Just when it appeared Ethan Carter III had everything going his way, Rockstar Spud turned his back on him and once again, Matt Hardy retained the TNA World Heavyweight Championship. The tired old wrestling booking mechanism of continually screwing the guy that deserves the title, Impact Wrestling did little to entertain this week, as Lockdown was average, at best.
Add in an awful match between Grado and Eli Drake and this year’s Lockdown event was anything but stellar. With little in terms of mid-card storytelling, it appears TNA is putting all of their eggs in the EC3 basket.
Beer Money: James Storm and Bobby Roode vs. King of the Mountain Champion Eric Young and Bram: A rough back and forth that started off strong as Bram hit his DDT variation on Storm on the outside and Roode avoided a Young Piledriver. After about eight minutes or so of offense and very little storytelling, the brawling slowed down and Beer Money taunted and finished off their opponents with the Suplex/Powerbomb variation.
X-Division Champion Trevor Lee with Gregory Shane Helms vs. Tigre Uno: Lee got the win with the Fisherman Buster, but Uno hit a few spots in another decent match that told very little story.
Lethal Lockdown: The Dollhouse: Rebel, Jade and Marti Bell vs. Knockouts Champion Gail Kim, Madison Rayne and Velvet Sky: A nice amount of offense here and Rebel was extra solid with her variation of the Stroke. Regardless, it was hard to get into the match because there was no belt on the line. After Rayne was injured earlier in the show, Maria Kanellis appeared to be filling in, (as per Kim’s “demand” earlier) but all she did was turn her back on Kim and lock the faces in the cage. While Sky and Kim made an awesome comeback using Kendo Sticks and a Top Rope Flapjack, but Jade eventually got the win with the Package Piledriver on a chair.
Odarg the Great vs. Eli Drake w/Jessie Godderz: Another disaster of a match that saw Drake dominated for most of the match, but Grado hit the modified Electric Chair Drop and after Mahabali Shera took Godderz out of the equation, Grado hit the Cannonball on Drake, whose tights were nearly off. Eventually, Grado escaped and Drake was able to take his mask.
TNA World Heavyweight Champion Matt Hardy w/Tyrus and Reby Hardy vs. Ethan Carter III: Plenty of back and forth action as Tyrus injected weapons and both performers were unable to hit their finishers early on. Hardy, however, hit a Side Effect through a steel chair and got the first advantage and kept things that way thanks to an Eye Rake. ECIII hit the TK3 to even things up, but Tyrus wouldn’t let him escape. Carter then allowed Tyrus into the cage and promptly nailed him with a Clothesline, but Tyrus hit the Big Ending. However, Tyrus ended up getting locked to the cage and EC3 beat on Tyrus to take him out of the equation. Hardy then popped up and hit the Twist of Fate, but EC3 kicked out. Carter then hit a Russian Leg Sweep from the top rope to continue the drama. With a steel chair wrapped around his neck Carter fell victim to another Twist of Fate, but once again, he kicked out. After an EC3 Low Blow and more strikes, Carter began to make his comeback. Reby Hardy then made her way to the ring with a hammer, but Rockstar Spud stopped her, to only turn his back on Spud and allow Hardy to escape the cage and retain his title. After the match, Spud nailed Carter in the head with a steel chair to end the show.