Kharma Cries!

kharma criesThe WWE pulled a swerve on me with Kharma on Monday’s Raw that left me confused, intrigued, and ultimately amazed. A four on four match between Melina, the Bella Twins and Maryse and Beth Phoenix, Kelly Kelly, Gail Kim and Eve had just begun with Kelly Kelly taking it to Brie Bella for pulling twin magic the night before at the ‘Over the Limit’ PPV. Suddenly, Kharma music hits and out struts the women herself, down to the ring. Kharma doesn’t hesitate to enter the ring and Beth directs the Divas to circle the Diva Killer. Kharma looks like shes getting ready to summon some ‘awesome’ power, and I’m wondering what’s going on, as I don’t see Kharma as actually able to take on every Diva at the same time. Then, Kia Steven falls on her knees and begins to cry! We’re talking real tears, eyes looking so wounded you think her heart has been ripped out. And the Divas are all looking on wondering what the heck is going on as Raw goes to commercial break.

My first reaction to this was, “I can’t believe they just buried Kharma.” Then, I realised what had just been shattered was my expectation of Kharma. A moment flashed in my mind’s eye as I recalled Vince McMahon looking at Bret ‘The Hitman’ Heart and asking, “Tell me, where can we go with Bret Hart?” It was a moment describing the events that lead up to the infamous Montreal Screwjob and it brought the situation into perspective for me. Vince knows he’s got something good in Kia Stevens, but a 2D monster who rips through the division only works until it’s stale and then there’s no where else to go with Kharma and she has to be released. By introducing an emotional vulnerability to Kharma, WWE has preserved Kharma as physically the ultimate Diva Killer and unmatched physically by any other Diva in the division, while destroying a 2D persona and replacing it with something that has durability.

This is a good time to point out that Kia Stevens just sold the angle of her life in the ring, and did it amazingly well. I get really pissed off when people knock the drama represented in wrestling. To me, wrestling is the modern-day equivalent of the people’s theatre and therefore enherits a very proud tradition of being an art form that communicates the daily trials of the masses. That’s you if don’t own a yact and roll like a gangster, or make your living of the back of the common man. That was an oscar worthy performance, improvised on the fly in front of thousands of booing fans.

So what the heck is going on? Well, there are several possibilities that come from this. WWE is in the middle of an anti-bullying campaign right now, and Kharma may be the poster child for this campaign. At the same time, Kharma now has the same emotional complexity of…Mankind, Kane, and other monster heels with issues. There is only so much that Kane can do in the ring, but his character is complex enough that he continues to be a draw after 14 years with WWE. And you know with Kane there’s this monster under the surface that can come out at any time and set Kane off on a rampage. The Big Show is dangerous normally, but tick him off and he can take on the entire WWE roster. Kharma now joins that rank of WWE monster heels as a long-term asset.

I expect a dedicated followup on what’s going on in Friday’s Smackdown, because WWE needs to explain this new and more complex Kharma to the audience ASAP! Maybe Layla can approach Kharma and get her talking. I find it hard to believe that a character this complex can be silent, so I’m expecting to hear Kharma talk and say what’s on her mind. I have seen Kia Stevens stomp and glare and emote the perfect monster- I mean, when she starts to glare you’d think she’s suddenly seven feet tall and four hundred pounds- but until I saw Kia break down in the ring on Monday, I had no idea just how good this woman is as a performer. I am now looking forward to seeing how good Kia can be on the mic. Does Kharma truly possess all three traits of a great performer? We shall see.

As weird as it all is, I have to give a nodd to Vince for throwing the dice and doing something unpredictable for a change. I’ll say it again, I am confused and intrigued by this swerve- it has truly thrown off my expectations and I can’t wait to see what happens next on Friday. Well done, Vince!

Kharma (Awesome Kong) proves that Kharma is a (expletive) at Extreme Rules 2011

What a crazy night for the Divas at Extreme Rules 2011!

Layla and Michelle McCool, unable to reconcile their issues in spite of multiple sessions with a relationship counsellor, fought in tonight’s PPV in a ‘Loser quits’ match. Layla pulled through and won the match by countering a faithbreaker for a pinfall! Layla then left in tears as her ex-BFFF Michelle cried her tears out in the ring. What happens next sent shivers down my spine…

Somebody left the rear door unwatched, because Awesome Kong -now calling herself Kharma- slipped inside and is now in the WWE. Kong/Kharma isn’t a beauty pageant contestent, she’s a monster heel! And a girl! In the WWE? The rumour is that Jim Ross and Steve Austin held the emergency door open for her. Kudos to Kong and thanks to Jim Ross and Steve Austin!

The WWE has been promoting her debute for several weeks now on RAW, SMACKDOWN and SUPERSTARS. In these insightful videos, Kong lays out her strategy for the divas. Kong’s strategy is to pop the heads and legs off the barbie doll wrestlers in the WWE. While laughing maniacally.

Michelle McCool should have run for the front exit when Kharma’s music hit after Layla left because what happens next ain’t pretty. Kharma marched down the ramp to the ring, grabbed Michelle and gave her an implant buster, laying her flat out. Then she laughed maniacally. Kong then left the ring, mercifully leaving a laid out Michelle McCool her head and legs.

Folks, what a great moment for the Divas. I wasn’t sure what the WWE had in mind for Kong and how the audience was going to respond to Kharma, but what I saw I liked! Every division needs a giant, and now the Divas have Kharma!

There has been speculation that Michelle was planning on stepping away from WWE. This really makes a person wonder about Michelle’s other half, known in some circles as the Undertaker. With Michelle evidently planning for life after wrestling, it’s a strong signal that the deadman’s career clock has hit the number 11. Even time tolls for thee, Deadman.

Michelle being buried by Kharma on her way out was a fantastic way to debute Kong. Kudos to you, Michelle for giving that bump perfectly! Now, I have to admit in the past I bought into the rumors about Michelle’s attitude backstage. In restrospect, what I’ve always seen from Michelle has been a serious attitude about the business and becoming as good as she could be in the ring, on the mic, in a promo and with the fans. Michelle may not have gotten over with every fan, but she did win me over. Love her or hate her, we should acknowledge that Michelle approached wrestling as a professional, she loves wrestling and gave her opportunities 100%.

Thank you, Michelle McCool!

Layla apologized to the Divas in the locker room after the match for the way she acted. Does this mean Layla’s going face? Well, before that happens, I expecting Layla to continue to show loyalty to her ex-flawless friends and call Kharma out for that implant buster! Poor Layla, so full of personality, but just not that sharp a tack. PREDICTION: Layla will become the second Diva to be laid out by Kharma. Whatever else happens, I hope WWE continues to give Layla opportunities to hold a mic…and I hope she can still chew food after Kharma’s done with her…

Last question is about the future direction of the Diva division. I guess we’re going to be seeing plenty of ‘Instant Kharma’ around the divas on RAW, as Kong is going to be beating (expletive)’s dead. We’re going to get some amazing matches involving Kharma versus Natalya, Beth Phoenex, Melina, and maybe even a Gail Kim versus Kong, round 2? As for Kelly Kelly, Alicia Fox, the twins, and others…better reserve a bed in the local emergency room, ladies.

Kharma’s goinna getcha!

TNA Knockout ODB gone from TNA

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ODB has twitted her departure from TNA on Monday, saying it was her decision. This isn’t much of a surprise, as ODB had been benched for several months after publically making negative comments about a Knockout match. ODB has suggested she is interested in working in movies. We wish ODB the best of luck in whatever she chooses to do next.

What is surprising is Roxxi’s departure (again) from TNA after wrestling a match against Madison Rayne Sunday at TNA’s Slammiversary. The rumour about backstage is that Roxxi was only  told about the stipulation her career would be on the line when she arrived before the show Sunday.

Since the start of 2010, Awesome Kong, Alissa Flash, ODB, Roxxi, Tara and Traci Brooks have  left TNA. Taylor Wilde and Hamada are all MIA. Daffney and Angelina Love are just getting back after being sidelined with injuries.

TNA has hired Lotta Love to fill the void. Now, Lotta Love is big, but its like the women wrestling talent in TNA is hissing out the ruptured hull of a direlect spaceship in the cold void of space.  Lotta Love isn’t going to plug this hole.

TNA Knockout Awesome Kong requests release

kongTNA managment is demonstrating a lack of business sense. We are writing about how TNA’s handling Bubba the Love Sponge comments regarding aid to Haiti have led to Awesome Kong asking for her release from TNA. It would seem that Hogan bringing in his long-time friend Bubba the Love Sponge to use his controversial style to generate controversy and publicity for TNA has backfired on the company. The experiment is over and Bubba should be sent packing down the road and we are blown away that TNA’s management hasn’t grasped this yet.

“I say (expletive) Haiti,” Bubba commented on his Twitter account. “Why do we have to take care of everybody (when) our country is in shambles?”

These remarks came out as the full scale of the disastrous earthquake that struck Haiti became known. While the world scrambled to get aid to Haitians to head off a historical disaster, Bubba thought it reasonable to express in Twitter how he believed many Americans felt about Haiti.

Bubba later made an apology, to try to head off a backlash, stating, “Sometimes you say things that you can’t take back. So I’m man enough now to say I’m sorry for those I offended.”

Then Bubba’s remarks took a swerve from the controversial right into the ‘say, what?’ territory. The disc jockey then claimed his statements on radio were misconstrued. Bubba maintained that efforts to raise money for disaster relief in Haiti were misguided and that the funds might be better spent in this country. Now, ready for this?

“Maybe this is actually a good thing,” Bubba the Love Sponge said live on his show. “Here’s the thing, we would all agree that Haiti is just in shambles, it’s just a horrible country, it’s just dirt, it’s poverty stricken, they need a cleansing, maybe a half a million Haitians that will end up not being around tomorrow … It’s a cleanse.”

Then Bubba tries to play the victim in this situation. “I shoot hard from the hip and Mrs. Carter (although I have tons of respect for her) has never had a guy that is as outrageous as I am. And what does my Haiti comments have to do with TNA wrestling? I didn’t say them on Dixie’s air … Some people can’t handle the truth.”

Bubba, did you just endorse an ethnic cleansing of the Haitian people right on your friggin’ radio station? And you think this isn’t TNA’s business?

We suggest you cancel any trips planned for Canada, Bubba. Canada actually treats remarks like that as a hate crime. ‘In Section 319 the Code punishes anyone who “advocates or promotes genocide” with genocide defined to require that acts be committed “with intent to destroy in whole or in part any identifiable group”. “Identifiable group” is defined as “any section of the public distinguished by skin color, racial group, religion, ethnic origin or sexual orientation.” Civil remedies are also available in Canada for discriminatory acts (Wikipedia).’ We thought it would be nice to point out the last line there for any Canadian-Haitians who find Bubba’s opinion less than reasonable. As Bubba’s show has reach into Canada, he’s not as immune from civil action for remarks that can be construed as a hate crime as he thinks he is.

Then Kong, who’s be driving hard all last week to raise funds for Haiti emergency relief in the wrestling community goes to confront Bubba backstage for his remarks and winds up beating the hell out of the shock jock. This looked so bad professionally for Kong and that lack of control must have been humbling and devastating for someone who had worked so hard to save the lives of Haitians victimized by the earthquake.

What’s amazing is that TNA has not fired Bubba for his remarks. Sure, he got grief from the company backstage leading to his whining that TNA is no longer fun, but essentially he got away with his twitter. His explanation for what he was thinking is completely unacceptable. We cannot fathom that anyone in TNA would accept that his remarks were on his show and therefore did not reflect badly on TNA.

By not responding to Bubba’s remarks, TNA has effectively endorsed that the humanitarian disaster in Haiti might be for the best because it will lead to a good ‘cleansing’ of the black nation of Haiti. Doesn’t TNA have any friggin’ lawyers watching out for them?

TNA president Dixie Carter has stated otherwise on TNA’s Web site. “The photos and video from Haiti are tragic. We want to help. We have to help. The money raised at The Impact Zone is just a start of TNA’s plan to help the country of Haiti.” Fine, Dixie, but your shock-jock backstage interviewer thinks that Haiti needs an ethnic cleansing. And the public face of your company completely supports Bubba.

Hulk Hogan goes on Bubba’s show and backs up his good buddy Bubba. Hulk states that Awesome Kong should have been fired on the spot for attempting to knock sense into Bubba. Next thing, Hogan is blaming Bischoff for getting Kong worked up and is essentially trying to create a wrestling angle out of the incident. Even Bubba is smart enough to steer clear of a wrestling angle with Kong. Hogan, we cannot even begin to explain just how badly you botched this one.

We have to say more on Awesome Kong, who posted a comment on Twitter explaining her reasoning for the way she handled Bubba.

“Kongfucious says: Sometimes you must feed someone a fist to make them eat their own words.”

Both Bubba and Kong were sent home from the tapings following the altercation. Kong faced no discipline for attacking Bubba and returned to the tapings the next day to tape a match for iMPACT. The TNA locker room is reportedly in support of Kong.

However, the altercation backstage is apparently the final straw for Kong being in TNA. The Wrestling Globe Newsletter’s Mike Aldren reported more on Kong. Mike Aldren quotes from a source, “Kong is really disappointed in the fact that this company that once had class has turned into a paranoid backstabbing contest because people in management are too worried about keeping their jobs to really voice their opinions or represent the talent appropriately. They sold all the talent that they were a team [before Hogan/Bischoff arrived]… but then moved forward without rewarding anyone, and benched half of the original roster on top of that.” Kong cited a lack of sleep, mostly from fundraising all weekend raising funds for the victims of the earthquake and was also dealing with the loss of her mentor, wrestling promoter Ed Chuman. Kong reportedly said she meant to talk to Bubba, but delirium took over and she ended up smacking Bubba. One of Kong’s friends also noted to us that she is furious with Bubba for ripping her on Howard Stern, and for attempting to make an angle out of the situation on his own radio show. She is now back at home pondering her future. She was originally booked for the upcoming European tour but won’t be making those dates any more. (Source: the Wrestling Globe newsletter)

We’ve been in absolute shock watching this story unfold over the last week. It’s going on six days now and TNA still hasn’t woken up to the very public stance they’ve taken in regards to Bubba the Love Sponge’s very public remarks regarding Haiti. Hulk Hogan is the face of TNA and Hogan was on Bubba’s show backing up his buddy Bubba who has now gone on record twice as being in support of letting the earthquake in Haiti ‘cleanse’ the populace of Haitians. TNA hasn’t done anything public yet to distance themselves from Bubba’s remarks and that’s the same as letting the remarks stick to the company.

TNA is courting Spike TV officials to consider giving the company a permanent Monday night time slot. The argument is that that the team that gained so many ratings for Turner Broadcasting ten years ago on Monday nights is together again on TNA and this time, they can win the Monday Night war. Eric Bischoff thinks that if Turner Broadcasting hadn’t cut him off at the knees ten years ago, he would have beat Vince McMahon. Maybe, but what Eric should have realized with ten years of experience is that broadcasting companies may want ratings, but deep down inside, even television producers have scruples (Maybe Tina Fey will pick up on this observation and use it for fodder on 30 Rock). The fight got too dirty for Turner Broadcasting and they backed out. Now, two weeks into January, TNA is showing the same scruples that lost WCW its backing on public television. TNA is at a place in their growth where they have to demonstrate an ability to act professionally on the big stage at all times…or TNA is simply going to disappear. If Dixie Carter cannot keep her talent from publically associating the company as- of all crazy things- being in favor of ethnic cleansing, does she seriously think Spike TV officials are going to gamble on TNA?

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