Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Survival Tactix: Booking Lockdown.....

TNA has 5 weeks to finalize the Lockdown card and, even though a month and a week seems like quite a while down the road, I think I've got at least SOME idea where everything is going. The current of the storylines seem to suggest an almost fully Aces and Eights vs. TNA card with members of the faction from top to bottom. (The last statement is barring the suggestion of Bully Ray OR Jeff Hardy being a member.) With that thought in mind, I'd like to run down my predictions, making a prediction WITHIN a prediction as well. SO, let's explore....

Devon vs. Magnus for the TV Title.....

This match makes sense to me because it's already happened. NOW, with interference, this match becomes something of a wash, UNLESS it takes place in a cage, as it would here. The structure bars any outside forces acting upon the outcome. That, folks, is the difference maker.

Jeff Hardy vs. Bully Ray for the World Heavyweight Title......

This is Bully Ray's time to shine. If not now, TNA is going to have a world of hurt to try and explain how Hardy is remaining on top, having fans compare Hardy to a certain WWE performer who always seems to land on top of the card as well. TNA has limited number of PPVs now to give first time world champions their day in the sun and THIS is TNA's time to pass the baton to the next man in line.

Velvet Sky vs. Tara for the Knockouts Title.......

Since the return of the former Knockout title holder, the fan feedback has been, for the most part, a positive report. Tara's squeeze presents the biggest potential risk to the possible title change happening as he's been the reason for the loss EVERY TIME the Knockouts Title has been on the line. Once again, though, with the cage as the ultimate leveler for the battlefield, it's sure to make the difference for the returning Sky to regain the gold.

RVD vs. Zema Ion for the X Division Title

Why Zema? Simple. TNA needs the time to build focus on the vengeance of the man who has been on the shelf for most of last year.....Jesse Sorenson. If Ion wins, the Aces and Eights could swarm him and, in the shuffle, Sorenson could be revealed, creating a good, if not GREAT return. "Option C" is still on the table, from my understanding, and if it isn't, due to the PPV schedule shift, it could be a talking point.

Bad Influence vs. Money's Worth for the Tag Team Titles......

Yeah,  I used my OWN name for them. In any case, I can see Daniels and Kazarian having a go at the Tag Team gold once more. Fact is, it'd be the best TAG TEAM clinic since Beer Money vs. Motor City Machine Guns. I truly believe that too. Kazarian, Daniels, Roode, and Aries all have TREMENDOUS chemistry with one another. This is going to be an AWESOME display. Give them 20-30 minutes and the place will ERUPT.

Kurt Angle vs. Wes Brisco.......

This story writes itself. Kurt gets Brisco the tryout. Brisco becomes the villain. Angle remains the face and we'll see how Wes carries himself for the duration.

Aces and Eights vs. Team TNA......Lethal Lockdown

I'm betting on the VP to be the team leader for the Aces with the BOSS being revealed at the finish. My pick for the VP is Jeff Jarrett with the ultimate boss being Dixie Carter. In any case, I'll pick DOC, Mike Knox, Chris Masters, and Mr. Anderson as the Aces roster. Samoa Joe, Eric Young, James Storm, and Sam Shaw fill out MY picks for Team TNA, led by Sting.

Sam Shaw MIGHT be a surprise to some, but this pick does TWO things for Shaw....

1. It gives him a good place on the roster by giving him the shot to work with the biggest storyline going right now.

2. It gives him the revenge he'd be looking for, having been attacked by the faction in his first week.

Who are the X Factors?

Christian York, Jay Bradley, Kenny King, and Crimson

Jay Bradley carries himself like a member of the Aces and Eights and has been beneath one of the masks, but it remains to be seen if he'll be revealed to be a member. Additionally, the rumors still swirl about Crimson being added to the numbers, but again, that has yet to be confirmed. Christian York has been pushed like MAD in the past couple of months, being booked strongly against the likes of RVD, Zema Ion, AND Kenny King. Speaking of King, there was talk of him teaming with King Mo when he FINALLY debuts for TNA in a wrestling capacity. So THERE are your X Factors for the PPV.


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