TNA Lockdown Fan Reviews

Source: TicketMaster

As our regular readers know I attended TNA Wrestling’s Lockdown PPV event in Cincinnati, Ohio at the US Bank Arena. I received the regular post-show email from TicketMaster asking for a show review and decided to check out what others attending thought.

These reviews hopefully will give a little insight into the live fan experience as these are written by people that actually watched the show, rather than “phantom fan” reviews regularly posted by the major dirt sheets and cut and pasted across the interweb. As of today the average review is 4.6 out of 5 stars.

Here is a sampling of the comments:

Best Wrestling Show In A Long Time 5 stars
by anonymous
This was by far the best wrestling show I have seen in Cincinnati in a long time. TNA really knows how to put on a live show. If you’ve watched iMPACT! on TV and didn’t think you like the product don’t be fooled by the canned Orlando shows, the live arena shows are awesome. Much better than WWE live.

tna shows they are the best!! 5 stars
by tlzombie
TNA Lockdown showed once again that great action far outweighs the childish games that the WWE tries to pass as entertainment. Great matches, great action and amazing finishes made the whole experience well worth the money. My son will never forget his trip to Lockdown nor will I.
Favorite moment: Kurt Angle moonsault showed he is willing to risk serious injury to give the fans great memories. A truly amazing moment.

TNA Lockdown 5 stars
by tamigriffin2000
It was awesome. Great seats-3rd row on the floor. By far the BEST event I have ever attended!!!!!!!!! Will definitely attend future events and recommend to all my friends.

TNA Lockdown blew the roof off. 5 stars
by Eisnhorn141
TNA’s Lockdown PPV was an awesome live event. The crowd was great and the majority of the matches were great. This is the third TNA event I have been to. So far they are three for three on my satisfaction rating. They have yet to disappoint.

Untitled Review 4 stars
by strwbery
This is why TNA is gonna surpass WWE in the future. Some low moments and parts that you just couldn’t believe but that’s wrestling. I haven’t had so much fun at any wrestling event before. I just really wish they would bring back the 6 sided ring so they can stand apart from WWE even more. Blood, weapons, upsets and victories. TNA! TNA! TNA! TNA! TNA! TNA! TNA! TNA! TNA!

by 36yearfan
TNA has done it again! this was an awesome show. from the first to the last match was Total Non Stop Action. The only draw back to the whole show was the Knockouts match. The match itself was great for less than a minute but was hoping to see more of the woman wrestle. The match was about 1 minute in length literally. If Mickie James shoulder is truely injured I can see it. TNA has the best women’s division bar none. They need at least 2 women’s matches per show, event. ON the air and the house shows. This was the only thing lacking. The rehash of all the events leading to the individual matches got old but that seems to be par for the course on any pay-per view. 1 big surprise to me was the lack of attendance. The U.S Bank arena was about 1/3 empty(Editors note, this was my take on the crowd size as well 1/2 to a 1/3 capacity which really blows the lowball dirt sheet estimates as this is a 17,000 seat arena), no kidding. The fans that were there hollered, cheered and booed enough to make up for it. TNA works harder for it’s fans than any other.
Favorite moment: Mickie winning the Knockouts Championship, & Lethal lock down match

You can check out the reviews at the link above as well as the few negative experiences. The reviews typically capture what I saw in person, a crowd that was loud and excited by a top notch wrestling event. Too bad WrestleMania wasn’t this exciting.

  • Radiitz

    Overall I thought this was one of the best PPV’s in the past year (my favourite being Lockdown 2010). Aah damnit. I cannot resist. I was on Wrestlezone (one of the biggest dirt sheet sites out there) after Lockdown. And I saw this article on there that contained a Fan Review of the show. Oh my god, this “fan” is so biased, that I just HAVE to show you guys here on TNAStars. Here’s the guys full review.

    “Thanks to WZ reader Jesse for sending in the following.

    I walk into the arena and right away see that they are using only half of the arena, (the WWE house show i went to last year used the entire arena and sold it out), And had TWO HOLE SECTIONS roped off that fans weren’t allowed to sit in because that is where the cameras were. So really it was like 2/5 of the arena.

    7:30 is the show start time and it was about 7:15 and the Arena is REALLY REALLY empty still. I’m talking only the TV side is filled in, the end of the bowl is still empty. Borash comes out and starts pandering to the crowd and gets them loud and pumped up along with So Cal Val. He then says that there are just 5 minutes left before they go live. The end of the bowl is starting to fill in.

    Borash comes out again at 7:28 and cut a promos about how after the TNA Lockdown promo video he wants everyone cheering and on their feet because they are going to be seen live on tv to people in over 120 countries.

    Then during the matches, So-Cal-Val was behind the cameras starting chants and clapping for all the faces.

    TNA is so bad at building characters that the marks were cheering for EVERY Wrestler. When Bischoff came out there was a smattering of boos and cheers. they only started to boo him when he cut that god awful promo that i only caught the following: Boring chants, We Want Wrestling chants, F*ck You Bischoff Chants, Bischoff saying Cincinnati, & him saying something about a title.

    Most of the matches were boring, or had absolutely no purpose.

    Right after the Knockout’s squash match, a bunch of people came filing down the aislway of my buddy’s section which was on the non tv side, and sat in the roped off section. Apparently, all of these guys got free tickets outside the arena from Don West who was handing them out to people walking around Downtown Cincinnati. That is how bad they needed fans in there.

    The Kurt/Jarrett match was an Abortion. Kurt Botched 3 times, and looked completely disinterested. He is going to kill himself in the ring with how ridiculous his spots are. I thought he broke his neck when he botched the huracaranna. And Kurt completely overshot Jeff on the moonsault. IDK if you all saw that on the broadcast but from my spot it was blatantly obvious. And i also blame Jarrett who is watching kurt the entire time, if he saw Kurt was going to overshoot then he should have rolled out of the way. This match has absolutely ZERO psychology, and was IMO worse that the Title match because of all the botches and run-ins.

    The title match was typical Russo/TNA/WCW booking. Triple threat between 3 REALLY REALLY REALLY over guys and they butchered the crap out of the match. kick, punch, cage slam spot, Finisher was the pace of this match and it fucking blew. Hogan comes out and the place erupts… EXCUSE ME!?!?! Isn’t he supposed to be a heel? Anyway, there are fans bowing down and chanting his name. Cut to the end of the match, Sting wins and half the fans are booing and half are cheering while the actual wrestling fans like myself are just sitting there in amazement in what they just saw. The guy i was sitting next to said he has seen better Main Events in his 15 year old son’s back yard fed. True Story. As Anderson and RVD are exiting they starting chanting RVD and he looked back at the crowd from the top of the ramp then just walked off. Crowd was very Pro-RVD/Sting, Indifferent to Anderson.

    Then the main event… Blood, weapons, smattering of E-C-Dub & Holy Shit Chants. But most of all people starting Flair chants, when he is supposed to be heel, and people chanting Fortune Sucks. (all of them wearing shirts that are either H2 or Thank you Flair shirts).”

    Honestly, that has to be THE WORST review I have ever seen based on anything. He/she shows ZERO good points about the PPV, and just points out false garbage. This I feel is what holds TNA down the most. New fans will hear about TNA, they will read peoples opinions on the product, and they will decide not to watch TNA, but rather, join in on the hating instead. REGARDLESS if they have actually watched or not.

  • Radiitz

    Also, notice how straight away in the first sentence of this guys “review” that he suddenly compares crowd size to that of a WWE house show. I think he forgot that TNA was doing a PPV, NOT a live event. Therefore, cameras and other various equipment took up a lot of the arena.

  • Joe

    Typical type of review from someone who just doesn’t like TNA Wrestling. What boggles my mind (and I’m going to write a Major Impact about this in the next few weeks) is that it appears there are legions of people out there who subject themselves to a product that they don’t like. Which begs the question…


    I don’t like the product WWE puts out there. How do I deal with that dislike? Simple. I don’t watch their shows! So for all of the TNA Wrestling haters out there, I have to wonder why they watch a show and follow a product that they don’t like. It’s bizarre!

    But I’m aware enough to know that I can’t figure out everyone else’s problems. I can only hope that those who truly don’t like this particular product (or any product, for that matter) stop inflicting pain on themselves and stop watching, attending, and following the shows.

    Besides… me and nearly 2 million other viewers like what we see and we’re not going anywhere.

  • hassan

    would any body tel me number of audiences spectator in lockdown?