Terry Morrow: Spike TV's 'TNA Wrestling' brings stars to Knoxville

Jeff Hardy will be on the bill for "TNA Wrestling" when it comes to Knoxville Friday.

Jeff Hardy will be on the bill for "TNA Wrestling" when it comes to Knoxville Friday.

Spike TV's "TNA Wrestling" will have a non-televised match Friday at the Civic Coliseum, and many of its weekly stars will be in the ring.

On the bill: AJ Styles, Austin Aries, James Storm, Jeff Hardy, Madison Rayne, Bobby Roode, Miss Tessmacher, RVD, Zema Ion, Devon, Mr. Anderson and Matt Morgan.

"TNA Wrestling" airs 8 p.m. Thursdays.

Admission is $53 (ringside, rows 1-4; $30, rows 5-10 and $22 for other seats.

Tickets may be purchased at the Knoxville Civic Auditorium-Coliseum Box Office, or through Knoxville Tickets: Charge by Phone (865) 656-4444 or toll free (877) 995-9961, through the web site http://knoxvilletickets.com and at all Knoxville Tickets outlets.

Changes

Independent station WMAK, Channel 7, is about to undergo major changes.

It was announced this week that Lockwood Broadcast Group will be the new owners, pending FCC approval. The current owner is Daystar Television.

The deal is expected to close first quarter 2013.

Also, WMAK will be getting new call letters, switching to WKNX, officials with Lockwood said in a media release.

"When the deal closes, it will create a duopoly with (Knoxville) CW affiliate WBXX, which Lockwood acquired from ACME Communications in May 2011," a news release says.

"We're excited about adding WKNX, 'The Knox' to our growing group of stations," said Lockwood president Dave Hanna.

"This is a terrific opportunity to better serve the community and advertisers in Knoxville and maximize the wonderful resources in place at WBXX."

There's no word yet on how this may change the programming offered.

Terry Morrow may be reached at 865-342-6445 or morrowt@knoxville.com.

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