TNA Knockouts Tag Team Championship

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TNA Knockouts Tag Team Championship
Two championship belts with red straps
The TNA Knockouts Tag Team Championship belts
(September 20, 2009 — June 20, 2013)
Details
Date established September 20, 2009
Date retired June 27, 2013
Promotion Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (TNA)

The TNA Knockouts Tag Team Championship was a professional wrestling women's tag team championship owned by the Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (TNA) promotion. It was contested for mainly by teams consisting of two female wrestlers in TNA, known as the TNA Knockouts, in TNA's women's division; however, the championship was once held by a male.

The creation of the championship was announced on August 20, 2009 during a backstage segment on TNA's primary television program TNA Impact!.[1] Like most professional wrestling championships, the title is won via the result of a scripted match. Sarita and Taylor Wilde were the inaugural champions. They won a four-week tournament to crown the first champions. The final champions were ODB and Eric Young, who held the titles for a record 478 days.

On the June 20, 2013 episode of Impact Wrestling, Knockouts Division Executive Brooke Hogan stripped ODB and Young of the title because Young is a male talent, despite the fact that he had been a male for the prior 478 days. This ultimately resulted in the titles being deactivated, as it's no longer listed among TNA's active championships.[2]

History[edit]

TNA Knockout[edit]

Main article: TNA Knockout

TNA Knockout, or just Knockout for short, is the term used by TNA to refer to its onscreen female employees; this is similar to TNA's main rival World Wrestling Entertainment and their Divas pseudonym. TNA's first women's accomplishment was announced at TNA's first weekly pay-per-view event on June 19, 2002.[3] It was called the "Miss TNA" crown. The holder of the crown was determined in a lingerie battle royal on June 19, 2002, which aired on June 26, 2002. The participants in the match were Alexis Laree, Elektra, Erin Bray, Francine, Miss Joni, Sasha, Shannon, Taylor Vaughn, and Teresa Tyler.[4] Vaughn last eliminated Elektra to win the crown.[5] The TNA Knockout of the Year is another award in TNA given to the knockout who achieved the most or had the best run that year.[6] The most recent Knockout of the Year was Gail Kim in 2007;[6] no award was given out in 2008. In October 2007 at TNA's Bound for Glory PPV event, TNA established their first women's championship, with Gail Kim winning a 10 knockout gauntlet match to become the first TNA Women's Knockout Champion.[7] Ms. Brooks, Christy Hemme, Awesome Kong, Roxxi Laveaux, Talia Madison, Shelly Martinez, Jackie Moore, ODB, and Angel Williams were also involved in the match.[7] Two DVDs on the topic of the TNA Knockouts have been released by TNA. The first was named "Knockouts: The Ladies of TNA Wrestling Vol.1" and was released on August 29, 2006.[8] "Knocked Out: The Women of TNA Wrestling" was the second, being released on October 7, 2008.[8]

Championship Tournament[edit]

A championship belts with a red strap
A close-up on the plates of the TNA Knockouts Tag Team Championship belt

On the August 20, 2009 episode of Impact!, backstage interviewer Lauren, who was standing with and about to interview Christy Hemme, Tara, Taylor Wilde, and Sarita, announced that TNA were planning to host an eight-team single elimination tag team tournament to crown the first-ever TNA Knockouts Tag Team Champions.[9] After a four-way match consisting of Hemme, Traci Brooks, Sarita, and Awesome Kong, TNA commentators Mike Tenay and Taz announced that the first round match of the tournament would take place on the August 27 episode of Impact! with Kong and Raisha Saeed facing Brooks and Sharmell.[9][10] Kong and Saeed wound up winning the match, and moving to the next round of the tournament.[11] On the September 3 episode of Impact!, the team of Hemme and Tara defeated the team of Hamada and Sojournor Bolt to move onto round two of the tournament.[12] The next week on Impact!, the team of Sarita and Taylor Wilde defeated Alissa Flash and Daffney to also advance to round two.[13] Later in that same episode, Angelina Love and Velvet Sky (collectively known as The Beautiful People) defeated the team of Madison Rayne and Roxxi.[14] Round two began on the September 17 episode of Impact!, with the encounters of Kong and Saeed versus Sarita and Wilde and The Beautiful People versus Hemme and Tara. The first bout pitted Hemme and Tara against The Beautiful People, with the latter being victorious.[15] Sarita and Wilde won the second encounter over Kong and Saeed.[16] The finals for the tournament were then set for TNA's No Surrender PPV event, with The Beautiful People versus Sarita and Wilde.[17] Sarita and Wilde defeated Madison Rayne, a substitute for Angelina Love who had been released from her contract prior to the event, and Velvet Sky (also collectively known as The Beautiful People) on September 20 at No Surrender to become the first official TNA Knockouts Tag Team Champions.[18]

Tournament Bracket
  Round One
(TNA Impact!)
Round Two
(TNA Impact!)
Finals
(No Surrender)
                           
   Awesome Kong and Raisha Saeed Pin  
 The Main Event Mafia
(Sharmell and Traci Brooks)
03:00[11]  
   Awesome Kong and Raisha Saeed 03:00[19]  
   Sarita and Taylor Wilde Pin  
 Sarita and Taylor Wilde Pin
   Alissa Flash and Daffney 05:00[20]  
     Sarita and Taylor Wilde Pin
   The Beautiful People
(Madison Rayne and Velvet Sky)
05:00[18]
   The Beautiful People
(Angelina Love and Velvet Sky)
Pin  
 Madison Rayne and Roxxi 03:00[20]  
   The Beautiful People
(Angelina Love and Velvet Sky)
Pin
   Christy Hemme and Tara 04:00[19]  
 Hamada and Sojournor Bolt 7:25
   Christy Hemme and Tara Pin  

Belt designs[edit]

The actual physical title belts were first shown at No Surrender. The belts introduced have a red strap with two small gold plates and one large gold plate. In the center of each plate stands a figure resembling a globe made out of gold. On the outer edge of the plate are red gems, which circle the entire plate. The center golden plate of the belt has TNA's official logo engraved in the very center with the words "Knockouts Tag Team" above it and the words "Wrestling Champion" below.[N 1]

Reigns[edit]

Taylor Wilde (left) and Hamada (right) with the TNA Knockouts Tag Team Championship belts in July 2010.

The inaugural champions were Sarita and Wilde, who defeated The Beautiful People (Rayne and Sky) in the finals of an eight-team tournament to crown the first TNA Knockouts Tag Team Champions.[18] At 478 days, Eric Young and ODB hold the record for the longest reign in the title's history. Awesome Kong's and Hamada's only reign holds the record for the shortest reign in the title's history at 63 days. As of June 27, 2013, the championships are retired due to TNA not having enough female talent for a Tag Team Division.[21] Young is the first and only male wrestler to have held the title. Overall, there have been 9 reigns shared between 15 wrestlers and 9 teams.

# Order in reign history
Reign The reign number for the specific set of wrestlers listed
Event The event in which the title was won
+ Indicates the current reign is changing daily
# Team Reign Date Days
held
Location Event Notes Ref
1 Sarita and Taylor Wilde 1 September 20, 2009 106 Orlando, Florida No Surrender (2009) Sarita and Wilde defeated The Beautiful People (Madison Rayne and Velvet Sky) in the finals of an eight-team tournament to become the inaugural champions. [18][22]
2 Awesome Kong and Hamada 1 January 4, 2010 63 Orlando, Florida TNA Impact! [23]
Vacated March 8, 2010 Orlando, Florida TNA Impact! Title held up after Kong was released from her TNA contract, with the championship allegedly not being defended for 30 days used as a storyline reason. [24]
3 The Beautiful People
(Lacey Von Erich, Madison Rayne, and Velvet Sky)
1 March 8, 2010 141 Orlando, Florida TNA Impact! Rayne and Sky defeated the teams of Sarita and Taylor Wilde, Angelina Love and Tara in a three-way match to win the vacant championship. Von Erich was also recognized as a champion and the three defended the title under the Freebird rule. [24][25]
4 Hamada (2) and Taylor Wilde (2) 1 July 27, 2010 123 Orlando, Florida TNA Impact! Defeated Sky and Von Erich for the title.
This episode aired on tape delay on August 5, 2010.
[26][27]
Vacated December 6, 2010 Orlando, Florida TNA Impact! Title held up after Hamada was released from her TNA contract, with the championship not being defended for 30 days used as a storyline reason. This episode aired on tape delay on December 9, 2010. [28][29]
5 Angelina Love and Winter 1 December 9, 2010 94 Orlando, Florida TNA Impact! Love and Winter defeated Madison Rayne and Tara in the finals of a four-team tournament to win the vacant title. Velvet Sky was originally Love's partner in the tournament, but was taken out by a pre-match attack from Sarita, allowing Winter to replace her during the finals. This episode aired on tape delay on December 23, 2010. [30][31]
6 Mexican America
(Sarita (2) and Rosita)
1 March 13, 2011 121 Orlando, Florida Victory Road (2011) [32]
7 TnT
(Brooke Tessmacher and Tara)
1 July 12, 2011 106 Orlando, Florida Impact Wrestling This episode aired on tape delay on July 21, 2011. [33][34]
8 Gail Kim and Madison Rayne (2) 1 October 26, 2011 125 Macon, Georgia Impact Wrestling This episode aired on tape delay on November 3, 2011. [35][36]
9 Eric Young and ODB 1 February 28, 2012 478 Orlando, Florida Impact Wrestling This episode aired on tape delay on March 8, 2012. [37][38]
Vacated June 20, 2013 Peoria, Illinois Impact Wrestling Title vacated by Knockouts Division Executive Brooke Hogan due to a Young being a male talent.
Deactivated June 27, 2013 Title was deactivated and its profile was removed from the ImpactWrestling.com website.

Combined reigns[edit]

(Left to right) Lacey Von Erich and Velvet Sky of The Beautiful People, who held the title along with Madison Rayne.

By team[edit]

Rank Team # of reigns Combined days
1 Eric Young and ODB 1 478
2 The Beautiful People
(Lacey Von Erich, Madison Rayne, and Velvet Sky)
1 141
3 Hamada and Taylor Wilde 1 132
4 Gail Kim and Madison Rayne 1 125
5 Mexican America
(Rosita and Sarita)
1 121
6 Sarita and Taylor Wilde 1 106
6 TnT
(Brooke Tessmacher and Tara)
1 106
8 Angelina Love and Winter 1 94
9 Awesome Kong and Hamada 1 63

By wrestler[edit]

Rank Wrestler # of reigns Combined days
1 Eric Young 1 478
1 ODB 1 478
3 Madison Rayne 2 266
4 Taylor Wilde 2 238
5 Sarita 2 227
6 Hamada 2 195
7 Velvet Sky 1 141
7 Lacey Von Erich 1 141
9 Gail Kim 1 125
10 Rosita 1 121
11 Tara 1 106
11 Brooke Tessmacher 1 106
13 Angelina Love 1 94
13 Winter 1 94
15 Awesome Kong 1 63

Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ This description is based on the current design of the TNA Knockouts Tag Team Championship, as seen in the images throughout the article

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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