Brooke Hogan: Knockouts Division to be “More Real”

New executive of the Knockouts division, Brooke Hogan, who makes her debut this Thursday night on Impact Wrestling, has spoken about her debut to Busted Open.

The daughter of Hulk Hogan revealed that the Knockouts division will be “more real”, with personal issues being brought to the forefront.

She says:

I think everyone is forgetting that they have a story and they have drama in their lives. What I admire so much about TNA is right now fans think that they know wrestling. They are like “oh everything is set up, all the storylines, all the plans, it’s a soap opera for men.” And its true, that’s been happening for years in the wrestling business. What TNA is doing now is, and they couldn’t do it without whats really going on right now, these girls, they all actually have drama happening. There are people that are divorced, both working for TNA, dating other people. There is craziness going on. What’s great about TNA is that they are going back to real life and these matches are going to be between people who really have something to fight out. If they want to hurt each other, that’s their thing. But as far as I’m concerned we are making this more real. That’s why I’m coming in. There are personal issues behind closed doors that we need to resolve.

Brooke also adds that she feels Velvet Sky could be the “next big thing” in the Knockouts division:

I think Velvet Sky is incredible. I think she is really, really good. ODB I think has already made a name for herself. I think she is self-sufficient. She has her little gimmick. She is a little raunchy. That’s what I love about her. But if you met Velvet in person, she is the sweetest, sweetest person. So polite. Such a sweetheart. That girl works so hard. She is dieting and training. She is wrestling in the ring even when they are not taping or filming. She is just working her butt off. I really think she deserves a push. I think she could be the next big thing in the Knockouts division.

You can listen to Busted Open on Sirius 94/XM 208.

Thoughts: Interesting comments. Does this mean more, ‘You stole my boyfriend’ type storylines?

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  • Ed

    “I think Velvet Sky is incredible. I think she is really, really good.”

    Are you kidding me? She can’t be serious. Velvet Sky is barely serviceable in the ring. Sure, she’s popular, but as a wrestler, she’s the worst Knockout on the roster, and to say otherwise is just laughable. And why does she deserve a push? She’s been pushed for something like 2 years. If anything, it’s high time for Velvet to take a backseat so someone else can get a push for a change.

    What an idiot. If Brooke Hogan has any say in the creative process, I am officially worried.

    • http://au.groups.yahoo.com/group/WWE_Divas/ art

      ^Tag my name on this too lol….

    • Superstar77

      Ed you are so a hater when it comes to Velvet Sky. Seriously all you ever do is crap on everything she does. How has she been pushed for 2 years?! That’s a lie right there. She didn’t finally win the Knockout title for the 1st time last year and had for what 4 weeks because of Gail Kim just had to be the champion again. Velvet is not the worse KO on the roster and just because YOU don’t like her and don’t think she’s good in the ring doesn’t mean she’s not.

      • VelvetLoveFan

        @Superstar77 agreed! I loved velvet since I stared waching wrestling and that will never ever change(:

    • Bhentoooot

      Enough said. I dont know why but she’ll always be the K2 of Knockouts. their movesset is kinda the same and the style as well.

  • No Holds Barred

    No boyfriend storylines please, unless it involves Sarita feuding with Gail.

  • NicoleC701

    I really don’t care what Brooke does, as long as she brings Sarita in and gives her move TV time then I fine with it.

  • darkangels

    So she letting everybody know the guy madison is in love with will be ether gail kim new husband or velvet sky real life boyfriend alex shelly of the motorcity machineguns..

    • redsandman99

      Actually, unless I’m mistaken, it’s Chris Sabin that Velvet’s dating…

      • http://wrestlinggirl1993.tumblr.com/ xoxoRKOxoxo

        your right @REDSANDMAN99 it is Chris Sabin! and @DARKANGELS it will be neither of them if you remeber a couple weeks ago Madison, who btw is married in real life, was out on the ramp during the battle royal AJ Styles won “andmiring” her crush gails husand isn’t a wrestler and chris sabin wasn’t involved in the battle royal!!!!

  • Poison_Ivory

    I think this could also mean dropping some of the “unreal” gimmicks. Not that they’ve been doing any of those lately except Angie and Winter.

    But the problem with i.e the Divas Division is that it’s even too real, while the KO’s have diversity and it hasn’t fallen (yet) to the generic pit. Wrestling is all about fun gimmicks and storylines, which are sometimes unrealistic-ish. TNA may alienate some of their fans with this move.

    • Bryana

      Are you serious, look at all divas and all the knockouts, which group of women is more diverse/cultured to you, the divas are

      • Poison_Ivory

        Did you read my comment at all? I was talking about gimmicks, not cultural backgrounds.

        • Bryana

          The only knockout with a gimmick is ODB

        • Poison_Ivory

          @Bryana

          And Winter, Madison, Mickie.. They may not be as gimmick-filled as they used to, but it’s still much more than what the Divas have.

  • redsandman99

    Not real surprised Brooke’s so high on Velvet. I’m expecting a mega push for Velvet now.

  • Kellybug

    “That girl works so hard. She is dieting and training. She is wrestling in the ring even when they are not taping or filming. She is just working her butt off. ”

    As opposed to what, all the other women sitting on their butts doing nothing?

    • http://wrestlinggirl1993.tumblr.com/ xoxoRKOxoxo

      i love your comment!!! like seriosly what are you suppose to be doing when your a wreslter i really think the KO’s divison is gonna go to crap!!!

  • Nostalgia

    The past few months we’ve been seeing Gail, Velvet, Madison over and over and over. Mickie James hasn’t been seen in singles competition. Where’s Winter??? Hell I forgot Tara was on the roster.

  • http://www.twitter.com/_KingKunt_ Viva La Diva

    ” I think she really deserves a push ”
    But didn’t she not just get a push?

  • Mr. Asstastic

    I can’t wait for Brooke’s debut this week. #SaveUsBrooke

    • Superstar77

      If Brooke saves us from Gail Kim’s constant need to be on top of the division and wants to push Velvet I’m all for her coming in.

      • redsandman99

        Uh…Gail Kim is at the top of the division because TNA is happy with her being there. Just like the likes of Angelina, Madison, Mickie, etc. used to be…Velvet got the raw end of the deal when Gail came in but it was TNA that made that booking decision.

  • http://wrestlinggirl1993.tumblr.com/ xoxoRKOxoxo

    no offesne to Velvet Sky i am a fan of hers but there are a hell of a lot more people who deserve a push one that comes straight to mind is Miss Angelina Love who has barley been used another one is Tara Mickie does too! and in my opinion the most underrated knockout is Sarita like has she ever had a KO title oppertunity give other people a chance they deserve it a hell of a lot more than Velvet and Brooke who i’m getting incrediably tired of seeing on TV everyweek!!!

  • shannymac

    I have suck an irrational hatred for this chick. Why they hired her, rather than someone who could actually contribute more than just a relatively meaningless level of publicity, is beyond me.

  • shannymac

    Also, has she learned nothing from her parents’ own trashy, messy-ass divorce. Most people don’t want or need their real life drama on TV.

    • http://vetaj.blogspot.com NurseBetty

      Actually they do. Why do you think reality tv is so hot right now. They’ve pretty have taken over most (or some) of the sitcoms. People like to see real life drama on tv because it makes them feel good about themselves.

      This generation lives for that type of stuff.

      Yes I agree I don’t like to see it. Peoples business belongs behind closes doors.

      But business wise you have to move with the ages and time..

  • Jhonmarco

    I might end up caring for this woman if it means Knockouts get more spotlight on them.

    Speaking of Velvet, I still feel she deserves a proper run with the title, though I’m not sure if that’ll even happen now.

  • Jhonmarco

    Also, speaking of pushes for other girls? Why is Mickie even getting mentioned? I wouldn’t mind her forming a psycho team with Tara, but Knockouts Title picture? I’m good. Out of the 12 ppvs last year she challenged for the belt for 9 of them. I would LOVE to see Angelina emerge to relevancy though. I just sincerely hope Melina doesn’t debut & basically win the title.

    • MickieJamesFan07

      I think people are mentioning Mickie is because she hasn’t been on tv at all for a few months I believe like Winter, Angelina and Tara. I would love to see her get paired up with Tara and go after the tag team titles.

      • Jhonmarco

        I wouldn’t mind that at all.

    • BillyGP

      Why mention Mickie because she is over and a draw for the division of those 9 PPVs how many wins Mickie got from them?

      • Jhonmarco

        She got 4 wins which is not bad. This doesn’t matter though, point is she got plenty of TV time & PPV spotlight. She’s over? So is Brooke, Velvet, ODB, etc. Being over isn’t anything new in that division. Sure she’s a draw, but the division as a whole has proven to be a draw in its own right.

        • BillyGP

          My point is if she over and can draw why not use her?

        • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QOyzTv-g8FA Piggie James

          Here’s a tough one BillyGP: Do you want to see Mickie pushed or Velvet? Because Velvet is the one given the top face treatment at the moment in place of Mickie.

  • https://m.facebook.com/?refsrc=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.google.co.uk%2Fsearch&_rdr#!/profile.php?__user= adifferentsame

    Brooke’s experience in reality TV means, at the very least, her influence has potential to be attention grabbing. That said, I don’t want reality TV car crash conflict to completely eschew the value of wrestling.

  • MickieJamesluvslave

    So what are some of the personal relationships in TNA past or present?
    Too bad they got rid of Traci because of her and Kazarian.
    Didn’t I read Mickie and Magnus were ‘an item?”
    Who else?

    • No Holds Barred

      The only other I know of are Velvet and Chris Sabin

      • http://wrestlinggirl1993.tumblr.com/ xoxoRKOxoxo

        Crimson and Angelina!!!!

  • MickieJamesFan07

    Funny how of all the knockouts there are, she chooses the one that has the weakest wrestling skills of all them. The girl’s got good mic skills sure, but in the ring she bombs. I personally want to see someone new holding the title like Rosita, Sarita or Brooke. I really didn’t like how Brooke made it sound like Velvet is the only one that works hard, cause she isn’t.

  • VelvetLoveFan

    Velvet is not the weakest!! And yes she does deserve the push she diserves since Gail ruined the one from October. IMO Gail did not deserve the “extra treatment” she got! And I am excited for Brooke debut in tna this Thursday :)

    • BAD KHARMA

      IT WAS NOT GAIL´S FAULT, STOP SAYING THAT!

      • http://au.groups.yahoo.com/group/WWE_Divas/ art

        Which knockout is a worse wrestler then velvet??? i cant name one… shes decent on the mic but that’s her strongest point..

        • BillyGP

          Velvet not that bad in the ring though. Yeah i do think it Gail fault she comes back and get everything she wanted or mentioned in a interview.

        • VelvetLoveFan

          @art umm winter, and as much as I love her, Rosita, we need to see more rosita! And like o said Winter, she is not very good

        • Jhonmarco

          Winter being worst than Velvet is a joke. Winter can do various styles of wrestling & properly brawl, chain wrestle, you name she can do it. Sure her style can get boring & her work can seem very bland, but it’s miles ahead of Velvet. Ms. Sky can’t even exeucte a convincing headlock. Rosita? She’s actually not bad from what we’ve seen. Sure, she’s green, but she’s been in wrestling since 2008. Velvet’s been in wrestling since 2003, yet she wrestles extremely poorly & gets shown up by girls much newer than her.

        • jayjayholler

          I think it’s funny how some of you are bickering, they aren’t “Velvet haters”. I love Velvet she’s sweet, I also loved her GIMMICK in The Beautiful People but she still is not a top wrestler.

          Have you seen Velvet being Irish Whipped? When she gets to the ropes and comes back shes taking this tiny steps almost looks like shes scared of her own timing all the time.

          Love Velvet but to be a long reigning champion she needs a little bit longer that’s all.

          I think Brooke made everyone put their backs up about Velvet with this video because we are all sitting here thinking about Sarita, Angelina, Tara and Mickie.

      • VelvetLoveFan

        Yeah if Gail never came back velvet would of got a long title rein!!

        • redsandman99

          And how do you know that? For all we know, they could have taken the title off her at the next ppv if Gail hadn’t come back anyway. Velvet doesn’t really come off as a long reigning, dominating singles champ.

        • VelvetLoveFan

          And how do u know velvet couldn’t be champ this long? Huh? Yeah exactly and velvet is long reinging champ worthy, and she is singles competitor, did she not probe that for the past year or 2??

        • VelvetLoveFan

          Prove*

        • redsandman99

          Generally speaking, underdogs (which is what Velvet’s entire face character essentially is) do not get extensive reigns as single champs. Maybe she would have gotten a few months with the title but maybe she wouldn’t have. The fact is we don’t know what TNA would have done so to just blame it all on Gail is illogical and not that mature.

        • VelvetLoveFan

          But look at Kelly, she was an underdog and got atleast 4-5 months with the title.. All us velvet fans ask for is a good lengthly title rein thatts all and we can’t express what we want cuz we get shut down by velvet haters and its annoying!

        • redsandman99

          Kelly was a notable exception to the rule and maybe Velvet would have gotten it or will get it since Brooke is so high on her (which in turn will surely make Hulk be high on her).

        • VelvetLoveFan

          All i want is to express what I would like to see and that’s Velvet as champ for a nice rein! Thats all and everyone just fights with me about this stuff

        • Jhonmarco

          Rofl @ 4-5 month reign. She held the belt for 3 months. Fine time for an underdog champion.

          Besides maybe one or two people, everyone has given actual reasons as to why they don’t want Velvet as champion. Calling them haters makes you look ridiculous.

  • perceval

    Things are going to get real? Does that mean Mickie is going to call her out over being taken off TV for making jokes about nepotism in the company?

    • Jhonmarco

      Funny enough I thought this was something to sell her supposed impending heel turn.

  • sugarrush28

    Can Sarita please get to touch the title? I’m begging TNA to give that woman title shot.

  • number1AngelinaLovefan

    Ugh please no We have all had out dosage of Velvet and it’s over with. I like Velvet but my god the girl has been in the spotlight for far to long and nothing EVER comes out of it. I think its time for Other girls to have her spot. Have Angelina, Sarita/Rosita,Winter have a tittle shot…And hell have Brooke T have another shot at the belt she is 1000x Better then Velvet.

    The way they were doing Impact last week with showing Angelina backstage reacting to Gail’s comments gave me hope that she was back in the tittle picture, But now that Brooke H is High on Sky that hope has dropped dramatically SMH

    • Superstar77

      OK how is Velvet constantly in the spotlight?

      She’s not the Knockout champion even though she should be, I can’t remember the last time she’s won a match on Impact and she’s rarely used on PPVs. It’s not like the entire show revolves around her and she’s not even a focal point of the Knockout division and she was only in a brief backstage segment on Impact last week. So how is that being in the spotlight?

    • redsandman99

      Last year was more of the year of Velvet, with her feuds with Sarita, ODB/Jackie and her culmination into winning the Knockouts title. She is more seen than the likes of Mickie, Tara, Winter, Angelina and Sarita but it’s not exactly the Velvet Sky show.

      • number1AngelinaLovefan

        I am not saying it is the Velvet Sky show…and i never said she wins. I said she is always in matches that NEVER bring anything good for her. And she is on the show some way or another, Even if she is not in the tittle picture.

        • redsandman99

          Yeah. That’s a problem quite frankly. If you’re not Gail or her feud of the month you’re either there with no purpose or you’re not on the show at all. Idk what the deal is with TNA’s booking lately. It really seemed like they’d have a puropse for multiple knockouts and now it’s just gone to hell.

        • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QOyzTv-g8FA Piggie James

          Vince Russo’s writing style usually revolves around finding something to do for as many people on the roster as possible.

          Bruce Prichard on the other hand seems to want to put the focus on only a few talents at a time with longer title reigns (Gail Kim, Bobby Roode, Austin Aries).

          So that’s most likely why 2012 has been so different in booking than 2011, not only in the Knockouts, but the entire show. This might somewhat be reflected in the ratings drop this year as well.

        • redsandman99

          For as much crap as Russo generally gets, I do like that aspect of his writing style. It just feels like so many people are going to waste now. And it’s like, why aren’t ANYBODY chasing ODB and EY for the tag titles? Like I know there’s very limited TV time but still, it’s kind of frustrating.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QOyzTv-g8FA Piggie James

    Hopefully (at least for some of us) TNA going live will mean less instead of more of Velvet.

    I personally have nothing against Brooke coming in (besides for the obvious nepotism, but she can give the Knockouts some publicity), however her comments about Velvet have already set her off to a bad start.

    She also complimented ODB, who as others have said, was the other Knockout with Velvet to help Brooke promote TNA on Fox & Friends. So I’m scared that she hasn’t really that much product knowledge at all.

    If Brooke had been watching the show at all in the last year, she would have seen that Velvet has already been pushed (that some would argue was down our throats). I think she has had more than enough opportunity to show that she is the ‘next best thing’, and quite clearly, her in ring work is still not good enough to be the top face of the division.

    I also agree with one of the comments above, that all of the other Knockouts are better in the ring than Velvet (imo Brooke T and Rosita have both overtaken her). Fact is, the most over part of Velvet’s act is easily her entrance. I don’t think I need to elaborate on that any more.

    Velvet can still be a valuable commodity to the Knockouts, but not as a singles competitor. Her best work was when she was a heel in my opinion, so unless she turns, I don’t see her as being anything more than a face enhancement talent for heels to get heat off. I think a good role for her would be Chris Sabin’s valet (if the rumours of Shelley leaving are true) and I personally hope that is what happens.

    In my opinion, there are other Knockouts sitting on the sidelines right now with much more potential of elevating the Knockouts division if given the opportunity.

  • jayjayholler

    That’s all very sweet, I’m guessing Brooke hasn’t met Winter yet.

  • Bhentoooot

    Im very disappointed. -_- if you just goin to give her that endless pointless push, better dont touch the KOs