TNA Knockouts: One Reason Why Watching TNA Is So Much Easier

Jonathan WilliamsCorrespondent IJune 5, 2009

In the WWE, the Divas have long been used as eye candy rather than real wrestlers.  Often the Women's division wrestlers find better success as managers or "girlfriends" rather than actual wrestlers.

While there have been good solid wrestlers in the division, more often it is littered with women who look a certain way and can speak on the microphone.

This has always been a problem in the WWE, even with the men's division.  Often wrestlers are rewarded for looks over ability.  Much in the same way music groups are manufactured by record companies over solid performers.

So in a way, it is not a surprise.  Yet in doing this, the WWE has lost out on a unique contribution these women give.

Consider TNA Impact this week.  Daphne and Taylor Wilde had a match. Neither held back, as one particularly brutal bump saw Daphne get picked up and thrown into the steps.

It was one of those moves that had me going, "ouch".

Watching these matches over the last few months, I have come to a conclusion.  TNA has found something that the WWE lost.

In the same way that Lucha Libre and Japanese wrestlers made the WCW watchable in the 1990s, even when the nWo was old and worn out.  The cruiserweights were exciting and credible.

The WWE did reasonably well with their women at times.  In the early to mid 1980s, the women's division had some credibility.  This is when Wendi Richter, Fabulous Moolah, "Sensational" Sherri Martel, and Leilani Kai were in their Rock 'n' Wrestling best.

Since that time, there has been maybe one or two, at most four, women who were actually able to work a match productively.

Most the time when the women have been involved it has been what can only loosely be defined as "matches:" arm wrestling, dance competitions, playmate matches, bikini competitions, pillow fights, not much other than eye candy.

TNA Wrestling was not intially all that different full of eye candy type shock matches.  Thankfully, that all changed with the arrival of the organization to Spike TV.

One fine example of this difference in attitude is the person of Awesome Kong. 

The former TNA Knockout Champion is considered a serious wrestler.  She in some ways is similar to Chyna, who was considered almost good enough to compete in the men's division. 

Kong has been impressive in her ability.  But yet she would be mocked for her weight and appearance if she was on a WWE show.  

She is not a typical "diva" which means she would most likely never see the light of day on Raw or Smackdown as anything other than a joke.

After watching "puppies" and "playmates" it is a relief to watch a real war amongst the women of a wrestling organization.  It is also interesting to see former WWE divas like Christie Hemme trying to train so that she can compete in these matches.

It shows just how much better quality these matches are compared to what is going on in the WWE.

Like the cruiserweights of old, it is something that has set the TNA apart.