It happened again. For the second time in just over a year, The Knockouts division was featured in the main event slot of Impact Wrestling. At the top of the program, “The Icon” Sting relieved Madison Rayne of her non-existent role as head of the Knockouts, and ordered the champion Gail Kim to defend the Knockouts title against Mickie James.
Though Mickie James was unsuccessful in her second encounter with Gail Kim, the match in terms of athleticism and wrestling ability was top-notch. Mickie James was so dead set on regaining the Knockouts title that she executed some high risk maneuvers including the Arm Trap Neckbreaker on the outside, and a Thesz Press (to the outside). Also, Gail Kim reminded fans why she was the famed Knockouts Champion of 2008 with two Flying Dragons (Iron Octopus) submission holds. But just when you think Impact Wrestling will do the unthinkable – allow for a competitive match to be just that – Madison Rayne rushed in, disguised in a mask, and dropped Mickie with the Rayne Drop inverted Overdrive for the dirty finish.
But don’t worry, after the broadcast, it was announced that Sting ordered for a rematch of tonight’s main event to be contested at Genesis. Will there be a new Knockouts champion to christen the new year? Perhaps. But how amazing would it have been for Mickie to ring in the new year as the champion, if only Madison hadn’t interfered?
Impact Wrestling may not have had the Knockouts best interest in mind when Eric Bischoff named Karen Jarrett as Knockouts Law. Or when Karen forced the Knockouts to wrestle in their underwear for a Thanksgiving Thunder Tong match. Or when Karen forced the Knockouts to wash the men’s cars in their underwear. Or when they decided to just stack the Knockout titles on a returning Gail Kim, but have her act as Karen’s lackey rather than the famed Knockout of 2008. All in all, Impact Wrestling took a step in the right direction by having Sting relieve both Karen and Madison from the position of Knockouts Law, and to shine the spotlight on Impact’s two top Knockouts – Mickie James and Gail Kim.
Hopefully tonight was a sign of a better, stronger Knockouts division where they place the focus on their athleticism more so than their T and A’s.
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