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.
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