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




Sometimes, you just have to give your head a good shake when it comes to previewing TNA, and Lockdown is certainly one of those mind-numbing cases.

Despite all the ragging TNA has received from pundits, the concept of an all-steel cage PPV has gone over, albeit to as far an extent as any TNA PPV has. Yet, it falls just a couple weeks after WrestleMania, the one show a year that is not only the one that everyone buys, but is also the one that costs the most. TNA would be much better served to have run Lockdown in May and not run an April show whatsoever.

The card itself is a mixed bag, so let's take a look.


TNA WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH

Ken Anderson vs. Sting vs. RVD

The Mr. Anderson 'tweener character development annoys me. There has never been a truly successful character who's sat on the face/heel fence, and Anderson is not pulling it off. Why TNA killed one of their actual marketable characters by having him flip flop as if he were a fish on the floor of a fisherman's boat is beyond me. As a fan of TNA, I can tell you it's killed my interest in Kenny and this entire angle has not done anything to spark even one iota of interest from me. I get the feeling RVD wins, just so TNA can make yet another 'tweener, as Immortal helps him get the victory.
LETHAL LOCKDOWN

Immortal vs. Fortune

While I don't mind Daniels in the Fortune mix, and I'm certainly glad he's back in TNA, there's something about this that just doesn't feel like Fallen Angel belongs here. I still have not been given any reason to think that Gunner and/or Murphy are legit threats either - maybe because Murphy sounds more like the name of a deli slicer than a wrestler. Fortune gets the victory and Flair bleeds like a stuck pig.
CAGE MATCH

Jeff Jarrett vs. Kurt Angle

The build here has been good but there's something about this feud that feels like it's been dragged on too long. We'll probably wait one more month to get the decisive finish, so I expect something screwy here. I'll take a DQ finish.
  HAIR VS. TITLE MATCH

Mickie James vs. Madison Rayne
 

Tara's anticipated turn on Madison kills this match. Mickie finally winning the title should mean more, but instead it's just background to the "real" feud. Mick keeps her brown locks.
  CAGE MATCH

Hernandez vs. Matt Morgan
 

I apologize for my earlier remarks about Jarrett/Angle. THIS is the feud that has gone on way too damn long. What's it been, 3 years now? Honestly, I didn't care when the two split up and I care even less now. TNA has killed Matt Morgan as a viable main eventer and Hernandez should stick in the tag team division.
  CAGE MATCH

Samoa Joe vs. The Pope
 

I can see this feud ending here. The trick will ultimately be to elevate both guys. Realistically, Pope needs the win more, but Joe needs a good momentum shot as well. I get the feeling Joe gets his much-needed duke here.
  X-SCAPE MATCH

 

Just for fun, I'll say Suicide wins.
  CAGE MATCH

Mickie James vs. Tara
 

The feud has been well booked and the match type makes sense. I'm guessing this one ends in the men's bathroom (variation on the Benoit/Sullivan classic).
  CAGE MATCH

Ink Inc. vs. Crimson/Scott Steiner vs. Orlando Jordan/Eric Young vs. British Invasion
 

If it were me booking, I'd put the Brits back in the tag team title picture. It's not me though, so it'll probably be Jordan and Young.

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