Celebrating 5 Years of the TNA Knockouts Championship…
Last week, I highlighted four Knockouts Matches, in which I think are some of TNA’s Best Matches in TNA Knockouts History. This week, I bring to you five more matches to continue the countdown. I have #21 to #17 for you all… it includes three Pay-Per-View matches, an Impact match, and one match that stole the show at the All Knockouts New Years Eve Special. We will see some of Angelina Love, Taylor Wilde, ODB, Awesome Kong, Mickie James and Hamada–being highlighted this week, as we continue our road to celebrating the 5th Anniversary of the TNA Knockouts Championship. The Knockouts Champion will certainly be one of the highlights at Bound For Glory 2012, as current TNA Knockouts Champion Brooke Tessmacher (Profile) will surely defend it. The Knockouts Championship will be defended for the fifth time in Bound for Glory history. Well enough rambling and on to the countdown we go…
#21: Taylor Wilde vs. Angelina Love: No Surrender 2008
Okay let’s start with the bad… Cute Kip and Velvet Sky at ringside, Rhino’s involvement, and lastly Traci Brooks ringside presence. Sure maybe the last one wasn’t that bad, but it led to nowhere, so now her presence was pointless. Now onto the match… this was a very different approach. I’d think that with both Taylor Wilde and Angelina Love, both could have pulled off a more fast paced match, but they took a different approach, and I liked it. This was a nice in-between feud for Taylor’s reign. It is something we rarely see, a feud where the challenger would come out title-less, and the champion moving onto another feud. There were a lot of innovation into this match, Taylor got to work with someone more her size, so she got to use a bunch of moves we don’t regularly see her use because, she worked a lot with Kong… for instance, the Tilt-a-whirl back breaker. While Angelina was a perfect old school heel, using Taylor’s hair, and the ropes (something we rarely see women use now; I loved the whole scratching the face across the ropes). Again, the Velvet Sky, Cute Kip and Rhino’s involvement really took away from this match, and then the ending kind of sucked as well… The Bridge suplex is not a move for someone of Taylor’s size. Either way, I felt there were a whole lot of other tiny elements that really made this match, better than what it really was.
One outside factor that made this match better, was how the feud was put together. Angelina Love and Velvet Sky were on fire, and the beauty contest before the PPV added so much. The Beautiful People losing in a beauty contest, was just classic. We all cringed at the thought of anything bikini related. Me on the other hand, enjoyed most of the T&A stuff TNA has ever done, because it wasn’t always at random; it usually made sense and always furthered a feud.
#20: Double Debut: Sarita vs. Alissa Flash
Talk about taking risks, here we had two women who were making their debut on the same night against each other. We had weeks of video’s hyping the debut of Sarita, but little did we know that her debut match was going to be against the debuting Alissa Flash (aka Cheerleader Melissa, as well as the masked “Raisha Saeed” in TNA at that time) who came out and made sure everyone knew she was the “Future Legend.” Anyways, this match was just amazing, especially for two women just coming out there, with the crowd not being connected in any way with either women. With not having any TNA back story, these women came out and gave a phenomenal performance. What also caught my eye, was this match was a little less than five minutes long. Many have complained about televised women’s matches that “if they had more time they could display what they can do and the fans can connect with them,” but people were impressed and into it two minutes in—the match was just that good. I’ve never been a fan of that excuse, sure it leaves you wanting more, I agree with that, but does it kills the division… it’s very unlikely. We can stop using that as an excuse to why WWE’s women’s division is in the gutter. Either way, Alissa Flash and Sarita left this match with loads of credibility, win or lose. But all I can say is, what debut match for both women.
#19 – Mickie James vs. Angelina Love Slammiversary 2011
Why do some of Mickie James’ best matches suffer botched DDT endings? To this day I think it’s a real shame these two women wrestled each other one-on-one only two or three times in a TNA ring. Their matches have been really great, and some of Angelina’s best performances in TNA overall. Angelina Love was on fire in this match, I felt it was just a glimpse of what Angelina could do in the ring. I never knew if it was the booking, or the match set up in TNA, but I truly felt we never saw Angelina’s best ever in TNA. I think this is her best singles match in TNA. Mickie always adds more than just wrestling to her matches… She is a very theatrical person; amazing display emotions and her face tells more story than the storyline does sometimes. She just has such an expressive personality and character about her that she can make most matches memorable just on her display of emotion. The botched ending sucked, but everything else in this match was top-notch, even the limited Winter involvement, it was all done really well.
#18 Knockouts New Years Eve Special – ODB vs. Hamada (Finals)
Talk about oddball combinations. ODB who is just crazy over the top, and does some random things in the ring. And Hamada, who is calm, one hell of a kicker and does not speak English… That oddly worked, but still random. These two came out and put on a stellar match, keep in mind, both women had two matches earlier in the night; ODB coming off a match with Awesome Kong, and Hamada having a highly physical match with Roxxi earlier. They came into this pretty banged up, either way, both of them managed to pull it off and had such a great unforgettable match. That night highlighted the knockouts with so many memorable and great matches, the crowd was completely into it and the ratings, weren’t that bad either.
#17 Lockdown: Angelina Love vs. Taylor Wilde vs. Awesome Kong
Okay maybe this round was about odd endings. Another bad ending in this one, but talk about a fun match. We saw Taylor Wilde and Awesome Kong work together, we got to see Angelina Love and Taylor Wilde work together, and at the end of the match we found ourselves with a knocked-out soon to be Knockouts Champion (kind of ironic lol), either way, this match had such great moments too it; such a great flow too it; so many positive things in this match it’s insane. Awesome Kong did a somersault off the top rope, granted it missed, but it looked amazing, and this was Angelina Loves’ first reign as Knockouts champion. Fun fact, Angelina Love was legitimately knocked out, and did not remember winning the match at all… her golden moment was not remembered at all. This match showed how great the knockouts are, and how versatile each of these women are… Kong didn’t just use her power, she did some stuff off the top rope. Taylor Wilde got aggressive, Angeline love used her wits…
So that rounds out another group of matches, there is a whole lot more to come.
Until next time….