TNA’s Impact Wrestling is being recorded in London, England at the moment, and a big development with the Knockouts has taken place. However, seeing as it is a spoiler for the show which won’t be broadcast until February 21, you may not want to know. If you DO want to know, click the jump…
Right, for everyone who is left, here it is: Velvet Sky is the new Knockouts Champion. She won the title in a four way elimination match also featuring Miss Tessmacher, Gail Kim and the now-former champion Tara. Strangely, it was the defending titleholder who was eliminated first at the hands of Kim, who was her tag team partner on the house show on Thursday, consequently guaranteeing the fans at Wembley Arena a new champ. Tessmacher was the next to be sent to the showers after being rolled up by Sky, and then Sky took the title by pinning Kim with the In Yo Face.
This is Sky’s second run as Knockouts Champion, having won the belt at Bound For Glory 2011, though she lost it a month later to Kim, so it can be seen as a turning of the tables, and doubles up after Sky pinned Kim to become number one contender to the Knockouts belt by winning the Gauntlet Match at Genesis earlier this month – although she lost her title challenge to Tara on Thursday’s Impact taping.
Sky returned to TNA in December, promising to make 2013 her year. Less than a month in – or two months if you’re following it in the scope of when the show is broadcast – and she has already accomplished her goal of regaining the title.
In other Knockouts related news from tonight’s tapings…
For the show taped for February 14th, British Bootcamp competitors The Blossom Twins teamed with Marty Scurll (all making their TV debuts) to take on the team of Gail Kim, Tara and Jesse Godderz in mixed tag action. Per Spike TV’s edict, it was men vs men and women vs women, and it was a pretty good match, with the Blossoms looking very good in there with Kim & Tara (their regular opponents during this tour). Gail eventually pinned one of The Blossom Twins with an Eat Defeat, and took the house mic to issue a challenge to Tara for her Knockouts Title. Knockouts Exec Brooke Hogan came out and explained that Gail would get a shot next week on Impact, but that the shot would also include Miss Tessmacher, and also Velvet Sky. Hogan further ordered that the match be elimination rules and that she would be ringside to oversee the bout.
For the show taped for Feb 21st, as noted above, Velvet won the title in what turned out to be an elimination match after all. Ring announcer Christy Hemme had announced that the match was scheduled “for one fall”, and there were instances of competitors breaking up pinfall attempts in the early going (suggesting that the match stips had been changed) – but after Gail pinned Tara and no music played, it became clear that it *was* elimination rules after all. Velvet eventually reversed a cradle to pin Tessmacher before hitting her In Yo Face for the win. Although nobody seemed to really react when Tara was eliminated (guaranteeing a new champion), the announcement of Velvet as the new Knockouts Champion got a surprisingly good reaction.
– Lee Burton & Stew Allen
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