Velvet Sky's Return Provides Instant Spark to Knockouts Division

Erik BeastonFeatured ColumnistDecember 6, 2012

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On Thursday night's Impact Wrestling, Velvet Sky made her return to TNA following a near-five-month absence, due largely in part to failing contract negotiations between she and the Panda Energy-owned wrestling company.

The return of the former member of the Beautiful People provides the Knockouts division with an immediate spark.

In recent months, the top prize for women in TNA has been relegated to a prop in a comedic rivalry between Tara, her on-screen boyfriend (and former Big Brother contestant) Jessie Godderz, and the TNA Knockouts tag champions Eric Young and ODB.

Confronting the aforementioned TNA Knockouts champion Tara, as well as No. 1 contender Mickie James, Velvet vowed that 2013 would be "the year of Velvet Sky as Knockouts champion."

While Sky's return will not result in many fresh matchups, her return gives the Impact Zone someone they can truly get behind, especially in the wake of TNA's unceremonious elimination of Brooke Tessmacher from television a few months ago.

The most popular woman on the roster, Velvet now has the opportunity to compete for the right to become Knockouts champion for the second time. Her first, which came at TNA's biggest pay-per-view of the year, Bound For Glory, was short-lived: Gail Kim returned and wrestled the title away a month later.

Motivated to reestablish herself as one of the top female competitors in the sport, Velvet has the opportunity to erase the disappointment of her first reign with another as the calendar prepares to turn.

Here is to letting the pigeons loose in 2013 and beyond.