The 2014 edition of TNA’s Lockdown pay-per-view is scheduled for Sunday, and the anticipation surrounding the show has Impact Wrestling fans excited for the annual event.
With a TNA World Heavyweight Championship main event featuring Magnus defending against Samoa Joe and a Lethal Lockdown match for control of wrestling operations between Team Dixie and Team MVP, the co-main events make this worth the purchase price alone.
Add in a midcard that features top stars like Kurt Angle, James Storm and wrestling legend The Great Muta, and this event will draw casual fans into the product while still satisfying the hardcore supporters.
Here are all the vital viewing information for the PPV, the full match card with predictions and a complete breakdown of the matches you can’t miss.
Where: BankUnited Center, Coral Gables, Fla.
When: Sunday, March 9 at 8 p.m. ET
Watch: Pay-per-view (Dish Network, Comcast, Time Warner Cable, Charter, Cox Communications, Cablevision, Bright House, Suddenlink and more)
|Magnus vs. Samoa Joe||Steel Cage||World Heavyweight Championship||Magnus|
|Team MVP vs. Team Dixie||Lethal Lockdown||n/a||Team Dixie|
|Kurt Angle vs. Ethan Carter III||Steel Cage||n/a||ECIII|
|Madison Rayne vs. Gail Kim||Steel Cage||Knockouts Championship||Gail Kim|
|Gunner vs. James Storm||Steel Cage||n/a||James Storm|
|Mr. Anderson vs. Samuel Shaw||Steel Cage||n/a||Samuel Shaw|
|Bad Influence and Chris Sabin vs. The Great Muta, Sanada and Tigre Uno||Steel Cage||n/a||Muta, Sanada and Tigre Uno|
Can’t-Miss Match: Team MVP vs. Team Dixie
Several matches on the Lockdown card should have fans genuinely excited about the event, but few have as much long-term storyline impact as the Lethal Lockdown match between Team Dixie and Team MVP.
The winner of this match gets control of the wrestling operations in TNA.
MVP arrived at Impact Wrestling as the company’s new investor and promised big changes. He immediately implemented changes by signing The Wolves (Davey Richards and Eddie Edwards) to a deal.
Sunday’s match is important to MVP, who spoke to Ring Rust Radio about the bout:
There’s a lot of emotion for me. First of all, and you’ve got two teams of four men locked inside of a cage with weapons, it’s going to be chaotic it’s going to be brutal it’s going to be fierce, but at the end of the day, Bobby Roode has some stake on the line and I’ve got wrestling operations on the line. I think the best thing we can do for the TNA fans and the wrestlers is to send Dixie back to Dixieland and let a wrestler run wrestling operations.
TNA president Dixie Carter and MVP have butted heads on how the day-to-day operations of the company should run, and the solution both sides have agreed upon is a match that settles once and for who has full control.
Team MVP—made up of MVP, The Wolves and Jeff Hardy—will take on Team Dixie—Bobby Roode, Austin Aries and The BroMans—and the winner will be awarded the full control of wrestling operations.
One important note in this match is Carter’s agreement with Roode that if his team should win, he will receive a 10 percent share of the company. That caveat will result in Team Dixie stealing the victory.
Roode has teased a face turn over the last several weeks, and when Team Dixie is victorious, she can turn her back on Roode and alienate him. With MVP still owning shares in the company and Roode owning 10 percent, the duo could team up to take majority control of TNA.
Sunday in Miami. Who's coming to see the carnage? pic.twitter.com/pQxY907WJb— MVP (@The305MVP) March 5, 2014
This would take a lot of long-term storytelling, but as seen in recent weeks on Impact Wrestling, TNA has done a great job of building angles. Let’s hope this is another example of forward thinking.
Predicted Winner: Team Dixie
Main Event Preview and Prediction
The main event of the night will be the TNA World Heavyweight Championship match between defending champion Magnus and No. 1 contender Samoa Joe.
Just like the rest of the matches on the card, this title bout will be contested inside a steel cage, but the company’s new investor MVP added the stipulation that the only way to win would be by submission or knockout.
That caveat gives the challenger, the Samoan Submission Machine, the distinct edge.
Samoa Joe has been booked strong since becoming the No. 1 contender. Not only did he force Magnus to submit to become his challenger at Lockdown, but he also successfully defended his No. 1 contendership against Roode and destroyed everyone who has stood in his way over the last month.
Magnus, on the other hand, has been booked to look like the definition of a paper champion.
Whether it was beating both AJ Styles—who is reportedly scheduled to sign with New Japan Pro Wrestling, according to Wrestling Observer Newsletter via Wrestling Inc.—and Sting with the help of almost every heel in the locker room or cowering behind Ethan Carter III at every turn, Magnus has been made to look like an undeserving champion.
Some fans may question the start to his reign as champion, but Sunday’s PPV will be the beginning of a new chapter. Joe and Magnus are former TNA tag team champions and actually worked in Japan together to win the GHC tag team titles as well.
They are familiar with each other.
The relationship between the two men should lead to one of the most exciting main events in recent TNA PPV history. Joe will do everything in his power to make Magnus look like a viable champion, and Magnus will prove his worth as the company’s top star.
As great as it has been to see Samoa Joe with a purpose and direction (something fans have missed for a long time), Magnus will retain the title and look like a legitimate champion for the first during his reign.
Predicted Winner: Magnus
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