TNA Can Dominate the Women's Wrestling Scene, but Should They?
With the recent PWInsider report that World Wrestling Entertainment Diva Beth Phoenix is leaving the company in October, Total Nonstop Action Wrestling finds itself with a major opportunity if they want it.
Adding Phoenix to a roster that includes Knockout champion Brooke Tessmacher, Tara, Mickie James, Gail Kim, ODB, Sarita (currently touring Japan) and Rosita (who recently confirmed that she is still with the company) would firmly establish TNA as the spot for women's wrestling.
There is also the recently released Kia Stevens, aka Kharma/Awesome Kong, to consider, who is trying to get back into wrestling condition.
With reports from sources such as the Wrestling Observer's Dave Meltzer about WWE COO Triple H's lack of enthusiasm for women's wrestling, TNA could shine without much competition from their main opposition.
It should be noted that HHH has never been that high on women wrestling. When it comes to the recent camps and recruits of top athletes, they are men and not women being recruited although they are still adding women to the developmental roster but since Laurinaitis has been out of power the days of looking at bikini catalogues and signing the models, or recruiting from modeling agencies, seem to be over. Some who have worked with him and talked the subject with him believe when he gets more power you’ll see more of an emphasis on tag teams and women will be even more on the back burner.
The question is, should they?
While women's wrestling has always had a fanbase, it has been a while since it has been a particularly strong one. The heights that women's wrestling once reached with Trish Stratus as the top star have not been matched since Stratus retired.
TNA enjoyed arguably the most recent surge in women's wrestling when they first started the Knockout division in 2007 and built around Kim, Stevens, ODB and former TNA stars the Beautiful People. The result was great ratings, and the Knockouts were usually featured in the highest-rated segments of their weekly Impact Wrestling television show.
However, again, that was in the 2007-2009 period. Since then, TNA, like WWE, has reduced the focus on their women's division and released a number of talents.
It seems like people in key positions and both top promotions do not have faith in women's wrestling. However, if only one promotion focuses on it, it could be something that allows that promotion to stand out.
TNA president Dixie Carter, not surprisingly, has always been a fan of the Knockouts division and was key in the company signing James (once attending one of James' concerts to pursue her personally per her Twitter account) and is reportedly attempting to bring Velvet Sky back into the fold.
It would not be shocking to see her pursue Phoenix as well. While there are few "dream matches" in wrestling, especially women's wrestling, Phoenix and Stevens is one that hasn't been done and one fans are curious about.
Only time will tell if TNA will decide to establish themselves as the place for women's wrestling and satisfy the fans' curiosity.
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