Triple H, October 2011:

“When I grew up, I hated Hogan. I thought he was terrible and didn’t like to watch him. I was like Punk in a way. I liked the Steamboats and Flairs and the ones that could go. Would I be right in saying that Hogan was the wrong guy to go with, and they should’ve changed directions and gone with Steamboat because he was the better wrestler? Ludicrous.” - Triple H. October, 2011.

TNA Lockdown 2013

Monday, June 03, 2013

Final Resolution 2012 was here.

Lockdown 2013

TNA Title: Jeff Hardy (w/Future Endeavors) d. Austin Aries
X Title: Kurt Angle d. Bobby Roode
Tags: Dudleys (w/Future Endeavors) d. Daniels/Kazarian
Samoa Joe d. Wes Brisco (w/Future Endeavors)
Ken Kennedy (w/FE) d. Joseph Park
Chavo Guerrero (w/FE) d. Eric Young
Kenny King d. Joey Ryan
Future Endeavors (Gallows/Knox) d. Tex Mex

At Final Resolution, the masked tag group of Aces&Eights morphed into Future Endeavors, which had been a Kennedy/Burke low card tag act but now is the WWF castoffs. 

The Horsemen are not ones to shrink from conflict, despite being massively outnumbered, and they're able to successfully jump and savagely beat down both Burke and RVD in the build.  That's going to cost them Williams, who gets similarly attacked.

There is no unified force coming into Lockdown in opposition to FE - the Horsemen had positioned themselves in opposition to the entire company; Aries had no allies at all; the announce notes that FE has numbers and could really show their force at Lockdown. 

The ex-WWF'er who didn't join FE was Angle; he's defiant about it in the build - he's at his point in his career where he walks alone; he's been part of a group - he led a future WWF Champion, a future UFC Champion, and the man who completely changed how professional wrestlers are trained in the US. 

Bubba and Jeff are sympathetic - he's Kurt Angle, one of the greatest wrestlers who ever lived, and not to be in charge is a lot to take - they understand - but at Lockdown, he'll either be with them or against them.

Lockdown's the night you expect - Gallows/Knox go over the former champs Tex Mex in the opener, as Storm/Hernandez are attacked by the larger group even before they get to the ring, that helps the young team get the upset win. 

King and Ryan is the only match not implicated by the broader program - King goes over. 

EY comes back in the build as a TNA veteran here to stick up for the company; FE doesn't interfere, Chavo wins and then FE beats down EY postmatch.  The last time we saw Abyss he was starting to behave erratically; that behavior increased until we got to the creation of FE, the anxiety over which drives Abyss into a fugue state; the angle isn't that anyone else thinks Park and Abyss are different people - we recognize that Park can't handle this FE assault and so he's become a different person.

Kennedy goes over clean, Park gets beaten down.

Joe's by himself since Roode has the title match to prep for, he overcomes outside interference and gets the win - then gets beaten down. 

The Dudleys are outmatched when it's 2:2, but outside interference keeps their straps - Daniels and Kazarian get beaten down.

Bobby Roode's been X Champ well over a year, it's the longest reign in the history of that belt, Angle says he's fighting by himself - it's a long match, the storyline being that Angle's miles now make Roode the better man, and he's just barely surviving when FE comes down to the ring - they save him once, they distract the official and hit Roode once, Chavo is holding up a shirt - the idea is Angle has to agree to join and FE will help - what will win out, Angle's pride or his desire to hold gold, maybe for the last time?

It's the gold - there's a ref bump, Angle takes the shirt - Dudleys hit 3D on Roode, Angle covers as the official regains composure and counts the fall.

Angle's joined FE.

And now it feels like everyone in the world behind Jeff Hardy.

Neither Hardy has ever won a singles belt, which eventually drove Matt nuts and now has driven Jeff to his first ever heel turn - Aries is better but just can't stand up to the numbers.  Jeff gets the call - FE holds all the belts - and all seems lost in TNA.

TNA returns for Slammiversary during real world...Bound for Glory?  Right?

And I'm back in July to wrap up the road to Summer Slam 2012. 

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