As best said by the Beatles and later Joe Cocker “With a Little Help From my Friends”. This post is the first in a series of tag teams with my friend Tactix over at Tag Teams, Knockouts and Wrestling.
Tactix: In every truly successful wrestling promotion, there is a thriving women’s division. WWF had it. WCW had one for a short time. TNA built one. This column is the building of something new…..something special. I’ve written TNA and said my peace about the rebuilding of their Knockouts Division and now I choose to build something for them; a division to end all divisions.
TFC: First of all, I want to thank my buddy Tactix from Tag Teams, Knockouts, and Wrestling for giving me this opportunity to tag team with him on these next couple columns. We will be laying out our dream rosters for different divisions in TNA. These can be people plucked from different companies. There will be explanations to go along with our picks. Overall, these next few columns are definitely going to be fun and I can’t wait to see what dust we can stir up.
Our first post Tactix and I decided to each pick 10 women to make up our dream Knockout Division and 5 contenders for the TV Title. So let’s start this show with my top ten picks of women to make up the Knockout Division.
Pick 10 Knockouts for the perfect division. All picks MUST be currently taking appearance dates either as a performer or valet.
• Beth Pheonix
• Nikki Roxx
• Angelina Love
• Velvet Sky
• AJ Lee
• Mickie James
• Taeler Hendrix
• Buggy Nova
Okay, give me a second to explain myself. My list as well as Tactix has a number of either current or former WWE divas. These are because I know that these women are talented, but were not, or are not, being given the right stage to show their true talent. Nikki Roxx has been out of the major spotlight for quite some time, but the rumbling is that she is again taking dates. This makes me happier than anyone can imagine. Such ability in the ring and given the right character, fun to watch out of the ring. Taeler Hendrix is on this list because the newly acquired Gut Check contestant left a lasting impression on me. She was one of those women who I knew from the first time I saw her, was going to be something special.
Now those of you who have watched TNA for a while will recognize number 4 and 5 on my list as the Beautiful people. I get the behind the scenes issues that broke up this great tag team, but when they split, it truly was a loss. Both went on to have pretty good singles careers, Angelina’s shorter than Velvet’s, but I still think their best work happened together.
Finally, the two names I will probably hear the most flack about are AJ Lee and Buggy Nova. Nobody can debate the work AJ does on the mic. She can sell her character better than most on my list, but what she is under rated in is her in ring ability. The few times I have actually seen her fight, besides spending the whole match staring at that perfect backside of hers, I was pretty impressed with the way she handled herself. Yes, she could use some work, but all in all, she is a very talented young woman. Buggy Nova or Skyler Moon, as she is now being called, may be spending some time in treatment for an eating disorder, but when she is on her game, she is as good as anyone. I haven’t seen much mic work from her so I don’t know how that would go, but I love her work in the ring. She is quite talented.
Tactix: You make a good point with your picks. Butt jokes aside, I have AJ on my list as well, albeit, in a different role. Yeah, I cheated a bit.
The most glaring omission is Angelina Love. Why? Attitude. She has said she has nothing left to prove in TNA and has no desire to return. I can respect that and, even though TNA could eventually return the Beautiful People to prominence, I decided to move in another direction with that information. I will grant that this list has a bulk from WWE’s roster or those former, but the fact is, they are all good performers who deserved a better spotlight than they were/are getting. Quite probably the 4 I’m most excited about are Phoenix, Natalya, Melina, and Alison Danger as I am a HUGE fan of them all and would very much love to see where they can take new matches.
I think we both can agree that the VP of the Knockouts Division has been misused with Karen Jarrett and Brooke Hogan most notably as their title-holders. To remedy that, I believe that AJ Lee or Lita should hold the role. AJ Lee’s current character makes me cringe, but I DO know that she can cut a decent heel promo and can work crazy like a day job. Lita, though not as skilled on a mic, can still work the face side of things well as she’s still COMPLETELY over with fans.
TV Title Scene: Pick 5 from TNA’s current or impending extended roster.
Tactix: My picks aren’t terribly difficult.
Bully Ray? AJ Styles? Absolutely. In my opinion, the TV Title needs to be a crucible, a trial by fire , so to speak. It must encapsulate what a TNA champion is supposed to look like OUTSIDE the confines of the X Division. Could that mean that those in that division couldn’t compete for it? Not at all. But in my humble opinion, the TV Title could be the best way to determine who shines brightest on their way to the World Heavyweight Title. The best way to go about doing that is to put them up against TNA’s best. As far as I can tell, Bully Ray is the best heel and few would deny AJ Styles is the best face. Putting the rising stars in TNA up against them is the best way to determine just how good they really are.
• Kid Kash
• D’Angelo Dinero
These picks were pretty simple for me so little explanation is going to be given. It is simple, most of the guys on this list are future World Champions, the TV title is just a stepping stone in that direction. I will admit guys like D’Angelo Dinero and Kid Kash, just don’t hit me as World Champions so they are going to be stuck at this level. Not to say they aren’t talented, they are. They just don’t have quite what it takes to be the main event at Bound For Glory. Crimson, Kazarian, and Magnus are all guys that I could see holding the ultimate prize and making it huge. They just need to fine tune their skills a little either in the ring or on the mic. Well, there they are. I hope you enjoyed Tactix and my first tag team post in quite some time. There is definitely more to come from us. Let us know what you think and if you have other people in mind for either one of these division, just let us know.
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