Impact Write-Up (December 20th, 2012): It’s Championship Thursday for the Knockouts, but Who Gets the Shot?

Hello everybody, and welcome to this week’s edition of the Impact Write-Up! Let me start off by saying that I apologize in advance if this one isn’t to the newfound standard I’ve tried to set for myself when it comes to the recaps, but I got pulled away this morning and unfortunately I’ve had to start this rather late. And if you know me, I’m the worst person to do anything under pressure as I freak out and speed through to try and get it done on time.

Now that that’s out of the way, we can delve into the Knockout related greatness. Last week, if you recall, Velvet Sky shocked the world when she debuted a new bodysuit gear and scored a victory over Madison Rayne. This week, however, she’s looking to get a title shot against Tara. First, she must outwit, outlast, and outplay Mickie James, ODB, and Brooke Tessmacher in order to be chosen by our head judge, Brooke Hogan, to receive the title shot and a check for a million dollars. Err… maybe that last part is a little wrong as I’m still feeling the after effects of a fantastic season of Survivor, but you catch my drift (hopefully)!

P.S. – Apologies for the random order of the segments. And if the videos don’t show at first, give it a little time and they should be working.

We head backstage, as our Caucasian Tyra Banks, Brooke Hogan, sits with her title shot hopefuls. She wants them to all turn on Velvet Sky by throwing her under the bus as to why she doesn’t deserve to get the shot. Tessmacher believes that Velvet has been gone for a while and shouldn’t be thrust right into a title opportunity from the get go, but Velvet counters that by bringing up that she’s been there for five years since the start. Brooke Hogan then turns her attention to ODB and ODB’s husband who has a “bum ol’ foot”, and thus decides that ODB needs to take care of that before she can get a shot. (Wasn’t this the same reason ODB got eliminated the last time they did one of these championship style segments?)

NOW PAUSE THE VIDEO RIGHT NOW. Sorry about that, just had to get your attention because the video above completely skips the next elimination.

Brooke Hogan stands with Tessmacher, Mickie, and Velvet, as they try to pry into her personal life like the shining pupils they are. Brooke turns her sights on Tessmacher, citing that she has won the title twice which is proof she’s got the chops. Since she’s proven herself already, she wants to know why the other two don’t deserve the shot over her. Tessmacher doesn’t specifically think they don’t deserve the chance, but the difference is that she’s been here consistently over the past few months as opposed to Mickie and Velvet. She wants a chance to fight Tara without Jesse in the background or any distractions. Mickie chimes in and also doesn’t feel that she’s gotten a fair shot either, as both she and Velvet agree they came back so close together that it was a little bit of awkward timing.

Velvet does say that neither have really gotten to get their moment since returning as they’ve kind of overlapped each other. While Mickie came back first, they’re all here for the same thing. They seem to understand where the other is coming from, but Brooke Hogan is here for business. She likes tension, and really who doesn’t? Brooke kind of uses Tessmacher’s strengths as a way to dismiss her from the competition, bringing up that she’s been consistent and held the title twice, and because of that, she isn’t going anywhere. Right now though, it’s time for Mickie and Velvet to duke it out in the finals. Tessmacher seems pretty disappointed, but she vows to get another crack at Tara and prove all of them wrong.

Now we go back to the original video!

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Backstage once again right before the match, Brooke Hogan stands with Mickie and Velvet. She feels both have been working hard since their returns, but Mickie hasn’t gotten a fair shake just yet so before moving onto Velvet, we need to fix Mickie’s situation. Thus it will be Mickie James getting the title shot against Tara tonight! Velvet’s pissed to put it loosely, but Brooke instructs our bodysuit clad Knockout to simply watch and study Tara so that she can prepare for when her time comes. Brooke wishes Mickie luck, and Velvet follows suit rather sarcastically. Mickie, however, seems none too worried about Velvet’s lack of happiness for her as she skips on out to the ring to prepare for the big fight.

Christy Hemme and Taryn Terrell stand in the background, as Tara and Jesse walk out soon after. Color me confused, because if Brooke just basically said the reason Mickie is getting the title shot tonight is to give her a fair shot that she didn’t have at Final Resolution, then why is Jesse allowed out here again? Whatever the reason may be (I’ll assume Jesse is blackmailing our Knockouts Executive with embarrassing photos), our Impact power couple look ready to go as Taryn raises the belt up for the world to see. Once the bell sounds, Mickie scores with a quick set of roll ups for a few nearfalls. The two women bridge up and fight for the advantage to a backslide, but Mickie rolls out and nails a beautiful victory roll off the ropes. Mickie with a snapmare, but as she goes for a dropkick, Jesse trips her up and Tara goes for the pin but just attains a two count.

Tara throws Mickie across the ring and wipes the natural hair of Mickie off her hands. A shot to the back, as the crowd gets behind our country cowgirl. Tara just continues to dismantle the skull of Mickie, eventually backing her into the corner and scoring a few shoulders to the stomach. MJ is tossed into the opposing turnbuckle, with Tara now going to get a motivation kiss from her boo. After a near fall, the Knockouts Champ applies an arm submission, but with the power of the crowd behind her, Mickie fights out and counters a sidewalk slam into a headscissors! Mickie with a crucifix, but Jesse distracts Taryn. Tara hits a powerslam, but when that only garners a two count, she smacks Mickie in the face. As she attempts the standing moonsault, Mickie gets the knees up and now both are down. They trade shots in the middle of the ring, before it’s Mickie who kicks Tara in the abs and drills her with a set of clotheslines.

Arm trap neckbreaker gets a two count as Tara just kicks out. Tara goes for the Widows Peak… but Mickie backs out! Mickie absolutely spikes Tara with the DDT, but Jesse grabs Tara to the outside. Mickie ascends to the top rope and takes Jesse out with a Thesz Press! The crowd gets behind MJ as she slaps him in the face and rolls Tara inside the ring. He grabs her by the boot, which is just enough to distract her as Tara hits some sort of atomic drop where her face collides into Tara’s kneebrace for the victory! Tara and Jesse celebrate the win, while Mickie lives to fight another day.

Thoughts: Great night for the Knockouts yet again. I love the set up of the backstage segments and how they legitimately come off as every one of them wanting to get a title shot. It’s essentially everyone for themselves, and whether or not you’re friends with the other Knockouts, you do what it takes to make yourself look like the best candidate to get the title shot. Although some of the reasoning for the eliminations kind of confused me (Tessmacher’s two title reigns being used against her when Mickie’s also a two time champ, or Mickie winning to get a fair shot at Tara yet having Jesse interfere constantly and never get sent to the back) I still love how they come off in the long run. It makes the challenger look strong even before the match begins because they outlasted three other viable contenders to get to the spot they’re at.

The match was great as well. The finish kind of came off a little weird to me, but that’s only because of the camera angle. When the repeat hit and you saw Mickie actually collide face first into Tara’s knee brace, then it made perfect sense and actually looked like a really cool finishing move. Of course, one of the high points for me would be Mickie’s dive to the outside on Jesse, then proceeding to slap him in the face once for good measure as well. I still want to see Mickie get a one on one match with no Jesse at ringside, but I would most certainly not be mad to see a triple threat feud build up. Velvet didn’t look too pleased when Mickie was chosen over her, and I love that unpredictability of wondering what next week is going to be like between the two. Is Velvet going to get over it with time? Or is she always going to have it sitting in the back of her mind that Mickie got chosen over her just like the last time we had one of these championship opportunities back when Brooke held the title?

I’m not sure where things are going, and that’s a feeling I like having. Keep it going Knockouts!

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  • DJ8946

    I respect the Knockouts & their talent but this match was boring to me. In the past few months TNA has been boring me. Very slowly the Divas have been rising & after this week I believe that the Divas have passed up the Knockouts & I see them to continue to get higher than the Knockouts unless they really really step it up.

  • misschrissi7

    Give ODB a title shot. God knows she deserves it more than any other Knockout currently in use by TNA

    • Jack Newport

      They’re not giving ODB a title shot because she is still the Knockouts Tag Team Champion with Eric Young.

    • BillyGP

      She had title shots recently

      • redsandman99

        I think all her matches were nontitle since she beat Tara quite a few times and is still not KO champion.


    I’m just glad I’m not the only one who saw the obvious flaws in the eliminations. The last time I checked, Eric Young was a grown man, so ODB being ‘eliminated’ to go take care of him was stupid…should have just said it was because she just had a chance to prove herself against Tara at the PPV and failed (idk, but it’s better than what they used) and Tessmacher’s reasoning was totally and completely flawed, and I LOL’d at how her reason to get another title match against Tara was 110% more logical than for her reason to not get a title match. But it is what it is…in the long run, this is all adding up for Velvet to get the title.

  • Ryan

    I love how they respect one another yet hunger for the title, and how they awknowledge the awkwardness! Also ODB was funny hahaha

    Meantime the match was fun as hell!! I really enjoyed it and all the girls out on their best moves! Ending was weird but meh! Loved how she mounted and slapped Jess lol Mickie is awesome and great math, they struggled to get the double bridge at the beggining… I saw they attempted to pull off the chain that Michelle n Mickie did at Survivor Series 2008!!!

  • Sitau

    Where’s Rosita and Sarita? And Why don’t they use Madison and Gail to feud with ODB and E.Y.? The knockouts have the roster they just need to start utilizing every girl every week, like turn Tessmacher heel to steal Jesse from Tara to reignite their shot lived feud, i just want the exciting matces they used to have all the time like their cage matches gauntlet matches do something that wwe doesnt

  • divaindemise

    Mickie James seems renewed. Excellent showing between both ladies (they worked their asses off) and without a doubt Velvet Sky will not have the same caliber of match with Tara.


      So true!

  • VelvetLoveFan

    Only thing I can say is I CAN’T WAIT FOR 2013!

  • Connor

    Hi, Mickie tweeted earlier about being on BBCs ‘Strictly Come Dancing’ tomorrow night, now I don’t watch Saturday night tv (I’m normally out being one fine ass alcoholic) but can anyone tell me why her and Magnus are on it and was just basically writing this to let DD know she’ll be on it :)

    • magicmike191

      They might not listen I told them news and then like a month later the same thing is posted but doesn’t give the name so idk if it was mine was some one else

    • Kaledrina

      apparently it’s to discuss their favourite bits from the season. will likely be a pre-recorded montage with other celebs i’m guessing. ?

      kinda cool they’ll be on it tbh. just a shame i’m gonna have to watch it now haha =P

    • Kessuki

      oooh thanks for this info, i must have missed her tweet so i will definitely watch it on iplayer later tonight.

      @kaledrina it’s an enjoyable entertainment show and superior to the rest of the reality crap shown in the UK. :P

  • MickieJamesluvslave

    Good match. But how was this ‘fair’ like Brooke said?
    I enjoyed seeing the KO title treated like the male titles with the Hogan questioning.
    Interesting how they addressed the dual returns and the problems that caused.

    Just hate seeing Micki lose all the time.

    • puppies

      Mickie loses all the time? Lol, hardly.

      • BillyGP

        Mickie do lose alot.

      • .o0LitaFan0o.

        She does lose often..

        • puppies

          Yeah I’m sure, within the past month she won a #1 contender battle royal and the week or so after beat Gail Kim. She loses title matches, other than that she wins most of her non-title matches.

        • BillyGP

          She just got back and before she left due to injury she was on a losing streak my god why can’t Mickie have some wins? Her win against Gail was her first in TNA on TV or PPV speaking of Gail she the one who other then Tessmacher and recently to Mickie was on the winning streak since returning.

  • divaindemise

    Oh, and Brooke Hogan should ask cameramen to avoid filming her side profile as it tends to accentuate her Donald Duck pout. Just sayin’.

  • rodneyclint

    I want Psycho Tara. Now. Give the Hollywood thing to someone like Madison, it would be more believable.

  • http://Twitter juliNdivas

    Velvet seemed kinda heelish I bet she’ll turn heel soon very soon

    • Kaledrina

      one thing i do like about velvet is that when she turned a face, she still kept some of her heel-like swagger as opposed to having a complete personality makeover =)

      • Ryan

        Velvet kept her bad girl goodness which is awesome like when she used to stand up to Karen angle lol
        Kind of like Melina in 2009 she would go after mccool and attempt to jump her any chance she could until an injured mccool threatened to call the cops and arrest her (smart move) to keep her away lol Melina was an edgy face

      • http://Twitter juliNdivas

        Yeah but she Looks jealous

  • T_Fan

    Ugh why was Velvet in the mix & not Gail? I don’t care that you were gone & now your back. I’m sorry but I dislike her a lot, she should just be a valet IMO. She can’t wrestle & she hasn’t improved over her years with TNA.

    I get the point of Jesse being Tara’s valet but he needs to sod off, they should have given his role to an actual wrestler. And what’s with ODB needing to look after EY? Worst excuse ever! Either give her a female partner or let them drop the belts to another team.

    To the match, thought it was really good. Wish it went for longer but Tara & Mickie always give a good show.

    Can Brooke plz sod off as well! She is pointless & Traci should be in her position!

    End rant…. Sorry just needed to vent some frustrations.

  • .o0LitaFan0o.

    I don’t mind this at all.. compared to the diva’s I never really find much to complain about with the KO’s. I like the fact they brought up Velvet and Mickie returning around the same time and how Mickie was kind of overshadowed by Velvet’s return. It’s exactly what I was thinking, so kudos tna! I don’t really like Tara as the “hollywood” character. I agree with a comment above saying that role is better for Madison because it is! I love Lisa Marie Varon, but I just think she isn’t good as a heel who has to have someone else help her. She’s better off a solo heel who does what she has to do to win. Crazy or not, just let Tara play a hardcore heel who will do whatever it takes to keep her title that she loves.

    I like Velvet.. even though she isn’t the best wrestler, she is really good when it comes to being on a mic or cutting some kind of promo. (Which is more than I can say about a lot of women in the TNA or WWE divisions today.) It’s what causes her to be a believable contender for me.

    Mickie should be the next KO champ with Velvet turning heel in the process because she starts feeling like Mickie is the one overshadowing her, instead of vice versa. Starting a Mickie/Velvet feud.. and maybe Tara could still be in the mix. It would be nice to see more than one heel or face for that matter in a title picture. I love it when two individuals can be heel yet still hate each other. I would love for that to happen causing Mickie vs Tara vs Velvet.

  • Getdownwithachola

    A automice drop as a finisher??? Who books these matches???

    • divaindemise

      Actually, noting the highlight on Mickie’s tweaked knee, I think it could lead to a storyline progression? Mickie could strap up the knee for a number one contender match against Velvet Sky, who takes advantage of her disposition and aggravates the injury. That could set up either for a heel turn somewhere down the line.

    • LightsOut

      It wasn’t a normal atomic drop, Mickie actually hit her face on Tara’s knee brace, so I think it was a different (yet awkward) way to finish the match.

  • Raekon

    Was a good night with all the segments and the match.

    A spot or two came across sloppy and it is really beyond me why Taryn never sent Jessie to the back to make a fair match.

    Most of all after he interefered 3 – 4 times and even dragged Tara out of the pin.

    At least she told him that no matter what he does, she won’t call a DQ so Tara can keep the title cheaply, she didn’t sent him to the back either though so, it was kinda a contradicting booking in my opinion.


    Mickie is two time champion like Brooke.

  • melina prez

    Great match! I loved the counter from the sidewalk slam into a headscissors. The match was not even because Jesse was at ringside so it basicallly just ruined the talks backstage for me.

  • Jack Newport

    Tara still being the champion and Mickie still getting to be the contender is proof that TNA will always put former WWE stars ahead of TNA originals.

    • BillyGP

      And again Mickie can be consider a TNA original. Please stop with the WWE stars and what not they are not in WWE no more and like in sports are allow to work else where when leaving WWE and get pushed. Plus Mickie got the contender because of her absence.

  • Superstar77

    I thought the elimination process was bullshit tbh.

    Why does Mickie James get another shot? She got the title the last time they did this when Tessmacher was KO champion and she lost that. Plus she had just got a title match at Final Resolution and lost. So why did she get it?! I don’t blame Velvet for being mad about that and I actually hope she does turn heel again. As she said she didn’t get a fair chance as KO champion which is true. Mickie and Brooke has had more shots and title reigns then her and ODB has a title she hasn’t defended since April.

    Velvet should have got the shot what’s the point of her being back if she’s not going to be allowed to make an immediate impact upon her return? If she was Gail Kim she already be champion again by now. Which just proves my theory that TNA doesn’t really want Velvet to hold the Knockout title to be true. I’m still don’t like what they did to her last year when Gail came back and I didn’t like how they pushed her aside for Tessmacher earlier this year either. TNA sucks now I don’t see why Velvet bothered coming back.

    • JamesGang4Life

      Stop being such a Velvet mark because why was she even taken under consideration,she did nothing to be taken under consideration since coming back….plus wanted to point out your point with the Mickie and Tessmacher match,that was when Brooke H. was supposedly doing all this stuff for the Knockouts to get them more exposure outside of wrestling,hence Velvet being in that music video that time.Since Velvet had been given a shot by Brooke,Brooke decided to give Mickie the title shot.