Mike Reviews: TNA Lockdown 2006

No real reason for this one, other than this pay per view was traditionally an April event and this is one of the few TNA shows I actually own on DVD. I can’t really remember why I purchased it either. Back in 2006 you could watch TNA events on The Wrestling Channel (A short-lived cable TV channel that showed wrestling and MMA) but I missed this event when it was on. TNA then started selling their DVD’s in England, with this I think being one of the first ones available, so seeing as I missed it the first time I decided to buy it.

I don’t think I’ve watched this show since I bought it and I have no idea what any of the story lines going in to it are either, so this should be an interesting journey for me. I’m not actually sure who was even booking TNA at the time of this show. I don’t think it was Russo because he came back later in the year. It may have been Dusty Rhodes if he hadn’t gone back to WWE yet, and if not him I think Scott D’Amore booked it at some stage possibly? If you know the answer then please share in the comments below.

Back in 2006 I was still sticking with the TNA product (I didn’t finally give up on it until a few years after this) and this was an interesting time for the company as they’d only recently secured a place on Spike TV and had also brought in Christian from WWE to be the top star of the company. As a big “Peep”, having Christian on their books gave TNA instant brownie points with me, and he’d won the title from Jeff Jarrett a couple of months prior to this show to thunderous cheers from the TNA audience.

Anyway, let’s set the way back machine 13 years and enjoy some Total Nonstop Action!

(I should point out that I poached all the pictures used here from the Across The Pond Wrestling review of the same show. Please consider giving their site a looksee)

The event is emanating from the Impact Zone in Orlando, Florida on the 23rd of April 2006

Calling the action are Mike Tenay and Don West

So for those not au fait, all the matches during this show take place inside a cage, because TNA was never a company renowned for having a sense of restraint. Despite all the cage matches being rather overkill, this event normally drew quite well by TNA standards and normally did the best PPV buys of the year.

We get an opening video package showing lots of blood and destruction, such as Christian saying he’s willing to die in the main event and Sting declaring that he will rip Jeff Jarrett’s heart right out of his chest. Joke’s on Sting, Jarrett’s heart is actually located in his left buttock, so he’s going to end up empty handed*

Opening Match
World X Cup “Preview”
Team Japan (Minoru Tanaka, Black Tiger and Hirooki Goto) Vs Team USA (Sonjay Dutt, Alex Shelley and Jay Lethal)

Goto looks fresh faced and decidedly non-grizzled here. I’m guessing Black Tiger is Rocky Romero here? I think he was the guy doing the gimmick at the time. Dutt is announced as being from India, despite being part of Team USA. Why not just announce him from his actual hometown if he’s supposed to be representing America? Team Japan have a very Dynasty Warrior styled entrance theme here that is pretty cool.

Lethal wasn’t yet Black Machismo, and was still just plain old Jay Lethal. Shelley and Tanaka go first, which delivers the requisite technical exhibition you’d expect from both men, but it isn’t long until they start throwing strikes. Tanaka gets the better of that and brings in Tiger, which allows Tenay to gleefully go into a New Japan history lesson. Wrestling trivia was like crack to young Mr. Tenay.

Goto and Lethal do some nice amateur influenced grappling next, with Tenay putting Goto over strong on commentary. Goto did indeed turn out to be a great wrestler, so history proved Tenay right in the end there. Team USA triple up on Tiger and deliver a big triple team, ending with Dutt moonsaulting Tiger for a big pop from the crowd.

I should point out that the World X Cup was an X Division Tournament where teams from throughout the world competed. I don’t think they held it every year, but sometimes it produced some great wrestling, such as the year Doug Williams was in it and was doing battle with the guys from DragonGate. And indeed, as everyone brawls with one another, Team Mexico comes out to scout their rival squadrons. Shocker, Puma and Magno make up their contingent, although there was also a fourth member who doesn’t appear to be with them.

Team Japan all batter Dutt and go for a pin, but the rest of Team USA comes in to break it up. Tanaka is a great heel, acting like a jerk in general and slapping Dutt’s limp hand in time with the crowd clapping for him. Dutt manages to dodge a Tiger attack and hot tags Lethal, who runs wild on Tiger, getting a flying leg lariat for two. Tiger lays him out with a Busaiku Knee however, and brings in Goto. Everything breaks down, which ends with Shelley getting a frogsplash onto Goto for two.

Lethal gets a German Suplex onto Goto for another two, which Dutt follows up on with a standing Shooting Star Press, but Black Tiger is able to break up the resulting pin attempt. It just looks silly doing this kind of match in a cage, because guys can’t roll out of the ring, making it really obvious when someone is planning to make the save. It also makes the ref look worse for not knowing who’s legal, as the fact no one can go outside makes it far more obvious as to whom it is.

Case in point, Tanaka gets an arm bar on Lethal in the middle of the ring, but it’s obvious that neither of them is legal because the ref only just counted a pin on Goto a few moments ago and he’s clearly still in his line of sight, so why would he suddenly act like this submission attempt is valid? Anyway, Team USA break that up, but Shelley accidentally kicks Dutt in the face, which leaves Lethal to take the Tiger Suplex from Black Tiger for the three count.

WINNERS: TEAM JAPAN
RATING: **1/2

The wrestling was fine, but this sort of match type just didn’t work in the cage setting.

Mike and Don hype up the show from their commentary desk, running through the line-up. Why are you doing this for a show we’ve already paid for guys? Tenay sends to Jeremy Borash who is backstage with Team 3D. He makes time to hype action figures first though. Team 3D are facing Team Canada later in an anthem match. Brother Ray says tonight is about pride for your country, and he’d rather go and work for WWE again than listen to the Canadian National Anthem. Wow, I’m guessing this was during a period where Bubba Ray was quite salty with WWE then? Brother Devon demands that everyone testify and we’re out. Oh wait, no we’re not, Larry Zbyzko comes over to demand Borash tell him about some special announcement later, but Borash says he knows nothing about it.

Match Two
Christopher Daniels Vs Senshi

Senshi is Low Ki/Kaval and hadn’t been in TNA for a while prior to this. The commentators sell this big, as Daniels used to tag with Senshi in TNA as part of Triple X with Elix Skipper. Senshi shows he won’t be holding back against his friend here, by unloading with strikes right from the off. Daniels gets a leg lariat in response and stomps away, as the fans rebel against TNA by chanting for Low Ki, despite his name change.

Daniels misses a charge in the corner, which allows Senshi to catch him with a flapjack, before delivering some stiff kicks. Senshi works over Daniels’ mid-section and back, with Daniels trying to make comebacks when the opportunity allows for it. Daniels eventually manages to fight his way out of a Senshi bear hug, and hits an enziguri for a double down.

Daniels goes into the comeback and suplexes Senshi into the cage itself, before getting an STO for two. Blue Thunder Driver gets another two for Daniels, but Senshi replies with a back suplex into a front slam for a two of his own. Senshi hits Daniels with a huge running dropkick, but Daniels is once again able to kick out. Senshi delivers some vicious chops, but Daniels won’t yield and comes back with a Death Valley Driver for another double down.

Daniels heads up to the top rope for the Best Moonsault Ever, but it proves to be false advertising as Senshi is able to kick out at two. Daniels goes for the Mad Slam in the corner, but Senshi fights him off and the two start fighting on the top rope, where Daniels flings Senshi back first into the cage a few times before going for the Angel’s Wings from the top.

Senshi is able to fight him off however and goes for the double stomp from the top, but Daniels is able to move and drills his former partner with the Complete Shot, as the crowd thinks this is awesome. Daniels goes for The Angel’s Wings, but Senshi bulls Daniels into the corner and back body drops out of the hold, landing on top for the pin (With some assistance from the ropes in the corner)

WINNER: SENSHI
RATING: ***1/4

Solid stuff there from two very skilled wrestlers. Daniels acts all shocked post-match that Senshi used the ropes to help him win, but Daniels was throwing his supposed pal Senshi into the cage without a care for his health at all, so I don’t see how he can have the moral high ground there or anything,

And suddenly it’s TO THE BACK, with Jeremy Borash BG James, Kip James and Bullet Bob Armstrong. Bullet Bob has an arm wrestling bout with Konnan later, and the losing team must take ten lashes. Bullet Bob says Konnan was like family, but tonight he’s getting his arm slammed through that table. BG then adds that he’s been taking strappings from his dad for half his life but tonight he’ll be the one strapping Konnan. Kip adds that his mother always thought he was a strapping young man.

Match Three
Arm Wrestling Contest
Konnan w/ Hernandez and Homicide Vs Bullet Bob w/ BG James and Kip James

So the story here is that The James Gang and Konnan were friends, but Konnan turned heel on them and formed the Latin American Exchange. Bullet Bob was 66 years young at this point in time, but he was in great shape for a guy that age and could still cut a mean promo when required. Konnan is limping something fierce here, and he had hip surgery around this time and I believe that led to him getting into a big dispute with TNA over who was due to pay for it, which in turn led to him leaving the company.

Konnan cuts a promo before the match, saying that he’s coming in at a disadvantage because he beat up 15 Orlando punks the night before, but he will still win tonight regardless. That’s such a great heel line. These two had previously tried to have an arm wrestling match, but LAX ran in so this is a good example of the cage actually making sense at least as it stops that from happening. They do the usual shtick of making it look like the heel will win only for Bob to make the heroic comeback and put Konnan’s arm down.

WINNER: BULLET BOB
NO RATING

Can’t really rate that as it wasn’t really a match, but it was good acting from both men and it worked well as an angle.

LAX are not down with getting strapped, but if they don’t adhere to the stipulations then they’ll get suspended, so they eventually agree. Homicide sells it especially well, getting furious with each one. Eventually LAX make a break for it, so the James Gang quickly unleash the rest of the whipping as they flee, and that seems to satisfy them.

And then it’s TO THE BACK, where Jeremy Borash is with Jeff Jarrett, Scott Steiner and America’s Most Wanted, who face Sting, AJ Styles, Rhino and Ron Killings later on. Before they do their interview however, Larry Zbysko comes in to see if they know what the announcement is going to be later. Jarrett says that he doesn’t know and sends Larry on his way. The heels promise to destroy the faces later, saying that Sting is going to get his team hurt.

Match Four
X Divison Xscape Rules
Elix Skipper w/ Simon Diamond Vs Petey Williams w/ Scott D’Amore Vs Puma Vs Chase Stevens Vs Shark Boy Vs Chris Sabin

So the rules here is that you get eliminated by pin fall or submission, until there are two left, at which point it becomes escape rules because…reasons I guess. I’m surprised WWE never took a chance on Shark Boy actually. At the very least they could have made a mint from selling Shark Boy masks at the merch tables.

Diamond and D’Amore seem to have a plan to put their charges together for the opening elimination section. This is actually done with tag rules, so two guys fight in the ring and the others wait on the apron for a tag. That’s probably the best way of doing it to be honest, as otherwise it’d get quite crowded in there. D’Amore comes over to the commentary table to confirm that, yes, Skipper and Williams will be working together until the escape section. Makes sense I guess.

To be honest, if you were on the apron in a match like this, then why would you ever tag in? Shark Boy and Williams go first, with Sharky getting the better of things, so Williams rakes the eyes and tags in Puma, who I believe is T.J Perkins. Keeping track of things seems like it will be difficult here, as there’s going to be lots of action and quick tags, so I might keep the PBP brisk.

Sharky hits Puma with a top rope rana and a missile dropkick, which leads to Puma tagging in Skipper. Skipper was always one of those guys who was a great athlete but just lacked that special something for him to break through as a genuine star. Sharky continues to do well, by Russian Leg Sweeping Skipper from the top rope. However, he’s drained from being in for so long, which allows Skipper to roll over and tag Williams, who comes in with a Canadian Destroyer to send Sharky back to his coral reef.

Sabin and Williams go next, and as usual between them it’s good stuff. Sabin gets the better of that and brings in Stevens, who definitely sticks out like a sore thumb in this environment. Everyone hits moves on everyone else, as the match has broken down. Stevens heads up to the top of the cage for some reason, and it’s the requisite scary dive spot, as he leaps from the top onto everyone else whilst they conveniently stand in the middle of the ring waiting for him. He somehow manages to overshoot them though and ends up going face first into the mat. Thankfully he survives it, but he’s soon dropped on his head with an inverted piledriver by Skipper and pinned.

Why would they choose Stevens, the least high flying guy of the bunch and also physically the biggest, to be the one to jump off the cage? Why not get Skipper to do it and have the much bigger Stevens be one of the people supposed to catch him? Anyway, not soon after Stevens is pinned, Williams rolls up Skipper and grabs the tights, to end their alliance. Well that was stupid; why not actually achieve your goal of eliminating everyone else first? The rapid fire eliminations continue, with Puma going via Cradle Shock from Sabin, to leave us with Williams and Sabin for the escape section.

This seems like a pretty contrived route to go to just give us another Williams Vs Sabin match. I know they probably didn’t want to look like they were booking another one after all the other battles the guys had over the years, but yeesh. Sabin tries to climb out but D’Amore stops him from hitting the floor. However, D’Amore ends up catching Williams by accident when he falls off the cage, which allows Sabin to drop down first and win.

WINNER VIA ESCAPING THE CAGE: CHRIS SABIN
RATING: *1/2

What a waste of the four other guys this was. They should have just booked Williams Vs Sabin if that was what they wanted. This match had silly rules, didn’t advance a story line, didn’t make anyone in it look especially strong, and wasn’t even that fun a match either. Basically, it achieved nothing other than to take up time.

And Sabin has barely any time to celebrate before its TO THE BACK, where Jeremy Borash is with Abyss and Sinister Minister James Mitchell. Mitchell quotes Nietzsche and says that Christian’s head is going to roll tonight at the hands of Abyss. Abyss gestures and yells in the background.

We then get a video package for Samoa Joe. Joe had been destroying people for months prior to this show, so TNA decided to bring in Sabu to face him, just because he was one of the few people who might be nutty enough to give the psychotic Joe a challenge. Sound enough reasons for a match at least.

Match Five
X Division Championship
Champion: Samoa Joe Vs Sabu

Joe had been in TNA for 10 months at this stage and still hadn’t been pinned or submitted, though he had lost an Ultimate X Match, so he was undefeated in the same way that Bianca Belair is, in that he wasn’t. TNA still announce him as being undefeated though. Sabu goes right to the camel clutch from the opening bell, but Joe fends him off and unloads with kicks in the corner. Sabu throws a chair in response however, as Tenay points out that Sabu is wrestling with a broken arm here, because to a nutter like Sabu that’s something on par with stubbing your toe.

Joe soon has control again however and works over Sabu with strikes, opening up a cut on his head in the process. Yes, I’m as shocked as you that Sabu decided to blade here. Sabu fights back with some punches and gets Air Sabu in the corner, using the chair for a boost. Sabu then leg drops a chair over Joe’s face, before following up with a springboard leg drop for a double down. Sabu produces a spike and tries to stab Joe in the face, but Joe counters it into a cross arm breaker, because he’s the Samoan Submission Machine.

Joe now targets Sabu’s broken arm, which the ref tells him not to do, despite this being a No DQ cage match where he’s already let Sabu brutalise Joe with a chair. Both men fight atop the top rope, where Joe brings Sabu down with a Koji Cutter for two. Sabu dodges a knee drop and goes for a springboard moonsault, but Joe blocks that by throwing a chair at him and hits the Muscle Buster for the pin.

WINNER AND STILL CHAMPION: SAMOA JOE
RATING: **

This was an absolute style clash, but that was ultimately the point and it was probably as good as a Sabu Vs Joe match was going to be. It was more a showcase for Joe, as he essentially dissected Sabu and shrugged off his offence before winning clean.

And it’s TO THE BACK, where Borash is with Team Canada. Eric Young is scared and an idiot, but Bobby Roode is much bolder, saying they’ll leave Team 3D laying tonight and play the Canadian National Anthem. Zbyzko still wants to know the announcement, but D’Amore refuses to tell him anything.

Match Six
Team Canada (Bobby Roode, Eric Young and A-1) w/ Scott D’Amore Vs Team 3D (Brother Ray, Brother Devon and Brother Runt)

Team 3D are of course The Dudley Boyz. This is the usual jingoistic USA Vs *Insert Foreign Country They Don’t Especially Like That Much At That Particular Moment In Time* feud, with Team 3D representing the Star and Stripes. I like how the point of this match is that the winners will have their anthem played, but Team Canada’s entrance music is the Canadian National Anthem, so surely they’ve already won? Why even bother having the match, let’s just nip down the pub for a pint and wait for all of this to blow over.

Young and Runt decide to protect each side’s respective flags, whilst the other four brawl with one another. A-1 was a famously detested wrestler from this era, very much the Baron Corbin of his day. Brother Ray attempts to break both his and Roode’s tail bones by hitting the Bubba Bomb from the top rope, in one of the stupider spots we’ve seen this evening.

This is really just a wild brawl, with everyone hitting moves on one another and the momentum switching between both teams. The referee ends up taking a bump, which leads to Devon heabutting Young right in his maple leafs, which leads to Brother Ray claiming the American flag to supposedly give his team the victory. However, the referee is down and missed it all, which allows Team Canada to rally and put the flag back up.

D’Amore hits the guy who keeps the keys with a chair and brings a table in for Team Canada to use. Runt gets put on the table and Young goes for an elbow drop from the top, but he’s a putz so Runt moves and it’s E.Y who goes through the table. A-1 takes an Acid Drop and Roode takes a 3-D. Team 3D reclaim their flag and referee sees it this time, so Team 3D are declared the winners for America.

WINNERS: TEAM 3D
RATING: **

Good fake out there, as I thought that was building for an evil Canadian victory, only for it to be a double swerve and Team 3D to actually win it anyway. The match itself was your typical messy brawl, but it was entertaining, if not a classic or anything.

D’Amore takes a 3D post-match as the American flag gets raised

Christy Hemme now makes her TNA debut to come down to the ring and hand Mike and Don an envelope. Well, that was certainly a debut that happened. Tenay reads out the letter, which states that TNA have hired someone to be the public face of TNA management. That one turned out to be Jim Cornette I believe. He also reads that Zbyzko (The current authority figure) has been put on probation, which brings Larry out to complain. Tenay then adds that Raven, who Larry had banned from TNA, has been reinstated. That brings Raven out to chase Larry into the cage. Security steps in to break it up, but Larry would get his soon enough.

Then it’s TO THE BACK, where Borash is with the NWA Champ Christian Cage. Christian isn’t feeling very talkative for once and simply walks off all intense like. Borash then ruins it by saying “well I guess actions will speak louder than words”. Thanks for explaining it to us Jeremy, I don’t think we would have worked it out otherwise.

Semi-Main Event
NWA World Heavyweight Title
Champion: Christian Cage Vs Abyss w/ James Mitchell

Abyss and Mitchell accosted Christian’s wife and tried to drown him in a swimming pool to get him all good and angry here. Abyss brings a steel chain and a bag of thumbtacks with him, as you do. The fight starts up on the ramp, with both brawling down to ringside and then eventually into the crowd. Abyss tries to throw Christian down the back of the bleachers, but he manages to fight him off and the fight heads back down to ringside.

Christian swings the door into Abyss a few times, but makes the mistake of chasing Mitchell, which allows Abyss to swing the door into his face in response. After a long brawl we finally get into the cage to start things officially, with Abyss firmly in control. Christian tries making sporadic comebacks, but he can’t manage to get a foothold in the match and Abyss manages to get back in control again each time. The referee takes a bump, which leads to Christian getting a tornado DDT, but there’s no ref to count.

Christian dodges an Abyss cane shot and gets the Unprettier, but that only gets two from the revived referee. Christian heads to the top of the cage and comes down with a big frogsplash, but Abyss kicks out once again. You know, if you’re going to do a spot that impressive it really should be the finish. Christian goes for the Unprettier again, but Abyss counters that to the Shock Treatment and grabs his back of tacks.

The tacks gets sprinkled all over the mat, but Christian breaks Mitchell’s cane over Abyss to stop that. Christian heads up again, but Abyss flings the referee into the cage to shake it, which causes Christian to lose his grip. Abyss goes for a choke slam from the top of the cage, but Christian turns it into a sunset flip powerbomb, sending Abyss onto the tacks in the process. The referee is out however, so a new one comes in to count two.

Abyss has the tacks all over his back and arms in a gruesome visual, as Christian tries a belt shot. Abyss counters it into a Black Hole Slam however, and that gets two in a great near fall. Mitchell ups the ante by throwing in another bag of tacks in to Abyss, and he adds them to the existing pile. Christian looks to be choke slammed into them, but he counters into another Unprettier into the tacks and that not surprisingly is the finish. That wasn’t as athletically impressive as the frogsplash, but it was certainly more gruesome, so I’ll accept it as an alternative finish.

WINNER AND STILL CHAMPION: CHRISTIAN CAGE
RATING: ***

This one dragged a bit during the heat but it had a hot start and an even hotter finish, so it gets a thumbs up overall. That was a big clean win for Christian there, which is exactly what he needed.

Christian decides to come back into the cage to go for Mitchell, which allows Abyss to jump him from behind and lay him out with the steel chain. Should have just gone to the back whilst you had the chance Christian. Christian is busted open from the chain shot and Abyss steals the belt, which sets up a ladder rematch for the next pay per view. That’s the problem when you book the first match in the feud to be a cage match, you have to raise the stakes even further for the rematch.

Anyway, Abyss isn’t even up the ramp yet when it’s TO THE BACK, where Borash is with Team Sting ahead of the main event. AJ Styles says he won’t let Sting down tonight. Rhino says he’ll feel at home tonight in the cage and that Team Jarrett will feel the pain.

Main Event
Lethal Lockdown
Team Jarrett (Jeff Jarrett, Scott Steiner, Cowboy James Storm and Chris Harris) w/ Gail Kim and Jackie Gayda Vs Team Sting (Sting, AJ Styles, Ron Killings and Rhino)

This is TNA’s version of War Games, with the match beyond starting when a roof is lowered onto the cage once everyone is in. Sting came to TNA early in 2006 and immediately started feuding with Jarrett, hence we get this match. Harris and Styles start us out, which will lead to one of Team Jarrett coming in next seeing as they won the coin toss.

Harris and Styles work a decent back and forth segment, with both of them having spells in control. Styles tells Kim to shut up at one point, which leads to the crowd chanting “You Got Served” in a funny moment. Styles splashes Harris’ face into the steel, which busts him open, and then works the cut. Harris replies with The Catatonic however, but Styles counters another one with the Styles Clash, as Storm comes down to join us.

Storm stalls getting in the ring, so Styles dropkicks the door, only for Storm to duck and Kim to get bumped. Storm spits beer into Styles’ face during the confusion and then adds a slam of the door to bust Styles open and take control. Styles bravely fights against the superior numbers, but AMW team up to lay him out with a Hart Attack, as Rhino is the next man introduced.

Rhino unloads on AMW, hitting Harris with a big spinebuster and flinging Storm face first into the cage. Rhino tries for the Gore on Storm, but Storm moves and Rhino goes face first into the cage, as it appears that Storm is now bleeding. AMW work over Rhino and Styles for a while, but Rhino starts making a comeback just in time for Jarrett to come out for his team.

Rhino and Styles attack Jarrett as he comes down the aisle, as Rhino has apparently gigged as well somewhere during that previous section. Is everyone going to end up bleeding by the time this match ends or something? Rhino and Styles get worked over for a while until Ron Killings runs down (To the same theme song he uses now in WWE actually)

Killings runs wild on the heels but stupidly stops to dance and gets jumped by Harris. Killings fights him off with an Osaka Street Cutter however, whilst Styles heads to the top of the cage. Jarrett and Storm stop him, which leads to a frankly terrifying Tower of Doom™ spot, which sees Styles falling all the way down from the top of the cage in a superplex. Meanwhile, Jarrett’s hired gun Steiner is next.

Steiner picks the bones of all the faces following the big spot, with suplexes galore. Steiner pretty much drops Killings right on his head during a top rope suplex, which looked absolutely horrendous. Bloody hell Scott, if you can’t do it safely then don’t do it at all. Thankfully Sting joins us before Steiner has a chance to hurt anyone else, and it’s time for the match beyond to start as the roof lowers.

Sting stacks all the heels in the corner and hits them all with a Stinger Splash to a big pop from the crowd. The roof also has weapons dangling from it, and the faces start teeing off on the heels with them. For some reason there’s a space in the roof big enough for people to fit through, thus negating the point of it in the first place, which leads to Storm and Styles fighting up out through the hole onto the roof. Kim scales the cage to help out her man, but Jackie climbs up to stop her and de-pants her to a big pop.

Storm sets up a table on top of the cage, with great difficulty as the cage roof wasn’t designed for such a thing, but Styles fights him off. Meanwhile, down in the cage, Sting destroys Jarrett’s guitar with his baseball bat and tries to use another one himself, only for Steiner to low blow. On top of the cage however, Styles has put Storm on the table, at which point things get extra scary as he sets a ladder up on the roof and climbs it.

I honestly can’t put into words how precarious this all looks, as the ladder can barely stand upright on the roof of the cage and there’s no one there to steady the ladder for Styles in case it starts to fall over. Styles grabs onto the lighting rig and then drops from that right onto Storm, in an incredibly dangerous moment. Styles landed right on top of Storm as well, which didn’t look pleasant in the least.

Everything else is of course an anti-climax now following that spot, so the guys in the ring smartly go straight to Finisher Madness™, as everyone hits everyone else with their move, which leaves Harris and Sting. Harris tries to beat Sting with The Scorpion Deathlock, but Sting counters it to one of his own and locks it in for the submission victory.

WINNERS: TEAM STING
RATING: ****

A decent effort there, with Styles in particular being the stand out, although that table spot was both needlessly dangerous and also made no sense in that the whole point of the roof of the cage was that no one could get in or out. It would have been better if, just as the roof was lowering, Styles and Storm took a spill out of the door at that exact moment, at which point Storm would try and break his way in through the roof, only for Styles to make the ultimate sacrifice to stop him succeeding and help his team. As it was it was a big spot for the sake of a big spot, impressive though it was

No sooner has the submission been called then we get about ten seconds of the babyfaces celebrating before the show abruptly ends. Were they short on time or something?

DVD Extras

  • Christy Hemme has a photoshoot
  • Mike and Don arrive in the Impact Zone and get set up at the commentary table whilst David Penzer hypes up the crowd by telling them about the matches. Don yells a lot.
  • So Cal Val throws t-shirts into the crowd
  • Senshi watches Christopher Daniels on a monitor before making his entrance
  • BG James, Kip James and Bullet Bob ready themselves backstage before making their entrance
  • Samoa Joe gets ready for his entrance. It’s nice to have these but they’re not really showing us much
  • Raven readies himself for his return. He at least acknowledges the camera before doing so
  • Some handheld highlights of the NWA Title Match
  • Some handheld highlights of the Lethal Lockdown Match

Overall a pretty meh collection of extras. It’s nice they made an effort to include some, but it would have been better if they included some of the segments that built up the feuds for the show or a match from Xplosion or Impact. Or maybe they could have kept the camera rolling at the end of the show and shown us the babyfaces actually celebrating their win following the main event when the pay per view ended so abruptly?

In Conclusion

A decent enough show, but hardly a blow away one. it was symptomatic of a lot of issues that TNA had during this period where, instead of just making use of their great roster and putting together simple matches on the undercard to pop the crowd and get guys over, they instead loaded up the show with gimmick matches and multi-mans, which often negated the point of them having a great roster in the first place.

Putting so many of the matches in a cage was overkill as well and actively hurt some of the undercard matches that would have been much better in a normal ring. Really everything up to Joe Vs Sabu really didn’t need to be in a cage, and it would have been better to set up the cage from that match onwards. If it took a long time to set the cage up then they could have always done the arm wrestling match in the entrance area whilst the ring crew sorted the cage out. It’s not like you need a ring for that. They could have still handcuffed the two tag teams to something so that there was no interference.

Overall any recommendation would come down to how much it would cost you to get a copy of the DVD. On UK Amazon you can get it for £3.28, which isn’t too bad and about what it’s worth, so if you like the sound of it or you’re just nostalgic for this era of TNA then it might be worth a purchase. TNA also put the Samoa Joe Vs Sabu match up on their official YouTube page as well, so if that intrigues you then you can watch it there for free all nice and legal like. The DVD extras aren’t especially great, and certainly nothing you’d want to go out of your way to find.

Hope you enjoyed this review. I’ll see you all Wednesday for more ECW Hardcore TV

*This is merely meant as humorous aside. Please don’t go Tweeting Jeff Jarrett asking if he gets heartburn if he sits on a warm seat, as he’ll probably block you.