When TNA invades The Alamodome in San Antonio, the excitement over the 2013 edition of the annual Lockdown pay-per-view will have wrestling fans of all ages and backgrounds ready for the wild action of Sunday night.
With just four main shows a year now—Genesis, Lockdown, Slammiversary and Bound for Glory—the hype around each show is through the roof. From the hardcore fans to the casual TNA observers, putting on just four live PPVs a year guarantees excitement about the product.
This was a smart business decision for TNA.
Now the key for the company will be capitalizing on the momentum that it has created with the PPV changes by making Lockdown one of the catalysts to a great rest of 2013.
If the possible swerve in the main event comes to fruition, TNA could be setting the stage for an amazing show and the start of something truly special.
Where: The Alamodome, San Antonio, Texas
When: Sunday, March 10, 8 p.m. ET
Live Stream: TNA On Demand
Jeff Hardy (c) vs. Bully Ray: TNA World Heavyweight Championship Steel Cage Match.
Team TNA (Sting, Magnus, Samoa Joe, James Storm and Eric Young) vs. Aces & Eights (Devon, Mr. Anderson, D.O.C, Garett and Knox): Lethal Lockdown Steel Cage Match.
Wes Brisco vs. Kurt Angle: Steel Cage Match.
Bobby Roode & Austin Aries (c) vs. Daniels & Kazarian vs. Hernandez & Chavo Guerrero: TNA Tag Team Championship.
Velvet Sky (c) vs. Gail Kim: TNA Knockouts Championship.
Robbie E vs. Rob Terry.
Zema Ion vs. Kenny King vs. Christian York: X Division Championship.
Joey Ryan vs. Joseph Park.
Main Event Prediction
When Bully Ray squares off against TNA world heavyweight champion Jeff Hardy in a steel cage match, there will be more on the line than just the title; the fate of TNA as a company rests on the outcome of this match.
There is no questioning how well Hardy sells as a champion, but in terms of storyline development, it’s time for Bully Ray to win the championship and reveal himself as one of the leaders of Aces & Eights.
At this point, the only swerve big enough to make the fans care about the Aces & Eights angle would be a bona fide main event heel with the world championship acting as the group’s real mouthpiece.
No more Devon speaking. No more Taz speaking.
Bully Ray was the best pure heel in wrestling (besides CM Punk in the WWE) over the last year, and until his relationship with Brooke Hogan, he was by far the most interesting aspect of TNA each and every week.
The sudden turn into “Buddy” Ray was stunning, and many fans blamed TNA for the misuse of one of the company’s best talents. If this all was a drawn-out ruse to throw the fans off Bully Ray’s trail as a member of Aces & Eights, this entire storyline was surprisingly well done.
That’s why—with the help of Aces & Eights—Bully Ray must walk out Lockdown with the title. If the company wants to continue to slow play this storyline, it would be easy for the new champion to claim that he didn’t want the gang to help him win.
As long as Bully Ray wins the championship and becomes a full-fledged heel again, this swerve could save the entire year-long build for Aces & Eights.
Prediction: Bully Ray Wins TNA World Championship
Predicting the Rest of Lockdown
Aces & Eights (Devon, Mr. Anderson, D.O.C, Garett and Knox) will defeat Team TNA (Sting, Magnus, Samoa Joe, James Storm and Eric Young) after Eric Young turns on Team TNA and joins Aces & Eights.
Kurt Angle will defeat Wes Brisco via ankle-lock submission.
Bobby Roode and Austin Aries will retain the tag team titles over Bad Influence and Hernandez and Chavo Guerrero via a dirty pin from A-Double and help from Roode.
Velvet Sky will retains knockouts title over Gail Kim via a botched roll-up pin.
Robbie E will defeat Rob Terry via disqualification after Big Rob won't stop beating Little Rob down.
Kenny King retains X Division Championship over Zema Ion and Christian York via the Royal Flush on Ion.
Joseph Park beats Joey Ryan after getting bloodied and turning back into abyss for a moment.