TNA Wrestling presented “Lockdown” on PPV, the only night of the year where every match is a steel cage match, from Cincinnati, Ohio featuring two main-events as Sting defended the TNA World Title in a Triple-Threat Steel Cage Match against Mr. Anderson and Rob Van Dam, and Immortal battled Fortune inside the confines of the Lethal Lockdown.
Welcome back to The Wrestling Times. I know that “The Final Post” on pay-per-views usually post the Monday after, but “something suddenly came up,” forcing my hand to not being able to bring to you another amazing post. So without further adieu… you know the drill, let’s discuss–are you ready?–Lockdown!
Starting the PPV off with the X-Division Xscape Match was a nice adrenaline boost to kick off the night. Now, this is what WWE lacks from their roster, a crop of cruiserweights that can serve as the opening act. Sadly, WWE began their last three pay-per-views with World Title matches, simply because they have two. Among the participants were: Amazing Red, Brian Kendrick, Chris Sabin, Jay Lethal, Jeremy Buck, Max Buck, Robbie E, and Suicide. The first one to be eliminated, rather quickly, was Suicide. Guess he had plans.
What was really interesting about this bout is who the Cincinnati crowd rallied behind. Usually the favorites are Chris Sabin, The Bucks, or Amazing Red, but the crowd was firmly behind Brian Kendrick (f.k.a. Spanky). With a series of missile drop kicks, and lasting as one of the final two in the ring, Brian Kendrick, the Jedi Knight of TNA, deserved the adulations from the audience. Alas, Kendrick was our only hope, and he blew it. Instead, Max Buck channelled the dark side of the force, dropped BK onto the referee, and “Xscaped” the cage.
A real low light of the night was the TNA Knockouts Hair vs. Title Steel Cage Match. Mickie James, despite reporting on Twitter of a separated shoulder, won the TNA Knockouts Championship in under a minute. What? Did TNA not learn anything from the debacle that was Victory Road? What sense does it make to hype a match for months, and spend hundreds on video packages, to simply end the bout so abruptly? Granted, Mickie had a legitimate separated shoulder. Then why bother putting the belt on her? The execution of the match not only devalued the Knockouts belt, but it disparaged the defending champion Madison Rayne. TNA had spent so much time pushing her, putting her over former TNA Knockouts, all to get her beat up in a one-sided squash? Way to go, TNA.
Similar to how people felt about giving credit to Triple-H for his phenomenal WrestleMania bout with The Undertaker, I feel the same way about Jeff Jarrett (still looks like a used car salesman to me). The “Ultra Male” Rules bout between Jarrett and Kurt Angle was indeed one, if not the, highlight of the night. While the storyline between these two may not have always been great (thank you, fast-forward), Jarrett and Angle have yet to disappoint in the ring. And there’s something to be said about Lockdown because last year, Kurt Angle had a “Match of the Year” caliber match with Mr. Anderson. The joke of the night in my household was, “This is what has become of Kurt Angle, Lockdown is now his WrestleMania.” A lot of crazy spots happened in this bout: Jarrett dropped Angle on his head, to what might have been a failed sit-out powerbomb attempt, Angle (once a year) executed a dolphin-like moonsault off the top of the cage, Jarrett smashed a guitar over Angle’s head, and the lovely (Vickie is sweeter than her) Karen Jarrett arrived during the final moments to assure her husband won the bout. Give Karen “Wife of the Year,” she deserves it.
Wasn’t too thrilled with the Triple-Threat Steel Cage Match for the TNA World Heavyweight Championship. Three powerhouse headliners together amounted to nothing more than an eight-minute match–shortest of the night, second only to the Knockouts. Although, there were some cool spots: Sting locked in a Double-Scorpion Deathlock, Mr. Anderson discharged Double-Mic Checks, and Hulk Hogan walked down to the ring carrying a big lead pipe, which meant that a swerve was coming. Yeah… the swerve never came as Rob Van Dam refused to use the lead pipe, and Mr. Anderson used it, not for Hogan, only for his own gain. Nevertheless, Sting retained by dropping Anderson with the Scorpion Death Drop.
Then the main event of the evening, Immortal clashing with Fortune in Lethal Lockdown. The men surrounded the steel cage in lumberjack positions versus coming down the ramp like they did last year. As per the numbers advantage (decided on TNA Impact!), Kazarian at one point was alone to fend off both Abyss and Matt Hardy. Christopher Daniels and others soon followed until all eight competitors were inside the steel cage, in order to lower the roof filled with weapons. The addition of weapons always seems to trivialize the Lethal Lockdown match; eight men secured within the confines of a closed off steel cage is lethal enough without adding weapons. But, it is what it is, just another opportunity for Ric Flair to lose another pound of blood. (It’s how he looks so young). Then of course, there were a lot of crazy spots: James Storm cracked a beer bottle over Flair’s head, Bully Ray wielded a mean kendo stick, and Daniels executed the BME inside of the cage, and a high-crossbody off of the top of the cage. Obviously, “The Fallen Angle” got the message and knew that it was time to “Get Ready to Fly” as AJ Styles (making a surprise return) swooped in and took care of Bully Ray. Storm synced in the Fujiwara Armbar on Flair to earn a submission victory for Fortune.
That’s it for this post. Other matches from TNA Lockdown included: Ink Inc. (Jesse Neal and Shannon Moore) defeating Crimson and Scott Steiner, The British Invasion (Douglas Williams and Magnus), and Eric Young and Orlando Jordan. Samoa Joe defeating D’Angelo Dinero. And Matt Morgan defeating Hernandez (with Anarquia, Sarita and Rosita).
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