Bully Ray (aka Bubba Ray Dudley) is TNA world champion after defeating Jeff Hardy at the main event of Lockdown. With help from Aces & Eights. Bully was a member of the group all along, and is actually their president.
Look, we the fans are not idiots. We all saw that possible outcome coming from 10,000 miles away. But we didn’t expect that the TNA writers and bookers would be so brazen and stupid in resorting to such an obvious plot twist.
I understand that in the professional wrestling world, there must always be heel characters. And heels will occasionally resort to cheating and dirty tactics to win. I am fine with that. But why do it at the MAIN EVENT of a PAY-PER-VIEW with the WORLD TITLE on the line? You are disrespecting the prestige of the title, and you are damaging the integrity of the wrestler’s reign as champion. Wouldn’t it be better if Bully had won the title legitimately? Wouldn’t it be better if CM Punk’s 400+ day title reign was defended legitimately without interference from Brad Maddox or The Shield?
TNA has always prided itself on the motto: “wrestling matters”. Wrestling matters my fucking ass after Lockdown. We the fans, devote our time and money to watching your matches and following your company. And this is how you reward us? By insulting our intelligence and giving us a crap champion.
I am not sure whether the fans at the front seats of the Lockdown PPV were planted or not. But I have the exact same feelings as them: garbage. TNA is garbage. A once proud company is descending into ruins because it is making the exact same mistakes as WCW last time.
Until AJ Styles returns from his hiatus, I am refusing to watch any future TNA matches. Perhaps now is a good time for me to finally check out Ring of Honor.