Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Double Trouble

Recently on the TNAsylum discussion page, one of our loyal readers, Numero47, asked if I thought that now would be a good time to bring back the TNA Knockouts Tag Team Titles. My initial reaction was, no, absolutely not. But the more I thought about it, the more I wondered if it warranted a little more thought before I could answer yes or no.

It seems like ever since Awesome Kong returned to Impact, certain fans were less interested in her feud with Havok than the potential of these two powerful women teaming together and truthfully, I get that—who wouldn't want to see these two monsters have their way with whomever they choose, laying waste to any and all competitors? They could have been a modern day, female version of The Road Warriors. Fun to watch? Absolutely. Smart to do in the long term? Probably not.

The Knockouts Division only has so many women that Kong and Havok could defeat before the Knockouts Championship came into play. At that point the tandem would likely have to split in order to pursue the singles gold. Whilst this might be a fun 3 or 4 month storyline, it's not a long term plan. But what if instead of splitting up in order to pursue the Knockouts Championship, Kong and Havok could chase Knockouts Tag Team gold and set about defending those belts?

Say we start with a 4 team tournament to crown new Knockouts Tag Team Champions. Let's have Angelina Love and Madison Rayne (BP 2.0), Gail Kim and Brooke, The Dollhouse, and Kong and Havok. Over the space of a month, we can crown new champions and then have those teams chase each other for a while after that. Eventually though, Kong and Havok would stand tall.

Then, in order to prove their dominance, Kong and Havok could invite any female tag teams from anywhere in the world to come challenge them for their belts. This could lead to such matches as Kong and Havok versus The Canadian Ninjas, Cherry Bomb and Kimber Lee, Tomoko Nakagawa and Kellie Skater, and so on...This could ultimately be a fun way to introduce some new faces to the Knockouts Division and would provide 6 months to a year's worth of storylines. I wouldn't mind seeing something like this but truthfully, what's the end result?

The truth is, TNA has never and still doesn't have the time or talent to have a legitimate female tag team division. And unless Xplosion is renamed TKO and becomes an all Knockouts show, bringing back the doubles straps simply is not a good idea right now. Believe me, nothing would make me happier than TNA having its own separate women's brand, but that's not the position the company is in at the moment. In fact, they may never be.

There is an abundance of top female talent out there but unless TNA are in a position to sign them and give them the storylines and the TV time to successfully carry not one, but two women's championships, re-introducing the Knockouts Tag Team Titles is asking for trouble. I like where the Knockouts Division is headed right now so here is hoping that TNA can keep their focus on making the singles title, the most prestigious belt in women's wrestling.

Regardless of how many women's championships TNA has, there is a lot of stuff I'm looking forward to over the coming weeks, including the special TKO episode of Impact and the impending debut of The Dollhouse which I previewed a few weeks ago on Knockouts Shots (click here).

TNA seems to be throwing its weight behind the Knockouts Division right now, and why wouldn't they? After all, as the crowd said last week on Impact, "We love Knockouts!" It's nice to know TNA still does too.