Impact Write-Up (June 7th, 2012): A Number One Contender is Found, Knockouts Deliver in a Big Way

Why hello, kind reader, and welcome to what I am calling my favorite Impact Write-Up to occur in a long, long time. I think even calling last night a great night for the Knockouts would be an understatement because they did such an outstanding job that they deserve their own word… thus I am dubbing their performance as Knockout-ariffic! It’s like they read every complaint I ever had with the division and fixed them all in one magical night! Okay, enough build-up. Let’s go over what took place in the second episode of Impact Wrestling’s live summer.

The main story involved Mickie James, Tara, Velvet Sky, and the unfortunately now renamed Miss Tessmacher in a fatal four-way match to determine the next contender to face Gail Kim (who provided commentary) for her title this Sunday at Slammiversary. On top of that, we also got a really fun backstage segment between the four and Knockouts Executive, Brooke Hogan, as well as added bonus appearances throughout the night by Madison Rayne and Dixie Carter! I can hardly contain myself with the joy that I felt watching this night of greatness, so I’m going to zip it and start the recapping!

We begin the night’s festivities with a beautiful video recap of the actions involving AJ Styles and TNA President, Miss Dixie Carter. Once said soap opera-esque video concludes, we head to footage taken from last week of a RAGING Dixie throwing things, screaming to fine her, and firing people. GOOD GOD! She orders the camera men to get out of her face, before going to the control room and screaming out F-bombs and all this glory that I can’t even put into words. I’m literally still in shock watching this beautiful moment unfold. Nonetheless, Dixie demands to know who the (bleep) put her private business out for the world to hear last week and threatens to fire them all if they don’t discover who it was. Queen Dixie leaves the scene, as we are now taken to the ring with a much calmer Dixie.

She lifts the microphone up just as a Dixie chant breaks out! A tearful Dixie finds this all unimaginable, stating that she has thought long and hard about what to say. No matter what she thinks up, someone will be hurt… and she feels sorry for Daniels and Kaz. She claims they are filled with hate, ego, and insecurity to do such a thing and hurt their innocent families. “They threw a big rock in a serene pond, and the ripple effect is long and wide.” Beautiful… simply beautiful. Dixie believes there is nothing she can do except to tell the truth tonight, but before she can, she is cut off by the music of Daniels and Kaz!

They step into the ring and steal the mic from Dixie. Daniels claims he “understands” her pain. He states that Dixie made a mistake that she was happy to hide until she got found out… Hell no! He tells Dixie to inform the crowd she is a woman (okay?) and she wants what she wants, but that the cold hard truth is she had a hole in her heart that dear Serg just couldn’t fill. He orders Dixie to tell the crowd the truth! Suddenly, Dixie begins hitting him and I begin crying tears of joy. Daniels shoves Dixie back a little, before AJ Styles hits the ring and chases them out. SUDDENLY, MY GOD SERG SALINAS, INFAMOUS SINGER OF HARDDDDCORREEE COUNNTRRYYYYY, WALKS OUT IN A PURPLE SHIRT! He consoles Dixie and lifts her up, before turning around and CLOCKING AJ Styles in the face! By God, Serg then leaves the ring as an irate Dixie Carter stares at the trouble she has caused and our own little love triangle continues on to my applause and admiration.

We head backstage to see our new Knockouts Executive, Brooke Hogan, looking radiant as she stands by with Mickie James, Velvet Sky, Tara, and Miss Tessmacher aka the four women who will be competing in the match later tonight. She compliments their bodies and formally introduces herself to them. Brooke then thanks them for letting her work beside them, wishing them luck in the fatal four-way later tonight. She lets them finish putting on their makeup and gear, but then remembers that she has another little news item to tell them.

Brooke asks them to recall how she said she was going to begin getting the female division out in the media to make them bigger stars, to which the first opportunity has presented itself! She assures them that she loves each and every one of them, but it goes to Velvet Sky who will star in Montgomery Gentry’s new country music video! This doesn’t seem to bode well for our resident singing starlet, Mickie James, who gives us a wonderful look of shock and disgust that she wasn’t chosen. Nonetheless, the women in the room don’t seem to catch it as they are all so excited for Velvet to get the chance! They all engage in a group hug — which Brooke actually has to pull Mickie into to join them. CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT!

Out to the ring we head, as Taz’s money shot of the week featuring our pan up of Christy Hemme greets us in to this Knockouts challenge. Not only that, but the voice of Serg Salinas hits as he chimes in with a HAAAAARDDCORREEEE COUNNNNTREEHHHHHH and out walks Mickie looking absolutely incredible tonight. She poses for the fans, as out next comes the Pigeon Queen, Velvet Sky! Velvet shakes her booty on the ramp, before climbing down and posing with some fan signs. Stepping up onto the ring apron, Velvet then proceeds to let the pigeons loose! Mickie does not seem as impressed as Taz, but really who could be? Following Sky we have the monster of addicting themes belonging to Miss Tessmacher! Tess climbs down in her brand new t-shirt, posing with a big flag before removing her top and throwing it onto the camera lens.

Mickie continues to look displeased with her fellow Knockouts, as rounding out the bunch comes Tara! Tara, also looking stunning tonight, gets a great ovation in this bout of fan favorites, before stepping into the ring and getting ready for this huge match. The bell sounds as the four circle around a bit. Mickie/Tara and Tessmacher/Sky battle it out, as Tara and Velvet take control. TNT Irish whip Sky, but Velvet kicks Brooke in the face as she and Mickie hit a pair of clotheslines. Their attention then turns to the stage as out walks our kiss blowing Knockouts Champion to scout her competition! Mickie proceeds to quickly (and quietly) roll up Velvet, but only gains a two count. Mickie hits a takedown, as we head to a commercial break!

… And we’re back! It seems that Tara had Velvet Sky locked in a tarantula during the break, but Mickie breaks it up with a baseball slide to kick Tara out of the ring. Gail Kim is also now on commentary, with Tessmacher rolling Mickie up for a two count. Gail claims she doesn’t care who she faces since she’s beaten all four of them. Mickie and Tessmacher exchange Irish whips, with Tessmacher going for her running corner facebuster. James shoves her off and scores with a huge enziguiri, but that evil Queen, Gail Kim is too busy promoting herself as the longest Knockouts Champion in history! Mickie gets a two count and begins to argue with the referee, while Tessmacher hits a jawbreaker/neckbreaker combo! A two count is gained, but Velvet breaks it up as Gail amazingly claims it’s a privilege for one of these four women to face such a legend in this company. Good lord, Gail is bringing personality and I absolutely love it.

Taz brings up Tessmacher’s past victories over Gail, but Kim shrugs it off and dubs her a “rookie” who only beat Gail using her (Gail’s) own finisher since it’s all that can topple her. Back in the ring, Sky is sent off the ropes, but holds on and sends Brooke outside. Tara rolls up Velvet Twitter two count, but this amazing new persona of Gail Kim is continuing to kill me on commentary as she claims the fans on twitter just “love” her and believe she’s so accessible! She adds that after the match, she’s having her very own Twitter Q&A, provided the hashtag of “#AskGail” is used. (Note: This actually trended worldwide even before the match concluded!) Inside the ring, Tara has Velvet backed into a corner and begins shoving her head into the abdomen. A suplex follows, with a rolling pin attempt for a two count as Gail claims she has no problems with Brooke Hogan as long as she realizes who the star is.

Kim continues (and yes I will recap her every word because I’m really entertained right now) and states that she built and fought for this division. Tara then locks in a Boston Crab, as Mickie runs in with a dragon sleeper on Tara! Brooke then charges in with a side headlock on Mickie as we have a pretty awesome spot going on! The hold eventually breaks, as Velvet falls into a roll up on Tara for just a near fall. Sky then kicks Tara out of the ring and turns her attention to Mickie. Gail points out the flaws in Velvet, but Sky proves her wrong in the ring by hitting a headscissors takedown on James. She then runs forward, but Mickie scores with the flapjack/kip-up! Mickie accidentally kips up right into Tara who throws her out from the ring and goes for the moonsault!

Velvet rolls out of the way just in time, with Gail dubbing Tara’s move as “kind of athletic”. Uh oh… we now return to the ring to see TNT in a stare off! Tessmacher challenges Tara to fight her, and Tara brings it with a stiff shot. Tess explodes with some punches of her own and then leaps right onto Tara’s shoulders, where the veteran hits her patented sidewalk slam! She goes for the shimmysault, but Velvet interrupts with a kick to the abdomen and a sick DDT. Velvet then turns around into a Thesz Press from Mickie! Mickie poses a little, before turning around and kicking Velvet square in the jaw with a sharp Mick Kick! This time though, it’s Mickie to feel the pain as Miss Tessmacher hits the Tess Shocker out of nowhere! She covers… one… two… THREE! Tessmacher vs. Kim will happen at Slammiversary in the challenger’s own hometown! She celebrates her win, as Gail doesn’t seem to be too phased right now as shown by her sarcastically applauding Tessmacher’s win!

Also, check out Madison Rayne as she continues to scout her “crush” during a match involving Robbie E (with Robbie T) against Devon (with Garrett Bischoff):


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Thoughts: I have no words. This was without a doubt the best night for Knockouts that I’ve seen in years. I literally can’t process it because there was so much right tonight that it reminded me of the division’s rise to prominence in 2007-2008. From Dixie Carter and her husband, to the backstage segment, to the fantastic match, to Gail Kim showing more personality and charisma than she has in her entire career! I may get hate, because most of the time nobody seems to share my opinion, but I thought this week’s Impact Wrestling delivered the most enjoyable night of Knockouts in a looooong time.

The backstage segment was great, and actually gave us character development(!~) in teasing a Mickie James heel turn. She is notorious for country music, and no doubt being in the music video could have done nothing but benefit her own career… so seeing Brooke choose Velvet over her and that priceless reaction was so good. This is exactly why I was happy to see Brooke Hogan join TNA, because while people insult her to no end, she is going to be what finally gets the women actual speaking roles with these backstage segments in the same way Miss Karen did those many months ago.

On to the match, you know a match is good when a commercial in the middle of it doesn’t even bother me. I thought this was one of the best TV matches in some time, and all four girls worked great together. There was fun spots involving all four, and even some involving a combination of the girls. They all got a chance to shine, and we even saw TNT squaring off with one another as Miss Tessmacher looked ready to go and do anything it takes to win. That’s what I love to see. Friendships are out the window when the title is up for grabs and it genuinely felt that they all were giving it everything they had to win the match. On one hand, I’m surprised Tessmacher won considering they seemed to be teasing Mickie/Velvet backstage, but considering Slammiversary is in Texas, I think it would be tremendous for Miss Tessmacher to win the belt in her hometown so it does makes sense. Plus, she’s the most recent of Gail’s feuds and so having her continue on after being cheated out of the belt is excellent.

Speaking of Gail… where the heck did that come from? Throughout pretty much all of her WWE career, and while not as much in TNA, but still some, she’s basically been treated as barely having a voice. Gail did her best vocal work ever this week, and actually had me laughing at a lot of her comments because she would present them in such a humorous way. I honestly don’t have enough good things to say about Gail’s work on commentary and I wish her entire run would have been booked like this. I may not be the biggest fan of her reign only because I felt like we’ve been having the same exact storyline over and over since she won the title with not much to get invested in during each month long feud, but tonight really showed me how much better her reign could have come off if she would’ve gotten more moments like this. I’m still dying at how she mentioned the fans “loving” her on Twitter, and even started the #AskGail hashtag which became a worldwide trending topic of all things.

I can’t even contain my happiness with TNA this week, and not only did they make up for a lack of Knockouts last week, they put on one of my favorite shows since I started recapping back in (I believe) October. Like I said earlier, I’m sure people will probably disagree with my views, but from my standpoint, tonight was the most I have been entertained by a female division in a long time and I really can’t wait for Kim/Tessmacher this Sunday at Slammiversary! Please Mizz Hogan, make every night like this so we can get back to the glory days of the Knockouts.

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  • jen07201

    Please TNA bring back PSYCHO MICKIE.

    • Brandz785

      I was looking at videos of PSYCHO MICKIE and I completely agree bring her back TNA!

    • Jysos Ouellet

      It would be great , Mickie is a top, face or heel she´s good, hope a heel turn :)

  • Mr. Asstastic

    Last night was everything, imo.

  • WWFoverWWE

    I LOVED THIS MATCH. Why can’t WWE do something like this? oh right because that would be entertaining-.-

    But why Tessmacher again? They should’ve put Angelina Love in this match and had her win (or Sarita). It’s hard to believe Angelina hasn’t been knockouts champion since 2010.

    • number1AngelinaLovefan

      I know right it is Crazy poor Girl. Although i do like Miss Tessmacher

    • Jhonmarco

      We’re really complaining about Brooke? No shade towards Mickie though?

      • Jamesgangforever

        @JHONMARCO kinda took your comment the wrong way so I’m just going to say it.You love talking about Mickie don’t you??I’ve noticed your comments before and there’s nothing wrong with not being a Mickie fan or not being into her.Everyone has their own opinion and I respect that but just because someone complains about a wrestler doesn’t mean you have to bring up Mickie in the conversation because it had nothing to do with her but you’re one of those people aren’t you.

        • Jhonmarco

          Actually I mentioned Mickie because someone said “Why Tessmacher again” when Mickie has been in number one contender matches and the title picture for a much longer period of time then Brooke. But yes, I clearly enjoy discussing Mickie, she’s like obsession obviously.

      • Jamesgangforever

        and I’m not just saying that because I love Mickie so don’t take it the wrong way just because of what my username says.

    • http://www.myspace.com/afemata_blood Sitau

      i think angelina is still heel cause the match was all the faces whichkinda sucked cause all the heel knockouts are the ones who shouldve done a fatal four way for the number one contender cause gail already beat all four knockouts give her new girls to beat

  • number1AngelinaLovefan

    I love how they changed Brooke Tesmacher’s name Back to Miss Tesmacher’s all because of Little Miss Hogan B.S.

  • VarsityBaseDude

    Gail on commentary was the best thing about the match :). Go Gail! The match itself was pretty good, and Mickie looking pissed, I’m liking where that is going.

  • ricky_says_hi

    could Tessmacher be turning heel as well? she definitely acted very heelish in the match towards Tara and i think there would be more opportunities for her as a heel champion than a face one. if we have her and Mickie as heels then that would leave room to take Gail out of the division once she loses the title and she can step back for a while

  • http://www.myspace.com/afemata_blood Sitau

    so mickie goes heel teams with madison, love goes face to bring back beautiful people then push winter vs gail while mickie and madison takes on odb and eric i wanna see more of winter rosarita and love

  • Jysos Ouellet

    WHAT AN AMAZING MATCH !!!! THANKS TNA ! THANKS ALL 4 GIRLS , THAT WAS REAL WRESTLING AMAZING! AMAZING!

  • Rhawk

    Twas a good show to be fair, and its good to see that the crowd is getting less fake as it usually is. I mean who in their right mind would cheer for AJ & Dixie in this storyline? I mean sure their good, but the real world when a performer/talent has an affair with their Boss, thats normally considered a bad thing, and I’m glad to see there was at least a handful of people in the crowd who noticed this. But the rest… eh what can you do.

    Also, I cant believe that I actually miss April’s reviews of shows when I loathed her for doing them, but Bobby’s! I mean sure we are supposed to make the product look good, but not to the point of having fangasms over every little thing. This almost made me not rewatch the KOs segments. Wow…

    • Bobby

      To be fair, this is the first time I’ve actually really enjoyed the show so I was trying to hype it up. I knew it wouldn’t be everyone’s cup of tea, but it was six in the morning and I was pretty psycho-ish from lack of sleep lol

  • Rhawk

    Oh ai, Brooke Hogan still sounds corny as all hell but I’ll still give her time, she’s just starting out, I just hope she gets better by the time her ‘temporery role’ in TNA expires, aka when she gets enough money and publicity from TNA.

    The match itself while it started off a little too ‘written’, it got better towards the end so I cant complain. But to everyone saying ‘OMG, Mckie’s going hell! WE WANT PSYCHO MICKIE!’ or ‘Tess was actually so bad here. HEEL TESSMACHER!!’ Just wise up and enjoy what your watching instead of bringing your false hopes up.

    And if I come off PO’d in my posts tonight its cause I am, we all have those days I suppose…

  • BillyGP

    Bring back Psycho Mickie or Alexis ‘I don’t give a shit’ Laree either way Mickie a bad ass heel.

    Love the trash talking Mickie did during the match also.

  • BillyGP

    Oh and Bobby this was a great night but not since 2007-2008

  • HoustonHomewrecker

    I will never understand why Sarita has never recieved a title run or match. I LOVE Brooke though.

  • DJ8946

    Why Did You Guys Cover Last Weeks Episode Which Didnt Have A Match, It Had A Segment, But The Past 2 RAW’s & 3 Smackdown’s Had No Match But It Either Had Eve, AJ, Vickie, Naomi, & Cameron It. 5 Divas Last Weeks RAW. 2 Knockouts. Why?

    • number1AngelinaLovefan

      Ok THIS IS A KO’S thread GO complain about that in the WWE threads not TNA’s god damn….That is the second time you have said that!

      • number1AngelinaLovefan

        But to your question no one really wants to see a stupid 40 second clip of Naomi and Cameron dancing. it would be a WORTHLESS Raw/Smackdown Redux…..Unless if it was a good Aj segment than Maybe.

  • Slapavel

    if mickie turns heel, i will still love her. but why her be jealous of velvet… she wrestles better than velvet and looks better imo .. Soo, i also loved that kick to velvets face

  • VelvetLoveFan

    All 4 brought their strengths in this match, velvet with an awesome DDT, mickies awesome spin kick very great match!

    I wuld alo love Mickie as phycho I was watching the Trish/Mickie feud before I miss her as heel!!!

  • MickieJamesluvslave

    match was good. Velvet was the weak link IMIO. Don’t mind Brooke winning cause I like her but I still hate Mickie losing all the time.
    Not sold on if they are turning Mickie heel or not. Remenmber we were sure she was turning after the England shows?

  • http://twitter.com/BroskiRomano Ryan

    Man ALL of them rocked and looked hot as hell!!
    Mickie Kicking Major ass and she looked so sexy and great!! =D
    Loved how he was talking trash!! HELL YEAH!! lol
    And Velvet..this chick can actually run the ropes! Awesome headsissor takedown and DDT!! Tara too she was beating the ish out of em lol…and Brooke bringing that fire as always!!

    Safe to say…Knockouts got the sex appeal and ass kicking action DOWN!!!

  • wweandtnadivafan

    i think they changed brooke’s name to miss tessmacher to prevent confusion of her and brooke hogan…

  • MNM4ever

    Oh thatt was such a good impact for the knockouts!!!!!!! loved every second of it. Brooke has been so improved in the ring; im sure her match with gail is gonna go really well
    and i think brooke hogans inclusion is really good

  • TheGunner

    see just like I said last week. They would get time this week sometimes you have to accept in a show that only goes 2 hours and has commercials the woman won’t get on

  • http://twitter.com/lostmikeys Kaledrina

    one of the better face vs face matches i’ve ever seen. and wow am i pleased the matches the kos have are long enough to warrant a commercial LOL. my only criticism which isn’t a biggie would be that there’s not been really any time to build up the PPV match

    • http://twitter.com/lostmikeys Kaledrina

      oh! i forgot to mention just how amazing gail was on the mic. she used to sound so forced in backstage segments and this week she was brilliant

  • Raekon

    Loved the development and Mickies heelish vibes. :)
    The match was good and having gail on the mic was great too.

  • LaylaElFan

    This match was amazing!!! Gail was good on the mic.I do think Gai needs new opponents since she has faced all of them before…maybe Angelina or Sarita.

  • http://twitter.com/DirrtySexyFunny Thaila

    I HOPE IT’S ROB TERRY.