Center, Miami, Florida
since the last pay per view so this isn’t something TNA is used to
anymore. We have a double main event tonight with Magnus defending
the World Title against Samoa Joe and Team MVP vs. Team Dixie in
Lethal Lockdown for control of the company. The Lethal Lockdown
match also has Jeff Hardy returning for the first time in a few
months. All of the matches tonight are in the cage so let’s get to
about being alone with your greatest enemies inside the cage.
Influence/Chris Sabin vs. Great Muta/Sanada/Yasu
come out in Great Muta garb circa 1989. Sanada took the X Title from
Austin Aries a week ago in Japan. Sabin and Sanada get things going
and fight over hiptosses before Sanada grabs an abdominal stretch.
It’s quickly off to Muta to drop some fast elbows on Sabin followed
by a crossface hold. Daniels makes the save but we get the Green
Mist from Muta.
who gets taken into the wrong corner with Daniels dropping him with a
belly to back suplex, setting up a slingshot legdrop from Kaz for
two. Daniels suplexes Kaz onto Yatzu, setting up a springboard
moonsault for two from Christopher. Back to Kaz who misses a top
rope legdrop, allowing the hot tag off to Sanada.
cleans house until Bad
Influence hits a quick High/Low for two. Daniels takes Sanada down
for a second but a hot tag brings in Muta to really clean house with
dragon screw leg whips all around. The Mist puts Daniels down and
there’s the Shining Wizard, setting up a moonsault from Sanada for
the pin on Daniels at 9:22.
C. Not a bad match and a good
choice for an opener, but it’s also a good example of what’s wrong
with the all cages gimmick. The cage added absolutely nothing here
and there’s no reason for the cage to be there at all. The fans
reacted well to the Japanese guys so it certainly wasn’t a terrible
Spud to introduce Dixie as real royalty. She calls herself a real
queen, unlike that stupid King James. Dixie rants about how MVP and
the people have driven her to do something she’s going to regret.
She built this company into the international success that it is.
Earlier this week she went to New York to get a little insurance
policy to ensure victory tonight. Jeff Hardy walked out on this
company and therefore breached his contract. Therefore, he’s banned
from the building tonight and now we can enjoy the rest of the show.
Sky and Eric Young are answering internet questions. Eric thinks
everything changes after tonight.
recap Shaw vs. Anderson. Shaw is obsessed with Christy Hemme and
Anderson is protecting her from harm. Samuel thinks this means
Anderson is preventing him from being with Christy and has been
attacking him as a result.
Anderson vs. Samuel Shaw
is escape only. Before Anderson comes out, Shaw climbs to the top of
the cage and says if Christy doesn’t come out, he’s going to
professionally end it all. Before he can jump though, Anderson comes
out and points out the obvious: the cage isn’t high enough to do a
lot of damage. All that will do is break his ankle and make Shaw
look even goofier. Anderson offers to beat Shaw up a bit and then
take him somewhere really high to jump.
finally ready to go with Anderson taking over for a few moments but
running into a boot in the corner. Christy
is at ringside now. An
early Mic Check is blocked but Anderson takes him down with a
gutwrench suplex. Shaw
chokes Anderson in the corner but can’t quite get over the cage.
Anderson goes after him but gets rammed face first into the cage a
few times and knocked down to the mat. Shaw still can’t climb fast
enough though and Anderson runs the corner for a belly to back
sends him face first into the cage but Anderson sends him into the
cage door, knocking it open and drilling Earl Hebner in the process.
There’s the Mic Check to Shaw and a second one sends him face first
into the buckle. Anderson calls him a frickin weirdo and climbs the
cage but Shaw reaches through a hole in the cage and pulls Christy
starts crawling on the mat ala Kevin Sullivan at the 1988 Great
American Bash. Anderson makes it to the floor but there’s no
referee. Mr. gets the key from Hebner and opens the door for the
save but Shaw hits Anderson low and chokes him out before leaving for
the win at 10:12.
C. I liked this a lot more than
I was expecting to with Shaw getting creepier and creepier every
week. The longer this story goes the more likely it seems that
Christy joins Shaw at some point, but it doesn’t have quite the
impact since she and Anderson are just friends. Not much of a match
but the story and characters are good. It’s very nice to see someone
like Anderson go from one feud right into another like people did
back in the day instead of just floating around and doing nothing at
Roode isn’t sure what the insurance policy is and argue about who
will own what percentage of the company after they win.
quickly look at Ethan Carter III injuring Kurt Angle, putting Kurt
out of the match tonight.
issued an open challenge for Angle’s spot. Ethan talks about growing
up wanting to be the best and to beat the best. In 1996, Kurt Angle
was the best and Ethan took him out twice now. The fans say he can’t
wrestle but Ethan comes back with chants of “I’m very good” and
“I disagree.” By the way this is our third promo tonight and
it’s getting clear that they’re stalling, despite having eight
matches. He asks anyone to come out here but warns the fans not to
hijack this show.
Ethan insists that Lashley isn’t on the roster but Bobby powerslams
him down and hits a big spear. There was no bell so it wasn’t a
match, meaning Ethan is still undefeated.
the Night promo.
alone tonight but he’s used to that. He has to battle against Joe on
his own tonight and he’s fighting a lone crusade. Something doesn’t
sit well with him tonight because everyone is talking about what Joe
is going to do to him. No one has asked what Magnus is going to do
to Joe. Tonight, Joe bows down to the reign of Magnus.
here. Tigre Uno is Extreme Tiger from AAA. They trade some very
fast wristlocks to start before they both go for dropkicks and crash
to the mat. Back up and they miss each other a few times until Tigre
dropkicks Manik down. Manik comes out of the corner with a
headscissors before throwing him to the top rope, only to have Tigre
catch himself on the cage. A moonsault gets two on Manik but Tigre
misses a charge and goes flying into the steel.
belly to back suplex and drives some knees into Tigre’s back.
There’s a surfboard hold from Manik and he drops Tigre backwards for
two. Manik gets two more off a dropkick and a backbreaker gets the
same. Tigre comes back by jumping up to the top rope and coming down
with a hurricanrana.
running DDT drop Manik again but he can’t get a sunset bomb off the
top. Instead Manik dropkicks him in the back and gets two of his own
off a sitout powerbomb. They trade standing switches and Tigre tries
a capture suplex, only to drop Manik down onto his head. A quick
Sabretooth (moonsault into a 450) Splash is enough to give Tigre the
pin at 7:48.
C+. Take two guys and let them
fly around the ring for eight minutes. It worked every night in WCW
and it’s going to work every single time you use it in wrestling.
Tigre Uno looked good out there and will be a nice addition to the
division, bringing the roster up to what, five people? Good stuff
here but this show needs something that matters soon.
recap Gunner vs. Storm. Gunner took the Feast or Fired briefcase
from him and Storm was livid, eventually turning on Gunner to cost
him the World Title match against Magnus. Tonight it’s last man
Storm vs. Gunner
music and long tights for James tonight. They start fighting on the
ramp and Storm gets in a good shot early. Gunner rams him into the
cage and suplexes him on the floor before going to get some chairs.
He throws three
of them into the cage but Storm sends him into the steps to slow
Gunner down. Storm sends him into the cage and slams the cage door
on Gunner’s head. He demands a count and we get the opening bell
followed by a four count.
wedges a chair into the corner and takes Gunner down with a jumping
DDT for five. Gunner tries to get up but gets choked down by a tag
rope and dropped throat first across the top rope. James ties the
rope around Gunner’s throat and ties it to the rope but Gunner rips
it away, only to be taken down by a low blow. Gunner no sells some
ramming into the buckle and rams his own head into the same buckle
for good measure.
running knees including one to Storm’s head have Storm in trouble and
Gunner pulls the top of the steps into the ring. A hard shot to
James’ head gets eight but he comes back with a quick Closing Time
(Codebreaker) before ramming Gunner into the chair in the corner.
James blasts him in the back with the chair but Gunner is getting
that look in his eyes. He fights up and scores with a spear and an
F5 as the fans think this is awesome. Storm tries to grab the chair
but Gunner stands on it to thwart the Cowboy’s plans.
slams him down again and goes up, only to have Storm throw the chair
at Gunner’s head on the way down for seven. Another hard shot to the
back gets five and Storm sets up some chairs in the ring. He loads
up the Eye of the Storm but Gunner gets to the ropes in the corner.
Both guys climb to the middle rope and ram each other into the cage
until Gunner superplexes him through the chairs for the win at 12:02.
B. Good but not great last man
standing match here as they beat a lot of tar out of each other.
Gunner getting a win over a former world champion on pay per view
isn’t going to hurt anythin gbut I just don’t see a top level guy in
him. The ending spot and chair pelting spot looked good and the
match was a lot of fun, which is what matters here.
look at Dixie’s promo again because that’s what we do in TNA.
MVP is ready for revenge but don’t like the idea of being patient.
Richards wants to get Aries for injuring his shoulder but MVP tells
him to keep his composure. MVP promises to unleash the Wolves and
the hunt will be on.
Madison Rayne. They used to be best friends but titles came between
them. How many times has TNA used that story for this division in
Kim vs. Madison Rayne
Gail quickly takes her down to start and chokes with a boot but
Madison gets a quick rollup for two. Kim fakes her out on a middle
rope cross body and tries to leave, only to have Madison get above
her and use her legs to ram Gail’s head into the cage. Madison gets
pulled off the cage and down to the mat in a crash for two but she’s
still able to make a save as Gail tries to leave.
knee for a backbreaker but Rayne stretches her legs up for a kick to
the head. Madison sends her face first into the cage and drops her
with some forearms and a low dropkick. Both girls climb the cage but
Gail brings her down with a neckbreaker in a big crash. Madison
makes a save to prevent an escape but gets leveraged into the cage
for two. They both climb again and Gail is sent down, setting up a
top rope spear for the pin to retain Madison’s title at 8:55.
C. Madison is getting better in
the ring and is of course very nice to look at so the match wasn’t
all that bad. The cage added something with the collisions here but
it’s still nothing that blew me away. The division is dying for some
fresh stories but that’s been the case for years now.
says he’s dominated the last few months to earn this shot. He once
considered Magnus to be a brother but now Magnus has thrown that away
for the quick and easy path to the title. Joe will make the pain
tangible and bash it into Magnus’ skull over and over again.
recap Joe vs. Magnus which was already covered in Joe’s promo.
Magnus was part of the Main Event Mafia but joined Dixie Carter to
become champion. Tonight it’s knockout or submission only to win.
World Title: Samoa Joe vs. Magnus
is defending. Joe gets in the first offense with a hard kick to the
thigh but the champion takes him down with a headlock. In a unique
move, Joe grabs a wristlock and headbutts Magnus’ hand before putting
on a hammerlock. A hard back elbow to the jaw drops Magnus again and
Joe peppers him with right hands in the corner. Joe chops him down
in the corner and hits the Facewash.
avoids the running backsplash and hammers away before raking Joe’s
eyes. The champion misses a charge and goes into the cage so Joe
rams him face first into the steel over and over. The ramming draws
blood and Joe goes right after it but misses a charge, allowing the
Englishman to send him face first into the steel over and over. Now
Joe is busted open and Magnus locks on the Figure Four.
turns it over but Magnus immediately lets go and puts on a camel
clutch. That’s powered out of as well but Magnus slaps on a sleeper.
Joe picks him up into the air and drops Magnus down onto his back,
putting both guys down. Magnus loses a forearm slugout but gets a
boot up in the corner to stop a charging Samoan. Joe comes right
back with a slam and the backsplash followed by a cross armbreaker.
rolls out and heads up top and shoves Joe down before dropping the
big elbow. Joe gets back to his feet and wins a slugout with his
hard slaps before crotching Magnus down on the top. There’s the
MuscleBuster and the Koquina Clutch but Abyss’ hand comes up through
the ring and pulls Joe through the mat. After a few seconds, a
furious Joe slowly comes up through the ring and chokes Magnus in the
corner. Abyss comes up through the hole and hits Joe in the stomach
with Janice before a Black Hole Slam sets up the Koquina Clutch from
Magnus for the win at 19:28.
B-. Well the Authority has its
Kane now. I don’t think it was a big surprise that there were
shenanigans at the end but the question was what would happen. Abyss
being the corporate monster gives him something to do but it’s not
exactly something new. Then again, this is TNA where we have to have
an evil alliance on top of the company because that’s almost all they
know how to do.
match Eric Young asks Abyss what he’s thinking but Magnus says get
him out of here.
sends Spud to get the insurance policy. Roode comes in and says
he’s nervous but Dixie says there’s insurance. They tell each
other not to screw this up.
recap Lethal Lockdown with both teams fighting for control of the
company. Aries swerved MVP to join Team Roode but MVP brought
back Jeff Hardy to even things out.
MVP vs. Team Roode
Wolves, Jeff Hardy
Roode, Bro Mans, Austin Aries
Lethal Lockdown, meaning WarGames and
the winner gets control of TNA (Roode is fighting for Dixie and
gets 10% ownership if his team wins).
Two men start for five minutes followed by a member of Team Roode
(due to winning a match on Impact) enters for a two minute advantage.
After two minutes a member of Team MVP enters to even things out for
two minutes. This alternates until all eight are in when a roof with
weapons is lowered and then it’s one fall to a finish, including
and the hometown boy MVP
get things going with MVP kicking Aries in the face. Austin comes
back with a bulldog and the Last Chancery before laying on the ropes.
A missile dropkick doesn’t work as MVP catches him in an exploder
suplex and the Ballin Elbow but Aries takes him out before it lands.
Aries hits a running dropkick but MVP slams him down and hammers
away. Austin escapes an arm hold but misses an elbow drop as Robbie
E comes in for the advantage after four minutes.
immediately drops him on his face but Aries gets in a cheap shot and
the heels take over. A top rope ax handle puts MVP down and E drops
a middle rope elbow to the face. They talk trash to MVP until Eddie
Edwards ties things up. Eddie cleans house as you expect a fresh man
to do in a Lethal Lockdown match. DJ Zema Ion tries to interfere but
gets knocked off the cage wall in a big bump. The good guys control
for a bit until the clock runs out with Jesse Godderz giving Team
Roode a 3-2 advantage.
Bro Mans take over without much happening until Davey Richards and
his bad arm ties things up. Davey of course gives his team the
advantage again with the fast paced double team offense as the
WarGames formula is firmly in place here. Stereo half crabs have the
Bro Mans in trouble until Aries clotheslines the Wolves from behind.
Roode and his awesome sleeveless coat makes it 4-3. The captains go
face to face until Roode takes MVP down with a spinebuster.
heels take complete control until the clock comes on and it’s Willow
(Jeff Hardy’s new gimmick, which
looks like a black and white
Ultimo Dragon mask and really high pants)
to tie things up and complete both teams. He
comes in as the lights are out and dives off the top of the cage. If
they don’t want us to know he’s Hardy, they might have wanted to give
him a full body suit to cover the big green tattoo. Thankfully Taz
and Tenay drop hints about who it is as the roof with the weapons
lower…..and here’s Dixie.
introduces the insurance policy as the special referee: Bully Ray.
As in the guy that spent a
year and a half trying to destroy her company. Team MVP waits for
Ray at the door but Team Roode jumps them from behind. The weapons
are brought in with Ray finding a table under the ring. Dixie
sits in a chair on the stage to watch the carnage as it’s all Team
Roode. Bobby puts Davey’s bad arm in the Crossface with Bully asking
if he wants to give up and talking trash at the same time.
Roode all has front facelocks on their opponents but a triple
backdrop breaks them free. Richards is broken out quickly and MVP
makes sure to hit the Ballin Elbow on Roode. The weapons are used
more extensively and Willow loads up a powerbomb on Aries but throws
him face first into the cage instead. Robbie is tied up in the Tree
of Woe as Ray is just standing in the corner watching. The Wolves
set up a trashcan in front of Robbie’s face for an AWESOME double Van
is sat in a chair and kicked over and over until he grabs Richards
for a BRAINBUSTER THROUGH THE CHAIR. Willow breaks up the save but
Aries puts him on a trashcan, only to have Willow move before the 450
only hits the can. A Twist of Fate and Swanton gets a very delayed
two on Aries as Roode makes the save and sends Willow into the cage.
The table is set up in the cage but Ray gets in the way of the Roode
Bomb to MVP. Ray and Roode stare each other down until Ray gives him
a Bully Bomb. MVP hits a quick Drive By on Roode for the pin at
B+. The match started slowly
but those big spots at the end were great. MVP winning is the right
call and fairly obvious (I don’t believe heels have EVER won Lethal
Lockdown) but at least there was some drama in there. I don’t get
the point of having Hardy be Willow if they’re going to just
acknowledge he’s Hardy in a costume. Good main event and a match the
and Spud go to the cage but Spud pulls her away from Ray. Bully puts
Roode through a table to end the show.
Rating: B. The show was
entertaining but the ending didn’t do much for me. The New York
thing was pretty obvious if you thought about it long enough and
Lethal Lockdown was the same as it always was. Overall
it wasn’t bad, but like everything else with TNA it didn’t feel like
it made things better.
company is still in the same place: a promotion with a not bad story
but nothing all that exciting because it’s most of the same guys just
being rotated into different spots with about one new guy being added
to the main event every year. At
least the Authority is broken (for now) and we don’t have some evil
owner. Then again this is TNA so I give them until June to have
Dixie back on TV and in power.
b. Bad Influence/Chris Sabin – Moonsault to Daniels
Anderson – Shaw escaped the cage
Superplex through two chairs
Kim – Top rope spear
b. Samoa Joe – Koquina Clutch
MVP b. Team Roode – Drive By to Roode
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