Impact Write-Up (July 22nd, 2010): Confusion Reigns Supreme But Not On Our Part For A Change

Last week on Impact, the Knockouts took an unexpected, yet welcomed step in the right direction in terms of their booking. Whoever wrote the show or whatever gave all of us long suffering KO fans a well deserved treat in the form of a brilliantly scripted and well acted in-ring segment and a pretty darn good streetfight. Personally, it was almost to much for me to handle you know what I’m sayin’? This week, the action wasn’t overwhelming but it was still great, and very enjoyable to watch.

Tonight’s Knockout portion of Impact kicks off with a segment featuring Madison Rayne, Sarita, Velvet Sky, and Lacey Von Erich. Sarita and Madison are hanging out in the women’s lockerroom and they’re gossiping. Eventually the subject gets switched to Velvet, and Madison starts to run her mouth unaware that Velvet and Lacey have both walked up behind her. Lacey attempts to cover Velvet’s ears so she can’t hear the mean things Madison is saying, but it fails and Sarita goes quiet. Madison wants to know what’s going on and of course, Velvet is standing behind her when she turns around. Lacey begs them to stop, but Velvet’s not having that and she looks down her nose at Madison. She tells Madison that if she has something to say then she better say it to her face. Sarita is in the background smirking, but Velvet calls her out next. She basically accuses Sarita of being the mystery biker chick and tells her that she should keep the helmet on her big ass head. Bitching ensues and once again, Lacey tries to break it up. Both Madison and Velvet snap at Lacey like she’s a five year old, and then Madison gets all cocky, saying that tonight she is going to be handed back her TNA Knockouts Championship. Velvet just rolls her eyes and mentions that she still has her title because she never lost it. Both girls try and buck up to one another, and poor Lacey. She’s just stuck in the middle of all of this and getting treated like crap. Sarita and Madison both walk away, and Velvet and Lacey go off in the opposite direction. TNA goes to commercial.

After a bit of pointless crap, Angelina Love and Taylor Wilde make their way to the ring. Angelina is still wearing the Knockouts Championship but that’s about to change. The Beautiful People music hits and Sarita walks out with Madison. Sarita and Taylor are jawing back and forth at one another during the entire entrance  and Madison is literally bouncing to the ring with a bright smile on her face. Once all that is finished, senior referee, Earl Hebner, stands in the middle of the ring with a microphone in his hand. He informs Angelina, as well as the crowd, that the Board of Directors have no proof that a member of the Beautiful People was riding that bike therefore Angelina has to surrender the championship. Madison starts demanding that she be handed the belt, but after Angelina passes it off she cold cocks Madison right in the kisser. Taylor attacks Sarita and the fight between these four talented ladies is underway!

The bell rings, but things are ridiculously out of hand. Sarita ends up getting thrown out of the ring at one point which leaves Madison prone to a double team inside the ring. Taylor is forced out of the ring and into her corner, while Angelina takes down Madison. Sarita is back up on the apron so Madison is able to make the tag. Angelina controls the limited offense and then begins to drag Sarita towards a waiting Taylor Wilde. Sarita is able to shake free, but Taylor has already come into the ring. Sarita’s not really one to back down from a fight so she kindly greets Taylor with an innovative take down. Sarita taunts Taylor, which prompts the blonde Canadian to fight back stiffly. Sarita’s not really game for this type of onslaught and she eventually ends up on the mat.

Sarita finally figures out that she needs to get in some offense, so she manages to catch Taylor off guard and send her spinning into the mat. Taylor rolls over towards her corner to make the tag to Angeline, and meanwhile, Sarita has gotten to Madison. Madison comes running in, but quickly reverses her position once she sees Angelina coming at her full steam ahead. Madison doesn’t make it in time to her corner, but it doesn’t matter anyway. Sarita’s not even on her feet. Angelina takes her foe down a couple of times before finally just slamming her. Sarita comes in the ring to break it up and Taylor decides to assert herself into the melee. She jumps Sarita and the two fall down and begin to brawl. Their fight spills out of the ring right as Madison attempts to hit Angelina with her finisher. Angelina is able to put a stop to that and she knocks Madison out for the three count thanks to a fancy little inverted face plant thing.

Taylor brushes off Sarita and gets back in the ring, just in time to congratulate Angelina on picking up the victory for their team. While that’s going on, the biker babe comes driving down to the ring. That completely overrides Velvet’s theory of Sarita being the woman on the bike. The confused Tag Team Champions make their way to the ring which leaves Angelina and Taylor even more perplexed. The distraction allows Madison and Sarita to jump them from behind. The biker chick gets in the ring and goes right for Angelina. This allows Velvet and Lacey to plaster on their confused expressions. Eventually the biker woman gets out of the ring, and So Cal Val hands the Knockouts Championship back over to Madison. Sarita and Madison get out of the ring and head for their mysterious friend, and much to Velvet’s horror, Lacey runs off and goes with them! To be perfectly fair, Lacey looks torn in half over the situation and she does her best to get Velvet to join them. Velvet’s not having it and finally Lacey, Sarita, Madison, and the mystery woman just leave. Velvet shakes her head and looks in the ring where her eyes lock with Angelina’s. The two literally look like they’re having a silent conversation and the looks on their faces say it all. Neither one of them know what their next move is going to be.

The Good: I often gripe about combining storylines, but this one worked because it wasn’t hastily thrown together and everything actually made sense (for the most part). I don’t really feel like picking apart the little things because really, it gets us nowhere. I’m pleased with Madison getting the championship back and I truly hope that next time we see the Knockouts Championship change hands its at the conclusion of a hard-fought match with a fair ending. It’s time TNA started to bring some prestige back to the belt.

For the second week in a row, I feel like everyone shined. Each girl played their part well. Lacey is becoming quite the little actress and I’m loving her role in all of this even more so than Velvet’s. It’s so interesting and intriguing to me to see Velvet Sky play the victim. I loved the silent exchange between Angelina and Velvet this week. I can’t help but feel and hope that a reunion, even if it’s short-lived, takes place soon. They both have a common annoyance now and that’s Madison Rayne and her massive ego. I feel like it’s only a matter of time before they join forces to try and stop her.

The Bad: I felt the match was slow and sloppy in some places. Taylor and Sarita seemed unsure of where to go next at a few parts. I don’t know if it was miscommunication or if they simply didn’t have the timing down. Either way, there were a few spots in there that seemed weird to me.

The Ugly: Sarita and Taylor continue to dress funky. I know wrestling is not a quote “fashion show” but neither are the Academy Awards, Golden Globes, ect. and we still comment on the dresses worn on the red carpet. I’ll never understand the Beautiful People fashion sense either, but I’ve given up on them. We know that they’ll always dress bad, but for once they looked presentable. At least I thought Velvet did in her little yellow dress.

Tonight was the second week in a row of good Knockout action. I didn’t enjoy it as much as last week, but I’ll chalk that up to the funny spots in the match. I’m really just grasping at straws though. Everyone played their part well, once again, and I hope next week goes over just as well. I haven’t read spoilers and honestly,  I don’t even know if anything has been taped. I just want this fun run for the Knockouts to continue. God knows they deserve it after wasting away in purgatory for the longest time.

Author’s Note: At the time of posting, no video was available for the match. Once a video is location, it will be added.

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  • Envy

    I’ve yet to watch it but I’m excited to see it tomorrow night! I was a bit upset at first at the thought of a Beautiful People break-up, but now, I don’t mind seeing one. Or at least one member being kicked out. Keep going, TNA, you’re slowly doing a great job.

  • Justin0422

    I think Velvet and Lacey are turning face which I wouldn’t mind. But what about the tag titles aren’t they going to defend them soon?

  • SnDi

    I love Velvet’s dress, Madison’s aggression, Sarita’s incredible movements in-ring and how well Lacey is developing in her ingenue role. She’s so incredibly sweet! On the other hand, I find myself terribly distracted by Taylor’s… strange… little outfit, as much as I do like Taylor. This was a really good post, by the way!

  • MiPiMafia

    The last 2 weeks have been the best for the KO’s in a long while.
    I can 100% predict that in the future, we will see velvet/angelina/taylor/rosie vs madison/lacey/sarita/MBC..cough*tara*cough.

  • Jake

    great review Cryssi

    I though the match was sloppy and all over the place yet enjoyable. Again, Lacey and Velvet play their parts well. Madison was less annoying this week lol

  • melina prez

    @ MiPiMafia i couldnt agree with u more

  • ohiofan1

    I am really buying Madison as a heel right now as she seems a lot more confident in herself compared to when she first debut. I agree as this was another good Impact, not as good as last week, but still decent. Although I still don’t see the knockouts getting a ppv match at Hardcore Justice since all the matches will be Ecw, it might as bad as I thought it would be at first. I have always said that they are way TOO many ppv for the wwe and tna. They need to cut it down to have more build to their ppv matches. Maybe the knockouts can get so more buildup for something big at Bound For Glory. This biggest ppv for tna is getting close and I would like to see a decent knockouts match with purpose unlike the wwe, which is the exact opposite.

  • ebmich

    That match was a total mess. It confirmed what I thought about Sarita and Taylor as a team.. Which is that they have no chemistry. Heck, none of the four women clicked. I know people have ragged on Madison’s finisher, but now I know why. She couldn’t even set it up right. lol But yeah, the match sucked.. The bright side, Sarita stood out as clearly the best person in the match. I never got why people wanted her push, but given the choice of those four, she’d be my pick.

    I really don’t like the biker chick thing. It isn’t just the rumored Tara return, the whole concept is stupid. If the heels were suppose to leave at the same time, the execution was just wrong.

    Lacey looked and was great. haha But I think the Knockouts were the worst part of the show, and that says a lot considering Dixie and the ECW has beens were on the show. lol

  • xAzureSkye

    i am hoping for another Taylor Wilde vs Sarita match at ECW, i mean TNA Hard Justice or else Angelina Love vs Biker Chick in a Title vs Helmet match (lol)

    overall this has been a good few weeks for the Knockouts, i am hoping they hire more Knockouts though, & make Rosey wrestle more, although she’s sloppy, she’s big & can do some damage, i would like to see her in action against Sarita

  • alexl467

    If the web reports are true it looks like Tara (aka the chick with the big helmit) has slim down, her body doesn’t seem as beefy as it was when she was last seen in TNA.


  • ilovelita

    The Knockouts action was okay but last week was better. And where is Daffney and Rosey Lottalove? I guess they’ll soon be like Hamada if they don’t appear on the next 2 weeks!

  • wweandtnadivafan

    this is the 4th time the title changed without the champion ever being pinned

  • Toby

    Well ok let me firstly say Great Write-Up Cryssi!!

    For the backstage segment I really did love it and it served it’s purpose to further the tension between Velvet & Madison. Poor Lacey just getting yelled at left and right. I really hope Lacey comes out of this storyline as a face because she’s so loveable!! I can’t see her as a bitch. Velvet is gold on the mic tbh and when she got up in Madison’s face I wanted her to slap the shit out of her. Sarita just seemed out of place in my opinion.

    As for the match well I wish I could say I enjoyed it but I would be lieing. The match was all out of place and I didn’t know what was going on at times. I liked that all the girls know that the biker babe is no longer Velvet or Sarita. We ALL here at Diva-Dirt know who it is though. Let’s face it TNA isn’t that good at suprising us. I hated how Angelina’s 4th reign was shit like that. Even though I liked Madison as champ I just wish she didn’t lose it in the first place. I agree Cryssi and I hope they start building some prestige for the championship again. When Lacey was torn between going with Madison or Velvet was one of my favorite parts of the night for some reason. I love how she is sort of a tweener I guess. Even though she doesn’t seem like a heel at all. Then the highlight for me was when Velvet & Angelina had their little face to face. God maybe it’s just because I loved it when they were together back in 07-08. I really hope they re-unite. Overall another good Impact.

  • The_Eric

    don’t titles have to be defended once every thirty days? or…ever for that matter…

  • ozzyv

    We should all tweet Dixie Carter with a simple “Hamada!!” I’m sure she’ll get the picture.

    Btw Cryssi, very good review of the show and I agree with most everything said. I too loved the looks between Velvet and Angelina, that was some good, dramatic stuff right there. I love good drama and I loved their devious smirks! You know, I never did care much for Lacey, but I’m slowly but surely, getting behind this poor girl. She’s been treated very badly by Madison and Velvet, I truly feel bad for her. She reminds me of Maria when Stratus and Lita(as heels)would pick on her. Though if I was a writer, I would honestly have to really think about where her character goes from there.

    Sarita looked marvelous and I see a resemblance with her(Sarita), Melina, and AJ Lee. They all look like sisters lol.they’re all gorgeous.

  • MaccaJack

    I really enjoyed TNA.

    Madison and Sarita have really come into their own whilst acting. Both seemed quite awkward a while ago when speaking. I think Velvet needs to tone down the screaming and stuff though. It’s a bit ott for me.

    The match was what it was. Angelina was on fire though. Sarita and Taylor seemed kinda awkward, but the back suplex was amazing.

    Hoping to see some follow up to this. Perhaps Sarita vs. Taylor – Hardcore at the ECW PPV?

    I’d like Angelina and Madison to be played out a little longer before Madison drops the belt, presumably to Angelina.

  • The_Eric

    i posted links to the match, but the moderator didn’t approve i guess…if you youtube tna imact, its in part 2 and 3

  • Eric

    its all on dailymotion as well.

  • HoorahMonster

    I liked it. Not for the match as the match was kinda’ a build up to a segment but either way I thought the segment was REALLY good. I mean Lacey was Hilarious! Velvet I’m really starting to like and I loved when everyone was like Who is that!? And it makes me want to see next weeks TNA I mean we wont have another tag match like this so next week should be good and once again we will get storyline progression and possibly a reuinion between Velvet and Angelina which I prefer to Madison and Velvet.

  • Luis

    another great week for the TNA knockouts
    i really hope the original BP reunite hehe

  • The Crying Light

    EBMICH: “I never got why people wanted her push” — Haha. Typical. Maybe we can have her hair color changed blond to make you happy. ;)

  • LaceyVonErichFan

    Loving so much how madison is bringing her shimmer look to TNA she looks like a serious wrestler.

    Needs to change my name into MadisonRayneFan :D

  • boi213

    could the mystery knockout be katrina waters?

  • RangerDeon

    I LOVED Valvet and Angelina’s look at the end. Two former best friends and great tag team now split up — and she thought Velvet was on the motorcycle and now she knew it’s not her. The look said it all.

    I’m hoping they team up again. I loved them two.