Hola Knockout fans and welcome to this week’s Impact Write-Up. Unfortunately, for the Knockouts division anyway, it is an uneventful week which is a bit disappointing given how strong last week’s Last Knockout Standing match was. Our featured Knockouts on this week’s program are Laurel Van Ness and Allie, who are finding some turmoil in their current love affairs.

We first go backstage to find Grado pumping up for his match alongside his wingman/lawyer Joseph Parks. Their plan is to have Laurel Van Ness marry Grado by the end of the night. Just my two cents: no way can it top the would-be wedding of Laurel and Braxton Sutter from earlier this year!

While Grado is looking to win Laurel through affection, Laurel’s furious beast Kongo Kong is on a backstage rampage – attacking Eddie Edwards to the point that he couldn’t even compete in his scheduled match against Eli Drake! ’I didn’t say yes’ shrieks Laurel in an attempt to calm Kongo Kong down but Kong ignores this and also goes after innocent bystander Richard ‘Always Ready’ Justice.

Later in the show, we find that Grado picking up the win for his team during a six-man tag match, where he teamed up with Suicide and Braxton Sutter (with Allie at ringside) taking on the random heel team of Mario Bokara, Fallah Bahh, and KM.

Post match, Grado, on one knee now, invites Ms. Laurel Van Ness to the ring so that he can redo last week’s proposal given that he never got the chance to complete it. Laurel accepts Grado’s invitation and comes down with Joseph by her side. Unfortunately for Grado, Kongo Kong interrupts once again to destroy him. Allie tries to convince Braxton to lend a hand to Grado but he refuse, opting to head to the back instead.

Back in the ring, Kong climbs the top rope of a corner, looking to squash Grado with a big splash but Laurel stands between them. The minor distraction allows for Joseph Parks to pull his client out of the ring to safety.

Cameras catch Braxton and Allie backstage to get a n explanation as to why Braxton decided to not help Grado against Kongo Kong. Braxton says that although Grado is a good guy, he is a grown who can take care of himself. Allie disagrees, arguing that Grado was their partner and could’ve used their help but Braxton ignores this, adding that there was no need to put himself or Allie in danger. Oh dear, is the honeymoon over for GFW’s beloved couple?

Thoughts: I’m someone who always tries to stay optimistic, especially when it comes to GFW, but its hard to really pull positives strings for the Knockouts from this week’s Impact. They have truly missed out on the chance of a full-on feud between Allie and Laurel given their year long history that could’ve played out this week.

There was no follow up to the great Sienna/Rosemary Last Knockout Standing match – which was already surrounded by some controversy given KM’s involvement! Taking in consideration GFW’s format of taping multiple shows in the course of a few days, I understand that the women need to rest up from a match with that kind of stipulation but it would’ve been nice to still see some presence from either of them in a backstage segment. Even if it is through Karen Jarrett addressing the controversy of KM’s interference.

As for the Laurel/Grado/Kong/Parks saga, its all seems to be setting up for a future Grado/Kong showdown which doesn’t exactly spark any real excitement for me.  My only take away here was seeing Laurel’s concern for Grado and ability to still have some control over Kong. Let’s focus more on that versus the need to still mourn being left at the alter.

I am interested in seeing where Allie’s character goes from here. She’s had a rough 2016 thanks to the Lady Squad but bounced when she got her happy ending with Braxton. So what happens now that Braxton seems to be turning Heel? Perhaps Allie can find some advice through her somewhat new friend Rosemary, as the two still have that mutual respect for one another despite being opposites of one another.

What did you think of this week’s episode of Impact? Are you enjoying Laurel or Allie’s respective storylines? What would you like to see happen next in the Knockouts division? Let us know in the comments below!

  • DivaLicious?

    I’m soooo tired of the BULLSH*T! ?LVN & that fat jobber is not interesting TV at all. I do not care! This is so stupid!? A wedding to a jobber that has done nothing for the company is something I don’t NOT want on my television every Thursday night?? LVN deserves way better. I’m tired of people defending this horrible product. Not only is LVN working with one jobber she also is paired with another one “kong” ????? And why does Allie all of a sudden wanna help LVN? Did Allie forget LVN made your life a living hell after she tired to steal your boyfriend & jumped you in the ring with her then buddies Maria & sienna?????? Like am I going nuts here WTF! Let’s not forget last week Allie came out started clapping when LVN almost got engaged. WTF???????????????????????? GFW what is going on here??? Your writing team sucks? Allie is just not my cup of tea now. I can’t take her seriously. She so done??

    • KellyAJNaomi#Slay

      GFW needs to go defunct now cause they’re a hot ass mess

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  • GailKimStan

    I am so pissed.
    Is it that hard to feature your knockouts champion on a weekly basis? Is this the way you’re trying to get back the old knockouts division?
    These writers better get their shit together

  • Miguel Orona Rodríguez

    When reviewing impact is important to know that they tape more than one show per night. My problem with TNA is that they are suffering the same issue that WWE is. They can’t book more than one feud between knockouts.

    So the fact that Sienna and Rosemary didn’t show up, it’s ok. The fact that there wasn’t a match involving women is a problem. Can’t they have another feud running as well? Isn’t that how they book who is next for the belt avoiding the obvious battleroyals?

  • Michael Burmy

    The Bomb’s comin’ back…if not in name, then in attitude and personality…JUST WAIT FOR IT.

  • Gavin

    Impact has been ridiculously boring these past few weeks. Also, why are so many of the Knockouts involved with the men? They built Allie up, and she was over on her own, but now she is just Braxton’s sad girlfriend? Laurel’s gimmick is as stale as that wedding dress. Sienna is a forgettable, bland champion. Rosemary’s gimmick has been completely watered down since Steve left. She doesn’t really work as a face. I was really excited about Angelina returning this year, and now she disappeared from TV. We used to get multiple matches and segments consisting of just women every show. Now, they are booking the Knockouts like WWE booked their women in the Attitude Era. Believe it or not, a Last Knockouts Standing match does not make months of the same women being used in the same boring way any better. Angelina, please give this division a makeover!

  • ralfikh

    Aliie and LVN should’ve been in the title pic by now. How clueless this company r anyway.

  • Troy Smith

    They either need to turn Karen or take her off TV. She was GREAT as a heel but she’s a horrible babyface. I’m ok with Sienna and Rosemary being off TV. That sells the brutality of the match. But I’m disappointed that there was no women’s match at all. Even a squash match with Allie or LVN would have been fine. Unfortunately with only 2 hours per week, every division can’t get show cased each week.

  • conan_kun

    Why do DD rather write GFW KO division Redux tha NXT women division Redux.

  • Monkey Tennis

    I’ve been saying it for the past few weeks and it’s becoming increasingly more common. It just seems like TNA’s new management prefer to see women in the girlfiried/valet roles of 30 years ago, rather than having any interest in pushing an actual women’s division.

    • Steven5812

      *Misses the Corgan/Anthem Era already*.

  • I don’t want to kick a company when they’re down. But damn, GFW, give it up. You’ve had 15 years to make something out of this company and have failed spectacularly. These past what? Nearly 7 years have been the shits, it’s over, ROH is on the rise so is New Japan and Lucha Underground, hell even Whatculture Professional Wrestling is doing well and they’re all putting on a much better show and better matches. Pull the plug. This is getting 2000 WCW bad