Christy Hemme interviewed TNA TV champion Devon backstage. He noted that at Victory Road, Robbie E claimed he wasn't competition but now Devon has the title. He promised to win tonight.
Inside the cage, Jeremy Borash. Socal Val and JJ The Direct Auto Guy talked about the dangers of the Steel Cage. JJ predicted James Storm was going to take down Bobby Roode for the TNA title.
Borash sent it to Mike Tenay and Taz. They discussed the TNA title bout.
TNA Knockouts Tag Team champions ODB and Eric Young came to the ring, celebrating their recent nuptials. Young tried to lock up with the Direct Auto Guy. Young said they were there on the way for their honeymoon and that ODB has told him they are going to do things he hasn't even heard of. ODB said that before they get to the honeymoon, they are going to have a match against the two broads who tried to ruin the most important night of her life.
So, add ODB & Eric Young vs. Rosita & Sarita to the show.
Jeremy Borash interviewed TNA President Dixie Carter, who psyched up the company's hometown crowd. Carter said that TNA was here because of everyone who helped them get to this point. She thanked everyone and said that it was going to be a great PPV. She said that she hoped James Storm would be the victor in the main event.
Jeremy Borash interviewed Kurt Angle backstage. Angle said that he beat Jeff Hardy fair and square last month. He said that he owns the cage and tonight he will own Hardy. Angle called his own son an idiot for idolizing Hardy and said he was going to end this once and for all.
Lockdown opened with a video where James Storm welcomed Bobby Roode to "Nashville, my town" and drove off in a truck.
Usual awesome opening video.
Backstage, Garett Bischoff asked his team to let him start the Lethal Lockdown match. He said that he knows he's a rookie and going to get his ass kicks but wants to prove himself to them and that he's got the same heart that they have. As a way to get him over, it's a good idea. The team all agreed to let him do it,
Garett Bischoff & AJ Styles & Rob Van Dam & Mr. Anderson & TNA X-Division champ Austin Aries vs. Eric Bischoff & Gunner & Bully Ray & Kazarian & Christopher Daniels
Garett and Gunner are starting off. They are shooting the walk through the hallway backstage and through the entrance tunnel, which looks to be UFC inspired. They don't seem to have a major league production stage for the show, so it's a smart way to shoot around that.
Garett tried to come out strong but was shoved down by Gunner. Garett nailed a pair of dropkicks but was grabbed by the throat and tossed into the corner. Garett avoided a charge and hit a nice missle dropkick. Gunner overwhelmed him and worked over Garett with a series of punches on the mat, throwing him face-first into the buckles and drilling him with an elbow. Gunner beat down Bischoff as the clock had a minute left. They announced Eric Bischoff's team won the cointoss, as a way to build the drama. Gunner choked Garett, using a boot to strangle him against the ropes.
Out second for Team Eric was Bully Ray. Ray entered, measured and drilled Garett with a running kick. Gunner stepped on Garett's head, trying to wear him down. Garett tried to mount a comeback but was nailed from behind by Gunner. Garrett fired back with a series of rights but Bully laid him out. The fans chanted for Austin Aries as the countdown made it ways to the end.
Out second for Team Garett was indeed Aries. Aries went to work on Bully with a series of rights in the corner on Ray. Ray kicked him in the face when Aries went for a running charge. He measured and drilled Aries with a right. The Nashville crowd was really behind Aries, chanting for him. Aries reversed a whip and shoulderblocked Ray in the corner. Aries nailed a missile dropkick as the countdown ended.
Out third for Team Eric was Kazarian, now sporting a short crew cut. I didn't even recognize him when he was running to the ring, it's such a drastic change. Team Eric worked over Garett and Aries.
Our third for Team Garett was AJ Styles. Kazarian tried to meet him but was hit with the steel cage door. Styles worked over Kazarian as the crowd chanted for Styles, but Bully Ray wiped him out. Styles came back with a dropkick on Ray. That led to Team Garett starting to mount a comeback as everyone battled back and forth.
Out fourth for Team Eric was Christopher Daniels, They allowed the numbers game to come back into play. Aries and Garett were thrown hard into the cage. Ray nailed Garett with a top rope axehandle.
Our fourth for Team Garett was Mr. Anderson. Anderson worked over Daniels with a series of elbowdrops. Kazarian and Daniels came back to backdrop Styles. Team Eric had the clear advantage as the countdown ended, revealing Eric Bischoff as the fifth and final member.
Eric held his own son to allow Ray to chop Garett right over his Bischoff tattoo. He contiued holding his son for the other team members to take their shots on Garett. The crowd started chanting for RVD as the countdown for the final member of Team Garett came to the end.
RVD hit the ring, completing Team Garett, killing everyone with kicks and clotheslines. He nailed a leaping monkey flip on Kazarian. Eric Bischoff hid behind Bully Ray. RVD laid him out with Rolling Thunder. Eric hid in the corner by a ringpost. The weapons and the roof on the cage began to lower.
AJ Styles used a hockey stick on Ray. Anderson nailed Ray with a trash can. RVD nailed Danmiels with one. It turned into a frenzied scene of weapons shots on Team Eric. Daniels was caned by Styles. Aries nailed Ray with a trash can lid, then stomped and kicked away at him. Garett was down selling the beating he took while Eric hid behind Gunner. They showed close-ups of welts on Garett's back.
Aries and Styles dragged Eric into the ring and laid him out. RVD went for the Five Star Frog Splash but Gunner took him out. Aries nailed Gunner then hit a discus elbow on Ray. Ray ran him into the cage like a lawn dart. Ray tried to come off the ropes but was caught with Anderson's rolling Samoa Drop. Styles went to the top but was drilled by Kazarian. They battled on the top rope. Kazarian used the cage to climb across. Styles followed and kicked Kazarian off the cage into the ring, then let go and dropped an elbow.
RVD nailed a Five Star Frog Splash on Kazarian but was nailed by Ray. Ray grabbed a chair but was nailed with the Van Daminator. Daniels attacked and hit Angel's Wings on RVD. Garett nailed Daniels with an STO and covered him but Eric began caning the hell out of him. Everyone else was out while Bischoff beat the piss out of his son. Eric mocked his son and the fans, only to turn into a Garett guitar shot.
Garett pinned Bischoff, which means that Eric has to leave TNA and can no longer use the Bischoff name.
Your winners, Team Garett!
Match was pretty middle of the road. It lacked any real drama or back and forth feeling that Garett's team was in dire straits. Garett took a pretty harsh beating in an attempt to get him over and that aspect was scripted perfectly. The problem is that, at least on the PPV broadcast, it was like watching the story unfold behind a window as there was no feeling that the audience was hanging on to what might happen. There was no insane killer spot this year for the match either, which also took away from the finish. It was left to Eric Bischoff, a non-wrestler and Garett Bischoff, who has a long way to go to handle the climax and what that climax ended up being was the old Jeff Jarrett El Kabong spot after the Tommy Dreamer Caning spots. The crowd got into the weapons shots but before then it was pretty much guys going back and forth with no real feeling of the drama rising anfd falling. Aries and RVD got great reactions, which is good news as TNA really needs some fresh faces in the mix.
TNA Tag Team Championship Match
Samoa Joe & Magnus vs. The Motorcity Machineguns
They made it clear you can win via escape, pinfall or submission.
Shelley and Magnus started out. Shelley tried to go after his knee but Magnus blocked it. Shelley slid under a right hand. Magnus finally nailed him with a clothesline for a one count. They went back and forth until Joe and Sabin tagged in. Magus tagged back in and was double teamed by the Guns. Magnus catched Shelley trying to come off the ropes and nailed a Fall Away Slam, sending him into his own partner.
The champs pulled Chris Sabin into their corner and tagged in and out, working him over. Joe chopped Sabin hard then tagged in Magnus, who nailed several stomps and an elbow for a two count. The champs maneuvered Sabin into their corner and continued the assault, with Joe peppering him with a series of fast strikes. Joe held Sabin for Magnus to drill with a running boot to the face, followed up by a Joe back senton splash.
Magnus cinched in a side chinlock on Sabin, trying to wear him down. Sabin used a sit-down jawbreaker to break the move. Joe nailed a snap suplex to cut off Sabin, garnering a two count. Sabin tried to battle his way out of the corner and succeeds, nailing a tornado DDT on Joe as he kicks off Magnus. Joe ended up landing in the path of Sabin and tried to prevent the tag to Shelley, but it doesn't happen.
Shelley cleans house and goes for Sliced Bread #2 but Magnus slips out. They battle on the top and Joe gets powerbombed off the ropes. Shelley nails Magnus and comes off the ropes with a double boot stomp. Joe broke up the pin and was sent into the cage by the Guns.
The Guns set up to take out Magnus but Joe locked in a rear naked choke. He had Sabin beat but let go to break up a Shelley pinfall attempt on Magnus after Shining Wizard. The champs miss their finisher and Shelley rolls up Magnus for a two count. Shelley is nailed by Magnus and Joe by their finisher and pinned.
Your winners and still TNA Tag Team champions, Magnus & Samoa Joe!
Nothing of note here. Just your basic back and forth match. This never seemed to get out of first gear.
Backstage, Jeremy Borash interviewed Robbie E, with Robbie T. E said that after the way he was screwed last month, it's going to be Gym, Tan, Hamsterslam. He said that Devon wasn't on his list and he'd be a two time TNA TV champion tonight. He said that he'll go on to be the best TNA TV champ of all time and they'll be out fistpumping.
TNA TV champ Devon vs. Robbie E.
Robbie T got in Devon's face trying to distract him for E to charge but Devon saw him coming and they collided. Devon nailed E and went after T. That allowed E to nail Devon from behind and work him over. The early moments of the bout saw E completely control the champion and get several near falls.
E came off the top with an elbow for a two count. E cinched in a side chinlock on Devon who tried to get the crowd into the match as he rallied. E climbed the ropes but Devon hit them and E crotched himself. He fell back into the ring, allowing Devon to nail a series of clotheslines and a shoulderblock.
Devon nailed a hangman's neckbreaker and whipped E into the corner. Devon nailed a running splash and a spinebuster for the clean pinfall.
Your winner and still TNA TV champion, Devon!
Robbie T attacked Devon from behind and nailed an over the shoulder powerslam. E slapped Devon while he was down on the mat. He walked out with his ring music playing.
Too short to be anything of note.
Jeremy Borash interviewed Matt Morgan backstage. They asked a fan's question to Matt Morgan - what was more important, ending Crimson's streak or getting revenge. Morgan said he got into the business to win and make money but tonight was all about revenge. He said that tonight, Crimson will answer for his sins and the cage will be a prison cell. He promised to make Crimson his red-headed bitch.
TNA Knockouts Championship Match
Gail Kim vs. Velvet Sky
Kim nailed Velvet from behind as Sky was arguing with Madison Rayne, who was outside. Sky shocked her with an inside cradle for a near fall. Kim reversed a whip but Sky sunset flipped her. Kim drilled her with a kick while she was underneath Sky.
Kim nailed an elbow and a series of forearms. Kim targeted Sky with a series of kicks to the legs and mid-section. Kim ran Sky towards the turnbuckles but Sky blocked it and nailed a series of strikes. Kim shoved her off and tried to scale the cage for an escape. Sky went after her but was kicked off. Kim nailed a beautiful missile dropkick off the top rope for a two count.
Kim used her knee to bend Sky's back, attempting a submission. Kim went for a version of the Stretch Muffler but Sky kicked her off. Kim almost immediately cut her back off and covered Sky for a two count. Kim locked on a Dragon Sleeper, then worked Sky over in the corner. Kim missed a charge in the corner and went through the turnbuckles, landing on the outside of the apron near the cage. It looked brutal.
Sky nailed a series of punches and a clothesline, then a running back elbow. Sky used a twisting headscissors and a basement dropkick. Sky nailed a bulldog and went for a move but Kim kicked her off. Kim ascended to the top but Sky stopped her and met her at the top rope. Sky nailed a sunset flip powerbomb off the top rope into the ring. It took time for Sky to recover and attempt a pinfall. When she did, Kim grabbed the ropes to break it.
Madison Rayne tried to distract Sky so Kim could escape through the open door. Sky went after Kim and rolled her up. The momentum allowed Kim to roll through and she hooked the tights for the pin.
Your winner and still TNA Knockouts champion, Gail Kim!
They were working really hard but this never really came together. The top rope sunset flip powerbomb looked impressive.
Ric Flair came to the ring as the announcers were discussing the show. Taz called him a two time Hall of Famer. Flair asked the crowd if they had any idea who just walked into the ring. The crowd "woo'd." Flair said he was asking a serious question and started ripping on fans in the front row. He said that his life gets greater and bigger every day because he's that "damn good." Flair said that he was a special kind of cat and he's pissed off. He said that isn't good for who he's pissed off at. Flair said that Hulk Hogan won't leave him alone and tonight, he ended Eric Bischoff's career. Flair said that wasn't funny and started ripping on a fan, asking how his wife could sleep with him.
Hulk Hogan made his way to the ring. Flair told Hogan that he's pissed him off. The crowd chanted for Hogan. Flair mocked the chants. Hogan said that as the GM of Impact, he has to admit that Flair is the greatest wrestler of all time, then asked if he minded if Hogan entered the ring. Flair told him to get in as he's got something he needs to do. Hogan entered the ring and told Flair that if he has a problem, he can express them right here and right now.
Flair said that he's had a problem with Hogan for 30 years and he doesn't like the way that Hogan runs the company and manipulates people. He said that he should have been in the ring tonight, not Eric Bischoff and that pisses him off. He warned Hogan that he's going to get Flair so mad one day, Flair is going to kick his ass. Hogan told him that Flair is at Lockdown and all is fair in love and war and Lockdown. Hogan said Bischoff will never be part of Impact Wrestling again and can never use his name again. Hogan said that everyone knows that if they hook up, they will tear the roof off the building and told Flair to do something about his issues right now.
Flair said that Hogan just really pissed him off and took off his suit jacket. Hogan decked Flair and laid him out, then walks out. Flair demanded Hogan get back in the ring and started disrobing. Flair threw his shoes out of the cage, launching them at Hogan. Flair demanded to know where Hogan was going, then threatened to kick Mike Tenay's ass. Flair asked some girl we couldn't see if she wanted to ride Space Mountain.
Matt Morgan vs. Crimson
They faced off. Crimson tried to escape but Morgan stopped him and nailed a series of clotheslines and a sideslam. Crimson tried to run off but was stoppped by Morgan. They slugged it out. Crimson missed a charge and hit the cage hard. Morgan called for the door and started walking out but changed his mind. He returned to the ring and nailed a running kneelift to Crimson.
Morgan went for a chokeslam but Crimson nailed him in the knees. Crimson mounted him and worked over Morgan with punches. Crimson nailed a hard clothesline for a two count. Crimson snapmares Morgan and nailed a running dropkick for a two count.
Crimson ran Morgan onto the cage. He worked over Morgan until being kicked off during a charge. Morgan went after Crimson but was caught with a spinebuster for a two count. Morgan fired back with the discus clothesline and several other clotheslines and punches. He snapmared Crimson and nailed a boot to the face.
Morgan hit a back suplex, then nailed an Avalanche in the corner. Crimson rolled to the outside of the ring, where Morgan hit him with a bodypress, sandwiching him against the cage. Morgan went for the Carbon Footprint but Crimson moved. Morgan nailed his leg over the ropes and against the cage. Crimson tried to climb out but was pulled back to the top rope by Morgan. Crimson crotched him on and Morgan fell into the ring, getting caught in the ropes. Crimson looked down smiling and then climbed out..
Your winner, Crimson!
Not a great match but I thought both worked really hard given their limitations as performers. The finish totally killed it. I thought they had a chance for Crimson to really cross the line as a heel and wipe out Morgan when he was trapped but he instead just went the other way. That was a missed opportunity and instead we got an extremely lame finish.
Kurt Angle vs. Jeff Hardy
They pretty much need to save the show at this point as there's been nothing above and beyond the usual on the show. Angle's knee is really taped up. Angle controlled Hardy early beating him down on the mat and stomping him. Hardy caught Angle with an elbow as he came off the ropes and nailed a dropkick.
Angle used a thumb to the eyes before Hardy could continue to mount any real offense. Angle smothered Hardy in the corner with his boot. Hardy cut him off and used the ropes to springboard into a kick in the corner. Hardy worked over Angle with punches. Hardy charged Angle but was thrown into the cage. Hardy was beaten down. Ange ripped his face against the cage. That appeared to bust open Hardy, the first blood of the night. Angle rammed him hard into the cage again.
Angle went for a third attempt but Hardy reversed it and Angle nailed the cage head-first. Hardy began hitting a ton of offense with clotheslines and a leaping forearm. Hardy nailed a double sledgehammer in the head and drilled Angle with a twisting moonsault press off the top. Hardy used his ropes to sent Angle into the cage, then nailed a sit down stunner on Angle.
Hardy went to climb out but Angle scaled the ropes (his knee wouldn't let him leap) and hit the Olympic Slam off the ropes into the ring for a near fall. Hardy fired back and tried to climb out of the cage. Angle tried to pull him down but Hardy kicked him off and came off the cage into a splash for a close near fall.
The audio mix of the crowd must be horrid as you can see everyone standing and chahting, "This is awesome" but it sounds like a far-away echo.
Angle went for the anklelock but Hardy reversed it. Angle teased tapping but rolled through. Angle missed a clothesline and was caught with the Twist of Fate. Hardy climbed to the top and nailed the swanton bomb. He went back up and nailed a second for a near fall. Angle nailed the Olympic Slam and was mad when Hardy kicked out. Angle stalked over Hardy, waiting for him to get to his feet. He went for another Slam but Hardy slipped out and nailed one instead. Hardy ripped off his shirt and went for another Swanton, this time off the top of the cage. Hardy nailed it and it looked awesome. That got him the pin.
Your winner, Jeff Hardy!
Far and away the best thing on the show. Not an awesome match but a good bout. The finish was crazy.
TNA Knockouts Tag Team champions ODB & Eric Young vs. Rosita & Sarita
ODB hit the ring and attacked both chyallengers. She nailed a Thesz Press on Sarita and punched the hell out of her. Rosita jumped on her back but ODB got her off and then squashed them both in the corner with a running charge. ODB pressed Rosita and threw her atop Sarita. Young tried to count a pinfall, pissing off ODB. He left, allowing the challengers to double team his wife. The crowd was chanting for "ODB."
Rosita and Sarita tagged in and out, working over ODB. They start flirting with Eric, allowing ODB to drink from her flask and make a comeback on both. ODB nailed a F5 on Rosita for the win.
Your winners and still TNA Knockouts Tag Team champions, ODB and Eric Young!
The champions began rolling around and kissing.
Let us never speak of any of this again.
TNA champion Bobby Roode was interviewed by Jeremy Borash. Roode said that tonight was the night that the entire wrestling world has been waiting for. He said that tonight is the night that James Storm has been waiting for. Roode said that in front of his friends and family, Storm has a chance at the TNA title. Roode said that he will walk out to the cage and prove to the entire world that what he says is true. He is and always will be better than Storm. He said that tonight isn't a wrestling match but a fight. He said they hate each other. Roode said he is coming for Storm and he's coming for blood. Roode said he was going to prove he was the best TNA champion of all time. Good promo.
TNA Championship Match
Bobby Roode vs. James Storm
Storm drove his pick up truck into the building. Everyone was on their feet since he's the hometown boy. Storm left the cage and attacked Roode as he was circling on the floor outside the cage. So, no bigtime ring introductions. They battled on the floor. Storm threw him into the railing. Storm grabbed the ring steps and put them on their side, then slammed Roode into them face-first.
Storm came off the ringside table with a leaping shot, then whipped Roode into the railing again. The crowd is loving this. Roode cut off Storm and tries to slam him into the cage but Storm blocked it. Roode tried to whip Storm into the railing but it was reversed.
Roode staggered up the entrance ramp but Storm dragged him back. Storm grabbed a chair and swung it but Roode blocked and Storm nailed the cage. He was slammed into the cage, busting him open. Roode grabbed one of Storm's beer bottles and teased using it, but didn't. He beat Storm with a series of rights. They showed Storm's wife and Montgomery Gentry, who did Storm's new ring music, in the crowd.
Roode finally brought Storm in and they officially started the match. Roode ran Storm into the cage hard. Roode drilled Storm with a suplex and a kneedrop for a two count. The fans started a "Let's go Cowboy" chant. That fired up Storm with a series of rights. Roode dared him to continue. They fought back and forth. This already has more intensity than anything else on the show.
Roode ripped at Storm's face. Storm finally gets kicks off Roode but is then cut off with a running clothesline. Roode continued beating down Storm while screaming at him that he's nothing. Storm started trying to suck it up and fight back as the crowd chanted for him. Storm psyched himself up and finally grabbed Roode and threw him into the corner, unloading with punches and kicks. Storm screamed as he stomped away.
Roode tried to run off but was caught with a running forearm. Storm whipped him into the corner and backdropped him. Storm charged but was kicked off. Roode went to the ropes but Storm nailed him and Roode fell into the ring. Storm went for the Whirly Bird but Roode slipped out. Storm took down and catapulted Roode into the cage. He slammed Roode into the cage a second time.
Storm nailed the Whirly Bird for a two count. Storm nailed a series of punches but was caught with a spinebuster for a two count. Storm avoided a charge and nailed the Backstabber for a two count. Roode's face was ripped against the cage. Storm pulled Roode in but was backdropped over the ropes into the cage.
Roode tried to climb out but Storm grabbed his legs and pulled him back in. Roode locked on a Crossface in the center of the ring. Storm made it to the ropes to break it. They battled to the top rope. Roode went for a superplex but Storm fired back with some stiff punches. Roode slammed him backward into the steel cage and he crumpled in the corner. Roode tried to climb up but Storm grabbed him. Storm was kicked back into the ring but caught Roode as he made his way to the other side of the cage. Storm was able to pull him back over the top and into the cage.
They battled while standing on the top rope with punches and slammed each other into the cage. Storm finally slammed Roode into the cage, bouncing him back into the ring. Storm went to the top of the cage but changed his mind when he saw Roode giving him the finger. Storm leapt off the top with a lungblower and set up for the Last Call superkick. Roode pulled the referee into the superkick, knocking him out.
Roode had them open the cage door and grabbed a beer bottle. He broke it over Storm's head. He covered Storm, who kicked out at the last second. Storm nailed the superkick. He superkicked Roode again, sending him into the cage door and to the floor.
Your winner, Bobby Roode!
Roode was out unconscious on the floor. Storm took the TNA belt and threw it down. He went past Brooke Hogan (as always trying to get herself over) who was sitting in the front row and went into the crowd to embrace his wife. TNA officials were checking on Roode as they went off the air.
The main event was good and easily the best thing on the show, but the finish totally deflated the audience. With such a poor show, they really needed a big moment to end things on a positive note but that didn't happen. The work itself was very good and the finish was a good idea, but probably executed at the wrong time and night.