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Countdown to TNA Lockdown
By SLAM! Wrestling Staff




Welcome to the cage.

It might seem like a simple intro, but it is, after all, time once again for TNA's annual steelfest. What began as being overkill is now an annual tradition of gimmickry at its... finest? Well, at least we'll give them points for creativity.

Nonetheless, there are a few very interesting tilts that lie ahead of us. Here's a look at highlighted matches that hit the ppv airwaves tonight.


TNA WORLD TITLE MMA MATCH

Kurt Angle vs. Samoa Joe


SLAM! Predictions

Jon Waldman

Between the absurd retirement angle and Kurt's legal troubles, we know who wins this one. TNA really should've gone all out and got John McCarthy as the ref for this match. In terms of history, my natural inclination is to compare it to the Owen Hart vs. Ken Shamrock Lion's Den match, circa 1998, and to me nothing will ever compare to that bout in terms of MMA rip jobs. Joe wins.

Jason Clevett

When Joe said he would leave TNA if he lost, that locked down the result as well. Joe finally gets the belt, but is it two years too late? Regardless, from speaking to Joe this week he obviously expects this match to top their previous ones, a daunting goal indeed and a reason to watch this pay per view.


 
LETHAL LOCKDOWN MATCH

Team Cage vs. Team Tomko
 

SLAM! Predictions

Jon Waldman

Revisiting War Games is good, but adding weapons is bad. Did no one learn from December to Dismember? Russo really needs to learn the KISS method of booking (Keep It Simple, Stupid!). In any case, this match will be bloody, and I fear very boring. Anyone who can't see Morgan's turn coming needs to go back to Russo Booking 101. Tomko's team wins.

Jason Clevett

Should be a good plunder match, and this is a big opportunity for TNA to do something right and let Tomko and Matt Morgan shine. TNA is finally putting Morgan into the ring, and the guy is a tremendous talent, as is Tomko who has really come into his own in TNA. That said, TNA will probably go exactly opposite with Sting or Nash scoring the win. I will go with Team Cage.


X-DIVISION X-SCAPE MATCH

Jay Lethal vs. Curry Man vs. Sonjay Dutt vs. Johnny Devine vs. Shark Boy vs. Consequences Creed

SLAM! Predictions

Jon Waldman

The natrual inclination would be for Creed to win this bout, since he's new and all, but I'm going to take Curry Man here, simply because he's arguably the hottest male star in TNA today. Lethal and Dutt need to start their feud already, might I add.

Jason Clevett

Hooray, my favorite Canadian boy in another pay per view. Please don't die Devine! It seems like, unfortunately, Devine's feud with Lethal has come to an end, and I don't buy Dutt or Shark Boy as legit contenders at this time. So it will either be Lethal or Curry Man. I will go with the champ, leading to some Macho Curry madness in the future.


  GRUDGE MATCH

Booker T/Sharmell vs. Robert Roode/Payton Banks
 

SLAM! Predictions

Jon Waldman

Whose bright idea was it to make the MAKE a wrestler? Yes, that was a rhetorical question. I would hope for an end to this feud if we didn't have precedence for Roode and long rivalries. I don't care who wins.

Jason Clevett

This is a match that deserves to be in a cage, and bring this feud to a conclusion. Booker and Roode have worked very well together for the most part. Booker and Sharmell take the win and put this to rest.


 

GRUDGE MATCH
BG James vs. Kip James



SLAM! Predictions

Jon Waldman

If only we cared about Kip. Sigh. Honestly, very little of the VKM angle, from beginning to end, has made me want to turn into TNA or watch their updates on the site, save for maybe one or two shots of creativity. Meh, maybe the cage will fall down and trap both for a half hour or so.

Jason Clevett

I don't care about this match. It didn't interest me when it was DX vs. DX and that was 8 years ago! This isn't even worth giving a prediction.


 

GRUDGE MATCH
Awesome Kong/Raisha Saeed vs. Gail Kim/ODB

 


SLAM! Predictions

Jon Waldman

ODB's promise to rip off Saeed's covering is intriguing, especially since it's Cheerleader Melissa underneath. I actually fear for Saeed's safety in this one - it cannot be easy to wrestle in that garb. The heels will probably take the fall via DQ here.

Jason Clevett

It will be interesting to see if they let Raisha show the talent she has (as Cheerleader Melissa) or if Kong will do all of the work. Each and every time the girls go out to try and steal the show, and always seem to. I expect this one to be no different. Kim gets the win pinning Saeed.


 

QUEEN OF THE CAGE MATCH

Angelina Love vs. Velvet Sky vs. Salinas vs. Rhaka Khan vs. Traci Brooks vs. Christy Hemme vs. Jacqueline vs. Roxxi Laveaux

 

SLAM! Predictions

Jon Waldman

Explain to me the logic of this match. The reverse battle royal is bad on one level, but having all these women try to get into one door? Dear god this is stupid. I'll say that Brooks wins, just for the hell of it.

Jason Clevett

Every time TNA does stupid gimmicks like these reverse battle royals, the world takes a collective crap on the concept and execution, yet they never listen. This didn't work the last time people had to fight outside the ring and try and get in and it won't work now. No idea who will win, so I will pick Roxxi for no particular reason.


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-- compiled by Jon Waldman