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Thursday, June 07, 2012
One Determined Broad
ODB is the sort of female performer that would give Vince McMahon nightmares. She is the absolute opposite of everything he thinks a woman in wrestling should be. She's the anti-diva. Compare someone like Kelly Kelly to ODB and you get the picture. But there in lies the secret to the success of ODB. Rather than hide the fact that she was never going to be a skinny, Barbie doll type woman, ODB used this to her advantage and worked on crafting an outrageous and unique character that wrestling fans could connect with on a totally different level.
To make a success out of a character like ODB requires determination. A lot of it. Can you imagine how many wrestling promoters would have tried to tone down her gimmick or change it altogether? Can you imagine how many would have been disgusted by it or simply not have understood it at all? Wrestling has always had a blueprint for what women should look like and never has it included multiple tattoos and hip flasks. This is where TNA deserves credit. Even before TNA reached out to ODB to come and perform at the Bound for Glory gauntlet match back in 2007, someone in the company obviously understood the ODB character and was a fan of it. One of the greatest things about the early days of the Knockouts division was the unique mix of characters and personalities, and ODB was right at the forefront of that.
During her time in TNA, ODB has taken part in numerous storylines including being the only female member of TNA's Frontline faction in the war against the Main Event Mafia, being the love interest of both Eric Young and Cody Deaner and forming short-lived but entertaining partnerships with Roxxi and Jacqueline. The milestones of her TNA career thus far however have to be her three reigns as Knockouts Champion. The unfortunate thing about those three title reigns though is that on none of those occasions was she allowed to carry the belt for long and as a result, we only got to see glimpses of how good ODB could be as a champion. That's why, now, as we are well over 200 days into Gail Kim's current title reign, I'm urging TNA management to let ODB be the one to end that reign.
ODB has been saddled with some storylines and situations that would've derailed a lot of careers but, and this is where determination comes in again, ODB has run with everything TNA have given her, no matter how comedic, and has actually gotten herself over more and more in the process. She can also perform inside the ropes when the bell rings. ODB is more popular now than ever and right now, there is no one better to lift the Knockouts Title from Gail Kim.
ODB has come a long way in her career and she's done it HER way. She is a unique and interesting performer who has carved a career out of being different. For all her hard work and her talent, I feel like she deserves a long reign as Knockouts Champion. Maybe she'll be the one who dethrones Gail Kim, maybe she won't. But either way, the real life Jessica Kresa will no doubt keep busting her butt and some day, her time will come. Because she is ODB and she is one determined broad. BAM!!!
Posted By JSO
One Determined Broad