2007 was an interesting time for TNA.
It saw the stalwarts of the X-Division begin to make a name for themselves in the Heavyweight division and there were rumblings of a women’s division and title being brought into the Nashville based company. This is the first Lockdown after the shock signing of Kurt Angle in late 2006 and he leads a team into Lethal Lockdown against Team Cage. It is also the first Lockdown PPV to be held outside of Orlando, so let’s grab some banana bread and relive Lockdown 2007!
We get a video package about Lockdown being like a prison and a zoom up of SoCal Val. Wow that arena is FILLED and TNA went all out on the fireworks! Tenay and West run down the line up before going into match 1…
But before we do, we get Black Machismo Jay Lethal backstage with Leticia Cline! His impression is so good 13 years on.
Xscape Match for the X Division Championship – Chris Sabin (c) vs. Sonjay Dutt vs. Jay Lethal (w/Kevin Nash) vs. Alex Shelley vs. Shark Boy
It is nice to see some progress in the character of Chris Sabin. In my first review, he was being touted as a young prospect and now he is a 4-time X Division Champion with an attitude befitting of a champion. I love a good progress story. I also loved Alex Shelley’s “Paparazzi Productions” stuff. Dutt and Sabin start the match with a lot of back and forth. Tenay mentions that Sabin is the only person in this match that has held the X-Division Championship. Dutt seems fired up and has the better of Sabin. Sharkboy gets a blind tag in and manages to sunset flip powerbomb Sabin, which leads to Dutt falling at the biggest height! Sabin flails to the corner and Shelley tags in.
Sharkboy sets up the figure four but Shelley fights out. He manages to hit a neckbreaker and goes to work on Shelley. Sharkboy climbs the ropes and uses the cage to help him stand and hits a great dropkick on Shelley. Sabin then stops the momentum and starts double teaming with Shelley on Sharkboy. Sharkboy goes for the punches in the corner but jumps onto Sabin before the champ can attack. Sharkboy goes for the Stunner but Shelley reverses with inverted DDT. Sabin and Shelley both go to the top rope, link arms and hit a weird looking leg drop/splash combo to eliminate Sharkboy. Damn it, that poor shark will never get his moment to shine.
Black Machismo hits a double axe handle to enter the match. The crowd is chanting like mad for Lethal! Sabin grabs Lethal’s ankle and Shelley manages to hit an avalanche jawbreaker onto Lethal. Then Sabin hits a dropkick onto Dutt for reasons. Sabin is in and is immediately on the offensive against Lethal. It is really interesting to see the early formation of MCMG with the moves they are hitting on their opponent and they are using it to their advantage.
Sabin accidentally hits Shelley and that gives Lethal time to tag in Dutt, who hits a flying splash onto both. However, Shelley and Sabin hit slick tag moves and they are getting cheered?! Lethal is in and things speed up again. He fires off a ton of vicious rights to Sabin but the Guns are too much for him. The sequence where they get Lethal on the mat with Shelley having him in a neckbreaker position so Sabin can hit a running dropkick gets two. Dutt tries a springboard double clothesline but slips off so he hits Shelley but the wrong side of him.
Dutt hits an Asai Moonsault press but the Guns are too much for him as Shelley hits a Stunner and crossface style hold. It’s a tag match now and the non-Guns have stereo submissions on. The ASCS Rush puts Lethal down and a wicked Cradle Shock gets rid of Dutt. Lethal hits Lethal Combinations on both guys and the top rope elbow gets us down to two. Now it’s just escape the cage in order to win between Lethal and Sabin. Lethal takes over and they both climb. They get on the top and both climb down but Sabin gets a kick to knock him into the cage, allowing Chris to drop to the floor to retain. Lethal is left hanging as Sabin leaves!
The early days of MCMG were GREAT. I cannot wait for next week’s review so we can talk more about that.
Backstage with JB and boy this is so jarring- Abyss has fought AJ Styles AND Christian Cage in my previous Lockdown reviews and now they are a team?! And James Mitchell is berating Abyss after Cage calls him a freak. This is such a weird sight and, without context, makes no sense. I also believe this is the first time AJ Styles is a heel. Cage’s team has the advantage after Jarrett joined Team Angle. JB mentions that if anyone in Team Cage gets the winning pin, they get a title match (oh THAT makes more sense!). Cage says he will get the win and walks off. Steiner goes mad that we are talking about Christmas eight months early…god he is a joy. James Mitchell also says that if AJ Styles gets the title shot, Abyss’ mum goes to prison?! I am so confused.
We get a hype package for match 2 where we have a now defunct Team Canada, Robert Roode Inc and Traci Brooks seduced Eric Young into signing for RR Inc?! Young is basically Roode’s slave and when Young says he has a friend that will help him, it turns out it is Petey Williams!
Petey Williams vs Robert Roode (w/Miss Brooks and Eric Young)
I like how Roode has completely denounced Canada and now is hailed from Wall Street. Roode says no friend can save Young and that it pays to be Roode. Cool. Roode makes Young sit in a seat. Petey grabs Roode by the hair to start the match. Petey hammers away to start and controls early with speed and stomping. Springboard Codebreaker gets two. We get a close up of Hector Guerrero on Spanish commentary as Williams does the Tree of Woe spot where he stands on Roode’s balls and sings O Canada. Roode manages to send him into the buckle to shift momentum.
A SICK clothesline puts Williams down and Eric is just kind of sitting there and doesn’t like what he’s seeing. Middle rope kneedrop gets two. Off to the chinlock. Petey makes a comeback and tries a crucifix for two but he eats cage to break that up. Rock Bottom gets two. Brooks tries to send in a hockey stick but Young makes the save. Williams hits something that we miss as Brooks and Eric are fighting outside. Williams hits a rana back inside as the camera is from above the cage for some reason. The camera goes back to Young so AGAIN we miss whatever Petey uses for two.
A dropkick doesn’t hit Roode but he goes into the corner anyway. Despite that PAINFUL missing dropkick, Roode hits a spinebuster for two. The Canadian sitcom on the floor continues as Roode demands the hockey stick, but Petey hits a cool DDT for two. Now Petey asks for the stick and a few shots with it take Roode down. And Hebner intercepts it because we can’t have weapons in a cage or something. Rollup gets two for Williams. Destroyer is countered and the Payoff (PerfectPlex) ends this.
Seeing this back makes me sad- Eric Young is fantastic as a character and the way the audience rallied behind him during this match proves that. He has been wasted for so long recently, and I hope he can come back and show everyone why he is one of the best when it comes to creating a character the audience can relate to.
Backstage with Leticia Cline, Angle and Rhino, who is pissed that Jarrett is in Team Angle. Angle changed the order of entrants because Cornette changed the order. Rhino suggests he talks to Joe and he better do it now.
We get a hype package for the first ever women’s match at a Lockdown PPV. This feeds into the match between Chris Harris and James Storm as Jackie is with Storm and Gail with Harris. I loved this match back in 2007 because I love both Gail and Jackie, so let’s see if it holds up (I’m sure it will).
Gail Kim vs Ms Jackie Moore
Jackie leaves the cage and the women start to brawl on the ramp! Jackie walks away but Gail meets her and Jackie goes rolling down! Gail slams Jackie onto the commentator table and the bell has rung. Gail slings Jackie into the rail. Whew 2007 Gail is AMAZING. Jackie gets thrown onto Tenay and West. Jackie uses Tenay’s water bottle to hit Gail in the gut and tips it over her. This is a fun little brawl- thank goodness the bell has rung! Gail tries to go after Jackie, but the Pride of Tennessee drags SoCal Val in between them so she can’t.
That doesn’t last long and Gail is back on the attack. We finally get into the ring (we are also told that Gail and Jackie brawled in the preshow). Gail with a tilt-a-whirl headscissors, which gives her some time to walk out of the cage. Jackie stops her, but Gail pushes her back and then stomps on her hand. She grabs the stomped hand and used it to scale the cage and arm drag Jackie. Gail is then flung into the ropes and Jackie now has the advantage. She hits a release German Suplex. Then she goes up top and Kim pulls her right back down. Kim goes up top and gets a sunset flip and Moore counters by dropping to her knees for two, and then Kim counters back to the sunset flip but Moore kicks out before even a one-count can be registered.
Moore fights back with a clothesline, the hair mare, and a big boot to the back. Kim fights back with a flurry of offense. She bodyslams Moore and goes up top for a shotgun dropkick for two. Now Kim tries to escape out the door but Moore won’t let her. They trade some elbows and Kim pulls the door back into her face. Kim goes to walk out the door but then changes her mind and climbs to the top of the cage to deliver a high cross body (that she almost completely misses!) to get the win.
JB is backstage with Bob Backlund (huh?! I don’t remember him being in TNA!) They look intensely into the camera and promises to call the next match down the middle.
Austin Starr vs Senshi, Mr Backlund as the special guest referee
I paused the video as Austin Starr came out because I had to…admire the choice in attire. It takes a brave soul to wear a sparkly, silver scarf as a headband with a mop of head like Starr had…right I’m going to move on.
After inspecting both competitors, Backlund calls for the bell. They start off with some chain wrestling and both wrestlers deliver clean breaks in the corner. Starr takes his chance to punch Senshi right in the face. Senshi fights back with chops, a bodyslam, and an elbow drop for a quick two-count. He hits more chops in the corner and Backlund tries to break it up. Once again Starr takes a cheap shot, poking Senshi in the eyes. Starr goes to work now, raking the back and hitting a back suplex for two. Right, I’m interrupting again- why did Starr have some long armband on only ONE arm?! It is distracting me as I go through this match!
He hits a gutbuster and an STO, and then the Pendulum Elbow for two. He then goes for the Crossface Chicken Wing and Senshi fights it off. Senshi goes for Tidal Wave but Starr blocks it and hits a powerbomb for two. Starr then locks on a half Boston Crab and Senshi is able to reach the ropes. Senshi fights back with a flying forearm, a kick to the gut, and the hook kick to the head. This time Senshi hits the Tidal Wave. Starr comes charging and Senshi backdrops him into the cage. Senshi follows up with a rolling Koppo Kick for two. He hits a couple of kicks but Starr catches one and suplexes him for a two-count.
Starr goes for the brainbuster but Senshi avoids it, only to get hit with the IED. He puts his feet on the ropes during the cover and Backlund sees it so he won’t count three! Starr argues with him, giving Senshi the chance to hit the running shotgun dropkick. Senshi goes up top for the Warrior’s Way but Starr throws Backlund into the ropes to knock him down. Starr goes up and hits the 450 Splash but Senshi kicks out at two! Once again Starr argues with the referee and Backlund shoves him right into a victory roll by Senshi.
JB is with Samoa Joe and JB says Angle is looking for him. Joe screams into the camera asking why Angle held back on saying Jarrett is the 5th member of Team Angle. “Even with all your integrity, you have no intelligence.” Joe makes it clear that while he hates Kurt, he despises Jarrett more and says he will maim and kill anyone that gets in his way. Don’t worry, Joe. I’m with you all the way.
After the success of the 2 out of 3 Falls Prince of Darkness match, we (kind of) get a sequel in the form of a blindfold match between the former members of AMW, Chris Harris and James Storm. Oh boy, I am not looking forward to this. In the promo, they show that Harris has an eye patch after Storm smashes a bottle into it.
Blindfold Match – Wildcat Chris Harris vs Cowboy James Storm
They wander around a bit trying to find each other. Finally they bump into each other but somehow each manage to miss a big haymaker punch. The crowd chants that they want wrestling as we cross the three-minute mark with no contact made yet. Harris finds Storm and Storm scurries away as the crowd is getting quite restless. Now Harris gets the crowd into Jake Roberts style (pointing) and gets a series of punches before Storm scurries away again. Storm swings wildly and makes no contact, and when Harris clocks him with a left hand the hood comes flying off and the referee must re-apply it.
Storm hits a bodyslam but misses an elbow drop. His hood comes flying off again.. Storm finds Harris and hits him with the Swinging Noose. He goes for another one but Harris counters it into the Tower of London for two. They take the fight up to the top rope and Storm loses his hood again, but Harris hits him with a Spear anyway. Both men make it back to their feet and this time Harris loses the hood. Harris hits the Uncle Slam for two. He accidentally grabs Rudy Charles and traps him in the Sharpshooter. Storm takes the opportunity to take his mask off and hit the Superkick to get the pin.
Oh that did not age well at all. I can’t unsee this. Oh my. Right, I need something good to follow up that mess of a match.
Jerry Lynn vs Christopher Daniels
OK that will do! Lynn starts out hot, punching and kicking Daniels in the corners. He hits a tilt-a-whirl backbreaker for two. He follows up with a Thesz Press and the punches. Lynn hits a back body drop and delivers a headscissors to send Daniels between the ropes and the cage. He hits a dropkick from that position. Daniels comes back by snapping Lynn’s neck off the top rope. He knees Lynn in the back, sending him crashing into the cage.
Now Daniels goes to work, keeping Lynn on the mat with extra viciousness (according to Don West). Lynn comes back with a victory roll for two and a headscissors. Daniels cuts him off with a dropkick. He takes a cameraman’s cord and chokes Lynn with it. An Asai Moonsault gets two. Daniels goes for a super rana, but Lynn slips out and hits a sunset bomb. Lynn goes on an offensive flurry and throws Daniels into the cage. He follows up with mounted punches in the corner and then a rana for two. Lynn hits a float over DDT for two. Daniels comes back with a backdrop right into the cage.
He hits the STO for two. They trade punches now and Daniels counters the Cradle Piledriver with a uranage slam. Daniels tries the BME but Lynn avoids it. Lynn hits the TKO for two. They take the fight up to the top rope and Daniels hits a super Flatliner. Amazingly Lynn kicks out at two. Lynn comes back with the Air Raid Crash for two. They go back up top again and Daniels is able to sweep Lynn’s legs, crotching him on the top rope. Daniels follows up with the Last Rites for the victory.
I didn’t know much about Jerry Lynn before his TNA run in 2002, so I only know what I’ve seen from those weekly PPVs. He had a great showing. I’m intrigued to see where this new Daniels heads…
Backstage with Team 3D holding replica belts from every company they have been in. How they did not get slapped with a lawsuit I don’t know, but I digress.
They are so desperate to win the NWA World Tag Team titles, they are willing to have 10000 volts of electricity shot through them. That’s a bit much, Brother. They vow to become 20 time world tag team champions and in the words of their heroes (The Funks), Funk You.
We get a promo package for our penultimate match, which pits LAX against Team 3D for the NWA World Tag team titles…in an electrified cage match?! I think I transported myself back to 2003 with that one. Let’s get on with it I guess. Konnan is in a wheelchair and says he doesn’t know what’s worse- watching a Team 3D match or listening to a Christy Hemme promo. OUCH! They said Team 3D need a lot of luck to beat them and then there’s some rambling before we go ringside for the entrances.
NWA World Tag Team Championship – L.A.X (Homicide and Hernandez) (c) vs Team 3D
The challengers attack the champions right away and it’s a big brawl to start. Brother Ray and Brother Devon control the first several minutes. LAX comes back with some dirty tactics. Both teams are trying to use the electrified cage to their advantage. Devon is the first one busted open, thanks to a chain used by Hernandez. They do some more brawling and the crowd is surprisingly quiet. Funny out of context Don West quote: “You gotta be careful about what you reach around and grab.”
Konnan gets wheeled out to ringside, and the guy who wheeled him out there takes out the outside referee, drawing the ire of TNA Spanish Commentator Hector Guerrero. He stops Konnan from doing whatever he was going to do and opens the cage door himself so that he can give Brother Ray a table. He further interferes, slamming the cage door on Hernandez’s head. That gets a two-count, and LAX is soon in control again. Hernandez Border Tosses Devon into the cage and the lights flicker a little bit. The crowd is NOT impressed. Team 3D hits the Doomsday Device on Homicide but he kicks out at two. Hernandez sets Devon up on a table and puts on his gloves so that he can climb to the top of the cage.
It took him so long to get up there though that Devon moves off the table and Hernandez crashes through it. Devon throws Homicide into the cage and he gets electrified, and then Team 3D blows their own finish before actually hitting the 3D to finally acquire the titles that have eluded them their entire career!
I mean, yay for Team 3D, but I never rated them. This was another painful match to get through- I’m going to guess I enjoyed it more in 2007 than I do now.
JB says it is crunch time for Angle and says he called Jarrett out of desperation. Angle grabs JB’s collar and says what he did was right. His job of Team Angle was to assemble the best 5 wrestlers- he says he wouldn’t have called Jarrett if he didn’t trust him. HE MUST REGRET SAYING THAT WITH HINDSIGHT! Promo package to hype up Lethal Lockdown and off we go! There is an interesting interaction between Abyss and Sting being a team, but James Mitchell has returned with Abyss’ mother?!
Lethal Lockdown – Team Cage (Christian Cage, AJ Styles, Tomko, Abyss and Scott Steiner) vs Team Angle (Kurt Angle, Sting, Rhino, Samoa Joe and Jeff Jarrett)
JB introduces Harley Race as the Keeper of the Key and runs down the Lethal Lockdown rules. The first entrant is representing Team Cage, and it’s AJ Styles with a heel remix of his theme. Number one for Team Angle is the team captain himself Kurt Angle- I forgot how good Angle’s TNA theme was. I’ll fly through this bit as I have done in my previous reviews. The next entrant is Abyss, which is a smart strategy for Team Cage. Naturally this doesn’t go so well for Angle. They beat on Angle for a while, and Rhino comes out to even the odds. He takes out Styles and Abyss and gives Angle time to recuperate.
Rhino catapults Styles into the cage. Tomko comes out to once again give Team Cage the advantage. AJ Styles is busted open. Rhino is bleeding as well. Samoa Joe comes out even the odds and shit is on now. Joe takes out everyone and hits Styles with the STJoe. He follows up with the Muscle Buster, but pins don’t count until all 10 men are out. Angle hits the rolling Germans on Tomko. Scott Steiner is next out for Team Cage, and he starts throwing suplexes this way and that. He even hits a huge Frankensteiner off the top rope on Rhino and gets a monster pop for it. Sting comes out to once again even the sides.
He throws out a series of clotheslines and hits the Scorpion Death Drop on Abyss. He then starts throwing out Stinger Splashes. They do one of those big Tower of Doom spots that don’t make any sense. Sting puts the Scorpion Deathlock on Steiner. The NWA World Champion Christian Cage comes out and is quickly dominated by Sting. Jeff Jarrett is the tenth and final entrant and his guitar disintegrates as his pyro goes off. The ceiling comes down and the match can now be won.
Jarrett unloads a series of dropkicks and hits the Stroke on Styles. Everyone seems energized by the ceiling coming down and it’s a big brawl. Team Angle gets to the weapons first and they make good use of them. Styles tries to use a bat on Angle, but he counters it and hits a German Suplex. Styles escapes with a low blow, and then goes back to the ceiling, just like he did the year before. Angle decides to follow him up. Jim Mitchell gives Abyss two bags of thumbtacks.
Harley Race punches Mitchell’s lights out to the delight of the crowd. Back in the ring, Rhino hits a tremendous Gore on Tomko up against the door, and Tomko goes crashing to the floor. Styles and Angle are battling in dangerous territory. Steiner knocks Rhino to the floor and he follows him out. Joe comes through the ropes with a suicide dive on Tomko. Abyss spreads out the tacks, but Jarrett and Sting chokeslam Cage on them. Abyss hits the Black Hole Slam on Jarrett. Back to the roof, Angle punches Styles right off the roof, and Styles falls on everyone on the floor. Now Abyss fills up a guitar with tacks and wants Jarrett to hit Sting with it, for some reason. Instead he smashes it over Abyss’ head. Jarrett gives the pin to Sting since he wants Sting to have the title shot.
Ten seems like too much to have in a ring as small as a TNA ring, but they made it work and we got another enjoyable Lockdown main event! I will say this- you can always rely on the main event of Lockdown to be an absolute banger in spite of a (sometimes) lacklustre PPV. I did find this Lockdown the hardest to get through, but the X Division title match and women’s match made it somewhat tolerable.
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