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TNA 'Genesis 2013' Preview: Knockouts Championship - No. 1 Contender Gauntlet Match

Gauntlet Match to determine the #1 Contender for the Knockouts Championship: Gail Kim vs. ODB vs. Miss Tessmacher vs. Mickie James vs. Velvet Sky

Five lovely Knockouts will run a gauntlet to determine who will be the next challenger to Knockouts Champion Tara.

The Road to Genesis

All of the combatants scheduled for this gauntlet are former Knockouts Champions. The gauntlet match, which in TNA is similar to a Royal Rumble match with two competitors starting the match, and additional participants entering every three minutes (regardless of whether a pinfall or submission has occurred), has a long history in TNA's women's division. Gail Kim was the first person to win the belt, and she did so in a gauntlet among nine other challengers, including ODB.

Mickie James has been the champ twice in the promotion's history, and had the most recent title shot when she was defeated by Tara on the Dec. 20, 2012 edition of Impact Wrestling, due to repeated interference by her cohort, Jessie Godderz.

Velvet Sky just recently returned to TNA after a six month absence, and has stated her goal is to recapture the championship. Sky was at the top of the division once, in 2011.

Miss Tessmacher was the most recent titleholder prior to the current champ, having lost the strap to Tara last summer.

What's at Stake?

A chance at the standard holder and another run with the Knockouts Championship. Tara has managed to stay on top for more than four months in this, her fifth time as champ. The executive in charge of the Knockouts, Brooke Hogan, has indicated she might enter the fray as an in-ring competitor soon, as well.

Who will survive the gauntlet and earn a chance to repeat? Punch up TNA Genesis 2013 and stick with Cageside Seats to find out!

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