In the December 17 edition of the Roundup, I mentioned about Madison Rayne’s return to TNA. I knew the results of the subsequent shows up to where we are right now, but didn’t reveal what was going to be coming up. At the time, I wrote: “I’m hoping there will be some explanation as to why Rayne is now a babyface and going after [Gail] Kim. I have a theory, but I want to see how it plays out.” Well, it’s been 3 weeks and there have been quite a few twists and turns. However, at no point has TNA explained exactly WHY Madison has such aggression towards her former friend.
We have had three weeks for an explanation to take place. We’ve had candid videos from Rayne and an extensive interview on the Knockouts website with Madison talking about giving birth – including the claim that she’s the first female to return to the ring after giving birth – which must make the likes of Saraya Knight and Allison Danger fall over laughing – and her desire to get back to wrestling, and there is still no revelation on what caused the friction. In that time, Rayne and ODB have beaten Kim and Lei’D Tapa, and last week Madison defeated the Knockouts Champion in her Open Challenge series to become the number one contender to the title – and yet, still nothing as to why.
Considering this is the headline feud for the division, it’s curious as to what TNA is thinking. At this point, we still haven’t been told as to what is the issue between the pair and it’s even more of a head scratcher when you consider that there is a storyline already done for them. All they had to do was produce one simple video package to explain it all. It’s staring them in the face.
Before Madison’s return, the final interaction between she and Gail in a TNA ring was at the One Night Only Knockouts Knockdown PPV where Kim became Queen of the Knockouts. At the very end, Rayne came out as an unannounced surprise to present the tiara to the victor. She got into the ring, placed it on Gail’s head and was ready to celebrate with her friend, only to be pushed away and ushered out of the ring by Kim in order for her to bask in the glory all by herself. Surprised and hurt, Madison backed up the ramp wondering what was going on.
Is that not the building blocks for the feud and TNA has completely missed it? Hell – a big deal was made on the broadcast of showing the confusion on Madison’s face following the harsh snubbing by her friend. Backed up with an account from Rayne saying that while she was away from TNA – where her contract legitimately expired while she was pregnant, by the way – that she never received a single call or visit from her so-called buddy, and you then have a tangible reason for why Madison would feel hurt and angry and being cast aside while Gail focussed on winning the Knockouts Title for her own personal greed and satisfaction.
One promo could have tied off the loose ends, given fans a background to the fighting and would provide some extra babyface sympathy for Rayne – something that could have gone down well, considering the last time Madison was seen on Impact Wrestling she was a heel and at the side of Kim.
This whole Open Challenge gimmick was written for Madison’s return, and yet there have been huge holes which need not have existed. As well as the lack of background for Madison’s return, you have to wonder if Rayne was considered to be “outside” of TNA when she answered the challenge. After all, that was Kim’s proviso when she laid down the gauntlet – it had to be a wrestler outside of TNA. While Rayne’s TNA contract lapsed, I don’t believe a mention of it has been made on TV, so fans who just watch the show every week and don’t scour the net for information would think she is still a regular knockout. However, if you knew that she didn’t have a contract, why would TNA allow a non-contracted wrestler to compete in a tag match on a TNA supercard like Final Resolution? If she did sign a “contract” before that match, how would she have been eligible for the open challenge – and if she didn’t, what is TNA doing allowing her to roam around backstage? It doesn’t make sense, and it could have easily done so. Instead of having her run out for the post-match attack on December 12, just wait a few more weeks and have her return in the open challenge, then the following week she could have got on the microphone and filled us in with why she decided to take on her former friend. By stretching it out, it made a joke of the Open Challenge.
You may wonder why it’s annoyed me so much – partly because it was screaming to make sense and yet it doesn’t. If I, as a fan, have to fill in the blanks for a storyline, what the hell have the writers been doing?
Sticking with TNA, the Knockouts division has taken another hit today.
Over the course of six weeks last summer, Brooke Hogan, Tara, Taeler Hendrix, Rayne and SoCal Val all left the company, with Tapa being the sole addition. A few hours ago, the Blossom Twins announced that they had left both TNA and Ohio Valley Wrestling.
Hannah and Holly released a statement on their Facebook page earlier, saying in part:
As of late we have been getting a lot of questions about the Impact tour, TNA and OVW, etc, and we absolutely LOVE you guys for it! However, as of right now we are no longer with either TNA or OVW. We are actually taking a little break from wrestling. After 9 years and with lots of new and exciting things that took place in both our lives last year, it’s just time for us to take a break! But we just wanted to tell you guys how much your support especially these past 2 years with TNA and Boot camp has meant to us. It’s been incredibly touching. We appreciate the tweets, the messages, the t-shirts, and the posters. You truly kick ass, all of you and we couldn’t be more grateful! TNA have been fantastic and incredibly understanding of where we are at right now. They gave us the most wonderful of opportunities with British Boot camp, the One Night Only PPVs and Impact TV. For us, the two shy little girls who dreamed of being wrestlers at 12 years old, we have achieved more than we could ever have imagined! We are beyond thankful for all those opportunities and that that door is still open! Thank you TNA for making some of our biggest dreams come true!!
The sisters continued by thanking their OVW trainer Rip Rogers, and also expressed gratitude to promoter Danny Davis for believing in them and giving them the opportunities to meet their respective husbands.
Debuting in 2005, Hannah and Holly spent the first four years wrestling around the UK in places like FutureShock, Gerry Norton Promotions and ChickFight before debuting in OVW in October 2009 where Hannah defeated Epiphany for the Women’s Championship in their debut match before revealing she was a twin. Over the years, Holly held the title one time by herself, while Hannah held the title on a total of three occasions – the most recent being in the celebrated four way ladder match last September involving the twins, Hendrix and Tapa.
A year ago, the twins were part of the British Boot Camp show against Marty Scurll and eventual winner Rockstar Spud – and while unsuccessful, the sisters joined Spud at OVW to continue their run in the promotion on a full-time basis, following a few matches in TNA during the company’s UK tour. After returning to the US, Holly did not wrestle for TNA again, while Hannah competed at the Knockouts Knockdown and World X Cup PPVs, as well as being the first victim on Gail Kim’s Open Challenge in November.
It seems as if the Blossoms’ personal and professional lives are going in different directions at the moment. With their new marriages, it was seemingly not conducive with TNA’s parting of ways with OVW and encouraging their contracted workers who there to make the move to Florida, and it was wrestling which seems to have made the sacrifice.
Despite being on TNA’s radar for a year, Hannah and Holly did not really get a bite of the cherry – much like Hendrix, who won the Gut Check and languished in OVW for an age. Holly was especially left out in the cold, which is a real shame.
Still, we hope to see the Blossom Twins return to the ring when they are good and ready, and enjoy their personal lives in the meantime. As someone who has enjoyed their company in the past, they are the kindest and sweetest people you could ever meet, and they deserve every happiness.
Also featured in the last week on the site is a video of Kana defending the JWP Openweight Championship. She put the belt on the line against Arisa Nakajima.
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Brie Bella and Summer Rae were included in a list of 10 Superstars to watch out for in 2014… Ric Flair believes daughter Charlotte has added pressure on her shoulders because of her family legacy, but told TBO.com that “She’s strong mentally. She can handle anything. She is going to be fine. She’s a winner”… PWInsider reports that JoJo has been phased off TV in order for WWE to push Eva Marie. And WWE can’t push two women at the same time why?… Eden Stiles and Veronica Lane ring announced at NXT’s show in Largo, FL, while Alexa Bliss worked as the referee for the Sasha Banks v Bayley match on the card… Emma defeated Natalya on last week’s NXT to earn a shot at Paige’s Women’s Championship, even though she was already the #1 contender before Natalya got a shot at the belt last month. Despite the fuzzy history to the match, the contest itself is getting positive reviews. Emma also teamed with Natalya on WWE’s house shows this weekend, beating AJ Lee and Tamina Snuka… Cameron tweeted that her goal is to be a top heel Diva like Maryse. She also said she has big news coming soon, though she isn’t to reveal that she’s pregnant… Paige and Emma were listed in a rundown of possible NXT breakout stars… AJ Lee tweeted that she lost a tooth recently… Natalya’s featured in the February edition of FLEX Magazine… Eva Marie is getting over a sickness… Two wins in two straight episodes of Raw? Yes, this is Aksana’s life at the moment. She and Alicia Fox defeated Nikki & Brie Bella.
Brooke Tessmacher tweeted that she won’t be a part of the UK tour at the end of this month, meaning that we won’t be seeing her on Impact Wrestling for quite some time. The Knockouts who are making the trip are Velvet Sky, Gail Kim, Lei’D Tapa and Madison Rayne.
LuFisto faces Candice LeRae at Alternative Wrestling Show’s March 22 show… Jessicka Havok’s next defence of the Women Superstars Uncensored Championship will be against Shanna on February 8. Technically, it’s heel v heel, which should make for an interesting dynamic… Nevaeh dislocated her kneecap at Rockstar Pro Wrestling last Wednesday en route to earning a shot at the RPW Championship. She will challenge Aaron Williams for the belt tomorrow… Remix Pro Wrestling is holding a 3-way match for the Women’s Fury Championship on April 26. It will be Sassy Stephie v Athena v Cheerleader Melissa. Stephie beat Maria Kanellis to officially became the number one contender for the title, which was held by Hailey Hatred – she was stripped of the championship on October 12 last year after not defending it for a year. Hatred’s last – and first – defence was against MsChif in the main event of Joshi4Hope IV in Tokyo, Japan. She never defended the belt on US soil… Holy hell, Ohio Valley Wrestling. The latest TV episode saw the continuation of The Bodyguy trying to lose the Women’s Championship, getting his lackey Melvin Maximus to dress in drag as Melvina. The Assassin again came out, levelling Melvina and then challenged Bodyguy for the belt. However, at the Saturday Night Special, Bodyguy was beaten by Lei’D Tapa, who was dressed up in Assassin gear. My question is: if Bodyguy was so eager to relinquish the title, why didn’t Tapa just step up and volunteer herself? What a farce… Kacee Carlisle beat Jessie Belle at NWA Smoky Mountain on Saturday, retaining her NWA World Women’s Championship… Santana Garrett lost the Southern Championship Wrestling Florida Cruiserweight Championship on Sunday. Chiseled Chase won the belt in a 4-way main event at the I Believe In Wrestling show – Josh Hess and Lince Dorado were also in the match… Athena is now accepting booking for February onward. She has been out since last August with an injured shoulder… D’Arcy Dixon explained on the most recent episode of My Name Is that the RESISTANCE Pro Women’s Championship belt is so big is because it’s meant to show that the title is of similar importance to the men’s championship. Fair enough – but as Dixon pointed out, it completely dwarfs her. She defends that belt on January 17 against Thunderkitty.
Hikaru Shida has announced that she will be leaving Ice Ribbon. Her final match will be against Muscle Venus tag team partner Tsukasa Fujimoto on March 30 – the pair still hold the International Ribbon Tag Team Championship. While Ice Ribbon is her home promotion – and where she trained from scratch after she and fellow actress Fujimoto were spotted – Shida wrestled for Wrestling New Classic, Zero 1, Dramatic Dream Team, Sendai Girls, WAVE, JWP, OZ Academy and SHIMMER in 2013. Instead of linking herself to another promotion, the former ICEx60 Champion says she’s going to be going freelance… Speaking of Shida, she and Fujimoto beat Kurumi & Kyoko Inoue on Saturday to retain the International Ribbon Tag straps… There seems to be some friction among the Monster-gun members in Stardom. As a consequence, Kyoko Kimura, Alpha Female, Act Yasukawa and The Female Predator Amazon will face off in a 4-way on Sunday.
International Pro Wrestling: United Kingdom is holding an England v Scotland card on February 22. Nikki Storm will take on Sakura Lily on the card… Kirsty Love says she is looking to take up bodybuilding in 2014 to build a new look for herself and attract the attention of promoters. Click here to hear her in our latest Fight Like A Girl interview… Viper retained the Scottish Wrestling Entertainment Future Division title on Saturday, defeating Sammii Jayne. Elsewhere on the card, Nikki Storm – who was featured in this week’s Retro in a tag match against Saraya Knight – beat Debbie Sharpe… Get well soon to Shanna, who was involved in a car accident on Monday but wasn’t seriously injured.
Australia & New Zealand
Kellyanne English and Jessie McKay square off at Pro Wrestling Alliance’s show on January 25… Evie and Kellie Skater join Madison Eagles and Saraya Knight as participants for New Horizons Pro Wrestling’s Global Conflict show in May.
January 1: Ohio Valley Wrestling (Louisville, KY) – Ray Lyn b Jessie Belle; Bodyguy b Melvina via DQ
January 1: WWE NXT (Winter Park, FL) – Emma b Natalya
January 1: WWE Main Event (Washington DC) – Cameron & Naomi b Alicia Fox & Rosa Mendes
January 1: CMLL (Guadalajara, Mexico) – Dark Angel, Goya Kong & Silueta b Amapola, Princesa Sugheit & Zeuxis
January 2: TNA Impact Wrestling (Orlando, FL) – Madison Rayne b Gail Kim
January 3: WWE SmackDown (Washington DC) – Nikki Bella b Aksana
January 3: WWE (Fayetteville, NC) – Nikki & Brie Bella b Aksana & Alicia Fox
January 4: Wrestling New Classic (Yokohama, Japan) – Mio Shirai b Kaho Kobayashi; Lin Byron b Takuya Kito & Mio Shirai in a 3-way; Syuri & Hikaru Shida b Makoto & Koharu Hinata
January 4: Gatoh Move (Itabashi, Japan) – Emi Sakura b Peppermint; Tsubasa Kuragaki b Kotori; Aiger b Sayaka Obihiro; Riho v Sareee went to a time limit draw; Emi Sakura b Kaori Yoneyama & Hiroshi Fukuda in a 3-way; Kaori Yoneyama won a battle royal
January 4: Ice Ribbon (Yokohama, Japan) – Mio Shirai & Miyako Matsumoto b 235 & Kaho Kobayashi; Shuu Shibutani b Neko Nitta; Maki Narumiya & Risa Sera b Cherry & Meari Naito; Hamuko Hoshi b Tsukushi; Hikaru Shida & Tsukasa Fujimoto b Kyoko Inoue & Kurumi
January 4: Stardom (Fukushima, Japan) – Mayu Iwatani b Koguma; Alpha Female b Takumi Iroha; Hiroyo Matsumoto b Kellie Skater & Yoshiko in a 3-way; Natsuki*Taiyo b Miho Wakizawa; Io Shirai, Nanae Takahashi & Kairi Hojo b Kyoko Kimura, Act Yasukawa & The Female Predator “Amazon”
January 4: Yumiko Hotta Produce (Tokyo, Japan) – Kyusei Ninja Ranmura b Hamuko Hoshi & Yuiga in a 3-way; Sareee & Manami Katsu b Dump Matsumoto & Keiko Aono via DQ; Marcela b Mima Shimoda; Kyoko Inoue & La Commandante b Yumiko Hotta & Arisa Nakajima via DQ
January 4: Scottish Wrestling Entertainment (Dundee, Scotland) – Nikki Storm b Debbie Sharpe; Viper b Sammii Jayne
January 4: NWA Smoky Mountain (Kingsport, TN) – Kacee Carlisle b Jessie Belle
January 4: Ohio Valley Wrestling (Louisville, KY) – Lei’D Tapa b The Bodyguy to win the OVW Women’s Championship
January 4: U-Pro Wrestling (Goshen, IN) – Thunderkitty b KO Kendra
January 4: Beyond Wrestling (Kingsport, TN) – Devyn Nicole b Jessie Belle
January 4: WWE (Hampton, VA) – Emma & Natalya b AJ Lee & Tamina Snuka
January 4: Ring Wars Carolina (Lumberton, NC) – Mia Svensson b D’Arcy Dixon via DQ
January 5: Diana (Kawasaki, Japan) – Cherry b Seleziya Sparx; Yuiga b Jenny Rose via DQ; Mima Shimoda b Sareee; Jaguar Yokota & Kaoru Ito b Mask de Sun & Keiko Aono; Kyoko Inoue & Tomoko Watanabe v Yumiko Hotta & La Commandante went to a double count out
January 5: Pro Wrestling WAVE (Tokyo, Japan) – Rina Yamashita b Sumire Natsu; Tsukasa Fujimoto b Mio Shirai; Ryo Mizunami & Tomoka Nakagawa b Shuu Shibutani & Cherry and Moeka Haruhi & Hamuko Hoshi in a 3-way; Yumi Ohka, Kana & Hikaru Shida b Kyusei Ninja Ranmaru, Miyako Matsumoto & Fairy Nipponbashi; Ayako Hamada & Yuu Yamagata b Mika Iida & Sawako Shimono; Misaki Ohata b Kyoko Kimura
January 5: Sendai Girls (Sendai, Japan) – Ray b DASH Chisako; The Female Predator Amazon b Sakura Hirota; Meiko Satomura b Takumi Iroha; Hiroyo Matsumoto b Kagetsu; DASH Chisako & Sendai Sachiko b Tsubasa Kuragaki & Kellie Skater
January 5: JWP (Itabashi, Japan) – KAZUKI b Raideen Hagane; Command Bolshoi b Neko Nitta; Hanako Nakamori b Leon; Kayoko Haruyama & Manami Katsu b Sachie Abe & Yako Fujigasaki; Rabbit Miu & Tsukushi b Arisa Nakajima & Kana
January 5: CMLL (Mexico City, Mexico) – Dark Angel, Estrellita & Goya Kong b Amapola, Princesa Sugheit & Tiffany
January 5: WWE (Fairfax, VA) – Natalya & Emma b AJ Lee & Tamina Snuka
January 5: WWE (Roanoke, VA) – Nikki & Brie Bella b Aksana & Alicia Fox
January 5: I Believe In Wrestling (Orlando, FL) – Chiseled Chase b Santana Garrett, Josh Hess & Lince Dorado to win the SCW Florida Cruiserweight Championship
January 6: WWE Raw (Baltimore, MD) – Alicia Fox & Aksana b Nikki & Brie Bella
January 8: Rockstar Pro Wrestling (Dayton, OH) – Aaron Williams v Nevaeh
January 11: World Xtreme Wrestling C4 (Orwigsburg, PA) – Hania v Niya
January 11: IWA Mid-South (Clarksville, IN) – Mickie Knuckles v Jordynne Grace
January 11: Conflict Wrestling (Kitchener, ON, Canada) – Jennifer Blake v Leah Von Dutch v Jewells Malone
January 14: Alpha-1 Wrestling (Hamilton, ON, Canada) – Leah Von Dutch v Psycho Mike Rollins
January 15: Wrestling Cares Association (Gardena, CA) – Katarina Leigh v Cheerleader Melissa
January 17: AAA (Naucalpan, Mexico) – Faby Apache, Jennifer Blake & La Jarochita vs La Magnifica, Mary Apache & Sexy Star
January 17: RESISTANCE (Merrionette Park, IL) – D’Arcy Dixon v Thunderkitty; Mickie Knuckles v Crazy Mary Dobson
January 18: Pure Wrestling Association (Kitchener, ON, Canada) – Jasmin v Beautiful Beaa
January 18: Xtreme Impact Championship Wrestling (Detroit, MI) – Taeler Hendrix v Jordynne Grace
January 19: Wrestling Is Respect (Boonton, NJ) – Portia Perez v Veda Scott
January 24: SHINE 16 (Ybor City, FL) – Rain v Ivelisse Velez
January 25: REINA Joshi + Jam Manila (Pasig City, Philippines) – Syuri v Mia Yim; Leon & Ray v Lady Lory & Aliya
January 25: Pro Wrestling Alliance (Casula, Australia) – Kellyanne English v Jessie McKay
January 25: LCW Roses (Leicester, England) – Rhia O’Reilly v Addy Starr; Viper & Jenna v Nadia Sapphire & Violet Vendetta; Carmel Jacob v Shauna Shay; Nikki Storm v Erin Angel v Kay Lee Ray; Pollyanna Peppers v Felony
January 25: RAD:PRO Wrestling (South Shields, England) – Rubix Roach & Kirsty Love v Felis Atrox & Freya Frenzy
January 25: Mega Hybrid Wrestling (Eleanor, WV) – Crazy Mary Dobson v Mary Elizabeth Monroe
January 25: GOUGE Wrestling (Fuquay-Varina, NC) – Mia Svensson v Jennifer Blaze
January 25: NWA Houston (Cypress, TX) – Kacee Carlisle v Barbi Hayden
January 25: Alternative Wrestling Show (South Gate, CA) – Candice LeRae, Hania & Cole Pistol v Hudson Envy Nicole Savoy & Raze
January 25: Pinfall Wrestling Association (Springfield, IL) – Allie Kat & Miss Dark Shadow v Lady Vendetta & Lucy Mendez
January 26: Smash Wrestling (Toronto, ON, Canada) – Seleziya Sparx v Veda Scott
February 1: Ring Wars Carolina (Rowland, NC) – Mia Svensson v Devyn Nicole
February 8: Britannia Wrestling Promotions (Buckley, England) – Violet Vendetta v Lana Austin
February 8: Women Superstars Uncensored (Voorhees, NJ) – Jessicka Havok v Shanna
February 9: Xtreme Bombshells Wrestling (Richmond, MI) – Leah Von Dutch v Courtney Rush
February 15: Alternative Wrestling Show (South Gate, CA) – Taeler Hendrix v Hudson Envy; Candice LeRae v Sage Sin
February 16: Beyond Wrestling (Providence, RI) – Kimber Lee v Drew Gulak
February 22: International Pro Wrestling: United Kingdom (Swanley, England) – Sakura Lily v Nikki Storm
February 22: Pro Wrestling Syndicate (Rahway, NJ) – Angelina Love v Missy Sampson v La Rosa Negra v Mickie James
February 25: Kana-Pro (Tokyo, Japan) – Kana v Meiko Satomura
March 2: Bellatrix 8 (Norwich, England) – Sammi Baynz v Blue Nikita; Courtney Rush v Liberty
March 8: Tidal Wrestling (Darlington, England) – Kay Lee Ray v Violet O’Hara
March 9: Joshi4Hope V (Tokyo, Japan) – Hiroyo Matsumoto v Yuhi
March 15: Warzone Wrestling (Berwick, Australia) – Savannah Summers v Miami
March 22: Alternative Wrestling Show (South Gate, CA) – LuFisto v Candice LeRae
March 29: Absolute Intense Wrestling Girls Night Out 11 & 12 (Cleveland, OH)
March 30: Ice Ribbon (Tokyo, Japan) – Hikaru Shida v Tsukasa Fujimoto
April 5: SHIMMER Women Athletes (New Orleans, LA)
April 19: NCW Femmes Fatales XIV (Montreal, QC, Canada) – Cheerleader Melissa v Courtney Rush
April 26: Remix Pro Wrestling (Marietta, OH) – Sassy Stephie v Athena v Cheerleader Melissa
– Lee Burton
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