There's a general feeling backstage in TNA, that the LockDown PPV wasn't a huge success for most of the undercard. However, according to a March 12 report by PWInsider.com, many TNA officials felt that the PPV was saved with the ending to the main event match between Bully Ray and Jeff Hardy. In fact, Bully Ray is being credited for saving the PPV due to his heel turn and solid promo after the match.
For those that missed it, Bully Ray challenged Jeff Hardy for the TNA heavyweight championship. This match was built up as one of respect and sportsmanship due to their long history together. Unfortunately, that all changed when Bully turned on Hardy by hitting him with a hammer in the back of the head. After Bully pinned Hardy to win the title, he grabbed the microphone and revealed that he was the president of the heel faction Aces and 8's. Many fans within the audience threw trash at the ring for this heel turn.
It appears a frustrating PPV undercard wasn't the only problem for TNA over the weekend. According to PWInsider, the company let go the head of their PR department Jules Wortman over the weekend, which came roughly two weeks after another top public relations person Chris Thomas left for Hollywood. I have personally dealt with both Chris and Jules on a regular basis for almost two years. Their departure will be a loss to TNA as they were class acts in all of our dealings. Fight Sports Examiner wishes them both the best.
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