Outro music: Le Parade - "Marcha Nupcial" via the Free Music Archive
...Stay tuned for a renewed push for the #RevivetheXDivision campaign.
Normally, reigns that last this long would be consider one from a fighting champion. One that has been defended against every opponent thrown their way as well as overcoming any obstacles that may be included. Sadly, these mentioned reigns, all from within different divisions, along with others in TNA, felt nothing like this. If anything, they came across as glorified and gloating reigns.
Championship belts are a staple in wrestling and a factor that drives feuds between competitors. During TNA's transitional period over to Pop TV in late 2015, championship holders Gail Kim, Tigre Uno and The Wolves (who managed to become recording setting five time tag team champions in only two years) all respectively had a two month reign pass to their titles. This was, of course, due to TNA biding this time with their anticlimactic World Title Series.
Even when TNA found comfort in their new home of Pop TV at the start of 2016, there was a lack of enthusiasm for TNA's championships, aside from the World Title scene. The Knockouts champion was lost in the shuffle between The Dollhouse/Beautiful People feud, the X-Division was almost non-existent on television (#ReviveTheXDivision) and the King of the Mountain was in the middle of identifying it's new form.
TNA's Tag Team division began to rebuild some footwork with new teams being introduced and fresh storylines taking place. Sure, things may have began to hit a plateau but one reason things looked like they were turning around for the better is because the company began to give fans a reason to care. If fans aren't give that, or any reason to care, then what's the point to carry on any feud?
This week, we saw Gail Kim lose her Knockouts title to Jade. I'm thrilled to see Jade as a new champion, she has after all, been polished for this moment; before and after her time with The Dollhouse. I’m ecstatic to see Jade come out with the gold! She was, after all, being polished for this very moment; before and after her time with The Dollhouse stable. The way she won the Knockouts title was a bit disappointing: a less than four minute title match that had Jade win only after a small interference from Maria.
While it the ongoing feud between Gail and Maria may have taken away some of Jade's moment, this title change now gives us a chance to see thing freshen up for the Knockouts title picture, assuming TNA are committed to deliver on that. We are seeing more appearances by our X-Division champion Trevor Lee and the King of the Mountain (despite my distaste for the name) is beginning to give mid-carders a chance to rebuild a small division again. Make these championships matter again TNA!
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