TNA Lockdown 2012 is in the books and not a whole lot has changed across the Impact Wrestling landscape. A show full of cage matches was a two half show with the second half saving the show from being labeled a huge disappointment.
I rarely watch TNA pay per view shows but I did catch Lockdown. I love a good steel cage match as much as anyone, I just don’t need to see two-three hours worth of cage matches. However, there is an intrigue here that usually ropes me in. According to past buyrates, it appears a great majority of wrestling fans feel that way.
They pulled a similar finish to the old Superfly Snuka vs. Magnificent Muraco cage match from Madison Square Garden. The impact of a Storm super kick sent Roode flying through the cage door to the floor. Roode won the match at this point. I really liked the match a lot and would highly recommend getting the show on this and the Angle vs. Hardy match.
I have read a mixed reaction online as to the finish. It appears that there was quite a groundswell of support in seeing Storm take the title. In my opinion, I think that would be a huge mistake. I think TNA has something going with Roode. I would rather let them ride it out than make the title switch at this point. I don’t have any issue with Storm going over later on, but I still think this feud has legs with Roode as champion.
In the match of the night, Jeff Hardy defeated Kurt Angle in a cage match. Angle recently announced he had a blown out knee and bad hamstring, which will keep him out of the Olympic trials. Angle miraculously showed up for the match. Hardy blocked an Angle Slam and went to the top rope. Hardy winds up hitting a Swanton off the top of the cage for the pin.
In the big angle of the night, Eric Bischoff has been banished from TNA Wrestling. Well, at least on paper. I have grown to absolutely despise loser leaves town stipulations in pro wrestling anymore because nobody ever adheres to them. I could be wrong but I think the last time anyone truly left for a long period of time would be when John Cena pinned Chris Jericho and Jericho took a long hiatus. Unless someone is really leaving the company, don’t cheat your fans. It waters down future stipulations and kills the gimmick when you need it. Garett Bischoff pinned his father in the opening match to win the match and send Eric packing.
That is the other pet peeve I have right now watching TNA Wrestling. I am sure Garett Bischoff is a very nice kid. But this reminds me of watching guys like Steve Austin, Arn Anderson, and Bobby Eaton putting over a very green Erik Watts back in the old WCW days. It is way too soon for the push and everyone knows it. It became comical by the end of the match watching Garett portrayed as the star here when you have guys like AJ Styles, Christopher Daniels, Bully Ray, and Rob Van Dam in the ring.
Finally, they teased a big spot with Hulk Hogan vs. Ric Flair. They had words back and forth on the show. TNA is already advertising a major Hogan announcement for the TNA Impact Wrestling tapings. It could be something to do with the angle he did with Flair Sunday night.
Team Garett (Garett Bischoff (Captain), A.J. Styles, Austin Aries, Mr. Anderson and Rob Van Dam) defeated Team Eric (Eric Bischoff (Captain), Gunner, Bully Ray, Christopher Daniels and Kazarian) in a Lethal Lockdown match; If Team Eric wins, Garett must leave TNA. If Team Garett wins, Eric must leave TNA and renounce his name
Magnus and Samoa Joe defeated The Motor City Machine Guns (Alex Shelley and Chris Sabin) for the TNA World Tag Team Championship
Devon defeated Robbie E (with Rob Terry) to retain the TNA Television Championship
Gail Kim defeated Velvet Sky to retain the TNA Women’s Knockouts Championship
Crimson defeated Matt Morgan
Jeff Hardy defeated Kurt Angle
ODB and Eric Young defeated Sarita and Rosita to retain the TNA Knockouts Tag Team Championship
Bobby Roode defeated James Storm to retain the TNA World Heavyweight Championship