In this edition of The Rundown: Awesome Kong’s release made official, Candice Michelle backstage on Smackdown, Stacy Kiebler, The Beautiful People, Mickie James and more.
—In breaking news…well, news that has been breaking for many weeks now, so-to-speak. Only today we have gotten closure with the story…. The roller coaster of Awesome Kong‘s status in TNA has come to an end. She is officially gone. Posted on her twitter on March 20, was this message… “I have asked for and received an early release from my contract. I would like to thank TNA for their support in this matter.” This week also marked Awesome Kong’s profile being removed from the Tnawrestling.com roster page. Numerous sites have reported that TNA’s intention was to have Kong sign an extensive no-compete clause, as opposed to 90-days. Pretty pathetic if it’s true. Two of the women that built the Knockouts Division did not get the pay they deserved; Gail Kim and Kong, that pretty much sets the tone loud and clear. A long no-compete clause would be for the sole reason of keeping her away from the WWE. And if you believe Kong wouldn’t get signed to the WWE because she does not of the “Diva” look, think again.
—On the March 8, 2010 edition of TNA Impact, the teams of Tara and Angelina Love, Velvet Sky and Madison Rayne, and Sarita and Taylor Wilde competed for the vacated TNA Knockout Tag Team Championship. Titles that were held by Awesome Kong and Hamada. Velvet Sky and Madison Rayne went on to be the 3rd title holders in the championship’s history. A very bitter-sweet story, as Awesome Kong and Hamada would have gone down in history of one of the best Women’s tag teams. On a happier note, Madison Rayne became the first woman to hold both the TNA Knockout Tag Team Championship and the Shimmer Tag Team Championship. Velvet Sky on the other hand—like her in-ring work or not—has worked hard for the company since 2007, so congratulations to her. Among the titles Velvet Sky has held in the past is the WEW World Heavyweight Championship, WEW World Tag Team Championship with April Hunter, and the WXW Women’s Championship.
—Despite the decline in airtime for the Knockouts since the Hogan-era, the TNA Knockouts have continued to be the most viewed segments on Impact. On the March 8, 2010 episode, the 3-way Tag team match to crown new TNA Knockout Tag Team Championships drew the highest rating, and Angelina Love vs. Daffney did on the Match 15, 2010 episode of Impact. With the loss of Kong, let us hope that Tara, Angelina, Daffney and the rest of the Knockout step up their game. The entire situation is a shame though. For two years, the Knockouts had multiple matches on each episode of Impact, and pay-per-views, now TNA has become a place for has-beens.
—Since Kong’s absence from television, Tara has been feuding against Daffney, and Angelina Love against The Beautiful People. Lethalwow.com recently caught up with Angelina Love at WSU’s anniversary show, where she talked about her return to TNA.
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Holly, Dawn Marie & Jazz honored at WSU 3rd Anniversary Show”. Sites include Wrestlezone.com, Rajah.com, wrestling-edge.com, ewrestlingnews.com, Diva-Dirt.com, 411mania.com, wrestlingnewsworld.com, pwinsider.com, gerweck.net, pwmania.com and more. Thank you!
—On that note, WSU has released DVDs from the 3rd Anniversary show, and Hall-of-Fame ceremony (which inducted Jazz, Molly Holly and Dawn Marie). To purchase the videos, visit: http://www.declarationofindependents.net/doistore/ . WSU’s third anniversary show features Jazz vs. Amber O’Neal, Angelina Love vs. Sassy Stephie, Traci Brooks vs. April Hunter and much more.
—Speaking of Molly Holly, WWE.com caught up with her this week, in a “Where Are They Now?” special. Click Here For The Story. Molly Holly joins Ivory, and Luna Vachon as the only women in this WWE.com section.
—Photos of a pregnant Sharmell in public with Booker T surfaced on the net this week. The photos got the couple an article on the infamous urban celebrity blog site MediaTakeOut.com. Click Here For The Article. Sharmell is expecting twins.
—Former WWE Diva Candice Michelle, who is also currently pregnant, was backstage at the taping for the March 19, 2010 episode of Smackdown. She posted the following photo on Twitter, with currently injured Diva, Melina Perez…
—Mickie James has also been out with an injury. She is currently not on television due staph infection. On March 17, she wrote on extensive update at wwe.com on her condition, and the status of her upcoming album. (http://fans.wwe.com/mickiejames/blog/2010/03/17/wrestlemania_amp;_my_cd_release) Since her time-off Smackdown, Beth Phoenix and Tiffany have took the helm as the female babyfaces of the brand. Last week’s edition of Smackdown (March 12, 2010), was a clear indication of Beth moving from tweener to face after making the save for Tiffany, who was at the mercy of Michelle McCool and Layla.
—Eve Torres—who is currently get pushed on Raw against WWE Divas Champion Maryse, threw the first pitch at the Cincinnati Reds and LA Dodgers on March 12, 2010.
—On March 10, former WWE Diva Stacy Keibler walked the red carpet for the premiere of “She’s Out Of My League.” Her boyfriend Geoff Stults plays “Cam” in the movie.
—In FCW (Florida Championship Wrestling) news, the official developmental territory for World Wrestling Entertainment, Sarona Snuka is now going by the name “Tamina.” Model Brittany Beede is now working in FCW under the name “Jamie Keyes.” Site have been reporting that Jamie Keyes was the one-night on valet for Kevin Nash at Final Resolution 2009.
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