Former TNA Employee Says Lockdown PPV Was Created Following A Joke Made By Dusty Rhodes

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SONJAY DUTT: I tell you the cage was literally touching the ring ropes, so I didn't know this. You get in the ring, every time you would run the ropes your elbows would just be shredded from the cage and I just hated it.

AUSTIN CREED: I like when in southern wrestling the cage matches they're the end all be all, finally got you there's nowhere to run. It was hard to do stuff when every match is in a cage because you couldn't do certain things because that would ruin the show for everyone else.

In May 2005, TNA finally had enough of old Dusty Rhodes, and he was removed as head booker after only six months on the job. Dusty had not delivered the big numbers he had promised.

MARCUS CYGY: The general feeling was that they were just putting up with him it was kind of like a joking matter, nothing was really serious until he was out.

BILL BEHRENS: Initially they didn't want to displace Dusty, they wanted to find a way to basically mildly move him out of the way and Dusty just said screw that. But then after that Dusty ended up doing exactly what he said he'd never do, he ended up going to WWE and being part of a booking committee and even better he had to start using a computer there because Dusty never used computers when he booked he'd write everything down on legal pads which he'd done his whole career because when Dusty does TV he goes I'm making movies baby, and he would make movies. He'd write everything out and somebody would have to transcribe it to the script, he'd never work off the printed script he'd always work off of his notes.

LARRY ZBYSZKO: So Dusty's idea of being successful of course was doing a bunch of skits starring Dusty and bringing in Dustin Rhodes, of course. Needless to say six months later Dusty bombed and Bob Carter got rid of him. Then when they got rid of Dusty then that's when they brought me back to be the head of the championship committee. It was just funny how things worked, Dusty basically conned Bob Carter into saying he's going to make it great, six months later Bob gave him the boot.

BILL BEHRENS: Dusty didn't want to be on the booking committee but they knew that, Dusty enjoys booking very much and can do a very good job he's got an interesting style of booking. Dusty has wonderful ideas and tremendous destination.

LARRY ZBYSZKO: TNA went through a lot of growing pains because again you had wrestling people that started it and of course everybody wants the power and all of that. Then you have Dixie Carter who is not from the wrestling business that winds up buying it who knows nothing about the wrestling psychology part and at the same time she doesn't know who to trust. She doesn't know if Jeff Jarrett knows what he's doing, she doesn't know if Russo knows what he's doing, she doesn't know if Dusty knows what he's doing. So these people are just kind of taking guesses and whoever gives them the best line of bullsh*t gets a chance at running the thing for awhile.

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