TNA Knockouts – 6/20 Impact Wrestling recap: Brooke Hogan makes a State of the Knockouts Address

Brooke Hogan makes a State of the Knockouts Address

On the June 20, 2013 airing of Impact Wrestling, we got a State of the Knockouts Address with Brooke Hogan…

TNA Wrestling – June 20, 2013 Knockouts Segment
The State of the Knockouts Address with Brooke Hogan

—VP of the Knockouts Brooke Hogan made her way to the ring, and it was revealed that she was out to the ring to “address the Knockouts roster.” After saying she was proud of the Knockouts Division, she encouraged the fans to give them a hand of applause for the job the ladies have been doing for the past year. She noted that she had some issues to take care of, and was giving a state of the Division. ODB and Eric Young made their way out to the ring with the Knockouts Tag-Team Titles, followed by Velvet Sky and Taryn Terrell, and then Gail Kim. Knockouts Champion Mickie James got a “special introduction,” as we got a big dose of her new personality as she talked her way to the ring.

After quieting Mickie James, Brooke Hogan addressed Eric Young, which led to ODB and Eric Young handing over the Knockouts Tag-Team Championships. EY then revealed that it was “national kissing day,” where he proceeded to make out with ODB, and they ran backstage to do God knows what. Next on the agenda was Brooke Hogan giving Velvet Sky her rematch on next week’s episode of Impact Wrestling.

The segment would not be complete without hearing from Gail Kim, where we found out that Gail Kim would be taking on Taryn Terrell–in Las Vegas, in a ladder match. Which brought us to the end of the segment…

Thoughts: I had mixed reactions to this segment. Most of my issues were due to Brooke Hogan’s delivery; however, all the outcomes pushed the Division forward…

Firstly, the segment itself exposed the Division for what it is… a shell of itself. We saw Brooke Hogan address Mickie James, Velvet Sky, Taryn Terrell, ODB and Eric Young (Sadly)… 6 wrestlers, with one not even being a woman. Six wrestlers does not make up a Division. Even with the lack of Knockouts in recent years, TNA still had Tara, Brooke Tessmacher and Taeler Hendrix (Even Lei’D Tapa) that could have been used to beef up the segment. Why were they not used? Was TNA being too cheap to pay them for the appearance? Instead the segment should not have been booked as a “State of the Knockouts Address,” and just have Brooke address the 3 issues at hand, instead of saying she was calling out the entire Knockouts Division.

Another thing I had mixed reactions to was Mickie James. She was great in her execution; however, I felt that her persona seemed to be crossing into Tara’s Hollywood gimmick territory. The last thing we need is two similar gimmicks.

The biggest announcement in the segment—and no, it was not the Knockouts Title match—was Gail Kim and Taryn Terrell being booked in a Ladder Match. When the Last Knockouts Standing Match was announced for Slammiversary, alot of fans had low expectations. But after their great match at the Pay-Per-View, most will be expecting the ladies to deliver. I just hope they have not been set up for failure.

Finally, it was great to see the Tag-Team Title vacated. However, it does not seem like we will be crowning new Championship anytime soon, unfortunately.

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TNA Slammiversary XI Results: Taryn Terrell defeats Gail Kim in a Last Man Standing match

TNA Slammiversary XI Results

On June 2, 2013, from the Agganis Arena in Boston, Massachusetts, was TNA Wrestling’s Slammiversary 2013—Live on Pay-Per-View. In Knockouts action, was Gail Kim versus Taryn Terrell in a Last Man Standing match…

Before the Pay-Per-View, Taryn Terrell was interviewed by SoCal val in the empty Agganis Arena. This was a nice in-depth interview on their rivalry…

Knockouts – TNA Slammiversary XI Match:
Last Knockout Standing match
Taryn Terrell vs. Gail Kim

—ODB was introduced for this match first, followed by Gail Kim making her ring entrance. Out next was Taryn Terrell. As the bell rang Gail Kim slapped Taryn in the face, who fired-back with forearm strikes immediately. Gail Kim fired-back with a kick to Taryn’s stomach, and then sent her face first into one of the turnbuckles. This was a nice back-and-fort brawl to start, with Taryn eventually hitting her swinging neck-breaker and suplex. Gail Kim was able to gain control of the match with the Christo submission, and followed by working over Taryn’s leg. After a missle dropkick, we saw Gail Kim bring a chair into the match, in which Taryn kicked out of her hand. Taryn briefly took control, leading to the first brutal spot of the match, where Gail Kim blocked Taryn’s top-rope cross body with the chair…

As the match continued, these women beat the heel out of each other. Including high-risk spots that were hard to watch. In the end, Taryn Terrell hit a cutter off the ring entrance ramp to win the match.

Winner: Taryn Terrell

Thoughts: Taryn Terrell defeats Gail Kim in a Last Man Standing match What a match!… Most wrestling fans would not have doubted Gail Kim’s competence in the ring under such a stipulation, but who would have thought Taryn Terrell had it in her? I certainly did not. I will not discredit the hard work the girls have been putting in on television; however, I will say that this is the best Knockouts Pay-Per-View match we have had in years.

Each week the likes of Mickie James, Gail, and Tara are allowed to showcase their talent in lengthy Impact Wrestling matches–and for the most part–we have gotten those same matches at Pay-Per-Views. In the last few years, there has been no real difference between the matches we see for free on television, versus paying to see a Knockouts match at the Pay-Per-View. At Slammiversary XI, it was different. The booking of Taryn Terrell vs. Gail Kim left fans feeling like they saw something special.

These women put their bodies on the line to entertain us, in a career making match for Taryn. Great stuff, and hopefully we see the Knockouts deliver again at Bound for Glory.


1–X Division Championship: Chris Sabin defeated Kenny King (c) and Suicide
2–Six-man tag team match: Magnus, Samoa Joe and Jeff Hardy defeated Aces & Eights (Wes Brisco, Garrett Bischoff and Mr. Anderson)
3–Jay Bradley defeated Sam Shaw
4–Television Championship: Abyss defeated Devon (c)
5–Tag Team Championship: Gunner and James Storm defeated Chavo Guerrero and Hernandez (c), Bad Influence (Christopher Daniels and Kazarian) and Austin Aries and Bobby Roode
6–Last Man Standing match: Taryn Terrell defeated Gail Kim
7–Kurt Angle defeated A.J. Styles
8–World Championship: Sting defeated Bully Ray (c)


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TNA Knockouts – 5/30 Impact Wrestling recap: Mickie James celebrates her title win, and Taryn Terrell and Gail Kim mix it up before Slammiversary

Kenny King and Gail Kim vs Chris Sabin and Taryn Terrell

On the May 30, 2013 airing of Impact Wrestling, Mickie James celebrated her win of the Knockouts Championship (Mickie James becomes a 3-Time Knockouts Champion). Also, in Women’s Wrestling action was Gail Kim and Taryn Terrell competing in a mixed Tag-Team match…

Mickie James - 3 time knockouts Champ—Knockouts Champion Mickie James made her way to the ring to address becoming a 3-Time TNA Women’s Knockout Champion. After thanking the fans, she addressed the way she won the belt—by using Velvet Sky’s injured leg to pick up the win. Velvet Sky came to the ring, and after some words from Mickie, Velvet made it known that she wanted her rematch. Slammiversary was out of the question apparently due to Taryn and Gail Kim already having a match at the Pay-Per-View (So was this an official acknowledgement that under current TNA management there can only be one Knockouts match per pay-per-view?).

Gail Kim’s music hit, and she addressed Mickie’s win, stating that she helped Mickie James win the title by attacking Velvet Sky the week prior to the title match. This led to Gail Kim attacking Velvet Sky. Taryn Terrell then ran down to the ring to made the save. So much for Mickie James helping her “good friend.”

TNA Wrestling – May 30, 2013 Knockouts Match
Mixed Tag-Team Match
Kenny King and Gail Kim vs. Chris Sabin and Taryn Terrell

—Kenny King’s music hit and he made his way down to the ring to join Gail Kim for this match. After commercials, Chris Sabin made his way to the ring. After the bell Taryn took down Gail and began slamming her head against the mat. This was all Taryn, with Gail Kim unable to get in any offense. She was eventually able to dodge Taryn’s assault and tag in Kenny. Chris Sabin and Kenny wrestled for a bit, with Gail Kim getting a cheap kick to Sabin’s back during the exchange. Taryn had enough when Gail Kim grabbed Sabin by the hair and chased Kim around the ring. Back in the ring Kenny got in between Kim and Taryn only to be knocked down by Chris. Gail Kim then attempted to kick Chris; however, he grabbed her leg which set her up for a spear by Taryn. We then saw Chris hit his sitout scoop slam piledriver on Kenny to win the match…

Winner: Chris Sabin and Taryn Terrell

Mickie James - Knockouts ChampThoughts: Nice in-ring segment between Velvet Sky and Mickie James. Especially Mickie James being over the top with being fake. Of course Gail Kim came out and did what she does best. All of which was consistent booking. It is a shame that we could not get two Knockouts matches at TNA Slammiversary 2013. The good old days where we use to be treated to two Knockouts matches on pay-per-views.

Despite the overwhelming babyface reaction for Mickie James, she certainly was not. Especially with her not defending Velvet Sky when she was attacked by Gail Kim. TNA has done a great job emphasizing each personality and stories in the Division, so Mickie’s journey in the next few weeks should be an interesting one.

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