BURNING ISSUES: IS AWESOME KONG POISED FOR DOMINATION?
By Gerry Strauss
Since TNA’s beginnings, we have showcased the most talented, athletic… and yes, hottest women on TV today. From Ms. Brooks to Jackie Moore to Christy Hemme, our “Knockouts” live up to their billing in more ways than one. No matter the match-up, no matter the situation, TNA fans (and the Knockouts themselves) were always guaranteed a fast-paced, athletic encounter between some of the sexiest women in wrestling. With the inception of a “Knockouts” Champion and a planned influx of a new generation of ladies, the wrestling world anticipated things to get even hotter.
Then came Awesome Kong.
More than six feet tall. Over 270 pounds. Kong isn’t just physical…she’s physically dominant, and the announcement of her impending arrival in TNA sent shockwaves throughout the company, the fans, and the rest of the now-wary Knockouts. Even scarier, she would be part of the 10-woman gauntlet match for the Women’s Championship at TNA’s biggest event ever, “Bound For Glory.”
Before we got to the pay-per-view event of the year, however, Kong was slated to make her debut on the October 11th edition of “iMPACT.” Her opponent: Gail Kim, the popular dynamo whom many had previously favored to emerge as the first “Knockouts” Champion. Unfortunately for Kim, when the bell sounded, the reputation of Awesome Kong became all too real. Pure, brute strength and unstoppable size allowed the newcomer to physically dissect Gail, whose spurts of quickness would only allow her to take the advantage for brief moments in time. In the end, a monstrous sitout powerbomb spelled the end for Kim, and the message was clear: Kong had arrived.
The highly anticipated “Bound For Glory” was finally upon us, and ten women walked into the historic Championship gauntlet match seeking their date with destiny. However, how could any woman hope to eliminate Awesome Kong? Was she poised to plow through the competition en route to realizing her quest to become “Knockouts” Champ?
As it turns out, one woman could not eliminate Kong. Heck, two women couldn’t get the job done either. In the end, it took three ladies, led by Gail Kim, to lift the Awesome one over the top rope to the floor, ending her participation in the match, but not erasing the impression that she made. With the mastodon taken out of the equation, a fired-up Kim outlasted the masses, finally pinning Roxxi Laveaux to realize her dream and capture the gold.
So that’s the story, right? Hardworking, popular girl makes good, wins the gold, and rides off into the sunset, defending her championship against all comers during what is sure to be a long and illustrious title reign.
Not so fast.
You see, although unsuccessful at “Bound For Glory”, Awesome Kong isn’t going anywhere. On the contrary, sources claim that her defeat in that match has only made her more intense, more aggressive, and more dangerous. Ask Talia Madison, the unfortunate “Knockout” assigned to face Kong on “iMPACT” just days after “Bound For Glory”, only to be beaten to a pulp in the most one-sided women’s match in TNA history. Watching that match certainly must have brought back some ugly memories for Gail Kim, whose own encounter with Kong is certainly still fresh in her mind.
So as Kong continues to plow her way through the competition, the question is inevitable: is she targeting Gail Kim and the “Knockouts” Championship, and if so, will we simply see a repeat of the first time these two collided? With the gold around her waist, Kim may be more confident than ever, but does even she (or anyone, for that matter) actually stand a chance against the most imposing female in wrestling? If not, Awesome Kong may be on her way to the top of the “Knockouts” mountain, and this time, there won’t be any way to stop her. http://www.tnawrestling.com