The inception of the Knockouts into Impact Wrestling in 2007 was an historic time for women’s wrestling. Among that first core group of talented female athletes were some of the biggest names in the sport. Women who had traveled the world for years and perfected their craft in an effort to bring mainstream attention to women in the wrestling business. One of those amazingly talented women, ODB, was a fan favorite long before she made her way to the IMPACT Zone. As skilled as she was brash, ODB brought something special to the Knockouts in the early days of the division. Fans had the pleasure of seeing ODB in many different elements; taking on any and all comers to the six-sided ring, holding the Knockouts Championship on four separate occasions as well as being one half of the longest reigning Knockouts Tag Team Champions in history, we even saw ODB strip down to her underwear and tie the knot in the middle of the ring.
No matter the circumstance, one thing is for certain, the fans of Impact Wrestling have loved ODB throughout the years. Fortunately for all of them, it’s official – The B is BACK in the Knockouts division and she’s back with a vengeance! We saw ODB return a few weeks ago on IMPACT with a victory also Rebel. One week later in what current Knockouts Champion, Rosemary called the “Knockouts Burial,” ODB was the first to the ring to remind Rosemary that while she has had some monumental victories as champion, she’s never faced, nor defeated, the likes of ODB. She would go on the further prove this point in a Knockouts gauntlet match to determine the next in line for a shot at Rosemary and the coveted Knockouts Championship.
This week ODB gets her shot at becoming a 5-time Knockouts Champion. Could this be the opponent that Rosemary cannot get into the psyche of and gain the upper hand going into the match? ODB is like nothing Rosemary has ever faced before in the six-sided ring. A founding member and cornerstone of the Knockouts, ODB knows what it takes to stick and stay, and she’s got the resume to prove it. However, we have to wonder if ODB has ever stood toe-to-toe with anyone as maniacal and unorthodox as The Demon Assassin. Does ODB possess the mental and physical strength to outlast Rosemary and her mist of many colors? Or will this new breed of Knockout prove to be too much for our beloved original member of the Knockouts? Time will tell as we count down the days until we see Rosemary defend her championship live this Thursday on IMPACT on POP!