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Lockdown Was Created Because Of A Joke Made By Dusty Rhodes

You can currently read the first 18 chapters of Barbaric Wrestling Radio host Brett Buchanan’s The Genesis of TNA on and New chapters on Sting, Kurt Angle, and others will be released on Monday. Also check out free shoot interviews with Christian, AJ Styles, Chris Sabin, Rob Van Dam, Samoa Joe, Rampage Jackson, Jay Lethal, Devon, and many more to come on Barbaric Wrestling Radio’s YouTube at Below is an excerpt from The Genesis of TNA ‘Chapter 12: Dusty Rhodes’ about what led TNA to create Lockdown, and Dusty Rhodes being removed as head booker.

During Dusty Rhodes’ run as booker, TNA debuted a PPV that would become a staple for the company. In April 2005 TNA held their first ever Lockdown PPV, where every match was held inside a steel cage. The first Lockdown was headlined by AJ Styles vs. Abyss.

LARRY ZBYSZKO: Lockdown started as a joke. I just think it’s overdone, because cage matches don’t mean anything, or does anything mean anything unless it’s built up right. So when you have Lockdown every match is in a cage so what’s special when everything’s in a cage. The way it started was they were having a meeting when Dusty was running it for his six months and someone said something about why don’t we put this in a cage too and it was just a stupid idea that Dusty made a joke saying well hell let’s just put every match in a cage. And Dixie jumped up and said great idea I love that idea. She didn’t even know it was a joke. That’s how Lockdown came about where every match is in a cage because Dusty made a joke about it. It was a joke and now that’s their big PPV and everything’s in a cage. But you know when you break down the reality of it, why is everything in a cage?

BILL BEHRENS: We thought Lockdown was a joke when it was announced, but it never was. A lot of us said this is the stupidest idea we’ve ever heard and to this day I think it’s a dumb idea.

SONJAY DUTT: I hated it and I honestly thought that it was just going to be that one time. Then when it happened the next year and it happened over and over I was like okay well they’re just going with this to the fullest they’re not going to give up on this idea I didn’t like it.

CASSIDY RILEY: You know it’s one of those things when you first hear about it you just go like [sigh] oh my god. But then you make the best of it and I think it actually came out to be something different and something unique. That’s how creative sh*t is born, just accidentally. I think it ended up being a pretty good philosophy and it gives them a hellacious PPV every year.

DAVID YOUNG: We thought it was stupid going into it but the first night was so good. The AJ vs. Abyss match kind of set the standard for Lockdown.

PETEY WILLIAMS: Honestly I thought Lockdown was a little bit over the top. Doing a whole PPV with all cage matches and then like every cage match had a stipulation. I’m like man it lost a lot of its luster. The cage match was the big thing on the show. Now we’re doing every match as a cage match, I remember Dusty Rhodes had the book and me and Eric Young teamed up, and Dusty was like maybe one of you two guys bleed. And I’m thinking, everybody is going to be bleeding so if I bleed it’s not going to mean anything whatsoever because everybody is going to be cutting themselves in the cage and stuff like that. I thought the cage was a little bit overdone, I really did.

SONJAY DUTT: I tell you the cage was literally touching the ring ropes, so I didn’t know this. You get in the ring, every time you would run the ropes your elbows would just be shredded from the cage and I just hated it.

AUSTIN CREED: I like when in southern wrestling the cage matches they’re the end all be all, finally got you there’s nowhere to run. It was hard to do stuff when every match is in a cage because you couldn’t do certain things because that would ruin the show for everyone else.

In May 2005, TNA finally had enough of old Dusty Rhodes, and he was removed as head booker after only six months on the job. Dusty had not delivered the big numbers he had promised.

MARCUS CYGY: The general feeling was that they were just putting up with him it was kind of like a joking matter, nothing was really serious until he was out.

BILL BEHRENS: Initially they didn’t want to displace Dusty, they wanted to find a way to basically mildly move him out of the way and Dusty just said screw that. But then after that Dusty ended up doing exactly what he said he’d never do, he ended up going to WWE and being part of a booking committee and even better he had to start using a computer there because Dusty never used computers when he booked he’d write everything down on legal pads which he’d done his whole career because when Dusty does TV he goes I’m making movies baby, and he would make movies. He’d write everything out and somebody would have to transcribe it to the script, he’d never work off the printed script he’d always work off of his notes.

LARRY ZBYSZKO: So Dusty’s idea of being successful of course was doing a bunch of skits starring Dusty and bringing in Dustin Rhodes, of course. Needless to say six months later Dusty bombed and Bob Carter got rid of him. Then when they got rid of Dusty then that’s when they brought me back to be the head of the championship committee. It was just funny how things worked, Dusty basically conned Bob Carter into saying he’s going to make it great, six months later Bob gave him the boot.

BILL BEHRENS: Dusty didn’t want to be on the booking committee but they knew that, Dusty enjoys booking very much and can do a very good job he’s got an interesting style of booking. Dusty has wonderful ideas and tremendous destination.

LARRY ZBYSZKO: TNA went through a lot of growing pains because again you had wrestling people that started it and of course everybody wants the power and all of that. Then you have Dixie Carter who is not from the wrestling business that winds up buying it who knows nothing about the wrestling psychology part and at the same time she doesn’t know who to trust. She doesn’t know if Jeff Jarrett knows what he’s doing, she doesn’t know if Russo knows what he’s doing, she doesn’t know if Dusty knows what he’s doing. So these people are just kind of taking guesses and whoever gives them the best line of bullsh*t gets a chance at running the thing for awhile.

  • Darryl

    I thought they were both Stolen from the Summer of George the animal Steele. You see he was a Teacher, So he only worked in the Summer months. haha

    Also Lockdown. What i think is when Iwas a kid and I got the Cage For my LJN Ring. I playing the part of jack Tunney would always make an Entire Card of Cage matches. So for that, I kind of Like it. it brings back Childhood Memories. The Fact that it started out as a joke is not surprising.

  • SpudimusPrime89

    Besides, everyone copies angles from other companies all the time. Just because WWE (happened, arguably) to copy from TNA (more like ROH) means nothing. Nash’s appearance in both of them also means nothing, especially the fact that Nash got sidelined in the Summer of Punk angle and they had to switch gears and direct Nash at HHH.

  • SpudimusPrime89


    We all knew the Summer of Punk angle was a nod to the ROH angle Punk did years before. Just because there were differences doesn’t mean the idea wasn’t taken from another angle.

  • RPM

    the lockdown matches that used to feature the electrified cage or a cage with weapons attached to it made sense to me on an all cage ppv but having every single match just be plain cage matches is quite boring now.

  • poko

    Bah. Everything the WWE or TNA has done lately was likely done YEARS ago during the territories system. It’s like arguing about whether Jeff Hardy or Randy Orton invented the cutter maneuver–the correct answer is neither one.

  • Jason

    How was the turn coat ROH angle with Punk leaving ROH for WWE angle anywhere close to being the same thing as what TNA did just one year later?

    What WWE did was 100% the same thing as what TNA did.

    Both Angles had Nash

    Both angles had a top up coming star get pissed off about being mis used and not given a fair chance to shine due to old wrestlers stealing the spot light.

    Both angles had a upcoming star (Joe with TNA and Punk with WWE) bitch and moan about other talents not being used do to backstage politics. (In this case the talents that the stars took up for were even close to being the same from a character stand point via Eric Young for TNA and Zack Ryder for WWE)

    I watch and watched ROH at that time and the angle with Punk leaving was nothing alike via the summer of Punk and the summer of Joe angles.

    Nice try but unlike most of you I watch all wrestling

  • Jefferson D’Arcy


    Exactly! In fact, the original Summer of Punk was in 2005, I believe. The whole deal with him signing his WWE contract on the ROH belt. Get your facts straight “Jason”, before you go shitting on things.

  • CC

    Whats funny is just about every idea TNA has used has been done before in either WWE, WCW or ROH, so throwing out comedy insults saying WWE copied them is actually pretty funny … oh, he was being serious?
    deluded twat

  • Jon-Jon

    @ Jason

    Please. Just shut the fuck up. If we all wanna be serious here, the “Summer of Punk” angle AND “Summer of Joe” angle (if it was ever even referred to as that until now) were “stolen” from when Punk did it in ROH. FACT.

  • Jason

    Just shows BC that you never watched TNA in 2006 because if you had you would know that the angle WWE did last summer was already done in TNA in 2006. Funny enough Nash was also in that angle to, just as he was with the WWE’s summer of Punk angle. Joe went over in that feud and never lost once until Dec of 2006 against Kurt Angle.

    Some of oyu should really try and learn to watch other pro wrestling shows besides just WWE. There is more out there you know. lol

  • thomas

    come on now this is wrestling not hitting the twat what we have here is alot of assholes putting their comments. let keep it a family page talking about you all american hero

  • b c Mitchell

    ^^what time? I don’t want to get there early and spoil it. I’d hardly compare what WWE has done with Punk to what TNA did with Joe. Unless Punk start jobbing to old guys and keep him off TV for months at a time

  • all american hero

    I still like Jasons moms twat ill be hitting it tonight

  • TS93

    We get it Jason, u like TNA

  • poko

    It’s kind of a strange idea, honestly. Just having an arbitrary cage match without build or reason kind of takes away from the original purpose of a cage match. However, that being said, cage matches are pretty rare on their own, and it does give promotions a chance to show their fans something different. Some of TNA’s greatest matches have been inside cages, especially in the tag team division.

  • Jason

    It’s a great idea as long as it is used only once a year.

    And yeah I do find it funny how most of the so called big angles that the WWE have done lately via (the Summer of Punk in 2011 vs. TNA’s the summer of Joe 2006. Yes TNA did it five years before WWE did it) TNA did long before.

    Lockdown was a TNA idea and WWE just did there best to steal the idea but funny enough made a joke of the idea on there own TV program. Hell in a Cell PPV with no blood? Really? lol

  • Flip

    Personally I liked the lockdown ppv idea

  • luckysalt

    And now WWE have copied the format for No Way Out