Last night’s episode of TNA Impact Wrestling was pretty humdrum for the Knockouts with no women’s matches on the show. There was a promo with Angelina Love and Velvet Sky justifying their run-in during Gail Kim‘s title defence against Taryn Terrell last week and Love saying she has an announcement for next week. However, there was a short video insert which wasn’t shown to the audience at the tapings in New York City in late June, but teased the debut of a new Knockout.
Very little information was given, so those who didn’t recognise the hazy image would not have much idea who it was meant to be – exemplified by Bryan Alvarez, whose recap of the show surmised it was a man. However, those who are familiar with the spiked gas mask would have more of an idea – and was given a stronger confirmation with the spinning rotation of letters.
We started with an H with four more letters to come, and all the signs point towards the person in question being Jessicka Havok – just take the ZUNJ letters and replace sit with the next in the alphabet, so AVOK follows the H. In essence, it’s similar to Chris Jericho‘s return to WWE in 2007.
The 28-year old has been on TNA’s radar for a while, as she appeared on the Knockouts Knockdown 2 PPV taping in May, where she was defeated by Madison Rayne. Indications that something else has been afoot have come from her selling her merchandise at discount prices, as if she is having some sort of fire sale.
If you assume that a letter will be revealed a week, the full name would be made apparent on the August 28 episode which has yet to be taped – the promotion is filming more shows in NYC between Tuesday and Thursday next week – so Havok could make her in-ring debut on the August 28 episode.
While this is a big opportunity for the ten year veteran, Jessicka has some unfinished business in places like SHINE Wrestling and Women Superstars Uncensored.
Despite the feud going on for the last nine months, there has been no conclusive victory by either Havok or Allysin Kay in their SHINE feud, and most of their outings have been inconclusive. This changed at SHINE 20 in June when Kay defeated Havok in a Last Woman Standing match under screwy circumstances, though Jessicka gained a measure of revenge immediately when she cut her rival’s hair. No date has been set for SHINE 21 though we would expect it to take place later this month, where we may see the feud blowoff before her TNA TV debut.
Meanwhile, Havok’s highs and lows with WSU this year have seen her return to the roster following a victory over Mia Yim at United last month, provisionally setting up a match between she and World Champion LuFisto with the premise being that both believe they are the true champion of the promotion, considering that Havok was fired from WSU in May when she ironically backed out of Queen and King of the Ring to work the Knockouts Knockdown 2 taping. WSU’s next show is on September 13 – and if TNA holds onto its rule that contracted talent can’t appear on iPPVs or DVD tapings, then the Havok v LuFisto unification match will, at best, be for the live audience only, which isn’t prosperous for arguably the biggest main event the promotion has to offer right now.
The other question mark is TNA’s future. Negotiations with Spike TV over the renewal of the Impact Wrestling deal is ongoing and there is not much time left to reach an agreement – with (later debunked) talk that Spike will not be renewing the contract. Should TNA not continue on Spike and fail to find another network in time, these Impact tapings coming next week could be the last ever episodes. It’s a precarious time to debut in TNA, but the company has to keep working as if there is a tomorrow.