If you asked a wrestling fan who La Felina would be better known as, chances are most would struggle to tell you the correct answer. However, were you to say that La Felina would gain international fame under her real name of Gail Kim, give yourself a gold star.
Debuting in December 2000 under a mask, it was fellow Canadian and fellow future TNA Knockout Traci Brooks who would unmask her – though she later admitted that the mask wasn’t her idea and she didn’t miss the mask when it was removed.
Kim wrestled as La Felina for close to two years before being signed by WWE in October 2002, with one of her trips taking her to Allentown, PA, where she would compete for World Xtreme Wrestling. This Retro is from around September 2002, with her teaming with Nuisance against Brooks and Sinn in a mixed tag match. Despite the sound going out of sync during the video, it’s still interesting to see Kim before all the WWE and TNA fame. (more…)
Considering her departure from TNA was announced today, it seems logical to showcase a match from Madison Rayne‘s history, even back before she was given the moniker of Ashley Lane – a name she was given when she arrived in SHIMMER, as the promotion already had a Lexie Fyfe.
This Retro comes from September 2006 – around 18 months into young Lexi Lane‘s career – and follows a series of matches against fellow Ohio natives Hailey Hatred and Jessicka Havok. The match itself is from her home promotion at the time, Ohio Championship Wrestling, and was a second to last contest on the card, which is a big feather in the cap of someone which comparably little ring time under her belt.
Her opponent is a woman who she would eventually call a colleague in TNA, Traci Brooks. Click after the jump to watch. (more…)
Before there was a Knockouts Championship, there was still a Knockouts division, and while it was showing promise, it was still a work in progress, as you can see momentarily.
The match featured in this week’s Retro is from June 9, 2006 when TNA was looking to establish audiences, and had a go at latching onto the old Extreme Championship Wrestling crowd by holding a show at the former ECW Arena. Featuring former ECW stars like Team 3D, Rhino, Simon Diamond and Jerry Lynn, it worked like a throwback for fans who still wanted an edgier product. The women also got involved with a more suggestive-style match than was being presented at the time – with Original Knockout Traci Brooks facing future inaugural Knockouts Champion Gail Kim, with Christy Hemme serving as a special referee.
It’s not a 5-star match, but it is an interesting example of TNA throwing ideas at a wall at the time and seeing what stuck. Click the jump and enjoy. (more…)
On Sunday, TNA records an all-female version of the One Night Only pay-per-views which it is using to run in the months when it’s not presenting one of its big PPVs like Genesis, Lockdown, Slammiversary or Bound For Glory. Entitled Knockout Knockdown, it is advertised as a show to determine the true Queen of TNA. It is possible that the show will be a tournament if it is going to determine an overall winner, and to make it an occasion, TNA invited former members of the Knockouts roster to be part of it.
It probably didn’t go as well as they had hoped.
When asked on Twitter, Angelina Love, Nikki Roxx (Roxxi), Traci Brooks & Amazing Kong (Awesome Kong) all revealed that they were not going to be part of the proceedings and Dark Angel (Sarita) is also unavailable as she is in Japan. Considering the impression that each of them made to the division and the contributions that they made, for them to decline or not be in the country speaks volumes about what they may feel about TNA these days. (more…)
As you may well know, Canadian grappler Cat Power recently moved from Windsor, Ontario to Vancouver, BC – and as she’s kinda putting wrestling on the back-burner once again in order to focus on her new life, she requested a chance to come back on the site and talk about some of the people who have helped her in her career to date. A chance to close the book on one chapter of her life, if you like. We’d never turn down a request from Cat Power, so we duly obliged – the only thing is… Cat’s a talkative sort, so what was planned as maybe 20 minutes ended up clocking in at about 45 minutes. So, kick off your shoes, sit back in your comfy chair and let Cat Power update you on what she’s up to and lay out thanks to some of the trainers, bookers, opponents and friends who she’s met along the way.
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Women Superstars Uncensored‘s first matches of the year as part of a joint show with National Wrestling Superstars in Stirling, NJ fell victim to the harsh weather that the north east of the US is dealing with at the moment. Sub-zero temperatures, snowy conditions and icy roads meant that Luscious Latasha, Amber, Lexxus and Molly Holly didn’t make it, while Jillian Hall (who was meant to be wrestling Traci Brooks in the main event with Molly refereeing) was stranded in Atlanta, GA. That meant a big rewrite of the WSU matches…
The scheduled 10 woman tag team match became an 8 woman affair instead, with Jennifer Cruz (who was originally pitted to wrestle Mercedes Martinez before the match was cancelled due to the WSU Champion’s concussion) replacing Amber and Lexxus, while the other team was one down because of Latasha’s absence. Meanwhile, the main event was changed to a 6-woman tag with the Midwest Militia of Jessicka Havok, Sassy Stephie and Allysin Kay, as well as Brittney Savage and Alicia pulling double duty.
Despite the rewrite, our correspondent David Muscarella reports that the women’s matches outshone the men’s contests, so that is still a success for WSU. Click after the jump to see the results. (more…)
TNA Knockouts Champion Gail Kim was meant to be wrestling JWP Openweight, TLW Womens and IMW Hybrid Fighting Champion Hailey Hatred this Friday at Absolute Intense Wrestling, but that match was called off last week after talks between the promotions representing the wrestlers broke down. It would have been Kim’s first match against an independent wrestler in years – though she wrestled on an International Wrestling Cartel show in Meadville, PA last weekend, defeating fellow Knockout Traci Brooks.
As a result of the breakdown in negotiations, Kim will be the guest referee in the AIW Women’s Title match with Mickie Knuckles defending against Mia Yim. Hopefully, both women – especially the younger Yim – will be able to glean some knowledge from Gail during her visit, and the original scheduled match between Hatred and Kim can be rescheduled for some point in the future, as it will likely be the best match the KOs Champ will have had in years.
So because Gail isn’t wrestling on Friday, we’ve got a match of her’s for this week’s Retro from her original TNA run. This particular contest is from 2006, when TNA collaborated with United Wrestling Federation – the promotion launched by racing driver Hermie Sadler and twin brother referees Dave and Earl Hebner the previous year – which emanated from the New Alhambra Hall (AKA the ECW Arena, AKA the Asylum Arena) in Philadelphia, PA on June 9. Taking place before a Knockouts Title was created, Kim took on Traci Brooks (oh, it’s her again!) with Christy Hemme as the special referee, much like Gail will be this Friday. (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…)