Gunner is mad at Storm for his costing him the world title last week.
Dixie is absent tonight, so she gave her matchmaking power to the triumvirate of Bobby Roode, ECIII, and Magnus.
Opening in-ring promo is by MVP, Joe, and Magnus. At Lockdown their cage title match can only be won via submission or knockout.
Meanwhile, the Bro-Mans have lost their tag titles to The Wolves at a house show. They want a rematch, and they figure they can get one by aligning with Team Roode. Bobby is having none of it though, since he doesn’t want people who lost to the Wolves on his team. After all, at Lockdown he needs his team to beat the Wolves! He decides to give Bad Influence and the Bro-Mans another chance, in a three-way match with the Wolves. Whichever team wins will get to be on Team Roode. Unless the Wolves win, in which case Bobby will be disappointed.
1. Bro-Mans defeat Bad Influence and the Wolves, when Robbie E steals the Wolves’s pin on Kaz
ECIII has picked his own opponent for tonight, and promises to take Angle’s spot as America’s hero.
“Are we really still arguing about this?” “It was a fluke!” Yep. Dirty Heels are hanging out. They continue to bond over how Aries ended Roode's reign as world champion a few years ago. This segment was my favorite part of the show, for its bromance goodness. Roode’s attempt to recruit his former partner onto Team Roode is less than successful though.
ECIII’s handpicked opponent is !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! DOUG WILLIAMS~!~!~!~!~!~!~!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Putting aside my rampant fanboyism for Doug Williams, this pick makes a lot of sense for Ethan. Doug is both a significant name in TNA lore (former member of Fortune, former X-Champion, TV Champion, Tag Team Champion, and also was an IWGP Tag Team Champion in TNA), someone who probably is at a beatable phase in his career, AND beating him sends a message to Ethan's frenemy Magnus, who was Douglas’s former tag team partner in British Invasion.
Douglas does the headshake!
2. Ethan Carter III pins Doug Williams Doug surprisingly dominated until the end, when ECIII knocked Doug out with the One Percenter finisher. Ethan continued to attack Doug after the match. Magnus unfortunately did not make the save.
James Storm comes out, looking like American Badass era Taker, except without a motorcycle. He cuts a semi-babyface promo about how he was planning to screw Gunner all along, because Gunner hurt his feelings when Gunner (literally) stepped over him to get the Feast or Fired title shot briefcase.
Storm escapes from Gunner, but Gunner promises to catch up with him later tonight.
3. Samoa Joe pins Bad Bones, the jobber Magnus selected for him to fight.
MVP tries again to get Aries onto Team MVP. Aries says he wants to be the referee for Roode/MVP tonight.
Angle gives his Hall of Fame acceptance speech. He gets a Rolex.
ECIII plays a video of him giving Angle a beatdown, along with cartoon thought bubbles about how great ECIII is.
Angle winds up psyching out ECIII, refuses to retire, knocks Ethan out of the ring, and announces that MVP made a match for them at Lockdown.
4. The Alpha Female and Lei’d Tapa (w/ Chris Sabin and Gail Kim) defeated the Beautiful People when Tapa pinned Rayne. The Alpha Female is Sabin’s new henchwoman. Kim will get a titleshot at Rayne in a cage at Lockdown. Afterwards Sky attacks Sabin, the girls beatdown Sky and Rayne, and ODB makes the save. Sabin runs from ODB. I agree with Bully Ray. Sabin’s reign as world champion just does not count.
#TigreUno, who appears to be a tiger with the power to morph into a masked luchadore, will be coming to Lockdown
Samuel Shaw explains to the disbelievers that he was just protecting Christy Hemme. Which again, was pretty obvious, and I’m not sure why anyone would feel the need to question Samuel on that point.
Christy and Shaw share a loving glance as Shaw walks to the ring. Shaw discusses Ralph Waldo Emerson. Shaw respects Christy’s space, and is a really nice guy. The crowd catcalls Christy. Tsk tsk. Samuel is the kind of guy who will protect Christy from troublemakers like that asshole Ken Anderson. Christy gets so excited by this that she flings herself at Shaw. Unfortunately, their embrace is unstable so she accidentally trips into Anderson. Anderson takes advantage of the situation and winds up on top of Hemme. Shaw rescues Christy Hemme from Anderson, by putting the asshole in a cool looking judo choke.
Willow dances around with skeletons. I admit that it is possible that I am misinterpreting every single scene with Sam Shaw. But, Willow is dancing around with skeletons. Since Willow is coming to TNA, Christy would be better served to have Shaw protecting her as opposed to being on her own once the menace of Willow arrives.
Gunner and Storm brawl into a trailer-truck! They will fight in a cage at Lockdown.
Abyss is missing again.
5. MVP v. Bobby Roode (Special Guest Referee: Austin Aries) Winner: Bobby Roode after some hands-on officiating by Austin Aries
Lockdown card as of now: Kim v. Rayne (c), Knockouts title, steel cage match Gunner v. Storm, steel cage ECIII v. Angle, steel cage Joe v. Magnus (c), World title, steel cage submissions match Team Dixie (Roode, the Bro-Mans, and Austin Aries) v. Team MVP (MVP, the Wolves, and ?), in a Lethal Lockdown match for the control of wrestling operations in TNA.
This was the second week in a row with ratings below 1.0 for TNA. Perhaps it is a sign that the MVP era is just not clicking. I am not sure if he was a big deal in the WWE, but it feels like his TNA push was too abrupt.
I saw the EC3/Angle bit, and I kind of liked EC3. He seems like a good talker and makes great facial expressions. Angle got old and it sounded like he still wants to try and die via cage match.
It's been forever since I actually watched TNA. Other than hoping Bully Ray gets one more WWE run, I don't see myself ever getting back into it especially since NXT is running the very show I've been wishing these guys would have run for years now.
Pretty average show besides for the contuing big push of Joe. The three way tag title match should have gotten way more time, but was very good for a five minute match. MVP vs Roode was fine, but another heel turn a week after another big turn last week. Was Aries even a full fledged face anyway? The biggest positive of the show was surely no Dixie. Btw the Bromans regained the tag titles in the W-1 vs TNA one night only PPV. Why even give the Wolves the belts if they'd drop it two weeks later?
Also in Japan, a foreign wrestler named Sanada defeated Aries for the X-Division Championship.
One of my favorite parts of TNA is the sense that all of the top wrestlers in the world goes are trying to win their world titles, and that TNA wrestlers are trying to win major titles around the globe as well. Its a shame that TNA didn't manage to win any of the Japanese titles on this tour. Better luck next time, I hope.
http://www.usatoday.com/life/television/nielsen-more.htm 5.1 million viewers. I thought that a million viewers was roughly one rating point. But apparently I messed that up. NielsenMedia.com says last week's got a 3.2 rating. My bad.