Hola Knockout fans and welcome to another edition of Xplosion Write-Up. Now I know that despite my 2017 New Year’s resolution (does anyone actually follow through with those?), I haven’t been consisted when it comes to covering the Knockouts matches taking place on Impact’s B+ show or One Night Only for that matter. Again, it just goes back my poor time management skills and feeling that I always wait too long before that window of time relevancy closes.

But much like Impact, I’m going to press the reset button in the hopes of a second chance to learn from my mistakes and do better in the future. With that being said, let’s take a look at this week’s Knockouts Xplosion match which sees Angelina Love take on one of the newer faces to the Knockouts MJ Jenkins. If you recall, MJ first made an appearance on Impact Wrestling as part of a group of Knockouts gunning after Rosemary last month and later competed in a number one contenders Gauntlet match.

MJ makes her entrance first, saluting the Impact Zone and flexing her muscles as we wait for Angelina to make her entrance next. Angelina, who is sporting some new gear along with a new entrance theme song, is being accompanied by her husband Davey Richards for this match.

The bell sounds off but Angelina’s focus remains on Davey despite their affectionate style entrance. MJ shouts out that she is here to wrestle and swings Angelina around, telling her to take that PDA with Davey to the hotel. Angelina shoves MJ but MJ shoves Angelina back with so much force that it causes Angelina to fall.

Angelina recomposes herself and begins to work against MJ with a chop to the chest and landing in a few good kicks. Angelina whips MJ to the ropes but MJ is able to turn this around up return with an arm drag.

MJ keeps Angelina momentarily grounded with an arm submission but Angelina gets to her feet and escapes the hold with a knee shot to MJ’s midsection. Angelina whips MJ to the ropes for a second time but MJ once again is able to turn things in her favor by dodging a clothesline and hitting a back handspring back elbow. This causes Angelina to roll under the bottom ropes and escapes to the outside as we head out to a break.

When we return, we find Angelina slowly making her way back to the six sided ring after driving MJ’s head through the top rope and proceeds to tackle and kick MJ at a corner. The Knockouts meet in the center of the ring where Angelina goes for a suplex but MJ reverses this to a small package that earns her a two count.

Angelina takes back control with a strong clothesline that knocks the wind out of MJ. She then charges after MJ, who is regrouping at a corner, but MJ manages to get her boots up in time to fend off Angelina. MJ follows up with a dropkick leading to another near fall.

A newly confident MJ runs the ropes but gets taken down with a toe hold from Angelina, who proceeds to grab MJ’s arms and kicks her face first onto the mat. Angelina crawls to a corner where she rejoices in an intimate moment with her husband. Angelina takes MJ to the ropes but MJ fights back with a leaping forearm. She then maneuvers to the ring apron, taking careful aim of Angelina and connecting a springboard dropkick from the top rope!

The crowd is fully behind MJ, well except for Davey Richards who jumps to the ring apron to an angry outburst on MJ. This distracts MJ who goes on to eat a mean right forearm from Angelina when she turns around that puts her away for the three count. Angelina celebrates her victory with Davey by her side.

Thoughts: I’m so glad we got to see more of MJ here than we did during her two appearances on Impact’s main show. I sound like a broken record at this point but this should be the serving purpose of Xplosion: tryout matches for new aspiring talent and allowing new signees to be introduced to fans through exhibition matches.

I’m not all familiar with MJ’s work but between some of the new names that we’ve seen come to the Knockouts division on Impact in Alisha Edwards, Brandi Rhodes, Diamanté and Ava Storie, MJ has impressed me the most in terms of ring work here. She is athletic, a fresh face to the Knockouts division and can keep working across a veteran such as Angelina. Even though the ending of this match was anti-climatic, I was expecting Angelina to win with a Botox Injection, it was a good back and forth paced match.

I’d figure Davey would get involved here but I’m glad it was kept to a minimal degree that it didn’t too much away from the Knockouts. I’ve enjoyed seeing this evolution of Angelina since pairing onscreen with Davey; it is a different take from her Beautiful People persona we’ve seen rehashed for years. We’ll be sure to see more intensity from “The Natural Born Killers” as they continue their feud with Eddie Edwards and Alisha on Impact.

What did you think of the match? Have you been enjoying the onscreen Angelina/Davey pairing? How would you book MJ on Impact’s main show? Let us know in the comments below!

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  • Dark Heel

    Xplosion is starting to become a second show, won’t spoil anything but they are adapting storylines into it.

  • #Lasskicker

    The matches on xplosion with Angelina have been better than the crud they’ve been putting on the main show.

  • Raleex2

    The only thing I can be positive about this is MJ Jenkins. I like her style, her movement and she’s beautiful. I think she could be a bright star if the company decided to do so, when someone is unique and charismatic… give them the chance.

    • KatyaMenelli

      Especially MJ, who I have seen work the crowd and get them to love her(face) or hate her(heel). She plays both roles wonderfully. Impact better not fuck these up.

  • Tnn Crs

    Considering Angelina’s moveset, if this is her new finisher (she used it a couple of times already) I’m really really really angry. Besides, nobody can do a mean forearm better than Nikki Bella.

  • YonceLuvsDivas

    MJ Jenkins slays!!!

  • Stef’

    MJ did great, I’m just a bit bitter about Angelina, the finisher is plain bad, come back to your bottox injection please, and she doesn’t need Davey to interfer to win ! She IS better and more experienced than all these girls so let her win fair and square the story telling won’t be bad from that dominant heels exist.

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  • Gabriella Panajotova

    Why couldn’t MJ face CVE for the title instead of Ava? Wouldn’t it be a much better advertisement for the unification match to have a solid bout instead of squashing a newbie in the game?

  • Juan

    Angelina breaking in the new girls huh? So far she’s wrestled Alisha, Diamante and now Mj! Only a matter of time until she faces Ava Storie.

    This match was definitely my favorite Angelina match since she returned! Mj is just a really good addition to the roster! Girl can wrestle!

  • Peter Marin

    I like how Angelina Love has branched out from the beautiful people persona, and is now taking on a new character that she portrays pretty well. Angelina has added new moves and I’m really digging that agresssion she’s showing. MJ is likeable and athletic, she’s gaining exposure and experience which is always a great thing.Overall this was a pretty good match, and I am looking forward to seeing some more matches on xplosion.

  • HOLLA

    Definitely want Angelina to bring back Botox injection, lights out, or my personal favorite me -break-a-bitch. Angelina is a vet and one of my favorites of all time. Glad to see her mixing it up with the new girls!

  • trishlita721

    Is no one going to mention Brooke’s gone?? She came back for 3 matches and that was it.

    • Dark Heel

      For a show she’s filming on TLC, once Jarrett came back he let her go. It wasn’t working and the division passed her by with the likes of Rosemary/Allie/Sienna/LVN and so on.

    • Cupcakke !

      Girl that’s old news lmao………

  • mckenzie

    MJ is amazing. And i am extremely high on Angelina ever since she came back she is good at everything from storylines to in the ring she is the best knockout there is and I’m so happy that she is back in the mix now that impact has some amazing competitors

  • I really hope that Mj is signed because she is good and if she isn’t then I want to see her in WWE Women’s tournament

    • Dark Heel

      She’s signed shes not going to be in the tournament.

  • AllWrestlingMatters

    I don’t know if it’s just me but I enjoy the Xplosion matches better than the IMPACT matches

  • Radic

    The Forearm finish didn’t work for Nikki Bella, and it certainly doesn’t work for Angelina. Go back to the Botox Injection, or the Break-a-Bitch at least. Not a bloody forearm. Almost as bad as Sienna’s Silencer, and there’s a reason she doesn’t use that anymore, because it was completely daft.

  • Ollie Roche

    Angelina looks better than she ever has! What exactly is Mj’s gimmick, is she like a ghetto cheerleader?

    • KatyaMenelli

      No, it’s being better than you at everything.

  • Raekon

    I LOVE MJ! It is exciting Impact signed her and I really hope they will build her up more so she can enter the title Picture and even get a title run in the Progress.

  • THOMAS

    MJ is fcking awesome!

  • I wasn’t impressed at all by my girl Angelina’s performance tonight.. I think this was her first match back though right? I’ll hope that there’s more to come. I don’t really follow TNA but I love Love so I’ll stay tuned.

  • PYM #TakeoverSmackdown

    Not a fan of MJ Jenkins’ look. She needs glammed up a little a bit. Her look belongs on the indies, not as a KO.

    • KatyaMenelli

      tbh, she would look better wearing her indies gear. That’ll really make her stand out

  • -V

    Angelina should really stick to her previous finishers, all 3 of them look soo much better than that forearm.