April 26, 2011

TNA: TKO Ep. #10

Welcome to TKO, the fictional, one hour a week, Knockout exclusive iMPACT spinoff.

ROSTER: Angelina Love, Brooke Tessmacher, Daffney, Jennifer Blade (Jennifer Blake), 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, Ep. #5, Ep. #6, Ep. #7, Ep. #8, Ep. #9

COLD OPEN: A caption on the screen reads 'Earlier today'. Angelina Love and Winter sit in the empty stands of the iMPACT Zone. We join them in mid-conversation.

Angelina says she knows that Winter is really upset about this match tonight, but the 3 of them together just wasn't working and something had to give. Winter says she isn't upset, just concerned -- hasn't she helped Angelina a lot, hasn't she been there for Angelina every day since since she got here? Angelina admits that Winter has, but this is a no-win situation. If it were up to Angelina this wouldn't be happening, but it isn't up to her. She doesn't want to have to choose between her 2 friends, but if she doesn't, one of her friends is going to lose her job.

"So this is about Velvet then?" Winter sighs. Angelina admits that is. Winter remarks that she heard Velvet didn't take that too well, but Angelina knows Velvet will thank her for this later.

Winter says she won't pretend that she's not disappointed, but at the end of the day, Angelina needs to do what's best for her, and if that's what this is, then so be it. "But I need to do what's best for me too," she continues, "And that means keeping my tag team championship tonight."

Angelina is understanding, but she can't let that happen. So it looks like they're both in a spot they don't want to be in. Winter thinks they should make the most of it then. "Let's not sully this with a lot of underhanded rubbish." As a courtesy, she requests that Angelina ask Velvet to stay in the back during this match.

They agree to have no funny business or backstabbing in their match tonight. It will be just the 2 of them and may the better woman win. They shake hands and part as friends.


iMPACT ZONE: The announcers welcome us to the show. They play a video package of Daffney beating Mickie James last week and earning another title match against her. JB says that Mickie's head injury was aggravated during the match -- she has a concussion now, which the trainers had warned her about. Mickie won't be here tonight because she's at home nursing her head. They don't know yet how her injury will affect the title match with Daffney.

"Speak of the devil," JB says as Daffney's music hits the loudspeaker and she walks to the ring with a mic.

Daffney asks if Mickie can hear that -- that's her time as Knockouts champion ticking away. Their title match is going to happen next week, so she's got just 7 days left with that belt before Daffney takes it from her. She explains that there's a reason why she's survived in the wrestling business as long as she has. She's never been the biggest, or the strongest, or even the smartest. And yet she's still here. She's had just as many injuries, if not more, than any other woman who's ever stepped into a wrestling ring, and yet she's outlasted countless others whose stars rose higher, but burned out quicker, just like Mickie.

"I survived like all scavengers do -- any way I can. I'll pick the meat off a dead, rotting carcass if that's what it takes to get me back in the ring next week, or next month, or next year, and that's all you are now, Mickie! I picked at you and picked at you and picked at you until you broke! And now I'm standing here tonight while you sit at home with an ice pack taped to your head. And it wasn't Tara that did it to you, it wasn't Trish Stratus, or Angelina Love, or Alundra Blayze, or Sarita, or Chyna, or Gail Kim, or Lita, or Taylor Wilde, or Awesome Kong, or LayCool! It was me! ME! So you think about that, Mickie. You think about that for the next 7 days. Think about it every time you have to down a bottle of vicodin just so you can get to sleep at night. And while you're doing that, I'll be here. And since I'm here, I think I want a little warm up for next week."

Daffney challenges any woman in the back to meet her in the ring later tonight if they've got the stomach for it. She leaves the ring, but as she's walking up the ramp, Brooke Tessmacher appears on the stage. Daffney laughs, mocking her. JB reminds us how Daffney injured Brooke weeks ago to lure Mickie into a fight and this is the first time they've seen her since then.

Daffney approaches Brooke and pinches her cheek condescendingly. Brooke tackles her to the ground and starts wailing on her. West says it looks like Brooke wants some payback.

As the 2 women fight, JB informs us that he's just received word that Traci Brooks has made the match and Daffney vs. Brooke will happen later tonight.


BACKSTAGE: Madison Rayne cuts a promo in the locker room. She says tonight she's in a fatal 4-way match with Jennifer Blade, Velvet Sky and Tara. She says things with her and Tara haven't been going well lately. She thinks Tara has been a little too preoccupied with this Jennifer Blade chick and she doesn't like it. "Tara needs to be reminded of what's really important around here: Me. Apparently, Jennifer Blade has some kind of problem with that -- maybe she's got a girl crush on Tara or something. I don't know and I don't care. But I'm getting Tara back on the same page as me tonight. If Blade doesn't like it, I'll take care of her. And if Tara doesn't like it... I've got an answer for her too." She then looks off camera and shrieks about where the hell her Evian is.

We cut to Tara at catering, arguing with the man who runs it. She's asking why the hell they still don't have Evian water after the big stink she made about this a few weeks ago. Tara says this is a load of crap. She has to get back into the locker room and he is not making it easy for her. She's about to threaten the man with physical violence when Jennifer Blade appears and stops her.

Bitterly, Jennifer asks if Tara is just Madison Rayne's slave now, or if she's more like a butler. Tara asks if Jennifer has any Evian water, and if she doesn't, then get lost. Ignoring this, Jennifer insists that Tara is going to have to explain something to her because she doesn't get it -- why is Tara acting subservient to some chump who couldn't shine her boots? Jennifer has faced Madison in the ring and Madison has got nothing on Tara, so why is she degrading herself like this? Did Tara lose a bet, or did she lose her self-respect when she lost her balls?

This hits a nerve with Tara and she slams Jennifer into a wall. Jennifer lets her do it. She says Tara is obviously pissed off about this Madison Rayne situation, so why doesn't she do anything about it? Tara says Jennifer is new and hasn't learned how things work around here yet, so she's going to give her a little advice. "When you have no idea what you're talking about, keep your damn mouth shut unless you want to get hurt. Again."

Tara lets Jennifer go and stalks off. Jennifer silently glares at her as she leaves.

We cut to Brooke and Christy Hemme. Brooke says that 3 weeks ago she was minding her own business backstage when someone jumped her from behind. The next thing she knew, she was waking up in a hospital bed. Brooke knows she's the rookie on this roster, but that doesn't mean she's just going to roll over and let people do whatever they want to her -- you can't do something like that and get away with it.

Christy reminds her that by accepting Daffney's challenge she may be getting in over her head. Brooke says she's been in over her head since the day she walked into this company. The difference is right now she's too angry to care. Daffney might very well put her in the hospital again tonight, but if she can hurt Daffney back for what Daffney did to her, it will be worth it.

iMPACT ZONE: Jennifer, Velvet Sky, Madison and Tara make their entrances. Once again, Madison makes Tara hold the ropes open for her. Tara looks legit insulted by this now, but again, she says nothing.


West says that Jennifer is starting to realize that her issues with Tara are tied into Tara's issues with Madison and one is starting to effect the other. The more Tara gets under Jennifer's skin, the more Jennifer gets under Madison's, the more Madison gets under Tara's.

Madison spends the entire match barking orders to Tara as they double team the 2 faces (who are working separately), focusing mainly on Jennifer. The finish comes when Tara and Velvet spill over the ropes and out to the floor, leaving Madison and Jennifer alone in the ring. Madison goes for her finisher, but Jennifer escapes it and hits a superkick to get the win.

WINNER: Jennifer Blade in 8:20

Tara immediately tries to attack Jennifer, but again, she escapes.

JB says this is the second time in a row that Jennifer has pinned Madison despite Tara's best efforts to stop her. Tara looks furious. West says she could be in for a major headache when Madison comes to.

They air a video package about Sarita, how she's been growing more angry and brutal, injuring people as her obsession with regaining the tag team titles has steadily deepened over the last several weeks.

We cut to a prerecorded sitdown interview with Angelina Love. JB asks her to explain what brought her to the decision to ask for this match with Winter tonight.

Angelina explains that before Winter showed up, she was in a slump. For whatever reason, she couldn't win a match and was getting further and further away from the title picture. Then Winter appeared and her luck changed for the better. She's as independent as the next person, but you can't do everything by yourself -- sometimes you need your friends to help you out. Winter helped her get back on the winning trail and helped her become a champion in TNA for the 6th time; the only woman in TNA history to ever accomplish that. But then certain information came to light that she hadn't known about. Angelina saw her other friend having the same problem she'd been having. The difference was this problem was putting Velvet's career in jeopardy. Angelina wasn't going to just stand around while her friend gets fired if she could do something about it. She feels really bad about how her partnership with Winter ended -- she may have done a lot for Angelina, but her being there was tearing apart Angelina and Velvet, which put Velvet in a slump even worse than hers had been. Angelina made this decision because this was the only way she could think of to help her friend.

Just like Winter did earlier, JB points out that Velvet didn't take this very well. Velvet seemed to feel like this meant Angelina didn't think much of her and her abilities.

Angelina says Velvet takes a lot of pride in what she does and she wanted to handle this problem herself, but it just wasn't working out. She admits Velvet is angry about this and they haven't spoken since last week, but you can't bite the hand that feeds you, especially when you're starving. She says Velvet will come around when she cools off and she'll realize that this is her best chance to keep her job.

Finally, JB asks what Angelina is going to do if Winter wins this match and both tag titles tonight.

Angelina says to let her worry about that.


BACKSTAGE: Velvet is walking the halls, upset about the match. She runs into Sarita who tells her what a great job she just did. "You still lost, but you actually didn't get pinned. That's a new personal best for you."

Velvet isn't in the mood for this and tries to walk away, but Sarita sarcastically says that was awfully sweet what Angelina did last week. This stops Velvet dead in her tracks. Sarita talks about how Angelina is putting her own tag title on the line just so Velvet can get one of those belts handed to her. Sure, it's kind of pathetic, but it was the only way to save her job at this point because everyone knows Velvet wasn't going to save it herself.

This cuts very close to home for Velvet, but she says it must drive Sarita crazy to think that Velvet & Angelina could be the tag team champions after tonight instead of her. "I guess you and that partner of yours are out of luck."

Sarita laughs, playing along. "Yeah, I guess you've got me there, Velvet. You finally one-upped me. So congratulations. And, hey, to put all this bad blood behind us, if Angelina wins tonight and you get that championship, I'll personally give you a ride to the nearest tattoo parlor so you can get 'Charity Case' etched across your forehead."

This seems to wound something in Velvet. She just stands there stricken as Sarita walks away.

They cut to Tara pounding on the locker room door, yelling at Madison to let her in. Madison shrieks through the door that Tara is worthless, and to come back and try again after she deals with that bitch Jennifer Blade, if she can even manage that much without screwing up.

Just like last week, the camera pulls back to reveal Jennifer silently watching this.

They air a Rough Cut video featuring Brooke. She talks about her background and how she broke into the business as a dancer. We see her busting her ass in the gym and go through a montage of her daily workout regimen. Then we get snippets from her trainer -- he says that she's working hard, but it's like if someone played baseball their whole life and then one day was thrown into the NFL with no preparation.

iMPACT ZONE: Brooke makes her entrance, followed by Daffney.


Brooke is given a few more hope spots than usual, but the outcome is never in doubt.

WINNER: Daffney in 5:31

BACKSTAGE: Christy is standing by with Traci, who has a special announcement. In light of how extreme the issues between the 2 women have become, she has decided to make the Mickie James/Daffney title match next week a No DQ match.

West says that Mickie had better be making good use of her time at home because she's going to be in for a fight next week.

We see Angelina and Winter warming up via split screen and JB says Angelina vs. Winter for sole possession of the Knockout tag team titles will happen after the final break of the night.


They air a video package chronicling the Angelina/Winter/Velvet storyline since it began.

BACKSTAGE: Winter cuts a promo as she waits for her music to play. She says she feels Angelina made a bad decision. She asked for this match out of some misguided loyalty to Velvet, but at this point, Velvet is like a horse with a broken leg -- you might love the horse, but you can't win races with it anymore, and the kindest thing you can do is just put it out of its misery. Winter and Angelina will settle their business tonight honorably, but she feels Angelina may come to regret this very soon.

Winter's music plays in the arena and she heads off down the hall. The camera follows her.

iMPACT ZONE: Winter makes her entrance.

BACKSTAGE: Angelina is in the Beautiful People's dressing room with Christy Hemme. Christy asks her if she has any pre-match comments. Angelina says she's done all her talking, she's said all that needs to be said, and the only thing left is to do it. Her music plays in the arena and she begins her walk to the hall. The camera follows.

As Angelina reaches the entranceway, she finds Velvet waiting there for her. Velvet admits she wasn't sure if she was going to show up for this. Angelina says she knew Velvet would come around. "I haven't," Velvet admits. "Not yet anyway. Just promise me one thing, all right? Kick that bitch's ass."

Angelina promises she will and says it's good to have Velvet back on the team where she belongs. As Angelina heads out the entranceway, the camera lingers on Velvet. We see from her face that perhaps she's not exactly thrilled about what Angelina just said.

iMPACT ZONE: Angelina makes her entrance.

SoCal Val gives each woman a separate intro. They shake hands and the bell rings.


The match goes for a while with no heel tactics or funny business. JB points out the mutual respect between the 2 and West says that both women seem to want this match to be a fair contest.

Towards the end of the match there's a ref bump and he gets taken out. Sarita then appears on the stage looking murderous and walks slowly down the ramp. JB says it's about to hit the fan -- Sarita has been obsessed with the tag titles for weeks. She put Trina Diaz in the hospital for costing her the titles and did the same to Serafina for stopping her from interfering in a title match. God knows what she has in mind for Angelina and Winter.

Angelina is distracted by Sarita and yells for someone to get her out of here. Velvet runs out from the back with a steel chair and stands between Sarita on the ramp and Angelina in the ring.

For a moment, nothing happens...

Then Winter grabs one of the tag title belts from ringside and blasts Angelina with it! Angelina goes down. Velvet whirls around -- she's distracted for just a moment and Sarita kicks the chair into her face!

Winter covers Angelina. Recovered, the referee makes the count.


Val gives Winter both title belts and she holds them up.

Sarita jumps into the ring. She and Winter stare each other down.

Then Winter hands Sarita one of the belts.

They grin wickedly at each other and hug like long-lost sisters.

The new tag team champions celebrate with the titles.

"What the hell did we just witness?" JB asks as we...


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