Hola Knockout fans and welcome to another weekly edition of Impact Write-Up. Sadly, we go this week without any sort of Knockouts match but to make up for this we are treated to a parade of Knockouts all spread out throughout the night.

On top the confrontation between Brandi Rhodes and Rosemary, there’s also some blackmailing, a misinterpreted engagement, guest appearance by Alexxis Neveah and the return of six-time Knockouts Champion Angelina Love. Lots to get to so let’s dive in!

Our first stop of the night is with Brandi backstage, who lays out her plan on how to deal with the Knockouts Champion. She says that she despite still being a new name to the Knockouts division, she would like to be an example of what a Knockout should be and how a Knockout should act. Hmm… and what does that exactly mean Brandi? Still wanting to be the best Knockout she possibly can be, Brandi names drop Rosemary once more to prep the champ for a ‘reality check’.

After a quick break, we find Brandi make her way to the six sided ring. She says that as great as her time in Impact has been so far, thanks in big part to the welcoming fans, there have been some wild bumps. With that being said, Brandi sticks to her guns and invited Rosemary so that they can settle their issues woman to woman. By settling, Brandi means to throw hands and leaving behind the mind games! MEOW!

Rosemary accepts Brandi’s invitation to the ring, accompanied by Crazzy Steve and Abyss. She reiterates her previous statements in seeing so much lost and limitless potential within Brandi. Even though Brandi rejected Rosemary’s offer before, Rosemary reminds Brandi that Decay comes from everyone, whether by choice or force.

Abyss and Crazzy Steve slowly enter the ring as Rosemary grabs Brandi, trapping her in a choke hold. Fear not Brandi, as Moose‘s (catchy) theme song plays and in runs the former Grand Champion to make the save by clearing the ring of the whole Decay stable. After the save, we catch up with Moose backstage who explains to the Decay that should they mess with Brandi, they’ll also be messing with him. A bold Brandi then throws out a challenge to Rosemary for next week; a mixed tag team match between Decay against Big Moose/Mini Moose.

After two weeks of being off screen, vegan athlete Allie is back! She has a very brief run-in with former wrestling coach turned crush Braxton Sutter. Sadly, the two spend less than a minute together thanks to an intruding Maria Kanellis. Maria orders her assistant to get her some ‘coffee coffee‘ (not ‘whiskey coffee‘) and to leave Laurel‘s boyfriend alone!

With Allie sent away, Maria pushes her previous agenda of having Braxton propose to Laurel… sometime in the next hour or so. Remember Braxton, that’s a four carat princess cut diamond ring for Laurel. Braxton finds Laurel later in the evening, with no intentions of actually going through Maria’s scheme, but his butter fingers dropped a water bottle he was juggling. When he bent down to pick it up, Laurel took this as an official proposal, which she naturally accepts!

Mark your calendar Knockout fans, the wedding between Laurel and Braxton takes place on February 23rd:

https://twitter.com/ImpactLVN/status/830092344846274560


And finally, we enter the main event scene where Eddie Edwards gets his final chance to win back the TNA World Heavyweight title from ‘Triple B’ Lashley. For this big title rematch, he has wife and best pals Davey Richards and Angelina Love all with front row seats.

Just when it appeared that Eddie had the match won, Davey Richards betrays his tag team partner when he pulled the referee out, causing a stir of confusion. Davey then signals to his wife to sucker punch Alexxis and the chaotic scene allows for Lashley to take Eddie out with a spear for the win.

Things didn’t end during this title match, as Mr. and Mrs. Richards then proceeded to torment Eddie by dragging Alexxis to the ring so she can forcefully see Davey beat down Eddie! The night ends with Angelina and Davey sharing a kiss after the couple basically choked out their former pals. #ItsInTheBlood

Thoughts: My whole take from the Brandi/Rosemary interaction was TNA’s way of needing to give Brandi something to do while Cody is away. Brandi isn’t ready for that big title push but I think having these little mixed tag segments with Moose gives her something to do while still hiding her novice in-ring status. This was the strongest I’ve seen Brandi on the mic and I like that she stood up for herself against someone like Rosemary; who pretty much owns her character no matter who may be across with! I’m predicting most of the heavy work for next week’s mixed tag match to be conducted by the men involved.

The bight side of this week’s interaction in the Braxton/Laurel/Maria saga was having Allie back on our screen. She is still the unsung hero of this whole never-ending storyline and it’ll interesting to see how she’ll react to the news of Braxton and Laurel’s wedding. With a wedding date already set, that reaction should happen sooner than later. I just hope that when that day comes, we can truly move on from Allie being attached to Maria.

And finally, there’s Angelina’s return and my goodness, how great does she look! Though it never crossed my mind that she would return back to TNA after giving birth, Angelina is a synonym name when it comes to the Knockouts division, so any chance of her coming back is a treat. My only real gripe was hoping to see Angelina return as a badass babyface but hey, this ‘beautiful wolf’ vibe with Davey is something we haven’t exactly seen from Angelina yet (and sure beats the hell out of a Beautiful People reunion for the 50th time). It’s a new style and gives us another feud to be invested in with Eddie bringing in Alexxa to the mix. Whether that is for the long run or just for a few weeks is yet to be determined but for now, I’ll take it! Welcome back Ms. Angelina Love!

What did you think of this week’s episode of Impact? Are you excited for Angelina’s return? Looking forward to the wedding of Braxton Sutter and Laurel Van Ness? Let us know in the comments below!

  • The attack after the match made me uncomfortable and I can’t remember when was the last time I felt like this. I’m not saying this as an insult because it was a perfect heel turn. It felt really real to me.

    • LeBoss

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      but it Means they did a damn good job

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  • glassjaw

    Brandi has zero personality and everything she’s done in TNA thus far has been awful.

    Angelina Love’s return, thank God, was really well done. Could have done without the tongue action though.

    • Gabriella Panajotova

      Brandi is acting as if she’s about to present the contenders in a match. She can’t shake off the announcer thing and it makes her seem even more out of place.

      • glassjaw

        When she raised up her first and tried to act defiant I just cringed.

  • GailKimStan

    This fucking manipulative bitch is back AND I AM LIVING

  • #Lasskicker

    Angelina for champ one more time!

  • LeBoss

    How freakin amazing does Angelina look!
    First ever 7x champ or nah ?

    side bar isn;t it weird Gail’s “injury” still hasn’t been said? I think she may be pregnant

    • She’s returning next month

    • Gail-Rollins

      I don’t think it’s even a real injury. I think they’re just putting some much needed space between her and the Knockouts division to build everyone else up. And she’s also said she doesn’t want to have any kids. She prefers being a stepmom.

      • LeBoss

        i remember tha too, her not wanting kids. but ppl change their mind especially as they get older. now that shes probably retiring what else is there forGail to do
        idont think the injury is real either. idk +
        we will see what happens

  • HEELHornet

    That right hand by Angelina my god, definite SOTW.

  • Gabriella Panajotova

    Brandi behaves like an announcer still. From her stance to her declarative tone…It’s bad.

    Hopefully this will be a quick feud for Rosemary and someone worth while will get a more elaborate title storyline.

    Chelsey is great at this annoying rich brat character, the storyline is dumb but it’s dumb fun and it entertains me :D

    Best part by far was Angelina’s return.

  • thenotorious1

    Alisha is hot af but girl got the soul smacked outta her. Definitely wanna see a lot more of her/

  • Ken Lushh

    WOW this is my first time really being entertained by ANYTHING going on with IMPACT in a looooong time. Everything flowed perfectly. EVEN Brandi’s segment. I feel like she has personality and this natural couthness about her that makes her a perfect person to go against Rosemary, who’s the COMPLETE opposite. It works & Brandi showing she won’t back down from anyone or a fight is a good character development.

  • Ken Lushh

    And that last segment was GOLD! Angelina knocked the hell out of Alexxis and it looked believable. It was sold perfectly between all 4 of them.

  • Finally watching Angelina Love again is always a delightful thing. I’m not a big fan of Brandi and I just want Allie to finally destroy maria.

  • Summer_Slay #MollyHolly4HOF

    This new girl is amazing, Anelina looked so strong that punch got the 2 women in the crowd legit scared.

    Idk what is Rosemary talking about, she clearly needs Michelle McLovin life’s glasses because i cant see much potential in Brandi what so ever.
    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/d9635f8692b8e4ef2fe65fe3ff74b38a865a9ced76be6653e5bd1354f2964955.png

    • Gabriella Panajotova

      lol

    • TotalDivasMark

      Angelina, a new girl? omg get out

      • Gabriella Panajotova

        Re-read the comment and re-evaluate your life, please :D

    • KingsPromise

      Michelle McLovin life RIP, me.

  • I actually really enjoyed the segment between Laurel and Braxton. It was pure comedy to me. People complain about Laurel’s character but I’m a big fan. She’s hilarious!

  • Radical

    No spoilers, but you don’t have to worry about the Brandi/Rosemary feud lasting a long time, at least for the rest of this month.

    • HEELHornet

      Its to bring Cody back, it ends next week.

  • Ollie Byron Roché

    Best show in so long. Also this is the best Angelina has ever looked. Granted Brandi sucks in the ring, Laurel and Sienna are a bit meh and Madison is out of sight but it seems like they’re really trying with the knockouts. I miss the 2008 roster, hopefully soon we get one like it.

  • Juan

    That attack by Angelina was vicious!!! Props to both girls for putting on a show! I’m excited to see Angelina vs Alexxis!

    Man TNA really has a lot of married couples lol.

    Angelina Love & Davey Richards
    Alexxis & Eddie Edwards
    Brandi & Cody Rhodes
    Maria & Mike Bennett
    Allie & Braxton Sutter
    Reby & Matt Hardy
    Madison Rayne & Josh Matthews

    • OJ Von Erich

      I’d never actually thought about this, wowzer!

      • Juan

        Literally more than half the women’s division is married to a male on the roster. Gail, Jade, Brooke, Rosemary, LVN, and Sienna are the only ones that aren’t lol.

    • YonceLuvsDivas

      Josh Matthews as in former WWE commentator Josh Matthews?

      • Juan

        Yup that’s Madison’s husband.

        • YonceLuvsDivas

          Omg how cute. They both so short lol

  • Queengelina looks better than ever. I love when she drags the KOs. Reminds me of this iconic moment
    http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/800x600q90/538/DX5RrD.jpg

    • Number One

      Cool! That’s the exact screen cap I made! But yeah, I absolutely loved Angelina on Impact this past Thursday!

  • Gail-Rollins

    Can’t wait for the Wolves feud. Was hoping for Angelina to return as the badass babyface as well, but this was really good. I just hope she actually contributes to the Knockouts Division as well.

    And I’m not going to spoil anything, but the Brandi/Rosemary feud is short lived for now, and the storyline with Moose is REALLY good if you’re a Cody fan.

    I’m in desperate need of some heel Gail Kim before she retires. I know it won’t happen right away since she’ll be feuding with Rosemary when she returns. But it would be cool to see her snap, and then turn on Allie or something. I’d also really love to see a proper Gail/Angelina/Madison feud before they all retire. They’re the Trish/Lita/Victoria of TNA and it would be great to see them battle it out to see who is truly the best.

    • Francisco Baguer

      I agree man. The next set of tapings after the 23rd, I want TNA to go crazy. I want them to turn Gail heel and snap on Jade. A Jade vs Gail feud would be really good, and Gail needs a character change.

    • Francisco Baguer

      I agree man. The next set of tapings after the 23rd, I want TNA to go crazy. I want them to turn Gail heel and snap on Jade. A Jade vs Gail feud would be really good, and Gail needs a character change.

  • HEELHornet

    https://twitter.com/RichardsWesley/status/830485050676346880 – EVIL DAVEY! (Angelina in the back)

    • A One of a Kind Collectible

      This is what the Winter/Angelina story should have been! Living for this photo and storyline

  • Shady #StayBaldAndJealous

    Angelina DECKED her! I can’t wait to see her vs Jade and her vs Gail once more!

  • Miguel Orona Rodríguez

    I honestly like Brandi, she sounds very articulated, she’s classy but down to fight if she needs to. She needs training, but I see potential. The whole Maria, Allie, LVN’s storyline is getting me tired but I can’t deny is going to the right direction. The last thing is Angelina Love… Wow! This women is perfection!

  • HOLLA

    ANGELINA LOVE one of my all time favorites! I love everything from her in ring work to her mic skills, I consider her one of the greatest ever.

  • Jorge Hernandez Moran

    Ok I know everyone always talks about Gail but Ive always felt that Angelina was THE knockout I kinda see her as the Trish Stratus of the Knockouts I totally respect Gail Kim but I feel like Angelina has done more for the Knockouts and deserve the same credit

  • Mark

    How old is Angelina Love? She’s always been my favourite Knockout but the last 3 years or so she has been looking SO rough. Like an old bleach blonde botoxed lip injectioned woman who can’t let go of her prime or something. She’s still an incredible athlete and amazing talker though, but she has not aged good at all.

    • HEELHornet

      She’s had a kid.