I signed up with the forum just to let everyone know a bit more about the TNA Knockout Zone, which I went to in Tampa a couple of weeks ago.
Firstly, it's not full of fat pimply greasy men. It had a lot of true wrestling fans -- people who paid extra to support TNA, who wanted to meet wrestlers, and who had great knowledge of wrestling. However, what we paid for wasn't all that great.
The food: There was a buffet option, which did not vary over the course of the night. It was catered for locally, so will probably vary by location. At the Sundome, it was burgers, hotdogs, popcorn and nachos. And some toppings (eg nacho cheese, ketchup). No drinks included in buffet. For me, this was insulting.
The seating location: Again, this will probably change by location, but at the Sundome, we were sat behind a table with a white paper tablecloth on it. A bit unusual from everyone else's seats. The chairs were the same, we just looked a bit odd. The tables weren't really necessary as nobody really ate much food. I'm glad we ate beforehand, as I suspected the food may be of low quality. The view of the ring and ramp was good.
The service: While seated, we would be asked by the catering staff if we'd like to order drinks. This was a nice touch as they didn't charge any more than the regular price and saved quite a walk from the Knockout Zone to the lobby area.
The Knockouts: I had read online prior to buying the tickets that the Knockout Zone would be "hosted" by SoCal Val and Cristy Hemme. This was NOT the case. Both did visit the Knockout Zone for photo ops -- although Hemme got a call in her earpiece to get back to work and didn't return to the Knockout Zone to visit those who didn't get to meet her. That was half way through the show -- plenty of time to return. We were also visited by ODB, Mickie James, and Terin Terrel. Earl Hebner put his head around the curtain near where we were and was kind enough to pose for a pic with us (we were lucky to spot him as he was standing behind most of the people in the Knockout Zone).
Atmosphere: This was surprisingly good. As I mentioned, we were surrounded by long term fans (much better than the tourists that would go to the Orlando shows).
Value: At double the cost of a ringside seat, I feel cheated. However, I wouldn't swap the experience I had to meet some of the Knockouts. I wish TNA would send out more wrestlers (why just the Knockouts???) and either improve the food, or ditch it. The food was really insulting for the price paid. Also, why all the secrecy TNA? Neither the stadium, Ticketmaster, nor the TNA website had any details of what came with a Kncokout Zone ticket.
I hope this little review will help others know what to expect from the Knockout Zone tickets.