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TNA Lockdown Recap: Bully Ray Shocks the World by Joining Aces and Eights

Bully Ray holds up the TNA World Heavyweight belt. (Photo credit: impactwrestling.com)
Bully Ray holds up the TNA World Heavyweight belt. (Photo credit: impactwrestling.com)
Daniel PeragineSenior Analyst IIMarch 11, 2013

It was a memorable night for TNA Wrestling, as its Lockdown pay-per-view brought not just the largest attended crowd in company history at The Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas, but the ending of the event sent strong shockwaves across that could forever change the landscape of the company.

 

Match No. 1: Kenny King defeated Christian York and Zema Ion to retain the TNA X-Division title.

With King very early into his run as the X-Division champion, TNA would have taken the wrong road by putting the belt on either York or Ion. This was a pretty solid match to kick off Lockdown, as TNA positioned the X-Division title match in a perfect spot by having an energetic start to the pay-per-view.

 

Match No. 2: Joseph Park defeated Joey Ryan.

This was a pretty decent follow-up match after the X-Division brawl set the table for the rest of Lockdown. Park continues to find success with his character as his winning ways continued at Lockdown.

 

Match No. 3: Velvet Sky defeated Gail Kim to retain the TNA Knockouts title.

Just like the X-Division match, there was simply no reason to switch the belt over to Kim.

Sky is still fresh into her return to TNA and having her lead the way for the division is a good decision by TNA. The match itself was good to watch.

 

Match No. 4: Robbie T defeated Robbie E.

Unfortunately for TNA, this feud never took flight and was not heavily promoted leading into Lockdown. It seemed this match was more of a comedy act—the audience was pretty quiet for most of it.

 

Match No. 5: Bobby Roode and Austin Aries defeated Chavo Guerrero and Hernandez, and Christopher Daniels and Kazarian to retain the TNA Tag Team titles.

TNA played it safe with keeping the belts on Roode and Aries, who have much more to prove as champions. A very good tag team match by all teams, as the battle featured plenty of action.

 

Match No. 6: Wes Briscoe defeated Kurt Angle in a steel cage.

This is not a typo, as Briscoe did actually defeat Angle in the steel cage.

However, Briscoe did not do much throughout the match and won with the aid of new Aces and Eights Vice President D-Lo Brown. Angle was in complete control and once again performed stellar inside the steel cage.

 

Match No. 7: Team TNA (Sting, James Storm, Samoa Joe, Eric Young and Magnus) defeated Team Aces and Eights (Devon, D.O.C, Mike Knox, Garrett Bischoff and Mr. Anderson).

Once Sting arrived to the ring with trash cans and other materials, this Lethal Lockdown match began to take flight.

Unfortunately for Aces and Eights, this is a new blow to the heel faction's credibility, as the group has struggled to create a dominate scene on TNA.

TNA elected to go with the baby faces winning this match, which was a questionable call.

 

Match No. 8: Bully Ray defeated Jeff Hardy to capture the TNA World Heavyweight title.

In one of the most shocking moments in TNA history, Ray turned heel by hitting Hardy with a hammer and officially joined Aces and Eights.

Hulk Hogan, who was ringside with his daughter Brooke, were in complete shock.

After the match, Ray told Hogan he used him and continued to trash talk Brooke. Suddenly, the crowd began throwing tons of trash into the ring, taking strong reaction to Ray's heel turn.

Ray went ahead and revealed he was the President of Aces and Eights as Lockdown faded to black.

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