Impact Write-Up (March 1st, 2012): ODB Makes the Rayne Fall; Plus Hardcore Pigeons Let Loose on Angelina & Sarita!

Hola everyone and welcome to another rousing edition of the Impact Write-Up. This week, we were treated to not just one, but two matches involving the Knockouts of Impact Wrestling! The first up pits ODB against the number one contender to Gail Kim‘s Knockouts Title, Madison Rayne, and the second shows off some tag team strengths as Mickie James and Velvet Sky face off against the unique duo of Angelina Love and Sarita. Who will emerge victorious in these matches? Or perhaps the better question to ask is will I be able to completely form a sentence while finally seeing Sarita wrestle on Impact? Time will tell, but for now, let’s get started.

Up first, we head backstage and find Madison Rayne with a blown up framed image of a Gail Kim trading card. She proceeds to hang it on a nearby wall, which sparks the Knockouts Champion to enter the room and ask what’s going on. Madison explains her actions, in that these are a gift for her over the top actions last week. Gail claims she has done the same, by getting Madison a spa day tomorrow with the girls. Kim then explains the spa day can’t happen tonight because she also got Madison a match with ODB tonight. Madison doesn’t seem too pleased, but Gail heads off to leave her partner so she can get ready.

Out to the ring we go with the KILLLLERRRRRRRR QUEEEEEEENNNNNNNN accompanied by Gail Kim. The two walk down the ramp, seemingly with different expressions on their face. As Taz tries to discuss wanting slow motion shots of his co worker, the spunky music of ODB hits and out she comes. The pyro seems to scare her, which I find somewhat amusing, as she proceeds to enter the ring and execute her usual taunting. The bell sounds, as the two ladies circle around the ring and kick things off with a knee to the stomach by Madison.

Rayne backs ODB into the ropes and briefly chokes her, before going towards an Irish Whip attempt that gets countered into a chest bump by ODB. Madison tries to hightail it out of the ring, but ODB drags her into the corner and punches her in the chest. From there, she takes the Killer Queen to the other side and uniquely bangs her head into all three turnbuckles. ODB backs up and goes for the Bronco Buster, but Madison smartly puts her boot up onto ODB’s bottom and kicks her back. After a replay, we see Rayne applying a choke lock on ODB until it’s countered. Madison continues the assault with an elbow to take ODB down, before setting up for the Rayne Drop.

Thankfully for ODB, she manages to counter out and drop Madison with a clothesline. Both women get to their feet, but it’s ODB to take the advantage with a few kicks. Madison gets backed into the corner and met with a running splash from her competition, as ODB follows it up with a few forearms and a clothesline in her big comeback. From there, ODB finally connects with the Bronco Buster and sets up for the BAM, but Madison counters out. Gail tries to get onto the ring apron for something, but I’m not quite sure what and before you know it, ODB drops Madison with the BAM and gets the big victory. Madison and Gail seem none to happy with one another, as Gail claims she accidentally dropped the title while trying to hand it to her when the referee’s back was turned. She amazingly makes the notion that she “hearts” Madison, but Rayne does not look amused.

Backstage we go once again, this time to see Velvet Sky spitting out curse words to a nearby camera man during an interview, much to my approval. She discusses that she has paid her dues long enough in this company for someone to just be screwing her over. Suddenly, the unlikely duo of Sarita and Angelina Love step out of a nearby locker room in unison and chant “wah wah wah poor Velvet”, before shoving her to the ground. Sky tries to shove them back, as a war breaks loose.

We then jump ahead to a new segment, which I’m not sure if these aired separately during the show or not, but I’m guessing that’s the case. Anyways, Velvet is now speaking about how she got screwed out of the battle royal a few weeks ago by Madison Rayne. Sky reiterates how sick she is of people trying to take her out of title contention and we are now taken to the exact same thing we just saw…okay now I get it. The first one was a highlight/preview of the full segment to come. Nonetheless, Velvet ends up beating down the two ladies, until Angelina shoves her to the floor and the two slam Sky into a wall. Suddenly, Angelina points to something and the two absolutely destroy Velvet by throwing her against an even bigger wall. Super Mickie comes running to the rescue in her finest march madness gear, as the two evil ladies back up and James checks on her tag team partner.

Out to the ring we go again, as Taz probably salivates ringside due to the panned up shot we get of Christy Hemme to open the segment. She announces the following tag team match, and out walks both Sarita (complete with trademarked soccer mom dancing) and Angelina Love. I guess Rosita and Winter were too busy? The two step into the ring as I can’t take my eyes off finally seeing Sarita on TV again. Following their entrance comes HARRRRRDDCCCCURRRRR COUNNTREEEHHHHH Mickie James! Velvet Sky erupts out from the back next, simply charging right by poor Mickie as she makes pigeon wing flap motions.

Velvet ducks a clothesline by Sarita and spears Angelina to the ground, as Mickie tosses Sarita to the ground. The bell sounds, with Angelina drops Velvet by the hair, as Mike Tenay continues his new weekly tradition of trying to sound “hip and groovy” by talking about TMZ stories during Knockout matches. Velvet throws Angelina down with a hair mare, as she then tags in Mickie James and tosses Angelina into the corner where Mickie drops her with a Mick-A-Rana. James follows it up with a dropkick for a two count, before Angelina fights out and tags Sarita in. Mickie connects with the flapjack into a kip up, but Sarita attacks her and backs her into the corner.

She levels James with a few strikes and distracts the referee as Angelina tries to deck Mickie, only James counters and knocks Angelina off the ring apron. She fights back to Sarita with some chops to the face. James ducks a clothesline attempt and knocks Sarita down with a snapmare, but as she goes for the front dropkick, Angelina holds the rope down and Mickie falls to the outside. Sarita proceeds to run off the ropes and leap outside the ring with a beautiful suicide dive! As Velvet keeps the referee busy inadvertently, Sarita and Angelina double team Mickie but only muster up a few two counts.

Angelina tags back in and kicks Mickie in the stomach before dragging her to the corner and locking in a boot choke to the back of the head. Mickie tries to fight off both women, but ultimately faces harm with a sidewalk slam. Tag back into Sarita, who locks in an amazing submission. Why isn’t this woman in the Knockouts Title picture? Mickie fights out of it and kicks her in the face, but Sarita drops James with an elbow before she can tag to Velvet. Sarita then misses a splash and Mickie connects with a roll up for a quick two. The two ladies get to both feet as Sarita levels her with a clothesline and performs another beautiful rendition of the soccer mom dance!

Off the ropes she goes, as she tries to attempt a handspring type maneuver that Mickie counters into a back suplex! Taz now begins to cheat on Christy Hemme by wanting slow camera angles of another female co worker, this time in Velvet Sky, who finally gets the tag along with Angelina. Velvet takes Sarita out, before decking Angelina with a multitude of clotheslines. Sky with the spinning neck drop (best thing I could come up with), as Sarita takes down Mickie. The two go for a double team move, but Velvet kicks Love in the face and hits Sarita with a stunner as Mickie ascends to the top rope.

Sarita turns right around into a Louise Thesz Press, as the two roll outside the ring. Back inside, Angelina goes for the botox injection, but Velvet counters into the Sky High! Mickie holds Sarita back, as Sky attains the three count. Mickie returns back to her own version of Sarita’s Soccer Mom Dances by flapping the pigeon wings once again, as Velvet tries to be the cool kid on the block by not joining her in the rousing performance. Sarita and Angelina make their way to the back, as Sky and James celebrate their big victory.

Thoughts: A fun night for Impact Wrestling. I thought both matches were very solid and I especially love that they’re FINALLY bringing Sarita back into the mix, even if its at the expense of my other favorite, Winter. Madison and Gail’s story is coming off very well, and to be honest I don’t even know if Gail purposely meant to fall from the ring apron or not, which is a testament to her when even the audience doesn’t know. I’m so glad she added the line at the end about how she was sorry and didn’t mean to drop the belt because it put so much more into the story. Definitely looking forward to seeing them square off together.

I don’t know where this Velvet storyline is going since she does always seem to get some type of focus when she’s not Champion. I do want her to get a lengthy reign sometime this year, and I like that she’s getting involved with some of the other Knockouts while Gail and Madison participate in the main feud. I have absolutely no idea why Angelina and Sarita have joined forces, but I kind of liked them together. Oh and did I mention how great it was to see Sarita back on TV in a wrestling capacity?

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  • Brandz785

    The KO’s should have 2 matches per show and at least one match on Xplosion !

  • BillyGP

    Liked the tag match Hardcore Pigeons for tag champs all the ladies did good. Poor Madison she should of gotten the victory :(

  • RayneWoman

    LOL at Mickie doing the pigeon wings after the match!! :D
    No complains there. All of the ladies did awesome. Poor Maddie, she doesn’t deserve mistreatment from Gail! (jk) But, IMO, Sarita was the star of the night. She was just awesome in the match. That suicide dive was flawless.
    TNA, please please please make Angelina and Sarita a tag team. They perform really well together. : D

  • igotthatpma123

    man if only sarita did her tiger bomb but their match was good didnt really get into madison vs odb im just sick of ey make him go away

  • JillianHallTNA

    Bobby you need to make TNA Xplosion write up too! Velvet & Mickie vs Mexican America (Sarita & Rosita)

  • WWFoverWWE

    Are winter and rosita gone? I don’t want Rosita gone but Winter I wouldn’t mind.

    Fingers crossed for Madison winning the title. I also hope we continue to get two knockout matches on impact from now on.

  • MelinaMickieF3v3r

    Was mickie hiding behind the dumpster.. lol

  • MickieJamesluvslave

    WTH was Mickie wearing in the backstage segment? All I could think of Olivia Newton John’s LET’S GET PHYSICAL

    I was glad to see TNA using Velvet’s not getting a rematch in a storyline. I have always said that is perfect for a heel turn

    Mickiwe winning a match finally was good to see but I am sure haters will love she was beat up for most of the match and did not get the win. They have definitely ‘toned her down’ some

  • MickieJamesluvslave

    Forgot to mention, geat seeing Sarita in the ring

  • BillyGP

    Mickie looked cute in her March madness uniform. Star of the night for me (Mickie) joke actually star of the night was ALL the KO’s they all did good. Still poor Madison she the #1 contender and loses.

  • psykohurricane

    First of all, i really love this Gail kim/MAdison Rayne feud going on right now. In my eye, i don’T think these 2 can do anything wrong at this point and i hope that it not just another throwaway match and that it continue pass Victory Road.

    Secondly, seeing Velvet Sky cutting face promos just make me miss her as a heel. Velvet was way better as a heel character then what she doing right now. Sorry, if i offend anyone but this face character that Velvet is doing just made her look like Kelly Kelly, the only difference between the 2 is at less, Velvet know how to run the ropes.

    Thirdly, what was up with Mickie James tonight, did she smoke a joint before the taping or what. Her promo was horrible and what was up with her entrance tonight. She just flapping her arms and smiling like a idiot while velvet is running to the ring to try to get revenge on angelina and sarita.

    Also, did i miss something? when did Sarita and rosita break up, Same goes with Angelina and Winter. Also when did Angelina and Sarita become a team? This is sad because yet again i thinking that Winter is going to get release soon and that really too bad because she’s probably one of the better wrestler on the roster and i was really hoping that TNA wasn’T going to make the same mistake that WWE by not using her more but i guess i was wrong. That’s too bad because i really did love her character she created.

    Finally, can TNA make more of an effort into not caring for the knockout tag match. What was this whole TMZ talk done by mike Tenay during the knockout tag match. Their a match going on that pretty decent and all Mike Tenay can talk about is stuff he read on TMZ. That made the knockouts look un-important and that’s the type of attitude that made the WWE fans dis interested in the Divas division. If your commentary team doesn’T care about what going on in the ring, why should the fans care.

    Just one last thing, i really miss the beautiful people, Angelina and Velvet we’re ten time better when they we’re together as heel.

  • TheJoJoIsCrazy

    I’m loving the teaming of Angelina and Sarita for this even though I’m uneasy about the absence of Winter and Rosita. Possibly because Winter’s working a match on that one indie card? Not sure. Love Sarita. I love her backstage attacks especially. Suicide Dive FTW!!

  • VelvetLoveFan

    I hope Madison wins at the PPV!! But also feel bad for her too, with Gail not helping!! She could turn face as much as she is a good heel, it’s her time to be face IMO!

    The tag match was great all 4 ladies did awesome(:

    Great night for the knockouts two backstage segments and two matches! #Awesome (:

  • LadyGoDiva

    I love how every week the Ko’s give us better women’s wrestling which shows in the ratings.Great to see Sarita again and that suicide dive was pretty sick.

    As much as I love the KO’s every week but I feel bad for the Divas and the shit they have to put through because the Divas have a chance to be great.Like they were ten years ago they can still be great now.

    I seemed to like Sarita/Angelina vs Mickie/Velvet more then Madison vs ODB because with the first match it was too slow and with the tag team match was pretty fast paced,hard-hitting, and everybody was all over the place and it gave everyone the right amount of time and gave backup to the match and I’ll say that backstage fight was pretty brutal.

  • jen07201

    I love the team of Velvet and Mickie.

  • EveLover

    Loved both matches. These KO’s always deliver & I love it!

    The ODB vs Madison match was pretty cool. I just loved how madison reversed the bronco buster, I couldn’t help but laugh. The girl is just a amazing lol.

    The tag match was awesome too. I love the team of mickie & velvet, they have very nice chemistry. I want to see more of them ^.^ . Something about this match, that seemed to be on point in mickies wrestling. She reminded me of 07-08 mickie. She seemed to have more fun than usual & I like it. Velvet also seemed to be in her A-game, she did well here. Angelina & Sarita also make a nice team, imo. I liked them tagging together :D. They both did great. I just love seeing both of them, angelina especially, wrestle! Im hoping angelina gets pushed sometime soon, I miss her in singles action.

    Also, I love how sarita’s outfits seem to glow. Random thought, I love them :D

  • VarsityBaseDude

    Gail fumbling on the ropes was entertaining lol.

    I cannot wait to see Mickie turn on Velvet. It’s bound to happen.

  • RayneWoman

    Anybody remember the Sarita vs Velvet matches during 2009-2010? I loved those…..Velvet and Sarita would be an amazing feud.

  • Brandz785

    I kinda want Angelina & Sarita to unit but eventually break up cause they both want the title but in the end Sarita finally wins the title.

  • bromero329

    ok match .k. i love my mickie. im glad to see sarita on tv again.

  • VelvetLoveFan

    If any one else saw the poll for best match of Impact, The KO Tag match in 2nd place and not far from 1st either!! (:

    Great Night like i said!!!

  • lazberg

    somebody please insert a sufficient number of socks into taz’s frigging mouth that he’ll shut the hell up. creepy little lech shouldn’t be calling women’s matches if all he can talk about is their sexual attractiveness. he takes a perfectly good, competitive match and makes it a dirty, sneering thing. to which end, hardcore pigeons is about the dummest name i’ve ever heard.

    good knockouts action, cheapened by lousy commentary and eric young’s existence.

  • jim462

    Nikki is a big college basketball fan thats why she had on that outfit on backstage she did a diva photoshoot in WWE dressed like that which is very hot; So after the big tag team match Mickie & Velvet are BFF again and Mickie wont ne going heel? Nice to see Sarita on Impact wrestling again. Who has Winter pissed off she’s hardly ever wrestles on tv anymore and if she does she loses

  • Goodvibes

    That Knockouts tag match was pure PERFECTION. Hot crowd, fast paced action, decent amount of time and it showcased each and every one of the girls properly. Sarita and Mickie have some great chemistry, however id love to see Sarita and Gail go toe to toe in the near future,

  • Rhawk

    Still hate the fact that TNA is always in that God awful Impact Zone with the canned cheers and heat, but other than that, this was a very good show Knockout wise. A mit of a mix-match pairing for Love and Sarita, but THIS is how they should be putting on matches. I’d say for the KO Tag Titles, but those need to be removed, and with Eric as one of the champions now, they have a valid ‘TV’ excuse to remove them from exsistance.

  • Superstar77

    I agree with what Velvet said in her promo. She is always getting screwed out of things. I would like to think she will eventually get a rematch but I’m not going to get my hopes up.

    I would rather see Angelina on her own and I don’t get why she is teaming with Sarita all of a sudden. As for the tag match it was good.

  • PsychoMickieJames

    she was hearing her march madness clothes.If you saw the commercial when TNA was on then you will know what I’m talking about.She did look pretty funny though.She was the only Knockout in the commercial that had on light bright colors like that.

  • PsychoMickieJames

    Yea,I love when the Knockouts have nights like this.It makes TNA seem a hell of a lot better for the night.

  • PsychoMickieJames

    When Mickie was flapping her arms she was refering to Velvet.Pigeons,of course.You know let the pigeons loose.It’s not like she never got serious after Velvet came running down the ramp.

  • BillyGP

    Mickie was fine tonight and cute flapping her arms like wings.

  • JillianHallTNA

    Sarita & Angelina became a team since they team up at Battle Royal few weeks ago. They hate Velvet, this brings back to their past storylines. Sarita vs Velvet (Late 2010 – March 2011) and Angelina vs Velvet (After Angelina lost Tag title). Winter, Brooke and Tara where at FWE with Maria when Maria won her first title and Rosita was out with former TNA knockout Cookie and two FUTURE TNA Knockouts Melina and OF COURSE JILLIAN HALL :D

  • BillyGP

    Velvet feuded with Sarita last year i thought.

  • igotthatpma123

    What did you like about those matches? I always thought they were slow paced and it seemed as sarita had to dumb down her style for velvet to keep up. Just my opinion

  • RayneWoman

    I kinda actually forgot about the year, but I saw their matches, and I loved those.

  • Da-Da

    i agree! madison should win the title.