|Promotion||Total Nonstop Action Wrestling|
|Date||April 15, 2012|
|Venue||Nashville Municipal Auditorium|
|Last Event||Victory Road|
Lockdown 2012 was a professional wrestling pay-per-view (PPV) event produced by the Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (TNA) promotion, which took place on April 15, 2012 at the Nashville Municipal Auditorium in Nashville, Tennessee. It was the eighth under the Lockdown chronology and fourth event in the 2012 TNA PPV schedule. In the tradition of Lockdown events, every match took place inside a Steel Cage.
Lockdown featured eight professional wrestling matches that involved different wrestlers from pre-existing scripted feuds and storylines. Wrestlers portrayed villains, heroes, or less distinguishable characters in the scripted events that build tension and that culminate in a wrestling match or series of matches. Every match was contested inside a Steel Cage.
The primary rivalry built up over months going into Lockdown encircled two former friends of one of the most successful tag teams, Beer Money, Inc., as defending champion Bobby Roode waged war with James Storm over the TNA World Heavyweight Championship. For over 3 years, Storm and Roode dominated the tag team ranks capturing a total of 4 TNA World Tag Team Championship reigns and established themselves as one of the top tag teams in company history. However in June 2011, Storm and Roode agreed to set aside their tag team careers to enter the Bound for Glory Series. By succeeding 12 other men, Roode got his opportunity after a 13-year odyssey to elevate himself as a main player and receive a shot at the TNA World Heavyweight Championship, last defeating Bully Ray in the culminating finals at No Surrender. At Bound for Glory, Roode took on the defending champion Kurt Angle in an anticipated main event title match that would see an emotional end after Angle blatantly screwed Roode out of the match by using the middle rope as leverage to help get the pinfall victory, despite the fact that Roode had a hold of the bottom rope though the referee did not see it. The emotional effects of this event became the beginning of a major Roode character arc. On the following week's Impact, Roode's tag partner Storm went on to appallingly defeat an injured Angle after hitting the Last Call superkick to capture the World Championship. On the November 3 edition of Impact Wrestling, Roode battled his ally Storm for the title. During the match, the referee dodged out of harms way and sustained a minor injury that took his view off the action. Frustrated by the competitiveness of the match, Roode opted to take advantage of his title opportunity. Executing the plan, Roode retrieved Storm's beer bottle at ringside and smashed Storm across the head. After the revival of the referee, Roode won the title, effectively bringing an end to Beer Money after spitting on Storm. For the next few months, Roode developed into a rule manipulator and rebellious champion in terms of overcoming contenders and overruling Sting's authority as General Manager, while Storm feuded with Kurt Angle (and later Bully Ray) until he was able to get back into title contention. On the February 16 edition of Impact, Storm defeated Bully Ray to become the number one contender to face Roode for the World Championship in a Cage match at Lockdown, an event that would emanate from his home state of Nashville, Tennessee.
Another main feud revolving around father and son was between Garett Bischoff (leading his team of A.J Styles, Austin Aries, Mr. Anderson, and Rob Van Dam) and his father Eric Bischoff (leading his team of Gunner, Bully Ray, Christopher Daniels, and Kazarian) which led to a conclusion in the confines of a Lethal Lockdown Match. At Bound for Glory, Eric turned on his son Garett for officiating the pinfall that allowed Sting to beat his villainous Immortal ally Hulk Hogan, who would then become the hero by rescuing Garett and Sting from an attack by the group. On the January 5 edition of Impact Wrestling, Garett Bischoff returned to the company and was stripped of his referee duties and welcomed to the official roster as a full time wrestler by then-TNA GM Sting, after his storyline injury from receiving a piledriver on the exposed concrete floor at the hands of Gunner in December. Eric responded by trying to deter Garett from becoming a wrestler, stating he burned his bridges and has no friends in the business. Garett told Eric that he had friends and wasn't going anywhere regardless, informing his father that he would find out who his mystery trainer was, who was revealed to be Hulk Hogan setting up a match between Garett and Gunner with Hogan and Eric as their representatives respectively. Furthermore, Garett lost the match at the PPV to Gunner. Weeks later, Eric offered Garett a chance to live his life peacefully if he could survive facing Gunner in a Cage match at Lockdown. Not backing down, Garett accepted, however, the match later became a Lethal Lockdown match on the April 5 edition of Impact, after Sting had turned over his position as GM to Hogan, who announced Team Garett versus Team Eric. On the final Impact before the PPV, the teams were put together with the return of Rob Van Dam to join Team Garett, who also gained the man advantage (Garett's team got to make first ring entries at the timed intervals) heading into the event.
The feud between Jeff Hardy and Kurt Angle upheld as it moved into Lockdown. The feud had stemmed after Angle cost Hardy his shot at the TNA World Heavyweight Championship in February. Angle pinpointed his disapproval of the influence Hardy had on his son and his own disliking for Hardy in general as his motive. At Victory Road the next month, Angle defeated Hardy utilizing the ropes as an aid to successfully pin Hardy similarly to his actions at Bound for Glory against Bobby Roode. Because of this, Hardy called him out as a cheater and challenged Angle to a Cage match at Lockdown. The next week, Angle sneakily cost Hardy a match against Mr. Anderson, and a week after that, wrestled Hardy to a count-out which gave Hardy the victory when he decided to walk out on the match. That night, TNA GM Hulk Hogan accosted Angle, informing him that he could no longer run or hide and that his match with Hardy was officially scheduled for Lockdown.
A feud formed among two former tag team partners, Matt Morgan and Crimson. At Against All Odds, Morgan and Crimson lost the TNA World Tag Team Championship to Samoa Joe and Magnus. At Victory Road, Crimson abandoned the match with Morgan for the tag titles due to communication issues and laid Morgan out with a spear, proclaiming aloud that he's an undefeated singles winner and Morgan was a loser. On the following Impact, Crimson, who was shown watching Morgan featured in a Direct Auto Insurance commercial backstage, accused Morgan for being focused on other endeavors and letting the team down, going on to challenge him to a match for the next week, but Morgan moved in for the attack which led to security breaking it up. Morgan fought Crimson in a match the next week that resulted in a double count-out when they took their brawl out of the ring and outside the Impact Zone.
The Knockouts match heading into Lockdown was between defending champion Gail Kim against Velvet Sky for the TNA Women's Knockout Championship. After Velvet Sky became victorious with a win over Kim's latest contender Madison Rayne, Sky put the company on notice of her rematch clause as a former Knockout Champion and the fact that she didn't receive her rematch against Kim since losing the title at the Turning Point PPV. In a number one contender's match the next week, Sky defeated Mickie James, Tara, Madison Rayne, Angelina Love, and Winter to earn her shot at the Knockout Title.
The Tag Team match heading into Lockdown was The Motor City Machine Guns challenging defending champions, Samoa Joe and Magnus for the TNA World Tag Team Championship. On the April 5 edition of Impact, the Machine Guns returned to action following injuries which had them sidelined, and defeated Mexican America. After the match, they declared they were after the tag titles.
A feud began between Devon and Robbie E over the TNA Television Championship. At Victory Road, Devon answered Robbie E's Open Challenge and beat him for the TV Championship. Therefore, Robbie E got his rematch at Lockdown.
- Numbers in parentheses indicate the length of the match.
- (c) refers to the champion(s) heading into the match.
- Team Garett Bischoff (AJ Styles, Austin Aries, Garett Bischoff, Mr. Anderson & Rob Van Dam) defeated Team Eric Bischoff (Bully Ray, Christopher Daniels, Eric Bischoff, Gunner & Kazarian) in a Lethal Lockdown Loser Leaves TNAW Match (26:10)
- Magnus & Samoa Joe (c) defeated Motor City Machine Guns (Alex Shelley & Chris Sabin) in a Steel Cage match to retain the TNA World Tag Team Championship (11:20)
- Devon (c) defeated Robbie E in a Steel Cage match to retain the TNA Television Championship (3:25)
- Gail Kim (w/ Madison Rayne) (c) defeated Velvet Sky in a Steel Cage match to retain the TNA Women's Knockout Championship (7:30)
- Crimson defeated Matt Morgan in a Steel Cage match (7:59)
- Jeff Hardy defeated Kurt Angle in a Steel Cage match (14:52)
- Eric Young & ODB (c) defeated Rosita & Sarita in a Steel Cage match to retain the TNA Knockout Tag Team Championship to retain the TNA Knockout Tag Team Championship (4:17)
- Bobby Roode (c) defeated James Storm in a Steel Cage match (19:01)
Other on-screen talent
- Lockdown 2012 at CAGEMATCH.net
- Lockdown website
- Impact Wrestling.com
- Nashville Municipal Auditorium's official website
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