Velvet Sky on Breaking Out as Singles Wrestler, Knockouts’ TV Time, Improvements to Division & More

Former TNA Knockouts Champion Velvet Sky gave a pretty honest, in-depth interview to the Miami Herald this week following her loss to Gail Kim at Sunday’s Lockdown show.

Talking about breaking out as a singles wrestler compared to being part of the Beautiful People, she says:

It was me and Angelina [Love in the Beautiful People]. I was never able to shine really and do anything on my own because she was always in the spotlight.

Since then, they’ve broken up the Beautiful People, which I’m sad about because I wish they were still going forward with that. We had a lot of fun, her and I together, but I just feel like they broke us up, and I was able to be on my own as a singles competitor.

I just feel I have grown in the sense of you don’t have someone to have your back all the time. You don’t have the option to tag out and recuperate. I feel, more or less, being a singles competitor instead of in a tag team has helped me branch out and come into my own as a performer.

Talking about the time and effort given to the Knockouts on TV compared to WWE’s Divas, Velvet says:

It’s awesome here because TNA lets us explore character development. We are not just coming out there as girls wrestling and then you don’t see us for a couple of weeks. We get to do backstage vignettes and promos. They let us speak on the microphone, and we do a lot of it in the ring. You don’t see that elsewhere.

There are matches [elsewhere] where the girls will wrestle for three minutes or so and go to the back. They don’t say a word, and you really don’t know who is who. Here [TNA] we are so grateful we get the chance to be able to come into our own, have time to talk and have our characters develop. I just feel like that has us connected with the fans more.

However, Velvet gives her frank assessment on an area she feels TNA could improve with the Knockouts, adding:

The one thing that I would like to see for the Knockouts in the future is for there to be more girls in our tag division. I think it’s not strong enough because there aren’t enough tag teams and girls for it. I hope somewhere down the line that there is a little bit more focus on the Knockouts tag titles.

Read the full interview here.

Thoughts: I have to agree with Velvet when it comes to the tag division. I would like to see more teams and emphasis on that as well as the Knockouts Championship.

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  • Lanoom

    Fair points all.

    As far as the KO Tag Division goes, I’d like to see them give it a sort of X-Division treatment, where they bring in new talent from the indies to do matches, even if they don’t go over the home talent.

    And then the crowd chants “Sign them all!” again.

  • Kaledrina

    i don’t think the tag division really needs more members. i mean, we already have: tara/tessmacher, velvet/mickie (sort of unofficial team), gail/madison, rosita/sarita, angelina/winter (if we forget they supposedly split up out of nowhere) …and odb and eric. that’s six tag teams for a division of eleven women, so it should work already?

    i don’t keep up with the men’s side of things but i doubt there’s more than six — if that many to begin with — teams in their tag division? obviously new ladies is awesome but considering they had no clue what to do with jacqueline, traci, even cookie or von eerie! etc. i don’t really think it is the answer =/

  • Nostalgia

    Actually your knockouts do disappear, your matches have gotten shorter. And some divas are getting mic time and they do get backstage segments. Velvet bashes the WWE a lot because she’s bitter she didn’t make it

    • number1AngelinaLovefan

      Really what are you talking about? WWE MARK much??

      • Nostalgia

        umm no because I actually like TNA but everytime Velvet has an interview she mentions WWE. It’s annoying

    • norisclouds

      Yea. Sure. WWE is fine, it’s not like they haven’t had a divas match on RAW in 3 weeks, nor have they had their champion winning a match on television for months, or they just gave their most over heel in the division a mere 15 seconds on television this week and last.

      • GailKimFan09e

        Good Point….

    • Superstar77

      Velvet is not bitter about not getting signed by the WWE. Also she does not talk about the WWE in all of her interviews. If anything the interviewer is the one who brings them up and she rarely even mentions them by name.

      • No Holds Barred

        she does talk about them in a lot of interviews, same goes with Gail Kim.

        Velvet even made a video where she made fun of WWE….. a few weeks after they rejected her in the DS

  • Mikas

    “We are not just coming out there as girls wrestling and then you don’t see us for a couple of weeks.”

    Sarita, Rosita, Traci Brooks, Angelina Love, Winter, Tara. Yeah, they never disappear for a couple of weeks.

    • Nostalgia

      And they don’t even have solid storyline going on. (I choose to ignore the ODB bullshit going on)

    • No Holds Barred

      haha yeah the irony of her statement.

      and it was also the same for other girls like Alissa, Roxxi, ODB, Daffney, Hamada, Wilde, Sojo and Jackie. I sometimes wondered if they were even employed at times…. even when some of them were champions

  • jeremycanrana

    I have so much love for this woman! She’s so proud to be here and I have so much respect for her!

  • adifferentsame

    Velvet Sky just doesn’t strike me as a major singles star quality. I say that with no malice, because I think she comes across as a great person. Her current work doesn’t compare to the relevance in the Beautiful People, and since together they inspired a now-defunct tag division it’s a shame they were never given the chance to truly build upon it.

    • Nostalgia

      Exactly. I feel TNA made the tag team titles for them then broke them up too soon. As long as you have different knockouts coming in and out around them, that gimmick would’ve never gotten old. Look at DX

      • adifferentsame

        The tag titles would have made Velvet look just as important as Angelina, and together a strong tag division could have been centred around them. The problem is that they thinned out their talent between late 2009 and 2010 and now we’re left with a short stack of women who just feel clumped together.

  • JJ

    Velvet was much more suited to being paired with Angelina rather than being a singles star. It was classic Paul Heyman booking: accentuate the positives, hide the negatives. That’s exactly what The Beautiful People did for Velvet.

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      • Superstar77

        No Velvet deserved to finally become a singles competitor. She was one of the indy scene for years before signing to TNA and did pretty damn well. It’s funny how people seem to forget that. Velvet does have talent but people just don’t want to give her any credit.

        I do wish her & Angelina would have held the Knockout tag titles together though.

  • shameronstar

    The censors think Bishoff is Bitchoff! LMAO!

    • shameronstar

      Oops wrong post!

  • No Holds Barred

    The reason that the Knockouts get more time is because they only have one show in which to do so.

    The Divas have 4 shows a week to show themselves, the Knockouts could get 12 minutes on Impact and the Divas 3 minutes on each show.

    Take this week for example – 10 minutes on Impact. Kelly Kelly vs Eve got 7 minutes, Natalya vs AJ got 3 minutes and Kaitlyn vs Maxine got 5 minutes (btw I’m talking about airtime not wrestling time)

    So in actual fact, the Divas would usually get more (or close to) the amount of airtime as Knockouts

    • Kessuki

      thats a good point but not everyone has the time to watch 4 shows on the off chance there will be divas shown.