Last night, TNA presented its ninth annual Lockdown pay-per-view live from the Alamodome in San Antonio. In what was the largest crowd in the company's history, as nearly 10,000 frantic fans filled the arena and witnessed history unfold on Sunday night.
Although the buildup leading up to the event left a lot to be desired, Lockdown definitely delivered in terms of sheer entertainment and quality wrestling. Unlike last year's installment, the live crowd was electric over the course of the night and played a pivotal role in making the show feel special.
From start to finish, the pay-per-view produced a number of memorable moments that have surely set the tone for the year ahead. Not only that, but the show's controversial conclusion has gotten a number of people talking and anticipating the upcoming episode of Impact Wrestling on Thursday night.
Throughout the event, I gathered a handful of fun facts that I found interesting, which I'll list in chronological order here. Of course, you may not find the following facts to be fun by any means, but nevertheless, I thought each monumental moment was significant enough to make note of it.
The X-Division Championship has been known to open pay-per-views in the past, and this year's Lockdown event was no different. The bout saw newly crowned X-Division champion Kenny King put his gold up for grabs against Christian York and Zema Ion in a Triple Threat match.
In what was an extremely entertaining contest. King hit his Royal Flush finishing maneuver on York to score the victory and maintain possession of prestigious prize. This is the second year that the X-Division title has been successfully defended at Lockdown, as it hasn't changed hands at the event since 2010's installment.
For those wondering, the X-Division title wasn't defended at last year's Lockdown event, as then-X-Division Champion Austin Aries was involved in a Lethal Lockdown match.
After her first Knockouts Championship reign came to an end at the hands of Gail Kim, Velvet Sky looked to exact revenge by invoking her rematch clause at last year's Lockdown event. Despite an impressive outing against the inaugural Knockouts champion, Sky was unable to reclaim the title.
It wasn't until the Feb. 21 episode of Impact Wrestling that Sky finally regained the prestigious prize, lastly eliminating Kim in a Fatal 4-Way. In a rematch from last year's event, Sky soundly defeated Kim on Sunday to successfully retain her Knockouts title.
This also marked Kim's first loss at a Lockdown pay-per-view.
From the start, I knew the teaming of Austin Aries and Bobby Roode was worth the money when they were first paired together earlier this year. That's why it came as no surprise when they ultimately defeated Chavo Guerrero and Hernandez for the World Tag Team Championships on the Feb. 7 edition of Impact Wrestling.
The Latino duo decided to invoke their rematch clause at Lockdown, in a match also involving Bad Influence. Despite being against the odds, Aries and Roode were successful in retaining their World Tag Team titles on Sunday night.
This is a familiar feeling for Roode, who has been involved in tag titles matches at Lockdown in the past. The title hasn't changed hands at the event since 2009's installment, when Team 3D defeated Beer Money in a Philadelphia Street Fight to win the gold.
Austin Aries, Bobby Roode and Eric Young all had strong showings last night at TNA Lockdown. While Aries and Roode successfully defended their World Tag Team Championships in a Triple Threat Tag Team match, Young scored the pinfall win over Aces and Eights in the Lethal Lockdown match.
This was a similar sight from last year's installment, since all three guys emerged victorious at that event as well. Roode successfully defended his World Heavyweight Championship in the main event, Aries was on the winning end of a Lethal Lockdown match and Young maintained possession of his Knockouts Tag Team Championship alongside ODB.
Speaking of which, the Knockouts Tag Team Championships haven't been defended since that night, meaning that ODB and Young aren't the fighting champions they claim to be. If you believed those straps were retired long ago, I don't blame you whatsoever.
Where there are winners, there are losers.
While guys such as Bobby Roode, Austin Aries and Eric Young have achieved quite a bit of success at Lockdown in recent years, others such Kurt Angle and Robbie E haven't been as lucky.
In a massive upset, Wes Brisco defeated his mentor Kurt Angle in a Steel Cage match this past Sunday at Lockdown. It was Angle's third consecutive loss at the event, with his last win at the event being over Mr. Anderson in 2010.
Robbie E, on the other hand, has competed at every Lockdown pay-per-view since his TNA debut, but he has yet to win a match at the event. He has come up short to the likes of Max Buck, Devon and his former friend Robbie T, as of Sunday.
Going into last year's Lockdown event, Garrett Bischoff was embroiled in a ruthless rivalry with his father, Eric Bischoff. The two were named captains of their respective teams in a Lethal Lockdown match, where the loser would be forever banished from Impact Wrestling.
One of the Superstars chosen by the former referee was Mr. Anderson, who aided Garrett in defeating his father. Fast forward a year later, the two find themselves as stablemates in the villainous Aces and Eights stable, battling with Team TNA in a Lethal Lockdown match.
Unlike last year, however, Anderson and Bischoff were unable to get the job done, as they were ultimately defeated by Team TNA on Sunday night.
At the start of 2012, Samoa Joe and Magnus formed an alliance and went on to win the TNA World Tag Team Championships shortly thereafter. During their reign as champs, they successfully defended their straps against the returning Motor City Machine Guns at last year's Lockdown event.
Although they eventually parted ways a few months later, both Joe and Magnus were named members of Team TNA in the Lethal Lockdown match this past Sunday. During the course of the contest, the two briefly reunited, making short work of Aces and Eights.
While I don't see Magnus and Joe bringing back their tag team anytime soon, it was surely fun while it lasted.
Since the inception of the pay-per-view in 2005, a Lethal Lockdown has been held at every Lockdown event to determine which team is superior. Eight to 10 men enter the sadistic structure, but only one team can walk out victorious.
It's not uncommon to see the heel team gain the "advantage" each year, meaning that they're allowed to enter first. However, despite that, a heel team has yet to win a Lethal Lockdown match at Lockdown.
This year's installment was no exception, as Team TNA soundly defeated Aces and Eights to secure the victory. As enjoyable as the Lethal Lockdown matches have been over the years, it's safe to say that the final outcome has gotten a bit predictable at this point.
Although it was fairly predictable, Bully Ray revealing himself as the president of Aces and Eights last night at Lockdown was brilliant booking. Having him defeat Jeff Hardy to win his first TNA World Heavyweight Championship was equally as excellent, as it allows Ray to finally shine at the top of the card.
That being said, this marks the first time the prestigious prize has changed hands at a Lockdown event since 2009's installment, where Mick Foley shockingly defeated Sting to capture the gold.
Furthermore, this was Ray's first victory on pay-per-view since No Surrender last September, where he defeated James Storm in the semifinals of the Bound For Glory Series. It's also worth noting that he went on to lose to Jeff Hardy later that night.
Since returning to TNA in early 2010, Jeff Hardy achieved quite a bit of success. From becoming a three-time TNA World Heavyweight champion to TNA Wrestler of the Year in 2012, there's no doubt that Hardy has had a successful run with the company over the last three years.
However, there always seems to be something about the month of March that throws Hardy off. It's the one month of the year that Hardy is at his unluckiest, and these past years are prime examples of that.
At 2011's Victory Road event, Hardy embarrassed himself as well as the entire company by competing in a World title match while drugged. The bout was over within 90 seconds, and Hardy was indefinitely removed from television shortly thereafter.
Last March, Hardy came up short of defeating arch-rival Kurt Angle at Victory Road. Last night at Lockdown, Hardy's five-month reign as TNA World Champion came to an end at the hands of Bully Ray following interference from Aces and Eights.
Interestingly enough, it was five years ago to the day of this year's Lockdown event that Hardy lost his Intercontinental Championship to Chris Jericho on Raw, which was when he was still with WWE. Needless to say, March must not be one of the Charismatic Enigma's favorite months of the year.
Thanks for reading, Bleachers, and be sure to drop a comment below with your thoughts on last night's Lockdown event. As always, your criticism and overall feedback on my latest piece is welcomed and greatly appreciated.