Tonight is a big night for the future of TNA, as their flagship program, TNA Impact, makes its long awaited debut on Destination America. As they say, you only have one chance to make a first impression, so it's imperative that they get out of the starting blocks fast. One way to do this is to bring in a major star from the outside to make a surprise appearance and it looks like TNA is doing exactly that, as PWInsider.com has reported that a former WWE and TNA star is backstage at tonight’s TNA Impact taping in New York City.
That person is Kia Stevens, who was the top heel in TNA's Knockouts division under the name Awesome Kong from her debut in October 2007 into early 2010. In that role, she won the TNA Knockouts Championship twice and had some of the best women's matches on North American pay-per-view ever with Gail Kim. However, she was released by TNA in March 2010, after getting into a backstage fight with Bubba The Love Sponge over tasteless remarks he had made on Twitter about the Haiti earthquake humanitarian disaster.
Eventually she was signed by WWE, repackaged as Kharma, and in the spring of 2011 had a very short-lived run on the main roster terrorizing the other Divas. This came to an abrupt end when she found out that she was pregnant and had to take a leave of absence to have the baby, which was acknowledged on WWE television at the time.
Kharma wasn't seen on WWE programming again until she was a surprise entrant in the 2012 Royal Rumble match. Initially it was reported that she had given birth to a baby boy named Jamie on December 31, 2011, but later it was revealed that she had actually miscarried and had lied about the birth due to her emotional state at the time. Shortly thereafter, WWE and Kharma agreed to part ways, as she wasn't ready to return to the ring in the time they had allotted her to recover from the traumatic event.
Since that time, Kia Stevens has worked for several independent promotions as Amazing Kong, most notably the all women groups Shine and Shimmer, but hasn't been seen on broadcast television since.