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Wednesday, October 24, 2012
The Rayne of Queen Madison
Presented as the bullied apprentice of Angelina Love and Velvet Sky, Madison's role in the Beautiful People was being the one who carried out the dirty work of her superiors and the one who took the verbal abuse if things didn't go the way of the Beauties. After being temporarily kicked out of the Beautiful People after accidently costing Angelina the Knockouts title, Madison was eventually welcomed back into the group after assisting Love and Sky in their goal of reaching the finals of the tournament to crown the first ever Knockout Tag Team Champions. This would prove to be a great career move because once visa issues forced Angelina Love out of TNA before the tournament finals; Madison was promoted to take her place as a full-fledged member of the Beautiful People.
With Lacey Von Erich added to the group, Madison and Velvet would eventually go on to capture the Knockouts tag belts and it was during this time that I first started to notice Madison stepping up her game. It was as if, with Angelina out, Madison saw an opportunity to step up and become the work horse of the group and in my opinion, she did just that. Apparently I wasn't the only one who noticed because at Lockdown 2010, Madison Rayne was given the go ahead from TNA management to lift her first Knockouts singles title, making her the first woman in TNA to hold both the Knockouts title and Knockouts tag title at the same time. Things were looking up for the former Ashley Lane.
The best was yet to come and for me, the best was the "Queen Bee" character that Madison began to develop over the following months. Honestly, the spoilt, obnoxious and bitchy princess gimmick was a million miles away from the bland, good girl persona Madison had originally debuted just over a year earlier. Cranking up the brattish elements of her gimmick, along with cranking up her screaming on the mic, Madison went on a tear through the Knockouts division over the ensuing months and was involved in feuds with Angelina Love, Tara, Mickie James and others. The long and the short of it was that Madison Rayne was a performer the company believed in, and her title reigns during that period said it all.
Am I being the Devil's advocate here? Maybe. Is Madison the best women’s wrestler ever? No. Is she the best female character TNA has right now? Yes. Is she still young enough to improve and grow even more? Absolutely. Would I sign her for my women’s division if I had one? In an f'n hearbeat.
The fact that Madison Rayne is a former 4-time Knockouts Champion and former 2-time Knockouts Tag Team Champion, coupled with the fact that she is only 26 years old, is one of the things that gives me hope for the Knockouts division. She has carried the division before and is experienced enough but still young enough to do it again.
Haters, lay off the Queen Bee….. Because Madison is alright by me.
Posted By JSO
The Rayne of Queen Madison