TNA Xplosion Watch (May 22nd, 2013): Mickie James Takes Tara and Jesse For a Ride

What’s up Knockout fans and welcome to a slightly belated edition of TNA Xplosion Watch here on Diva Dirt! This week’s match was aired a day before Mickie James‘ Knockout Championship win, so bear that in mind when you don’t see the belt around her waist. On this week’s Xplosion, Mickie takes on former rival Tara, and of course, Tara has the “snake in the grass” that is Jesse Godderz with her. Are TNA spelling it Jesse or Jessie this week? It changes all the time! I’ll stick with Jesse as that seems more manly and Jessie with an I reminds me of Jessie from Team Rocket in Pokémon and her godly name should not be tarnished by the likes of Mr. Pectacular. Weird trail of thought over, let’s get cracking!

We cut to the arena and Tara is making her entrance alongside her Hollywood Z-lister boytoy. Tara and Jesse mock a fan on the ramp and pretend to go to slap his hand, which I thought was hilarious. Just when you think this pairing is getting old, they add something new. Out next, without her recording breaking ninth belt of gold, is none other than Mickie James. No surprise, Mickie’s album is plugged like crazy and not to burst anyone’s bubble but Mickie’s album is not Top 5 in the UK like the normally excellent Todd Kennelly says. Maybe in our Country music chart it is, but a country music scene is virtually non-existent here so, yeah… I’ll move swiftly on. Love Mickie’s new video though!

The match starts out with a collar and elbow tie-up, which Tara gets the best of, as she transitions it into a waistlock that she then turns into a belly to back slam. The Widow’s Peak Freak then mounts Mickie and “plays the bongos” according to Todd. Tara then decides to play something else and goes to play tonsil tennis with Jesse. Mickie spanks Tara herself before kicking her in the midsection and applying a headlock. Following a shoulder block, cartwheel and dropkick combo, Mickie levels Tara with a drop toe hold and then she rides Tara like a donkey! Jesse is clearly jealous of Tara and proceeds to get in on the action himself. ODB obviously feels left out and she decides she may as well get spanked too and although Mickie isn’t interested in riding ODB, she gives her a cheek whack on the behind as we go to a commercial break.

Back from the adverts and Mickie decks both Tara and Jesse with a baseball slide dropkick on the outside. Mickie gets Tara back in the ring, but as the record 5-time Knockouts Champ distracts ODB, Jesse does what a good manager should, he gets involved and trips Mickie up head first on the apron. Tara works over Mickie with a few stomps back in the ring and then she wrenches at Mickie’s hair, stretching Mickie over her back. Following a couple of pin attempts, Tara rakes Mickie’s face/ears before slamming her face into the mat. Mickie attempts to make a comeback yet Tara clubs her down before setting her up in the tree of woe and slamming her neck first off the bottom turnbuckle. Really nice.

Mickie’s comeback might not be dead in the water just yet as she manages to avoid Tara’s dropkick attempt, yet after a near fall from a schoolgirl, Tara regains control with a clothesline. Tara then locks in a sloppy yet pretty unique submission yet it’s not cinched in tight enough as Mickie gets out pretty quickly, and she nearly puts Tara away with a lovely bridging pin. Mickie goes for another pin attempt, this time a Crucifix, yet that also isn’t enough. Hardcore Country then decapitates Tara with an Enziguri, which could definitely be a turning point in the match.

Mickie goes for her Mickie-DT yet after a distraction from Jesse, Tara hits her beautiful Spider’s Web – such a good looking move. Tara then looks to deal even more damage to Mickie’s neck and back as it looks like she’s looking for a Superplex, yet after a reversal and failed interference from Jesse, Mickie flies from the top rope Lou Thesz style and scores a three count!

Thoughts: This match has felt really fresh compared to a lot of Tara’s other bouts recently and I really enjoyed it. Mickie didn’t have a clichéd comeback and that made for a much more realistic feel to the bout. Jesse can sometimes interfere too many times for my liking yet I think the balance was just right in this match, and he sold Mickie’s kick at the end really well. Overall, a really nice hidden gem once again on Xplosion. And with that, stay tuned, Jack will be back!

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  • divaindemise

    I wonder if the commentator was under the dim impression that the UK was some obscure part of the world where nobody would question the validity of Mickie James being a successful recording artist there.


    • Nostalgia


  • Marcos Navarro

    The match was actually really good. The crowd kinda killed it for me tho.

  • xX-Zoey-Sky-Xx

    She’s not in the Top 5 of the Regular Charts, but the country charts she is. It’s the same in Ireland as well, not in the regular charts but she on the country charts.

  • divaindemise

    ANYway, as for the match…

    … Jesse reminds me of an improved version of a guy I used to date. I think he and Tara could be an entertaining act outside of the KO division, especially since there’s little left for Tara to accomplish within it.

    Fun match and as always I enjoy watching Mickie James, such is the measure of her appeal. Still think she and ODB would have made an incredibly fun tag tandem as backwoods brawler type characters.

  • Ryan

    Sweet match!! And Aesthetics man always does a great job outside too haha ODB wanted some too lol
    For a Tara match this was actually pretty good!!
    Loved the Flying Thez Press and the sick kick she drove to Jesse
    Team Rocket for sure except Jesse isnt as flamboyant for lack of better term, as the cartoon one was haha
    ODB is crazy lol she once gave a chick a wedgie then gave the ref a wedgie.. Then asked the ref to either spank her or wedgie her haha crazy broad XD

  •!/FrenchFineFierc FrenchFineFierce

    Tara will ALWAYS be the best !!

  • shameronstar

    Why is Tara wrestling in a bra? Also the Pokemon reference was a nice little touch coming from an anime fan;)

    • johnny

      Tara has been using lingerie and bikinis as wrestling gear she said on a interview that she buys her wrestling gear at a lingerie shop and a bikini shop and alters some of them.

      • art

        ROFL isn’t this her top when she attacked the diva search girls in that bikini contest..

  • Gail-Trish-Brooke

    Never been a fan of Mickie or Melina’s version of the lou thesz press, it’s a bit too spastic. They always hit it way too high on the body. Definitely doesn’t work as a finishing move.

  • johnny

    When Mickie rode and spanked James like a donkey I almost died laughing.

  • Ace Of Base

    I enjoyed the match and wish the crowd would’ve been more into it. Mickie James looks slimmer and younger btw.

  • Stuff

    I hope TNA hires Audrey Marie and call her “softcore country”

    • art

      XD she could come in obsessed with mickie…

  • art

    Nice match & i really enjoyed it but whats with tna now having butt slaps?

  • RDJacqueline

    Really enjoyable match. On a totally different note, SoCal Val is a much better ring announcer than Christy Hemme!

    • Gail-Trish-Brooke

      No way!

    • JamieKym

      Hell no! SoCal’s voice is so ditzy and always cracks.

    • RDJacqueline

      Yeah, I suppose you’re right, she doesn’t sound as energetic as Christy but I dunno, call me weird but I think she sounds OK .TNA should give her more of a chance though, she’s been there so many years and just ends up sitting at ringside every show not doing much.

  • T_Fan

    Groovy match. Luv Tara & Mickie. Luving ODB in her new Ref role, but just hoping after the One Night Only KO’s special they will introduce the talent from that onto tv & can bring back the KO’s tag titles!