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Countdown to TNA Lockdown
By SLAM! Wrestling Staff




TNA is in Philly tonight for Lethal Lockdown, and give the crew credit - they've really given meaning to most of the matches tonight.

Rather than the usual clusterfrick, TNA has established solid, competent storylines for most of the bouts and as a result we should see some sweet contests. Plus, they've promoted the city very well, so this should draw a few more looks than the average PPV. Let's look at the card.


TNA WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH

Sting vs. Mick Foley

SLAM! Predictions

Chris Sokol

If Sting was going to drop the belt at any point during his title reign, it would be now. Expect Foley to get the win here and begin feuding with Jeff Jarrett over who is in control of TNA. The feud will cause a shake-up with Jarrett and Sting aligning at some point and Foley leading the Frontline to victory over the Mafia.

Bryan Sokol

With the recent feud going on, this will be a good one. The TNA Champ Sting has a lot on his plate dealing with the hardcore legend. Foley has the competitive edge to be the new TNA World Champ, but I do not see it happening yet.

Jon Waldman

I have all the respect in the world for Mick Foley/Cactus Jack, so please don't interpret this the wrong way - the belt should not change hands. He cannot carry the company on his back like Sting can, or more appropriately how AJ Styles or Jeff Jarrett can. Foley's going to bleed again and get injured again when he should not be even competing. Of course, we know that Russo is going to book Foley to win because somehow he thinks this will be a final tribute to the hardcore legend, which I can respect, but as a business move when your company is at its hottest, it's a poor decision. Sting has to go over.

Bob Kapur

What will make or break this one is if both guys will be willing to take this to the extreme, in order to meet the expectations set by having Foley go into this one as Cactus Jack. I believe they will. Sting should win, because it makes no sense for him to lose to someone who won't be returning to the ring full-time.


 
LETHAL LOCKDOWN MATCH

Main Event Mafia vs. Team Jarrett
 

SLAM! Predictions

Chris Sokol

This should be a really good match. Team Angle will get the win here after miscommunication between Jarrett and his team. This will keep the Mafia strong going into the inevitable losing faction must disband or "total takeover" match-up that will happen somewhere down the line.

Bryan Sokol

The Main Event Mafia, in full effect, is one of wrestling’s strongest factions. With the Frontline recruiting a newly reinstated Fallen Angel, this we be good. I think The Mafia will take it in a brutal match.

Jon Waldman

The build of a Jarrett heel turn has been too obvious between the interactions with Styles and Steiner. Therefore, it won't happen. I get the feeling they'll turn Foley here and have him go into the title bout against Sting as the heel, with Borden turning face. In order for that to happen, Foley will throw a wrench into Jarrett's plans by disallowing Daniels to compete, giving MEM the advantage in the match, leading to the inevitable victory.

Bob Kapur

It's been several months that the Main Event Mafia have ruled the roost in TNA. The only way to avoid a complete and final burial of the Frontline is to give them a decisive win. If they don't, might as well just end the story with MEM taking over the compamy fully and completely.


TNA TAG TEAM/IWGP TAG TEAM TITLE MATCH

Team 3D vs. Beer Money Inc.

SLAM! Predictions

Chris Sokol

This is another match that should be really good. Team 3D gets the obvious win here, but Beer Money puts up a convincing fight. Expect a show of respect after the match to put Beer Money over as the big up-and-coming tag team they are.

Bryan Sokol

Once about respect, this match is now about bloodshed. Team 3D will look to avenge the attack on their friends, family and fellow ECW originals Brother Runt and Balls Mahoney. I think 3D will take number 22.

Jon Waldman

This one is all about 3D. If they lose, it's practically a guarantee they retire soon after (at least from TNA). There would be more of an effect if this was in the ECW Arena, but as is the buildup has been strong. The Russo move here would be for Balls and Runt to turn on 3D here, but I'm guessing someone over-rules. Taz makes his return and causes, let's say a DQ finish.

Bob Kapur

To me, this has had the best buildup of any of the matches on the PPV. This story is about Team 3D coming back to the city that made their careers, so look for the happy ending to the tale. While the IWGP titles changing hands in the US would be a really neat twist, I can't see that happening.


  X-DIVISION TITLE MATCH (X-SCAPE)

Suicide vs. Jay Lethal vs. Consequences Creed vs. Shiek Abdul Bashir vs. Kiyoshi
 

SLAM! Predictions

Chris Sokol


Suicide retains here. Lethal Consequences will probably go into some sort of program with Bashir and his faction as a result.

Bryan Sokol

Suicide has taken the X Division by storm since arriving in TNA. In the classical good vs. evil battle, I fell good will reign supreme with a new face of the X Division. However, I'm picking Black Machismo to come out on top here.

Jon Waldman

What's with all the multiman matches in the X Division? Suicide retains while searching for his first actual feud.

Bob Kapur

This one should be fun for the crazy spots that these guys will pull out. Maybe Kaz will return and wear the Suicide costume that was originally his, which can build to a Suicide vs Fake Suicide feud. Suicide retains.

  TNA KNOCKOUTS TITLE MATCH

Awesome Kong vs. Taylor Wilde vs. Angelina Love
 

SLAM! Predictions

Chris Sokol


Awesome Kong gets the win here and shears some of Love's hair for revenge.

Bryan Sokol


The Knockouts Championship is one of the most prestigious parts to female wrestling. Introduced in October 2007, the belt has been held by a select few who were good enough. It’s now held by a monster, but not for long. Angelina Love wins.

Jon Waldman

Kong's hair cut moment, which should have been huge, was ruined by Don West. The match could have had a lot of emotion had it been one-on-one, but they threw in Wilde for no reason. Angelina wins, I'm guessing with a Wilde heel turn.

Bob Kapur

This match would seem to be a good way to introduce a new women from the ones that the company has reportedly signed. Maybe she can come out after the match and destroy Kong and challenge her for the belt.

  QUEEN OF THE CAGE MATCH

ODB vs. Madison Rayne vs. Daffney vs. Sojournor Bolt
 

SLAM! Predictions

Chris Sokol


Daffney gets the win here.

Bryan Sokol

Instincts and experience in the ring will come into play here. This will be a hard one to choose as all 4 of the knockouts have the knowledge, but who has the skills to survive? My guess is going with the powerhouse of the match, Sojo Bolt.

Jon Waldman

I couldn't care less.

Bob Kapur

I miss Traci Brooks.

  IWGP JUNIOR HEAVYWEIGHT TITLE MATCH

Motor City Machine Guns vs. Team No Limit vs. LAX
 

SLAM! Predictions

Chris Sokol


The Motor City Machine Guns retain the belts.

Bryan Sokol

With the New Japan Jr. Tag titles on the line, this is important. I think the knowledge of the TNA originals, the Motor City Machine Guns, will be big here, leading to the team retaining the straps.

Jon Waldman

Match of the night, with the Guns taking the win.

Bob Kapur

This should be a good match, maybe the show-stealer. Unlike the other tag championship match, I could see some deal having been made to have these titles switch on this show. Team No Limit gets the gold.

Matt Mackinder

So the winner gets William Regal? Wow. Impressive. This match should be the best on the card and I see Rey Rey winning and both men embracing after the match.


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-- compiled by Jon Waldman