Awesome Kong. Since bursting on the scene in 2002, this powerhouse lady wrestler has dominated virtually everyone she’s been in the ring with.
Currently signed to WWE, Kong, who reportedly will be called Kharma, is poised to revitalize the women’s division.
I mean, that’s what I’m hoping she will do.
I have to be honest here, I’m not exactly expecting very much of this company when it comes to doing right by Kharma. Call it negative thinking, call it unnecessary criticism, whatever it is, I just don’t have a good feeling about it.
First off, Kong was TNA talent. Period. It does not matter that she worked in the independents, and had a good run in Japan. Her first real taste of national exposure came as an employee of Vince McMahon’s misguided, but loud “competition.”
I believe that when WWE upper management looks at her, they see a former TNA worker, and that’s all.
Perhaps I’m off base here. It’s possible. But when I think of the TNA talent who have jumped to WWE in the past, I am not encouraged by what I see.
Monty Brown was a big-time player in TNA. He wasn’t exactly Ricky Steamboat in the ring, but, he was heavily promoted and featured on TV and pay per view.
In WWE he gets thrown to the ECW brand, gets renamed Marcus Cor Von, and gets nothing.
Chris Harris was one half of America’s Most Wanted, one of the top tag teams in TNA. Again, he was heavily featured, and was often with his partner James Storm, in main event matches.
In WWE he also lands on the ECW brand, gets renamed Braden Walker, and gets, well, nothing.
Okay, so, neither of these two guys impacted men’s wrestling quite the same way that Kharma did for women‘s wrestling.
It is easy for any worker to get lost in the shuffle, especially on the men’s side. So, perhaps there is hope for Kharma to be treated a little bit differently in terms of the amount of push she will receive.
The vignettes on RAW showing her destroying some dolls are good. I like where it’s going so far.
Kharma is not your typical diva, and portraying her as having a deep-seated hatred for the manufactured pretty girl we’re all used to seeing is a nice twist, and perfect for her character.
This is an idea, if pursued, could be a dynamic storyline for her when she is finally introduced on WWE programming.
Making a star in this business is all about the execution. A worker needs to make the biggest splash possible, in order to get the crowd’s attention, and focus the spotlight on them.
I picture yet another highly useless six- or eight-lady tag match on RAW, featuring all of the divas who currently lull to sleep a good portion of the WWE audience.
Suddenly, in the middle of the snooze fest, loud music hits (preferably something better than the dreadful arrangement used in TNA), and Kharma appears on the ramp amidst smoke and flames.
Kharma hits the ring, and proceeds to destroy everyone in her path. Heel, baby, makes no difference, she lays out everyone, right down to the referee, with a thunderous pop from the crowd who is now wide awake and on its collective feet.
The brutal power of Kane, combined with the merciless demeanor of Stone Cold Steve Austin. She could bring the house down.
The business, at least for the women, is in a similar state wrestling was in when Austin made his meteoric rise to the top of WWE.
Women’s wrestling in WWE has grown stale, reaching all the way to the point of irrelevancy.
Every week online, fans complain that the WWE is dropping the ball when it comes to the divas, that the division has been all but abandoned by the company.
As fans, we tend to gripe quite a bit, it’s true. But when it comes to this particular topic, I think we’re all dead on the money.
After all, a division featuring the no-working one-trick pony act of the Bella Twins, is obviously reaching, begging for some amount of attention.
Unfortunately, that attention is usually only gained due to the fact that the women in question are hot, merely eye candy with virtually nothing else to offer.
That’s not to say there is no talent among the divas in WWE. Gail Kim and Melina are considered the veterans, and are both very good in the ring. Kelly Kelly has improved, and Natalya has a wrestling legacy behind her to account for her ability in the ring.
I’m not exactly sold on Eve, to be honest. Sometimes it seems as though she is just going through the motions in the ring, again, another pretty face in the crowd. Then there’s the aforementioned Bella Twins.
The moment that Brie Bella was handed a championship belt, was almost as ridiculous as the night that Stephanie McMahon was made the Women’s Champion, though she was not a wrestler.
Let’s be honest here, did anyone see this title change coming? The Bella Twins have been used as nothing more than window dressing since the day they set foot in WWE. Why would it suddenly change now?
Perhaps to prepare for the coming of Kharma?
Pure speculation on my part, but Brie Bella could possibly just be keeping that belt warm until Kharma can show up and pin her in under thirty seconds.
I have to say, I’m not usually one for squash matches, but for the sake of women’s wrestling in WWE, I for one can’t wait to see it.
Kharma’s future in WWE remains to be seen. As fans all we can do is sit back and ponder the possibilities.
She will never be considered an all time great professional wrestler, but her look, combined with her size and ability makes her an entertaining attraction. And that is what WWE is all about.
She is a lit fuse, just waiting to go off, and I personally can’t wait for the explosion.
“Instant karma’s going to get you, gonna knock you right on the head. You better get yourself together, pretty soon you’re going to be dead.” - John Lennon