Kylie Rae is the NEW Impact Wrestling Knockouts Champion
The founding member of AEW’s women’s division had a very strange end to 2019 and the beginning of 2020. Seemingly requesting her release from the company out of nowhere and disappearing from the wrestling landscape. Many fans feared that this marked the end of Smiley Kylie Rae, But she returned for a brief moment in 2019’s Bound For Glory gauntlet match.
Giving both fans of her work and fans of Impact Wrestling just a taste of what was to come. She would not become a staple on Impact television until March of this year however when it was announced that she had signed a long-term contract with the company.
Since then she has made a name for herself in the promotion in both the singles and tag team divisions alongside her partner Susie (Su Yung). Her momentum continued to build throughout the year until.
During a segment on WrestleHouse, Impact Wrestling’s reality show inside a pocket dimension that aired on a wrestling program, Kylie pinned former Knockouts Champion, and longest-reigning champion in history, Taya Valkyrie, to earn herself the number one contender spot for the Knockouts title.
The title, which is currently held by former NXT Superstar Deonna Purrazzo, will be up for grabs on Saturday night. I believe that we will see the title move on from the waist of ms. Purrazzo and over to the young and vibrant Smiley Kylie Rae. This isn’t to say that Purrazzo is a bad champion.
On the contrary, I think she is the only one who could have reasonably unseated the then-dominant champion, Jordynne Grace. But like Jordynne and Tessa Blanchard before her, I believe that Deonna’s championship aspirations extend further than the Knockouts title.
I think that once she drops the title to Kylie Rae at Bound For Glory she will turn her sights to the X Division title or with the help of her friend and recent Impact signing, Kimber Lee. They may turn their attention to the Impact Tag Team Titles.
But speaking of Jordynne Grace…