– Impact started with all TNA talent on the ramp as Jim Cornette announced a Lethal Lockdown main event for the Lockdown PPV in Philadelphia next month. He went on to make a 20-man Gauntlet match in a cage for the main event of tonight’s show (airing next week remember). The last two in the Gauntlet match will captain a team at the PPV. Kurt Angle grabs a mic and says he’ll win tonight. Jeff Jarrett comes out and puts himself in the match. The segment ends in a brawl.
– Next up, Sting called out Mick Foley. Foley accepts Sting’s challenge for a match at Lockdown and says its being talked about more than “the other” wrestling PPV in April. I guess he means WrestleMania, but even Backlash would be a push.
– The 20-man Gauntlet match was the main event and got plenty of time. I think a lot of people were expecting Angle and Jarrett to win, so there was a surprise when the final two in the match were Angle and Samoa Joe. They went to a finish with Joe pinning Angle for the win, but Lockdown will be Team Joe vs. Team Angle in a Lethal Lockdown match.
RAW opens with Ric Flair in the ring and his music playing. Woooo numero uno and dos. Strut numero uno followed by Wooo tres. Flair address Chris Jericho. Says on behalf of Roddy Piper, Jimmy Snuka and Ricky Steamboat, he accepts your challenge for the 3-on-1 handicap match at WrestleMania 25. He says “The Nature Boy” will be honored in their corner. He says as Jericho knows, he can compete, but he’ll be happy to stand in the ring with those three great legends, and hold their hands high after they beat him and shut him up forever. Jericho appears on the titan-tron. Jericho tells Flair to be quiet. He says listen to him. He was nearly a child when WrestleMania 1 took place, but he remembers Piper, Snuka and Steamboat.
He says they were great, but that was 25 years ago. He said 25 years ago he never dreamed he’d be a bigger star than all three of them, but he has. He asks if Flair thinks this situation is a movie like “The Wrestler”. He brings up the four beating him up last week. He says it’s not a movie, this is real. You’re not an actor like Mickey Rourke. Rourke has a director that says cut. Rourke can sip on a drink while he thinks about losing the Oscar. He says the movie gave Flair false hope that he still matters. He says no one cares about Ric Flair anymore. Jericho now makes his way to the top of the ramp. Jericho says he knew all along the three legends would accept his challenge.
He says it was obvious because all of them and Flair as well, are afraid. Afraid to stay out of the spotlight. Jericho enters the ring. He approaches Flair saying they’ll end up being forgotten nobodies. Jericho says it’s better to be a nobody than to continue to drag your name through the mud. At WrestleMania, Jericho says he’s gonna beat up Flair’s friends. He said Flair will be forced to stand at ringside and watch, screaming for him to stop – but he won’t. He says Mickey Rourke will be sitting at ringside witnissing the carnage he’s caused. Flair says Jericho is wrong. He says they refuse to be judged by insignificant little punks, that’ll never be Hall of Fame material. He says they refuse to be told when it’s over.