Monday, March 19, 2012

Gail Kim retains TNA Knockouts Championship over Madison Rayne

Here's the match video from last night's TNA PPV with Gail Kim defending her TNA Knockouts Championship against Madison Rayne. The match begins about ten minutes into the video meaning unfortunately you will have to watch the wretched Robbie E stuff. The other thing that you will notice is that TNA's obsession with Twitter makes the WWE look subtle. They even resort to reading what are probably phony viewer Tweets which the WWE has not done. I think both companies should tone it down because they both come across contrived. Spend more time improving the in ring product. The biggest problem with this match is the crowd is dead. Obviously they don't know who to cheer as TNA has set up a feud between two heels. And they rushed through the angle and didn't turn either of them babyface. But early in the match, Madison dominates Gail with obvious heel moves. Gail certainly wrestles like a babyface. A lot of fans have complained to me about Madison's wrestling. But with the nature of her character, TNA has asked her to dumb down her style. In other words, she's not supposed to be good. In this match, she's better than what we have seen in the past. She's a decent but not great wrestler. Fans are willing to boo Gail when she wrestles Mickie James. But we've known for years that she's too hot to boo. TNA had trouble getting fans to boo her years ago and nothing has changed. It was a mistake to not turn her babyface. It would have helped the fan reaction. I also don't care for the end of the match which has a lot of dancing around and reversals. Gail needed more offense in the match so she doesn't look like she escaped with the title. So as usual with TNA Knockouts matches on PPV, the match was OK if nothing special but the booking stinks. Enjoy the video! - TNA Victory Road *720p* - 3/18/12... by rr-ppv

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