The Beautiful People have been in a mercilessly dominant mood since reuniting in TNA earlier this year. The duo of Angelina Love and Velvet Sky, whose original characters were inspired by Paris Hilton and Nicole Richie, have made their blonde Barbie doll personas iconic, while attempting to “cleanse” the TNA roster of “one ugly person at a time.”
Last month, Love captured the TNA Knockouts Title for a record sixth time, surpassing the exploits of Tara and Madison Rayne (both five victories) – who had been the defending champion. At TNA’s Sacrifice pay-per-view, Velvet Sky – also a two time title winner – attacked Rayne with hairspray, allowing Love to get the victory.
With no sign of the duo’s relentless dominance of the Knockout’s division set to come to an end any time soon, GiveMeSport looks at the top contenders to the title, including possible challengers for the upcoming Slammiversary event, which takes place on 15th June:
• Gail Kim
A three-time Knockouts Champion, as well as the longest serving female member of the TNA roster, Gail Kim debuted with the company in 2005 as part of America’s Most Wanted. She became the company’s inaugural Knockout’s Champion in 2007 after winning a ten woman gauntlet at Bound for Glory, before departing for WWE in 2008. Kim returned to TNA in 2011, forming an alliance with Madison Rayne and defeating Velvet Sky to win her second title. She won the belt for a third time in 2013, during her short-lived alliance with Lei’d Tapa. Named as the number one female wrestler in the world by Pro Wrestling Illustrated in 2012, the 37-year-old Canadian is more than a match for anyone.
• Madison Rayne
A former member of the Beautiful People, five-time Knockouts Champion Madison Rayne would dearly love a shot at regaining her title against her old foe. Rayne returned to TNA late last year following maternity leave, quickly establishing herself as number one contender to Gail Kim’s Knockouts Title, which she eventually won at Genesis. After being loosely offered a place back in the Beautiful People stable earlier this year, the 28-year-old was turned on by Love and Sky, who repeatedly attacked her before stripping her of her title at Sacrifice.
Brittany may well have only made her in-ring debut in March 2014, but the 25-year-old has quickly established herself as a firm contender for future Knockouts Title glory. After defeating Gail Kim in her opening match, she aligned herself with Madison Rayne – who she described as an inspiration. A little over-enthusiastic and exuberant at times, if she can bring a measure of control to her exciting style she could yet cause an upset at Slammiversary.
TNA’s newest addition to the Knockout’s division – Rebel – has already been turning heads in her role as the fire dancing sideshow to the company’s newest stable: the circus-loving Menagerie. The former Dallas Cowboy’s cheerleader is yet to make her in-ring debut, but is already proving popular with fans, and is seemingly highly thought of within the company, having been recommended by the newest member of TNA’s Creative Team – Christy Hemme.
• Someone else?
It’s an exciting time for the Knockout’s division, which is looking packed full of exciting talent. Four-time champion ODB has thus far escaped a mention, while former title holder Brooke Tessmacher and fellow long-term absentee Taryn Terrell are both set to make their TNA returns in the next few weeks. Could the reign of the Beautiful People yet come to an unexpectedly quick-fire end?
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