A few weeks ago when I started this blog, I promised everyone that for the next several months I would “Dare to Be” honest, and thus far I think I’ve done a pretty darn good job of it. I may have lost a friend or two in the locker room along the way…. Oh wait… I only have one, and she still loves me… disregard, but anyway, I thought this week I would bring a different side of M. Rayne to all my beloved subjects. This week I am going to do something I never thought, in a million years, I would EVER do, I am going to be nice! That’s right! For one week only, I am going to swallow my pride and give credit where credit is due. I am going to go through the entire Knockouts roster and point out the shining qualities that each one of my coworkers bring to the division. Let’s be honest here folks, while I might not have added each of these girls to my baby shower guest list, one thing is undeniable; there is no other group of female athletes on the planet that compares to the Knockouts. And besides, this just gives me the opportunity NEXT WEEK to go back through my list and point out everyone’s worst quality. So essentially, I’m setting myself up for an easy week next week. Let’s begin, shall we?!
madison2Christy Hemme- I admire Christy’s ability to be versatile. She’s bubbly, and pretty and energetic, but she’s not afraid to throw metal and chains into an outfit and rock out an entire venue with her incredible vocals. To boot, Christy’s creativity and natural ability to ooze sex appeal is to thank for the incredible new Knockouts site.
Velvet Sky- I like that Velvet is keeping my belt shiny for me while I’m gone. In all seriousness though, she is one of the longest standing Knockouts in the company, an original. I spent countless nights in the ring and on the road with Velvet and her never-say-die attitude and her witty sense of humor make her one of a kind. And a little behind the scenes note about Velvet, when the cameras are off, she is 100% lover, not fighter! She once made a special trip on a house show loop to buy cat food for a stray that was outside our hotel room… bless her!
Gail Kim- I can never say enough about Gail. If anyone has pushed me to my limits in the ring it was her. At the same time, behind the scenes she is one of the truest, most loyal, most genuine friends I have ever had. I also love Gail’s ability to tell people what she thinks and not hesitate for a second. I think that’s why we’re BFF’s!
Tara- If I could live one day in her shoes, I’d be exhausted for a year! Aside from her incredible in-ring ability and longevity in this sport, this chick has more spunk than I did when I was 16! Her constant high on life is infectious. I can remember several times on overseas bus rides when I was trying to sleep and Tara wouldn’t let me, or the rest of the bus, get any rest at all. And nobody seemed to mind. She’s always the life of the party. Every company should have one!
Mickie James- As much as I hate to admit it, I don’t think I reached my full potential in a match until Mickie came to TNA. Complimenting her in ring talents would take me an entire day. I mean, who else could have come in and taken my title in a cage match in 30 seconds? (Talk about a tough pill to swallow.) Mickie, like Christy, is incredibly vocally talented. If you haven’t heard her sing you should probably come out from under the rock you’re dying under! She’s amazing. If everyone went after their goals and didn’t settle for less than 100% like she does, we’d have a much more productive world population!
Miss Tessmacher- From bikini model, to secretary, to part time wrestler and finally Knockout champion, Miss Tessmacher deserves quite a bit of credit. Her years in the business are far less than most of her coworkers, but her talents equal, or very easily exceed a handful of us, (oh, not me of course, but some of the Knockouts.) She has beaten everyone in our locker room I believe, at least once. I think there’s something to be said about someone who is pretty much learning on the job, on national television, in front of a critical crowd of millions. And on a side note, it doesn’t matter how many squats and lunges and fitness competitions I do, her backside puts us all to shame… damn her!
ODB- A little secret you may not know, I met ODB and Traci Brooks years before I entered an Impact Wrestling ring. If there’s one thing I learned early from her, aside from don’t make her mad, is how to make myself larger than life every time I was in front of a crowd. Watching her perform taught me how to get all eyes on me every time I’m in front of an audience. I chose a classier road, of course, but she definitely showed me the way. She’s another original in the KO division and, lucky for all of you, I don’t see her going anywhere anytime soon!
Taryn Terrell- Who else is guilty of underestimating Taryn? I know I did. Typically the bubbly, blonde, valley girl image is an immediate turn off to me. Get to know her, though, and you’ll find out that there’s so much more to this girl than meets the eye. Case in point, she was on an unbelievable winning streak for weeks. And did everyone know that when she’s not in the ring, she’s doubling as a stunt girl? Bad… ass, right? Let me be very clear when I say she’s got more to prove to me before I’m convinced she can hang, but she’s on a heck of a roll. Not to mention she’s hot. As hard as it is for me to admit that, she might be ALMOST as hot as Gail and I, on one of our bad days of course!
SoCal Val- The world doesn’t get to see NEARLY enough of this girl. Sure, I love the fact that she is such an easy target at ringside when I need someone to make fun of and make hold my sash, but she is also one of our locker room’s hidden gems. She’s incredibly intelligent, and her sense of humor is sharp, so much so that there have been times I’ve come up with nothing to combat her witty comments and that’s just not like me. She also broke my toe once in a match, years ago. I’m still not happy about that, but I guess shame on me for making a ginger angry.
So there you have it folks, a side of Madison Rayne that I bet you never thought you would see. Some of the things I said pained me in a way that I’ll never be able to explain, but like I said, while I am home watching and waiting, I Dare To Be honest with everyone, every week, in every way possible! So, with that said, next week, DO NOT forget to check back in as I dish on all these girls in the manner I know best, brutal honesty! Ladies, I am accepting bribes in the form of chocolate, flowers and tiaras. Overnight shipping might be your best option! ☺ Smile!
First and foremost, let me just send out a belated “Happy Mother’s Day” to two of the most dominant, powerful women ever to grace professional wrestling; Ms. Dixie Carter and… myself! Dixie and I share so many great qualities. We are both gorgeous, incredibly influential, and we both hold membership in the Hottie Mommy club! I have no doubt she spent Mother’s Day the same way I did, being pampered head to toe and taking a well-deserved day of relaxation. Call me Dixie! Let’s do lunch!
Now, on to business! Speaking of gorgeous and dominant, GAIL KIM! If you were not already my favorite BFF of all time, you totally would be after last week’s episode of Impact! What a little one-woman wrecking crew you are! I swear I gave you a standing applause from home when I saw what you did to Tara. Weird, even screaming in pain her face didn’t move. How does that work? Hmm… anyway! Gail is obviously clearing a path through the locker room on her way back to the Knockout Title. And BFF you know I support you 100% on this journey. Please be mindful of one thing though: I WILL be back, sooner than later. And when I am, I’m not playing nice, I’m going after whoever has that title and I’m adding it back to my collection of shiny expensive accessories. But, we have a few months to talk over the details of that so in the meantime, love you long time!
In other news, Mickie James’ new album “Somebody’s Gonna Pay” dropped recently. Has everyone gotten their copy in stores and/or online? Is everyone gettin’ down in the Hardcore Country backwoods holler with their moonshine and their bird dog, Buster? Yee-haw! Mickie, I’m afraid, is having a real issue with personality disorder right now. I know she’s in this whole “back to my country roots” type situation right now, but if I remember correctly back to when I was, oh I don’t know, eleven, when Mickie made her big mark on professional wrestling, she was this mega insane, wide eyed, obsessive girl hiding in the shadows, right? And when she CAME to TNA she was Native American. Don’t get me wrong, I love Halloween, but Mickie, give me a call when you’re ready to figure yourself out and get back to those crazy, evil roots that we all know and love. But seriously though, if I ever decide to have a hoedown in the royal courtyard and put my long flowing locks in pig tails, I’m SO putting your new album on repeat! Kudos!
One quick note to Christy Hemme: even in stiletto heels with a microphone in your hand, you are still a badass Knockout. Even though the bouncy, rainbows and sunshine Cali girl thing makes me want to puke, I would applaud you anytime you decided to handle business in the ring… that is all.
And because I know you’re all reading this hoping to get another little piece of info about yours truly, here’s what is new this week in the world of the Queen: I just made quite a change to my already flawless appearance this week. Stay tuned in the coming months to see the hottest version of Madison Rayne yet!
Don’t forget to check in with me tonight, as I tweet LIVE during Impact! And over the next several days I will be listening to you guys in regards to the content of my next blog. What do you want me to dish about? Which Knockout do you want the inside scoop on? What piece of locker room gossip are you dying to find out? Remember, I have eyes and ears in that place every single week. Ask and you shall receive…. If you’re lucky!
This has been quite an interesting week in the world of the Knockouts. With two of the top bubbly, bouncing blondes nearly out of commission at this point, it looks like a perfect opportunity for someone to step up and bring some real aggressive evil back to the Knockout Title. Will it be my BFF Gail? Maybe Mickie FINALLY sheds her “nice girl” routine and gets her momentum back? Or will ODB get sick of having a no-show of a husband, sober up a little and get back into the action? All of this is yet to be seen, but the most important question in everyone’s minds right now is… what is new in the life of the Queen Bee? Well, wonder no longer all my little people, you’re going to get all of your much needed QB updates here!
Let me just start this blog by saying: *standing applause* go to my bestie, and partner-in-crime Gail Kim for taking things into her own hands last week on Impact and reminding everyone that she is ½ of the most dominant team that women’s professional wrestling has ever seen. I mean, I would have probably wrapped Taryn Terrell’s leg around a ring post weeks ago, but that’s just the difference between Gail and I. I’m sure she hasn’t been thinking clearly these last few weeks while she was letting Taryn rack up wins, and allowing Tara to make her look like a fool. It’s okay though BFF, we all make mistakes. Just remember, as much as I love you, I’m sitting back taking notes on everyone. This includes you!
Taryn, Taryn, Taryn! One week after I give you credit for holding your own, here I sit, retracting my statements about how impressed I am with you. One night for a split second you let your run of luck go to your head, and look at you now. I guess moving forward you should stop spending show days in catering, flirting with all the boys, and pay more attention to your opponents and any tricks they may have up their sleeve! I actually like you Taryn, so don’t make me change my mind and dish about you in the coming weeks. Get it together, “hot mess!” Show me something worth being impressed about this week!
In other, way more interesting news, let’s talk about ME! As everyone knows by now, I have a little princess on the way this fall! I get asked several times a day on Twitter how I’m feeling, if I’m coming back, when I’m due, etc. so let me take a moment this week and update everyone on my current and future status. I feel GREAT! I guess I’m extremely fortunate because aside from the expected discomfort when creating a human life, I feel fantastic. If I don’t get a light workout in everyday I’m at least walking my pups (or being walked by them in most cases!) and I eat a 70/30 balance of clean meals, with the occasional hot fudge sundae with pickles (kidding… about the pickles part anyway!) As far as making a return to the ring, I want to go on record now and say that as of today, I have every intention of stepping back into the ring as soon as I’m able to. Hence, the reason I gave a friendly warning to all the ladies in the locker room to watch what they say and do, because I’m not as far gone as they may think I am. But thank you to everyone who has stuck with me through my “off season.” ☺ Waking up to your tweets makes my day!
That’s enough sentimental rambling this week. In closing I’d like to give one more little shout out to my “BFF.” Do the right thing Gail! You have momentum on your side, and I couldn’t be more excited to see what you do next! Just make sure your “next” move doesn’t involve TARA, because I’d hate to spend next week dishing on my bestie for a bad decision this week! LOVE YOU!
Don’t forget to join me live tonight, and every Thursday night, on Twitter during Impact! I’ll be responding to, and retweeting some of your best reactions to the show. And remember, fellow Knockouts, I’m always watching and listening! *Mwah*
Last week I issued a public warning to all fellow Knockouts, warning them to keep in mind that I know things about each and every one of them. The feedback I received directly and the panic I heard ran through the locker room upon the girls reading my blog brought the biggest smile to my face. I guess they suddenly remembered that Madison Rayne is still alive and well! Watching the show last week only added to the immense amusement I was feeling! There was SO much Knockout action on Impact. That’s GREAT! Not only did it give the fans a little eye candy, it gave me so much to dish about this week. So let’s get started, shall we?
As always, front and center was you, Christy Hemme. I’m not too proud to give credit where credit is due so let me start by saying, Christy, you looked glamorous as usual. You’re no M. Rayne of course, and I don’t see you being invited to mine and Kate Middleton’s joint baby shower, but you still looked fabulous. Just as I will in a few months when you plan my own personal photo shoot in saran wrap and tiny bikinis, right? Super! Moving on…
Taryn Terrell vs Tara. Clearly these two went shopping for gear at the same place. I can’t totally hate on them because it takes a killer body to wear those cuts, and these two pulled it off well! Unfortunately, for Tara, that’s all she pulled off in that match. Tara, take a piece of advice from the Queen Bee, STOP trying to steal people’s BFF’s and focus on your opponents! Don’t forget, I know more about you than ANYONE else, and I’m not good at keeping secrets! Taryn, each week I sit here watching you rack up wins and I’m really impressed. You are getting the best of some of the BEST women to ever step into a wrestling ring. You’re going to need to keep watching tapes and eating your Wheaties though honey, because I’m not convinced that you’re a top contender until you can hang with me, so congrats on your early success, but don’t let it go to your head just yet!
Velvet Sky vs. Mickie James for the Knockout Championship. I have been in the ring with both of these ladies on more than one occasion. I have said it publically that Mickie James may quite possibly be the toughest opponent I have ever faced in the ring. Velvet, injury and all, went toe to toe with her the entire match though, and ended up pulling off the win. Good for her. If I have to see her pigeons too many more times though, I’m going to throw up. Cool it with the birds, champ!
The most interesting thing to me of the entire week has been the attitude change in Mickie. In her post match interview she calls herself the superior athlete between herself and Velvet, and she basically says her win was a mistake on her part, not skill on Velvet’s. At least that’s what my ears heard. Of course, she’s going to sugar coat it with “I love you Velvet” and “We’re friends” but if you ask me, Mickie is FINALLY realizing that nice guys finish last. Welcome to the dark side, Hardcore Country. I think once you embrace your inner villain (and get rid of the pigtails and daisy dukes, sorry girl, royalty has an image to uphold) we could possibly get along just fine… maybe… one day… probably not today though. But keep it up, spiteful is a good look for you!
And in conclusion, I’d just like to point out that the new Knockouts website has taken off like crazy. I mean, it could be better, like, for example, more ME, but that will come with time. And while all the others have confessed what they “Dare To Be” let me say this, I “Dare To Be” brutally honest and completely uncensored. So ladies, I suggest you all start shopping and planning a baby shower now. I wouldn’t want to be on my bad side in the coming weeks!
Although Madison is away from TNA at the moment for her pregnancy, she’s certainly not taking her eyes off the Knockouts. On the new Dare To Be website, she will be updating us with her thoughts in a weekly blog – it’s Madison, so you know it’s going to be entertaining.
So I bet you think this blog is going to be about me being pregnant, sitting at home happily waiting for the arrival of my little angel with the love of my life and “baby daddy”, well, while all of this is true and you will get baby updates from your resident Knockout Queen Bee… you are soooo WRONG!!!
I am shocked at what has been happening in the Knockout’s locker room and on Impact Wrestling while I have been at home, … and I have a thing or two to say about it!
First of all, while all the Knockouts are happily going about their business and moving on without me, ahem Gail Kim, they are seriously forgetting that I know things. I know things they would NEVER want anyone to know. Walls are thin, people talk and I have friends on the inside that no one knows about. So “girls” might want to think about what comes out of their mouths and who they are buddying up with, ahem, Gail Kim… BFF.
Secondly on that note, Tara, please don’t forget that I personally handed you your job back in this company (you’re welcome, by the way!) So taking my best friend is probably the stupidest thing you could do to someone like me when the dirt I have on you would RUIN you. And ps, your gear is on the fashion “don’t” list. The ’80′s called, and they want their g-string booty shorts back! Ugh!
Thirdly, Christy Hemme, I understand you put this photo shoot together with all of the girls. Not surprising since you’re sooo over the top with your “super snuggly, happy, all the girls should be besties and have sleepovers” crap, however, you’re missing the most important and gorgeous Knockout to ever set foot into the division, me! And while the “sweet spring” photos are really sexy and all, this is wrestling! I really don’t think wearing tiny bikinis screams “Knockouts Division” (even though I could rock a bikini better than half those girls, baby bump and all! Have you SEEN my bikini competition pictures?!)
This blog is a “friendly” warning. A warning to the entire Knockout locker room, that I am ready to spill every dirty, hidden, behind the scenes secret on all of you and position myself for the comeback of a life time… Madison Rayne will NEVER be forgotten!
But until then, I will continue to gather and release information on a weekly basis. I will also be an official correspondent for Impact Wrestling, tweeting as the show happens. So follow me at @MRayneTNA . I would love to hear your perspective, tweet with you and include you in my blog as well,… I will be your voice, tell me what you think!
PS. for all of you who have been continuing to reach out and show your support for the Queen Bee via Twitter and fan mail, thank you. I’m doing absolutley wonderful! More than halfway to mommyhood and I couldn’t be more excited! We’ve got a Knockout in the making coming this fall and she’s already got a mean dropkick working! Lucky me!!!
Shortly after the taping of the Knockouts Knockdown PPV, Madison revealed on her twitter that she is pregnant and will be expecting her first child in August.
I want to announce b4 it gets out elsewhere, that I’ve been away from the ring b/c @Reaper_3 and I are expecting our 1st Raynedrop in Aug
We wish Madison and Jesse all the best over the next few months – we can’t wait to see some super cute baby pics!