April 17, 2011
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Just for fun, I'll say Suicide wins.
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).
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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