Impact Write-Up (November 29th, 2012): Hardcore Country Preps for Tara, But Gail Kim Proves to Be No Easy Obstacle

Impact Wrestling brought forth last night a match between #1 contender to the Knockouts Championship, Mickie James and her former arch rival, Gail Kim. Not too much on the segment front this week, but since it’s been so consistent otherwise with them, I’m willing to give it a week off and just enjoy some good solid action.

Mickie James is shown warming up backstage, followed  by Gail Kim as their match is plugged as being up next. Following a brief (may have been cut from the commercial) Christy Hemme pan up shot, Gail Kim makes her way to the ring quite elegantly. After a recap of Mickie eliminating Gail a few weeks ago to win the number one contender’s battle royal, the queen of Hardcore Country two steps her way on down the ramp and slides into the ring. Gail looks none too impressed with her opponent, but referee, Taryn Terrell signals for the bell to sound and we get started!

Gail with a quick roll up, but to no avail. A waist lock by the pink clad Knockout, who takes the advantage with a wrist lock. Mickie with a one armed cartwheel, but Kim has seen this trick before and managed to counter it. A few shots to the face of Mickie, as Gail continues to beat her down with a clothesline in the corner to taunt the “Let’s go, Mickie” chanting fans. Dixie Carter’s face pops up on the screen, but Gail refuses to let us pay attention to anything but her as she drops Mickie with the cross arm neckbreaker for just a two count. She slams Mickie’s face into the canvas, before applying a leg lock submission! The crowd continues to try and rally Mickie up, but Gail is completely dominating the match thus far. A two count as Mickie bridges up, before kicking Gail into the corner and hitting the flapjack into a kip up!

James heads up to the top rope, but Gail dodges the thesz press and hits a nice running dropkick. She goes for the pin, adding her feet on the ropes for leverage, but Taryn Terrell stops the count when she sees it. Kim attempts the Eat Defeat, but Mickie smartly throws Gail’s leg into the ropes, causing Gail to land with the rope between both of her legs. Mickie drills her with the Mick Kick, but she falls backwards, showing the effects of the match thus far. James finally crawls over to Gail and hooks the leg, but Taryn notes the other foot is under the ropes, which signifies that a count can not happen. Mickie drags her over and goes for the pin attempt again, but only a two count. Now Gail is in control, but just briefly as Mickie lands the Mick-a-rana from the corner!

A set of clotheslines and a dropkick mounts James’ comeback, following it up with a neckbreaker for another near fall as Gail gets the shoulder up. She now goes for the Mickie-DT, but Kim hoists her into the corner. Gail charges forth towards James, however, Mickie manages to lift herself up onto the top rope and allow Gail to collide with the turnbuckle. From there, she grabs Kim’s hair and leaps off with a huge tornado DDT from the second rope, which looks like it may have massacred poor Gail with the impact. (Fortunately, that’s not the case as she’s been tweeting as of this morning!) Mickie then hooks the leg for the one… two… three! Taryn raises her hand in victory, as Gail heads to the back and I assume plots her revenge on James, as well as concocts her own plan to soon become Knockouts champion!

Thoughts: Great match between Mickie and Gail! I’m sure anyone could’ve predicted that as long as they’re given the time, they’re going to deliver, but I was really into this match. Mickie looks strong heading into her challenge against Tara by defeating the inaugural champion, and Gail didn’t go down without a brutal fight. It’s excellent to have Mickie back and doing her thing in the ring, and while I’m still wondering what the month of ODB/Tara was about if it’s not culminating in a title shot, I’m just glad to see the females continue to be given a good amount of time to go out and wrestle. We’ve gotten to see a lot of fresh faces the past two weeks, and tonight we went live with only two shown so I’m still kind of wondering if the taped aspect has something to do with it. Not complaining however, because the match was great and it accomplished everything it needed to in order to set up Mickie for her title shot.

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    Just wondering why Brooke Hogan’s storyline isn’t being covered?

  • Ryan

    Sexy Brooke and Bully Ray rock!!

  • darkangels

    just wondering why Wow wrestling returning to CW network december 9 at11:AM after wwe saturday mornings.

    • darkangels

      typo being covered?

  • javiousmckenzie

    Love these two in the ring together

  • Connor

    The move when she bashed mickies head into the mat when she got out of the scissor type hold was epic

    • NY Pollard

      Great move! It was so heel like and awesome! Love these two. Great match.

    • mykel1990

      Dug the match between them! That head scissor into the face slam looked straight up painful, as did that Mick Kick which sold beautifully by Gail. Both women delivered as always. I live in Orlando, I need to see them live one day.

      • NY Pollard

        You should! Mickie James, Tara and Gail Kim were part of some great eras and storylines only a few years back and they’re all still performing top notch as ever. You should check out FCW too. :)

        • mykel1990

          I know, right! I’m totally slackerizing right now!

  • MickieJamesluvslave

    Good match. I always enjoy seeing Mickie. But no story movement between Mickie/Tara

  • Raekon

    Great match! Enjoyed every single bit of it. :)
    Taryn is awesome as a ref aswell!
    She has grown in the role a lot and is greatly involved in the matches too.


    Good match! Nice to see both gals. I love Taryn by the way, it’s so fresh to have a female ref.

    • Kaledrina

      what i love is how.. um, how unnoticeable she is? it’s no longer a case of “omg a female referee, look!” and she has just faded into the scenery, which is a good thing as that’s what referees are for.

      still hoping she’ll turn proper knockout sometime mid-next year though ;)

  • VarsityBaseDude

    Gail and Mickie delivered. The match is good. I would love for these two to have an iron women match or ladder match. Now if only TNA could focus on all the girls they have. Give them all something… a story line or something. What the heck happened to Sarita (not even sure if I spelled that right, yes, it’s been that long since she was on). The tag titles?

  • BillyGP

    Great match loved the tornado DDT by Mickie have not seen her use that in a long time. Taryn is a good referee also.

  • Gail-Trish-Maryse

    Fantastic match. Not as good as the one with Gail/Brooke before Brooke faced Tara, but still a fantastic match. And just like the before mentioned match, I doubt Tara will be able to top it at the PPV :)

  • Goodvibes

    Wow this match rocked, PPV quality on TV, Gail never disappoints me, and Mickie looks better in the ring than ever!. Like suggested above id love for TNA to have an all out three way feud between Tara/Gail/Mickie, three veterans vying for that top title. They would pull out some amazing matches, hardcore, ladder, Iron woman, and the list goes on.

  • melina prez

    Great hard hitting match! Definitely one of their best! The only thing I don’t get is why there was no Tara to actually spark to flame to this feud. And I’m still puzzled from odb vs Tara feud.

  • Kessuki

    A PPV match worthy. I thought they worked with each other well and delivered on all aspects, also praise goes to mickie who in her medical time off, seems to have been in the gym getting fit and toned up and it clearly shows. Great to have hardcore country back under the spotlight.

  • Ryan

    I don’t think Mickie n Tara need “storyline” after all it’s Wrestling it should all be about the championship! Like Trish Victoria and Jazz in 2003 or Kong vs Kim in 2007, it was all about the championship and what was told, was with actions In the ring

    Btw that running dropkick from Gail Kim was perfection!!! Damn!!! Mick Kick and Flapjack Kip Up was awesome!! Seriously ladies awesome match! Was so into it could barely notice Teryn!!
    Great job!

    Also anyone see Austin Aries burn Brooke Hogan??? Huahahahaha so awesome!
    “Brooke how do you do it?”
    (Laying in the uncomfortable table )

    A-Double is the fukken Man!
    And Bully Ray rocks too!!
    Good matches last night and how dare that douche call out Bobby Roode???? Odasity!!

  • miickeyzreal

    Great match! Mickie James is the only female wrestler today that make me chills when she is on the ring. I really get extremely exited when Mickie James is in the ring and I really get in to the storyline when she is in. I got mad love for Gail Kim, because she is perfection in the ring but Mickie James is my girl and will always be.

    So happy to see HARDCORE COUNTRY BACK!!!!!!