February 16, 2011
TNA: TKO Ep. #2
Welcome to TKO, the fictional, one hour a week, Knockout exclusive iMPACT spinoff.
ROSTER: Angelina Love, Brooke Tessmacher, Cookie, Daffney, Madison Rayne, Mickie James, Sarita, Serafina (Christina Von Eerie), Tara, Velvet Sky, Winter
BROADCAST TEAM: Jeremy Borash & Don West
RING ANNOUNCER: SoCal Val
INTERVIEWER: Christy Hemme
DIRECTOR OF AUTHORITY: Traci Brooks
TKO abides by one rule: Absolutely nothing happens on the show that could not conceivably happen if it existed in real life.
Here's what happened last time: Setting the Stage, Ep. #1
COLD OPEN: Velvet Sky barges angrily into Traci Brooks' office. She says she put up with this crap last time, but 2 weeks in a row is going too far. This is degrading and it's not what she's there for. She's a wrestler!
Traci asks her if that's really true. She's been going over Velvet's win/loss record and, frankly, it sucks. Velvet's had success as part of the Beautiful People, but almost none individually. And since the Beautiful People are on hold for the moment, perhaps indefinitely if Angelina & Winter regain the tag titles in a few weeks, that puts her in a tough spot.
Traci understands that the fans like Velvet and that's why she's still there, but Traci can't continue putting someone in the ring if they never win matches as it becomes redundant and it's not good business. Therefore, she has to find something else to do with Velvet and this is something that utilizes Velvet's best assets -- her looks. If Velvet doesn't like it, she's welcome to sit on the bench and do nothing until her contract expires, which, Traci reminds her, is fairly soon.
Traci excuses herself, saying she has business to take care of, leaving Velvet alone in the office, completely speechless.
iMPACT ZONE: Traci walks to the ring as the announcers discuss the huge brawl that closed last week's show. Wasting no time, Traci asks Mickie James to join her in the ring. She has to call Mickie several times before her music plays. As Mickie walks down the ramp, West reminds us that she was the instigator of the brawl.
Traci asks Mickie what the hell that was last week. Mickie says she was simply starting the show off with a bang, sarcastically quoting Traci's own words from the debut episode. Traci tells Mickie that she can't have people starting riots on her show and mentions that she almost had to call the police.
Mickie asks her what she expected; when you strip people of championships for no reason, it tends to piss them off. Traci insists that she understands Mickie is upset, but asks Mickie to just remember that she's not her enemy. Mickie retorts that maybe Traci should have remembered that.
Mickie leaves the ring with the announcers saying this did nothing to help smooth things over between these 2.
BACKSTAGE: Winter is heading for the Beautiful People's dressing room when Serafina approaches her. Winter ignores her, walking right passed her. Serafina yells at her, calling her a bitch. This gets Winter's attention. Serafina blames Winter for costing her the match last week and taking her out of the tournament. Winter calls her delusional and says Angelina doesn't need her help to beat some grungy little peasant.
Serafina says she doesn't know what Winter's deal is, but she doesn't like her. What's more, she doesn't like people who get involved in her business, and challenges Winter to a match. Winter laughs this off and starts to leave. Serafina says she isn't finished yet and attacks Winter. They brawl for a minute until they're separated by security. As the guards hold her back, Serafina screams at Winter, asking if she's got her attention now.
Traci arrives and can't believe that they're only 10 minutes into the show and she's already got fires to put out. She tries to book them in a match, but Winter says that's impossible as she wasn't booked to compete tonight and didn't bring her gear, also she has to be in Angelina's corner later in the night.
Serafina calls her a pussy. Winter says she'll gladly teach Serafina some manners in the ring, but she'll have to wait until next week. Serafina says this is BS. Traci seems to agree and tells Winter to bring her gear every week from now on. In the meantime, if Serafina wants to fight so badly, she's got someone for her fight. Traci thinks Mickie is getting a little too comfortable around here and books Mickie James vs. Serafina for tonight.
BACKSTAGE: Christy Hemme interviews Madison Rayne and Tara about their match tonight. Tara insists that there is not even an issue with it. The match will happen and may the best woman win. Madison says that's it exactly. Throughout the interview, they avoid looking at each other.
iMPACT ZONE: Mickie makes her entrance as the announcers wonder if Madison and Tara are on the same page or not. West thinks Madison may have different ideas about what "may the best woman win" really means.
BACKSTAGE: As Serafina heads for the ring, she says that Winter is trying to duck her and she's pissed that she has to wait until next week to get her hands on Winter. She doesn't have a problem with Mickie, but she's got some aggression to work off and if Mickie has to be the recipient tonight, so be it.
MICKIE JAMES vs. SERAFINA
The match is competitive. Serafina gets in enough offense that she looks strong in defeat.
WINNER: Mickie James in 7:34
Mickie doesn't linger in the ring once the match is over and immediately heads for the back. The announcers put over Serafina's effort. While she hasn't gotten a notch in the win column yet, she's had impressive showings against 2 highly decorated veterans.
BACKSTAGE: Velvet enters the Beautiful People's dressing room where Winter is helping Angelina get ready for her match. Angelina asks if something is wrong, but Velvet doesn't want to talk about it. Angelina says she's made it to round 2 of the singles title tournament and has a pass to the finals of the tag tournament, which means she's only 3 matches away from being a double champion. The next few weeks are going to be really big for her and she needs Velvet in her corner if she's going to pull it off.
This idea does nothing to improve Velvet's mood. She says she'll be there, but she doesn't look happy about it. Angelina wants to discuss her match with Sarita tonight, but Velvet can't. Miserably, she informs her friend that she has to get changed.
In the background, Winter watches silently.
The announcers hype up Madison Rayne vs. Tara as we go to a break.
60 SECONDS OF FAN SERVICE WITH VELVET SKY: Velvet poses in a string bikini as a timer counts down from 60 seconds. 2 men in tuxedos walk up from behind and pour a cooler of icy water over her. She shrieks at the cold. The timer reaches zero. Velvet walks away, mortified, trying to ignore several leering stage hands.
She passes Sarita, who is applauding her. "It's just onward and upward for you, isn't it?" Sarita comments, laughing. She says that Angelina could probably get Velvet out of this if she cared at all, but it looks like Angelina has more important things to do and more important people to do them with. Velvet's become nothing more than a lost puppy without a master.
Embarrassed and angry, Velvet says Sarita won't be so cocky after Angelina beats her tonight. Sarita just laughs again. She thinks it's funny that Velvet believes that. She says Angelina might have a shot if Winter comes out with her and suggests Velvet's hapless ass should come out with them too to cancel Winter out.
iMPACT ZONE: Tara makes her entrance. West remarks that she's got her game face on and looks ready for a fight. Madison makes her entrance, looking completely unconcerned, waving to the crowd, blowing them kisses. It takes her quite a while to get in the ring where Tara is waiting for her.
ROUND 1 TOURNAMENT MATCH
TARA vs. MADISON RAYNE
The bell rings and Tara moves to lock up with Madison. Madison immediately backs off, asking Tara what the hell she's doing. Tara is confused. Expectantly, Madison points down at the mat. West says she can't be serious -- Tara already did this once and they saw last week that it still ate at her. Tara just stares at Madison, looking horrified and conflicted. Madison starts screaming at her. "What did you think you were here for? I'm the champion! You were fired! I brought you back! You wouldn't even be here if it weren't for me!"
Slowly, finally, Tara drops to the mat and lies down. Madison covers her.
WINNER: Madison Rayne in 2:30
Madison celebrates, making a huge production of it. Tara just sits there in the ring, clearly disgusted with herself. As Madison's prolonged celebration ends, she heads for the back. Dejected, Tara follows.
BACKSTAGE: Tara sits alone in a stairwell. Christy tries to get a comment from her. Tara has nothing to say about the match. Christy asks her if she still wants the title or not. Tara says of course she wants the title, but we don't always get what we want. Sometimes we have to deal with circumstances we didn't expect instead and fulfill obligations we never thought we'd have. She says Madison will win the title back in 2 weeks and that's the way it's going to be. She looks miserable.
They air a video package, promoting the upcoming debut of new Knockout, Jennifer Blade (Jennifer Blake).
Angelina and Winter leave the Beautiful People's dressing room and head for the ring. They pass Serafina in the hallway who glares daggers at Winter, but Winter acts like she's not even there. Via split screen, we see Sarita heading for the ring as well.
JB tells us to stay tuned. The main event is up next.
iMPACT ZONE: Angelina and Winter make their entrance, now joined by Velvet. Sarita makes her entrance, with West commenting on how confident she looks, despite Angelina having 2 friends with her.
SARITA vs. ANGELINA LOVE (w/ WINTER & VELVET SKY)
Mickie James comes out and watches the match from the stage.
Sarita taunts Velvet at ringside throughout the match. The finish comes when Velvet finally loses her cool and tries to get at Sarita in the ring. Winter restrains her and they start arguing. Velvet and Winter are about to come to blows, momentarily distracting Angelina, allowing Sarita to roll her up with a handful of tights.
WINNER: Sarita in 9:31
Angelina, Winter and Velvet bicker about what just happened. Sarita climbs the turnbuckle and stares down Mickie on the stage. JB says that with the roll Sarita is on right now, she has to be considered the favorite to win the tournament and earn the right to face Mickie for the title.
Suddenly, Madison emerges from the back and nails Mickie with a chair shot. Mickie is out cold.
JB tells us that next week, Sarita, Angelina and Madison will meet in a triple threat match to determine the #1 contender.
Madison moves to the display case where the championship belt is kept, shrieking to Sarita and Angelina that the title is hers as we...