May 26, 2011

TNA: TKO Ep. #13

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, Ep. #10, Ep. #11, Ep. #12

COLD OPEN: Angelina Love sits on a chair in the middle of the ring with a baseball bat across her lap. She has a mic and is despondent, but intense as she starts to talk. "I know we've got a show to put on here. I don't care. Everyone saw what happened last week. I want an explanation. And someone damn well better come out here and give me one, or else I'm just going to sit here all night and this show won't go on at all."

After a minute, Traci Brooks comes out. Traci tries to talk sense into her, but Angelina just glares daggers at her, wielding the bat menacingly, and Traci seems to think better of it.

Suddenly, the house lights go off and a video package begins to play on the screen. The video chronicles Sarita's antagonism of Velvet Sky since TKO began, her taunting Velvet for failing at singles competition, Velvet growing increasingly frustrated and angry while, at the same time, Angelina's star was once again on the rise, Angelina's promo from a few weeks ago where she said that Velvet was wrong thinking she needed to be a singles competitor, finishing with the backstage segment from Ep. #3 where Sarita beat Velvet down and said that Velvet couldn't figure out who she was really angry at.

Finally, Winter & Sarita's music hits the loudspeaker and they come out to the stage with steel chairs. Sarita says she's never been one to buy into stereotypes, but 'dumb blonde' really does sum up Angelina perfectly. "Do you think what Velvet did to you last week just happened out of the blue? Just like these belts around our waists, that was months in the making. See, all those weeks that you were preoccupied with my partner, I was busy doing a number on yours. It didn't take a genius to see what was really going on with her... or maybe it did because I'm the only one who saw it. I told Velvet I could read her like a book, and I saw how this book was going to end even before she did."

They explain that all of Velvet's anger and frustration over all that time had never been caused by Winter or Sarita, but by Angelina. And what did Angelina expect? She kept Velvet in her shadow for years and then succeeded instantly with a new parter, leaving her behind, "...after everything she'd done for you," Sarita chides sarcastically. "And people call me a bitch..."

"Maybe if you'd paid closer attention you might have seen what was happening right under your nose," says Winter. "But you didn't. Because the truth is, you really didn't care. You were always more concerned with yourself. That's the way it's always been. We know it, and now Velvet knows it too. And do you know the sickest part in all this, Angelina? Even now that everyone knows what we've done to the Beautiful People, even after we played you like fiddles for months, even after we exposed you for the fools you really are... Velvet doesn't even blame us for it. She blames you... so much so that she walked out of the tag team title match, giving up the best chance she'd ever have to save her career, just to screw you over. That's how much she hates you."

Sarita points out that they said the end game for them was never the tag titles; what did Angelina think they were talking about? They said the killing stroke would be delivered to the Beautiful People -- they just never said they would be the ones to deliver it.

They remark about how good they feel. They destroyed a long-time partnership and turned 2 best friends against each other. There's just one thing missing...

Chairs in hand, Winter & Sarita walk down the ramp and enter the ring. Angelina is ready with her bat, but they have her from both sides. Just when the fight begins, security arrives to separate them. Angelina is having none of this and tries to fight off Traci and the security guards to get at the heels, who just stand there watching and laughing.


They air footage of Angelina being pulled off Winter & Sarita during the break.

BACKSTAGE: Angelina is with Traci. Practically screaming, she demands a match with Winter & Sarita tonight, and she doesn't care if it's a handicap match.

iMPACT ZONE: JB & West discuss what just happened. JB says it's still hard to believe what Winter & Sarita managed to pull off. They've got more on the ball than anyone realized and he doesn't know what Angelina is thinking, wanting a match with them. West points out that she's so angry she's probably not thinking, and that's the problem. He says Angelina just got herself into trouble tonight.

We go to the ring where a pair of women are already there, getting warmed up. JB says they're a prospective new tag team that TNA has been scouting and Traci has given them a tryout match tonight.

Their names are Terryn Shane & Haley Vaughn (Serena Deeb & Leva Bates). Terryn is a serious, no-nonsense character, wearing plain black tights, whereas Haley is very goofy and playful, wearing a Power Ranger cosplay outfit. They're doing an odd couple gimmick (a la Lance Storm & the Hurricane). West calls them an unlikely pairing if ever he saw one.

Serafina & Trina Diaz make their entrance. JB informs us that they asked for this match as they want to test what they can do as a tag team.


Back and forth match. Terryn carries the action for her team with Haley providing a lot of comedy spots. During the match, we see Daffney watching on a monitor backstage.

WINNERS: Serafina & Trina Diaz in 7:48

All 4 women shake hands after the match. The announcers put over Terryn & Haley's performance. West says they had a chance to impress people and he thinks they succeeded.

BACKSTAGE: Traci and Cookie are in Traci's office. They're discussing Terryn & Haley when the phone rings. "Guess who..." Traci mutters, putting it on speaker phone. It's Mickie James.

Traci tries to make pleasantries, but Mickie isn't in the mood. She was watching the show and grills Traci about saying last week that preparations were being made in the event that she had to be stripped of the title. Mickie wants to know what kind of preparations these are, but Traci won't say. Mickie tells Traci that, whatever her plans are, she can forget about them -- Mickie was released from the hospital earlier this week and she's feeling better every day. She's going to be back to defend her title, "...sorry to disappoint you."

Before Traci can say anything else, Mickie hangs up.

Traci and Cookie give each other a knowing look. "So what's the plan?" Cookie asks.

"Same as before," says Traci. "This doesn't change anything."

They air a video package about the growing tension between Madison Rayne and Tara over the last few months.

We cut to Christy Hemme and Tara. Christy asks Tara where the situation with Madison stands right now. Tara says she isn't sure and acknowledges that they haven't been working well together lately. Jennifer Blade has only made things worse, but she really just shined a light on problems that were already there. Tara admits that -- putting personal pride aside for a moment -- Madison is the reason why she still has a job, and that's hard to forget. Madison brought Tara back when she didn't have to and that engenders a certain amount of loyalty. Tara says she's willing to try to work things out with her, but Madison's superiority complex makes it hard. She admits she's asked herself how much of it she's going to put up with.

From there, we go to Jennifer Blade watching this interview on a monitor. "Willing to try to work it out..." she mutters, disgusted. "I've had enough of this horse shit." She turns away from the monitor and takes off down the hallway.

We cut to Winter & Sarita at the entranceway. They say that the beating they gave Angelina last week must have given her brain damage, not that she actually had one to damage in the first place. They're the tag team champions for a reason. If Angelina thinks she can beat them by herself, she should probably call the hospital before she goes out to the ring so she can have a room on standby.

iMPACT ZONE: Winter & Sarita make their entrance. While they're walking down the ramp, Angelina jumps them from behind, nailing both of them with a steel chair.

As Angelina starts laying into the heels, JB says they have to go to commercials. The match will begin after the break if they can get this situation under control.



The bell rings as we return to the show. JB says Angelina spent most of the break pummeling the tag team champions on the ramp and the referee couldn't stop it because the match hadn't officially begun yet. West says that was a wise move on her part. Angelina needed to soften them up somehow if she was going to get through this match. JB doesn't think Angelina sees it that way -- she just wanted to hurt them.

Winter & Sarita are on the defensive at first, still reeling from the chair shots. After a few minutes they start to recover. The momentum of the match changes and the heels take control.

As the end approaches, Angelina is getting demolished. In a desperation move, she clotheslines Sarita out of the ring, but she goes over the ropes as well. The 2 of them fight around the ringside area. For a moment, Angelina is starting to get the better of Sarita again, but suddenly, Velvet Sky appears out of the crowd and shoots hair spray into Angelina's face.

Blinded, Angelina is helpless. Sarita rolls her back into the ring, and she and Winter lock in their double team Boston crab/camel clutch submission hold.

WINNERS: Winter & Sarita in 6:42

Post-match, Winter & Sarita pose on the stage with the tag titles and take a bow.

Velvet has vanished into the crowd.


BACKSTAGE: Winter & Sarita are boasting about their win as they head to the locker room. They pass Traci and Cookie in the hallway, and tell Traci not to forget about them during her preparations regarding the Knockouts title situation.

Traci watches them thoughtfully as they leave. She tells Cookie to make a note of this.

We cut to Serafina & Trina going over their tag match from earlier. They're excited about their chances of scoring a title shot because Winter & Sarita will have to defend those belts before too long, and with the Beautiful People on the outs now, they just became the only other tag team on this show.

Suddenly, Daffney walks into the shot. She looks Serafina up and down appraisingly, grins, as if giving her approval, then leaves without saying a word. Trina asks what that was about. Serafina has no idea.

We cut to Jennifer about to hit the entranceway. She tells the guy manning the sound board to play her music.

iMPACT ZONE: Jennifer's music plays and she walks down the ramp looking dead serious. She takes a mic from SoCal Val and jumps into the ring. She says she wasn't planning to do this, but she saw something a few minutes ago that made her want to throw up. She tells Tara to get out here before she goes backstage and drags her out.

After a minute, Tara emerges from the back, annoyed and exasperated. Climbing into the ring, Tara says that this thing with Jennifer is really getting old. "I've beaten you 3 times in a row now. I've got other things to deal with and bigger problems than you, so whatever your issue with me is, get over it. This is done."

Jennifer slaps Tara in the face and yells at her to shut up. "You don't have to respect me, but you're sure as hell gonna listen to me!" she says. "You see, back in high school, when all my friends were picking out colleges, my mom asked me what I wanted to do with the rest of my life, and I pointed to the TV where you were beating the hell out of Trish Stratus, and I said 'I want to do that.' That's the whole reason why I started doing this in the first place -- because of you. Because I wanted to be like you!"

Tara still looks irritated, but Jennifer has her attention now.

"Every day that I went to wrestling training, every time I had a match, you were the person I tried to model myself after. But then I met you. And I found out that the person I looked up to all those years never existed!"

Tara's expression is getting very dark now.

"Last week when Madison Rayne was talking about everything you've done in your career, all the accomplishments you've had -- it was all true! That was you who did all that stuff! But it was like she was talking about someone else. I look at you and I don't see that person -- hell, nobody does anymore! All I see is a big @#$%ing sellout! And why?! Some 5 ft chump gets lucky and scores a fluke win over you one time, and just like that you throw away everything you used to stand for just so she'll bring you back and pull your strings like a goddamn puppet! She says jump, you say how high, she says shit, you say what color!"

By now, Tara looks like she's going to murder someone, but Jennifer is still going.

"That's what baffles me! That's what I can't figure out! You had everything! You had championships and accolades! You had all the respect in the world..."

"Are you done talking?" Tara asks, speaking over her. "Because I'm done listening." Tara turns to leave.

"...and you just threw it all away so you could be Madison Rayne's bitch!"

Tara stops dead in her tracks. She whirls around. She and Jennifer lock eyes for just a second... then Tara launches herself at Jennifer and they tear into each other like wolverines!

JB says this is months of pent up frustration being released for both of them. "My God, she's furious!" exclaims West. "Have you ever seen Tara like this?" "I've never seen either of them like this!" says JB.

Tara is livid, but Jennifer is giving as good as she's getting. The 2 of them spill over the ropes. They fight all over ringside. Finally, security arrives to separate them. The guards pull Jennifer back into the ring to try to get some distance between them, but Jennifer blows past the guards and suicide dives onto Tara! They go at it again! The guards try to pull them apart, but they just can't contain this!

Finally, Traci runs out to the stage. She says if they want to kill each other so bad, then she's going to let them do just that. Next week it's going to be Tara vs. Jennifer Blade in a Last Woman Standing match!

Tara immediately throws herself at Jennifer again. As the security guards try and fail to restrain them, we...


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