Aug. 12, 2012
TNA Knockouts Championship
Madison Rayne; former two-time Knockouts Tag Team Champion and three-time Knockouts Champion. At the young age of 26, it seems as if Rayne has already accomplished it all in TNA.
Ever since Lockdown in 2011, this self-proclaimed “Queen Bee” has taken a mighty fall from her throne. She quickly becoming irrelevant as Knockouts such as Mickie James, Winter, Velvet Sky, and Gail Kim surpassed her in the division.
This “Queen” would then play as a lackey for VP of the Knockouts, Karen Jarrett and face of the Knockouts division, Gail Kim.
Madison Rayne has taken quite a fall among the ranks of the TNA Knockouts, but she knows what it takes to get back on top. Madison Rayne always seems to have a trick up her sleeve and, in this case, it’s a referee.
Since revealing a crush on senior referee, Earl Hebner, Madison Rayne has noticed a nice amount of leverage and victories come her way. One of those wins being a number one contender’s match.
For weeks, Madison Rayne has been teasing everyone with this “crush” that she had. Garett Bischoff and Devon were mostly hinted at throughout several weeks. Turns out, Madison Rayne has a crush on Earl Hebner!
With her crush revealed, more wins have been going Madison’s way. Earl Hebner has made some questionable calls to rule in favor of his “girlfriend”.
Madison seems to be using Hebner to get to her ultimate goal; become Knockouts Champion and “Queen Bee” of the division once again.
Brooke Tessmacher did what no other Knockout could do. At Slammiversary, Brooke Tessmacher defeated Gail Kim to become new Knockouts Champion and, in the process, ended Kim’s record setting reign as champion.
Tessmacher has been riding a wave of momentum ever since. She’s beaten Gail Kim, Mickie James, Velvet Sky and Tara.
Brooke Tessmacher has been an underdog. Pulling out constant upsets and shocking victories over more experienced opponents. Madison doesn’t have as big of an experience edge as Gail Kim or Mickie James did, but she does have something neither Knockout had against Tess; a crooked referee.
We’ve seen Tessmacher pull out big wins, but none involving a biased referee. Earl Hebner is the wildcard here and, if he’s in charge of this match (Most likely will be), you could count on him to favor Madison like we’ve seen in the past.
I’m not expecting a five-star classic. I don’t think this match will be better than Kim/Tessmacher but, for someone looking to get their fix of female wrestling, it should be worth checking out.
With Tessmacher still in the early stages of her reign, and Bound For Glory getting closer, it’ll be interesting to see the end result of this match.
Will Tessmacher get screwed over by Earl Hebner? Will Tessmacher still manage to retain even with a referee working against her? Tune into Hardcore Justice live, August 12, on pay-per-view! Also, be sure to stick around Wrestle Enigma for more TNA Hardcore Justice match breakdowns this week.