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Countdown to TNA Lockdown
By SLAM! Wrestling Staff




After weeks of waiting, TNA Lockdown is finally here.

Yes, the pay-per-view that every analyst is declaring to be the death of the Steel Cage match (as opposed to the Steel Cage Death Match, which many would find very interesting). While it's hard to predict how the crowd will react to the PPV, SLAM! has taken another prediction road - that of the match outcomes. Here's what we think will happen this Sunday.


LETHAL LOCKDOWN MATCH
Jeff Jarrett/Monty Brown/Outlaw
vs.
Kevin Nash*/DDP/6-Pac

*note: Kevin Nash's participation in the match is unconfirmed at this point.



SLAM! Predictions

  • Steve Rennie

    Another star-studded TNA main event. Fresh off a heel turn, it’ll be interesting to see what they have in store for “The Alpha Male”. I’m not holding my breath waiting for Nash to pull out a moonsault from the top of the cage, so I see this one becoming an “Elimination Chamber”-style brawl. I think the team of Jarrett, Brown, and The Outlaw will win after some outside interference.

  • John Milner

    I'll vote for the Nash, DDP, Waltman team since they're the faces and it makes sense for them to go over. The fans go home happy, as it were, and since the belt isn't on the line, Jarrett doesn't have to worry about his status or his heat.

  • Jon Waldman

    I'm semi-curious if Nash will be wrestling. My feeling is that someone will replace him in the cage, maybe a guy like Sting. Either way, this is going to be a suckfest. I'll take the Rudos here.

  • Jason Clevett

    Zzzz... sorry what? A weak attempt at recreating War Games. While this match at least has history (as opposed to most of the other ones), I expect we will see lots of blood and some good work from most of the people in the match. I'm picking Jarrett to take the pin to look strong for his challenger in May.

  • Chris Sokol

    Time for TNA to start calling out some more favors. Nash injured again, no surprise there. Jarrett and his honchos take this one, leading to them gaining more power. AJ Styles will then defeat The Outlaw and Brown on Impact, show up the Champ and then defeat him in May for the title. Everyone's happy.

    NUMBER ONE CONTENDER'S MATCH


    AJ Styles vs. Abyss


    SLAM! Predictions

  • Steve Rennie

    This promises to be a brutal affair. Look for Styles to take a beating at the hands of Abyss. Since Styles is rumoured to be in line for a huge push soon, my money is on him to take this one.

  • John Milner

    What little I've seen of Styles impressed the heck out of me. Against Abyss, it's the classic David vs. Goliath story here, with David coming out on top.

  • Jon Waldman

    AJ looks to have the push here, but Abyss has been good also. A heel vs. heel title match rarely draws, so my gut feeling is AJ will win here and take the belt at (ugh) Slammiversary.

  • Jason Clevett

    The pressure is on as Styles and Abyss will have the unenviable task of trying to cap off the show in front of a crowd that has seen seven previous cage matches. I expect this one to be a hell of a match regardless, and hopefully the crowd will be able to regain their enthusiasm. It's a tough pick, but I am going to go with the big man as the guy to potentially take the belt off Jarrett.

  • Chris Sokol

    With TNA realizing that Jarrett isn't the most popular wrestler in this day and age, they will pass the torch on to Styles, who will receive his title shot after going over "The Monster" Abyss.

    X-DIVISION TITLE MATCH


    Christopher Daniels vs. Elix Skipper


    SLAM! Predictions

  • Steve Rennie

    This should be one hell of a match. Daniels and Skipper are two of TNA’s brightest stars, and given Skipper’s death-defying move off the top of the cage a few months ago, I see these guys pulling out all the stops to put on a classic. Let’s hope they’re given enough time to deliver something special. Look for Daniels to retain in this one.

  • John Milner

    Daniels has that "indy-star-moving-up-a-notch" cred going for him (is there such a thing?) and since he's just become champion a short while back, I think it's probably too soon to drop the belt here if they want to keep building him up.

  • Jon Waldman

    The thing about this match is whether they'll let Daniels go over and keep him on top of the X-Division, or if he'll drop the belt and move to the NWA title hunt. My feeling is that it's too soon to move the Fallen Angel up, and he needs a long run to really establish himself as a dominant force in TNA.
  • Jason Clevett

    Another match that should be stellar. I wouldn't be looking for another cagetop 'rana however. Daniels and Skipper will be going out to steal the show, and if they are on early enough, they will.

  • Chris Sokol

    This feud should have been played out longer before going directly to a steel cage match, but this is TNA folks. Anyway, Daniels picks up the scraps and this feud rolls on, ending in a regular singles match. Catch the irony.


    WORLD TAG-TEAM TITLE FLAG MATCH

    Team Canada vs. America's Most Wanted



    SLAM! Predictions

  • Steve Rennie

    AMW is billed as the masters of the cage match, but Team Canada is, in my opinion, one of the bright spots in TNA right now. Look for Coach D’Amore to somehow find a way to get involved in this one, sealing the victory for Team Canada.

  • John Milner

    I think I used this line before but it bears repeating: It's hard for me to vote against Team Canada. I'm more familiar with them and hey, it's Team Canada; what self-respecting, patriotic Canuck would I be if I didn't give them the nod?

  • Jon Waldman

    How many times can these guys fight each other? Seriously, it's enough already. I'm going to go with Team Canada, for obvious reasons.

  • Jason Clevett

    This should also be a really good match, as AMW is really good with the right opponents and Young and Williams will be able to pull out something. The flag aspect is dumb, but hopefully this will be a wrestling match as opposed to a climbing contest.

  • Chris Sokol

    AMW has ruled the cage match in TNA. Different opponents, same old story.

    UNDERCARD


    SLAM! Predictions

  • Steve Rennie

    Jeff Hardy vs. Raven (Tables Match) - Both men will probably take plenty of sick bumps, but I think Hardy will go over in this one.

    Dustin Rhodes vs. Bobby Roode (Prince of Darkness Match) - Where’s Jake “The Snake” Roberts and Rick “The Model” Martel when you need them? I’m picking Rhodes, but only because he shares a last name with TNA’s booker.

    Michael Shane vs. Sonjay Dutt vs. Chris Sabin vs. Shocker (XScape Match) - With Kid Kash out of the picture, this match takes on an interesting dimension. I’ll go with Shane.

    Apolo vs. Lance Hoyt - Honestly, who cares? I’ll go with Apolo, but I think this match may coincide with a trip to the snack bar.

  • John Milner

    Jeff Hardy vs. Raven (Tables Match) - A tough one to call, so I'll take a chance on Hardy, due to his experience in TLC matches.

    Dustin Rhodes vs. Bobby Roode (Prince of Darkness Match) - Something tells me that Rhodes will go over here, thanks to some pull backstage.

    Michael Shane vs. Sonjay Dutt vs. Chris Sabin vs. Shocker (XScape Match) - Chris Sabin is my pick here.

    Apolo vs. Lance Hoyt - I flip-flopped on this one but my final pick is Apolo.

  • Jon Waldman

    Jeff Hardy vs. Raven (Tables Match) - Hardy's cage-top Swanton will meet wood. Raven wins.

    Dustin Rhodes vs. Bobby Roode (Prince of Darkness Match) - Don't care. Rhodes will win because of Big Dust.

    Michael Shane vs. Sonjay Dutt vs. Chris Sabin vs. Shocker (XScape Match) - Sabin gets my vote. He'll be next to go up against Daniels for the X belt.

    Apolo vs. Lance Hoyt - I refuse to recognize the name Lance Hoyt for a wrestler, thus Apolo wins.

  • Jason Clevett

    Jeff Hardy vs. Raven (Tables Match) - Hardy will do something crazy and Raven will go through the table.

    Dustin Rhodes vs. Bobby Roode (Prince of Darkness Match) - Roode (hopefully).

    Michael Shane vs. Sonjay Dutt vs. Chris Sabin vs. Shocker (XScape Match) - Sabin. This should be a good opener.

    Apolo vs. Lance Hoyt - Hoyt, to try and build him up after losing his partner

  • Chris Sokol

    Jeff Hardy vs. Raven (Tables Match) - Hardy has been on the receiving end of a push, expect him to continue gaining momentum. Winner Jeff Hardy

    Dustin Rhodes vs. Bobby Roode (Prince of Darkness Match) - Well let's see, Dusty Rhodes is the booker, and Dustin is his son... Winner Dustin Rhodes

    Michael Shane vs. Sonjay Dutt vs. Chris Sabin vs. Shocker (XScape Match) - Same deal as Apolo, Shocker will pick up the victory in this one.

    Apolo vs. Lance Hoyt - Apolo is a dreadful wrestler. Hoyt deserves the win, and if Apolo wasn't part of a deal with a Mexican promotion, he would get it.Winner Apolo

    -- compiled by Jon Waldman