For fuck sakes.
I am at a loss for words as to how terrible this pay per view was for the good will built up by Impact Wrestling (for those who watched).
No, no I am not at a loss for words. I’m at a loss for keeping cool. What’s hilarious is that I sort of knew this would happen because we were all burned before. No, not from every error made by TNA in the last 10 years. We’re apologetic wrestling fans with a pathetic mainstream presence watching our favourite hobby die a slow and painful death while those with the actual buying power would prefer to “support the indies” by purchasing a WWE Daniel Bryan shirt than supporting the company that made him a superstar. I knew this would happen because the build up for this show was exactly like Bound For Glory. I was just hoping I was going to be wrong.
At Bound For Glory, the build up was Bobby Roode on a babyface crusade to eventually win the TNA World Championship. Every TNA fan, every wrestling fan was behind Roode to win. What happened? Hulk Hogan decided that it would make Roode so much cooler if he didn’t win the belt and turned heel because bad guys are cool! Even writing that makes me sick.
So here we have at Lockdown, and it’s the same build up. Vignette after vignette of James Storm being built up. He’s going to win the TNA World Championship from his former partner in his home state of Tennessee! Country music celebrities are here to watch! He’s doing major PR for TNA Wrestling! All of the pieces are there!
And… he loses. Not only does he lose, but he loses because Bobby Roode got knocked out of the ring from the James Storm superkick.
This is the second time TNA has had a chance to create a new headlining superstar with huge momentum and they’ve snuffed it once again. If James Storm wins the TNA World Championship in the future, it’s just going to matter a lot less. The bullshit was supposed to be over. This was his moment. You got a beer drinking, southern appealing superstar with a flashy finish and a great following. SOUND FUCKING FAMILIAR TO ANYBODY!? Imagine the one you know I’m talking about losing at Wrestlemania XIV because Michaels was passed out on the outside and the match ended in a countout. No I’m not saying we would have saw the new Attitude Era, but in importance for Impact Wrestling, James Storm winning was extremely important.
Impact Wrestling put out a fantastic episode last week and it received a 0.99 rating. That meant people weren’t buying into this the way they did at Bound For Glory. Those who skipped on Impact only missed out on being disappointed because I doubt they watched Lockdown. It’s sad to see this happen to such great talents like James Storm and Bobby Roode but you’re in the wrong company.
So how does it change? It doesn’t. Just like the fact that when Vince is gone there will just be two new idiots running the WWE. When TNA finally runs out of cash flow there won’t be a light at the end of the tunnel. It will just get worse.
What a depressing night. Even more depressing to see Austin Aries have to put over Garrett Bischoff because he’s done everything he could possibly do in Ring of Honor and WWE didn’t even think he was good enough for the Tough Enough reality show. This is what he has to do to get a decent paycheque in North American pro wrestling.
You owe us, wrestling. We don’t fucking owe you.
Support the Indies. At least when the promoter fucks you over and you don’t buy a ticket, he’ll know it.