My Two Centsss - LockDown Predictions
By Super Chrisss
Mar 8, 2013 - 11:58:55 AM
Writer's Note: Well, well, well. It's been quite some time since I last dedicated an entire column to TNA. In fact, I believe my last TNA column was my Final Resolution predictions last December. With my hiatus from WWE programming in full swing, and one of my favourite TNA Pay-Per-Views - LockDown - around the corner, what better time than to shed some perspective on Sunday's show?
Writer's Note II: Sorry for the image size. They were the largest I could find without ruining the page format.
Maybe I missed something here, but does anyone know why Bobby Roode has been M.I.A. the last few episodes of Impact? It's a shame, because not only have we been robbed of some hilarious segments between Roode and his partner Austin Aries, but this feels more like a feud between Bad Influence and LAX 3.0 more than anything else.
But I digress. Some are commending TNA for having a three-way tag team title match at a PPV. I, on the other hand, can't help but point out these are the only three teams left in the entire division. The Robbies are feuding (they actually have a match on the card, believe it or not), Joey Ryan seems to have locked himself in the PlayGirl mansion leaving Matt Morgan alone to go around kicking Jeff Hardy's head off, and Aces & 8s can't seem to settle on an official tag team, despite having 392 members. Therefore, whoever wins this match will basically be stuck feuding with one of the other two teams for the foreseeable future. Since Aries and Roode won the titles not that long ago, and the main-event scene is too crowded at the moment, they've got to be the odds-on favourite to win this one.
Winners, and STILL TNA Tag Team Champions: Austin Aries & Bobby Roode
I don't know who in the company considers this match PPV-quality, let alone worthy of being on one of the biggest TNA shows of the year, but here we are. TNA seems determined to push Rob Terry as a monster face, which isn't a particularly bad thing, since he works better as a face than a heel, in my opinion. This match clearly won't get more than five minutes - which I won't complain about - but I hope Robbie E isn't completely squashed, as he's better than a lot of people give him credit for. Hopefully this feud ends on Sunday, with Big Rob going on to do something else like feud with the Aces & 8s and Robbie E returning to help a dying X-Division.
Winner: Rob Terry
I'm going to call an audible here. I just visited TNA's website and found out this match (and the one I'll talk about next) is taking place on Sunday. Did I miss the announcement/build-up for Park vs. Ryan during the last two episodes of Impact? Wow, I'm confused.
Anyways, I don't know what to say about this match because I've seen ZERO interaction between the two yet they're booked on one of TNA's biggest PPVs of the year. Okay, then. Ryan hasn't gotten a win in months, but the company is really trying to push Park as the underdog babyface. I guess Park will win, but I wish we had been given a reason to care about their match (or at least known about it taking place).
Winner: Joseph Park
I'm still confused. Didn't King defeat RVD for the title just a week ago? Why isn't a top name like RVD getting his rematch at a huge PPV like LockDown? When did Zema Ion and Christian York become number one contenders? What's going on here???
Okay, well, after months of chasing the title, King finally got his hands on the belt and was put over big-time by Van Dam on last week's Impact, so I can't imagine King losing it so quickly. I have a feeling King will have a decent run with the belt until finally dropping it to Jesse Sorenson later this year. Hence, this is another easy prediction.
Winner, and STILL X-Division Champion: Kenny King
Getting back on track with matches that 99% of fans know will be taking place on Sunday, we have a recently returned Velvet Sky defending the belt against longtime rival Gail Kim. While the safe bet would be to go with Sky, TNA has been no stranger to playing hot potato with the Knockouts Championship in recent history. While that certainly could be the case come Sunday, I feel Sky needs a long run with the belt to establish herself as the 'heroine' of the Knockouts division. Mickie James has become an after-thought, ODB barely competes anymore, and the company has cooled Miss Tessmacher's push for the time being, maybe until she improves her in-ring skills. In any case, Sky needs to be built up as a credible champion as both Kim and Tara are established heel challengers. I see this feud continuing past LockDown, but for now, Sky gets the win.
Winner, and STILL TNA Knockouts Champion: Velvet Sky
On paper, this is a huge mismatch. How could anyone believe a relative newcomer like Wes Brisco could defeat a former WWE and TNA World Champion like Kurt Angle one-on-one, inside a steel cage, no less? Well, if you've been watching Impact in recent weeks, you might have a different mentality. Brisco's promo last night really made me wonder if he can actually get the job done this Sunday. I'm still not sold on his look, but if he could somehow defeat Angle, that would be a major career boost. In fact, that kind of win could make Brisco the breakout star of Aces & 8s (and boy, do they need one). I'll get into it a bit more in a minute, but LockDown could be the night Aces & 8s finally redeem themselves in the fans' eyes. In order for that to happen, they need a clean sweep on Sunday. It's risky, but I'm going with my gut.
Winner: Wes Brisco
First off, LMAO @ D-Lo Brown being revealed as the Vice President - a.k.a. second most-powerful member - of Aces & 8s. TNA could have picked so many more bigger stars instead (Jeff Jarrett, Abyss, Aj Styles, etc.) but instead they go with an agent who hasn't wrestled a match in JBL knows how long. I was okay with the Taz reveal, because he's used as the group's mouthpiece, but how does D-Lo Freaking Brown being VP give the group any legitimacy they desperately need? You know there's a problem when the stable has nearly a dozen members and Mr. Anderson is the biggest star of the bunch.
As for the match, I would love to see Team TNA get the victory for several reasons. For starters, they have some talent who could really use the high-profile win, like Magnus and Eric Young - even Joe could use the victory. Furthermore, Team TNA winning could potentially put an end to the angle once and for all.
Unfortunately, I don't see that happening, and for one major reason - we still don't know who the leader is. Until we know who's the mastermind, Aces & 8s won't go away. Since I expect that man to reveal himself by the end the night (hint hint), the stable needs a decisive victory to re-establish themselves. So a lot of people won't like it, but Aces & 8s will win on Sunday, and keep the angle going.
Winners: Team Aces & 8s
Well, here we are. Bully Ray finally has a chance of becoming a world champion, something many people - including the man himself - probably never thought could happen. Sure, it's lame how he got the title shot (by Hulk Hogan basically giving it to him thanks to his 'marriage' to Brooke), but there's more here than meets the eye. If you thought the closing segment of last night's Impact was cringe-worthy, with Bully, Hardy, and Hogan kissing each other's ass, I believe it was done for a reason. On Sunday, Hogan will screw Hardy out of the belt, and he and and Bully will be revealed as the leader(s) of Aces & 8s.
Now this might sound like a rehash of how Immortal was formed a few years back, with Hogan turning heel on one of the company's biggest PPVs, but this time, it makes sense. Both Hogans and Bully have been too involved with Aces & 8s attacks in recent months for nothing to come out of it. This whole 'respect' angle is a red herring, as is Bully's face run. On Sunday, Hardy's title reign comes to an end, and we could potentially see Matt Morgan turning face to challenge Hogan and Bully in coming months.
If everything I said does end up happening, we could be in for an interesting few months of television. But watch me be wrong and Hardy leaves San Antonio with the title after a 'respectable' match.
I really hope I'm right.
Winner, and NEW TNA World Champion: Bully Ray
What are your thoughts on Sunday's show? Will you be watching? And do you think LockDown will be Aces & 8s night, or will their bad booking continue?
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