This past Thursday on Impact, TNA Knockouts Mickie James and Tara main-evented in a high-profile Steel Cage match. The first for the Hardcore Country Singer, and only the second for Tara. But was it all that it was build up to be?
Through all the drama of Dixie Carter-Eric Bischoff-Hulk Hogan, Mr. Anderson’s concussion, and Jeff Hardy’s intoxications, it was easy to forget why these former WWE Divas were wrestling in the first place.
Mickie became the number one contender for Madison Rayne‘s TNA Knockouts Championship a few weeks back; however, Rayne will not grant the match unless she goes through Tara first.
The manner in which Tara returned after losing a Career versus Title match suggests shady dealings between her and Rayne. Tara, as a bodyguard, has insured Madison Rayne a lengthy title reign thus far by keeping Mickie James away. But if history has taught us anything, it’s that whenever there is a championship, Mickie wins it by any means necessary. Even if that means is jumping 15-feet off of a steel cage to eliminate the opposition.
The main-event, a dream match to any who fell in love with the WWE Divas during the Trish Stratus era, was short of a meaningful conclusion. Instead of proper story telling it was resorted to a myriad of dangerous high risk spots. The only impressive-safe-move that was executed was Tara hitting the snap suplex, floated over into the Dragon Sleeper. Other than that, the two were throwing each other constantly against the steel, botched a hurricanrana/countered powerbomb attempt, and ridiculously executed a finish where one would jump down knees-first from the top of the cage.
The match was unsafely contested with these women shaving off at least five-years from their careers. Mickie possibly popped a knee cap with the landing, and Tara has reported to have torn a ligament in her good elbow–most likely during the botched powerbomb spot.
Probably making too big of a deal since we have seen crazy stunts in steel cage matches before: “Superfly” Jimmy Snuka, Ricky “The Dragon” Steamboat, and current TNA Champion Jeff Hardy. Its like what Taz said: Not to be chauvinistic, but its something about seeing women do this to themselves that it’s hard to watch.
If Mickie does happen to make it to TNA’s Genesis pay-per-view without a cast, then the chances of Madison Rayne retaining the title is slim-to-none, because we all know now what Mickie James is capable of.
Final Thoughts: The Knockouts took a step in the right direction by main-eventing a male-dominated wrestling program. Both Mickie James and Tara indeed made history, but the angle was poorly thought-out.
First off, there are no indications as to why Tara joined Madison, or why she would lay down and hand over the Knockouts title to her. What kind of hold does Madison have over Tara?
Secondly, Madison Rayne was a poor choice for a champion, the angle would have made more sense if Tara was the one holding the belt. And then the reason behind Tara and Mickie would now be… Let’s just say what it is: a battle between two former WWE Divas. What gives Mickie the right to come to TNA. Tara was the one who grew tired of the lack of competition in WWE and decided to cross the line to find better competition. Not Mickie, she was released for being too much of a party girl.
Now does that sound more like a compelling storyline?