TNA Wrestling's upcoming all-women pay-per-view "TNA Knockouts Knockdown" sounded like a great idea on paper.
The Knockouts division has always been one of the most popular acts in the company, with the likes of Velvet Sky and Miss Tessmacher getting over hugely with fans thanks to their athleticism and sex appeal.
While TNA may lag behind WWE in almost every area, one thing it could always point to was its vastly superior women's wrestling product.
In this respect, a Knockouts-only event is a great concept. The novelty factor alone should garner it more buys than your average TNA pay-per-view.
Alas, the idea doesn't appear to have caught on with several former KOs, many of whom have gone on record about turning down the company's offer to appear on the show.
As Diva-Dirt notes, the list of girls declining to work on the the pay-per-view, due to be taped on March 17, keeps adding up.
First of all, former Beautiful People member Lauren Williams (a.k.a. Angelina Love), who parted ways with TNA in July last year, noted to one of her Twitter followers that she had been asked to do the show, but "politely declined."
The Queen. @ActualALove
They asked me but I politely declined. RT @xAJLeeNerdx: @ActualALove are you going to be at that TNA Knockout PPV?3/7/2013, 10:12:44 PM
Next, Traci Brooks, who found fame in the company as a valet and authority figure, noted that she, too, had turned down an offer to appear.
Kia Stevens also revealed on her Twitter account that she had been asked, but declined. As the fearsome "Awesome Kong," Stevens ruled over the KO division between 2007 and 2010. She also, of course, worked for WWE in 2011 and 2012 as "Kharma."
Awesome Kong @MeanQueenK
Nope! Declined offer RT: “@Gavin_Harvey1D: @Kharma will you be at tna knockout know night only ?”3/10/2013, 4:37:40 PM
And, yes, it gets worse. Nicole Raczynski, who has worked for TNA on and off for several years as "Roxxi" also mentioned turning the company down and implied that even more women had as well:
Nicole Raczynski @RoxxiNikki
@divadirt there's a bunch of us lol3/10/2013, 7:44:57 PM
Wow. That's somewhat embarrassing. TNA is supposed to the No. 2 wrestling promotion in America, and it can't even convince its former talents to come back for one night only?
Of course, the company does have enough women under contract to still manage to do a pay-per-view, but it seems that any fans who were hoping to see some names from the past on the show will be sorely disappointed.