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Countdown to TNA Lockdown
By JON WALDMAN -- SLAM! Wrestling




TNA seems bound and determined to keep Lockdown going, so I guess all that we as wrestling fans can do is sit back and hope that we get a really good series of matches tonight inside the steel cage.

There are a couple things we know for sure - we're bound to see a lot of blood, we're guaranteed to see a couple screw jobs and it's inevitable that at least one title will change hands.

But rather than dwell on the background of tonight's PPV, let's take a look inside at what could happen in a few hours time.


WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH

The Pope vs. AJ Styles

While my head tells me there will be a title change tonight, the rest of me seems to think that we're going to see a screwjob finish instead. I guess TNA could go the Dusty route and have a couple swerves thrown in, especially depending on Hogan's mood after the Lethal Lockdown bout. We should get a good match here but this is a case where the cage is as much a hindrance as a help, since AJ and Pope won't be able to use the ropes as effectively. I'm guessing that Flair gets involved (and bloodied) somehow, leading to Styles taking the bout.


LETHAL LOCKDOWN MATCH

Abyss/Jeff Jarrett/Jeff Hardy/RVD vs. Sting/Beer Money/Desmond Wolfe

While I'll admit that the build here has been fantastic, I'm still not excited by this bout, and a lot of it has to do with my inability to really buy Abyss as a main event babyface empowered by the beaming light that is Hulkamania. Having Jarrett in the mix is positive, because really for the first time in his career Jarrett has the kind of babyface build that can really make fans get behind him. But his push, along with the meteoric heat that Hardy and RVD have, are at this point playing second string to Abyss, which is such backwards thinking by the company. On the other side, Beer Money is still red hot and Sting has a good story behind him, but Desmond Wolfe is a couple losses away from being a jobber to the stars. If it was me with the pen, the heels would tear Abyss limb from limb, steal the ring and melt it down in the ring on Monday; but I don't, so that means Abyss is the hero, BROTHER!


GRUDGE MATCH

Kurt Angle vs. Ken Anderson

With word leaking that Angle's taking a month off, this one's a guaranteed victory for Anderson. Twitter needs a spoiler alert button.


  X DIVISION TITLE MATCH

Doug Williams vs. Shannon Moore vs. Kazarian
 

I'm sorry. I respect the hell out of Shannon Moore but I'm not digging the Prince of Punk gimmick. Williams has too much going for him with the title around his waist to drop it now, so look for him to emerge from this bout with belt intact.


  KNOCKOUTS TITLE/WOMEN'S TAG TEAM TITLE MATCH

The Beautiful People vs. Tara/Angelina Love
 

Knowing Russo, Lacey Von Erich ends up with the singles title around her waist. God the division has plummeted.


  GRUDGE MATCH

Eric Young vs. Kevin Nash
 

Even though the copyright belongs to WWE, I'm still allowed to call this an nWo run-in.


  GRUDGE MATCH

Team 3D vs. The Band
 

I don't necessarily mind the idea of Team 3D up against teams they've never faced, but unless there's a mega team waiting in the wings the feud with the former nWo seems like the cap on this run. I'm guessing The Band loses by DQ just to extend the feud.


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