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Published: April 27, 2011
By Jared Silberkleit - *All matches contested inside a Steel Cage*
1. #1 Contender’s Xscape match: Chris Sabin vs. Robbie E vs. Jeremy Buck vs. Max Buck vs. Amazing Red vs. Jay Lethal vs. Brian Kendrick vs. Suicide
Good choice for an opener. The rules are pinfall-or-submission elimination style until it gets to the final two, where the only way to win is to escape the cage. Suicide and Robbie start as everyone else waits on the outside, so tag rules are in play here as well (even though it’s in a CAGE). Suicide takes it to Robbie in the corner and hits a dropkick, and then hip tosses Max (who tagged himself in) before driving him into the corner. Max hits a dropkick to Suicide, but Jeremy tags himself in and gets in his brother’s face. Max backs into the corner and Lethal tags himself in. Jeremy hits a springboard arm drag and a head scissors, but Lethal is able to hit the Lethal Combination. Suicide and Max get tags, but Robbie blind tags himself in and eliminates Suicide after a Sole Food. Sabin comes in and sends Robbie into the cage with the help of Lethal. Sabin and Lethal have a nice back and forth sequence before Red tags in and hits a missile dropkick to Sabin. He goes for a spin kick and Lethal hits a chop, but Red blocks a handspring and hits the Code Red to eliminate Lethal. Red tries for a springboard move, but Sabin counters it and both guys try for suplexes. Sabin flips Red over into the Cradle Shock and hits a huge running lariat to eliminate him.
Max beats on Sabin, but Sabin hangs him up in the tree of woe and hits a dropkick. Sabin with a roll-up attempt for 2, but Max hits a top rope neckbreaker to eliminate him. Kendrick comes in with a roll-up attempt but Robbie takes him down. Max tries for a moonsault but Kendrick gets the knees up. Max and Jeremy go at it, with Max trying to climb the cage and Jeremy pulling him down. Jeremy sends Max into the cage twice and hits an enzuigiri before beating on him with fists. Max pins Jeremy out of nowhere with a small package. Robbie chokes Kendrick in the corner with his boot, but Kendrick is able to toss both him and Max into the cage. Kendrick takes it to both guys, hitting an enzuigiri to Robbie and a superkick to Max. Kendrick eliminates Robbie with a thrust kick, so it’s escape-the-cage rules now. Max beats on Kendrick before powerbombing him into the corner and sending him into the cage. Max climbs but Kendrick pulls his feet. Kendrick sends Max to the mat, but Max uses the ref to knock Kendrick down from the top before climbing out over the top for the win. Some decent wrestling here but it felt really flat due to the lack of crowd heat. Match didn’t have a lot of flow and felt very rushed. Some good sequences early on made it average, but not much beyond that. Match Time: 13:34 Star Rating: **
Eric Bischoff then comes out for a brief promo where he runs down himself and his own accomplishments before lauding Hulk Hogan and talking about how Immortal would take out Fortune later tonight. Felt like a time-killer.
2. Four Way match: Ink Inc. vs. The British Invasion vs. Eric Young and Orlando Jordan vs. Crimson and Scott Steiner
Two straight clustered matches with too many wrestlers involved? Yep. Young tries to climb, but you can’t win that way so everyone stares at him. Him and Jesse Neal before Shannon Moore tags in to work over Young. Douglas Williams tags in and squares off with Jordan. British Invasion double team Jordan, but Jordan rubs himself up against Magnus and clotheslines Williams. Jordan tags Neal, but Magnus hits a lariat to Neal. British Invasion hit a double necktie takedown to Neal. Williams hits a snapmare and Magnus hits an elbow drop for 2. Neal fights back and tags in Crimson. Crimson hits some knees to the face and a neckbreaker to Magnus, but both men are down after a double clothesline. Steiner gets in and hits an elbow drop to Magnus. Steiner then starts hitting belly-to-belly slams and suplexes to everyone. Moore taunts Steiner and beats on Williams in the corner. Young hits some shots on Moore but eats a diving uppercut from Williams. Moore flips out of the corner with a sloppy moonsault on Williams, and Neal hits a spear to Jordan. Crimson hits a modified Lethal Combination to Neal. Steiner hits a T-Bone suplex to Magnus but takes a missile dropkick from Young. Young then climbs out of the cage, and Moore flips out of the corner with a really sloppy neckbreaker on Williams for the win. Jordan and Young weren’t funny and were extremely distracting throughout, which severely hurt the match, as did some really clunky spots. You had enough talent in here for this to be pretty solid but the decision to spotlight the comedy jobbers killed any chances of that. Match Time: 8:51 Star Rating: *3/4
3. Title vs. Hair match for the TNA Women’s Knockout Championship: Madison Rayne(c) vs. Mickie James
Mickie throws Rayne into the cage several times and instantly hits the jumping DDT for the win. Unexpected squash but best-case scenario considering Mickie had a separated shoulder. In hindsight this buries the Knockouts division because the girl who beat everyone for a whole year lost in less than a minute to an injured person. This is only going to serve as more ammo for people who say women have no purpose on mainstream PPVs. Match Time: 0:38 Star Rating: N/A
4. D’Angelo Dinero vs. Samoa Joe
After a bad first hour, we got our first solid match on the show. Pope tries to escape at first, but Joe pulls him down, only for Pope to hit some cheap shots and a body slam. Joe is back up and hits a clothesline and hits some shots in the corner. Joe hits an enzuigiri in the corner and some chops. Pope begs off, only to send Joe into the corner. Pope hits some shots in the corner before they fight up top, with Pope being crotched on the top rope. Joe hits a kick that knocks Pope to the mat and does a face wash in the corner. Pope takes advantage after a ref distraction, hitting some punches and kicks. Joe comes back with some of his own before Pope drops him with an uppercut. Pope applies a rear chin lock and Joe fights out, only for Pope to send him into the ropes and hit an STO. Pope charges but Joe hits a snap powerslam. They both trade slaps before Joe hits a kick and a running senton. Joe hits a second rope diving leg lariat and a Muscle Buster, but Pope gets his foot on the ropes (why would this break a pin in a CAGE match?). Pope tries to climb the cage but Joe grabs his trunks, exposing Pope’s ass. Pope sends Joe to the mat and dives off the top with an elbow drop. Pope tries for the DDE, but Joe catches him, sends him into the cage, and hits a Muscle Buster. Joe then locks in the Coquina Clutch and Pope taps out. Pretty good match between these guys, but I wish the feud hadn’t been built up so horribly beforehand. Could have been better with more time but this was enjoyable. Match Time: 10:27 Star Rating: **3/4
5. Hernandez vs. Matt Morgan
The Mexican America stable accompanies Hernandez to the ring. Morgan takes it to Hernandez at the start, hitting the rapid fire elbows in the corner and a side slam for a near fall. Anarquia pulls Morgan’s foot via a hole in the cage and Hernandez hits a shoulder block. Hernandez uses the ropes for leverage as he rakes Morgan’s face against the cage after he slips at first. Hernandez applies a nerve hold, but Morgan fights out and hits a cross body. Hernandez retakes the advantage and tosses Morgan into the cage. Morgan hits some punches but runs into a shoulder block from Hernandez. Hernandez chokes Morgan with his towel, and then with his boot in the corner. Hernandez stalls with taunts as Morgan lies on the mat. Morgan hits a discuss clothesline and both guys are down. Morgan hits a head butt, some punches, and some clotheslines before tossing Hernandez into the cage several times. Morgan hits a backdrop but Hernandez hits a Pounce-type move that the announcers can’t identify. Anarquia climbs the side of the cage but Morgan knocks him down as Hernandez heads up top. Hernandez leaps but Morgan hits a mid-air Carbon Footprint for the win. Slow, sluggish match with a cool finish. I’m sick of seeing this feud because these guys always have horrible matches against each other. Just stop already. Match Time: 8:13 Star Rating: *1/4
Sarita comes into the cage with Rosita afterwards and cuts a promo about how Mexican America is superior to everyone and they keep getting screwed over. Velvet Sky then comes out and beats up both girls by herself. Welcome to Jobberville, Sarita and Rosita.
6. Ultra Male Rules match: Jeff Jarrett vs. Kurt Angle
The rules are similar to the Three Degrees of Pain match that Angle had with Desmond Wolfe at Final Resolution 2009. It’s a 2 out of 3 falls match where the first fall can only be won via submission, the second by pinfall, and the third by escaping the cage. They lock up and do a bit of mat wrestling at the start before Jarrett applies a Figure Four leg lock. Angle turns over and Jarrett goes to the ropes to break it. Angle hits a T-Bone suplex and applies the Ankle Lock, but Jarrett escapes before applying a sleeper, which he transitions into a rear-naked choke as he takes Angle down to the mat. Angle escapes and applies the Ankle Lock, but Jarrett again gets out and sends Angle’s arm into the ring post. Jarrett then puts Angle in a cross-arm breaker. Angle is able counter into the Ankle Lock and Jarrett taps out, so Angle wins the first fall. Angle stalks Jarrett, who is selling the leg, but Jarrett sends Angle into the cage and hits the Stroke for a near fall. Jarrett hits a top rope cross body, but Angle sloppily rolls through for a near fall. Jarrett chokes Angle against the ropes but both guys are down after a double clothesline. They get up and trade punches before Angle hits some clotheslines and a belly to belly suplex. Jarrett hits a knee strike and sends Angle into the cage. Angle hits two consecutive German suplexes, but Jarrett hits a back kick low blow on the third attempt. Jarrett goes for the Stroke, but Angle sends him into the cage and hits the Angle Slam for a near fall. They fight up top and Jarrett knocks Angle down, but Angle runs back up (stumbling at first) and hits a super Northern Lights suplex for 2. Angle hits a clothesline and stalks Jarrett before hitting an RKO for a near fall. Angle tries for the Angle Slam but Jarrett counters with a roll-up and hooks the tights to win the second fall.
We’re tied at one fall apiece heading into the final fall. Jarrett throws Angle into the cage multiple times before catapulting him into it. Jarrett gets the door open and tries to leave, but Angle runs him into the cage wall and hits 5 consecutive Germans. Angle goes to walk out through the door, but comes back inside and locks the door. Angle throws Jarrett head first into the cage twice, busting him open. Angle then rakes Jarrett’s face against the cage before they fight up top. Jarrett hits a superbomb that results in a terrifying landing, with Angle seemingly landing right on his head. Somehow, Angle is able to pop back up and hit Jarrett with a super Angle Slam off the top. Angle tries to climb over the top but Gunner runs down, threatening Angle with a steel chair. Angle is at the top of the cage and hits an insane moonsault, but completely misses Jarrett. Scott Steiner then runs down to chase off Gunner. Angle gets the key and unlocks the cage door, but Karen Jarrett runs down to spray some stuff in Angle’s eyes. Angle, blinded, accidentally clotheslines the referee. Jeff tries to crawl out the door, but Angle brings him back inside with the Ankle Lock. Karen slips Jeff a guitar, and Jeff smashes Angle over the head with it. Karen tries to help Jeff escape, but Angle grabs Jeff’s leg. Karen then slams the door into Angle’s face and Jeff falls to the ground, so he gets the win. This was a really good match but it was hampered by the interference, which has become routine for Jeff Jarrett matches over the years. Jarrett winning was also ridiculous, and the finish felt very flat. Still, the crowd helped this match feel like a big deal and it created much more excitement and emotion than anything else on the show so far. Match Time: 22:37 Star Rating: ***3/4
7. Three Way match for the TNA World Heavyweight Championship: Sting(c) vs. Rob Van Dam vs. Mr. Anderson
Interesting to see this not going on last. Sting and Van Dam take turns beating on Anderson at the start, with Van Dam slamming Anderson’s head in the corner and Sting hitting a corner splash. Sting tries for the Scorpion Deathlock but Van Dam hits Sting with a spin kick. Van Dam punches Sting in the corner, sends him into the opposite one, and hits a running bulldog followed by a standing moonsault for a near fall. Van Dam goes to spring off the ropes but Anderson pulls the top rope and Van Dam hits his head on the cage. Sting counters the Mic Check and tries for the Scorpion, but he lets Anderson go as Van Dam approaches, only to put both men in a double Scorpion Deathlock. Both guys get to the ropes, which apparently causes a break in a THREE WAY CAGE MATCH. Anderson gets a near fall on Sting and hits some clotheslines and elbows on both men, and gets a near fall after a neckbreaker on Van Dam. Anderson hits a double Mic Check but only gets 2 on both men. Anderson charges in the corner but RVD gets a boot up and springs off the ropes with a kick. RVD hits the Five Star Frog Splash but Sting breaks up the cover. Sting has RVD set up for the Scorpion Death Drop and hits the move just as he takes a running clothesline from Anderson. Hulk Hogan’s music suddenly hits and he comes down to ringside with a steel pipe. He gives the pipe to RVD, but RVD throws it away, only for Anderson to take it and hit RVD in the back with it. Sting then hits the Scorpion Death Drop on Anderson for the win. So the match with the most build up on Impact was about 8 minutes long and had a screwy finish. Wonderful. Hogan’s interference didn’t help either. This really just devalued the world title and did no one any favors. The fact that afterwards they alluded to a future Sting vs. Hogan match was sickening. Match Time: 7:55 Star Rating: *1/2
8. Lethal Lockdown match: Immortal (Bully Ray, Matt Hardy, Abyss, and Ric Flair) vs. Fortune (Beer Money and Kazarian) and Christopher Daniels
The rules here were that 2 guys would start the match, and everyone else would enter at separate intervals. The first interval was 3 minutes and the rest were 2. Once the last guy was in, a roof with weapons would lower over the cage and the one-fall match begins. All members of both teams come out to ringside, much like at the least Lethal Lockdown at Bound for Glory. Kaz starts the match with Abyss. Kaz charges at Abyss and they go back and forth, with Kaz countering a chokeslam but falling victim to a big boot. Abyss chokes Kaz with his boot in the corner, but Kaz avoids a charging Abyss and hits a diving hurricanrana off the top. Kaz drives Abyss into the cage and hits a running kick to the back. The clock runs down and Hardy enters, but Kaz is able to hit a slam and a springboard twisting leg drop. Hardy counters the Fade to Black and Kaz runs into a right hand from Abyss, followed by Hardy applying his double underhook submission. Hardy hits a side effect and holds up Kaz so Abyss can lay into him with punches. Daniels is in next, and tosses Hardy into Abyss before hitting the Best Moonsault Ever to Abyss. Daniels holds Hardy’s hands and jumps off the top with a boot to the chest. Daniels and Kaz hit a back suplex/clothesline combination on Hardy and Daniels hits a sliding lariat to Abyss. Daniels hits a downward spiral on Hardy and applies the Koji Clutch just as Flair enters. Flair chops Daniels in the corner before doing the same to Kaz as Abyss hits some punches. Immortal lays the beat down on both men as the clock expires and James Storm enters.
Storm hits a lungblower to Abyss and a back stabber to Hardy. Storm flips off Flair and smashes a beer bottle over his head. Flair is busted open and Kaz throws him into the cage. Storm beats on Flair in one corner as Hardy and Abyss are stacked up in another corner. Daniels and Storm both hit splashes to Hardy and Abyss. Flair tries to climb out but Kaz pulls down his pants and spanks him. Ray enters and Immortal starts beating down the faces. Flair chops Storm in one corner and Abyss chokes Daniels in another. Immortal is in control as the clock runs down and Roode is the last man to enter the match. Roode takes it to Abyss and hits a diving Blockbuster. Flair chops Roode in the corner, but Roode hits some chops of his own and a back drop. Beer Money hit a double suplex to Ray and the weapons-filled roof lowers. The faces quickly grab the weapons and beat down Immortal. Daniels cracks Abyss with a trash can lid on the floor and chases Matt Hardy onto the roof of the cage. Daniels hits some shots and tries for the Angel’s Wings, but Hardy counters and flips Daniels over, resulting in Daniels nearly falling off the roof. Hardy hits a Twist of Hate on the roof as Fortune beats down Immortal in the cage with cookie sheets and trash cans. Ray gets a near fall, but Storm plants him with a twisting neckbreaker. Roode hits a spinebuster to Flair, and suddenly Daniels hits an insane cross body off the roof of the cage to Abyss and Hardy on the floor. Rodde puts Flair in the Figure Four, but Ray hits Roode with a trash can. Ray hits everyone with a kendo stick repeatedly, and Flair hits Kaz with one as well. Daniels is bleeding and Ray rubs his blood over himself. Ray is about to hit Daniels with the kendo stick when AJ Styles makes his return and charges into the cage to beat down Ray. Roode throws Flair into the cage, Storm hits a superkick, and Roode applies a Fujiwara armbar that forces Flair to tap out. Great way to close the show as the main event itself delivered and AJ’s return made it feel even more special. This was the best Lethal Lockdown match since 2007. Lots of blood, weapons, and chaos to send everyone home happy. Match Time: 22:55 Star Rating: ***3/4
Overall PPV Rating: 6.25/10
My name is Jared Silberkleit and I am from Orange, CT. I am a huge pro wrestling fan and follow all kinds of promotions such as WWE, TNA, ROH, PWG, CHIKARA, Dragon Gate USA, and anything else I might come across. I am a huge supporter of independent wrestling and I feel that it provides a true alternative to the mainstream promotions and also showcases a lot of innovation and hard work. Aside from wrestling I am also a really big fan of football, baseball, hockey, and MMA. I have also written for www.sportsgrumblings.com for over two years.
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