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TNA Lockdown 2012 Review


Lockdown always stands out as one of TNA’s best PPV’s year in and year out. On the heels of a quality Victory Road PPV could TNA continue its upward momentum? This month we already saw an incredible Wrestlemania. Could TNA match or top that? Lets find out.

MATCH ONE – LETHAL LOCKDOWN

This wasn’t the best match but it was a great way to start off the PPV. As usual, having this many people in a caged ring lead to the match being a bit of a cluster f***, with it being hard to tell just exactly what was going on at times. It was really entertaining after the past few months to see Garett take the brutal beating he received. That alone made this match worth watching, despite the lack of any big spots and a really weak ending. – 3 out of 5 stars

MATCH TWO – MOTOR CITY MACHINE GUNS VS SAMOA JOE & MAGNUS

This match turned out to be a pretty big disappointment. I was expecting the Guns to go all out in their return, but they played things really safe and conservative. Everything felt a little sloppy and disjointed. I think it is becoming clear that Sabin is the Marty Jannetty of this group. When Alex Shelley and Samoa Joe are involved in a match I expect better than this. – 2.5 out of 5 stars

MATCH THREE – ROBBIE E VS DEVON

What a God awful match. Thankfully it was mercifully quick. Without Bully Ray, Devon is unwatchable. TNA needs to realize this and stop trying to push Devon down our throats. No one buys him as a singles champion. NO ONE. You are just making the TV Title, which already held little value, look even more worthless. – 1 out of 5 Stars

MATCH FOUR – VELVET SKY VS GAIL KIM

We all know Velvet isn’t exactly the most talented worker in the business but this match was probably the best performance she has ever put on. I’ve always said that Gail Kim could carry anyone to a decent match and that holds up here. Overall a decent KO match that featured a nice high risk spot that nearly killed Gail.

Footnote: TNA needs to stop with the B.S. endings. You can have a heel go over a face clean once in a while. Not every heel victory has to end in nonsense.

– 3.5 out of 5 stars

MATCH FIVE – CRIMSON VS MATT MORGAN

For the love of God, TNA STOP PUSHING CRIMSON. He has little to no in ring ability and is about as interesting as a block of ice. He is the definition of boring and his matches serve only as a good time for a bathroom break. He is not Goldberg. Stop trying to act like he is. He shouldn’t be undefeated, he should be jobbing. – 1.5 out of 5 stars

MATCH SIX – KURT ANGLE VS JEFF HARDY

A lot of people in the IWC were critical of Angle’s comments in which he said this match would be on par with the HHH vs. Undertaker match at Wrestlemania. Well I think Angle shut those people up pretty quick as this match delivered exactly what he promised. This match had it all. False finish after false finish, finishers being traded like it was a video game and a multitude of high risks spots closed out by a crazy Jeff Hardy spot from the top of the cage. Simply put a masterpiece. – 5 out of 5 stars

MATCH SEVEN – ODB & ERIC YOUNG VS ROSITA & SARITA

This is what TNA books after a five star match? Sarita deserves better. If you don’t want to keep the KO tag titles around then just get rid of them. Turning them into a joke just hurts your product. Comedy has its place in the biz but it should not come at the expense of your championship belts. – 1 out of 5 stars

MATCH EIGHT – JAMES STORM VS BOBBY ROODE

This was a masterpiece in storytelling. Perhaps even the best booked feud TNA has ever had. This had the feel of an old school 80’s personal vendetta steel cage match. Everything was bloody. Everything had meaning. Everything built to a fantastic crescendo and ended on a picture perfect note. An almost flawless match. I really hope this feud lasts a long while. – 4.5 out of 5 stars

OVERALL

Two fantastic matches that raised the level of this PPV up to something special, only to have that specialness diminished by poorly booked, unnecessary, underwhelming bouts. TNA seems to be headed back down the right track. They just need to fix a few more things and they could be back to the level of quality they were at a few years ago.

It is funny, isn’t it, that we’ve went how long without a five star match and now we’ve received two of them in the same month. I feel a new golden era may be upon us. Or at the least I hope so.

3 out of 5 stars

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