing Lockdown to the UK for the first time ever!
“With matches taking place inside a steel cage, fans are guaranteed some amazing matches and breathtaking action. For eight years now, whenever I meet a fan from the UK, or speak to them on social media, they always ask for Lockdown at Wembley – and I’m so excited we can now fulfil that dream.
“Plus, with Monster’s Ball in Manchester and King of the Mountain rounding things off in Birmingham, this is a Tour that no TNA fan in Britain will want to miss.”
The roster for the TNA MAXIMUM IMPACT 8 Tour includes Olympic Gold Medallist Kurt Angle, MMA star Lashley, Matt Hardy, EC3, Drew Galloway, Eric Young, Bobby Roode, Rockstar Spud, Grado, Davey Richards, Eddie Edwards, Mr Anderson, TNA X-Division Champion Tigre Uno, Robbie E, Mandrews, Mahabali Shera, TNA Knockouts Champion Gail Kim, Taryn Terrell, Velvet Sky and Madison Rayne.
TNA today also adds 11 more Stars and Knockouts to the shows – Abyss, Awesome Kong, Jessie Godderz, DJ Z, Eli Drake, Trevor Lee, Andrew Everett, Rebel, Tyrus, Marti and Jade.*
MAXIMUM IMPACT 8 Tour tickets and VIP experiences are available NOW via www.gigsandtours.com and www.ticketmaster.co.uk or direct from the tour venues. Full details of the UK events are:
Friday 29 January 2016 Manchester Arena
Saturday 30 January 2016 London The SSE Arena Wembley
Sunday 31 January 2016 Birmingham Barclaycard Arena
TNA’s flagship show IMPACT WRESTLING is broadcast every Sunday night at 9pm on Challenge. Catch-up show TNA Xplosion, which is suitable for all ages, airs on Saturday mornings at 9am, also on Challenge.
* Card subject to change