Total Nonstop Action Wrestling hits Kent Friday

Jeff Jarrett promises "off the chart" matches and "fan friendly" interaction when the superstars of Total Nonstop Action Wrestling roll into Kent Friday night.

Jeff Jarrett

Jeff Jarrett

Jeff Jarrett promises “off the chart” matches and “fan friendly” interaction when the superstars of Total Nonstop Action Wrestling roll into Kent Friday night.

Jarrett knows the pro wrestling business well. He founded TNA Wrestling with his father Jerry Jarrett in 2002. Jeff Jarrett is vice president of the company and also a multi-time world heavyweight champion. He is part of the wrestling lineup at the ShoWare Center.

“We are fan friendly and the most fan interactive in the world,” said Jarrett during a phone interview Tuesday from his office in Nashville, Tenn. “From the minute the doors open at 6:30 to when the last fan leaves there will be opportunities for autographs and pictures.”

That includes a meet and greet with wrestlers during the intermission as well as a chance to get your photo taken in the ring at the end of the night.

“Fans want to be a part of it,” Jarrett said. “It’s not come out and just watch. You soon realize at an event that it’s not just another wrestling show.”

TNA Wrestling has grown in popularity through its “TNA iMPACT” show Thursday nights on Spike television. TNA Wrestling brought its live show to Kent last year and decided to return for a Pacific Northwest tour because of strong television ratings in the area.

“That is a part of the country we do well with our TV ratings,” Jarrett said. “We’re excited to be coming out to Washington and Oregon.”

The tour stopped Thursday in Wenatchee and heads to Salem, Ore., for a Saturday show.

TNA Wrestling is the second largest wrestling promotion in the world behind its rival, World Wrestling Entertainment. This marks the third year that TNA wrestlers have performed on the road rather than just for television or at certain select sites.

The main event Friday will feature Jeff Hardy, known as “The Charismatic Enigma,” against Mr. Anderson. Hardy is the current world champion and a high-flying wrestler with a daredevil style. Anderson is considered one of the more obnoxious wrestlers because of his loud mouth but also excels in the ring.

Another top event features “The Phenomenal” AJ Styles against Matt Hardy, the brother of Jeff Hardy. Styles is a longtime fan favorite with outstanding athletic ability.

“Both of those events will be off the charts,” Jarrett said.

Jarrett, known as “King of the Mountain,” will compete in tag team action with Ink, Inc., Beer Money, Inc., and “Big Poppa Pump” Scott Steiner.

“There is something unique about performing at a live event,” Jarrett said. “I have friends who are athletes and singers and actors and they all talk about the rush from performing in front of a live crowd. The energy and electricity in a building from the audience is a great experience.”

TNA Wrestling also features the top women of the sport.

Coming to Kent for the TNA Knockouts Tag Team Championship Match are Angelina Love and Winter against Madison Rayne and Sarita.

“Those four girls will tear the house down,” Jarrett said. “It is hard-hitting action and they are very athletic.”

Others expected to perform include Kazarian versus Brian Kendrick in a TNA X Division Championship Match. About 20 to 25 wrestlers are part of the lineup.


If you go

What: Total Nonstop Action Wrestling

When: 7:30 p.m. March 4

Where: ShoWare Center, Kent

Cost: $52, $37, $22.

Tickets: or call 253-856-6999

Talk to us

Please share your story tips by emailing

To share your opinion for publication, submit a letter through our website Include your name, address and daytime phone number. (We’ll only publish your name and hometown.) Please keep letters to 300 words or less.

More in Life

Spring is near as nesting eagles return to Riverbend in Kent

Eagles can be spotted near Riverbend Golf Complex and along the Green River and Interurban Trail

Voiceover actor Kat Cressida will visit Auburn at Unlock the Con on Feb. 17-18 for meet and greets, an exclusive dinner with a Q&A panel and a Sunday “Brunch with the Bride.” (Courtesy photo)
Disney voice actor Kat Cressida to host meet and greet in Auburn

Tickets are available for this two-day fandom event at the Outlet Collection’s Unlock the Con on Feb. 17 and 18.

Performers wanted for return of ‘Kent Has Talent’ show

Registration starts Feb. 1; auditions March 23-24; show set for May 23

Cider & Ale Trail coming to historic downtown Kent March 8

Event to feature cideries, breweries, distilleries from Washington and Oregon

Construction at the Snoqualmie Casino. CAMERON SIRES, Sound Publishing
Snoqualmie Casino expansion inches closer to completion

Convention space, ballroom and 210-room hotel to be completed by 2025

The Seattle Dykes on Bikes at the 2023 Making Strides of Seattle breast cancer walk. Courtesy photo.
Lesbian motorcycle club offers community and security

Membership continues to grow for the first Washington state chapter of Dykes on Bikes.

Lots of Toys for Joy gifts donated, distributed by Puget Sound Fire

Gifts included nearly 3,850 toys; 1,050 stuffed animals; and more

Image courtesy King County Library System
KCLS releases best books list of 2023

Librarians are always reading — here’s their top picks for this year.

New pastor to deliver Christmas message at Kent Lutheran Church

The Rev. Tormod Svensson first new pastor in 24 years at the downtown church

Residents celebrate annual Kent Winterfest with parade, tree lighting | Photos

Musical entertainment, food trucks, local crafts also featured

Get a photo with Santa at Kent Station shopping center

Online bookings available with the North Pole visitor