Lockdown Coverage by Bobby James
February 6, 2015
Welcome to Lockdown, where every match will be decided inside six sides of steel!
World Tag Team Championship Match
The Hardys vs. The Revolution (c)
The Hardys enter to excite the “creatures!” They’re followed by the tag team champions, James Storm and Abyss, accompanied by the rest of the Revolution.
The fight breaks out before the bell – and the Hardys connect with a flurry of offense. Matt and Jeff Hardy dominate the tornado-style tag team match, connecting with dropkicks and aerial assaults.
Manik climbs inside the cage to interfere. The Hardys double team Manik and handcuff him to the middle rope. However, the distraction allows James Storm to connect with a low blow to Jeff Hardy. Storm charges and pummels Matt Hardy with a club to the head. Then, with Abyss, he double teams Jeff.
The Revolution shifts the momentum as they drive the Hardys face-first into the cage. Storm and Abyss ram Matt’s face into the cage again, leaving him reeling in reach of Manik. Storm and Abyss shift their focus and close in on Jeff.
Abyss catapults Jeff Hardy into a DDT from Storm. Matt Hardy regroups and catches Storm with a hard right to the face. Matt charges Abyss and he’s slammed to the mat. Storm stands on the shoulders of Abyss and jumps toward Matt – he connects with a huge elbow drop! Abyss follows up with a splash.
Jeff connects with a Whisper in the Wind, then the Hardys connect with Twists of Fate! They’re good for a double two-count. Manik takes out Jeff Hardy and Matt misses moonsault. Matt and James Storm meet at the top of the turnbuckle and Matt catches him with Twist of Fate off the ropes!
Khoya and Sanada pull Matt Hardy through the camera hole in the cage! They slam him into the guardrail and ferociously assault him. Jeff Hardy tries to escape the cage, but Sanada meets him at the top and spits mist in his face, sending Hardy back to the mat where James Storm connects with the Last Call for the win!
Winners: The Revolution
Khoya slams Matt Hardy through a table at ringside. Storm and Abyss set up a table in the ring and Manik leaps from top rope – and misses! Jeff rolls out of the way and Manik goes through the table! Jeff fends off Abyss, Storm, Manik and Sanada.
As he climbs over the tope of the cage, Abyss kicks the door open! Jeff straddles the door and Storm clubs him in the head with a cow bell! Jeff Hardy falls from the door onto the steel stairs!!!
MVP, Kenny King and Eric Young are in the center of the ring. MVP says the six sides of steel structure is dangerous – but it’s extremely dangerous when The BDC is in it. MVP claims it’ll be a bad night for anyone who opposes the Beat Down Clan.
Eric Young screams that he’ll make Bobby Roode bleed.
MVP demands a talk with Kurt Angle. He claims he’s the most reasonable person in Impact Wrestling. Angle answers the call with Austin Aries and Gunner by his side. MVP says he has a proposal for Angle. He says he’s going to give Angle – and his team – an opportunity to save their careers.
MVP tells Angle to walk away – or he’ll make it so Angle never walks again.
Angle declines and he, Gunner and Austin Aries rush into the ring. A fight breaks out. Samoa Joe and Low Ki run in – and the numbers game takes over.
Low Ki traps Gunner’s arm in the cage door – and Samoa Joe smashes the door, and the arm, with a steel chair! The BDC retreats as Gunner writhes in pain on the outside.
The Cataclysmic Collision
Havok vs. Awesome Kong
The “Empress of Annihilation” Havok enters first. As Kong makes her way to the ring, Havok attacks!
Kong drops her on the entrance ramp and drags her toward the ring. Kong attempts to drive Havok into the steel stairs, but Havok counters, sending Kong face-first into them instead!
Kong delivers a stiff kick and a series of rights that send Kong to the arena floor. The bell sounds.
Havok slams Kong face-first into the side of the cage! As Kong regroups, Havok tears up the floor padding. She lifts Kong, but Kong counters, boxing Havok’s ears. Kong sends Havok flying into the steel steps!
Kong rolls Havok into the ring and a loud “better than Divas!” chant erupts! Kong and Havok meet face to face in the center of the ring! Havok comes off the ropes and catches Kong with a big boot to the face! Havok makes a cover, but Kong’s out a two!
They press their faces together once more and attempt to chokeslam one another! Kong attempts an Implant Buster, but Havok counters, sending Kong into the turnbuckle! Havok charges with a shoulder block, but Kong side-steps and Havok runs head-first into the cage!
Havok recovers quickly and connects with a Harlot Slayer! Kong rises immediately and plants Havok with a chokeslam of her own! Kong climbs the ropes! Havok meets her at the top and nails a series of kicks! Kong tosses her from the top rope. Havok falls hard. Kong leaps and connects with a huge splash for the win!
Winner: Awesome Kong
Eric Young vs. Bobby Roode
The cage door is locked and the bell sounds. Roode yells, “You took everything from me! I’m going to kill you!”
Roode launches Eric Young with a body drop. Roode and Young attempt to slam one another’s face into the cage. Young succeeds, but as he comes off the ropes, Roode counters with a clothesline. The crowd chants, “We want blood!”
Eric Young sends Roode into the cage repeatedly before mocking the crowd. Roode is caught between the ropes and the cage and Eric Young connects with a running cross body!
Young delivers a belly to belly suplex – and follows up with a slam. Young motions to the back and MVP emerges with a chair. MVP slides the chair through the camera hole in the cage.
Young swings the chair and misses. Roode attempts a Roode Bomb, but Young counters and tries to hit a piledriver! Roode counters, catapulting him into the cage – Young is bleeding!
Roode sends Young face-first into the cage before connecting with a spinebuster and a two-count. Roode sets Young on the turnbuckle. He attempts a Roode Bomb from the top rope, but Young counters, sending him crashing onto the mat.
Eric Young dives – and connects – with an elbow drop. Roode’s out a two. Young lays the steel chair across Roode’s face and climbs the ropes. Roode escapes and when Young turns around, he’s hit with a flying chair. Roode drives the chair into Young’s gut, then smashes the chair across his back before planting Eric Young with a Roode Bomb onto the chair!
Roode get the three.
Winner: Bobby Roode
Rockstar Spud & Mandrews vs. Tyrus w/ Ethan Carter III
As Tyrus makes his way to the ring, EC3 taunts Spud and Mandrews with hair clippers. Mandrews and Spud attack Tyrus as he climbs into the ring, but Tyrus battles back easily. Tyrus squashes Mandrews in the corner before standing on the back of Rockstar Spud!
Mandrews and Spud get caught in a double chokehold by Tyrus. They counter and connect with a double dropkick! They launch an offensive flurry of dropkicks before making a cover. Tyrus is out a one!
Tyrus sends Mandrews overhead into the turnbuckle, then he lifts Spud for a powerbomb! Spud grabs the cage and fights out of the hold! He climbs the wall, stands on top of the cage and flies onto Tyrus!
Spud writhes in pain and Tyrus is down – Mandrews climbs the turnbuckle. EC3 climbs the stairs and spits in Mandrews’ face! Mandrews opens the cage door and EC3 sweeps his leg. Mandrews falls onto the stairs and the back of his head slams onto the second step!!!
EC3 shoves Mandrews’ face into the cage, distracting Spud. As Spud attempts a rescue, EC3 slams the cage door into Spud’s face! Tyrus drops Spud with a Tongan death grip/chokeslam for the win!
EC3 plugs in the clippers. Before he can start shaving Spud’s head, Jeremy Borash unplugs the clippers and takes off across the arena with EC3 in pursuit.
Team Angle vs. The Beat Down Clan
Two participants begin the match; every two minutes, an additional wrestler will enter.
Kenny King is revealed as the first entrant from The BDC. He meets Gunner from Team Angle.
King focuses his attack on Gunner’s injured arm. He leads with a series of kicks to the arm. King leaps toward Gunner, but Gunner tosses him into the cage. Gunner rams King into the cage again, on the opposite side, before ripping a trashcan lid from the cage and smacking King in the head.
Gunner grabs a pipe and starts choking Kenny King. Low Ki enters the match! Gunner counters a rushing Low Ki and then he drives his shoulder into Low Ki’s gut. Kenny King smashes a trashcan lid across Gunner’s lower back. Then, King and Low Ki double team Gunner, using the pipe.
The 2-on-1 advantage works in the BDC’s favor. King holds Gunner’s arms behind him as Low Ki drives a few stiff kicks across Gunner’s chest. Austin Aries is introduced next – and he flies into the ring, taking out King and Low Ki! Aries’ offense is wild!
Gunner hoists King onto his shoulders and Aries flies from the turnbuckle with the trashcan lid. Aries attacks King with the pipe and trashcan lid again, as Gunner attacks Low Ki with a tennis racket.
Low Ki sends Gunner face-first into a chair as Samoa Joe enters the match on behalf of the BDC. Joe crushes Aries and Gunner and their bodies are strewn about the ring. Low Ki and Kenny King hold up Gunner and Joe smashes the trashcan lid across his head.
Samoa Joe smacks Aries across the back with a hockey stick Kurt Angle makes his way into the ring. Joe catches Angle with a shot to the gut, but Angle counters a swing by Joe with a German suplex.
The momentums shifts as Angle, Aries and Gunner take control of the match. Gunner uses a kendo stick to choke Samoa Joe, but King breaks the hold as MVP enters Lethal Lockdown!
Angle catches MVP with a German suplex, but when Angle rises, Joe puts him down with a clothesline.
Low Ki and Joe stuff Gunner into a trashcan! Low Ki stomps on the can as MVP tosses Austin Aries into the cage! Low Ki and Joe again place the trashcan over Gunner’s head as they hold him in the corner – MVP kicks the can into Gunner’s face!
Angle is up – and he smashes a trashcan lid across the face of every BDC member! When Angle turns around, Joe meets him with a hard shot with the kendo stick. Joe and Low Ki hoist Aries to his feet and place the trashcan over his head – Kenny King kicks the can!
Lashley’s music hits! Lashley climbs into the ring and extends his hand to MVP. MVP and Lashley shake hands, but Lashley clubs him with a huge clothesline. Lashley demolishes the BDC!
Kenny King grabs Lashley’s ankle and MVP pounces on him with a series of rights. MVP chokes Lashley in the corner. Gunner is laid out in the center of the ring and Joe crashes onto a trashcan that MVP holds above Gunner.
Joe lifts Angle for a muscle buster, but Angle counters into an Ankle Lock! Aries locks in the Last Chancery on Low Ki and Lashley crashes into MVP with a huge spear! Lashley makes the cover and the pin.
Winners: Team Angle
Tonight, Lockdown airs on network television for the first time ever at 9/8c on Destination America. Headlining one of TNA's most anticipated events of the year is the Lethal Lockdown match, where Team Angle will meet the Beat Down Clan. However, many questions remain. After Lashley said no to Team Angle last week, Kurt Angle has yet to announce who - if anyone - will join Team Angle. Will they find a fourth to even the odds against the BDC? Or will Team Angle go into the match a man down?
In hopes of getting information, IMPACTWrestling.com contacted Team Angle member Austin Aries to get a scoop. Listen to exlcusive words from Aries NOW and tune in to watch Team Angle battle the BDC in Lethal Lockdown tonight at 9/8c!
Last week on Friday Night IMPACT, Kurt Angle asked the World Heavyweight Champion to join his team to battle the Beat Down Clan inside Lethal Lockdown. Lashley does have a heated issue with the BDC and it seemed like a lock he would say yes. In a shocking turn of events, Lashley turned down Kurt’s offer. But what was the reason? We’ve come up with 5 potential reasons why the Champion said no to the Olympic Gold Medalist.
Coming off a successful title defense versus Bobby Roode, Austin Aries and MVP, the current World Heavyweight Champion could potentially be hiding a nagging injury. A few weeks ago, Lashley did suffer a brutal beatdown from the Beat Down Clan. While they did steal his championship title, we don’t know if there are any lingering effects.
4. THE TOP 5
Lashley is the first TNA World Heavyweight Champion ever to have his future challengers ranked. If Lashley walked into the Lethal Lockdown, he’d be locked in a cage with 3 of the Top 5 – Kurt Angle, Low Ki and MVP. Carrying around the World Title puts a bullseye on his chest.
3. AUSTIN ARIES' BRIEFCASE
Every year, the man who wins the World Title shot in Feast or Fired has the opportunity to cash in that briefcase at ANY time. Lashley knows that and if he would have accepted teaming with Kurt Angle, he’d be locked in a cage with this year’s winner Austin Aries. Aries hasn’t been shy about reminding everyone he’s ever the opportunist. Aries could just shock the world and cash in in Lethal Lockdown if Lashley says yes.
2. The BDC Numbers game.
Even if Lashley isn’t injured, Lethal Lockdown is known to shorten careers. The BDC have attempted to injure the champion on two different occasions. Lashley has stated he doesn’t need anyone and wants to stand on his own. A war in Lethal Lockdown could take it’s toll on the BDC all while Lashley sits on the sidelines.
1. Kurt Angle
There has been an issue simmering in TNA IMPACT Wrestling for almost a year; Kurt Angle and Lashley. While Kurt Angle was Executive Director, there were numerous confrontations between the two that made the issue boil even hotter. Now that Kurt Angle is back on the roster, the impending collision seems inevitable. While they both have common enemies, they both have the same goal – being the World Heavyweight Championship. Look at Lashley’s decision to turn down Angle can be viewed as strategic. As Champion, Lashley has to watch who he aligns himself with and that includes Kurt Angle.
The question now is who will Kurt Angle find to be the fourth member of Team Angle? Will the BDC see this 3 on 4 situation as “blood in the water”? Lethal Lockdown will be the first big battle in this war with the tide truly swinging on who/if Kurt finds a partner.
This Friday on Lockdown, it's one of the most anticipated matches in Knockouts history as Awesome Kong takes on HAVOK inside six-sides-of-steel! Two of the most feared women in the history of women's wrestling - but how do they stack up?
Kong holds the edge when it comes to Knockouts Title reigns and years of destruction so, shockingly, some may be forced to look at HAVOK as the underdog for the first time since she's debuted in TNA. However, if HAVOK were to defeat Awesome Kong, there's no telling who would be able to stop her reign of terror in TNA.
Who will prevail in this epic Knockouts Showdown? Tell us your pick on Twitter using #Lockdown! Then, don't miss this clash of the titans on Friday at 9/8c on Destination America!
Recently, the film American Sniper shed light on an American hero serving in the Iraq war. As many TNA fans are aware, the name Gunner comes from the TNA Superstar's own history in the Iraq war - where he served as a machine gunner in the Marines. So, in theory, it should come as no surprise that Gunner, being an American hero, joined forces with another American hero - Olympic Gold Medalist Kurt Angle - for this week's Lethal Lockdown match.
However, as we saw on this past Friday's show, the pairing started off quite confrontational, with Angle even delivering a slap to Gunner in the locker room. This morning, IMPACTWrestling.com caught up with Gunner by phone in order to get his thoughts on what happened with Angle, hear about his motivations and what to expect in Lethal Lockdown this Friday on IMPACT!
#TNAManchester was the dugs!! Great crowd, havin a ball
by Bobby James
January 30, 2015
“The ‘It’ Factor” Bobby Roode enters the Impact Zone carrying the TNA World Heavyweight Championship.
Roode says the championship he’s holding doesn’t belong to him, but that it means more to him than anything in the world. He says he lives for professional wrestling – and that on January 7, the championship was stolen from him, by his former best friend Eric Young.
Roode declares he won’t rest until spilling Eric Young’s blood. He invites Lashley to the ring, saying he has something that belongs to him – but also something he wants.
Roode gives Lashley the championship and says that Lashley’s earned his respect by standing up to MVP, Eric Young and the other goons. Roode demands a rematch – tonight! Lashley agrees.
Austin Aries, with his “Feast or Fired” briefcase in hand, interrupts Roode’s call for a referee. Aries says he’s the man with the most options. He says he can have a World Heavyweight Championship match any time, any place.
As Aries considers his options, MVP makes his way toward the ring, addressing them all. MVP says the title belongs to The BDC. MVP says Lashley should defend against him. Lashley agrees – and says he’ll defend his title against all three, tonight!
Backstage: Kurt Angle says he’s going to assemble a team to battle The BDC next week.
Madison Rayne vs. Gail Kim vs. Taryn Terrell (c)
The bell sounds as Gail and Taryn begin double teaming Madison Rayne. Madison retreats to the outside and Taryn attempts a cover. Gail’s out quickly and Taryn gets hung up between the ropes. Madison rips Gail from the apron and connects with a stiff shot to Taryn’s face.
Madison makes a couple pin attempts before locking the champion in a headlock and connecting with a knee to the side of the head. Madison, with a running knee, keeps Gail at bay. Gail finds her way back into the match and Madison connects with a DDT to Taryn and a neckbreaker to Gail!
Gail and Taryn join forces again and climb the ropes. Madison shoves them both to the outside!
Madison drives Taryn face-first into the steel stairs, then she drops Gail with a facebreaker onto the steps as well! In the ring, Madison connects with the Rayne Drop to Taryn Terrell, but Gail Kim interrupts the count and makes a pin attempt of her own. Madison fights out and counters Eat Defeat. Gail misses a diving cross-body and Taryn connects with the diamond cutter.
Winner: Taryn Terrell
Backstage: Magnus is on his way to meet Bram. He says he and Bram are going to “talk it out.”
Backstage: Tommy Dreamer heads into the arena
Backstage: Rockstar Spud gives Mandrews (Mark Andrews) a tour of the city and says that tonight, they’ll face EC3 and Tyrus.
Tommy Dreamer heads into the Impact Zone. He says that for 25 years, the people have supported him – and that without them, there would be no him. He says he’s never lied to the people and that he never will. He says there’s a situation that needs to be addressed: He calls out Eric Young.
Eric Young tells Dreamer to stay out of his business. Dreamer says Eric Young is making a mistake. Dreamer says Young shouldn’t to burn a bridge or turn his back on his best friend – or the fans.
Eric Young says Tommy Dreamer’s a fat loser – and that he doesn’t want to burn a bridge with Bobby Roode; he wants to blow it up. Young says being friends with Dreamer and Roode was a mistake and that he no longer makes mistakes.
Dreamer gets in Eric Young’s face – and EY drops him with a piledriver! Eric Young retrieves a chair and punches the time keeper. Bobby Roode makes the save.
Backstage: The Hardys address The Revolution.
Backstage: Kurt Angle recruits Gunner to his team.
Bram and Magnus argue in a bar. Magnus says his “Feast or Fired” briefcase featured a Tag Team Championship opportunity. Magnus asks Bram to be his tag team partner. Bram calms, then they look at pictures of Magnus’ baby boy. They toast to their future.
Bram and Magnus agree to have dinner. Then, Bram ambushes Magnus and smashes his head into a concrete wall! Bram pulls a billiard ball out of his coat pocket and pounds it against the back of Magnus’ head. Magnus lays motionless and Bram screams, “Look at you now!”
Jeff Hardy vs. Abyss
Before the match even starts, Jeff Hardy attacks Abyss backstage. He lodges Abyss behind a door and repeatedly slams the door against “The Monster” Abyss. Hardy leads Abyss into the arena and the bell finally sounds.
Hardy drives Abyss’ face into the ring post before the steps. Hardy sets up a table at ringside, but “The Monster” battles back, attempting to chokeslam Hardy through the table. Hardy counters, but Abyss sends him crashing hard into the stairs!
Abyss loads the rings with weaponry and Jeff Hardy comes from out of nowhere to change the momentum of the match. Jeff counters another chokeslam with a Twist of Fate! Abyss rolls to the outside.
Jeff Hardy leaps off of a steel chair, over the top rope. Abyss moves at the last minute and Jeff crashes through the table (the crowd chants “You still got it.”)!
Abyss rolls Hardy into the ring before grabbing a bag of tacks! Hardy drags a cheese grater across Abyss’ groin! Abyss retreats and Jeff Hardy pursues. Abyss side-steps Hardy, sending him face-first into a steel chair mounted in the corner!
Hardy drops Abyss with a second Twist of Fate before ascending the ring post for a Swanton, but The Revolution interferes! Matt Hardy makes the save, until the numbers game proves too much. The Wolves do a run-in to fend them off.
Abyss returns to his feet and pours the tacks in the center of the ring. He positions Hardy on the top rope and attempts a superplex. Hardy counters into a rolling powerbomb! Abyss lands in the middle of the tacks and then Hardy connects with a Swanton bomb!
Winner: Jeff Hardy
Post-match: James Storm berates Abyss. He slaps Abyss in the face and commands him to the back.
Backstage: “The Charismatic Enigma” Jeff Hardy says that for a moment – he thought the Monster’s Ball match might be his last match. Matt Hardy says they’ll prevail against The Revolution.
Backstage: Austin Aries says he’s made a career out of being an opportunist – and that tonight, he might lose – but that he may still win (as he shows his “Feast or Fired” briefcase).
Tag Team Match
Rockstar Spud & Mandrews vs. The BroMans w/ Angelina Love
Spud and Mandrews enters, expecting a match against EC3 and Tyrus. EC3 enters the Impact Zone with a microphone – in a suit. EC3 says Rockstar Spud’s request for a tag team match has been denied. EC3 says he has found a suitable replacement though – The BroMans enter with Angelina Love and DJ Z.
Angelina distracts Mandrews very early in the bout, allowing Jessie to capitalize with a big body drop. Jessie and Robbie E exchange rapid tags and double team Mandrews with a double facebreaker – and double running knee.
Mandrews slides through Robbie E’s legs and makes the hot tag to Rockstar Spud!
Spud gets a handful of Robbie E and Jessie, which has both men reeling. Spud drops Robbie E face-first onto the mat and then he tags Mandrews. Mandrews connects with a Shooting Star and the pin.
Winners: Rockstar Spud and Mandrews
Post-match: Tyrus demolishes Spud and Mandrews. EC3 pummels Spud and says that next week, it’ll be Spud and Mandrews vs. Tyrus in a steel cage!
Backstage: Spud goes crazy backstage. He vows to get his revenge on EC3, then he screams, “I’m not a loser!”
TNA World Heavyweight Championship
Austin Aries vs. MVP vs. Bobby Roode vs. Lashley (c)
Lashley approaches MVP, MVP retreats. Roode and Aries force MVP back into the ring. They all take shots at MVP and Lashley connects with a huge shoulder block in the corner. Roode turns on Aries and then he and Lashley lock up.
Lashley forces Roode into the corner and chokes him with his foot. Roode is sent to the other side of the ring, but he climbs the ropes and connects with a neckbreaker! Aries flies off the top rope, taking out Lashley. Roode disposes of Aries and then he drops a charging MVP with a spinebuster.
Aries and Roode end up doing battle while Lashley and MVP are relegated to the outside. Lashley charges back into the ring. He drops Roode and counters a brainbuster attempt from Aries. Aries dodges Lashley, sending him back to the outside.
Aries connects with a suicide dive – sending Lashley into the guardrail. MVP has Aries well scouted and he takes an opportunity to connect with a hard forearm, sending Aries into Lashley.
MVP attacks Roode and Aries. As Roode begins to battle back, a distraction from Austin Aries allows MVP to capitalize. MVP makes a pin attempt on Roode. Aries makes the save and locks in the Last Chancery!
Lashley breaks the hold, hoists Aries onto his shoulder and powers him down face-first onto the mat! MVP trips Lashley and then Aries flies again to the outside – connecting with MVP!
Eric Young runs in with a chair to assault Bobby Roode. Meanwhile, Lashley attempts to spear Aries. Aries counters the spear with a Last Chancery! MVP interrupts the count, but Aries sends him to the outside with a discus forearm!
Aries rushes across the ring – to connect with a suicide dive – but Lashley intercepts him with a spear to retain his championship!
Post-match: The BDC attacks Lashley. Kurt Angle and Gunner make the save.
Bobby Roode challenges Eric Young next week! Eric Young responds by saying, “I’m going to take your blood!”
Kurt Angle announces that Austin Aries will join him and Gunner to battle The Beat Down Clan. Angle asks Lashley to join him – Lashley refused, leaving Angle stranded!