Hey everyone – what did you think about tonight’s TNA Lockdown pay-per-view?
Just like last October’s Bound for Glory pay-per-view, I watched tonight’s Lockdown event at my local theater thanks to TNA Entertainment’s partnership with Screenvision. While there were about 40 people in the theater for Bound for Glory, tonight my buddy and I counted 15 fans including ourselves. Just like I said in my column back in October regarding these theater events – this has to be a localized success for iMPACT Wrestling because if those fans are anything like me, they wouldn’t have spent any more than the $15 that it cost to watch the show in the movie theater. So that’s $15 x 15 fans = $225 more that the promotion earned from tonight’s show just by making it available at the local theater.
The show itself was very entertaining. I thought that Kurt Angle and Jeff Hardy put on the best match of the night and that – at times – it seemed like Bobby Roode and James Storm were going to put on the best show of the night. The most exciting match for my money was the opening Lethal Lockdown match between Team Garett Bischoff and Team Eric Bischoff, but I can’t take anything away from Storm or Roode because they did an excellent job of closing out the show with a match that had passion, great storytelling, and an intriguing closing sequence. Sure, in my infinite wisdom, I just knew that Storm was going to superkick Roode through the cage door. However, I haven’t seen that type of ending to a cage match in quite a long time and it was entertaining to see the heel win because of a misjudgment by the face. It makes the typical fan eventually get the feeling of, “Well, shit happens.”
The one match outcome that I don’t understand was having Devon get over on Robbie E. Look, eventually I think the folks backstage in iMPACT Wrestling are going to want the Television Championship to get back on Robbie E. if not for any other reason than he has more entertainment value in his right thumb than an old tag team wrestler who yells at a random brother (who no longer is standing next to him, by the way) to “TESTIFY!” to some hooting and hollering that no one cares about.
Can you see my bias here?
I just don’t see any major storylines that could come out of Devon holding the Television Championship. What? Are we going to get D’Angelo Dinero back on the scene again? Haven’t we beaten that feud to death at this point? Is Bully Ray going to challenge for the strap? If so, then wouldn’t that be a step down for Bully since he’s routinely considered (in the fans’ minds at least) as a contender for the World Heavyweight Championship? I just don’t see what any one gets out of a Devon championship run, but I’m a fan of the product so I’m willing to see where this goes.
Oh, and I totally see the Hulk Hogan and Ric Flair interaction leading to a match or a fight between them at some point down the road. And if that doesn’t happen, then I expect to see a match between Sting and Ric Flair at some point down the road – perhaps as early as Slammiversary, but maybe as far away as Bound for Glory. I know that all three of those guys are aging, but I’d actually be interested in watch either one of those matches for my own nostalgic reasons.
Overall, I was very pleased with the show. On a scale of 1 – 10 I’d probably settle on giving it a strong 8. Also, there appeared to be several thousand people in attendance at the show so I’ll be interested in learning what the final attendance number is for Lockdown.
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