For the first time in what seems like years, the TNA Knockouts have been benched from tomorrow night’s Against All Odds pay per view. With so much change in TNA since Eric Bischoff and Hulk Hogan took over the reins in January, could this be a sign of the times?
The Knockouts have always had some presence on the monthly pay per views with a recurring trend of having two matches on the show last year. So how did we go from two to none? It could be said that the theme for tomorrow’s show, which will feature an eight-man tournament competed all in one night, is the reason why the Knockouts were left off as the card mainly concentrates on the tournament and of course, a World Championship match between AJ Styles and Samoa Joe. But then again, we have — of all things — Team 3D versus The Nasty Boys, whose height of fame peaked at least a decade and a half ago.
There is a lot of uncertainty about the future of the Knockouts division; some girls are said to be unhappy, one has left the company already and the company’s Knockout centerpiece has been embroiled in backstage drama with TNA management. On television, the segments have gotten shorter, more sparse and there seems to be competition for screentime with Tara, Angelina Love and The Beautiful People dominating the Knockouts action for the past month. Where’s the diversity we once saw with the Saritas, Taylors, Tracis?
And now this. Perhaps the biggest, most glaring sign that the Knockouts division hasn’t got the same spotlight on it that it once had.