Impact Write-Up (May 24th, 2012): Comedy, Mic Time and Character Development… What More Could You Ask For?

Salutations, loyal beings, and allow me to greet you to a wonderful edition of the Impact Write-Up. This week, we bring forth the second edition of “Open Fight Night”, but will it prove to be as useful to someone as the first was to Brooke Tessmacher when she challenged Gail Kim to a non-title match? We will have to see as this time it’s Gail and her bestest friend in the world, Madison Rayne, teaming up to battle ODB and her husband. Although the match may not be for the titles, bragging rights can go a long way in determining the next challenger, and hey, ODB is actually on TV again so that’s always a good thing. Without any further ado, let us jump into this recap as we stand only a mere week away from the arrival of my Knockout savior and god of all beings, Brooke Hogan!

We head out to the arena where the STILL addicting theme song of our devious Knockouts Champion, Gail Kim hits. Gail and her cohort in crime, Madison Rayne (complete with “Queen of TNA” sash) make their way out to the ring. Madison’s attention seems elsewhere, but Kim is in a take-no-prisoners mood tonight. And hey — HEY — IS THAT, I mean WAS THAT ANGELINA LOVE? Did Angelina Love just make an appearance? Are my eyes deceiving me? Did I inhale too much of my freshly made Paula Deen bacon lovers buffet that I’m hallucinating? By the time I can refocus, Gail Kim now has a microphone and takes a page out of Tony the Tiger’s playbook by discussing how being herself is GRRRRREAT!

Not only is she the reigning Knockouts Champion, but she is also the most dominant TNA Knockouts Champion in the hi… IT’S ANGELINA LOVE! Angelina Love is in front of my eyes on an actual Impact! Gail Kim continues giving us a history lesson, stating that SHE built this division… no, she IS this division, and everything revolves around her! Madison seems to be focused on doing her makeup, and I guess it’s for the mystery man she’s been interested in as of late. Nonetheless, Gail prides herself in being the most important Knockout in the company, albeit there is one small blemish, she says. She discusses that it DISGUSTS her that the Knockout Tag Team Titles are being represented by a man and a so-called woman! Because of this fact, Gail is going to take this opportunity to demand that she and Madison face Mr. and Mrs. ODB.

HEY LOOK IT’S VELVET SKY OUT OF NOWHERE! Oh, but here comes ODB and her husband out to the ring performing their comedic entrance. The bell sounds as Gail shoves ODB’s partner back and administers a wrist lock. Mr. ODB reverses it, but Gail then locks in a headlock. He reverses it again, as Gail uses the knees to escape and they exchange waist locks. This pisses ODB off, and forces her to tag herself in and level Gail with some forearms and a chest push! ODB hits a huge fallaway slam and kips up, before knocking Madison off as we go to a commercial. Upon return, Gail knocks ODB down with a clothesline, as we get a recap of some type of move ODB and Mr. ODB went for during the break. Gail then forces Madison in, as Rayne kicks ODB in the chest and begins screaming at her.

Madison connects with a running boot to the head for a two count as she then keeps the beatdown going with a tag to Gail. They throw ODB in the corner as Gail sends Madison right into her. Kim looks to complete the double team move, but Madison simply tries to exit the ring… clearly thinking about her crush. This frustrates Gail, who storms over towards Rayne and demands an explanation. Character development for the win! ODB then spears Gail to the canvas as both women try to crawl and make a tag. The tags are complete, but Madison seems uninterested in ODB’s partner. Suddenly, she starts to deck him with some forearms and a slap, as he removes his tights and hip tosses both women. A body slam soon follows, but ODB DEMANDS he put his damn pants on, questioning if he plans to “knock ‘em up!”

ODB tags herself in and takes Gail down with a series of shoulder tackles. She hits a running powerslam, but only for a two count. ODB sets up for the BAM, as Gail fights out and goes for a running crossbody. ODB catches her, but Madison trips ODB up and Gail lands on top of her! Madison holds the legs down for the three count, as both Mr. and Mrs. ODB chase the two devious ladies to the back.

Thoughts: We’ll get to the match soon, but first I must discuss Gail Kim’s beautiful promo. I know mic work has always been the fuel fans use against Miss Kim, but I personally thought she was on fire here. Even though she hasn’t had many to compare it to, this was easily her best work speaking wise, in my opinion, and I thought she came off as full of herself (in character of course), yet funny all at the same time. From building herself up in character to basically what fans have been saying about her was a brilliant move, and I like how she takes the insults and adds them to her character. I think that’s what helped this come off so well because she had legitimate material to use. In some weird way, the detractors helped her execute her best work on the microphone!

The match was fine for what it was, but I moreso loved the character development. Gail and Madison’s miscommunication due to Rayne’s attention being elsewhere was the type of stuff that I’ve been saying I missed with the Knockouts. Top that off with Gail’s promo, and ODB (hilariously) screaming at EY (yes, he gets that distinction because he didn’t bother me tonight), you have a great night for Knockouts. Now if only TNA could find roles for the rest of the female roster, I would seriously have no complaints at all. I beg you, Miss Hogan, bring the rest of these women back to my screen!

Speaking of which, I’m so excited for Brooke to debut next week. She’s gotten a lot of hate for this role, but the girl has already gotten the Knockouts spoken about or appearing on several news outlets, so that’s a plus. Not to mention, I watched her show (don’t judge me) for two seasons, and I find her to be an interesting character that I enjoy watching. I do hope she enters as a heel, or at least transitions into one where the “power” goes to her head, because I feel like she would shine and bring me the joy that I have SEVERELY missed in the absence of Miss Karen. So whether I’m the only person cheering Brooke’s addition to Impact or not, I seriously cannot wait for next week.

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  • BillyGP

    Gail promo sad but true well was true she is the division while i disagree but it was a good promo.

    The match well at least i got to see Madison :) always a plus.

  • LaylaElFan

    This match was great! But when is Angelina Love gonna fight again i miss her.Also i cant wait till Brooke comes next week,i’m excited!

  • GailKim95

    the thing about her promo is that alot of it was just fact. She did build this division and she is the most important woman in the company in my eyes. But i hope somebody takes the titles off of ODB and Eric. The comedy lowers the prestige of the titles and the tag titles right now could really use a boost in that respect.

  • Poison_Ivory

    How amazing is that the Knockouts started the evening. Another thing that would (and could) never happen in WWE. I’m also surprisingly excited for Brooke. Since she is most likely to debut as a face, it might lead to the end of Gail’s reign.

    Also, I loved the Angelina-part, because she is the only 5-time KO champion, and technically the most dominant KO ever, even if her reigns were short and not memorable. It might spark a feud between the two. Which would be AWESOME.

  • VelvetLoveFan

    I could see Angelina saying well Iv held the belt most times, and Angelina vs Gail Slammaversey? First live impact? I miss them fighting each other like the old days!

  • charleshp

    wait until they reveal who Rayne’s crush is.

    • number1AngelinaLovefan

      It’s probably Robbie E (or T what ever they are calling him now) Which would really suck…I don’t think anyone wants to see them together

      • Raekon

        Robbie T is the Bodyguard of Robbie E (the small black haired guy with the weirdo haircut). ^_^

  • number1AngelinaLovefan

    Wow Angelina i could NOT believe it….I really think they are going for Angelina and Gail which i am exstatic about. And i do love how Velvet just randomly appeared next to Angelina even though she was not there before Lmao

    Gail’s Promo was so true it is all about her (Which IMO is not a good thing) I like her but i hate that she is being “Over Pushed” match was nothing special

    Come On Angelina please be back on my screen more than 20 seconds!

  • Bhentoooot

    ANGELINA! as her next competitor! im pretty sure she will end gail’s reign. though i love her better on TBP days. or maybe brooke (still hoping) :))

  • WWFoverWWE

    I was laughing so hard when ODB was chasing Gail and Madison after the match xD

    I hope Angelina is the next challenger, it would actually set up nicely for a fued.

  • WWFoverWWE

    Did anyone else see Angelina and Velvet next to each other?

    • number1AngelinaLovefan

      Haha yeah and how she just Randomly poped up! …lol

  • BillyGP

    Yes Gail built the division but Kong helped along with The Beautiful People. Gail is very important but so is Mickie,Velvet,Tara,,and to a point Angelina and Madison. The most over KO’s is Mickie and Velvet and Madison.

  • BillyGP

    Oh for Slammiversary i see a Battle Royal for the knockouts since to be honest the first official knockout match for the division was a battle royal.

  • Sitau

    I say have gail n rayne win tag titles then drop to tnt then enter love to win title off gail, the only way I can see gail losing is either i. Gauntlet match.or a stupid box simulation

  • Raekon

    Very entertaining and fun match. :)
    Laughed hard when Eric were having Gail on him and ODB called him out of that.
    He just let her fall on her butt and gail screamed on that and made a funny face. It was hilarious! :)

    Love these 4 !

  • Ryan

    EY Speedo ftw!! hahaha Knock Up The Knockouts bro!!! =D

  • Thaila

    I hope the man Madison is smitten with is Rob Terry. Just because he’s hot and is like triple her size.

  • OvSeven

    I really hope Brooke Hogan will enter the KO division as tweener ^^ She forces Gail Kim to defend her title against all knockouts in a battle royal and the following have the entire KO to help her to design her office room

  • MickieJamesluvslave

    Didn’t think the match was tghat good but that might be becquse of EY/ODB. Just don’t like EY like at all and I absolutely hate those are the KO Tag Champs

    Be interesting tro see who becomes the new #1 Contender with SLAMAVERSARY a month away. Guess that will be Brooke’s first decision.

    My ideal champions.
    KO CHAMPION—Mickie James #1 CONTENDER–Sarita
    KO TAG CHAMPS– Beautiful People #1 CoNTENDERS—Gail/Madison

  • Aksana

    I’d like to see Gail defend her title against all of her former challengers in a battle royal. I believe that’s Velvet, Mickie, Tara, Madison and Brooke? As for Angelina Love suddenly being the next challenger, purely because she made a cameo, well I’m not ruling out anything. This is TNA.

    • Ryan

      Doubt ANgelina is going anywhere as much as id love to see her get down in the ring like she did during the 6 pack challenge months ago

      But it does keep that dimension in the Knockouts division where it isnt like wwe where ALL the good guys are friends and all the bad guys are friends…Shows Angelina doesnt care for Gail Kim and WANTS her title!! Same goes for Winter and as well as Brooke and Velvet who keep wrestling each other in really good matches!!