On the February 21, 2013 edition of iMpact Wrestling, the TNA Women’s Knockout Championship was on the line in a 4-Way elimination match…
The Knockouts Championship match was announced as coming up next, before we saw Tara backstage as Jesse gave her encouraging words as they made their way to the ring….
TNA Wrestling – February 21, 2013 iMpact Match TNA Women’s Knockout Championship Tara (w/Jesse)(c) vs. Velvet Sky vs. Gail Kim vs. Brooke Tessmacher
—Velvet Sky made her way to the ring first, followed by Gail Kim. Out next was Miss Tessmacher, followed by Knockouts Champion Tara and Jesse. VP of the Knockouts Division Brooke Hogan then made her way to ringside, as the show went to commercials. Back from commercials, the bell rang, and Jesse was banned from ringside by referee Taryna Terrell. All four women battled in the ring, with a few elimination attempts. An electric chair to Tessmacher from Tara sent Tessmacher to ringside, where she went on a brief vacation on the floor. Kim and Tara then teamed up on Velvet Sky in the ring (Nice heat on Kim here). It was not long before Tara and Kim turned on each other, while Velvet Sky went on her own vacation after a Spider’s Web by Tara. Tessmacher inserted herself back into the match, which led to Gail eating a bulldog in which Tessmacher used the apron as a springboard (sort of sloppy here). This left Tara, Sky and Tessmacher to fight in the ring. After hitting a moonsault on Tessmacher, Tara left herself vulnerable to Velvet Sky hitting her finisher. Gail Kim then made her way back into the ring, throwing Velvet to ringside, and then pinning Tara.
A new Knockouts Champion was set to be crowned, as we saw an upset Tara make her way back up the ramp. Kim and Tessamacher battled in the ring, with Brooke controlling. What followed was Velvet making her way back into the ring just in time for a tower of doom spot. This got a “TNA” chant from the crowd (Best spot of the match). Velvet attempted pins on Kim and Tessmacher to no avail. Tessmacher then went for a roll-up on Sky, in which she reversed to get a pin. We were down to Kim and Velvet, who battled in the ring. We got a “Let’s go Velvet” chant during this. The finish came when Kim held on to the ropes as Velvet attempted a roll-up. Taryn then pulled Kim’s hand off the ropes, sending her crashing to the mat. Velvet then hit her finisher for the win…
Winner: Velvet Sky
Thoughts: Congratulations to Velvet Sky on her Championship win, which brought Tara’s reign to an end. Tara reigned as Champion for 104 days. In actuality, this match took place on January 26, 2013, and Velvet Sky has already reigned as champion for 26 days. Pretty good match here, although, I am not a fan of wrestlers taking time out to sell moves during multi-wrestler matches… it was a bit overused in the match. Tara’s reaction to being pinned was a bit underwhelming. Remember Lita vs. Victoria (Tara) vs. Jazz vs. Molly Holly for the WWE Women’s Championship?… Classic moment, with Molly Holly–the Champion being eliminated first. With Tara’s current character, it made no sense for her to just walk away with a pouty face. And I suppose it was also anticlimactic as the fans did not react as great as they should have (of course the fans at the Impact Zone would have blown the roof).
Going forward, it should be business as usual, as we’ve seen from the Knockouts in the past two years… The Champion versus whoever the #1 contender is. Although it would be great to finally have a secondary feud in the Division. Gail Kim vs. Taryn Terrell has been a long time coming.
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