March 07, 2011

TNA: TKO Ep. #5

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, Trina Diaz (Divina Fly/Rosita), Velvet Sky, Winter

BROADCAST TEAM: Jeremy Borash & Don West


INTERVIEWER: Christy Hemme


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, Ep. #2, Ep. #3, Ep. #4

COLD OPEN: Mickie James walks through the backstage area, followed by Christy Hemme. She says she wasn't sure what to think last week. She didn't trust Traci Brooks, she thought Traci might screw her over in the title match, but she didn't. Then she thought that maybe she'd misjudged Traci, but the second she let her guard down, someone nailed her from behind. She doesn't know where Daffney came from, but somebody had to bring her in. Christy asks if Mickie suspects Traci had anything to do with it. Mickie says she doesn't know, but she's going to find out right now.

They arrive at Traci's office. A security guard stands outside the door. Mickie wants to talk to Traci, but the guard says that's not possible. Traci is in a meeting, so Mickie will be dealing with her new assistant. Mickie asks who the assistant is.

"I prefer the term 'Gal-Friday'," says someone behind her. Mickie turns around. It's Cookie!

Cookie explains that Traci was feeling a little overwhelmed, so she hired Cookie to help her out. Mickie doesn't care how or why Cookie got hired; she wants to talk to Traci right now. Cookie tells her she's out of luck because Traci is busy, and so is Mickie because she has to get ready for her match.

Mickie says she's not booked in a match tonight, but Cookie informs her that she is because Cookie just booked it. "I can do that now, bitch!" Cookie adds, loving this.

"Good for you," Mickie mutters, and leaves, frustrated.


iMPACT ZONE: JB & West welcome us to the show and say that tonight's main event will determine who faces Angelina Love & Winter for the vacant Knockout tag team titles.

Serafina's music hits and she makes her entrance as the announcers talk about her win over Winter last week.

BACKSTAGE: Brooke Tessmacher waits by the entranceway and Christy tries to get some pre-match comments from her. Brooke admits that she feels like she's in over her head here. She was originally hired to be Eric Bischoff's assistant, but when Bischoff fired her she had to become a wrestler to keep her job, basically jumping into the deep end of the pool before she learned how to swim. She says she's training every day, but she had to start at zero and everyone else is so far ahead of her in experience that it's pretty nerve-wracking. She says all she can do is her best and hopefully things will come together for her.

iMPACT ZONE: Brooke makes her entrance. JB & West agree that she didn't sound confident about her chances in this match.


Brooke gets a hope spot towards the end, but is generally out-wrestled by her more experienced opponent.

WINNER: Serafina in 3:12

As Brooke heads backstage, West says it looks like she has an uphill battle ahead of her if she's going to last here.

BACKSTAGE: Christy interviews Madison Rayne & Tara about their tag team title qualifying match tonight against Sarita and her partner. Tara starts to say something, but Madison cuts her off. Madison says that she was unfairly beaten in the singles tournament and the fact that Mickie James is now the champion is a travesty of justice. But she has never been one to shrink from adversity -- she will get the title back sooner or later, but tonight she has other concerns because the only thing better than one title is 2 titles. She promises she will win tonight and be the next Knockout tag team champion.

Silently, Tara puts up with this because she has to.

We see Mickie warming up in the locker room. JB says she will be in action after the break.


BACKSTAGE: Serafina is grabbing a bottle of water from catering. Trina Diaz walks up and introduces herself. She was really impressed with Serafina's match against Winter last week. In turn, Serafina says Trina looked good against Velvet Sky 2 weeks ago, even though Velvet was kind of a bitch to her afterward. Trina thanks her and asks if the Beautiful People are always like that. Serafina says that Winter is, but she doesn't know about Velvet or Angelina since they haven't said a single word to her since she got there.

They joke about the Beautiful People having their own dressing room while everyone else has to share a locker room. They're hitting it off until they're interrupted by Sarita, who tells Trina to cut the crap -- they have to get ready for their match.

iMPACT ZONE: Mickie makes her entrance looking pissed off. Next out is Velvet Sky, again looking serious and forgoing her usual entrance.


During the match, JB & West discuss Velvet's current predicament. With her contract up for review, every match counts because she may not have long to turn things around. Getting some wins under her belt could be what makes the difference in management's decision to keep her or let her go. They also discuss the Mickie/Daffney situation and whether they think Traci had anything to do with it.

Velvet wrestles like she's giving it everything she's got and really wants the win, but she just can't overcome Mickie.

WINNER: Mickie James in 5:19

Post-match, Mickie grabs a mic from ringside. She says Traci can delay her and throw up as many roadblocks in front of her as she wants, but Mickie's going to get her answers and she's going to get them right now.

Mickie drops the mic and heads for the back. As she's walking up the ramp, Daffney jumps out of the crowd and nails her from behind. Daffney beats her down and gives Mickie her finisher on the ramp, screaming with glee. Security arrives, but she escapes into the backstage area.


BACKSTAGE: Mickie is being checked out by TNA medical staff.

We cut to the Beautiful People's dressing room where Christy is interviewing Angelina Love while Velvet and Winter argue in the background. Angelina says the title match last week didn't work out the way she wanted it to, but she can't dwell on it because now she has a another title match to focus on. "But," she adds, frustrated, "This would be a lot easier if 2 certain someones could be in the same room for more than 5 minutes without trying to kill each other."

We cut to a Sarita promo where she explains that she chose Trina Diaz as her partner tonight because Trina is undefeated, making her the best woman on this show after Sarita herself. She's not worried about the match tonight at all and says beating Madison & Tara will be a cakewalk.

We cut back to Mickie, who is angrily throwing off the trainers. She's still wobbly, but the camera follows her as she takes off down the hallway. She runs into Cookie who threatens to "go ghetto" if she doesn't calm down, but Mickie shoves right passed her. She arrives at Traci's office. The security guard tries to stop her; Mickie kicks him in the balls and throws him out of the way.

Mickie storms into Traci's office. Pissed, she says point blank that if Traci was the one who brought Daffney in, she'd better tell her right now. Keeping her cool, Traci says that of course she brought Daffney in; who else would have? "Maybe you haven't noticed, Mickie, but our roster is pretty thin at the moment," she explains. "Hell, our whole tag team tournament is one match with 4 people! When I got this job, the first thing I did was invite every Knockout on the roster to be a part of this. We need all the talent we can get."

Mickie insists that the timing was awfully convenient when the second Traci seems to prove that Mickie can trust her, Daffney shows up from out of nowhere and nails Mickie with a tire iron -- that's an awfully big coincidence. Traci says a coincidence is all it is. She certainly didn't order Daffney to take out Mickie. Daffney is out of her mind and Traci has no idea what she's thinking; who the hell could?

Mickie has one more question. Last week, when Mickie came into her office, Traci was on the phone with someone. This person said she would be there at the time she and Traci discussed. If it wasn't Daffney Traci was talking to, then who was it?

"Me," says someone off camera.

Mickie turns to see who it is: Jennifer Blade (Jennifer Blake)!

Traci introduces them and says that Jennifer will be making her in-ring debut next week. They're going to be having a gauntlet battle royal to determine Mickie's first challenger for her title.

"You've got an answer for everything, don't you?" Mickie asks Traci. Traci says that's her job. Still suspicious, Mickie says that maybe Traci put Daffney up to this and maybe she didn't -- she doesn't know yet. But she knows Daffney is around here somewhere, so she's going to find Daffney and get some answers from the woman herself.

Traci tries to tell Mickie that not everyone's out to get her, but Mickie ignores her and leaves. Traci mutters that she needs a lock on her office door.

Via split-screen, we see Madison/Tara and Sarita/Trina heading for the ring. "This is how it's done, Velvet. Just watch!" Sarita says into the camera.

JB hypes the main event as we go to a break.


BACKSTAGE: Mickie is searching for Daffney.

iMPACT ZONE: Sarita & Trina make their entrance. JB wonders about Sarita's mindset in choosing Trina as her partner -- Trina may be technically undefeated in TNA, but she's only had one match. West doesn't think Sarita cares. She's been so cocky lately, she probably thinks she can win this match all by herself.

Madison & Tara make their entrance. Madison makes Tara hold the ring ropes open for her.


When Tara is tagged in, Madison spends the entire time barking orders to her. Tara looks irritated by this, but says nothing about it. The finish comes when Tara has Sarita overpowered, but Madison tags herself in so she can get the pin. Sarita then surprises Madison with a rollup.

WINNERS: Sarita & Trina Diaz in 9:57

Sarita celebrates like she's not giving Trina any credit at all for the win. Angelina & Winter come out to stand on the stage, and the 4 women stare each other down. JB says the tag title match will happen next week.

BACKSTAGE: Mickie is still searching for Daffney. Suddenly, the lights go out. We hear Daffney screaming, and the sounds of things crashing and breaking.

The lights come back on. Daffney is standing over Mickie's unconscious body, holding the Knockouts title belt. As Daffney screams again, we...


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