A new TNA Knockouts Champion has been crowned, so if you don’t want any spoilers before the next episode of Impact, you better stop reading.
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A new TNA Knockouts Champion has emerged from Nov. 8, 2017, Impact Wrestling taping that took place in Ottawa Ontario, Canada. Laurel “Hot Mess” Van Ness has defeated Rosemary to become the Knockouts Champion after winning the tournament set up to fill the vacant belt.
New Knockouts Champion is crowned tonight at the Ottawa Tapings : Laurel Van Ness. This should air Dec. 14th. I'm here all week. pic.twitter.com/SNg010nGya— Edward Grsic (@EGrsic) November 9, 2017
Van Ness defeated Traci Spinelli and the returning Madison Rayne to take on Rosemary in the final match, where she would ultimately emerge victorious.
The Championship was left vacant after the recent retirement of eight-time TNA Knockouts Champion Gail Kim. Kim won her most recent title at Bound For Glory after defeating Sienna. She announced her retirement after the match and will be inducted into the TNA Hall of Fame as the first female inductee.
This will be Van Ness’ first championship title with Impact since coming to the promotion in 2016. She’s been involved in various storylines in that time, mostly performing as a heel, but never being offered a title shot. Her recent victory elevates her to the current greatest TNA Knockouts wrestler in a long line of terrific champions.
Because Impact is taped rather than broadcast live, it has an unfortunate habit of spoiling storylines or championship matches due to the fact fans can watch the event take place before the episode airs globally. That issue is mitigated for users of the Impact app, Total Wrestling Impact Access, however, it still persists as the app airs episodes on a one-week delay.
In other spoiler news, just recently the WWE spoiled the results of next Tuesday’s Women’s title match between Natalya and Charlotte Flair. Promotional material shows Charlotte on the SmackDown team roster for Survivor Series, which seems a strong indicator that she’ll be victorious over Natalya come Tuesday night. And unlike Impact, WWE has no excuse for letting that cat out of the bag a little too early.