Impact Write-Up (May 3rd, 2012): Brooke Forces Gail to Eat Defeat, But Skies May Not be Clear Just Yet

Why hello there, and welcome to your weekly recap of all things Knockout in the land of Impact Wrestling. Before we get started, I first want to wish our coveted Knockouts Champion, Gail Kim, a happy wedding day! I’m not sure when exactly it is, but judging from her tweets it’s pretty close. Whether you love to hate her, hate to love her, or love to love her, it’s a big day for Miss Kim. But the real question is will she be wearing her Knockouts Title as she walks down the aisle?! It would certainly rival the infamous YouTube wedding dance frenzy to Chris Brown’s “Forever”.

Now onto the Impact Wrestling related matters. This week’s show was not very full in terms of the Knockouts being placed sporadically throughout the program, but what we did get certainly delivered as Brooke Tessmacher and Velvet Sky teamed up to take on Madison Rayne and Gail Kim in tag team action. On top of that Sky and Tessmacher gave a very interesting backstage interview as well, that’s certain to raise some eyebrows as to where the division is going, but enough of this summarizing. With action rivaling that of CW show, Nikita (which coincidentally airs Fridays like tonight at 8/7c… I’m just saying), let’s get into the TNA Knockouts!

Backstage we head, to hear Velvet Sky and Brooke Tessmacher engaging in an interview with the camera man. Velvet describes the frustration of having to emerge without the Knockouts Title due to countless cheating attempts by both Gail and Madison. Sky claims that she isn’t letting this get her down though, because at the right circumstance, she WILL beat the Knockouts Champ. Brooke then turns the focus on her saying that nobody gave her a chance when she wrestled against Gail either time, and that tonight she’s going to defeat the champ for a third time. Velvet agrees to an even medium by summing it up in that one of the two will beat Gail for the Knockouts Title, as we then head to the ring!

In what’s sure to make Taz smile with many emotions, we are treated to the weeks pan up shot of red headed ring announcer, Christy Hemme. I always think Christy looks nicer in pants for some reason, so I too join in on Taz’s parade of glee. The STILL addicting theme song of Gail Kim hits, and both she and Madison Rayne make their way out in baby blue. I must say I am disappointed because I saw her tweets hinting at this beautiful theme getting lyrics and I was praying tonight would be the night. Hopefully Sacrifice will bring us what could amount to the best theme song in history!

The duo climb into the ring following some posing as the steady contender in the race for “best theme song in history” hits in the form of “I Tease U Touch” which accompanies the lovely Brooke Tessmacher. Asstastic herself hops onto the stage, but unfortunately once the lyrics in her theme start, I begin to lose focus from everything that’s being recapped because I can’t stop singing along. Once Gail’s theme gets lyrics, this may happen during her entrances as well. Be warned… it’s the price you pay for having an addictive theme. It’s clear I’m not alone in this either since we return from the recap to see TESS-MACHA herself singing along.

Up next comes Velvet Sky in some awesome looking new gear. Miss Sky hops down the ring apron and… will she? WILL SHE? BY GOD, it’s Taz’s lucky day! A Christy Hemme pan up shot and Velvet Sky’s pigeons being let loose in the same segment? Who did he bribe to get such treatment like this?! For some ungodly reason, Earl Hebner feels the need to “check” Velvet Sky for weapons (I’m sure he also did the same to people like Samoa Joe and Bully Ray, don’t worry). Mercifully, Gail and Madison ambush the two ladies from behind and the bell sounds as we get into action.

Gail kicks Velvet in the corner and then sends her barreling near Madison, before knocking our Tessmacher off the ring apron. Kim just continues to dismantle the former number one contender… that is, until Velvet (is it wrong that every time I say her name, I want to say Velveeta? Dang cheese craving!) manages to score with a clothesline. Gail sends Velvet off the ropes, but Sky fights back with a series of jawbreakers to the knee, before following it up with a sick handspring armdrag! Mighty Lucha Sky then runs off the other side of the ring and follows it up with a booty-ful headscissors takedown!

She attempts to go for another lucha-esque move that I’m sure would have wowed me if Madison Rayne hadn’t have smacked her from behind. This distraction allows the baby blue adorned champion to score her epic running knee to the back and control the match once again. Tag in to Queen Rayne, who gracefully steps in the ring and then chokes Velvet in the corner. Tag back in for Gail, as the crowd gets behind Sky to no avail due to a double team splash type maneuver by the devious duo that ends with Kim knocking Sky down by the hair.

Gail taunts the crowd and then once again knocks Brooke off the apron, as she hits a nasty move to Sky’s leg and Madison runs in with a calf kick! Rayne then hits her leg slam in the ring, as Earl wants to know what she’s doing. Madison then hilariously screeches back “She likes it and so do you!” Following a poised wave, Rayne proceeds to once AGAIN knock Tessmacher off the apron. A brief comeback from Velvet, but Madison takes control and tags in to Velvet who scores with a running clothesline for a near fall. Gail slams Sky into the corner and goes for a top rope Frankensteiner, but Velvet holds on and Gail falls to her knees! Velvet then hits an awesome bulldog off the top rope as both women look to be down.

Sky manages to get to her corner first, as a tag is made in to Brooke! Tessmacher scores with a series of clotheslines, following it up with a dropkick and a hurricanrana! Brooke goes for her finisher, but Gail elbows out and hits a clothesline to send our former secretary down. Not for long though, as Brooke counters out of the Eat Defeat and ducks a Madison Rayne attack that Velvet takes care of with a spear. Brooke goes for a kick, but Gail grabs her foot and begins taunting her until… UNTIL… Brooke grabs Gail’s hand and hits Kim’s own finishing move, the Eat Defeat on the champion! Tessmacher hooks the leg and scores the victory for her team! Velvet and Brooke celebrate their victory, as Kim and Rayne muster up some form a revenge I’m sure.

Thoughts: First off, I loved the match tonight. It was lengthy, fresh, and a lot of fun. Brooke is continuing to breathe some new life into the division in terms of a different face taking to the forefront, and I continue to love what I see. The finish was brilliant having Brooke use Gail’s own move against her because after pinning her with a roll up, and with a finisher, what better way to get in the champ’s head than her own finisher?! Genius. I’m not sure if Velvet Sky is completely out of the loop just yet based on that promo, and that’s another thing I love. Yes, I am thrilled Brooke is being pushed, but I still didn’t want to see Velvet simply forgotten about yet again. I would love to see a triple threat between the three, but since Gail/Brooke is already booked for Sacrifice I’m not sure we are going to essentially get it.

Another thing I want to address is Madison Rayne. For the first time tonight in I believe the past two years, Madison felt like the one in the backseat. I’m not complaining because it’s nice to see someone different in the spotlight, but it just seemed weird to have her not be the focus of a storyline for once. Even through Gail’s challenges as Knockouts Champion, I’ve always sort of still felt Madison as a strong presence beside her, although I didn’t get the same feeling tonight. Hopefully, they can find a prominent role for our Killer Queen once again after a little time has passed because she’s one of the most entertaining things in the division, in my opinion.

And finally, Sacrifice is coming up. It’s now confirmed Gail will defend against Brooke and I’m sure it’s going to be an excellent showing if the past few weeks are anything to go by. I’ve said before that I wanted Brooke to win because I feared where Gail’s reign could go from here and I do not want to see another “fan wins title on their debut” sort of thing. But if tonight is any indication and we could lead into a triple threat feud also involving Velvet Sky for the pay per view following Sacrifice, then I would definitely not be opposed to seeing Gail beat Brooke and transition into that. Things are certainly heating up in the Knockouts division I’m pretty excited to see what happens come Sacrifice. Nevertheless, this week, the Knockouts did everything right and I’m on board with where things seem to be headed.

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  • ricky_says_hi

    perhaps Velvet wins the title in a triple threat then Brooke turns heel and feuds with her?

    • VelvetLoveFan

      Yes that’s what I want(:

    • mariah.

      If either turn heel following a triple threat, it should be Velvet. I think Brooke is slowly starting to surpass Velvet as the most over face, judging by the crowd chanting to tag her in during the match. Perhaps Velvet can turn heel and reunite with Angelina to bring back The Beautiful People and feud with Brooke, slowly building her up as the new face of the division. I just want something fresh and exciting to inject the life back into the Knockouts. It’s starting to get really stale, really fast. Maybe Brooke can do the trick?

      •!/profile.php?__user= adifferentsame

        Mariah, love your thinking here. Velvet is nowhere near as magnetic as she was during the Beautiful People’s initial run (my opinion, of course) and it seems foolish to squander talent like Angelina Love by having her toil in the background. Plus, if you reunite them, they could finally become the tag team champions the belts were virtually designed for them to have — and even feud with TNT, thus increasing Brooke’s star power.

        • mariah.

          Yes! Love how you expanded on my idea with TNT taking on The Beautiful People. You’d have a fresh feud for the main title, along with an even more fresh feud for the tag titles (which desperately need it). Gail and Madison can take some time off and maybe have Mickie turn psycho heel on the side to set up a feud with Brooke down the line. Perhaps while TBP are toying with Brooke, Mickie can snap on Tara and they can feud on the side before TNT both decide to challenge TBP. I’m just going into complete fantasy booking mode here lol.

          But the initial idea, TBP vs. TNT, could be the thing that reignites the Knockouts division.

        • ricky_says_hi

          honestly i don’t think Velvet should turn heel again. she was heel for three years in her TNA career and i personally think she’s a better face. she was a good heel but she fits the face role a lot better. her wrestling is geared more towards a face now while Brooke i could see easily handling the heel switch. i think Brooke could be counted on to lead a match as a heel and it’d be interesting to see that

  • VelvetLoveFan

    I just want velvet to win! At (hopefully) Slammaversery she gets it! It’s long due for a long rein for her! IMO!

    But this impact was great!

  • WWFoverWWE

    I loved this match. It was really fast paced and all the girls shined. I’m fine with Tessmacher getting a title shot, but I don’t want a title change.

    Velvet should be the next champ :)

  • Isobel Lynette

    The match was great! It was fun to watch and everything seemed on point! Great showing for the KOs tonight.

  • igotthatpma123

    brooke needs to win the title in order for the division to move forward.Its so many possibilities if she’s given the title and able to run with the ball. tna can reunite tbp as heels and fued with brooke or turn tara heel and they can have a rookie vs vet feud or bring in athena who is mad that she has to watch women less talented than herself get oppurtunities that should be hers. theres an unlimited range you can go with brooke winning here.

    • number1AngelinaLovefan

      I know Brooke needs to Win…..i love Brooke and Gail but Gail’s tittle run has been so BORING so I hope Brooke wins

      • PrettyQuincess

        I disagree, I think she was the first champion as of late to have compelling storylines, running feuds and illuminating ring work.

  •!/profile.php?__user= adifferentsame

    Good match, executed well by all four, creative finish… I like Brooke vs Gail more and more each week.

  • EveLover

    Loved the finish, the match, and all the girls in it. Even velvet. All of them did their jobs very well. Im loving what TNA is doing with brooke.

  • VarsityBaseDude

    It’s time we see Gail beat the green that is Brooke! As much as I want something new. Brooke is not the one for Gail to lose to. Gail should be feuding with Sarita.

  • mykel1990

    I’m super glad to see three of my favorite Knockouts in action in Velvet, Brooke, and Madison. And I loved the match, it was certainly new and fresh, and it’s been a while since we’ve seen a Knockout get taken out by her own finisher, which Gail sold like a million bucks. I must say, I loved Madison’s calf kick, it was sickening, as always, and the eat defeat by Brooke! Again, like I said last week, Brooke’s star is on the rise, and I feel given the opportunity, she can pull a Trish Stratus (sorry, only reference I can think of in this case), and take the title, and come into her own by feuding and wrestling with better skilled, veteran Knockouts. I’m excited to see what Gail, Brooke, and Velvet are gonna give us down the road. However, I wish that they’d also make room for the other Knockouts as well.

  • AdrianRay

    I don’t want Gails theme to have any lyrics! Please no!

  • clintocki

    I appear to be in the minority here, but I really don’t want to see Brooke win the title from Gail. While I agree that she has made vast improvement from her Extreme Expose days and that her popularity is growing, I can’t take her seriously as the KO’s champ…yet. I’d like to see Gail win at Sacrifice, and then go on to feud w/ someone she hasn’t already, whether it be another heel or a debuting KO from the Open Fight Night angle.

  • Raekon

    Love the match! Was fun, fast paced and full of action.

    Was funny how everytime brooke went up to the turnbuckle, either gail or madison shot her down again and again. :p

    Also Madisons “she liked it and so did you!” to the referee was gold. :p

  • Ryan

    Great match!! Velvet n Brooke look so sexy!! =D
    They look good n kick butt in the ring!! Specially Brooke she was taking heads off! Made Kim EAT DA FOOT! lol
    And awesome headsissors from almost liked very Lita-like!!

    Im all for Brooke to be KO Champ..why not? Brook is a hardhitter works hard in the ring can wrestle very smoothly chick is FIRE! Thats what I love about the TNA Knockouts ALL of them are Fire in the ring!! I am bored with Gail Kim as Velvet nor Winter had a legit title run with it last year..and for that matter not sure if Mickie James did either!

    Also Winter Sara Mickie Tara Velvet and now even Brooke are hungry for that title around Gail Kim

  • misschrissi7

    As much as i love Brooke (she is one of my fav KOs) I really dont want her 2 get the title yet. I feel like she is still learning and is being pushed to early.

    I wud love a Triple threat match at Sacrifice between Velvet, Gail & Brooke, with Velvet being the eventual winner, but seeing as Gail vs Brooke has already been announced, I’m gonna say Gail for that win with the help from Miss Rayne.

  • melina prez

    The Los almost never fail to amaze me!!! Great match and I like hot Brooke used Kim’s finisher against her. But I don’t think Brooke will win at the ppv.

    Next month at OFn I would like to see Melina debut and feud with Kim!

    • Ryan

      U mean let Melina skip past the other Knockouts straight to Gail?

      Ehh hope not lol…last year the diva tag teams were on the rise..GlamaHart LayCool Bella Twins Eve n Kelly and GaiLina(Melina n Gail Kim)

      I always wanted GaiLina to be a heel tag team..but thanks to Eve Torres that and many things never happened

      IF Melina does come to TNA wonder what her role there will be?

      • MNM4ever

        i wouls love melina to come to tna!!!! a feud with madison rayne would be awesom

        • Ryan

          Madison vs Melina…Who is the loudest shrieker >_<

  • MNM4ever

    and wow that was a great match!!! even though madison is my favourite knockout, i loved the exchange between velvet and gail during the start; velvet showed just how smooth she can go in hte ring. got no idea why pepole compare her to kelly kelly when velvets talents obviously exceed kelly’s. Madions running heel kick (biiker t style) was so sick!!!!
    and brooke showed her great chemistry with gail once again;; sacrifice should be good
    hopefully gail wins but i could definitely see brooke winning the title in the future.

    • MNM4ever

      ** booker t

  • M

    I really don’t see any good value in this division, I really don’t. A good part of their Knockouts roster seem to pride themselves on how well their fishnets and boyshorts frame their assets (ugh. I can’t believe I just said assets in that context). And those who actually can wrestle just end up going under to the sluts and trannies of the Knockouts. Which, if I’m being honest, is most of them.

    Watching a Knockouts match in full (in full being not skipping over the parts Velvet Sky is in) is just a downright painful experience for me that I wouldn’t wish unto my worst enemy. I’m sorry, but I’ve lost all hope in this division. It seems like (and this may or may very well not be true) they’re taking “we can be sexy and wrestle at the same time” to a terribly drastic extreme. Clown makeup and waving your ass in the cameras doesn’t exactly scream professional wrestler to me.

    If anything at all, I want to see Gail keep the title. She’s one of the only competent Knockouts left anyhow.

  • Brandz785

    This match was perfection :D