Tuesday, May 2, 2006

TNA Lockdown 2006

1) Sonjay Dutt, Jay Lethal, & Alex Shelley vs. Black Tiger, Minoru Tanaka, & Hiroki Goto - 6
2) Christopher Daniels vs. Senshi (Low-Ki) - 6
3) Bullet Bob Armstrong vs. Konnan – Arm Wrestling Match - 0
4) Elix Skipper vs. Petey Williams vs. Puma vs. Chase Stevens vs. Shark Boy vs. Chris Sabin – Xscape Match - 6
5) Samoa Joe vs. Sabu - 5
6) Team Canada vs. Team 3-D – Anthem Match – 4
7) Christian Cage vs. Abyss - 4
8) Jeff Jarrett, Scott Steiner, & America’s Most Wanted vs. A.J. Styles, Ron Killings, Sting, & Rhino – Lethal Lockdown Match – 5

Now honestly, does TNA really think that an all cage match pay-per-view will sell? It’s obvious that they do because it’s the second year they presented this lackluster event. The opening match was really, really good. It wasn’t groundbreaking and contained a lot of stuff that everyone who follows TNA has seen before but for some reason, maybe it was the international flavor of the match, made it really fun to watch. Daniels and Senshi was once again very intriguing but once again featured everything that you’ve seen before. Arm wrestling in a steel cage? Give me a fucking break! I don’t really need to explain any further do I? Now then, in an attempt to revive the crowd from the previous snorefest, the Xscape Match was once again a solid match. Some cool spots made it worth watching but the finish was totally uninspired.

Kicking off the second half of the show was the match that I was looking forward to, Samoa Joe vs. Sabu. I was expecting these guys to go at least 15-20 minutes but instead we get a ten-minute squash that absolutely helped no one involved. When it was originally booked, it was supposed to help elevate Joe into the heavyweight division, but that idea was totally killed when Joe won the X Division title on the 4/13 episode of Impact. Team 3-D vs. Team Canada was the basic meeting between these two but the stipulation here was that the winner could sing their country’s national anthem. For the record, 3-D won but they never showed the crowd singing the anthem on TV. Christian had another subpar title defense against Abyss. Unlike his previous defense against Monty Brown, there was some chemistry but Christian totally refusing to take a back bump on the thumbtacks really makes me wonder about him. Hey, at least Edge went through a flaming table at WrestleMania! Take a hint Christian. The main event was similar in style to a War Games match but without two rings, the action is severely limited. Styles and Storm did a spot on top of the cage in the highlight of the match. Overall, the show as a whole was a bit of a let down and Time Warner Cable should really owe me $30 for this fiasco.

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