Kester's TNA Lockdown Rundown: Bully Ray captures the TNA Championship and reveals himself as the leader of Aces and Eights, Hulk Hogan promises greatness, and the Triple-Threat Tag Team match steals the show


prowrestling.net
MEMBERSHIP INFO | LOG-IN | CONTACT US | SUBMIT NEWS | ABOUT US
Insider News • Live TV & PPV Coverage • Hitlists • Results • Blogs

HOME | WWE NEWS | TNA NEWS | MMA NEWS | ALL NEWS | TV & PPV | ARENA REPORTS | VIEWPOINTS | PRODUCT REVIEWS | AWARDS



Dot Net App
GOT AN IPHONE, IPAD, IPOD TOUCH, SAMSUNG GALAXY TAB, OR ANDROID PHONE?

THEN BE SURE TO DOWNLOAD OUR NEW FREE APP
(or SEARCH "pro wrestling" in App Store or Android Marketplace)

Dot Net Podcast
CLICK HERE TO SUBSCRIBE TO DOT NET FREE PODCAST IN ITUNES OR CLICK HERE FOR LISTING OF LATEST SHOWS

Kester Editorials


Kester's TNA Lockdown Rundown: Bully Ray captures the TNA Championship and reveals himself as the leader of Aces and Eights, Hulk Hogan promises greatness, and the Triple-Threat Tag Team match steals the show
Mar 11, 2013 - 06:27 PM


By Ryan Kester

Bully Ray and Aces and Eights

This was a long time coming, but I am thrilled to see that TNA finally pulled the trigger and returned Ray to his heel persona. He slipped right back into the role and drew great heat from his actions. Ray looked downright despicable at the end of Lockdown.

In a similar vein, I am happy to see the TNA belt rest on Ray's shoulders. Bully Ray has done tremendous work these past few years and has earned the spot as the top guy in the organization. I never expected to say that, but Ray has really shined with his work since splitting from Devon.

Now, I understand attaching Bully Ray to Aces and Eights and it fits well with the story TNA is trying to tell, but I can't help but feel disappointing that Ray is getting stuck to such a useless group, Aces and Eights only got buried further last night with their loss to team TNA and even with Bully Ray, this group is barely worth noting. I hope TNA starts booking these guys correctly or this whole setup could easily lead to Bully Ray being dragged down rather than Aces and Eights being elevated.

Hulk Hogan's Promise of Greatness

Last night, Hogan once again reiterated a promise that TNMA was on the cusp of greatness and they were about to reach their full potential. I think this is the tenth time I have heard this little speech since Hogan joined the company, and I'd really like it if it would just stop happening. It loses impact every time he does it and by now, his promises of greatness have lost all meaning. They only serve to make the current product feel less than it needs to be and sets fans up to be disappointed when the same mistakes occur.

Bobby Roode and Austin Aries vs. Bad Influence vs. Hernandez and Chavo Guerrero

This was a splendid match. As much as I may have misgivings about TNA pairing Aries and Roode together when I feel they should be kept in the main event, they do have a good dynamic as a tag team. Everyone involved in this match got a chance to showcase their strengths, and it was simply a fun main event.

My question is, where does TNA and the Tag Team Titles go from here? This match was a joy to watch, but it was also the showcase of the entirety of the tag team division. I suppose Aces and Eights could join the fray, but two of the three teams here are already heels, and Chavo and Hernandez are nowhere near good enough on the mic to warrant being the babyface center of an otherwise heel division. This was an enjoyable match, but TNA has a long way to go in repairing their tag division.

Overall Show

Last night's show was solid. There was plenty of good action, but the show really never felt special to me up until the end. Much of it was reminiscent to last year's Lockdown; TNA was in front of a large lively crowd, but it still lacked that big show feel. I attribute a lot of that to the terrible build we had for the show. Still, the end with Bully Ray's turn was done rather well, and it kept the whole affair from being merely passable.

If you have any questions or comments or just wish to chat with a fellow wrestling fan about whatever, then feel free to email me at ryan.kester@gmail.com or follow me on Twitter.

RECOMMEND THIS ARTICLE:


READ OUR INSIDER NEWS BEFORE ANYONE ELSE! BECOME A MEMBER FOR JUST $7.50 A MONTH (or less with a year-long sub) - GET THE FIRST LOOK AT EXCLUSIVE INSIDER DOT NET NEWS, TONS OF EXCLUSIVE AUDIO CONTENT, MEMBER MESSAGE BOARD ACCESS, START YOUR OWN BLOG, AND VIEW THE SITE WITHOUT ANY ADVERTISING: SIGN ME UP (or MORE INFO)



RELATED ARTICLES FROM MGID AFFILIATE SITES...
Kester Editorials • Latest Five Articles
Kester's WWE Raw Rundown: Undertaker returns, The Wyatt family attacks John Cena, and The Shield continue to show signs of dissent
Kester's WWE Elimination Chamber Rundown: Kane costs Daniel Bryan the WWE World Heavyweight Championship, The Wyatt Family and The Shield tear the house down, and Batista gets another round of hate
Kester's WWE Raw Rundown: Daniel Bryan pins Randy Orton, Batista continues to disappoint, and The Shield and The Wyatt Family lay the foundation for their feud
Kester's WWE Raw Rundown: The build towards Elimination Chamber begins with WWE attempting to stymie the backlash over the Royal Rumble results
Kester's WWE Royal Rumble Rundown: The Rumble ends in a groan with Batista heading to WrestleMania, Daniel Bryan vs. Bray Wyatt steals the show, and Randy Orton vs. John Cena happened
Kester's WWE Raw Rundown: Randy Orton and John Cena brawl, Batista makes his return, and Daniel Bryan and Bray Wyatt continue to feud



MEMBERSHIP INFO
Become a Dot Net Member right now for $7.50 a month or $66 a year ($5.50 a month avg.). Get exclusive audio, first-look insider news, Forum access, member blogs, more...

CLICK FOR SIGN-UP INFO


The Current Must-Read List
• Powell's WrestleMania 3 review: Hulk Hogan vs. Andre the Giant for the WWF Championship, Randy Savage vs. Ricky Steamboat for the Intercontinental Championship, Roddy Piper vs. Adrian Adonis
• Pruett's Blog Flashback: The Undertaker's Streak Series Part Three - The American Bad Ass Years & The Deadman's Return - WrestleMania XVII - WrestleMania XX
04/02 Prowrestling.net All Access Interview: Artist Rob Schamberger on his WrestleMania Axxess project, his background, and more
• Powell's WWE DVD Review: "Signature Sounds: The Music of WWE"
04/01 Prowrestling.net Live Podcast: WWE Hall of Famer Jim Ross on the Dot Net Weekly audio show
• 4/1 Kester's WWE Main Event Live Coverage Review: Sheamus vs. The Miz and Nikki Bella vs. Tamina
• Powell's WWE Raw Hit List: Daniel Bryan attacks Triple H, Brock Lesnar finally gets the better of Undertaker, John Cena in a sheep mask, Kane vs. Roman Reigns, final hype for WrestleMania 30
• Pruett's Blog Flashback: Undertaker's Streak Series Part Two - Coincidence Preserves The Streak - WrestleMania XII - WrestleMania XV
• Powell's WrestleMania 2 review: Hulk Hogan vs. King Kong Bundy in a cage match for the WWF Championship, Roddy Piper vs. Mr. T in a boxing match
• WWE News: Chris Jericho says the time isn't right for his WWE return
ACCESS PREVIOUS MUST-READ ARTICLES

Vote In Our Latest Poll

WrestleMania 30 Poll: Who ends the night as Divas Champion?
AJ Lee
Naomi
Cameron
Brie Bella
Nikki Bella
Natalya
Eva Marie
Emma
Aksana
Alicia Fox
Summer Rae
Rosa Mendes
Layla
Tamina
  
VOTE IN OR SEE RESULTS OF PREVIOUS POLLS

Dot Net Free Podcasts
04/02 Prowrestling.net All Access Interview: Artist Rob Schamberger on his WrestleMania Axxess project, his background, and more
04/01 Prowrestling.net Live Podcast: WWE Hall of Famer Jim Ross on the Dot Net Weekly audio show
03/31 Prowrestling.net Live Podcast: Jason Powell and Chris Shore take your phone calls on WWE Network launch day
CLICK FOR FULL LISTING OF ALL PODCASTS

Latest from Our Affiliate Site

_pwtorch.com_
CLICK HERE FOR MORE PWTORCH HEADLINES

© 2008-2012 LAST ROW MEDIA LLC • ALL RIGHTS RESERVED -- PRIVACY POLICY