This past Sunday, TNA showcased their 11th annual Slammiversary pay per view, live from Boston, MA. In what has been heralded as one of the best TNA pay per views in quite some time via the fans on the internet, the event was an example of a greater direction that the company is heading in. However, it would be an uncharacteristic element that would be the measurement of this example that turns the fans from doubters into believers. One of the most talked about matches of the night was actually the Knockouts match between Taryn Tarrell and Gail Kim in a “Last Knockout Standing” match.
The match showcased a wide variety of different spots and told one of the best stories of the night. The live crowd absolutely ate it up, as no one was leaving their seats to visit concession, rest rooms or to get autographs, but rather kept their attention to the middle of the ring.
This match alone is symbolic of the overall resurrection of the TNA Knockouts Division. The division used to be one of the more respected women’s wrestling divisions in pro wrestling, next to Shimmer. TNA deviated from the typical cookie cutter method of booking women’s wrestling and instead went a more traditional route not placing a prime focus on sex appeal but more on in ring talent and ability. The Knockouts Division did take a bit of a hit when many of the Knockouts that we grew to love (like Roxxy, Awesome Kong and Hamata) were let go by the company for financial reasons. However, what we have been seeing lately with solid story lines and quality matches once again; TNA is showing that both beauty and brawn is a mix that can co-exist.
TNA has been putting in a concretive effort into revamping the division with the new exclusive website that is dedicated to the Knockouts and the long time rumors swirling around about the possibility of the Knockouts having their own show. Whatever the final outcome may become, TNA is showing once again that they are running laps around the WWE when it comes to a tag team division and in this case a women’s division. It’s going to be great to see what may come about from this.
Maurice D. Proffit is a Writer for a Rant Sports