TNA Slammiversary in Review: Brooke Shocks the World in a Homecoming to Remember

Hello there everybody, and welcome to your Slammiversary recap extravaganza! For the past month and a half, things have been heating up between rivals Miss Tessmacher and Knockouts Champion, Gail Kim. First, Tessmacher attained three victories over the champ… but none of those three were the all important one when the gold was on the line. After winning a fatal four-way match this past Thursday, Brooke gets one more shot to end Gail’s historic reign, but can she do it? Not to mention, the show even emanates from none other than Brooke’s home state of Texas! Let’s find out if this girl that nobody took seriously can become a Women’s Champion…

Following a screen flash of the Knockouts Championship logo, we take it to the ring where Christy Hemme announces the following contest. My addiction of a rock theme hits, and out skips the hometown girl, Miss Tessmacher! She then skips down to the ring and hops onto the apron. From there, Tessmacher removes her coat to and tosses it onto the camera as if to give us a little tease (meaning we’re supposed to touch, I guess). Tessmacher is then cut off by the STILL addicting theme of Gail Kim, which sparks our Knockouts Champ to strut down the ramp with her gold on the shoulder. She climbs onto the ring apron… and wait! Are those lyrics?! My night has already been made! What’s even better is I think that is the voice of Mr. Hardcore Country himself, Serg Salinas. Tremendous.

The bell sounds as both women lock up and Gail scores with a takedown. She tries to rile Brooke up, before executing a roll up and a dropkick! The crowd boos the champion, before Tessmacher scores with some arm drags. She goes for the Tess Shocker, but Gail rolls out of the ring quickly. Brooke tries for a baseball slide, however, Gail catches her and slams her into the side of the ring. She then throws Brooke into the ring and tosses her into a corner to just continue this beatdown. Kim looks to do the same in the opposing corner, but Brooke decides to leap onto the ring rope and fly back with a clothesline. She quickly follows it up with a beautiful hurricanrana and gets the fans excited!

Tessmacher goes for a handspring type maneuver, but Gail uses her strength to drop Brooke throat first on the top rope. She begins to dominate the match, throwing the challenger into the corner. Brooke gets a brief sign of life as she tries to leap onto Gail’s shoulder, but this doesn’t last long being that Kim decides to drop her with a shoulder-breaker. Gail reverts to a submission soon after, while the crowd continue to be on the side of the hometown girl. Brooke finally fights out and once again goes for the Tess Shocker, but Gail elbows her in the head and executes a nice leg scissors submission.

Brooke looks to be fading, but she doesn’t have a chance to tap as Gail decides to break the hold. Following a two count, Gail starts choking Brooke out, before blowing a kiss to the booing crowd. Kim looks to continue the dominance, but Brooke scores with a neckbreaker out of nowhere! The fans start to clap in the favor of Miss Tessmacher, as the two women exchange punches. Finally, Brooke takes the advantages with a series of clotheslines and a running forearm! She ascends to the second rope and goes for the facebuster, but flies off just herself. This doesn’t stop the challenger though, for she dropkicks Gail into the corner once again. Tessmacher looks for her finisher again, but some miscommunication seems to occur and Gail’s knee collides with Brooke’s face in a pretty sick way.

Kim points and laughs at Brooke’s pain, as she nails the Happy Ending neckbreaker to send Brooke rolling outside the ring. Brooke gets to two feet, but Gail spears her off the ring and to the floor outside. Tessmacher looks to be down and out, which sparks the referee to start counting as Gail taunts the fans. She doesn’t want to win by countout, thus Gail drags Brooke back in the ring and attempts the Eat Defeat. Suddenly, Kim lets go and decides she wants to win using BROOKE’S finisher. Kim sets up for it, but Brooke counters into a victory roll! One… Two… Three! Brooke Tessmacher has ended Gail Kim’s run as Knockouts Champion!

Brooke falls to the outside in celebration of her big win, while the referee raises her hand as the new Knockouts Champion. Brooke starts to head up the ramp when she is stopped by Christy Hemme to get an interview with the new champion. She asks Brooke how it feels to win the title in her home state of Texas, to which Brooke, who can barely contain herself, replies that she honestly never thought she could be here and has overcome so many obstacles and stereotypes set against her. Tessmacher cites this win as being truly epic, especially in her home state, before concluding the brief chat with, “God bless Texas!” The fans cheer their home state champion on, as this segment comes to a conclusion!

Thoughts: So incredibly happy for Brooke Tessmacher. Not only because she is a “model” that a few years ago, nobody would have taken seriously, but because of all the mess she had to go through to get to where she is. I’m not sure most remember that her first run as a Knockout actually ended abruptly when she broke her jaw and had to spend so much time away from the roster that I thought she actually got released at one point. It’s just really awesome to get to see someone who has come from nothing get to this point, because as my colleague Cryssi said on Twitter last night, she didn’t have to continue wrestling when WWE released her, and for a time, she didn’t. But she eventually came back to it and look where it’s gotten her.

Onto the match, I thought it was solid overall. There were some shaky parts, and I definitely wouldn’t say it was better technically than their last outing, but for the moment of Brooke’s win, I personally like it better than the last one. The attempt Brooke did at the Tess Shocker where Gail’s knee collided with her skull made me cringe, and I’m glad neither of them got seriously injured from that. The finish, I thought, was handled brilliantly. Gail going for the Tess Shocker since Brooke beat her with her own finisher was great storytelling, and Tessmacher countering it into a victory roll was great!

I know we’ve not all been the biggest fans of Gail’s reign, but she held the title so long, and because of that, Brooke’s win felt important. They treated it like a big moment as well, with the interview afterwards. Sort of like when Mickie James won the Women’s Title from Beth Phoenix. I pray to God that TNA does not revert back to the hot potato title games now that the belt is off Gail, but I’m insanely interested to see where Brooke’s feuds will be headed. A lot of fresh matches can occur with Brooke holding the belt, so we will have to wait and see I suppose!

Overall Match Rating: 3/5

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  • Victoria_Tara

    Nice Match .. Congrats Brooke .. I wish me a Friendship match with Tara

  • melina prez

    I like the match and the story the match told.! There were some iffy parts but i enjoyed that match.! It made Brooke look like she could fight through anything. I think she turned the croud around…they were chanting gail but i think they swithched to brooke at the end. Congrats to Tessmacher.! Well deserved and well done!.! Match rating 3.5/5

    i see gail taking time off and brooke fueding with heel mickie until gail returns and costs brooke the title and we have a 3 way fued brooke vs gail vs mickie then Melina makes her debut and wins the title from Mickie a few ppvs later.

    • number1AngelinaLovefan

      I would LOVE for Melina to Go to TNA! So many great matches i see with her

      • MNM4ever

        YES! melina must go to tna :D

  • lucky1now

    The match was good there has been much worse
    A couple of moves were shaky but it all came together
    Congrats to the new champ
    And goodluck with having a great first reign

  • joshmm3

    I liked the match. Everyone said there were some botchs and I did notice a few. The only one that really stood out to me was when gail went for her neckbreaker and Tess started to fall before gail was ready. Overall it was good and like Cryssi said the finish was great storytelling. I’d give it a 3.

    • joshmm3

      opps I mean like Bobbi said

  • number1AngelinaLovefan

    Alright match…SO happy for Miss Tess though…..(Btw TNA will now be calling her “tess”)
    I can not wait for her matches as a champ! way to go Tess…

    Am now a Tessflocker

  • Mr. Asstastic

    Going into this match, I was conflicted because on one hand, the match was just announced last week and I didn’t want Brooke to win the title so randomly, but on the other hand it was TNA’s 10th anniversary show in her home state and I can’t think of a more special time and place for her to win it than that, so I’m very happy for Brooke and I hope she does great things with the title. ^_^

  • Jhonmarco

    Pretty boring match, happy for Brooke though. Hopefully we get heel Mickie coming for Brooke and then she can move to others like Angelina, Sarita, etc.

  • sanchezdiego96

    I agree with Bobby on the match. It wasnt as good as their last, but the ending was just great. And the reaction she got was perfect. I’m excited for her reign! Angelina was teasing that she’s gonna be in the title run again. That would be interesting. And then Mickie might be getting a push according to Hogan. Either would be fine. I want a Tara vs Brooke feud. Both faces in a good ol’ student vs teacher storyline!

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  • shameronstar

    I don’t know why everyone one is being so critical of this match because I thought it was pretty good, but maybe everyone is being hard on Brooke because she’s one of the few “models” turned wrestlers who actually have learning their craft well so they’ll nitpick her harsher than the “wrestlers”. Someone said Brooke is the Kelly Kelly of tna which is ridiculous because she’s more like the Candice/Naomi of tna because of her heart and natural affinity for wrestling!

    • redsandman99

      People totally do nitpick the “models” more than the wrestlers. I totally don’t think Brooke’s the Kelly of TNA at all. I’m more inclined to agree with the Candice comparisons.

      • number1AngelinaLovefan

        No No Miss Tess is for sure the Candice of TNA and Velvet is the Kelly of TNA even if Velvet has improved!

        • Lita-Sault-666

          Nah, I disagree. I think Tessmacher is better than Candice was. She’s much more fluid in the ring.

        • number1AngelinaLovefan

          O yeah she is alot better than Candice…but she is like the “Old Style” Candice of TNA, but better.

  • GailKim95

    CONGRATS BROOKE!!!! I did think their last match was much better than this one but this wasn’t that bad either. She deserves it with all the crap she had to go through, like not being given a chance in WWE to the haters because she was a model etc. GO BROOKE

  • SweeneyTodd

    Watched it a second time. For me still to worst TNA Knockout Match of the year.

    • ShimmerSupport211

      thank you. why not get somebody more technically sound like sarah stock aka sarita to face gail instead of having her get the beth phoenix and nattie neidhart treatment and be off tv for ages ? sarita and gail should go to shimmer. oh and it wasn’t shocking the little girl won the belt, hometown…. come on now.

      • Bhentoooot

        Oh. I really find Sarita boring with her attire, moveset and her gimmick. its better to have Brooke.

    • ShimmerSupport211

      from both wwe and tna there are no female match of the year canidates that come to mind at all. the only female matches of the year are either coming from shimmer women athlettes or wsu wrestling.

      • GailKim95

        wonder what could possibly make you think that. Oh wait your an indy mark never mind then

      • number1AngelinaLovefan

        STOP BITCHING PEOPLE……It was better than WWE’s matches

      • redsandman99

        I think Sarita deserves a push but guess what? It’s probably not gonna happen any time soon. It’s a shame yes but this is Brooke’s moment and I’m gonna be happy for her instead of bitching about shit I can’t change.

        • Sherri Martel Fan

          I agree i would have prefered to see Sarita there! But Brooke is not a bad wrestler. & it is very rare i say that about a model turned wrestler. She is btter than half the WWE women. & now with a face holding the title we may get to see Sarita more :)

  • VarsityBaseDude

    I didn’t want Brooke to win the title yet, but at the same time, she does deserve to win the title at some point. I’m glad that it was not a clean win, and that it was where she is most over, Texas (yeah, I’m a Texan myself, but I still like Gail more). Congratulations Brooke! I hope that the matches she will have will be good. Gail can concentrate on turning face cause I think that’s where she shines in TNA (since they can’t seem to push a heel other than Kong as a cheater).

  • Ryan

    WHOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!! Broooke!! YES BABY!! I jumped off my seat when she won!!!! =D
    Congrats Brooke and props to Gail Kim u were pretty awesome too!!!

    You deserved it and the fans jumped up from the win too!! haha what an epic win!!!! Brooke brings back TNA!!

    Great match! Brooke vs Kim round 3 is gonna be even better!!

    Brooke Candice Michelle have so much alikeness! Both very passionate and pack that fire! I can see the resemlence! And Brooke and Candice are ultra hot n sexy! haha Texas Tough baby!!
    Cant wait to meet Brooke in person one day
    Cant help see how hot she is but cant help love and respect her too!
    TNA FTW! Indie girls dont get love like this!!

  • DjayDay

    I’m pretty sure one of the comments said something about this being the worst Knockout match of the year. I’m going to assume they are not right in the head. It wasn’t a 5 star match, but in NO WAY was it bad. Once again same IGNORANT, pathetic Indy marks running their mouths over the internet cause they didn’t get what they wanted. I love Sarita too but I’m gonna give Tess a shot.

  • kristalmelinafan

    So happy for Brooke. All three of the women that was in Extreme Expose are now former and current champions.

  • Spike7000

    The REAL view

    I was there live. It was a pretty good match.

    Brooke got a nice pop and Gail got the usual boos. The crowd was behind Brooke then Gail then both. Brooke got a major pop when she beat Gail.

  • Bhentoooot

    I rate it 4/5 pretty good and the ending is entertaining. WAY TO GO BROOKE!!!! feud with Tara, Mickie, Angelina. :]

  • Thaila

    On ya Chooky!

  • Raekon

    I liked the match. The shoulder breaker from gail and the neckbreaker counter while rising from brooke were rather the highlights for me but the match also told a story with the support from the commentary and the two girls involved.

    A huge plus to TNA that let brooke win in her hometown which is something that wwe VERY rarely would do for a Diva.

  • joeyesrojo

    You have a model who walked into WWE, discovered a love of wrestling and has finally made it in TNA. If anybody could be called the new Trish Stratus, then I’d give it to Brooke.

    This match win gave off the same feel as when Trish won the Survivor Series 6 Diva Match.

    • Kessuki

      i got that same feeling in regards to your trish comparison.