Impact Write-Up (January 28th, 2010): Beautiful People Overload

All I have to say is thank God for the fast forward button. I thought I could be strong and sit through an entire episode of Impact tonight but man, was I ever wrong! It’s truly an excruciating show to watch and I literally watched the whole thing on fast forward until it came back from commercial break and we were treated to a shot of the Beautiful People backstage getting ready for their six woman tag team match. The brief segment (and when I say brief, it seemed less than thirty seconds!) was nothing more than two of the Beautiful People stretching each other out and the third standing in the middle looking like a little lost puppy. It doesn’t take rocket science to figure out who is who. Mike Tenay mentions that the Beautiful People will be in action later on tonight against the Knockouts Champion and Tag Team Champions, so of course I’m forced to sit here and fast forward through more garbage; aka old men desperately clinging to one last shot at glory they do not deserve. Blah.

I’m not one who reads spoilers so I was surprised to see that the Beautiful People actually got an interview. Christy Hemme made mention of the match but instead of asking them about their opponents, she asked them about Angelina Love. Velvet Sky spoke first and said that Angelina makes her sick and she’s just so tired of hearing about her. Velvet basically ripped on her former BFF and claimed that Angelina just wasn’t cut out to be a BP so that’s why she got to steppin’. Unfortunately Madison Rayne decided to talk next and she made me LOL IRL. Apparently Angelina Love is so 2009 and the Beautiful People have moved on to bigger and better things. Kudos to Madison and Velvet for keeping straight faces through that preposterous comment. Madison talked about how the Beautiful People were aiming for gold and rubbed her waist to signal that’s where it would it up going. I absolutely refuse to repeat the rest of the segment because I firmly believe everytime Lacey Von Erich speaks God kills a kitten and I just don’t agree with animal abuse.

We finally get to the match and the Beautiful People are out to the ring first with a horrible choreographed ring entrance. As cute as their pink outfits are, their antics just aren’t this week. I hated von Erich’s awkward flip over the top rope and I when I went to pause the match to dissect the ring entrances, I paused on a shot of Velvet’s bottom which does absolutely nothing for me. Madison’s hair looks absolutely terrible and in my opinion, Velvet just doesn’t seem to have as much fun anymore. Awesome Kong and Hamada make their way out next and if this is truly Awesome Kong’s last match in TNA, I’m sure going to miss her. She’s got the best entrance music ever and it just scares me to see her stalking down towards the ring because I sure wouldn’t wanna face her! Tara gets a nice reaction from the crowd and I chuckled at seeing TBP freak out over the spider.

The match gets started pretty quickly with Hamada and Madison Rayne. There’s not a whole lot of messing around at the start of this like there was in last week’s match and that’s always good to see. Hamada takes Madison to the mat with a wicked kick and doesn’t let up on her offense by chopping the pink and blonde headed beautiful person. This continued for a few moments before Hamada decided to unleash her inner Undertaker and do his “Old School” type of move by walking on the top rope while hanging onto Madison’s arm. Hamada put her own twist on the move by flipping down and executing a weird looking arm drag to which Madison bounced back up from. Madison is able to make the tag to Velvet, who stayed in the match for approximately two point two seconds before tagging out to LVE.

LVE worked Hamada’s arm for a nanosecond before tagging out to Madison. Madison kept up that attack on Hamada’s arm but the Japanese sensation rolled through the move a couple of times and she was finally able to take Madison down with a drop toe hold. Hamada tags out to Tara and the Knockouts Champion takes it to Madison Rayne with some impressive offense. Tara’s momentum got interrupted when Madison whipped her into the ropes and Velvet landed a kick to the kidney area. The Beautiful People took control by keeping Tara in their corner. Madison tagged out to Velvet and after taking a few shots on Tara, Velvet decided to distract the referee.

Now you would think that the Beautiful People would seize this opportunity to double team Tara, but that didn’t really happen. While Madison cheated Lacey stood there dazed and confused, as if she couldn’t decided whether or not she was supposed to help. When it finally dawned on her that she needed to get involved it was already to late. Tara reversed a whip by Velvet and both women came flying at each other only to be taken down. Velvet got the tag and Kong came in for the Champions’ team. Madison and Lacey went for a double team clothesline on Kong but the powerful Tag Champ took both women down pretty hard. Hamada got back in for her team and disposed of the Beautiful People one by one. Things got crazy here, like most tag matches do, and Tara managed to lay out Lacey. Hamada went to the top rope and hit a pretty moonsault on von Erich, but the referee was too wrapped up in getting Tara out of the ring so Hamada’s effort, as well as her cover on Lacey, basically went unnoticed.

On the outside of the ring, Kong chased Velvet Sky away while Madison got back in the ring. She was holding the ugly stick and nailed Hamada with it. Madison went for the cover and picked up the win over Hamada for her team. Lacey and Madison celebrated their victory together and decided to beat down Tara afterward. Angelina ran down to the ring to make the save and she kicked the two remaining BP members to the curb.

It’s weird for me to see Angelina as a face in TNA. She was the top heel in the company for so long and she just absolutely thrived in that role. It was surreal and a bit strange to see her coming to Tara’s aid and hugging her at the end, and I don’t understand why wrestling storylines go this way. If I were Tara I wouldn’t want Angelina hugging me. Angelina made Tara’s life hell for so long and just because she’s supposedly turned over a new leaf doesn’t mean I would trust her. Wrestlers are always so quick to “forgive and forget” that sometimes it just loses realism for me, and that’s how I feel with Angelina and Tara at the moment.

I really don’t think the match was that bad. It was way better than last week’s offering that’s for sure. I find Hamada bit boring and dull, but I appreciate her style of wrestling and it’s definitely different from what we’re used to seeing. LVE took some nice bumps tonight and Madison seems to be emerging as TBP’s go-too gal in terms of wrestling. She’s not the best by any means, but she’s better than Velvet and hung in there nicely. The lack of Kong in this match is frustrating. She deserves so much better than what TNA has given her but at least she didn’t have to take the pin. I really hope she works things out with the company and that this match isn’t her last in TNA. Overall I can’t say I’m satisfied, but I’m definitely not disappointed. It furthered the storyline between the Beautiful People and Angelina Love, and made the Beautiful People tag team championship contenders seeing as how Madison pinned Hamada. It’ll be interesting to see where the Knockouts division goes from here.

Food for thought: What roles are Awesome Kong & Hamada supposed to be playing? Heel? Face? Tweener?

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  • NT86

    They definitely need to keep Angelina Love a tweener. Not a full fledged face. Let her be a stand alone girl who doesn’t take BS from either side.

    Decent match overall. Madison is getting better. She works better as a face but she’s stepping up her heel game nicely. TNA is smart to keep Lacey’s involvement minimal. Velvet has some moves but looks so soft when hitting them.

  • karl

    I can’t remember who wrotwe in in the post impact post, but its true, Lacey does not know how to hit the mat yet. She twists her body to the side every time, which must hurt more than a normal bump.

    The match was ok i guess, Kong and Hamada seemed a little board, almost as if they didn’t want to face TBP, or maybe all the backstage stuff has effected them a little?
    Im glad madision was in the ring the most,although it didn’t make much sence for her to tag out,just to get tagged back in a move later.

    Im thinking that a lot of the matches we are going to see for a while will be kinda rushed because they had to do so many tapings before they went on tour o the uk. Therefore im not expecting impact to be very good till after the next PPV.

  • JaiRate86

    I have a feeling that the KOs will have a limited segment time like the divas. Hopefully they will have more time and pull off a better match at Wembley tomorrow!

  • Zephyr5326

    The match was ok, yet nothing flash at all. Hamada was boring in the match; she has the same amount of charisma as a lump of coal. She just does nothing for me at all but send me to sleep. Madison did well in the match, and her OTT selling fits her gimmick well. Velvet needs to STOP screaming lol. Tara was ok yet her Tarantula box was clearly empty lol. And Kong not being in the match hardly was understandable, I guess she didn’t attend the run through of the match or they decided to punish her by not letting her do much. Overall, I’d give the match 5.5/10. The beatdown after was pretty lame aswell.

    Btw Cryssi, this article was great, I liked your humour at the start yet shame it’s only the bland stuff you’ve had to review so far. Next week’s probably going to pick up. :)

  • DarkRaven

    Madison is very talented and she doesn’t get a chance to show it as she is made to look weak constanly taking the pin for her team. I would prefer if Tna used her as a face as it suits her style of wrestling better as a face.

    Was kinda sad to see the crowd go nuts for Kong then realising that she may not be there for much longer. I cannot help it Hogan is really annoying me he is like a cancer for Tna and the knockouts.

  • amare136

    TNA is falling apart. Not much left of the old 2007/early 2008 era.

  • RKOyou

    Madison was definitely the star of the match, it really felt like she was the leader of the group. She was wrestling the whole match, made her team look good and she got the win for her team, it’s very obvious she so much potential but the question is, will TNA ever give her a shot.

    I hope Madison and velvet takes those tag titles, I could care less if velvet won it but I would love for Madison to get some gold she actually deserves it

  • DarkRaven

    Agree with you RKOyou, Tna should push her to be the leader as she is the only member who can put on a good match.

  • The_Eric

    @cryssi…exactly which one of LVE’s bumps were ‘nice’? from what i saw, shes not capable of bumping…she doesn’t land on her back…ever…it doesn’t matter if its a clothesline or a slap, LVE lands on the side of her legs…

  • theregoeskitty

    it was ok, i think if they are going to use Lacey at all, the best way to put her into the match would be just to have her do a easy submission move or just run in do the claw or some crap and tag out, its kinda pointless to have her just stood there, same goes for kong she did nothing the whole match

    :( i really hope kong doesn’t leave

  • Cryssi

    “@cryssi…exactly which one of LVE’s bumps were ‘nice’? from what i saw, shes not capable of bumping…she doesn’t land on her back…ever…it doesn’t matter if its a clothesline or a slap, LVE lands on the side of her legs…”

    She lands how it is comfortable for her. It may not look pretty but she still gets in there and takes them, which is more that I what I expected from her to be honest.

  • vonVile

    Holy crap, Madison finally gets a win! It’s a miracle!

  • TrishMelinaFan

    YES!Maddie finally gets an f’n win!BWOOP BWOOP!

    It was a decent Impact this week,not exactly my cup of tea,and I loved Angelina’s outfit afterwards.I hated how Angelina was all buddy-buddy with Tara later,especially since:

    1.There history isn’t exactly all lovey-dovey
    and
    2.They’re supposed to face eachother

    Also,lol,Crissy’s writing reminds me of one of my best friend’s.

  • Bee_Miller

    I kind of liked the match it was enjoyable but someone really needs to get their hands on those BTP and whip them into shape. They cannot carry out a believable tag-team when their “go-to-gal” is Madison! Velvet doesn’t seem to be learning anything and LVE .. well no comment.

    I would have liked to see more Kong but I just got a weird vibe from both her and Hamada that they didn’t really want to be there. I think they are both over TNA as would I be being placed in their situation.

  • Cryssi

    “I would have liked to see more Kong but I just got a weird vibe from both her and Hamada that they didn’t really want to be there. I think they are both over TNA as would I be being placed in their situation.”

    You know, I kinda see that now I think about it. Perhaps that’s why I found Hamada so lackluster and boring. She really didn’t seem to care, did she? Can’t say I blame her.

  • Kaledrina

    kong without gloves = a pissed off kong.

    hope everything is sorting itself out backstage for her, though.

  • Diva

    “””It’s weird for me to see Angelina as a face in TNA. She was the top heel in the company for so long and she just absolutely thrived in that role. It was surreal and a bit strange to see her coming to Tara’s aid and hugging her at the end, and I don’t understand why wrestling storylines go this way. If I were Tara I wouldn’t want Angelina hugging me. Angelina made Tara’s life hell for so long and just because she’s supposedly turned over a new leaf doesn’t mean I would trust her. Wrestlers are always so quick to “forgive and forget” that sometimes it just loses realism for me, and that’s how I feel with Angelina and Tara at the moment.”””

    I totally agree on this point…And then Where are the other KO’s??? Sarita and Taylor are disappeared?!?!? Bah,I could be wrong but I have the feeling that this “Beautiful People exclusive world” will go on for a long time…I just hope 4 a good build up of Angelina’s new character…

  • https://twitter.com/anniluci Ana_Nattie_rules

    The sad thing is that it seems they put Hamada, Kong and VicTara on this feud, just because they’re the champions. This is just about the “hot” girls, aka TBP and Angelina.

  • Fogia

    What a pain… what a pain to see wrestlers the caliber of Awesome Kong & Ayako Hamada involved in such comedy matches. As if people had never seen women matches outside TNA or WWE. It’s not so hard tough, youtube is your friend, just type in Ayako Hamada or Amazing Kong and you’ll discover another world (and other great wrestlers too like Momoe Nakanishi, Meiko Satomura, Nanae Takahashi, LuFisto, Sara Del Rey etc…). Most of their TNA matches are almost unwatchable after seeing what they did in Japan or Shimmer/Indy.

    “Hamada is dull” of course she is, how would you feel if you knew you were performing the worst matches of your career because you have to completely water down the way you usually wrestle? Everything is slow, all the bumps and impacts are so weak (or completely simulated)… Alissa Flash is gone, she must be very disapointed but she made the right choice, at least at Shimmer and in any other Indy promotion she can wrestle at 100%.

    My comment is harsh but TNA is really disapointing me, they have a really good roster (but now they’re all fleeing) and they are not able to put on high quality matches…

  • MariaKanellislover

    Ok the match was cool!

    I will not be surprised if Hogan maked Knockouts Matches 3 minutes!

    I hope the continue with the idea of an Knockouts Only SHow

    Plus Lacey’s Flip sucked!

    She can be good if she trains

    Madison is my BITCH LOL! She is amazing at ring she is just amazing no more words!

    About Velvet well she is good but she needs train too….

    OBS: Velvet is shure better than Lacey.

  • Mark

    Eh. Just a plain cookie-cutter match with a generic run-in at the end. What the hell was with Angelina clutching Tara in her arms? Where’s the continuity, peoples?

  • Mark

    Forgot to add in – I though that it was stupid to make Angelina another generic face. They should’ve kept her as a lone-wolf kinda. Just out to take out the new beautiful people and not caring about the other faces.