IMPACT! is about to have a first for its Knockouts as the first-ever Ultimate X match for the women will take place in January at the Hard to Kill pay-per-view. While this may be the first time the match has taken place for the Knockouts, the idea isn’t a new one.
Six women will take part in this inaugural match – Lady Frost, Tasha Steelz, Rachael Ellering, Jordynne Grace, Chelsea Green, and Rosemary. The winner will become the number one contender for the Knockouts World Championship.
While speaking with Inside the Ropes’ Adam Morrison, Rosemary the Demon Assassin reveals when the idea for the match first came about.
“It’s been something. We saw somebody post about it recently, but this is something that we have been trying to plant the seeds for all the way back in 2017. We have had several knockouts over the years express interest in being in Ultimate X. 2017, who was there? It was us and Chelsea [Green] and Allie and Sienna and several other girls that would have possibly shown interest in this. So, in 2017, we were already planting the seeds in that, planting the seeds that the girls could do this, that the girls could try this.”
“The knockouts have had Monster’s Ball, the knockouts have had Full Metal Mayhem, the knockouts have had Six Sides of Steel, several different iconic TNA/IMPACT matches, but the Ultimate X… when people think of TNA, what they really pioneered, the Ultimate X is what a lot of people saw first and sold them on that.”
The Ultimate X match has been pivotal in the men’s X Division and has been a staple for the company since 2003.
Rosemary is a former Knockouts Champion for 266-days but has not held the championship since 2017. If she wins the Ultimate X match on Jan. 8 this could propel her into a position to become a two-time champion. She most recently held the Knockouts World Tag Team Titles along with Havok.
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