Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Survival Tactix: Glimmers.....

I had this hunch....this nagging hunch that there might be something to this Gut Check Challenge that becomes a vessel through which some very important debuts take place. So far, I haven't been wrong, at least not yet. Wes Brisco, D-Lo Brown, and now it's becoming evident that someone ELSE may be on the horizon that was overlooked by the judges and yet may still enter TNA via another door......

Over the past TWO days, Ivelisse Valez, who was eliminated from the Gut Check Challenge two weeks ago now, has competed in two separate TNA One Night Only PPVs. She competed in the Knockouts only event AND in the World Cup of Wrestling event, which I'd like to discuss here. It was long speculated that these events would NOT be representative of the week to week story each Thursday night, but in THIS case, it makes me wonder. During the World Cup of Wrestling PPV, each team had a Knockout representative. Team USA had Mickie James; Team UK had Hannah Blossom, Team International had Lei'd Tapa, and the final team represented was Team Aces and Eights, whose representative was Valez. I don't know whose idea that was, but I think it's brilliant.

Could this be foreshadowing of things to come? I certainly hope so. It'd be really nice to see a full blown takeover, one that requires more of the Knockouts Division to fight off than a simple one on one match-up. The Taryn Tarrell/Gail Kim story is good; the Knockouts Title scene is good, but we can go it a step or two further and pulling the trigger on a woman member of the faction is EXACTLY how I'd go about it. Furthermore, a woman with an MMA background would be something TNA could tout (yeah, that was a WWE dig) over most other organizations right now on the wrestling landscape as a whole.

If Valez makes a return to Impact with Aces and Eights, I think a pairing with either Tara or Taeler Hendrix would be worth watching. In my humble opinion, a pairing with Tara means getting rid of Jesse, which is no bad thing. It also could mean the revival of something I've been calling for an end to....the Knockouts Tag Team Titles. Bringing some prominence to it is CRITICAL if TNA insists on having them around. I don't understand how they don't seem to see that. Seriously, this is a gripe that has NOT gone unnoticed by any wrestling website on the net that covers TNA in any critical fashion.

Whatever the case, it's POSSIBLE that TNA will utilize the development of the World Cup in the week to week, but only time will tell for sure. One thing IS for sure, they heard the fans and they have been giving her second looks as a result. Take this all with a grain of salt, but if the results are anything to go by, we'll see her again......

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