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TNA Knockout Responds To WWE Diva Imitating Her, Zema Ion Speaks Out

– As seen Sunday night at Survivor Series, Eve Torres added a new layer to her heel character by disingenuously waving to the audience during her ring entrance for her WWE Divas Championship defense against Kaitlyn. TNA Knockout Madison Rayne, who is known to perform that entrance style as part of her conceited beauty queen gimmick, was immediately besieged with messages on Twitter notifying her of the WWE Diva’s imitation and responded, “Hahaha, I love you guys!!! Imitation flatters me, it doesn’t upset me. I’m pretty sure NONE of the KO’s can be duplicated!”

– Zema Ion appeared on Extreme Pro Wrestling Radio on 100.3 FM KFAN in Minneapolis and was asked to give his thoughts on the X Division Championship being used as a pass to a shot at the World Heavyweight Championship at TNA Wrestling’s annual Destination X pay-per-view event.

“(Austin) Aries is blazing the trails for X Division wrestlers such as myself and he’s showing we don’t have to be confined to our own division,” said Ion. “We are talented enough to take on the heavyweight wrestlers and go after the heavyweight titles. What he did at Destination X and the stipulation that every year the X Division Champion can cash in an opportunity for the world title at that pay-per-view, it’s a great thing. It gives us a chance to stand on that stage, pay-per-view, main event, World Title.”

Ion was also asked whether being labeled an “X-Division guy” bothers him. He states, “It doesn’t really bother me. I will say there have been several times that I was thinking it would be great to get in the ring with guys like RVD or AJ Styles and test myself see how I can fair against those type of wrestlers. Its frustrating in some ways because I wanted those type of opportunities too and now it seems like things are changing and I may get those opportunities now.”

Audio of his appearance is available here.

  • Manny

    I’ve never seen any Ortonish in Rude’s mannerisms, if anything Bobby Rude is more of a Rick Flair/Mr. Perfect mix with sprinkles of Ted DiBiase.

  • Manny

    The WWE Divas got NOTHING on the TNA knockouts… sorry but it’s a fact, the TNA Knockouts are sexy but not overly, and most importantly they are tough, athletic, rough and much much much more entertaining than those WWE silk dolls that aren’t even allowed to wrestle on tv for more than 5 minutes! FACT!

  • cc

    You dont even understand the word hypocrisy to you, you fucking twat.
    Difference with Angle is that someone has posted a story about him and I am commenting on it. With the copycat thing, these idiots (one of which is probably you, Ricardo) have gone running out and creating a something out of nothing post themselves.
    Basic English comprehension would probably do you a world of good Ricardo, then you wouldnt always end up looking like a retarded monkey every time you post something.
    Now go back to sucking on Angles teat, getting drunk on his alcohol infused milk.

  • Ricardo

    Yes, lower-case “cc” is right. “They need to get over this shit and stop whining about all the petty bullshit.” I couldn’t agree more. It’s just like those idiots who come to this forum to bash Kurt Angle in every post about him, right “cc”? Aahahahah – hypocrisy is such a beautiful thing.

  • Lew

    whoever it was that said Bobby Roode mimics Randy Orton was absolutely wrong not even close

  • cc

    I think it says more about TNA fans than Madison Rayne. The fact that they a: believe that she is copying her, and that b: they feel the need to “besiege” twatter with their comments about it, just shows how bitchy and insecure they are. There will always be similarities between wrestlers, and no wrestler has a 100% original gimmick these days.
    Honestly, if they feel that someone waving as they enter the ring is copying someone else, then why dont they just critique every other move made by WWE and TNA talent, as I am sure they will find lots of things to whine about. Maybe Randy Orton snarled like someone in TNA. Maybe Kurt Angle used some footwork like someone in WWE. Maybe Big Show ate a burger like someone in TNA.

    They need to get over this shit and stop whining about all the petty bullshit. Simple fact is, all these whiners either paid for Survivor series or went out of their way to download or stream it, so no matter how much they try to pretend they hate WWE, they still make an effort to watch it.

  • Jefferson D’Arcy

    Ok, some of the comparisons you guys have made, I totally agree with. But Roode ripping off Orton?! Are you fucking serious? I don’t see that at all. I see Roode emulating guys he idolizes. Guys like Rick Rude and Curt Hennig. Orton wishes he was half the wrestler Roode is. And I’m not a TNA mark whatsoever. But they have some talented guys there, Roode being one of them.

    I’d love to see Roode jump ship though, to be honest. He’d make a great Intercontinental champion / future main eventer. But an Orton knock-off? Give me a break. Storm, on the other hand, is a HUGE Michaels and Austin wannabe. I don’t know what TNA sees in Storm. I just can’t stand him. Get a new catchphrase buddy, and a move of your own.

  • SYM

    Tna watches/studies WWE

  • Dan

    Eve did it when WWE was in England, so I always assumed it was supposed to be an imitation of the Queen’s wave.

  • King Ghidorah

    @rabid, every diva I’m sure was in fact at one point a swimsuit model.

  • mtlhitman

    Leave them bash at wwe it’s’good when two promotion feud and tna need any kind of publicity and it is true she didn’t bring that up by herself she was told so she only answer back.

  • wcwsaturdaynight

    @ Robinson Thats because they are.

  • rabid

    She didnt bring it up so why all the hate, perhaps bc she takes pride in where she works in all honesty theyre is only so many ways to walk so we are bound to c ppl do the same thing… Well maybe not the ultimate warrior way …lol

    Also ihave to do it @king with that logic any swinsuit model can be a diva

  • tim

    But what about Miss Tessmacher stealing Candice Michelle’s entire entrance almost step for step and even having similar attire?! Tna bitches about WWE but doesnt acknowledge what they steal like, Bobby Rude mimicking every step, camera angle and look that Orton does. He isnt Orton and could never be haha.

  • Robinson

    What’s up with tna thinking everybody is copying them all the sudden….

  • King Ghidorah

    I think anyone with black and blonde hair dye and fake tits can be a knockout…