-Well, it’s a new month. And after that God-awful crapfest surrounding the Knockouts title at Hard Justice I’m not in a particularly good mood. The TNA writers took a championship that actually meant something, had the champion lose it because her tag team partner got pinned by the challenger’s boyfriend and then decided to piss all over it by making it a comedy prop for ODB & Cody Deaner.
-And how do they plan to make up for that on iMPACT tonight? Are they going to choose not to recognize the title change because of the asinine stipulations of the intergender tag team Knockouts title match and return the belt to the rightful champion, Angelina Love? No. Are they going to issue a formal apology for insulting the intelligence of their fans with pathetic, misogynistic attempts at humor where a title match should’ve been? No. Instead, they’re going to put Christy Hemme in the ring. This is going to be a long month.
-Kong & Sarita could make that match tonight awesome, Christy could make it suck and Traci’s somewhere in the middle. Damn, I’m conflicted.
BEAUTIFUL PEOPLE BACKSTAGE INTERVIEW
-Great interview as always from 2 of the best talkers in the company. It looks like Madison Rayne is gone from My Pi Sexy unless this is some kind of swerve. Seems like a shame since that gimmick did get her over. Still, she was never really portrayed as an equal to V & A. Even if she starts to feud with them now, I kind of doubt that will change.
ODB & CODY DEANER INTERRUPT MICK FOLEY BACKSTAGE INTERVIEW
-I heart JB for saying that NASCAR is not a sport. I only wish TNA management knew that.
-I’m relieved that Foley pointed out the impossibility of a man holding a women’s title, but this ruling he’s talking about for next week makes me nervous. Please tell me ODB & Deaner are not going to be dual champions. It was a stupid idea when Chris Jericho & Chyna did it back in the day and it’s even more stupid now.
-Thankfully, this was the only screen time ODB & Deaner got this week.
MADISON RAYNE vs. ANGELINA LOVE (w/ VELVET SKY)
-This is not where I thought this was going at all. It looked to me like Velvet was on her way out of TBP, not Madison. And why kick her out when she just joined the group a few months ago? Was that the plan all along or did they just not have a direction in mind for her character? Beats me, but whatever. If she goes back to her Ashley Lane persona Madison stands a decent chance of getting over as an energetic babyface as long as she’s got TBP to get heat off of. Sure, she’ll be completely overshadowed by the likes of Sarita and Taylor, but she was already being overshadowed by Angelina and Velvet, so what has she really got to lose? I don’t know if I see it working and she’ll probably be joining Sojo in the benchwarming jobbers club before too long, but hey, give the girl a shot and maybe she’ll surprise us.
-Strange that Velvet said Madison was out of TBP but she still came out to their music.
-Solid beatdown. Angelina looked badass. I’d like to see more of this woman and less of the girl in the beekeeper suit.
-Judging from the crowd at Hard Justice, it looks like the fans were more eager to see Velvet turn face than Madison and I have to agree. If the writers are just going back to the well with the Velvet/Angelina tandem, that shows a real lack of creativity. It’s old, it’s tired and there’s nothing new about it. At least an Angelina/Madison tandem would’ve been something different.
CHRISTY HEMME, TARA, TAYLOR WILDE & SARITA BACKSTAGE INTERVIEW
-Knockout tag team titles. So TNA is creating a new championship. And THIS is how they announce it? THIS is how they announce the creation of Knockout tag team titles – in a completely random backstage interview with zero build up? Are you kidding me? Way to make your title belts look absolutely meaningless, TNA writers! Even someone who has never watched pro wrestling before in their life could’ve told you that the institution of a new championship should’ve had a more momentous announcement than this. The announcement should’ve been made at Hard Justice and it should’ve been made to look like a huge deal. They should’ve taken Abyss vs. Jethro Holliday off the card and given that time to the announcement of the new title belts since no one gave a rat’s ass about that match anyway.
-It’s an interesting concept in theory, and it makes sense since TNA is a company where tag team wrestling thrives as they have been so fond of pointing out for the last year. Even so, I’m opposed to this. I don’t think it’s a good idea for a number of reasons that I won’t get into here. But the nice thing about this is that I finally have a reason to post that Knockout tag team titles column that I wrote six months ago. I’ll have to update it a bit, but most of it is no less relevant now than it was then. Quite the impressive futurist, ain’t I?
-They say there’s going to be eight teams in this tournament. I’m looking over the roster right now and I have no idea how they’re going to come up with eight teams. Not eight good ones anyway. The way I see it, they have three really solid teams, but the rest are just going to look ridiculous. And if they’re going to have eight teams vying for tag titles then who’s going to be left to feud for the singles title?
-If they’re just going to throw a bunch of random singles wrestlers together and call them a tag team then this is going to come off like crap. Case in point: Hemme & Tara – nothing against them, but aside from them both being WWE Divas at one point, those two have absolutely nothing in common. There’s no chemistry, no reason for them to team together except for the writers just needing them to fill a spot. And the completely asinine pairing of Traci Brooks and non-wrestler Sharmell of all people in this tournament just proves that the TNA writers have not put nearly enough thought into this. Sharmell being entered in this thing just makes the whole tournament look like a joke. I really don’t see this working out.
-Why on earth would Traci even want to be partners with Sharmell in the first place when Sharmell has publicly admitted that she is NOT a wrestler? Does Traci think her odds of winning are better with a partner who is the definition of useless? What sense does that make? NONE! Either have Traci look outside the MEM for a tag team partner or just keep her as a singles competitor. The MEM are already devaluing the tag team and legends titles simply by Booker T, Steiner and Nash being the champions -- they don’t need to crap on the Knockout tag team titles on top of that.
-Not to sound like a broken record, but why is Tara partnering with Christy Hemme in a tag team tournament when she was supposedly focused on Awesome Kong and getting the singles title back? It just seems like her character has no direction whatsoever right now.
-On the other side of that coin, I love that Taylor & Sarita are going to be partners. Those two are money as a team or as opponents. They should win this tournament and be the inaugural champions. You won’t see a better team than them come out of this situation.
-This was a much improved interview for Sarita. She was a little shaky on her first night, but this time she was much more relaxed.
AWESOME KONG (w/ RAISHA SAEED) vs. SARITA (w/ TAYLOR WILDE) vs. TRACI BROOKS (w/ SHARMELL) vs. CHRISTY HEMME (w/ TARA)
-So the referees sent the World Elite and Jay Lethal to the back, but the women get to keep their new tag partners at ringside? I’m just saying…
-Fun match, if a bit chaotic at the end. All the women worked hard. I wish we could’ve seen the stuff that happened during the commercials. It looked like there was a blown spot at one point where Sarita went for a tilt-a-whirl armdrag and either she or Traci botched it, but they covered it up very well.
-I’ll give credit where credit’s due – I wasn’t expecting much out of Christy here, and while she didn’t do anything to impress me, she didn’t drag the match down either. I was pleasantly surprised. Christy was showing some improvement in the ring before her neck injury and seems to be more or less picking up where she left off without showing a lot of ring rust.
-The iMPACT Zone fans are really digging Sarita. Her crowd pops are getting bigger every week.
-I wish Sarita had gone over here, but Traci stealing the pin from Kong works for setting up their tag match next week. The match would’ve been better if Kong and Sarita had carried the whole thing and not just the first half, but the right person got pinned and I’m not going to complain about that.
-For the record, Sarita is still undefeated in TNA.
-Interesting reaction from Kong post-match. They even teased trouble between her and Saeed. I’m crossing my fingers that that means what I hope it means.
-Why exactly is Sharmell cool with Traci being in the MEM? She got so pissed off when Morasca joined the group, supposedly stealing her thunder, but she has no problem with Traci? Yeah, that makes sense. Oh wait. It doesn’t. Here’s a thought -- why not just leave Sharmell in the back so the fans don’t have to suffer through her presence? It’s not like she does anything that warrants her getting TV time anyway.
TRACI BROOKS & SHARMELL BACKSTAGE INTERVIEW
-Elite females? Seriously? Calling Sharmell an "elite female in the wrestling industry" is like calling Uwe Boll an elite male in the film industry.
-I'm not sure why they’re so confident about their chances against Awesome Kong considering Sharmell is not even a wrestler.
-Good promo though. I don’t want to see Sharmell anywhere near the inside of a wrestling ring, but she is very good on the mic.
-For what it’s worth, at least it looks like Sharmell won't be wrestling in a dress tonight.
AWESOME KONG & RAISHA SAEED vs. TRACI BROOKS & SHARMELL
-[sarcasm] Oh yeah… because Sharmell’s match with Jenna Morasca was such a HUGE success, by all means, let’s put her back in the ring because that sure won’t piss anyone off at all. [/sarcasm]
-For all Traci & Sharmell’s supposed confidence, they sure crapped themselves in a hurry when Kong got in the ring.
-Not much of a match, but we all knew that going in. Traci is kind of limited with what she can do and Sharmell does practically nothing. This was just about planting the seeds of dissent between Kong & Saeed.
-The right team lost, but the wrong person got pinned. Why have wrestler Traci get pinned when non-wrestler Sharmell is there? Traci getting pinned hurts Traci; Sharmell getting pinned hurts no one.
-Interesting that Tenay & Taz spent a lot of time talking about Raisha Saeed, her past, what her role with Kong is, the fact that no one really knows anything about her, etc. Then she stole the pin from Kong and Kong looked pissed off. That’s two weeks in a row that problems have been teased between these women. I'm trying not to get too excited here, but I really do smell an unmasking angle. Cannot wait to see Kong vs. Alissa Flash on PPV. Can. Not. Wait.
-Sharmell even being in this tournament in the first place makes my soul hurt and my eyes bleed. At least her and Traci lost in the first round, so apparently the TNA writers haven’t completely taken leave of their senses yet.
MICK FOLEY, ODB & CODY DEANER BACKSTAGE INTERVIEW
-ODB vs. Deaner at No Surrender for the title? Oh, lord... it just gets worse and worse. We're going to have another month of this crap? This is just embarrassing. Why is it even an issue in the first place? It's a freaking WOMEN'S title. That belt means less and less every moment it's associated with farce.
-Right now I would liken the Knockout roster to WCW in the late 1990s – the undercard is stacked and awesome, but the main event scene is a complete joke.
-I suppose there's some kind of audience for this type of comedy, but I just don't like it. It's stupid, it's juvenile, it's cartoonish, ergo, it belongs on Monday Night Raw, not TNA iMPACT.
DAFFNEY BACKSTAGE INTERVIEW
-Daffney can cut some of the most entertaining promos in the business. It's just a shame she doesn't get the chance to cut promos more often.
-Strange that Lauren is so calm interviewing Daffney after being terrorized by her a few months ago.
DAFFENY vs. HAMADA
-Wow! Great match. Daffney got more offense than I expected. She still lost, but she looked strong in defeat. That’s a step up for her.
-Hamada could've used some hype videos before she showed up like the ones Sarita got.
-Did they really have to go to commercials less than two minutes into a debuting new talent's first match? That’s almost as counter productive as going to commercials at 10:00 pm so all the casual viewers who are channel surfing, looking for something to watch hit SpikeTV and find a bunch of ads instead of iMPACT. I just don’t get it.
-Hamada got a big "This is awesome!" chant despite most people in the crowd probably having no idea who she was. She should have no trouble getting over.
-Big ‘holy $h!t’ moment with the moonsault through the table. You won't see that from the WWE Divas, folks. Really cool spot, but it's a little disappointing that Daffney seems to be getting typecast as the girl who sacrifices her body by taking big bumps and then gets no push to show for it. Daffney is the new Roxxi apparently.
-This was easily Daffney’s best match in TNA so far. Rematch? Please?
-I have to credit Taz for the "zombie hot" moniker. That's a great way to describe Daffney. Well, just "hot" in general is a great way to describe Daffney, but "zombie hot" makes me laugh.
-Note to TNA merchandising department: Zombie Hot is a hot-selling T-shirt waiting to happen.
BEAUTIFUL PEOPLE & MADISON RAYNE BACKSTAGE SEGMENT
-Nice to see Madison finally stand up to V & A. She needed to grow some guts if she's going to have any chance of getting over as a babyface.
-So she has a mystery partner when she faces TBP in the tournament, eh? I guess that's the "familiar face" that Jeremy Borash tweeted about earlier today. The people at www.diva-dirt.com say the familiar face in question is Roxxi. That would make perfect sense, given Roxxi's history with TBP. I'm trying not to get my hopes up, but if it is Roxxi I will mark out like a maniac next week.
-They showed a graphic with the Knockout tag title tournament brackets and thankfully, the rumored inclusion of the ODB/Deaner tandem was just a rumor. Coming up we've got Taylor/Sarita vs. Alissa/Daffney. Yes! That should be awesome! I want Taylor/Sarita to win this tournament, but it would be very interesting to see what happens if Alissa/Daffney go over in that match, seeing as how the winners will face Kong/Saeed.
-Hamada's in the tournament as well, which I have no problem with. Unfortunately for her, she's been paired up with Sojourner Bolt of all people. Good grief... did Hamada piss in Dixie Carter's cereal to get stuck with a partner like that? I've got news for you, TNA writers -- pairing Hamada with Bolt will NOT help Hamada's chances of getting over.
-Jeremy Borash broke the news earlier in the week that Roxxi was returning for the tag tournament, which I couldn’t be more thrilled about. Even if it’s only for this set of TV tapings, seeing my favorite Knockout again is going to be a huge feel good moment.
-The timing of her return is awfully suspicious. Rhaka Khan has one foot out the door because of the Kurt Angle situation and then they suddenly bring Roxxi back. That pretty much says it all, doesn’t it? No matter what anyone says about why Roxxi was released back in April, it had to have something to do with the Rhaka Khan altercation. I don’t buy that excuse they gave her for a second. They told Roxxi they no longer had anything for her creatively despite the fact that she was being used regularly, currently involved in a storyline and was one of the most over women they had. They released her while keeping a woman like Sojourner Bolt who they haven’t done squat with for six months and has never been over whatsoever. Then all of a sudden, Rhaka Khan has a falling out with Kurt Angle and Roxxi gets brought back almost immediately. Coincidence? I think not.
-Unfortunately, word came out today that no one has approached Roxxi about returning to the company full time, which is complete BS. But she’s supposed to start competing in AAA pretty soon, so she landed on her feet, which is the most important thing.
THE BEAUTIFUL PEOPLE BACKSTAGE INTERVIEW
-"We no speaky ugly." Funny. Entertaining interview as always.
-For the record, Lauren is better looking than either of these women, IMO.
SOJOURNER BOLT & HAMADA vs TARA & CHRISTY HEMME
-Bolt's entrance was cut out, pretty much telegraphing who was going to get pinned in this match, not that it wasn't kind of obvious already.
-Hamada came out through the heel shoot this week and acted heelish during the match. So either she's going to be a heel or she's borrowing Bolt's gimmick of changing sides every five minutes.
-Did Christy just come from a tie dye party or a Daizee Haze garage sale? Seriously, what was with her ring gear this week?
-Not a great match. It was good when Tara and Hamada were in the ring, minus a sloppy spot or two, but that's pretty much all I can say since about 60% of it took place during commercials. Seeing as how Christy & Bolt were in the ring when the commercial break ended, maybe that was for the best.
-There is clearly not a single drop of chemistry between either of these teams, and to be perfectly honest, I could've told you that last week.
-Is it just me, or did Tara look really surprised that her and Christy won?
-Tara/Christy came out to the ring together while Hamada/Bolt came out separately. When tag team partners come out to separate entrances it’s sort of a given that the team isn’t going to last very long. Unsurprisingly, this one lasted for exactly one match.
-Was Hamada turning on Bolt after the match supposed to make her a face or a heel? With Bolt it’s never quite clear.
-I'm shedding no tears over the immediate dissolution of the Hamada/Bolt tandem. That was a go-nowhere team and a complete waste of Hamada's time. If she's going to be in a tag team then she deserves a partner that's in the same league as her, like Awesome Kong.
“FUTURE LEGEND” ALISSA FLASH vs. ODB (w/ CODY DEANER)
-Decent match. Alissa is being wasted. ODB bores me; her shtick is beyond old at this point.
-Despite winning the championship at the last PPV ODB is back to working webmatches this week. I thought it was likely that the writers only gave ODB the title so Traci could take it from her at No Surrender and have the MEM holding all the belts, but then Traci’s Playboy spread got deep-sixed, so that will probably be the end of her push. I don’t know what kind of challengers they’ve got lined up for ODB now -- assuming Deaner doesn’t become the women’s champion at No Surrender, that is.
-Poor Melissa… they won’t let her get a singles win as Raisha Saeed OR as Alissa Flash. The TNA writers need to get their heads out of their asses and realize what they have with this woman. She got “Future legend!” chants against ODB for crying out loud! She’s gotten over despite the fact that she’s been booked like enhancement talent and has yet to win a single match. Doesn’t that tell you anything, TNA?
-Looks like they’re still tweaking Alissa’s look. I think they’re going for some kind of quasi-biker chick gimmick. I’m not sure what the red stripe over the eyes is for, but it’s starting to work for me. She looks pretty badass right now with her hair down and a little messy.
-Jenna Morasca was released from TNA earlier this week, thus ending the most pointless pro wrestling career in history. That deafening silence you hear right now is the sound of no one giving a flying crap. Good riddance.
-News came out last Friday that Angelina Love has also been released from TNA because of some kind of problem with her work visa. Yikes!
-This is bad timing at its absolute worst. TBP are in the finals of the tag team title tournament and all the TV leading up to the PPV has already been filmed. This is going to put TNA in a pretty tough situation. At any rate, I guess we know who’s NOT going to be the first Knockout tag team champs in two weeks, don’t we?
-I can just hear Velvet Sky’s promo at No Surrender now: “Since SpikeTV deemed my partner, Angelina Love, too beautiful for American audiences, she has been deported back to Canada!”
-Since this was a visa issue and not because of any backstage heat that she had then if/when she gets her paperwork sorted out I imagine TNA will bring her back unless WWE makes her an offer and I don’t see why they wouldn’t. But if it’s true that Angelina was working without a visa for the last two years then she could be in some pretty serious legal trouble. Good luck to her with all that.
-Anyway, in the event that TNA doesn’t or can’t bring back Angelina then this is bad news for several reasons:
1) she was pretty much the top female heel in the company.
2) this would be the end of TBP as we know them, who are super over and one of the biggest rating grabbing acts TNA has.
3) this would probably be the beginning of the end for Velvet Sky who, on her best day, was really just a back up dancer on the Angelina show.
4) this would be a huge body blow to this Knockout tag team division before it’s even officially started. TBP were one of only two established female tag teams TNA had, and the other one – Kong/Saeed – looks like it’s about to break up. So basically, it’s going to be up to Taylor Wilde/Sarita to carry this entire tag team division by themselves until the writers can do some damage control.
-But the silver lining here, if you want to see it, is that Angelina being gone creates an opportunity for someone new to be elevated and pick up the slack as a top heel. And in case anyone out there is wondering who that should be, all I have to say is Alissa Flash, Alissa Flash, good God almighty, Alissa Flash.
SARITA & TAYLOR WILDE vs. “FUTURE LEGEND” ALISSA FLASH & DAFFNEY
-I have a little hope for this budding tag team division after watching this match. Taylor & Sarita are already gelling as a team. There was some hesitancy at certain points and they don’t have that MCMGlike fluidity just yet, but I think they’ll get there before too long. Plus, they've already got the tandem offense issue taken care of. Alissa & Daffney (who I call the Zombie Hotties) look like they're working on that as well. There were some encouraging steps taken by both teams in this match.
-Both teams came out together, unlike Hamada & Bolt last week, which hopefully is a sign that the writers plan to keep them together. These are the two easiest makeshift tag teams to establish on the women’s roster and with the impending break up of Kong/Saeed and the departure of Angelina possibly meaning the end of TBP, it's pretty much up to these four women to carry the tag team division until they can get some new teams on the map.
-For the record, Alissa looks much better in the red tights than the yellow ones. Yellow really doesn’t work for her. And just when I was warming up to that colored stripe over her eyes, the makeup people got rid of it. What gives?
THE BEAUTIFUL PEOPLE VS. MADISON RAYNE & ROXXI
-Nice ovation for Roxxi's entrance, but not a ton of heat for the match for some reason. This was the first time we've ever heard "Let's go, Madison!" chants though. That's a good sign for her.
-She’s been the Voodoo Queen, she’s been the Hardcore Knockout, but I think Roxxi’s real gimmick is that she’s the woman who’s never allowed to wear nice-looking ring gear. I love her to death, but this lady has some really bizarre taste in clothes. The red trunks with the stars on them almost had me longing for the days of the red plaid pants and leopard skin top. Almost…
-I didn’t expect Madison & Roxxi to win this match, but it was really nice that they didn’t make Roxxi do the job. That would’ve seriously killed my good mood.
-Tenay was really strange on commentary here. He acted like Roxxi has been there the whole time and never acknowledged that she was gone for months. But I guess I shouldn't be surprised that her return was downplayed so much. Roxxi getting shafted by this company is nothing new.
-If management were really serious about this new tag team division getting over, you'd think they would give these qualifying matches more time.
-TNA, seriously… just give Roxxi her job back. After all the times you’ve screwed this lady over, she deserves a little something.
MMA RULES MATCH(???): TARA VS. CODY DEANER
-Right... because the infamous worked MMA fight between AJ Styles & Frank Trigg at No Surrender last year was such a colossal failure, what harm could it possibly do to give this gimmick another shot? Sigh...
-Before the match they showed a Tara vs. Awesome Kong video package. I guess their Bound for Glory match is more or less confirmed at this point. I don't know where that's going to leave the three title holders though. At the very least the tag titles should be defended at BFG. It would be downright idiotic to create new championships and then not bother having them defended on your biggest show of the year one month later – to do that would make your new titles look meaningless before they have a chance to establish any credibility.
-As we all know, SpikeTV will not allow TNA to show any man-on-woman violence, ergo, this "match" could only end with Deaner getting zero offense.
-Have I mentioned in the last five minutes how much I hate this whole storyline of Deaner trying to become "king of the Knockouts"? No? Well let me mention it again. I hate this whole storyline of Deaner trying to become "king of the Knockouts".
-I see what TNA was trying to do here, but stuff like this is why people in the MMA community treat pro wrestling like a joke. You wouldn't see wrestlers having a worked baseball game in the ring, would you? No. For the same reason, worked MMA fights shouldn't happen either.
-TNA, speaking as an MMA fan as well as a pro wrestling fan, MMA fans tend to take it as an insult when "fake wrestlers" make light of the sport of mixed martial arts like this. It doesn't matter if that wasn't your intention -- that's how the MMA community perceives it.
-For the record, Sarita/Taylor vs. Alissa/Daffney was the highest rated segment of the show last week.
TARA & CHRISTY HEMME vs. THE BEAUTIFUL PEOPLE
-As the match started Taz said the Hamada/Bolt tandem looked good on paper but had no chemistry. He's right about everything except the looking good on paper thing.
-I wonder if Madison Rayne returning to My Pi Sexy was planned all along or if this was the writers anticipating Angelina's release and trying to cover their butts; probably the former. If it were the latter I can't see why they would let TBP advance to the finals unless they thought there was a chance that Angelina's visa issues could be worked out in time.
-Madison's hairspray shot didn't come within a foot of Christy's face. I'm just saying. Christy needed to be a lot closer.
-TNA writers, for future reference, please keep Velvet Sky and Christy Hemme away from each other in wrestling matches from this point forward.
-It's interesting that Angelina accepted Madison's apology while Velvet seemed a little reluctant to. I really think that they might have been doing an angle where Madison eventually usurped Velvet as Angelina's new BFF, leading to Velvet's expulsion from the group. Of course, that plan is out the window now. I imagine Velvet will be a lot more accepting of Madison now that Angelina’s gone and Velvet finds herself without a partner this Sunday.
-Apparently, they're still doing the crooked referee thing with Madison Rayne and Slick Johnson. I was really hoping they had scraped that angle because it's absolutely ridiculous. When Madison blatantly interferes in a match right in front of a referee's face and the referee lets it happen are we supposed to believe for one second that company management would NOT do something about this, that they would just continue to allow a referee who is obviously not impartial to continue to officiate the Beautiful People's matches? It's just idiotic.
ODB BACKSTAGE INTERVIEW
-Good interview. ODB was more serious for a change, which was how she should be acting under the circumstances. She and Lauren explained in no uncertain terms that the Deaner situation is basically an insult to the entire Knockout division and makes the title all the women take pride in look like a joke. ODB telling everyone that she wasn’t going to let Deaner disgrace the Knockouts championship was exactly what needed to be said. Thank you, TNA writers.
LUMBERJACK MATCH: "FUTURE LEGEND" ALISSA FLASH vs. CODY DEANER
-Alissa finally wins a match! Yay!
-I liked this. The faces and heels put their differences aside and band together for one match because of their mutual hatred of Cody Deaner and the joke he's trying to make of all of them. Just like ODB's promo was what needed to be said, this is what needed to happen. It seems like the writers know the Deaner thing is an insult to the women, but that does beg the question of why they're even doing it in the first place. Anyway, after this I don't think we have to worry about Deaner going over this Sunday.
-Nice touch with the animosities between the women resuming to second the match was over.
-I hope your Tivos were running during this segment because this could be the last we see of Roxxi and Angelina in TNA unfortunately.
SARITA & TAYLOR WILDE vs. AWESOME KONG & RAISHA SAEED
-They recapped Saeed stealing the pin from Kong three weeks ago before the match and then focused on Kong being pissed off at her for getting pinned after this match. The spoilers said that Kong also stormed off, leaving Saeed alone in the ring afterward, but that wasn't shown. I'm getting excited about this. I can't wait for the Saeed character to end. A friends-turned-enemies feud with Kong would be the perfect way to elevate Alissa Flash into a top spot. I repeat my position from last week: with Angelina gone, Alissa should be the one to replace her as top heel.
-If Melissa Anderson wrestles twice on the same show as two different characters, does she get two paychecks? Just wondering.
-Lauren interviews Sarita & Taylor post-match, but Angelina & Velvet didn't get a post-match interview when they advanced to the finals earlier in the show. That's pretty telling if you ask me.
-This was probably my favorite match of the tournament. Sarita/Taylor vs. Alissa/Daffney last week was more action packed, but it was chaotic at times. The flow was better in this match. In retrospect, this really should’ve been the final match of the tournament, but hindsight is 20/20.
-The final match to crown the inaugural tag team champions is announced for this Sunday. I could go on a pretty lengthy rant about the utter stupidity of instituting new championships on a 'B' PPV like No Surrender when their biggest show of the year, Bound for Glory, is next month, but I don't think I need to as it’s pretty obvious IMHO. Why not hold off on this match, spend the next month hyping it up, then crown the first champions at BFG when it would mean a lot more? I don't get it...
-The main complaint I have about this tag title tournament is that it hasn't been made to look nearly important enough. None of the qualifying matches were given much time and a lot of them weren't even that good. We haven't seen any video packages or interviews from any of the women (until just now) about what Knockout tag team titles mean to them or women's wrestling in general, the whole tournament felt rushed and hastily thrown together and the finals are taking place on a secondary PPV that no one is even talking about that much because BFG is right around the corner. All due respect to TNA, but the decision to create women's tag team championships really doesn't seem to have been planned out very well at all.
9/20/09 No Surrender
INAUGURAL TAG TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH: SARITA & TAYLOR WILDE vs. VELVET SKY & MADISON RAYNE
-Why did they give Sarita new music? Her music was awesome! Why on earth would they want to change it? Her new music sounds great too, but still, this upsets me... unless it's not Sarita's new music, but actually SariTaylor's new music, in which case I'm fine with it. Giving them separate music for when they work as a tag team is a great way to make them look like a legit team.
-SariTaylor have a new entrance to go along with their new music. They ditched the sorority sister handshake and now it kind of looks like they're dancing the tango or something at the top of the ramp. It's pretty damn sexy, I have to admit.
-Velvet & Madison have a new entrance as well. This one’s going to take a little getting used to.
-I don't know if it's a conscious choice by whoever is dressing SariTaylor, but in their last few matches they’ve started wearing matching colors. They're making an effort to look like a team as well as wrestle like one. Velvet & Madison also dressed alike tonight. Very good.
-THANK YOU, TNA writers, for sending Slick Johnson to the back for this match. I had a sinking feeling in my stomach when I saw him in the ring, but thankfully the issues I had were addressed. If a referee is clearly not impartial when Madison Rayne is in the ring then in any logical, realistic universe the people in management would not allow him to officiate matches she's involved in, especially not such an (supposedly) important match like this.
-Making this the opening match of the show was pretty much the worst thing they could've done. If an inaugural championship match is booked as the curtain jerker match then what does that say about the new titles? It says they must not be that important. This should've been one of the marquee matches of the PPV, it should've been a lot longer and it should've been MUCH higher on the card. But instead, it was the first match of the night, it got less than five minutes and I'm pretty sure it was the only match on the card that did NOT have a video package promoting it during the pre-show. Their plans may have changed because of Angelina being gone, but still, it's almost as if the writers went out of their way to make this match and the new titles look as UNimportant as possible.
-Can someone please explain to me why they had Velvet Sky carry most of the action for the heels? No offense to Velvet, but there is a reason why Angelina was always the one to do that when she was there. Madison Rayne is a better wrestler than Velvet and she should've done the lion's share of the work for the heel team.
-I think this was SariTaylor's best outing as a team so far. In their first tournament match it felt like they were trying a little too hard to show their chemistry, which made some of the spots a little contrived, but here, while still adding some new moves to their repertoire, they didn't go overboard with the tandem offense and everything just came naturally.
-During the match, Tenay mentioned that Scott D'Amore called SariTaylor a female version of the Rock-N-Roll Express. I totally heart D'Amore for saying that.
-I was actually a little surprised that they didn't make more of the Angelina situation. They just mentioned that she was released from the company for business reasons and that was the end of it. I'm not saying they should've made a huge deal out of it, but they should've at least let Velvet cut a promo before the match explaining that Angelina was out and introducing Madison as her new partner. To just bring out Madison like that with nothing but a passing explanation from the announcers felt lazy to me.
-The right team went over. SariTaylor are the best tag team this division has, established or otherwise. They're versatile enough to have great matches with pretty much anyone, which I'm not sure the other teams could pull off, and just as importantly, they bring credibility with them. Former singles champ, Taylor + undefeated Sarita = credible champions; no other team would have those credentials.
-And on top of being the inaugural Knockout tag team champions, which is a big deal itself, SariTaylor also just made history in a few other areas:
1) Taylor is the first woman in history to hold the Knockout singles and tag team titles, making her the first ever Home Run Knockouts champion.
2) Sarita is the first Knockout to win a championship with an undefeated record and the first to win one in her PPV debut.
3) SariTaylor are the first team to win the tag titles with an undefeated record.
-The new title belts look really nice. Red wouldn't have been my first choice, but thankfully they didn't go with white straps like the singles title has. White is not a flattering color for a belt.
SARITA & TAYLOR WILDE BACKSTAGE INTERVIEW
-Good short interview. Both women look thrilled, as well they should be. They put over their partnership and chemistry, which was important to get across. SariTaylor are now an established tag team and TNA has a great tandem to build this division around. Now let the elevation of Alissa/Daffney begin.
-Little things such as showing the new champions celebrating afterward like this make the win seem more eventful, which really needed to happen after the writers seemed to go out of their way to make it seem UNeventful.
KNOCKOUTS CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH: ODB vs. CODY DEANER
-I can't even begin to speculate what the writers were thinking when they decided to not only make this match longer than thirty seconds, but make it several minutes longer than the inaugural championship match as well. What in the world could have possibly made them think that was a good idea? I can't even imagine...
-I thought the writers had realized this whole thing was a big joke, but then they turn around and make it an actual match with real time when there were about a hundred more important things on this PPV that should've gotten that time.
-BUT, the good news is Cody Deaner is NOT the women's champion and this horrid storyline is finally over (I hope) -- let us never speak of it again. Hopefully the women's division can get back to women competing against other women now.
LEGENDS CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH: KEVIN NASH (c) vs. ABYSS. DAFFNEY INTERFERES
-Well, at least Daffney got to do something on the PPV. That's better then her being left off the show entirely, I guess. Still, it's really disappointing that Daffney has basically been turned into the Knockout bump machine. She bumps around for other people and that's all she ever gets to do. That's a damn shame. She could be doing so much more if she were just booked properly.