Lockdown in Review: It’s A Beautiful World and We All Just Live In It

It’s definitely a beautiful world these days when it comes to TNA. Last night on Lockdown, quintessential Beautiful People jobber, Madison Rayne, shocked the wrestling world as we know it and became the new TNA Knockouts Champion. The surprising win came just weeks after the title had changed hands in the controversial Lockbox segment. With the way TNA works these days, nothing should come as a surprise, but putting the title on Madison Rayne definitely made for great television last night in St. Louis. Lets take a look back at Madison’s historic win, as well as the long anticipated heel turn of Tara.

The Knockout portion of Lockdown begins with a video package highlighting the hot mess that has been the intertwining storyline these five women have found themselves in over the past couple of months. A rundown of the rules also takes place and the Beautiful People are the first team out. These three women look absolutely stunning. The best part of pay-per-views is the new ring attire that always debuts, and TBP did not disappoint. Between their amazing fashion and lesbian-like entrance, fashion gurus and pervs alike were satisfied. Not surprisingly, Tara and Angelina were given separate entrances. Tara was out before the Knockouts Champion and she took the time to pose with a guy who was holding a sign that read “Tara’s Future X-Husband.” Amazing. Tara was sporting a St. Louis Cardinals’ baseball cap (gag) and she had her precious baby with her as well. Tara gives a disgusted So Cal Val the spider, tosses the baseball cap to the crowd, and makes her way into the ring where TBP are just chillaxing. Angelina Love is out last and Velvet Sky starts to mock her ex-BFF by running around the ring with her hands behind her back mimicking being handcuffed.

Angelina pays no attention and starts pose, basking in her championship glory. She holds the belt up, showing it off, and finally gets into the ring in her own beautiful person style. She hands the title off to the referee, who shows off all three belts. Angelina and Tara don’t really seem to agree on who will start the match off, but Angelina eventually does and she takes Velvet down with a nice, girly spear. Velvet ends up getting beat on for a few seconds before she escapes, but since she’s not Houdini, she can’t make herself disappear. Angelina easily catches her and connects with an elbow, taking Velvet to the mat. Velvet is clearly flustered and scrambles to her corner while begging the referee for a time out. There’s no time outs in wrestling so Velvet smartly makes the tag and we get out first look at Madison.

Angelina drags Madison into the ring by her hair and immediately slams her down. It’s a pretty brutal looking slam and the champ smartly goes for the cover. Madison is able to kick out. Madison fights back with a jawbreaker-like move and Angelina tags out. Tara comes in swinging and connects with Madison’s head. She easily takes control over the smaller woman, but Madison is able to gain the upper-hand by using a cheap tactic, and she scrambles to her corner and tags in Velvet. Velvet is kindly greeted by a drop toe hold, then Tara flips over into a bridge position and wrenches back on Vel’s neck. Beautiful submission hold. Tara flips back over, turning the move into a front facelock. Tara snaps off a suplex, goes for a pin, but Velvet isn’t ready to be counted out yet. Tara pulls her up and chops her to the ropes. She goes for a whip, but Velvet is able to reverse and Tara finds herself flung across the ring. Madison is waiting and unfairly grabs a handful of Tara’s hair. Tara goes down and it’s advantage Beautiful People.

Velvet goes for a cover, but Tara muscles out and Velvet starts beating on her. In a cool move, Velvet places her boot on Tara’s throat, pulls her up by the arms, and starts beating her into the mat. I love it. Velvet goes for her third cover in the span of less than a minute, but of course Tara gets out of it. Velvet looks disgusted and holds onto to Tara while she makes the tag to Madison. They double team Tara for a moment and it leads into a pinning attempt by Madison. Tara kicks out once again and gives Madison a chance to cater to said pervs and do her porno-style head lock face slam thing. After flirting with the crowd, Madison tags Velvet back in. The Beautiful People try another pin attempt but Tara kicks out and this time she starts fighting back.

Tara lays into Velvet’s midsection with a few right hands and once she’s back to her feet, she suplexes Velvet down to the ground. Tara looks over at Angelina and orders her to watch, and then climbs to the top rope. She tries for a moonsault on Velvet, but Velvet has moved and Tara is now in a world of hurt. Angelina is trying to rally her reluctant teammate, and the Beautiful People are encouraging Velvet to make the tag. Both girls are able to get to their respective partners and Angelina comes in on fire. She starts whipping Madison into shape and doesn’t let Velvet distract her from it. The Canadian totally nails her former bestie and throws her into the corner. She picks up Madison and throws her into Velvet. Angelina is looking to hurt both members of the Beautiful People and backs up towards her corner. Before she can take off running, Tara tags herself in.

Angelina has no choice but to get out of the ring and Tara destroys Madison with the Widow’s Peak. Velvet thankfully breaks up the pin, saving the tag team titles for the Beautiful People. Angelina comes in and starts beating the hell out of Velvet, causing a distraction for everyone involved. Lacey von Erich makes her presence felt by opening the door to the cage and sneaking into the ring. She slams Tara in the head with one of the title belts, and Madison scoots into position for a pin. The referee makes the count and ohmygosh, Madison Rayne wins the match.

And becomes the new TNA Knockouts Champion.

Angelina’s face sums up the entire situation. “Did that really just happen?” Yes, Angelina, it did. No one seems to believe it but the Beautiful People who are now the sole owners of all three Knockout belts. Angelina’s shock turns to anger and she paces around the ring, unsure of what to do. What can she do? The Beautiful People are gloating and rightfully so. Angelina’s eyes lock on Tara and the blonde, now ex-champion, is livid. Tara attempts to explain what happened but Angelina doesn’t seem interested in listening. She finally pulls Tara to her feet but instead of fighting, Angelina turns her back and walks away.

And Tara attacks.

She clubs Angelina in the back and then throws her face first into the cage. Angelina goes down like a ton of bricks and it looks like she died, because she gets all limp. Tara starts to twitch and get a little crazy, and smartly leaves the ring before she really does murder Angelina on national television.

Nice.

The Good: Glorified “jobber” and ex-laughing stock of TNA, young Madison Rayne, is now the TNA Knockout Champion. In my opinion, this is a great change of pace. As much as I would love seeing Daffney with the title, I’m pleased that all of Madison’s hard work in TNA has paid off. She got off to a horribly unfair start in TNA and now it’s the 24-year old’s time to shine. Not only is Madison the first woman to hold the SHIMMER and TNA Tag Team Titles, she becomes the first woman to hold the TNA Tag Team and Knockout Championships. If that’s not a rub, then I don’t know what is. Madison has steadily improved since her arrival in TNA and she’s really come into her own. She’s the best wrestler out of all the Beautiful People and her character has improved tremendously. She’s becoming a great “mean girl” and I hope TNA gives her a pretty lengthy title reign.

Tara’s heel turn was good as well. It’s been a long time coming because lets face it, Tara is slowly becoming stale as a face. TNA won’t give her a chance to hold the title for a long period of time so this heel turn is the best thing that could have happened to her. She will no doubt feud with Angelina and the attack came off as great. Tara is always impressive as a crazy type of character and I want to see her reunite with Dr. Stevie! The fact she tossed Angelina into the cage was great because throughout the whole match, the cage was never used until Lacey opened the door. Why have a steel cage match and not use it as a weapon? Well that’s TNA for you, but at least Tara got the memo about cages being made of steel and she made Angelina pay for picking the Knockouts Championship out of a Lockbox.

Last but not least, Lacey von Erich proved to be a good thing, at least for the Beautiful People. Had it not been for Lacey’s intuition, TBP would not be the holders of all three title belts. I told all of you that Lacey would play a pivotal role come Lockdown, and once again, I was right.

The Bad: Well I didn’t really see anything bad about this match. It had good length, lots of antics, and there were no commercial interruptions. Everyone did fairly well in the ring and the aftermath came off well. The Knockouts had a great night for the most part. I guess if I had to pick, I would have liked to see the cage get used more. We all know the Knockouts can go hardcore so hopefully they’ll step it up tonight on Impact with whatever they get to do.

The Ugly: The Knockouts Championship belt continues to be the dirty whore of TNA. After sleeping with Angelina for a couple of weeks, it now makes it home in the beautiful bed of Madison Rayne. I don’t know why TNA is making this title into a mockery, but at least a fresh face is holding it now. And at the end of the day, that’s what matters. We have a new champion in TNA and the belt changed hands in an actual match. That’s pretty impressive for TNA nowadays so I’m not going to complain.

To sum all of this up, congratulations to Madison Rayne, Velvet Sky, and Lacey von Erich for having all three championships. Extra congratulations to Madison who has her first singles championship (to my knowledge) and for making history. She’s turning into an amazing talent in the wrestling world and here’s hoping TNA does right by her. And finally, congratulations to Tara who finally gets to turn heel. It’s what she does best and I hope she does end up as Daffney’s partner tonight.

Match Rating: 3.5/5*

Cryssi
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  • http://www.youtube.com/xDivatoxicV3 TJGlee

    Cryssi, you are totally right, i hope Tara does team with Daffney tonight aganist TBP & then they could be a tag team with Dr.Stevie!

    Im glad that Madison has won the belt, she deserves it & i hope that she has atleast a 3 month reign with it, but with the way that TNA has been passing the belt to Madison, i wouldn’t be surprised if they pass it on to someone else pretty soon.

    I have a feeling that this might be the beginning of the end for TBP, Velvet told Lacey not to upstage her & now that Madison has the biggest KO prize, Velvet might start to become jealous.

    & if anyone was to become heel at Lockdown, i was hoping that it was Angelina, she as well as Tara are both becoming stale as a face. As a wrestling fan, i much prefer heels because they have personality.

  • xxChristinaxx

    I think the match was pretty good, but Tara was only one who really impress me in that match.

    I would love to see Daffeny and Tara be a tag team. But Tara at the end looked crazy as hell.

  • candieaddiction

    Putting Tara and Daffney into a tag team would certainly be an interesting idea, especially if Dr. Stevie is involved. It would not only give more TV time to both of the girls, but him as well because really, we haven’t seen him much aside from during the Daffney/Tara feud.

    The PPV match was one of the better ones that I’ve seen thus far on there. I was really impressed with Tara, and I’m glad she actually used the cage though it would have been better if it was during the match as opposed to after the match.

    All of these belts being with TBP might actually start some internal conflict because like TJGlee said, Velvet specifically told Lacey not to upstage another member of TBP, and that in a way is exactly what Madison did when she won the KO title.

    I wouldn’t be surprised at all if the title is yanked from Madison within the next couple of weeks. If TNA was smart, they could turn it into the TBP blowing up from within, but I don’t see that happening after all the title changes they’ve done lately with that one belt.

  • Cryssi

    I also believe that this is the beginning of the end of the Beautiful People and was actually going to add that to the ugly part of the review, but I didn’t. I think their egos and jealousy of each other are going to start getting in the way and I think the three of them will end up in a full blown feud with one another. I’m just interested to see if it’ll be a three way feud or a feud simply between Madison and Velvet, with Lacey looking on like a lost puppy a la Cody Rhodes in the Legacy break-up. God, I don’t want Lacey to be the one who ends up punted!

  • TaylorJade

    I enjoyed this match and thought last night was a good one for the Knockouts. There are a couple of new stories going now.

    I am a bit disappointed that the title is still being passed around so often, but I can’t really say that I am disappointed that it went to Madison. She is a very hard worker and has improved her character so much in the past months. Girl deserves it and I am happy for her.

    The Tara heel turn. This intrigues me a lot. I would love to see her and Daffney form a serious tag team and possibly get the gold down the line. Get Dr. Stevie involved and you have a small faction. There is obviously history there between Tara and him, and they were together in her psycho days, so it would be fitting for that to happen again in the new era of psycho.

    I am just wondering right now which Knockouts are going to be feuding with each other now. These situations could honestly go a number of ways.

  • Gail Kim #1

    Yeah it was great and TNA is doing ok.

    BUT…

    It would do SO much better if Hamada and SariTaylor were included…

  • theregoeskitty

    i think it was a good match, it wasnt the best we have seen in TNA but it was still good none the less,

    shame there was no queen of the cage this year, we could have had Sarita or Taylor vs ODB vs Daffney vs Hamada. i just hope once Tara goes heel she doesn’t fade into the background like she did in WWE, her and Daffney could make an awesome pshyco tag team

  • Macho Madness

    I really liked this match, and TBP looked smokin hot. Love me some Lacey Von Erich.

    Very happy with the outcome with the match as well, but I don’t see Madison holding the belt too long.

    Only complaint is I would have liked to see the cage used more as well, but thats not that big of a deal.

    The PPV overall was really good, in my opinion. 4/5 stars for Lockdown 2010.

  • nathaniel

    If you listen closely, right after Tara slammed Angelina in the cage, some in the crowd chanted, ‘ONE MORE TIME!’. I think that Angelina and TBP are wearing thin on some people. Tara might get cheered beating on Angelina.

  • xcc77

    did anyone else see that madison lost a tooth??!

  • ebmich

    Basic tag match. Well, for some reason, TBP were bringing the workrate. For all of her praise, Tara is still overrated horribly to me. I guess that is what happens when someone is “horribly misused” by the WWE and then gets shot up the card in TNA. It exposes that “No, they weren’t misused.” lol

    Two things I really took from this match: Velvet screaming each time she saw someone was about to pop her one was amusing and anyone else notice that Lacey closed the door? Seems uncharacteristic of her. Then again, Lacey is all about the little things. haha

    BTW, if anyone wants to see another match from the show, I would recommend Kevin Nash vs Eric Young. It was short, but it wasn’t a squash match by any means. It was reallly good.

  • http://www.twitter.com/thefamouseric Lee

    I was just going to comment about madison’s tooth. you can notice it when the camera zooms in after her win.

  • Macho Madness

    Madison didn’t lose a tooth. I thought that too at first, but when I looked at her twitter account it said “Teeth are all in tact LoL” in a tweet, so it must have been blood or something.

  • theregoeskitty

    @Lee don’t worry madison Tweeted after wards all her teeth are intact, it probably just moved a bit :/

  • Sapphire Eyes

    “If you listen closely, right after Tara slammed Angelina in the cage, some in the crowd chanted, ‘ONE MORE TIME!’. I think that Angelina and TBP are wearing thin on some people. Tara might get cheered beating on Angelina.”

    It’s probably just a few smarks. Or people wanting to see chick violence. Angelina and TBP do get ratings. At least among the best on what is a sinking TNA ship overall. Though I couldn’t blame fans for getting tired of Angelina vs TBP. It’s been a disappointing feud despite having multiple able ring workers and multiple quality mic workers.

    If the crowds actually do turn on Love’s face run after just a few months, then we can certify Russo and Bischoff as complete idiots considering how abuzz the net was about her return and how over she’s been. If they can’t make her returning as a face with fans solidly behind her against her evil former friends work as a storyline, they probably shouldn’t be booking anything in a major fed.

  • appleman58

    the wwe may be high on eve and maryse but tna is snortting tbp and they are fiends for it

  • DPWE1111

    I feel the end of the new BP, and the reformation of the original BP coming along soon. Think about it, I think that Velvet Sky will get a TNA Knockouts Title match against Madison, and Lacey will get involved and screw over Velvet. Then Angelina Love saves Velvet Sky, reforming the original Beautiful People in the process.

  • steve jabroni

    NEW CHAMP! … immature childish gloating… yay madison!… woo woo woo

    “Not only is Madison the first woman to hold the SHIMMER and TNA Tag Team Titles, she becomes the first woman to hold the TNA Tag Team and Knockout Championships.”

    As the other company droned into our head during the creation of the diva’s title, there can only be one “first” and no matters what follows she will always be the first woman to achieve the above title combinations.

    Congratulations madison!

    I read an interview where she was exited to be ranked 19th in magazine poll. Well now you’re on top of the world and have more titles than your tiny waist can fit (thank God for lacey).

    I’m so happy I was worried so she was going to have to job forever, it’s the little things in life…

  • Ian778

    Ok over all a decent match but what i hope happens if they explain Tara’s Turn her reasoning should be:”i gotta screwed out of my title by a Stupid Gimmick match??
    and you end up with my title and you didn’t even BEAT me for it!!but you gloated around with my title” I’m glad Rayne snagged the title cause she’ll put on really good matches. Everyone rags on Velvet Skys “weak” wrestling style her talent is she’s a bump machine and it fits her wrestling charater