Wednesday, October 1, 2014

The Greatest....Part 3. Knockouts

The toughest thing about narrowing down this particular category is that there have been more than just one title at stake for a time, allowing for more performers to be under TNA's employ at one time. That said, I have to narrow it down, so I shall do my best to include the best 10.....so in no order.....

10. Taylor Wilde.....
This one was a no brainer as she was one of the most talented on the list ever. She was also the one who broke the streak of Awesome Kong, which is no small feat for no small opponent.

9. Velvet Sky.....
Another no brainer. Who disputes that she is the single most popular Knockout on the entire roster from every possible perspective?

8. Madison Rayne.....
She was 2011's breakout star of the division, bar none, having been ejected from the Beautiful People to strike out on her own was the best possible move to freshen her character and give her a persona of her own.

7. Gail Kim....
She was the Knockout pioneer, putting up the biggest battle with authorities to formulate the Knockouts Division in the first place. No one put more on the line to see its inception than it's first title holder.

6. Angelina Love.....
The final piece of the Beautiful People and one of the most decorated and celebrated champions on the entire roster, past or present.

5. ODB.....
Her contribution to the roster is that of contrast and depth of character.....some of the best comedic work in the history of the promotion as a whole involved her and Eric Young.

4. Sarita.....
As one half of arguably the best tag tandem to ever hold the belts, Taylor Wilde's tag partner cannot go without mention on this list, adding a special something to the division during her tenure.

3. Daffney.....
TNA's hardcore Knockout and personal tragedy story is hard to deny and her character during the era of Dr. Stevie was the stuff of legend.

2. Traci Brooks.....
She was there before the division was formed and skirted the division during its entire run. TNA's original valet was undeniably the best thing going for Michael Shane.

1. I have to hold a tie on the final spot for one reason....their contributions made the division better and the brand better as a whole respectively. I realize that there could be a dispute, but to deny Tara OR Christy Hemme a spot on the list would be a travesty, not to mention So Cal Val for her contributions behind the scenes as well as on camera.

There have been more and I don't want to devalue the contributions of those who have given so much to the division, but with only a few spots and literally dozens to choose from, cuts have to be made. That said, I would like to give shout outs to Kong, Rosita, Salinas, Nikki Roxx, Mickie James, Taryn Tarrell, and Jackie Moore.

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