So far the reign of Brooke Hogan, the failed singer, washed up reality TV star and daughter of the biggest pro wrestling legend in North America, as head of TNA's Knockouts division has been a fairly innocuous affair. By giving her nothing substantial to do, she's been fairly inoffensive in the role despite her complete lack of onscreen pro wrestling acting experience. However, that all looks set to change, as TNA have set the wheels in motion for a feud between Brooke and lead heel Knockout Madison Rayne.
Indeed, two weeks ago on Impact, Brooke's decision to remove Earl Hebner as the referee for the Knockouts matches and replace him with Taryn Terrell, best known for being a notoriously bad ECW General Manager as Tiffany in WWE in 2009 and for later spelling the downfall of her then husband Drew McIntyre's career thanks to their toxic relationship, led to Rayne losing the TNA Women's Knockouts Championship to Miss Tessmacher. Without the biased officiating of Hebner, who she's pretending to be infatuated with, Rayne lost the title she had only won four days prior at Hardcore Justice.
Immediately after the show, Rayne went on Twitter to challenge Brooke to a wrestling match, because, after all, it's the cool, hipster place to cut angles today:
I DARE @MizzHogan to step in the ring with me! Phoenix sounds like the perfect place to do it!!!!
Phoenix is the location of TNA's premiere pay-per-view event of the year, Bound For Glory, on October 14th. So you don't have to be a brain surgeon to realise that TNA wants Brooke Hogan to make her wrestling debut on the show where it would have the biggest impact possible. Unfortunately fans haven't taken to her, so this promises to be an unwanted distraction, rather than an eagerly anticipated addition to the BFG card, which is to be headlined by the winner of the Bound For Glory Series against the TNA World Heavyweight Champion, expected to be James Storm and Robert Roode, respectively.
Dave Meltzer reported in this week's Wrestling Observer Newsletter that TNA thinks they can get some entertainment media publicity from Brooke's wrestling debut, but given that her debut as a character didn't get much attention, I think that's wishful thinking and this is just a waste of everyone's time:
I can see them thinking Brooke wrestling would mean something, and perhaps they can get some pub out of it, but Brooke so far has meant nothing and there doesn't appear to be any clamoring for her to do a match.
Unless Brooke is taking the match seriously, and all evidence suggests that she has no interest in becoming a full time wrestler, this has the potential to be one of the worst matches of the year and be a real blight on a show that TNA should endeavour to serve the best line-up possible. I'm guessing that most of you Cagesiders aren't down with this either.