Six time Knockouts Champion Angelina Love recently sat with the MIGS vs. The World of Wrestling Podcast to discuss the early years of the Knockouts division, working on the independent scene and fans wanting to see her compete in WWE’s Mae Young Classic Tournament. Highlights of the interview below.

On working on the independent scene: “When you work for TNA or WWE, you’re in a bubble. It’s a wonderful bubble of working the same people all the time. So you’re very used to them and obviously everybody is trained. But on the indies, if I’m wrestling a girl that I don’t know, I’m usually told by the promoter first or I’ll find out who I’m working and I’ll do my own research. I’ll go there and talk to them and I always ask them ‘What do you normally do in matches?’ and if it’s something that I don’t feel safe taking, then I’ll constructively suggest something else. But normally if the girl is not really well trained I don’t do anything overly difficult with her. I make a lot out of a little! It’s usually great and they’re like ‘Wow’ and I’m like ‘Yeah, you don’t have to do a hundred moves’. I have been around girls that have been like ‘Yeah I can do that’ and then you get in the ring and they cannot do anything. Then you have to go to the back and tell them. That’s stupid because you’re actually making yourself look bad and you’re making me believe you can do things that you can’t do and that’s not good. You can hurt yourself and you can hurt me. I would so much rather have somebody be honest with me like ‘I’m not comfortable doing that’ or ‘No, I don’t know how to do that’ instead of just being like ‘Yep, yep, yep, I know how to do everything.’ A ten minute match will become two minutes real quick.”

On fans wanting to see her compete in the Mae Young tournament: “One of the things I like about social media is that fans can really voice their support where they can say ‘Hey Triple H, Stephanie, NXT, WWE, this is who we really want to see.’ You never know, it might bring something to their attention that maybe they weren’t looking at before. I had first just heard a rumor about the tournament in November so I wasn’t even back with TNA at the time. So I had just put it out there that it would be awesome if I could be a part of it. I mean the response I got was overwhelming and I was just so touched and amazed by it. But there was no knowledge of when that was going to start and I had gotten offered a TNA contract to go back so I took that. Still just even being under contract with TNA, fans are still saying they would want see me do it. So I just think that is really awesome of the fans that still want to see me do something else.”

On being a pioneer to the Knockouts division: “I’m so honored. That’s something that nobody can ever take away from us. It’s such a proud thing to be one of the pioneers of the Knockouts division and how it blew up. Man we were so pumped and we were so excited and we were given chances left, right and center. Here’s the ball, run with it. And it was just like the greatest thing because I was also coming out a release from WWE developmental. I was just so happy to be given the chance to be on TV, PPV, to travel, to do house shows and all that kind of stuff. I was immediately given the opportunity. I was just so excited and so happy and so thankful. You know the guys were so supportive, like the Knockouts DVD they interview Kurt Angle, Christian and Sting. When Sting was in TNA, when we would have a tag match he would come to the back and watch the whole thing. He would be like, ‘You guys did great’ and then give us constructive criticism and a lot of props and we’re all just like ‘You’re Sting, you watched our match.’ It’s just hard to put into words.”

Angelina also discusses the pain and struggles on training to become a wrestler, drawing heat as a heel character and helping upcoming wrestlers through seminars.

You can listen to the full interview here.

What did you think of the interview? What are some of your favorite memories of the early years of the Knockouts division? Would you like to have seen Angelina compete in the Mae Young Classic tournament? Let us know in the comments!

  • YonceLuvsDivas

    Angelina Love really is a pioneer in the knockouts division. After this year is over it’ll only be her and Madison as the originals.


      Well, apparently, Madison might be gone from GFW too…

      • Aye Mate

        Shame. Don’t know what Madison Rayne’s status is with wrestling in general, but she had a lot left in the tank for at least one last great run in TNA/GFW. Someone with her capable ring and promo work should never be left on the sidelines.


          Not going to lie here, I was never a huge Madison fan. I was always more into Angelina and Velvet for example. However, I do recognize her talent and the fact that considering the actual state of the division, her leaving is not the smartest idea since there are still a lot of things she could do to help this division rebuild itself and was indeed a very strong talent.

          Plus, if she were about to go, I wished this company would put effort into letting her go out in a decent manner since, well, she’s one of the most decorated KO of all time.

          • Aye Mate

            I think her ring work was pretty ropey for the first section of her TNA tenure, though she did improve immeasurably after returning from having her child. Her heel title reign is one of the best of all the Knockouts, in my opinion. Her promo work in 2010/11 is some of the division’s strongest of all time.

        • KatyaMenelli

          She wrestled for Shimmer last night.

      • Rosanna

        What if Madison might do the Mae Young Classic? Oh holy cow! Angelina needs to suck up her pride and just do it!

        • Madison in WWE is up there for me with Deth Rey being in the tournament.

      • YonceLuvsDivas

        No!!! Seriously that would really suck.

    • Madison came a year and a half after the OGs.

      • YonceLuvsDivas

        She still considered part of the OG’s seeing as how she was there from the middle of it to the end of the old knockout era.

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    • Windyhawaii

      Madison most likely is gone now

  • Rosanna

    I wish she would have joined the Mae Young Classic.

  • I liked Angelina a lot she clearly was the Queen on campus. Wonder what a run in WWE would look like for her now.

    • Kyle

      Well she was under WWE contract while she was training at OVW but she refused to take her braids out of her hair so she got fired

      • Typical companies worried about hair instead of talent.

  • PYM #TakeoverSmackdown

    I love the insight she had on working the indies. That actually made a lot of sense, and in some cases, is exactly how it is. There’s so many people that think they’re so good and know everything and actually know nothing, and are really bad. Still not a huge fan of hers, never really found the hype everyone saw in her.

  • John Finnie

    Thats all & good for Angel saying that But some woman dont care & will tell tou to do the moves they do even though they cant

  • John Finnie

    I really think ahe will be in NXT or the MYC because shes been removed from Davie her husband in TNA
    I think she will be a suprise…
    …they really do have to have well known woman from wwe past & Tna past

  • Degenerous Boss

    It might be too late for Velvet since she retired, but Angelina, ima need you to get in the WWE ASAP!!! Whether it’s NXT, or the main roster, there’s still so much that Angelina Love could give, if i were WWE i would’ve so snatched The Beautiful People from TNA when they were big

    I’ll always love Angelina and Velvet, they were the 1st ppl i ever seen on TNA, I was just flipping channels on tv one day and seen women fighting backstage and calling each other bitches and stuff (I’m like oooo i need to stick around and see what happens next) next thing i knew they came out to the ring and had a mind blowing match that we could only dream of, they were getting opportunities that the women of the WWE weren’t at that time, and they got me hooked to TNA at that time, they were my favorite wrestlers even though they weren’t on my favorite wrestling show

  • Gabriel Moon

    angelina is underrated! her ablity to potray different characters was insane. she also was a great babyface which is very rare in women’s wrestling

    • KatyaMenelli

      Yea. She wasn’t that typical bland Babyface and I loved that about her. She was always great at playing a wrestling character, getting the crowd to react to her as well.

    • Jorge Hernandez Moran

      Yeeees Angelina is my all time favorite knockout and i loved how even as a babyface she was still badass and had an edge to her she was always great to watch