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July 1st -- Brooklyn, NY -- TNA Wrestling's Basebrawl charged into Coney Island on Friday night with high-flying body slams and fun for the whole family. “Nature Boy” Ric Flair made a special appearance and several fans received an opportunity to attend a meet and greet with TNA Superstars before gates opened. By the time BaseBrawl was ready to begin, MCU Park was packed with fans ready for Total Nonstop Action.

Brooklyn’s own Amazing Red joined forces with Eric Young and Orlando Jordan to begin the night with a tag-team match against Robbie E and the British Invasion. Following several fist-pumps from the Jersey Shore’s Robbie E, a match that split over onto the infield ensued. After being tossed from the ring, Eric Young burned up the bath paths with a referee in hot pursuit. He slid safely back into the ring only to be tossed out by the British Invasion. However, Brooklyn native, Amazing Red, and his tag-team partners came out on top. A late pin of Robbie E sealed the deal for the trio.

The second match of the night featured TNA Knockouts, Angelina Love and Mickie James. Mickie, who entered the event as the Women’s Knockout Champion, retained her belt against the five-time champion. She did, however, have to fight through full-nelsons from Love’s tag-team partner, Winter. Whenever Mickie would appear to gain the upper hand, which was often, Winter would pop up onto the ropes and put a halt to Mickie’s charging attacks.

The founder of TNA Wrestling, Jeff Jarrett, took on Crimson in the third match of the night, but not before some heated drama. After Jarrett was booed during his entrance, he threatened to leave Brooklyn and never wrestle here again. Jarrett’s threat wasn’t taken seriously by the audience, who called his bluff. Jarrett did, however, momentarily silenced the Brooklynites in attendance by putting Crimson in a sleeper hold. But Crimson escaped out of it and hit Jarrett with a thunderous suplex before pinning him. Jarrett stated that he will return to Mexico (where he is the “real” World Champion) and vowed to never again set foot in Brooklyn. To that, he was cheered by the Brooklyn crowd.

Devon, one-half of the greatest tag-team in wrestling history – Team 3D, took on Bully Ray in a match that spilled over into the stands and the top of the visitor’s dugout. After Bully Ray called out Devon and his hometown – Brooklyn – Devon proclaimed that their match will have “no rules”. Trash cans, metal trash can lids, chains, tables, and a fan’s soda bottle were utilized to inflict extraordinary amounts of damage. In the end, Devon, or “Brooklyn Boy” as Bully Ray referred to him as, made Ray eat his words, pinning him after beating the trash-talker senseless with a trash can lid.

Next to take the ring were Rob Van Dam and A.J. Styles. RVB, who has held 22 championships between the ECW, WWE, and TNA, defeated Styles with a spectacular display of acrobatics – including a powerful hip toss after catching Styles bouncing off the ropes.

The finale of the evening featured the former four-time Heavyweight Champion, Kurt Angle, and Mr. Anderson, currently in his second reign as TNA World Heavyweight Champion.  Angle nearly pinned Mr. Anderson twice before taking back the championship belt, defeating his opponent after placing him in an ankle-lock submission and then body-slamming him into the canvas. Chants of “USA!” were uttered for the 1996 Olympic gold medalist as fireworks were let off over the boardwalk – a picture-perfect ending to a night that featured Total Nonstop Action.

The Brooklyn Cyclones will continue the 4th of July festivities with a fireworks display following their game against the Staten Island Yankees on Sunday, July 3 at 6 p.m. There will also be a pre-game catch on the field, Cyclones Spirit Flags will be given away to the first 2,500 fans in attendance, and kids will be invited to run the bases. Tickets are still available by calling 718-507-TIXX, in person at the MCU Park box office or at

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