Exclusive Feature: WZ Gets Versed in Voodoo!

Nick Paglino

Click Here to read a WrestleZone exclusive, featured article including an interview with former TNA talent Roxxi Laveaux!

There was a time when professional wrestling fans regarded TNA’s Knockouts division as penultimate in women’s wrestling, boasting segments on their weekly iMPACT show which drew some of the highest quarter hour ratings of the two hour show. However, that regard has seemingly wavered over the past year with the departure of some of the division’s most key talents. This past week, WrestleZone had the pleasure of speaking with Roxxi Laveaux, whose recent TNA release has left pro wrestling fans scratching their collective heads to say the very least. "I was sent home," said the former Hardcore Queen of TNA. "I was told the reason I was home was for budget reasons. Within two and a half months of being home I was released. They said it was for creative reasons."


When news of Roxxi’s release first hit the internet, there was speculation abound that the Knockout had in fact asked for her release, a report that Roxxi quickly shot down by saying "anybody who had seen me down there [in TNA] knows that I was happy to be there." Additionally, there were conflicting reports which claimed that TNA had released Roxxi due mostly in part to an incident with Rhaka Khan, a fellow TNA Knockout, where the two became overly physical with each other during a match. "I was never told by TNA that I was suspended," said Roxxi. "There was a problem [with Khan]…something happened, but we actually resolved the issue that day. I would hate to think that was the reason."


WrestleZone then took a step back and looked at Roxxi’s tenure with Total Non-Stop Action Wrestling. Billed from New Orleans, Louisiana, Roxxi debuted with the company on July 15, 2007 at their annual Victory Road PPV. Laveaux’s first gimmick found her playing the "The Voodoo Queen" Roxxi Laveaux, and she worked as the valet for the Voodoo Kin Mafia tag team consisting of Kip James and BG James. "I was kind of overwhelmed at first," she said of the gimmick, "but Kip and BG were really good about helping me out. Telling me different things to try, different kinds of personas." Creatively, Roxxi was "fired" from the Voodoo Kin Mafia when the tag team split up, which created a segway into Laveux’s second incarnation with the company and her eventual work as a singles competitor in the Knockouts division.

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