Having worked in every major American promotion, lucha libre legend and Wrestling Observer Hall of Famer Konnan (who currently works in the booking department of Mexico’s AAA promotion) is a man who has seen most everybody come and go, and someone who recognises genuine talent when he sees it. In a typically candid interview with Bryan Alvarez & Dave Meltzer on Wrestling Observer Radio this week (July 26th), Konnan ended up getting onto the topic of Karen Jarrett‘s run in AAA (alongside her husband Jeff, who currently holds the AAA Mega Unified Heavyweight Championship), where she has been known as “La Bruja” (The Witch) Karen – going so far as to compare Jarrett to the late Sensational Sherri.
She’s incredible man. The best valet I ever worked with, or against, or whatever, was Sherri Martel. And you know, Sherri Martel, man… she brought it. You know, when she was in Mexico she fuckin’ partied hard and she worked even harder. And she had no fear. I mean, I remember her one time climbing to the top of a cage, you know, and just fuckin’ took off her shoes and just jumped off on Jake The Snake. Just didn’t give a shit. And you know, one time she fuckin’ slapped the shit outta me in a promo, and she hit me so hard that I kinda blacked out for a couple of seconds – and I thought it was Jake. And I got really hot, and I went after him and he goes “Nah, man… it was her”, and I was looking at her like “God damn, you can *punch*”. But she was just great, and I don’t have to tell you about her work. And Karen? Karen reminds me a lot of her. Karen doesn’t care. She goes out there, she agitates the crowd. If she has to show ass, she will. We had this one thing where we dressed her up as a witch and everybody was calling her a witch, and she was selling it great. You know, she just has this affinity for knowing what to do and when do to it. And she just loves to perform. You know, for somebody who really wasn’t even in the business, she’s incredible man. (more…)
While it’s been a great year for independent wrestling, it has taken its toll on a number of the biggest stars. Serena Deeb is currently walking a razor’s edge as far as her career is concerned following a concussion that she suffered at SHIMMER in October, LuFisto is taking some time out to let her troublesome back heal and had also had heart surgery this year, while Madison Eagles has a racked up shoulder and a dodgy knee that is currently sporting a massive brace. And now, Mercedes Martinez is getting over her own concussion issues following the War Games match at Breaking Barriers 2 on November 19 – a match in which she suffered temporary paralysis after suffering a stinger.
Women Superstars Uncensored announced last Tuesday that their champion would not be defending her title against Jennifer Cruz on January 21 in Stirling, NJ, as had been originally planned, due to her not being allowed to fly. Instead, her next match will be against Jessicka Havok on March 3 at WSU’s 5th Anniversary Show in Deer Park, NY.
Speaking exclusively to Ringbelles, The Latina Sensation explained what happened and the health issues that followed, immediately and days afterward… (more…)
After going through six out of ten Knockouts in a gauntlet match, Mickie James became number one contender to Gail Kim‘s TNA Knockouts Championship. Between then and now, Karen Jarrett made Mickie’s path to the pay-per-view a difficult one. Karen reinstated ODB and gave her the order: hurt Mickie and pin her, and she would become number one contender. Despite her best efforts in a street fight, Mickie pinned ODB after kicking a chair into the latter’s face. Karen then called upon Gail’s tag team partner, Madison Rayne, and called her her “lynch pin.” She ordered Madison to tear Mickie apart so she would be unable to show at Final Resolution. Again, to no avail – Mickie pinned Madison after a jumping DDT.
The last time these two met was when they were employed by WWE on August 17th, 2009. Mickie defended her Divas title against Gail Kim in what was an unqualified disaster of a match. When Gail returned to TNA, people wondered how long it would be until the two wrestled again, and if the match would turn out better or worse than the last time. At Final Resolution, Gail kept the Knockouts Championship after Madison distracted Mickie long enough for Gail to hit Eat Defeat. Let me break it down into what was Batman, what was Batman Returns and what was Batman & Robin… (more…)
(WARNING: This Roundup contains spoilers for this week’s Impact show.)
I don’t care about Velvet Sky. She’s a choker, she sucks and Gail Kim is far better because she’s been in WWE. And they’re my thoughts because that’s what TNA’s bookers WANT me to think.
OK, maybe it’s not intentional, but the superpush of Gail Kim to the Knockouts singles and tag team titles in less than a month of her return has sent a signal to the rest of the girls that they aren’t stars unless they’ve been in WWE. Fine – Kim was a star in TNA before her muted three years in New York, but her stock had dropped like her stone since leaving and returning. But not to TNA, oh no. Instead, she was portrayed as the unstoppable force alongside Karen Jarrett and Madison Rayne, beating up Tara (who’s one of the best workers that the Knockouts division has), winning the tag belts and then claiming the Knockouts belt from Sky at Turning Point in what was Sky’s first title defence on either TV or pay-per-view. Sure, now Kim looks like the queen, but as a result, Tara, Sky and in a residual way, Brooke Tessmacher have all had their wings clipped, meaning that there are precious few credible babyfaces to challenge for the belt.
Last week, I wrote a piece about why it was in the best interests of all the Knockouts if Velvet Sky won at Turning Point and retained the title. It would establish her first reign as champion as something credible, and Kim wouldn’t really lose much as she was still the Knockouts Tag Champ and could secure a rematch due to her alignment with Jarrett (which still puzzles me, as why is she still Knockouts VP when it was Eric Bischoff who put her in charge and the company is being governed by Dixie Carter and Sting these days?). However, TNA decided that Sky’s important first run as champ was expendable, as the belts clearly don’t matter – and that’s true, as in the last 100 days, the Knockouts belt has changed hands five different times.
According to Dave Meltzer, the idea is that TNA can now market Sky as the plucky babyface going for the Knockouts belt and overcoming the odds to get it back. Correct me if I’m wrong, but didn’t she do that for FIVE YEARS as part of her quest to win the belt for the first time at Bound For Glory, then won it in a four-way match where Jarrett was the biased ref who was pulling for the heels and wouldn’t give the babyfaces an inch? (more…)
After a series of qualifying matches, the TNA Knockouts title match was set as a four way between champion Winter, Mickie James, Madison Rayne and Velvet Sky. At Bound for Glory, Velvet finally won her first Knockouts Championship by hitting a Pedigree on Madison. The eight year veteran was visibly emotional as she was awarded the belt by Traci Brooks.
Originally, Karen Jarrett had named herself as the referee for the match, saying she was not about to let “those four prostitutes run around.” She told Traci to remain in the back unless she suffered physical harm. Of course, you knew then something would happen to Karen. Before all this, however, we saw Mexican America with Sarita & Rosita take on Ink Inc. with new member Christina Von Eerie. Christina has been given a new name – Toxine. TNA and their names… The women didn’t mix it up, but Toxine did rip the face mask off Sarita and depanted Anarquia. Mexican America, despite this, retained the tag titles. Lets get down to business and look at the Knockouts match. So what was roses, what was dandelions and what was weeds? (more…)
There were two matches involving female in-ring action last night at TNA Sacrifice (are they still called TNA or is it now Impact Wrestling? We can’t tell, it’s confusing). In one match, Mickie James retained her Knockouts title by beating Madison Rayne with the help of Rayne’s now-former associate Tara, who clocked her overbearing boss with the infamous loaded glove to free herself from her their agreement; in the the semi-main event, Kurt Angle and Chyna defeated Jeff and Karen Jarrett.
So let us take a look at what worked, what didn’t, and what was downright awful: (more…)