That time of the month again? No, not THAT time of the month. Tonight’s another pay-per-view to burn through our wallets. Don’t have a clue who’s on the card, or even what promotion is hosting? You came to the right place because The Wrestling Times proudly presents: The Pregame Post, rants and listings of what to expect tonight at TNA Lockdown.
HARDCORE COUNTRY!!! Mickie James challenges TNA’s own prom queen Madison Rayne for the TNA Knockouts Championship in a Hair vs. Title Steel Cage Match. Would Mickie James look good bald? I don’t know about all you guys, but Micke’s greatest assets are not just her T&A, it’s her hair as well. (Oh… and her singing voice.) Many wrestling fans are already prematurely congratulating Mickie James on winning the Knockouts Title tonight, but let’s not take anything away from Madison Rayne. In her recent series of Open Knockouts Challenges, Madison has taken down several TNA Knockouts alumnus: Nikki Roxx, ODB, and Alissa Flash, all without the assist of her b—h Tara. Finally, the business relationship between Rayne and Tara is nearing its end, as Tara is growing sick and tired of her boss’s attitude, and guilt over the decision to run over Mickie James on her bike. Another reason why fans have already pegged Mickie the new champion is because of the Hair stipulation. Mickie won’t lose her hair. Really? Because Mickie wouldn’t be the first woman to lose her hair in this type of match. Women like Molly Holly and Nikki Roxx have been victims to these types of matches, which means Mickie (with a separated shoulder from the hit-and-run) may not be so fine after tonight. And that will blow our minds.
After months of back and forth, weddings, and jail time, Jeff Jarrett and Kurt Angle will face off–what is believed to be–one last time inside of a steel cage. On TNA Impact! it was announced that their match at Lockdown will be contested under “Ultra Male” rules. Similar to WWE’s 3-Stages of Hell, “Ultra Male” rules will consist of three distinct (for lack of a better term) stages: The first fall will be won by pinfall, the second by submission, and, if needed, the third must be won by escaping the cage.
What would TNA Lockdown be without its signature Lethal Lockdown Match? For those of you who don’t have a clue: The Lethal Lockdown begins with the ring enclosed by a steel cage with two teams facing off with each other. Tonight, those two teams are Immortal (Ric Flair, Abyss, Bully Ray and Matt Hardy) and Fortune (James Storm and Robert Roode, Kazarian, and Christopher Daniels). Lethal Lockdown follows a staggered entry system, which Immortal (by winning a Best of Three Series) earned the numbers advantage. When all competitors have entered the ring, the roof is lowered onto the top of the cage, with various weapons hanging from it. The match can be won via pinfall or submission, escaping the cage does nothing. Not only does Immortal have the numbers advantage, they also have the Hardcore Factor: Abyss is known for Monster’s Ball matches, Bully Ray is an ECW Original (enough said), and Matt Hardy is an innovator of the TLC matches.
Not much has transpired between Matt Morgan and Hernandez since TNA Victory Road, except for the continual rise of Mexican America (Hernandez, Sarita and Rosita, and Anarquia) who continue to stack victories through rule breaking tactics. Morgan and Hernandez, former TNA Tag Team Champions, will meet inside of a steel cage, under traditional steel cage rules. Samoa Joe and D’Angelo Dinero, not much developing between those two, will also compete under traditional steel cage rules.
Then the multi-man melee matches for tonight will most likely have the sickest spots. First up, the Xscape Match. TNA X-Division’s Amazing Red, Brian Kendrick, Chris Sabin, Jay Lethal, Jeremy Buck, Max Buck, Robbie E, and Suicide will compete in a two-stage contest. The first, pinfall or submission elimination until two combatants remain, and second, the first to escape the cage wins. Due to the overall complexity and time consumption of the match, TNA may bypass the first stage. The second multi-man match is a Four-Way Tornado Tag Team Steel Cage Match. Personally, having this type of match confined inside of a steel cage ruins the majesty of Tornado Tag Team Matches, because there will be no special over the top rope double-team maneuvers. The four teams competing are: The British Invasion (Douglas Williams and Brutus Magnus) vs. Crimson and Scott Steiner vs. Eric Young and Orlando Jordan vs. Ink Inc. (Jesse Neal and Shannon Moore). Still don’t understand the purpose of these two matches unless the winners earn contendership to the X-Division and Tag Team Titles, respectfully.
Then the main event: Three-Way Steel Cage Match for the TNA World Heavyweight Championship. Sting defends the World Title against Rob Van Dam and Mr. Anderson. Aside from the possibility of Rob Van Dam smoking himself into a haze, we can only hope that tonight’s main event will last longer than a minute-twenty-eight. After Hulk Hogan and Eric Bischoff made their offer to RVD this past Thursday, could we end up seeing a replay from TNA Bound for Glory, this time with Rob Van Dam turning heel and capturing the TNA World Title as the new leader of Immortal? Will Mr. Anderson finally have a meaningful reign not born out of convenience? Or will Sting simply retain the title? Who knows? That’s why you have to watch tonight.
And that my friends is a crash course of what to expect from tonight’s TNA Lockdown pay-per-view. Whether or not you decide to drop this week’s paycheck, or skip it, come back tomorrow for The Wrestling Times’ Final Thoughts Post with all the rants of the event.
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