TNA Lockdown in Review: Gail, ODB and Young Upstage Their Opponents in the Cage

Why hello, everyone, and welcome to another lovely annual Lockdown review! This year, TNA has “graced” us with two Knockouts matches (with grace in quotation marks as I have yet to see them yet so I will decide later if this is a good or bad thing). First up, Gail Kim defends her Knockouts Championship against the woman who, for some reason, lost the title in about twenty days when she first had it, Velvet Sky. Alongside that we get to see two of my favorite women in wrestling, Sarita and Rosita (or as I like to call them in a nod to Miss Karen, the Bean Burrito Sisters), as they team up to take on ODB and her husband for the Knockouts Tag Team Titles. Will we get any new champions? Let’s find out!~

Skip to 3:40

It’s time for the Knockouts Championship! After a brief tale of the tape which mentions the heinous actions regarding Velvet Sky’s controversial title run last year, out comes our challenger, who looks incredible in some new gear which even promotes her Twitter username on the sleeve. Taz once again goes into a frenzy over the lack of pigeons (and to my knowledge we didn’t even see his usual panning shot of Christy Hemme). Someone check and make sure he’s not walking out of TNA as I type. Out next comes Gail Kim with her title intact, alongside Madison Rayne who I guess she’s friends with again after Madison screamed, “We’re through” in their match last month.

Gail poses on the turnbuckle, as Velvet and Madison exchange words at the side. Kim takes the advantage from behind and kicks Velvet in the stomach. Kim goes for a suplex, but Sky reverses into a series of roll ups for only a two count. Velvet with a few punches, and then connects with a nice sunset flip for another two. Sky tries to stay on the advantage, but Gail kicks her sharply in the head and begins to dominate, including a knee to the back. Gail sends Velvet into the corner and apples a boot to the throat, before trying again only Velvet counters and begins running wild with chops and kicks.

A set of jawbreakers next, with Gail then escaping out of a bulldog attempt and drilling Velvet with a missile dropkick off the top rope. Kim with a backbreaker across the knee, before stretching her over as someone in the crowd tries to get them all behind Velvet to seemingly no avail, sadly. Gail performs her leg lock submission over the back of the head until Velvet finally fights out until she’s dropped with a big clothesline. Madison screams at Earl Hebner, as Gail applies a dragon sleeper. The crowd finally starts to get behind Velvet, which sparks Madison to scream for them all to shut up!

Sky connects with another jawbreaker, as both women seem to be in pain. Gail immediately targets the back and starts choking Sky in the corner. Kim goes for the running move in the corner, but Velvet moves and Gail lands pretty nasty. She crawls back inside as the two women trade blows until Sky takes control with a clothesline! Running back elbow and a shoulderbreaker follows up, continuing on with a headscissors takedown! Velvet snapmares her down and connects with a baseball dropkick, as she then plants the champion with a bulldog for good measure.

Sky tries to drag Gail into the center of the ring, but Kim fights off and begins to scale the cage. This sparks Velvet to follow her up and signal for a top rope In Yo Face! Gail counters out and tries to flip Velvet over, but Sky holds on and hits a huge powerbomb! Madison seems to be in shock, as Sky goes for the cover and Gail grabs onto the ropes. Suddenly, Velvet is distracted with Madison and goes for her, but catches Gail as she tries to escape. Sky with a roll up, but Gail reverses it and grabs Velvet’s skirt to retain her title. Velvet fans will have to wait another day it seems.

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Out to the ring we go as some delightful whistles and gun shots go off, which can only mean the tremendous duo that completes my life, Sarita and Rosita are out to dance their way to the squared circle. Both look absolutely phenomenal tonight as I take a moment to say how thankful I am for these two being featured (and hopefully winning). Sarita begins to show shades of busting out the soccer mom dance, but clearly she is keeping it hidden until we deserve it later on. After that, some music I’ve never heard before plays and out walk the Knockouts Tag Team Champions in what I think are hockey jerseys.

Mike Tenay proceeds to offer us a breakdown of the history behind those jerseys, as they climb into the ring after ODB makes sure her chest is in good form. Like the lady that she is, she pushes him out of the way and goes in first to destroy both members of the Bean Burrito Sisters. It looks as if she and Sarita will kick things off as ODB scores with a nice Thesz Press. Rosita suddenly hops onto her back but ODB moves out of the way and Sarita accidentally clotheslines her own cousin! ODB then takes the advantage and splashes both in the corner.

From there, she scores with a hip toss to Sarita and then focuses back on Rosita with a press slam right onto Sarita! Nice! ODB orders him back out, as Sarita and Rosita take control of this match and YES! HERE COMES THE SOCCER MOM SALSA! Tag out to Rosita as an ODB chant breaks out to no avail against our feisty latina. Some kicks to the stomach as she screams at the referee and begins to choke ODB with her boot. Rosita starts her own little soccer mom salsa, although let’s be real, it simply can not compare to the art Sarita has mastered through the years.

Back in comes Sarita with a headlock as she slams ODB into the corner and… is it my birthday? TWO SOCCER MOM SALSAS! Sarita goes for a pin but gets nowhere, as she then tags Rosita in again and the two proceed to kick ODB in the stomach. A nice splash from Rosita off the shoulders of Sarita, and after a brief distraction, ODB brings out the liquid courage and destroys both of my dancing delights. A nice spear sends Sarita to the outside, as she lifts Rosita up and hits the BAM for the win!~

Thoughts: Starting off with Gail against Velvet, I thought it was a solid match. It was mostly just one person dominating through the middle, though, so I don’t really think it will be a very memorable bout outside the nice powerbomb spot in the corner. Other than that, it felt like something you’d see on Impact, only there was a cage around the ring as well. I do like that if it had to end with Velvet losing, it was by Gail pulling the trunks because at least that sort of signals Velvet will probably continue this feud. Although in TNA, you never know what is going to happen next so for all we know, there could be a battle royal this week where a returning Moose Knuckles becomes the new Knockouts Champ.

The Tag Team Championship match had a lot of good and some bad only because I didn’t understand it. The good is that this was treated like an actual match and allowed the three females to perform the entire thing with hardly any interruption. I thought what they did was enjoyable and I even liked seeing ODB perform some new moves I’ve not seen from her before. Now the bad (although it may not be bad since I’m just confused), but does TNA still have that “no man on woman violence” act in order? I know he’s performed airplane spins on them before, but if it’s still a thing in TNA, then I don’t get why he’s a champion in the first place. I’m not sure though so I could be completely wrong, although if anyone knows please shout out in the comments below!

In case you don’t have time to watch the full matches, check out Diva Dirt TV‘s bite-size recap below:

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  • ricky_says_hi

    neither was much of a good match. the singles match was pretty basic, their other PPV match was better and that wasn’t very good itself. they didn’t use the cage at all and Gail just dominated too much.

    the tag match was just messy. some good moves but it never took form and looked like it was freestyled

  • Melina&Mickie4ever!

    Gail Kim retain AGAIN! #GreatestKnockoutsChampionEver (sarcasm)

    Im fine with Gail retaining didnt relly to care for the match, I wanted Velvet to win but Im not upset Gail retained. Hopefully Velvet will get another match win , and have a lengthy regin. Possibly fueding with Angelina Love ! seeing as how Sarita & Angelina and or Winter wont be getting a title shot as long as Gail is Champion.

    Gail Kim may not be the GreatestKnockoutsChampion that is Mickie James Place (sarcasm) but she is having a good title run. IMO ^-^

  • Superstar77

    So Velvet got screwed again huh? Typical I’m tired of this she had all this momentum and had to wait 5 months to get a rematch and this is the result she lost! Bullshit!

    I’m tired of Gail Kim as Knockout champion Velvet should have won!

    • art

      Velvets terrible..

      • Superstar77

        No she’s not!

        Getting really tired of people discrediting Velvet as a wrestler.


    I’m glad Gail retained, but I don’t think either of them used the CAGE itself enough as a weapon.
    The obvious strategy in a cage match is to use the cage as a weapon, throw them into it, rub their face on it etc.
    I also would have liked to see more attempts to escape the cage!
    This was not even 1/2 as good as Gail Kim vs Jackie Moore in 2007! Seriously.. this could have been A LOT better, even if it was Madison distracting Velvet and Gail climbing out of the cage, at least it would have USED THE CAGE in the stipulation. Kind of a wasted chance..

    • Raekon

      Jackie and Gail are veterans in the ring and can do such things much easier than someone like Velvet so it doesn’t surprise me that they didn’t used the cage at all.

      Would it be Gail vs ODB or Gail vs Mickie, Gail vs Sarita, then the cage would had been used properly.

    • norisclouds

      Of course not. Gail took all the major bumps in that match. Velvet is just not a good enough wrestler to pull off a cage match. It was boring and terrible.

  • redsandman99

    Gail vs Velvet was kind of eh. Nothing spectacular here. I’m guessing Velvet will get another match next ppv given the ending of this match.

  • LadyGoDiva

    I heard some reviews that the Velvet/Gail match was pretty lame but now that I’ve seen it, my review is that it was pretty decent being Velvet’s rematch.

    I have a feeling that ODB will be next in line for the KO’s title.

  • EveLover

    I feel bad for velvet. No, I do not like her as a favorite but you can bet your ass she deserves this title. Why TNA does this is beyond me. Funny thing is, I doubt velvet will get another shot at gail. Sadly.

    Can somebody please tell me who is going to take the title from gail? Mickie, while I love her, I DONT want to see her with the title. She just had it lol.

    They fucked up a good thing with madison vs gail.

    I would like to see Brooke win it. Then have her and tara break up and feud for it. She would make the perfect heel, brooke would. But I dont see her being used -_- . Same goes with angelina, sarita, rosita, ect.

    TNA is in a deep shit hole right now.

    I also can’t get behind gail. She has yet to impress me, since she got to TNA.

    Can’t believe the match was won by the deadly roll-up. Im begining to really hate those moves. To think I used to love matches being won by roll ups.

    I didn’t even watch the tag match. I just didn’t want too. No. I feel bad for sarita & rosita.

    • BillyGP

      Actually Mickie haven’t had the title in a while and deserves a win over GAIL in TNA.

    • WWFoverWWE

      Madison vs. Gail was dropped because they didn’t want to put the title on Madison but at the same time, they still wanted her to be on TV every week. That’s why they made her go back to Gail so abruptly

      I guess it was more of a “test” fued, but in the end it didn’t hold TNA’s interest.

      • EveLover

        WWFOVERWWE; Pretty dumb, if you ask me. They should’ve saved madison as gails last oponent. It could;ve been good, but they rushed & something that could’ve been great turned out pretty bad. Now they dont really have anybody to feud with gail.

        BillyGP; why should mickie get the title again? She had it last year. TWICE. She can’t just get the title after two people hold it, just because you feel like she “hasn’t had it in a while”. In reality, mickie shouldn’t get the title until after the summer, towards the end of the year. If mickie turns heel, I’d be more than happy if they put the title on her, but even so she shouldn’t get it until after summer. If she does, it’ll feel rushed. And why does mickie need a win over gail ? Let gail have her glory moment. Mickie already had hers & will probably have ALOT more to come.

        You need to understand that mickie can’t and WONT be in the spotlight or title picture all of her career. Let the girl rest.

        Mind you, this is coming from a mickie fan.

  • FilmJenkins

    They should’ve had a Queen of the Cage Match this year.

  • BillyGP

    Gail vs Velvet was good but again SUPER GAIL wins.

    • redsandman99

      I will honestly take Super Gail as champ over Velvet Sky.

  • WWFoverWWE

    Sarita looked INCREDIBLE!!! Why doesn’t TNA push her? she’s the full package. Smh

    Gail vs. Velvet was good but I expected a title change. I hope TNA doesn’t do the obvious and go back to Gail vs. Mickie. I want to see Mickie as tag champion now, not singles.

    • EveLover

      Agree. Mickie & Velvet should go chase the tag titles. Then maybe have mickie turn on velvet. Now that would something worth watching.

  • FilmJenkins

    So who will beat Gail?
    My guesses:
    -Velvet if she gets one more shot
    -ODB w/ EY’s help
    -? as everyone else is out of the title picture

  • BillyGP

    Mickie in the video for the next PPV. Maybe it will be a four way or something.

  • MomoMufFinSsFTW much as i love gail idc anymore. i just hope tara,brooke,rosita,winter,angelina,or sarita win the title soon..And eww…ugh eric young go away. besides that my shexxi hubby is back on my screen ;) yummy jake…

    • Kessuki

      enjoy it while it lasts twinkletoes…cus jakey’s soon to be my status ‘riding on a married man’..rawrrrrr!!!! ;)


  • JJ

    I thought Gail and Velvet’s match was pretty good and loved the power bomb move off the ropes from Velvet. The tag match was ehh to me lol I can’t take the knockout tag titles seriously as long as EY is involved. Is it TNA or is it Spike tv that does not allow man on woman violence? I always thought it was the spike channel that didn’t allow it so therefore during the PPV TNA could let it happen but I could be wrong.