Impact Write-Up (January 13th, 2011): The Wrath of a Woman Scorned

Could it be?! Oh yes! It is time for yet another edition of the weekly Impact Write-Up with yours truly. Last week, we witnessed a rather weird tag team match-up between two teams that had to have been picked out of a hat. However, with an assist from the Elbow of Death, evil prevailed once again. This week, we have a returning Knockout surrounded by major controversary. We also have yet another tag team match but this time, the TNA Knockouts Tag Team Titles are on the line. Will the current odd couple champions maintain or will the power duo come by yet another knockout victory? What kind of trouble will the former Mrs. Angle get herself into? You’re only going to find out by following me down the rabbit hole! Don’t be afraid. I’ll hold your hand and in the end, I promise to give you cookies. Yes, the soft kind. Now GO!

Our first glimpse into Knockout beauty this week, comes in the form of a returning Karen Jarrett. She starts out the show, as the Knockouts should every week, by arriving to the arena with her husband, Jeff. Karen looks gorgeous, as usual, fabulous in a bright blue strapless dress that I adore. New marriage does a body good, apparently. The couple canoodle and smooch before heading into the arena. A little while later, they are caught walking to the Immortal locker room when Jarrett stops her. He wants to make sure that she’s ready for this encounter. Karen says that she’s been sitting at home for two years and she’s never been more ready in her life. You go girl! Rawr!

Later in the show, Karen and Jeff Jarrett are seen walking down the backstage corridor. Jeff cuts a small promo on Kurt Angle, who just happens to be Karen’s ex-husband and his opponent at Genesis. Karen admires her man and he blushes on her just as much. He asks her to do just one thing which is not to lose her temper. Karen claims she’s as cool as a cucumber but by the look on Jeff’s face, he thinks otherwise. I think we all know that if your ex-husband was making your life hell and you’d sat back for two years watching, you’d be like a ticking time bomb. It is time to let the drama unfold!

For those who don’t know, Jarrett’s appearance in the ring is a “retirement” of his MMA career, if that’s what you want to call it. He comes out sans Karen, which is who I came to see. To sum it up, Jarrett talks about how great he is then finally says that behind every man of war is a great woman. It is time to introduce the lovely and vivacious, Mrs. Karen Jarrett! My how she’s changed. Now she’s bald with a salt and pepper beard. No, wait, that’s just Kurt Angle stealing the spotlight. He runs through Jarrett’s entourage and manages into the ring but Karen is not going to stand for it. She comes out screaming, even going so far as to drop the government name on Kurt Steven Angle. Because we all wanted to know that.

Karen says that she has sat at home while Kurt has played games with their personal and professional lives. It has been a bit of a blurred line. Angle turns his back but Karen demands that he turn and look at her. “Don’t you freaking turn your back on me!” God, she is gold on the microphone. I would love to see Karen take on another certain mouthpiece in an opposing company, if you follow. She says that Kurt will steal the joy from their lives no more. NO MORE! And next week, the entire world is going to hear her side. HER SIDE! She promises that it is going to be a night that Angle will never forget. Let me just insert here that if TNA doesn’t make Karen Jarrett a permanent part of their show, they are so missing out on a fabulous addition.

SHE’S A KILLER QUEEN! Out first on the coveted crotch rocket are Tara and Madison Rayne. Let me just say that I actually really love Madison’s new theme. I’ve got to get that ringtone. Haha. Anyway, back to the Knockouts. It seems our darling champion has finally switched it up in regards to her ring attire. Granted, we’ve seen it before but I am so relieved to see that she’s finally done a load of laundry. Tara, on the other hand, has on an outfit that looks like it requires a safe word. Her hair is looking fabulous, however, with her new soft brown highlights. It’s a refreshing change from the fire engine red. Kudos on a mature upgrade.

While Tara jumps in the ring, Madison waves and blows kisses to her faithful subjects, taken back by their…affection. Ahem. A short video package is shown from Genesis, highlighting the questionable finish to the Knockouts Championship match. Dirty and deceptive but she still manages to reign so humble over her kingdom. Okay. I have to stop because I’m being interrupted by a theme song we’ve never heard before that apparently, belongs to Winter. It’s eerie and comes along with a weird glow on the big screen. I can’t even begin to explain it further.

Instead of getting an entrance into the Impact Zone from one half of the tag team champions, we go backstage to Velvet Sky and Angelina Love. Velvet still can’t seem to understand how her tag partner and best friend ended up sharing titles with the creepy Winter. She wants an explanation and Angelina tells her she can’t, because everytime she turns around, she’s there. As if on cue, Winter appears and tells Angelina that they have to go and drags the Canadian beauty away before the conversation can continue. It’s like a bad episode of The Twilight Zone, without the strange noise in the closet.

Dragging Angelina out onto the ramp, Winter raises their hands only for Angelina to jerk hers away. Angelina is clad in her usual cut out pants and small matching top while Winter, living in her true style, is decked out in black and burgundy. I love her grey boots. I wouldn’t normally imagine that as proper ring attire but to each her own. Walking ahead of her stalker/tag partner/stalker and we get a video package of recent events, leading up to this match. Sarita and Velvet’s night of bondage. The sneak and steal from Winter on Madison. The whole shebang. Thought it couldn’t get any creepier? Winter totally pervs on Angelina with her eyes as she gets in the ring, ‘letting the pigeons loose’! Don’t pretend you didn’t see it!

Regardless of admiration, this match is going to happen. The referee rings the bell with Angelina and Madison starting things off with a lock up. A quick flip over roll-up from Angelina and we get an early one count pin attempt. I understand it exerts energy from your opponent but is it necessary to take the easy way out every time? With an answer to my question, Angelina goes for another schoolgirl but Madison isn’t going to take that route. The two women get back up on their feet and the Knockouts champion lays a knee to her opponent’s midsection. A closed fist to the chest and Madison sends Angelina across the ring into the ropes, but it backfires when Angelina stops her fast. A firem…woman’s carry and the defending tag team champion is in for another cover. One..barely a two and Madison is officially pissed. “DO YOU KNOW WHO I AM?!” No, Madison. We have no idea..please, tell us.

Madison tries to kick Angelina in the abdomen but Angelina turns the tables, dropping her with a jawbreaker. A flying takedown, followed up by a flying heel kick and Angelina is revved up. Madison doesn’t know what to think and scrambles after the official, trying to plead that her face is hurt. This provides just enough of a distraction for Tara to get involved, slamming Angelina back by her hair. The first tag of the night and a double team effort ensues. Winter springs in the ring but the referee is quick to catch her, having no idea what’s going on behind his back. I always find that so convenient. They NEVER know. Ever.

Amidst the chaos, there looks to be a repeat of this past Sunday when Madison starts shaking out her gloved hand. Tara takes a firm grip on Angelina and just when it seems we could have another knockout punch…here comes Mickie James! She flies down the ramp and jerks Madison right out onto the floor, knocking her flat on her ass with a punch of her own. Tara tries to help her partner but ends up getting a shot to the face for her efforts. I can’t even begin to count how many times Mike Tenay said the word ‘knockout’ in a span of sixty seconds. Haha. All I know is Mickie is hellbent on trying to get that glove off of Madison Rayne. I’m sure she’s just as curious as we all are, dying to know what’s in there. But Madison isn’t going to let that happen and she manages to get away with Mickie in hot pursuit. Run, baby, run!

While Mickie and Madison are playing a game of tag, Angelina and Tara are still down in the ring. Winter is itching on the outside, waiting for a tag. This is a major spot for an advantage factor and thankfully, Angelina comes to her feet first. However, Tara is right behind her and goes for Angelina’s face with a swinging elbow, brace in full force. Angelina ducks, connects with a desperate bicycle kick and makes a snappy tag to Winter. This is the part that convinced me Winter is part monkey. She practically floats to the top turnbuckle and dives down onto Tara with a rough clothesline. And obviously, she pushed the rage button on the way down. Winter wastes no time straddling Tara and clobbering her left and right, screaming like a banshee. I definitely love a great psychotic character and she is very close to winning the prize. If I told you what that prize was, I’d have to force Mae Young on you. ;)

Winter, still screaming, slaps what looks to be a rear choke/body stretch submission of some sort on Tara. She is relentless and almost as soon as the referee checks on Tara, she looks like she’s out cold. A raise of the arm and the official calls for the bell but Winter is extremely reluctant to let go. With urgency from the referee, Winter finally flings Tara to the mat and Angelina cannot believe what she’s just seen. Neither can I. Winter is fierce, in every sense of the word. She is also quick to celebrate but Angelina is still far too creeped out. I’m pretty certain that everyone in the Knockouts division is just a little spooked.

The winners of the match and STILL TNA Knockouts Tag Team Champions, Winter and Angelina Love!

Thoughts: THANK GOD FOR KAREN JARRETT! I love her. I love her character. She has always fascinated me. I’m so happy she’s back. TNA needs a fierce talker and there is nothing like seeing a fierce woman lay the smack down on someone. To see her go head to head in a scream-off against Vickie Guerrero would just be incredible. I am so excited for next week. I am dying to see Karen lay the smack down on Kurt. Their tumultuous relationship intrigues me almost as much as the fact that she married Jeff Jarrett.

I liked the tag match this week. Of course, there can always be more actual wrestling but it was interesting. We haven’t seen Angelina or Winter in action since they won the titles so it was nice to see them in the ring. Their storyline intrigues me and, as I’ve been saying, I am very curious to see where it goes. And let me just add here that I loved the end to the match. Yes, it was fun to watch Mickie chase Madison off but seeing a match end in an actual submission just makes my heart flutter. Winter was fierce as hell.

Until next week, my darlings! May you all be blessed with glitter slap bracelets and jolly ranchers! Much love!

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  • litafan2000

    I forgot how much Karen reminded me of a mordern day Stephanie McMahon. Great week for TNA! Knockouts match was very good.

  • SherriShepherdWWE

    Oh god, i am one of the first to comment :|

    However, the match wasnt as bad as what the spoilers said it was, but i think it was because it continued the storyline, which made up for the sloppy wrestling, i dont like Winter’s music, i liked her WWE theme Hurt You better, but then again for her character it matches it very well, so thats good.

    BUT THANK YOU TNA, the Vickie Guerrero of TNA has finally returned Karen Angle or Karen Jarrett lol, she never lost a step, and has truly been missed, cant wait to see more of her

    So all in all the negatives and positives leveled each other out, making an all right week for knockouts

  • madslam2009

    I hated how the spoiers were ripped this match apart. I did leave me surprised as i expected hell, though so I was satisfied. Winter may offcially be my favorite KO. Her theme, her attire and her fierceness. Shes a perfect Package.

  • diva_luvr831

    I don’t like this Karen Jarrett thing. It’s awkward and stupid. I do think she’s hot and she’s got alot of personality. But this situation is too personal even for pro wrestling standards for me.

    Winter impressed me more in WWE and she barely wrestled. The new theme fit her perfectly though

  • Aksana

    Karen! as usual, looks hot. Nice to see her back, she’s a damn good actress. I don’t see what was so horrible about this match, it wasn’t that bad.

  • Rhawk

    I don’t think people care about Winter at this point in time, if anything, this only proves the point that only so many WWE has beens being on TNA can be a good thing. I mean Tara… I could understand at the time, Mickie… okayish, but still a little overkill, but Winter as well? Don’t get me wrong I LOVE Kat, but with her on TNA, its just come to the point where I’d rather her show up elsewhere. Please, for the love of God, NO MORE DIVAS IN TNA! x__x

    Either way, Karen stole the night, damn for woman with little training and experience in pro wrestling with any of this, she is solid on the mic, plus she’s one hot piece of @ss. MORE PLZ!!! >=-P

  • BillyGP

    @Rhawk Why not no more divas or wwe people in TNA once they get released they become free agents and can sign any where. That dont make them has been or rejects just like any sport.

  • Rhawk

    @BillyGP – Because there are clearly better performers out there that the former Divas or Superstars of WWE who NEED to be on the main TV, but can’t, because TNA have their heads so far up their… you know what, that all they can think about is ‘Oh okay, *Insert former WWE talent name here* is gone… lets try and get them on the TNA waggon to rub in WWE’s face!’

    I mean don’t get me wrong, I see why TNA do this, since with forer talent from the main corporation that they MAY be able to help get their show over. But wen it comes to the point where its constantly all about the former superstars and divas, it just drives me up the wall. I mean we had Jeff Hardy as World Champ and now we have Mr. Anderson (shocker!) Winter becomes TNA KO Tag Champ in her first TNA match, (ALSO SHOCKER!) and we don’t need to go through the whole Mickie/Tara/Madison thing.

    But basically I’m tired of seing the same faces on my screen every week, I mean when was the last time Daffney was apart of a proper storyline? I’m suprised she’s still with TNA. All I care about in the KO division (if you can call it that) these days is Madison, Sarita and Daffney, because their fresh, original, and getting the pushes and spotlight they deserve (minus Daffney =-[)

  • Goodnightddtmnm

    I never reall knew how Karen looked , Sheesh! that women is Hot as fire. How did Kurt loose her lol tsk…tsk…..rsk…

    I thought The match was decent and there is nothing wrong with Winter’s theme ….
    Soon I hope we see Tara vs Winter one on one , i would like to see them fight it out..

  • BillyGP

    @Rhawk so basically after WWE people are not allow to wrestle in TNA? BS sorry but like any sports free agents can sign any where. Yeah we do see the same faces but that can be said about WWE also so it nothing new in any company they go with what works. Well since Mickie returned to TNA the division has been better then it was.

  • Ryan1919

    It seems like Winter has major ringrust and so far it looks like she hasn’t done anything to shake it off. Also, that Submission move looked bad for a finisher, if it were a regular move that she did during the match I would understand but it looked way too weak be believable. Winter didn’t apply enough force to make it look devastating, but then again in WWE they do train the divas to make all their moves look soft. I just hope Winter can get back to her old self in terms of her wrestling ability.

  • BillyGP

    @Ryan1919 Winter was probably protecting Tara arm injury also.

  • Rhawk

    @BillyGP – How are WWE doing it? I mean they go at it the wrong way with the talent they hire, but at least they are new and fresh women, unlike TNA who take anyone WWE based they can find. And yeah Mickie WAS originally in TNA before her WWE stint, and yeah she’s helping make the division better, but she has made little improvement, I mean so they had a Cage match, big deal, we’ve seen other cage matches before in TNA, and all we see so far is Mickie come out on top everytime, and if its not her then it’s Tara, or Madison… wth Tara’s help. It’s always WWE every single time and I’m sick of hearing, seeing, or reading about it.

    I mean why not hire people lie Christina Von Errie, Jennifer Blank, Divina Fly? Their fresh, new faces that can help TNA get over, former WWE talent isn’t always the answer.

  • sanchezdiego96

    Katie was awesome! The way she got on the top turnbuckle like a cat and then that chokehold! Not feeling the music though. Madison’s is just…ew. And Winter’s is weird. I liked Hurt You better but then again, I’m a Birthday Massacre fanatic!

  • BillyGP

    @Rhawk what i mean is we see the same faces every week in feuds men or women. Fresh faces dont always help get the company over.

    I for one dont see any thing wrong with TNA signing free agents despite their past company.

    Like i said their life after WWE.

  • BillyGP

    @Rhawk Instead of going on let agree to disagree.

  • DIVAsupporter

    I would want to see Angelina and Winter working together… not just tag in tag out…

  • ryanmvs

    Let me get this straight. A diva can’t go to TNA even if she was jobbing to models (Victoria) Or was getting humiliated by childish storylines and then was released (Mickie) or barely had an matches and TV time (Winter) and is one of the orginal KO’s (Christy Hemme) but KO’s like Awsome Kong and Gail can go to WWE and people are loving it..? How stupid.

  • Teri

    haha, i LOVED Angelina’s reaction to Winter choking Tara out

  • Piggie James

    TNA has 4 shows a month. WWE has 16. WWE has almost four times the amount of airtime that TNA has. This means four times the amount of time to get over new talent.

    It’s ridiculous to say that TNA shouldn’t be taking in former WWE wrestlers. If there are already wrestlers from WWE who can be brought in quickly to TNA and not need any build up to get them over, then it’s obviously in TNA’s best interest to take them in.

    Personally, I do think TNA should be placing a little more emphasis on new talent, but it’s not like their entire roster is composed of WWE stars. They have plenty of their own built talent as well.

    WWE wrestlers coming to TNA should really be no different to all the transfers back in the day between ECW, WCW, and WWF. And as someone mentioned, Gail Kim and Awesome Kong were made superstars by TNA, and WWE have picked them both up now.

    Also, there’s not much point in simply picking up ‘new talent’ for the sake of it, if they’re never going to get a reasonable amount of airtime. So usually compliments for the ‘depth’ of the WWE Divas roster are a little unjustified given that it’s not really that hard to build a good roster compared to actually using it.

  • Dale

    Ok maybe I will get slaughtered for my opinion, but that whole segment did nothing at all for me. Put it this way, if you wouldn’t have got chance to see this but tuned into iMPACT next week, you wouldn’t have missed anything. It’s only saving grace was that it managed to push the respective feuds forward a notch, although no major developments.

    The match wasn’t bad, awful or whatever the spoilers suggested, it was merely forgettable. The ending didn’t look brutal to me, it looked weak. Would have been far more intense if she did a crossface on Tara’s strong arm as opposed to that half ass camel clutch.

    I didn’t like Winter’s music, although I don’t like anything about her at all really so the less said the better. Same with Maddies music aswell, I just don’t think it fits her and when I hear it played it takes a few seconds for me to click on who’s coming out.

  • bortman

    katie lea and angelina love storyline is growing akward to me, im not liking it. mickie james and trish portrait that obsessed fan storyline better than anyone.

  • jjay91274

    I forgot how much Karen Angle Jarret looks like she used to be a man! hahahaha

  • ryanmvs

    Has Karen ever wrestle a match in TNA? I know she had Karens Angel and stuff. Has she ever trained…?

  • AnnaRose

    Maybe its just me, but I don’t think Karen is as beautiful as everyone is making her out to be. Not trying to be rude, just my opinion. She is great on the mic though.