Quite frankly it’s long overdue, but Christina Von Eerie has finally made her official debut in TNA.
The 22-year old first appeared on-screen as part of an angle involving Mexican America and Ink, Inc. back on the September 22 episode, where – without her spiked hair – she played the role of a tattoo shop owner who got involved in the brawl between the two tag teams. On last night’s episode of Impact Wrestling, the Californian, whose real-life fiance is Ink, Inc. member Jesse Neal, came to the aid of Neal and Shannon Moore during another brawl with Hernandez, Anarquia, Sarita and Rosita, and cleared the ring of the former Knockouts Tag Team Champions, though she was never officially introduced by name, so they may not be going with the name Christina Von Eerie.
As we pointed out, it has been a long time coming for Von Eerie. She received a tryout with TNA more than a year ago due to the company’s relationship with lucha libre promotion AAA, where she held the World Mixed Tag Team Championship with Alex Koslov between July and October last year. In her tryout, she teamed with Moore against Cookie (Becky Bayless) and Okada, in what was reportedly a messy affair, and shortly after, it was reported in Viva La Raza! Lucha Weekly that she had signed a contract. However, things stalled for a while, which led to Christina making her SHIMMER debut back in March.
Her debut was a big one, defeating Sara Del Rey via countout on the excellent volume 37, though fell to Del Rey’s Royal Butterfly on volume 38, and was also defeated by Mercedes Martinez on volume 40. Her most recent appearance at SHIMMER’s tapings earlier this month was a little more subdued, being beaten by Cheerleader Melissa on volume 42, and being part of a victorious team alongside MsChif, Leva Bates and Allison Danger over Mena Libra, Melanie Cruise, Bonesaw and She Nay Nay on volume 44. By this time, it probably wouldn’t be much point pushing her in the promotion as even though SHIMMER has a working relationship with TNA, it is probably easier to not make long term plans for her.
Nonetheless, we wish Von Eerie all the best in TNA. She has the potential to stand out from the crowd with her tattoos, giant hair and striking looks, and could carve out a niche for herself like Daffney did with her ‘zombie hot’ persona. If anything, she will be a hit for photoshoots, promo pictures and signing appearances, as who won’t want to get behind a woman with an 18-inch high mohawk?
Christina spoke to the Women Of Wrestling Podcast before her SHIMMER debut in March, where she discussed her career to date, as well as some TNA talk and discussion about her old band Puke And Spit. Check it out, as it’s a pretty fun listen.
TNA is also preparing for this weekend’s Bound For Glory PPV. It’s hyping up the four-way Knockouts Championship match between champion Winter, former champs Madison Rayne and Mickie James, as well as VelvetSky, who is looking to win her first KO title.
We are expecting Sky to win, considering it’s something fresh for the division – fair enough, it won’t provide the best matches, but she’s over as all hell and when it comes to business, that’s all that matters, right? – though if you take into account the unpredictability of TNA in the past, it’s fair to say that any of the four could walk out of BFG with the gold.
If there is one thing that TNA does a million times better than WWE, it’s hype for the women. Check out this video previewing the title match, which is great.
What isn’t so great is that Knockouts Tag Team Champion Tara won’t be in Philadelphia for Bound For Glory, either dfefending the championships alongside partner Brooke Tessmacher, or even at the Fanfest event, where she could sign autographs, pose for photos or do promotional interviews for the media.
Speaking to SLAM! Sports, the former WWE Women’s and TNA Knockouts Champion said:
“It’s the biggest event of the year, and I’ll be honest, I’m not used to not being a participant or at least at Fan Fest. But it is going to be a good show and I wish I was on the card… I know I’m disappointing a lot of fans who are not getting their Tara fix.”
As part of the interview, Tara also discusses Tessmacher, calling her “green” but admits they have good chemistry together, and also that she first found out about Bruce Pritchard taking over Vince Russo as Head Writer in the promotion by reading the wrestling news sites.
“I know him very well. I get along with both Vince Russo and Bruce. I’ll be honest, it doesn’t really matter. I just hope Bruce uses me more. I’ve worked in the last couple of months twice on TV,” said Tara. “I hope Brooke Tessmacher and myself, we’re tag champs, we won these to defend them, not to be jewelry, not like our earrings, you know what I mean? Not to look good, we want to defend them and wrestle. We thought it would get us more wrestling opportunities. I’m hoping that Bruce considers that.”
We hope so too.