TNA Knockouts Championship
|TNA Knockouts Championship|
The current TNA Knockouts Championship belt
|Current champion(s)||Gail Kim|
|Date won||July 29, 2015
(aired September 16, 2015)
|Date established||October 14, 2007|
|Promotion||Total Nonstop Action (TNA)|
The TNA Kockouts Championship is a professional wrestling world championship owned by the Total Nonstop Action (TNA) professional wrestling promotion. It is primarily contested for in TNA's women's division, known as the TNA Knockouts. It debuted on October 14, 2007 at TNA's Bound for Glory pay-per-view (PPV) event under the name the "TNA Women's World Championship"; it was renamed the TNA Knockouts Championship in 2008.
It is currently the only female championship in TNA. It had been complimented by the TNA Knockouts Tag Team Championship, which was introduced at the No Surrender PPV event on September 20, 2009, but was deactivated in 2013.
Like most professional wrestling championships, the title is won via the result of a scripted match. Overall, there have been 38 reigns shared between 13 wrestlers. The first and current champion is Gail Kim.
TNA Knockout, or just Knockout for short, is the term used by TNA to refer to its onscreen female performers; 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. 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. Vaughn last eliminated Elektra to win the crown. 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. The most recent Knockout of the Year was Gail Kim in 2007; no award has been given out since.
On the August 20, 2009 episode of TNA Impact!, backstage interviewer Lauren 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. The tournament began on the following Impact! and continued on for four weeks, concluding on September 20 at TNA's No Surrender PPV event. There, the team of Sarita and Taylor Wilde defeated The Beautiful People (Madison Rayne and Velvet Sky) to become the first champions. 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. "Knocked Out: The Women of TNA Wrestling" was the second, released on October 7, 2008.
TNA first announced in early September 2007 through their TNA Mobile service that they planned to start an official women's division and debut a women's title soon. Later that month, TNA began to promote a 10 knockout gauntlet match to be held on October 14, 2007 at TNA's Bound for Glory PPV event to crown the first-ever TNA Women's Champion. At the event, Gail Kim defeated Ms. Brooks, Christy Hemme, Awesome Kong, Roxxi Laveaux, Talia Madison, Shelly Martinez, Jackie Moore, ODB, and Angel Williams to become the first champion. The championship was renamed in 2008 to the TNA Knockouts Championship.
During the championship's history, it has had two designs. It began with a white leather strap that is covered with two small gold plates that are encrusted with silver. 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 word "Womens" [sic] above it and the word "Champion" below it. At the very top of the center plate is a queen's crown. The word "Knockout" does not appear anywhere on the belt. [N 1]
At the end of December 2014, TNA uploaded a photo on their Instagram account, in which the Knockouts Championship has a new design, replacing the white strap with a black strap, with the red color scheme changed to blue to coincide with the company's color scheme. As with the previous belt, the word "Knockout" does not appear on the belt, despite its current name.
The inaugural champion was Gail Kim, who defeated Ms. Brooks, Christy Hemme, Awesome Kong, Roxxi Laveaux, Velvet Sky, Shelly Martinez, Jackie Moore, ODB, and Angelina Love in a ten knockout gauntlet match on October 24, 2007 at TNA's Bound for Glory PPV event.
Gail Kim is the current champion, who is in her fifth reign. Kim defeated previous champion Brooke, Awesome Kong and Lei'd Tapa in a fatal–four way match on July 29, 2015 in Orlando, Florida during the Impact Wrestling tapings (aired September 16, 2015) via tape delay.
Tara's fourth reign holds the record for shortest reign in the title's history at one day. Angelina Love holds the record for the most reigns with six. Taryn Terrell holds the longest reign for the title, having held it for 279 days.
- This description is based on the current design of the TNA Knockouts Championship, as seen in the images throughout the article
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