Hola Knockout fans and welcome to this week’s GFW Write-Up. As we saw last week, Taya Valkyrie has found her way over to the Knockouts and has full plans of taking it over! This week, Lucha Royalty makes her official GFW in-ring debut in a match-up against aspiring Knockout Amber Nova.
Before we get to our featured Knockouts match, let’s check in with Allie who is at ringside for Braxton Sutter’s match against Garza Jr. There has been an unspoken grudge between these two men after a jealous Sutter was not too pleased that Garza showed some concern to Allie during a backstage segment.
Garza Jr. ends up getting the win all while plugging in a bit of flirty fun with Allie – blowing air kisses in her direction and ripping his pants off in front of her. Well that’s one way to get someone’s attention. Post match, a frustrated Sutter vents out some of his frustration on Allie. He takes a breather and tries hugging it out as a form of apology but Allie, initially, doesn’t buy it. She is hesitant to leave the ring with him but eventually the pair do head backstage together.
On to Taya’s in-ring debut:
As you can imagine, this match was pretty much a squash to present Taya as the newest force to the Knockouts division. Poor Amber Nova doesn’t even get a full entrance/ring introduction this time around. But hey, I’m still loving Taya’s regal entrance and theme!
At the sound of the bell, Nova slips behind Taya and starts pounding on her back. Taya eats Nova’s shots and takes her opponent down with a rear waist lock takedown. While Taya tosses Nova headfirst to a turnbuckle the commentary team mentions some of Taya’s international success and training. Taya then whips Nova to across the ring to another turnbuckle and charges after her but Nova is able to block with a big boot.
Nova climbs the second rope and flies off to connect a hurricanrana but Taya counters this with a powerbomb. Just as the referee was going to award Taya with the three count win, Taya breaks up her own pin to completely put Nova away with a double chicken-wing face buster. Who’s next for Taya?
Post match, we see Taya march her way backstage towards Karen Jarrett. Taya asks Mrs. Jarrett if she saw the quick win she picked up in her match against Amber Nova. Karen acknowledges that she did see the match and even offers a congratulate handshake but Taya slaps it away. Instead, Taya advices Karen to take a hard good look at everything she is going to do in GFW because that is what a true queen looks like.
Thoughts: So not the most exciting week for the Knockouts. As I said earlier, this week was pretty much about introducing Taya as the new force within the Knockouts division.
Not only did she dominate in her match against Amber Nova (who had almost no offense in yet sold Taya’s finisher like a champ!) but she even took a stand against an Authority Figure in Karen Jarrett. Maybe GFW will dig more into Taya’s history with Karen Jarrett from when they first met in Mexico years ago before Taya decided to flip the script. I think it can help add more to Taya’s GFW character as she moves in closer to feud with some of the more established Knockouts. I do wish we would’ve gotten a follow up to Rosemary’s reaction of being blindsided by Taya last week but we’ll get to that in due time.
As for Allie’s latest trial, it felt more as a way to change up Braxton Sutter’s character than it did for Allie. His jealousy and frustrations can trigger a heel turn for him. Yeah, it’s a lazy route to go and while fans were still reacting to Allie, I think it may be best to just separate these two. We’ve already heard of Braxton “training” Allie to be a wrester so if there was any time to throw Allie as a full time Knockout competitor, it would be now while Braxton tries to climb up the ranks of the mid-cards.
What did you think of this week episode of GFW Impact? Would you like to see some backstory between Karen and Taya? Do you think its time for Allie and Braxton to go their separate ways? Let us know in the comments below!