TNA Knockouts Tag Team Champion Ayako Hamada Released From Contract

Christopher DunfeeContributor IIDecember 8, 2010

Ayako Hamada - Copyright: Total Nonstop Action Wrestling, Inc.
Ayako Hamada - Copyright: Total Nonstop Action Wrestling, Inc.

At one point, Total Nonstop Action Wrestling was considered to have at least one huge advantage on their main competition in the sports entertainment industry, and that was their Knockouts division featuring a variety of unique women competitors from all around the globe.

However, since the new power regime, consisting of “The Immortal” Hulk Hogan and Eric Bischoff, took over power at the beginning of the year; the Knockouts division has been drastically overhauled from a once thriving, interesting division to a similar product comparable to WWE‘s Divas division.

One of the many performer who suffered the wrath of the company’s new direction is, former co-holder of the TNA Knockouts Tag Team Championship, Ayako Hamada, who has now apparently become a casualty of the movement.

According to a report from Mike Johnson, of PWInsider, Hamada was released from her contract with Total Nonstop Action Wrestling, causing the titles to be vacated.

As of now, there is no word on exactly why she was released from the promotion, but a tournament has already been announced at yesterday’s TNA iMPACT! tapings to crown new champions.

Some online reports noted that while TNA Wrestling was high on her ability to perform inside the squared circle, management was not high on her look.

Although she was a champion with the organization, alongside Taylor Wilde, it shouldn’t come as much of a surprise to anyone she is now gone.

Especially considering how sparingly she was used, even before capturing the gold on the Aug. 5 edition of TNA Wrestling‘s flagship telecast—defeating Velvet Sky and Lacey Von Erich.

Not to mention the recent activity and winter cleaning process the company has gone through, trying to eliminate any “dead weight” on the roster moving forward with cost-cutting measures.

All hope should not be lost for Hamada however, and it could even be looked upon as a blessing, as she should get plenty of action on the independent professional wrestling scene.

Ayako already frequently competed for SHIMMER Women Athletes and Jersey All Pro Wrestling while still a member of the Total Nonstop Action Wrestling roster.

Contributing author Christopher Dunfee is a feature writer for Force Of Wrestling and covers professional wrestling organizations World Wrestling Entertainment and Total Nonstop Action Wrestling. To contact Christopher for radio appearances or any other media inquiries, be sure to contact him at

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