Impact Write-Up (November 7th, 2013): Gail Has No Competition, So She’s Making Some

Hello Knockout fans, and welcome to a belated edition of the Impact Write-Up! I’m filling in for Eleri this week, so put on your metaphorical seatbelts!

We start our action exactly where it should be: the ring. Brooke, ODB and Velvet Sky will be going head-to-head-to-head in a Triple Threat match for the #1 contendership to Gail Kim‘s Knockouts Title:

Before the match can start, the Knockouts play a game of one-upsmanship, Brooke starting with some booty shaking, Velvet countering her with rope-straddling entrance and ODB taking out Brooke with her own sizable assets.

She whips both Velvet and Brooke into the corner and hits them with the only move that I despise more than the Bronco Buster – the double Bronco Buster! She figures the humiliation is enough to put Velvet down for the count, and goes for an early pin. Velvet kicks out, of course.

ODB scoops up Velvet, and Brooke comes from behind to roll her up. ODB kicks out. Brooke rams Velvet into ODB, sending ODB to the outside while she wears down Velvet. She hits her with a few chops and forearms before whipping her into the ropes. On the rebound, Velvet counters the momentum and hits Brooke with a clothesline and goes on a offensive tear, capping it off with a neckbreaker. She goes for the pin, but ODB dives in to break it up.

ODB slams Velvet to the mat, but Brooke pounces, hitting her with a neckbreaker. She climbs to the top rope and goes for a diving elbow, but ODB moves out of the way, and Brooke gets nothing but mat. Talk about hitting your funny bone…

With all three Knockouts are recovering, Gail Kim appears on the ramp, Lei’D Tapa by her side. We head to commercial break as Gail saunters to ringside.

When we return, all three competitors are back on their feet, trading blows. ODB gets the best of it, taking Velvet out of the equation and locking Brooke into a single leg crab. Velvet decides to get in on the action, taking Brooke’s free leg and putting it in a crab of her own. ODB breaks the hold, figuring that if Brooke did tap, she probably wouldn’t get credit for it anyways.

Instead of jaw jacking, they trade chops, Velvet eventually taking a clothesline from ODB that stops her in her tracks. ODB then scoops up Brooke and slams her onto Velvet. She just then notices Gail at ringside and leaves the ring to confront her. Okay, ODB: 1. You have both of your opponents almost finished! 2. You really didn’t notice Gail until now? The ramp’s like two feet from the ring.

Anyways, ODB is now preoccupied with Gail, who has Tapa step up in front of her. Brooke takes this opportunity to kick ODB in the back of the head, sliding out of the ring to collect her. Velvet heads to the outside of the ring as well, coming around the corner to hit Brooke with an explosive clothesline! She tosses Brooke and ODB back into the ring and goes for the pin on Brooke, who kicks out. She then tries the same on ODB, who also kicks out.

Brooke takes down Velvet with a clothesline and climbs to the top rope, just as her opponents are getting to their feet. She flies and hits both with a double crossbody, but it seems to hurt her as much as them. As all of the Knockouts reel from this, Gail steps up to the ring apron. Tapa follows, and both get verrry close to the action as Brooke takes it to Velvet against the ropes.

Just as Velvet turns the tables an is about to hit Brooke with a finisher, Gail enters the ring and hits her from behind, bringing the match to an end. She hits Velvet with the Eat Defeat, then orders Tapa to take out the rest. Tapa hits Brooke with the TKO as ODB pops up out of nowhere to toss Gail out of the ring.

This brings Tapa face to face (or forehead to forehead) with ODB. ODB fights hard, nailing Tapa with a few blows, but it’s not enough, and she too succumbs to the TKO.

With everyone disposed of, Gail takes the microphone, saying that she’s beaten everyone and thus has no competition in this division.

With that in mind, she challenges any woman outside TNA to meet her in the ring. If they beat her, they then get a shot at the Knockouts Title. She caps off the promo by dubbing herself the “first ever, longest reigning and greatest” Knockouts Champion of all time.

Later, we spot our fearless leader Dixie Carter twice. Once in a backstage segment with her nephew Ethan Carter III and another where she spins the Wheel of Dixie™:

We get another shot of Velvet at the very end of the show, as she checks on Chris Sabin after he’s defeated by Jeff Hardy in a brutal “Full Metal Mayhem” match:

Thoughts: We really should have seen this “open challenge” thing coming! With the lack of depth in the Knockouts division, it only makes sense to open up to new blood through one of the open challenge tropes. I gotta give credit to TNA for making an effort to expand its division, because, as we’ve said countless times, it desperately needs it.

We’ve seen this open challenge thing jumpstart a TNA career a few times before, perhaps most memorably with Taylor Wilde. Maybe this will give a indy star or TNA developmental Knockout the chance to make the jump to TNA TV. I just hope this isn’t a string of one-off appearances, because that won’t do much to add depth to the division.

Clearly this won’t be just another Awesome Kong squash tour, since Gail will be using Tapa to get these wins. It will be different in that respect, with fans wondering how any challenger will be able to counter Tapa’s interference. Perhaps by bringing in backup of their own? Hannah and Holly Blossom, I’m looking at you! Then again, that just might add fuel to the “you’re ripping off AJ and Tamina” flames, so maybe not.

A lot of people tend to knock Gail for her mic work, but she did fabulously here, keeping it short and sweet and giving herself that nifty “first-ever, longest reigning and greatest” tag line.

Needless to say, I can’t wait to see who they bring in for this storyline! Let’s hope we get another Taylor Wilde out of it.

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  • daniel05

    when i saw velvet & brook at the start of the match i was like
    WHOOOOOORE OOOOOOOFF!!!

  • HOLLA

    Props! Not a bad match at all and I’m all for this little progression!

  • jen07201

    I wish TNA would do for Gail what they’re doing for AJ Styles and brings her opponents from all over the world

  • Juan

    The last time TNA had an open challenge we got a few new KO’s out of the deal like Sojo Bolt, Daffney and most notably, Taylor Wilde. Hopefully this open challenge leads to us getting some new TNA Knockouts because thats what the division desperately needs.

    • I dig CrayJ

      I hope this time’s open challenge actually lead up to something unlike Madison’s where it was just huge indy names jobbing to her.

      • Juan

        Didn’t her open challenge lead to the return of Angelina Love tho? Perhaps Gails open challenge is building up a Madison Rayne return.

  • redsandman99

    I wasn’t feeling the triple threat. The flow felt funky. Gail doing the open challenge thing will at least give some freshness to things and could lead to something really good if they actually bring in talent to stay at the end of the day.

  • ????? KING ?????

    Despite so many character differences between AJ & Gail this still just seems to be a rip off of WWE and we know TNA loves to do that and now add The Blossom Twins i mean come on now TNA

    • Juan

      Really now? When did AJ issue an open challenge? When has Aj or Tamina attacked the rest of the divas division like Tapa and Gail just did? The answer is never. As for the Blossom Twins, i dont know why you think the Lei’d KIm alliance is feuding with them (i’ve seen next weeks spoilers btw). The only similarities the two alliances have is that it’s the Champion enlisting the help of a Pacific Islander bodyguard.

      To be honest Gail and Tapa have come off stronger and more competent than the Aj and Tamina alliance since Gail has beaten all the KO’s and Tapa hasn’t been pinned by any KO, while both AJ and Tamina have been pinned, the latter by Eva Marie none the less >.<.

      • BorisG

        Yep there’s the true.

      • zinc445 .

        i agree kim and tapa stable is much better executed.

      • Vincent IsValentine

        The Knockouts, though they’re down to five active women, were able to utilize them to the fullest. And the promise of incoming talent to the roster makes it all the more beautiful!

        Now some of you may think AJ and Tamina have it bad, what about the continuous toiling of Cameron & Naomi Knight? My perspective on this is WWE simply putting them there as affirmative action — “let’s have these two girls on the roster to let the urban demographic know that we allow women of their kind to be employed, but we won’t push them as the main face of the Divas. That’s reserved for Cena & Bryan’s wenches. HAHAHAH!!”

        And for those whiners bringing up Layla, don’t even get me started. She’s a light-skinned Brit of Spanish/Morrocan descent, so there you go. Hell, the WWE practically forgot about her after losing the title as evident with her current direction.

        Now for all the TNA haters who take delight in bashing this struggling company, I say good for you, may you find your happiness… whatever it may be. Of course, we get it, you hate TNA because it’s not your thing. But don’t bring your crap on to the true wrestling fans who are enjoying the product!

    • OJ Von Erich

      Tapa & Gail > > > Tamina & AJ

  • Brandon

    I’m glad tapa and gail attacked the three at the end. Pretty solid match and segment to

  • charovnica

    Very enjoyable aftermath.I’m still not a fan of Tapa as a character, but I like how strong she and Gail come off. WWE can learn something from this.

  • Wrestling.fan.from.France

    This match was great and really entertaining! I loved it from the bottom to the end. Velvet was on point, ODB was great and Brooke…oh god… She is freaking amazing! The star of the match IMO. I’m loving her new character, such a great heel.

    As for Gail and Tapa, INCREDIBLE! Tapa was a beast in that attack and love it, I’m loving her more and more in that role and the thing I like is that they are really doing different with them than what are doing WWE with Aj and Tamina. This is a great role for her as she will learn a lot from Gail ;)

    I think this was one of Gail’s best promo EVER! Her delivery was awesome, the lines too and she looked amazing! That new gear and her new hair make her look like a huge star. She really showed here how much her and the other KO are not on the same level and that great!

    Even if some are talking about Anglina being te greatness Ko champ of all time, I think Gail is THE REAL one follow by Kong and THEN Angelina.

    Gail is really TNA’s Golden girl and she is amazing. Her title from is now is great with that challenge who I am really excited for (and who may be similar but really different from the Kong ones), it can only get better!

    Honestly, TNA made their Ko more interesting than the divas in just one day! So much better than the Total divas’ promotion crap they are giving us everyday. They are like 5 KO but they can still outshined the divas, how sad is that!

    • BorisG

      The whole division right there surprised us and I loved it.

  • Numero47

    All the Knockouts put on a fantastic show so I have no complaints!
    ODB, Tessmacher and even Velvet put on a solid match; that is until Gail/Tapa interfered. While I was rooting for Tessmacher the whole time, Gail interfering and cutting her Open Challenge promo was the better call because right now the Knockouts Division top priority should be getting more women on the roster. Whether that be a new name every week to job to Gail or have an automatic contender that’s worthy of taking on Gail, this is TNA’s opportunity to refresh the Knockouts Division so I’m excited to see why happens next.

    Also I think it’s time Tapa had her single debut match against ODB already. Velvet/Tessmacher can accompany or support Sabin/Bully in the Heavy Weight Title tournament to still keep them on screen.

    • BorisG

      Tapa vs ODB could be good.

  • http://www.facebook.com/mykel1990 Mykel Cesare

    Gail sounds SO similar to Lita when she speaks.

    • BorisG

      I love her attitude.

  • BorisG

    I can’t wait to see who will appear next. The match and fight between ODB and Tapa was awesome.

  • zinc445 .

    What a solid match and post match promo by Gail, it seems as
    if the creative team are doing their job and constructing storyline and matches
    appropriately.

    Tapa and Gail: I’m so happy now we have solid storyline and
    direction I pretty much saw this coming an open challenge is really the only
    option. I’m hoping for this to last for 2 months at least so we see talent
    flowing in. Hopefully the likes of: The Blossoms, Taeler Hendrix, Santana, Veda
    Scott, Madison Rayne, Ivelisse Velez. Tapa will be Gail’s muscle helping her to
    win; Gail will probably go undefeated for a while, till some talent comes along
    and knocks her off. I hope this leads to girls actually getting signed and not
    just one off appearances that’s my only query with this type of storyline. Another
    issue I have is why Gail always gets the storyline, she’s had a shot at every
    champ since dropping the belt she has had feuds and storyline since returning.
    Other KO’S like Brooke, ODB and velvet and even Mickie got nowhere near as the
    same amount of storyline as her it’s not really fair on them they work hard
    too.

    Brooke: For me she really carried this match with those two
    spots, what a shame that she probably won’t get a shot at Gail. A bit sad in a
    sense her heel turn seems point less now, as this leaves her on Bully’s arm
    again. I hope they give her storyline now.

    Velvet: Looked okay in this match, probably one of her best
    showings much more aggressive than usual. Her storyline with Sabin is a real
    mess it just seems pointless atm nothing is happening they may as well just
    drop it unless a new KO is debuting.

    ODB: I think we need a few weeks away from her I’m not
    really a fan of hers I prefer Brooke and Vel.

    Overall not bad in fact an excellent direction for TNA to
    take since there’s a drought of KO’S atm.
    Next week and so on we will see how the open challenge will flow; I hope
    this is the start of something great. I just hope Sky and Brooke are given
    storyline they are great worker’s, it would really leave them nowhere if Gail
    gets the entire spotlight for the upcoming months again!

    • Tomee

      I guess Gail’s contract somehow guarantees this? I mean, I still to this day find it ridiculous that Velvet won her first championship and was going to feud with Angelina/Winter, but when Gail returned everything was dropped and both titles were slapped on her within 4 weeks.

      She always complained how much WWE misused her, when actually she had a walk in the park compared to Natalya, Jillian and so many others.

      • zinc445 .

        I agree! it’s down right unfair for gail to get continous credit and spotlight. im pretty sure she will be champ for 3-4 months. it was so unfair how the rushed to give the ko title to her and velvet got a less than a month reign. i was pretty sure angelina and velvet were about to feud if gail didn’t return. oh well it is what it is let’s hope new talent can get a push. im glad wwe didnt push her, just something for her to gloat about…..

  • Wrestling.fan.from.France

    Gail is definitely TNA’s Trish stratus!
    Just like Trish in wwe, Gail was the first champion of the TNA Knockout’s golden era, she had the longest reign. Just like Trish in wwe, Gail she was the most pushed KO in history and you said it yourself, yes Gail is an high flyer like Lita but she is the equivalent of Wwe’s Trish stratus for sure. Just like Trish in wwe, she is TNA’s golden girl and greatness Ko of all time so….

    And by the way, I honestly feel like Kong’s Tna career was better than Angelina’s! Angelina may the be the woman who held it the most with Tara but her reign were pretty forgetable and shory unlike kong’s reigns. Kong IMO, is the greatness KO champion of all time after Gail kim! When you look at it, you see that the Knockout’s best/greatness feud usually involved Kong. I mean, Gail vs kong is just legendary while other than her feud with Kong and maybe with Tara, what feud can you say of that it was EEEEEEEEEEEEEEPIC? None. Don’t get me wrong, she had some great feud but…
    Kong’s were 1000 times better. If there would be a top 5 featuring Tna’s best matches, almost every matches would involve Kong while Angelina….
    Love her but Angelina will always be the number three after Gail and Kong for me.

    • Juan

      Madison Rayne is also up there as an all time great. Gail Kim, Awesome Kong, Angelina Love and Madison Rayne are definitely the top KO’s in my view. I dont know who the number 5 spot would go to tho.

  • xTheeDarkHorse

    That was a phenomenal match!!! Gail’s promo was good.

  • ????? KING ?????

    Reaching for a debate i see with sarcasm that failed and got you a thumbs down LMFAO

    • kewlkatz

      Not reaching for anything – the only one reaching for anything is you. For anything that you can call a ‘rip-off’ of WWE that is. LMFAO

      • ????? KING ?????

        Its not reaching when you state the obvious i know TNA for there work but you can continue

  • MrMexican99

    This is amazing. TNA is going to turn around very soon. With them going back to get a new Impact Zone… the financial situations will be substantial. I do feel like great things are coming. Maybe a Shocker of the Year? I don’t know… but with financial stability, Dixie does want to hire back some of the released talent. Who knows? Maybe Taeler Hendrix can come back? Madison Rayne? Mickie James? Tara could even have her retirement. Let’s not forget that they may tape Knockouts Knockdown 2 in a few months.

    • Tomee

      Actually they didn’t fire Mickie James, it was her who didn’t want to renew her contract. :| *sob*
      I need Mickie in my life.

  • http://www.twitter.com/julesellington5 Jules Ellington

    Jillian Hall

  • Juan

    Oh I see. I think i’m getting my months in 2010 mixed up XD That was the year she issued the open challenge right?

  • OJ Von Erich

    I don’t know why but I just can’t help but laugh at the way Christy Hemme looks at Brooke as she climbs the turnbuckle! XD