Lockdown is an annual television special and former professional wrestling pay-per-view (PPV) event promoted every spring by the American professional wrestling promotion Impact Wrestling (formerly Total Nonstop Action Wrestling), was considered one of the flagship Pay-per-views in the company, alongside Slammiversary and Bound for Glory. The event was created in 2005 and is highlighted by the premise that all matches take place inside the Six Sides of Steel cage (or, starting in 2010, a regular, four-sided steel cage). In addition to the cage, the event usually features additional gimmicks added on to the steel cage stipulation. Trademark Lockdown specialty matches include the Lethal Lockdown, Xscape matches and exclusive to the TNA Knockouts the Queen of the Cage.
The TNA Lockdown logo
|Promotion(s)||Total Nonstop Action Wrestling|
|First event||Lockdown (2005)|
|Last event||Lockdown (2014)|
|Signature match types||Lethal Lockdown|
Originally, Lockdown was to have only two cage matches to highlight the name, but soon after the premise was changed to the current all cage match format by TNA President Dixie Carter. With the exception of the 2005 and 2006 event, the show has been held outside the Impact Zone. The Family Arena has hosted Lockdown twice in 2007 and in 2010. Other cities that have hosted the event were Lowell, Massachusetts (marketed as Boston), and Philadelphia. The 2011 event was held in Cincinnati, Ohio. On January 9, 2015, Lockdown was broadcast as an Impact Wrestling television special on Destination America .
Over the years, Lockdown has become a featured PPV in Impact Wrestling's monthly schedule, several gimmick matches have become recurring highlights of the show. These matches are intended to provide a different "flavor" to the show as opposed to a simple eight cage match card.
The first match ever announced for a Lockdown pay per view was the Lethal Lockdown, a variant of the WarGames match popularized in World Championship Wrestling. The match features a multi-man competition in which opponents from each team enter in alternating fashion. Victory can only be gained after everyone has entered the cage. The match has evolved over the years, developing from a three-on-three match (2005) to a four-on-four (2006, 2009, 2010-2011 and 2014) to a five-on-five (2007-2008, 2012-2013). Since 2006, the match also includes a roof to the cage, making it the only match with such a feature in TNA, until TNA introduced The Asylum.
The second annually featured match on a Lockdown PPV was the Xscape match. Consisting of a multi-stage, multi-wrestler competition, the rules involve wrestlers eliminating each other by pinfall or submission. Once the competition is down to two wrestlers, the two remaining competitors attempt to escape the cage by climbing out over the top or through the door. The second stage of this match is based on the concept of the Blassie cage match.
Queen of the CageEdit
Introduced in 2008, the Queen of the Cage match has been held at 2 Lockdown PPV's, and it features the TNA Knockouts. The match when it debuted began as similar to a reverse-battle royal involving eight wrestlers. The first two wrestlers that entered the cage then competed in a one-on-one match that was won via pin fall or submission. The winner became the number one contender for the TNA Women's Knockout Championship. In 2009, the match was a four-way. Since then, the match have not been added in the pay-per-view anymore.
|Promotion||Total Nonstop Action Wrestling|
|Date||January 9, 2015 (taped)|
February 6, 2015 (aired)
|City||New York City, New York|
|Tagline(s)||Every match contested in the six sides of steel!|
Lockdown (2015) (aka Impact Wrestling: Lockdown) was a professional wrestling television special produced by Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (TNA). The show was taped on January 9, 2015 at the Manhattan Center in New York, New York. It is the eleventh event under the Lockdown chronology. Unlike the previous events, this event was not held on pay-per-view (PPV) and instead, was featured as a special edition of TNA's weekly broadcast of Impact Wrestling on Destination America.
|1||The Revolution (Abyss and James Storm) (с) defeated The Hardys (Jeff Hardy and Matt Hardy)||Six Sides of Steel match for the TNA World Tag Team Championship||07:57|
|2||Awesome Kong defeated Havok||Six Sides of Steel match||05:01|
|3||Bobby Roode defeated Eric Young||Six Sides of Steel match||08:36|
|4||Tyrus defeated Mark Andrews and Rockstar Spud||Six Sides of Steel match||05:44|
|5||Team Angle (Kurt Angle, Austin Aries, Gunner and Lashley) defeated The Beat Down Clan (MVP, Kenny King, Samoa Joe and Low Ki)||Lethal Lockdown match||16:03|
|Promotion||Total Nonstop Action Wrestling|
|Date||January 30, 2016 (taped)|
February 23, 2016 (aired)
|Tagline(s)||Free on Pop TV|
Lockdown (2016) (aka Impact Wrestling: Lockdown) was a professional wrestling television special produced by Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (TNA), The show was taped on January 30, 2016 at the Wembley Arena in London, England as part of the TNA Maximum Impact 8 Tour in January 2016. It was the twelfth event under the Lockdown chronology. Like the previous years event, Lockdown 2016 was not held on pay-per-view (PPV) and instead, was featured as a special edition of TNA's weekly broadcast of Impact Wrestling on Pop TV.
|1||Beer Money, Inc. (Bobby Roode and James Storm) defeated Eric Young and Bram||Six Sides of Steel match||08:33|
|2||Trevor Lee (c) defeated Tigre Uno||Six Sides of Steel match for the TNA X Division Championship||06:14|
|3||The Dollhouse (Jade, Marti Bell and Rebel) defeated Gail Kim and Velvet Sky||3-on-2 Handicap Lethal Lockdown match||11:15|
|4||Odarg the Great defeated Eli Drake||Six Sides of Steel match||06:40|
|5||Matt Hardy (c) (with Tyrus and Reby) defeated Ethan Carter III||Six Sides of Steel match for the TNA World Heavyweight Championship||11:35|
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