WWE isn’t the only game in town. TNA Wrestling came into existence more than a decade ago, shortly after the demise of WCW. To avoid any misconceptions, TNA stands for Total Nonstop Action. The name fits. The events are scrappier, edgier, and any TNA wrestler will gladly rake your face across the turnbuckle for suggesting otherwise.
The future is bright for TNA, which recently reverted back to the six-sided ring. Just ask Mr. Anderson, the two-time TNA World Heavyweight Champion, who’s enjoying all the extra room in the ring to work on his opponents.
Here are more things you didn’t know about TNA’s Mr. Anderson:
1. Mr. Anderson was born Kenneth Anderson and grew up in Wisconsin. He was an Army reservist about to enlist full-time when he first saw Stone Cold Steve Austin on TV. That’s when he decided to go into wrestling.
2. Mr. Anderson, sometimes known as Ken Anderson, wrestled as Mr. Kennedy and Ken Kennedy in the WWE between 2005 and 2009. He held the United States Championship for a month in 2006.
3. Mr. Anderson is a key member of the Immortal Wrestling Alliance. Original members included Hulk Hogan, Eric Bischoff, Jeff Hardy and Jeff Jarrett, founder of TNA. The alliance came to include Ric Flair, Scott Steiner and Tommy Dreamer among others.
4. Ken Anderson starred in the film Behind Enemy Lines: Colombia, the third film in the Behind Enemy Lines series. He played Master Chief Petty Officer Carter Holt, who was part of a Navy Seals team tasked with keeping the peace between the Colombian government and guerrilla insurgents. The film came out in 2009.
5. Mr. Anderson has competed multiple times on the TV show Family Feud, and appeared in a series of YouTube videos documenting his downtime between the WWE and TNA.
6. You may not find a bigger Green Bay Packers fan anywhere, even in Wisconsin. He once lost a bet with former Redskins defensive end Adam Carriker and had to wear a customized Redskins jersey to pay it off.
7. Mr. Anderson’s finishing move, for a time, was called the Green Bay Plunge and the Lambeau Leap. Draping his opponent over his shoulders, Mr. Anderson jumped from the second turnbuckle, flipping him on to the mat and driving his shoulders into his chest.
8. He now tops off opponents with the Mic Check. Standing next to his opponent, facing him, Mr. Anderson loops one arm around his chest and hooks one leg behind his leg. He then falls backward, slamming his opponent’s head into the mat.
Norm Elrod likes sports and other sanctioned forms of craziness.