Funny how the past comes back to haunt you.
In June, while she was still campaigning to be Connecticut Republican candidate for the US Senate, Linda McMahon’s past as the CEO of World Wrestling Entertainment was brought up, including the effect the programming may have had on women and men’s views of how to treat women. One particular incident keeps cropping up – the segment on the March 5, 2001 episode of Raw Is War when Linda’s husband Vince forced Trish Stratus to crawl on all fours, bark like a dog and then strip in the middle of the ring, all in an attempt to humiliate and degrade her.
Even at the time, the event was seen as so offensive that it was never shown in the UK, and it is still great ammunition for opponents of McMahon. Back in June, Linda’s opponent Chris Shays said during a debate: “I think when you force a woman to take off all her clothes in an arena, and get down on the ground and bark like a dog, I think that’s assault on women.”
Clearly, Stratus wasn’t forced into complying with the segment and since then, has defended her part in it, saying “There was no negative impact. The fact that people are still talking about it is a good thing to me. The initial response from people was, ‘Wow.’” However, to say there was no negative impact is at best, naïve, and at worst, flat out wrong. Whether Stratus can square it with herself is one thing – but how it was perceived to others marks it out as a definitive low point in WWE’s history, as well as how it viewed women as performers.
Last week, a documentary maker who is producing a piece about WWE while McMahon was at the helm claimed that the treatment of women during the Attitude Era created a dangerous picture, saying it was made out that women “deserved it” if they were beaten by men, and that “after a while the images don’t seem strange — they start to become normal.”
Sut Jhally told the Journal Inquirer: “What does it mean that millions of boys and men choose to watch entertainment that is abusive, degrading, and disrespectful to women?”
“It pushed a notion that masculinity is about proving your toughness, about intimidating other people,” and also that WWE made out “that a real man is a bully and that a real man controls other men and controls women. It’s a glorification of bullying as the way men should become men.”
“That’s disastrous for the culture.”
As someone who has worked with domestic violence charities over the last five years, I can tell you that Jhally has a valid point. After all, women like Lita, Stratus and even Linda’s daughter Stephanie were all beaten up on numerous occasions by guys – in fact, the closing moves of WrestleMania 2000 were Stephanie taking a Rock Bottom and People’s Elbow from The Rock. Fair enough, they may have got some shots in or may have got their revenge afterward – like Stratus turning face after growing tired of being treated like a piece of meat by Vince – but by the point, the damage could have been done in the eyes of young and impressionable viewers. And don’t get me started on the Hot Lesbian Action stuff from 2002, which was just appalling and not entertaining in any way, but was there mostly to get horny teenage boys turning in to see women kissing on TV, making out that women were sex objects which were only good for raising the pulses of guys…
Clearly, wrestling is a male-dominated industry, but it could make itself more diverse by allowing the women to be on top as strong women and not just as a setup to be knocked down a peg or two – more on that later – but in many cases, it seems that they don’t get the chance or are held down by men who think that the only reason they are there is for how they look. While the latter may be a reason that they get their foot in the door, looks can only get you so far, and it is those with substance and that intangible that make it, but it tends to come at the cost of them having to take some kind of beatdown – be it physical or psychological – by a man who ends up looking cooler as a result. It is why a relationship like Taeler Hendrix and Dylan Bostic’s relationship in Ohio Valley Wrestling is interesting, as it flips things on its head with her being the domineering one – though she is likely to get her perceived comeuppance in the end too.
However, let’s flip things for a moment. Fine, the Attitude era probably wasn’t good for women’s lib, but it did allow women to start to wrestle again. Between 1996 and 1998, there was no women’s division. By mid-1999, Ivory was the WWF Women’s Champion, wrestling proper matches with no smut involved, and that carried on until the middle of last decade when things started to fall apart because of models with no real wrestling experience or desire were signed up. Also remember that when given the chance, the Divas took the ball and ran with it, as evidenced by the work that Status and Mickie James put into their programme in late 2005 to early 2006. Ironically, it was the end of the Attitude era’s influence in around 2007 – which saw the quality of Divas matches in WWE take a nosedive, though with names like Beth Phoenix, Victoria, James and Melina holding it up, things carried on fine… though we are now at the point where you could count the number of wrestling Divas on Raw and SmackDown on one hand.
The Divas of that era also had a hand in influencing a number of women to get into wrestling, with a sizeable number saying that watching Lita do her flips and dives made it all seem exciting, as well as her being a pretty woman who doesn’t rely on how she looks – instead wearing t-shirts, baggy pants and being risque enough to have her underwear poking out from the top. Couple that with her hanging around with two seemingly cool guys in the Hardy Boyz, and she was an icon for many women who decided to give wrestling a go because of it, women in the Attitude era may have helped to spawn a new generation of grapplers.
A lot of people made a lot of money during the Attitude times due to inflated contracts, merchandising and pay per view payoffs, and that includes the likes of Lita and Stratus. Could Lita argue that it was worth being powerbombed by Test or Eddie Guerrero or being brutally beaten up by the likes of Steve Austin and Triple H to get the status that she has, as it showed her to be game for taking her lumps? That’s a big debate to have, and probably one that may need to be returned to in the future.
Either way, women got both a great and a raw deal out of the boom period. Some names got rich for sure, but what impressions did they leave behind? Linda McMahon clearly doesn’t regret the direction the company took in that time, but as a fellow woman, you would like to think it tested her scruples just a little.
AJ Lee is no longer the General Manager of Raw. She resigned the position last night after allegations of her having an affair with a man on the Raw roster came out. She has been replaced by Vickie Guerrero under the role of Managing Supervisor, and will oversee things for the time being.
This is such a stupid plot development.
For starters, where did this “affair” stuff come from? It has not been mentioned or alluded to in any way on TV, and the first that anyone knew that there was something up with AJ’s tenure as GM on Monday afternoon when she sent out a kayfabed tweet about her being called to a board meeting. It seems that the person she is said to have had the affair with is John Cena, though both deny it ever happened. Considering this storyline is such a bolt out of the blue, I’ve no idea on how I should react to it.
Meanwhile, the fact that it is Guerrero who takes over control is a logical gap so big that you could drive an aircraft carrier through it. So AJ is forced to quit because she is alleged to have slept with a wrestler, but is replaced by a woman who married Edge while she was GM and used her power to help him attain or retain the World Heavyweight Title at every opportunity? So much for consistence – and when you also consider that Teddy Long was messing around with both Aksana and Krystal during his time at the helm of SmackDown, you have to wonder just how much thought went into this angle.
It could be that this whole situation is a plot device to get Guerrero’s charge Dolph Ziggler into the Hell In The Cell match this Sunday between WWE Champion CM Punk and Ryback – as that is a situation where one person is going to end up losing all their momentum if they are defeated – so he can be the guy to take the fall, protecting the others at the same time. However, it is such a ham-fisted way of doing things because the booking team have painted themselves into a corner by having no strong alternatives if Cena couldn’t make it to HIAC, which is what has come to pass. For that, AJ ends up looking dumb, and her 13 week run as GM of Raw comes to an end with a pathetic whimper.
So, it rolls around again. This weekend, SHIMMER: Women Athletes presents another weekend of action featuring grapplers from all corners of the world, and will also incorporate the milestone volume 50 on the second taping of the weekend. We will get to that in a moment, but on the Friday night, a couple of women’s matches will be taking place, including the second title defence of the reigning champion…
Sweet Saraya Knight retained the belt last Friday at SHINE 4 by pinning Jazz in a building-wide brawl which saw them fight out of the door and on top of the bar, but the titleholder didn’t do it all on her own steam. After being planted with a huge Jazz Stinger, Jazz’s nemesis in SHINE Mercedes Martinez came out to distract the referee, allowing Rain – who lost to Jazz in the main event of SHINE 3 last month – to lay out the challenger with some brass knuckles, allowing Saraya to get the pin and walk out with the belt.
That means that Knight will now defend the championship against former SHIMMER Champion MsChif at AAW’s show in Berwyn in three days. Whoever walks out of that contest with the gold will then have to face Athena on volume 49 – a fine reward for the promotion’s fastest rising babyface, who had a standout set of tapings back in March, and has established herself as one of the forerunners in the next wave of women looking to get to the top.
That wave could be very strong in this set of tapings, as names like Sara Del Rey are now gone, other main eventers like Madison Eagles and Serena Deeb are still on the shelf (both for around a year now), and others like Hailey Hatred and Ayumi Kurihara are absent this time around. You have Saraya and former champ Cheerleader Melissa seemingly set to continue their war this weekend, but this is an opportunity for some names which are on the cusp of stepping up to really seize the moment – names like the aforementioned Athena and Kellie Skater, and maybe an unannounced Canadian or two. Meanwhile, veterans like Ayako Hamada are also sniffing around, and Hiroyo Matsumoto is a fingernail away from establishing herself as the top woman in a number of promotions.
The landscape has changed since March, with Del Rey now in WWE, and she and Courtney Rush losing the Tag Team Championship to the Canadian Ninjas back in July, making Portia Perez and Nicole Matthews the promotion’s only two-time champions of any description since the promotion launched seven years ago. Considering the openings available this weekend, we could be taking a number of wrestlers a lot more seriously. Skater made a point of shaking off her guise of being a figure of fun to take it to wrestlers like Ray last time around, and Courtney Rush captured the hearts of the fans too. There are a lot of potential seeds in place, and we could see a few of them blossom by the end of Sunday.
The Ringbelles team will be there – as well at Femmes Fatales X the following week – so we are hoping to get some great coverage for you from the scene. This may also mean the next two Roundups may be a little shorter due to us being away from our usual creature comforts, but we are confident that we will service you in a different way.
Elsewhere on the site, we’ve had a few audio tidbits for you – one exclusive interview with Rebecca Knox after her first match in four years last Sunday, and Scottish newcomer Sammii Jayne talks about her hopes and dreams. Have a listen to both of them – they’re very interesting.
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WWE Magazine ran a list of the 10 most powerful women in WWE history. AJ Lee was the winner, above more obvious choices like Stephanie McMahon. That list is worthless… More AJ stuff – when asked by ESPN about which women she would like to face in the ring, she replied with Stephanie McMahon, claiming that she is “obsessed” with her… There is apparently talk of making a fourth Marine film with a woman in the lead role – Eve Torres is said to be the front-runner… RX Muscle Magazine has a piece about Stephanie McMahon. Chris Z Photography’s released a teaser photo… Paige posted a photo of the NXT Divas out on Thursday night to celebrate her mum Saraya Knight’s birthday the following day. Among the women was Shaul “Raquel Diaz” Guerrero… Eve Torres was interviewed by With Leather in an outing which shows why she is such a great advocate for the company. However, she revealed that there is chaos backstage on Raw nights: “As much as people think we really know what’s going on, we really don’t. On Mondays at pm, half the time I have no idea what’s going on”… Eve was also rumbled on Raw last night when Kaitlyn found out that she had put up Aksana to attack Kaitlyn at Night Of Champions, and she wore the blonde wig to do it. Having been caught out, Torres went after Kaitlyn, and then Layla ended up in the mix too.
Tara will defend the Knockouts belt against former Champ Miss Tessmacher on this week’s Impact Wrestling. That announcement was made after the titleholder lost to ODB on last week’s episode for no apparent reason… Speaking of Tara, she’s opening a pizzeria in Chicago next year. She ran another pizzeria in Louisville, KY for a number of years before it closed up 5 years ago. She also had a car modification company in Louisville which burnt down in 2010 in an apparent arson attack… Mickie James has had surgery for an undisclosed injury. Her doctor says she can’t do any heavy lifting or abs work… The Blossom Twins wrestled on Ohio Valley Wrestling’s TV taping last Wednesday, defeating Josette Bynum & Taeler Hendrix as part of filming for the TNA British Boot Camp show. They also wrestled before Impact in a tag match against Gail Kim and Madison Rayne.
Kalamity’s nCw Femmes Fatales International Championship defence againse Kellie Skater at Femmes Fatales X is now a 2 out of 3 falls match – the first fall will be pinfall only, the second will be submissions only, and third (if needed) will be no DQ, falls count anywhere… Talk about biting the hand that feeds you – Alicia and Brittney Savage were seen to be joining in with criticism of the new administration of Women Superstars Uncensored on Twitter. Afterwards, rumours circled that she was leaving WSU, which she denied… There were lots of complaints about Mia Yim not being ranked in the PWI Female 50. Other notable omissions included Courtney Rush and Maria Kanellis. As we reported last week, Gail Kim was top, while 2-5 were Beth Phoenix, Cheerleader Melissa, Sara Del Rey & Jessicka Havok… Tammy Lynn Sytch was released from jail on Tuesday, only to be taken straight to WWE-sponsored rehab… Santana Garrett has been added to this weekend’s SHIMMER lineup… Absolute Intense Wrestling announced that it has no plans to book Cherry Bomb again after she missed three events this year. It also announced that Allysin Kay’s next Women’s Championship defence will be against KC Warfield on November 23, who earned the spot due to her win-loss record… Sassy Stephie became the fourth woman for the 4-way to crown an ArenaChicks Champion after beating Kellie Skater at the CWF Rumble on Saturday. She joins Angel Orsini, Reby Sky & Jazz in the match. Both Skater and Stephie both took part in the Rumble match, along with Amber O’Neal. Skater eliminated two men before being thrown out… Independent Women’s Internet Wrestling says it still hasn’t received the footage from their debut show in July which saw Cherry Bomb win the IWIW Title in a tournament, despite a court order for the man in possession of the tapes to hand them over. It’s now resigned itself to never getting the show. It’s also announced a card for next year in Canada… Kacee Carlisle beat Tasha Simone on Saturday to win the NWA World Women’s Championship. Simone had held the title since Christmas Day last year. Carlisle will defend the belt against La Rosa Negra on November 17… Former WWE Women’s Champion Candice Michelle gave birth to her second daughter on Saturday night, naming her Ryumi Grace… Nikki St John and Melanie Cruise will wrestle in an I Quit Match in the next Resistance Pro show on November 30 after doing to a double DQ on Saturday’s card… In an interview with Little Egypt, Shelly Martinez accused Cheerleader Melissa of taking liberties with her in a match early in their careers. They patched things up when they were both in TNA and Melissa helped Martinez to get the lead role in a Smashing Pumpkins music video…Aleida Ortiz and Roxie Starr will compete in a Casket Match in the UWF on Sunday. Well, it’s Halloween next week, after all.
Stardom is planning to run seven shows at Tokyo’s Korukuen Hall next year… Hamuko Hoshi won the IW19 Championship from Aki Shizuku on Friday’s 19 Pro show. It is her first singles championship to speak of… Progress at Ice Ribbon – six new names are debuting with the promotion. Triple Tails S (ICEx60 Champ Mio Shirai & Kana) teamed up on Saturday’s show… Nanae Takahashi retained her World Of Stardom Championship on Sunday against Alpha Female after the pair went to a 30 minute time limit draw. Alpha (who was seconded by Hailey Hatred) lost a tooth during the match.
Kay Lee Ray v Emi Sakura has been announced for Pro Wrestling: EVE’s Wrestle Fever. Meanwhile Kaori Yoneyama will team with April Davids in a match against the Blossom Twins, in what is being described as a prelude to the Tag Team Title tournament, which will resume next year. In another tag team bout, the Owens Twins meet Amazon Ayesha Ray & Rhia O’Reilly, and an as-yet unnamed team… Shanna defends her Swiss Championship Wrestling Women’s Championship against former titleholder Laura Wellings this weekend.
Silueta admitted that she would be happy to wrestle and live in Japan, though she prefers the Mexican cuisine… Dark Angel (Sarita) admitted in an interview with ESPN that she would like to wrestle in WWE someday. She is still part of the TNA roster. She also revealed that her father is currently battling bone cancer.
October 14: Toryumon (Mexico City, Mexico) – Dalis la Caribena & Mima Shimoda b Goya Kong & Muneca de Plata
October 14: Universal Wrestling Entertainment (Tlanepantla, Mexico) – Esther, Rossy Moreno & Taya Valkyrie b Big Mama, Felina Metalica & Vaquerita
October 15: CMLL (Puebla, Mexico) – Amapola, Mima Shimoda & Princesa Blanca b Dark Angel, Lady Afrodita & León
October 16: CMLL (Puebla, Mexico) – La Comandante, La Seductora & Princesa Sugheit b Dalis la Caribeña, León & Silueta
October 17: Ohio Valley Wrestling (Louisville, KY) – Hannah & Holly Blossom b Taeler Hendrix & Josette Bynum
October 18: WWE Superstars (Nashville, TN) – Kaitlyn b Beth Phoenix
October 18: Impact Wrestling (Orlando, FL) – ODB b Tara
October 18: USCW (Callahan, FL) – Santana Garrett b Josh Hess
October 19: 19 Pro (Saitama, Japan) – Hamuko Hoshi b Aki Shizuku to win the IW19 Championship
October 19 WWE SmackDown (Nashville, TN) – Layla b Natalya
October 19: NWA Texoma (Sherman, TX) – Barbi Hayden b Bree Ann & Kyra Maya in a 3-way
October 19: Armageddon Expo (Auckland, New Zealand) – Evie b Britenay
October 19: SHINE 4 (Ybor City, FL) – SHINE 4 (Ybor City, FL) – Su Yung b Rhia O’Reilly; Brandi Wine b Kimberly; Reby Sky b Kellie Skater; Rain b Christina Von Eerie; Taylor Made & Allysin Kay b Davina Rose & Shazza McKenzie; Mercedes Martinez b Santana Garrett; Jessicka Havok b Leva Bates; Sweet Saraya b Jazz
October 20: WWE (Cairo, Egypt) – Kaitlyn b Natalya
October 20: WWE (Reading, PA) – Eve Torres b Layla
October 20: TNA (Macon, GA) – Miss Tessmacher b Gail Kim
October 20: Millennium Pro Wrestling (Simi Vally, CA) – Mr Sparkles & NY Knockout Nikki b Hed & Fern Owens
October 20: Border City Wrestling (Windsor, ON, Canada) – Bry Sullivan & Allysin Kay b Caleb Stills & Chrissy Reid
October 20: New York Wrestling Connection (Deer Park, NY) – Rick Cataldo b Nikki Addams; Alicia b Marti Belle & Brittney Savage in a 3-way
October 20: Herts & Essex Wrestling (Takeley, England) – Skarlett b Penelope
October 20: Independent Wrestling Federation (Moscow, Russia) – Katya Pronina b Bonnie & Sasha Vavilova
October 20: Newcastle Pro Wrestling (New Lambton, Australia) – Harley Wonderland & Rachel Rose b Eliza Sway & Charley West-Dee
October 20: Ice Ribbon (Saitama, Japan) – Hikaru Shida vv Akiko Hotta went to a time limit draw; Aoi Kizuki b Kurumi; Hamuko Hoshi & Hailey Hatred b Aki Shizuku & Tsukushi; Kyoko Kimura b Hikaru Shida; Mio Shirai & Kana b Tsukasa Fujimoto & Maki Narumiya
October 20: CWF Mid-Atlantic (Gibsonville, NC) – Sassy Stephie b Kellie Skater
October 20: NWA Top Rope (Lebanon, TN) – Kacee Carlisle b Tasha Simone to win the NWA World Women’s Championship
October 20: Resistance Pro (Racine, WI) – Nikki St John v Melanie Cruise went to a double DQ
October 21: BATTLEWAR (Montreal, QC, Canada) – Electrico, Pat Boucher & Vanessa Kraven b Giant Tiger, Michael Myers & The Wolfman
October 21: AAA (Tlalnepantla, Mexico) – La Hechicera, Mari Apache, Sexy Star b La Braza, Nygma, Polvo de Estrellas
October 21: WWE (Hartford, CT) – Eve Torres b Layla
October 21: AAA (Monterrey, Mexico) – Jennifer Blake b Lady Puma & La Hiedra
October 21: JWP (Fukuoka, Japan) – KAZUKI b Raiden Steel; Hanako Nakamori & Morley b Sachie Abe & Nana Kawase; Jaguar Yokota & Manami Katsu b Manami Toyota & Rabbit Mito; Tsubasa Kuragaki, Leon & Sendai Sachiko b Command Bolshoi, Arisa Nakajima & Maki Narumiya; Kayoko Haruyama b Kaori Yoneyama
October 21: TNA (Savannah, GA) – Miss Tessmacher b Gail Kim
October 21: Stardom (Osaka, Japan) – Yoshiko b Mayu Iwatani; Act Yasukawa b Miho Wakizawa; Kyoko Kimura & Hailey Hatred b Io Shirai & Natsumi Showzuki; Yuzuki Aikawa & Yuusaku b Hiroyo Matsumoto & Kairi Hojo; Natsuki*Taiyo b Saki Kashima; Nanae Takahashi v Alpha Female went to a time limit draw
October 25: TNA Impact Wrestling (Orlando, FL) – Tara v Miss Tessmacher
October 26: AAW (Berwyn, IL) – MsChif v Sweet Saraya
October 26: Big Time Wrestling (Newark, CA) – Brittany Wonder v Reby Sky
October 27: Vendetta Pro Wrestling (Santa Maria, CA) – Amber O’Neal v Reby Sky
October 27: Extreme World Wrestling (Hastings, England) – Lady Lory v Erin Angel; Dominator & The Rage v Skarlett & The Bull
October 27: Impact Pro Wrestling (Auckland, New Zealand) – Evie v Megan-Kate
October 27: Swiss Championship Wrestling (Wil, Switzerland) – Shanna v Laura Wellings
October 27: New Horizons Pro Wrestling (Gosnells, Australia) – Miami v Storm
October 27-28: SHIMMER: Women Athletes (Berwyn, IL)
October 28: Ice Ribbon “Yokohama Ribbon” (Yokohama, Japan) – Mio Shirai v Tsukasa Fujimoto; Miyako Matsumoto v Kyoko Kimura
October 28: United Wrestling Federation (Georgetown, KY) – Aleida Ortiz v Roxie Starr
October 28: NWA Hammerlock (Corringham, England) – Jezabeth v Sakura Lily
October 31: Preston City Wrestling (Preston, England) – Kay Lee Ray v Carmel Jacob
November 3: Pride Wrestling (Glasgow, Scotland) – Nikki Storm v April Davids
November 3: East Coast Wrestling Association (Newark, DE) – Sienna DuVall v Tina San Antonio
November 3: Real Championship Wrestling (Baltimore, MD) – Jazz v Kimber Lee
November 3: nCw Femmes Fatales X (Montreal, Quebec, Canada) – Sweet Cherrie v Cherry Bomb; LuFisto v Mercedes Martinez; Pink Flash Kira v Portia Perez; LuFisto v Hiroyo Matsumoto; Mercedes Martinez v Pink Flash Kira; Ryo Mizunami v Courtney Rush; Sweet Saraya v Cat Power; Kalamity v Kellie Skater; Angie Skye v X-Cute Sweet v Athena v Cheerleader Melissa; Ryo Mizunami v Xandra Bale v Leah Von Dutch; Sassy Stephie v Mary Lee Rose
November 4: Gatoh Move (Itabashi, Japan) – Sareee b Morley; UMA Corp v Kaori Yoneyama; Nanae Takahashi v Hanako Nakamori
November 4: Insane Championship Wrestling (Glasgow, Scotland) – Kay Lee Ray v April Davids
November 9: Preston City Wrestling (Preston, England) – Angel Williams v Kay Lee Ray
November 9: World Association on Women’s Wrestling (Norwich, England)
November 10: Pro Wrestling: EVE (Sudbury, England) – Alpha Female v Nikki Storm; Carmel Jacob v Angelina Love; Janey Britannico v Shanna; Erin Angel v Fiona Frazer; Kirsty Love v Blue Nikita; Kay Lee Ray v Emi Sakura; Kaori Yoneyama & April Davids v Hannah & Holly Blossom; Amazon Ayesha Ray & Rhia O’Reilly v Kasey & Leah Owens v TBA
November 10: NWA Hammerlock (Tonbridge, England) – Pollyanna v Katey Harvey
November 10: Acclaim Pro Wrestling (Greely, ONT, Canada) – Addy Starr v Courtney Rush v Vanessa Kraven v Leah Von Dutch v Xandra Bale v Jodi D’Milo
November 10: Riot City Wrestling (North Adelaide, Australia) – Savannah Summers v Eliza Sway
November 16: SHINE 5 (Ybor City, FL)
November 17: Squared Circle Wrestling (Vaughan, ON, Canada) – Gabriella Vanderpool v Crissy Reid
November 17: NWA Coastal (Bayville, NJ) – La Rosa Negra v Kacee Carlisle
November 23: Absolute Intense Wrestling (Cleveland, OH) – Allysin Kay v KC Warfield
November 23: Scottish Wrestling Alliance (Motherwell, Scotland) – Fiona Fraser v Nikki Storm
November 30: Resistance Pro (Chicago, IL) – Nikki St John v Melanie Cruise
December 1: Utah Championship Wrestling (Salt Lake City, UT) – La Rosa Negra v Santana Garrett
December 6: Bombshell Ladies Of Wrestling (Rahway, NJ) – Christina Von Eerie v Annie Social; Brittney Savage v Sumie Sakai; Becky Bayless v Sienna DuVall; Marti Belle v Missy Sampson; Shelly Martinez v Amber O’Neal; Miss Adiva v La Rosa Negra
December 7: St Louis Anarchy (Alton, IL) – Angelus Layne v Rachel Summerlyn
December 16: Anarchy Championship Wrestling (Austin, TX) – Jessicka Havok v Jaykus Plisken
February 2: Pro Wrestling: EVE (Preston, England)
January 11: SHINE 6 (Ybor City, FL)
March 30: nCw Femmes Fatales XI (Montreal, Quebec, Canada)
April 6: SHIMMER: Women Athletes (Secaucus, NJ)
April 13-14: SHIMMER: Women Athletes (Berwyn, IL)
May 4: ICW: Fierce Females (Glasgow, Scotland)
July 6: nCw Femmes Fatales XII (Montreal, Quebec, Canada)
– Lee Burton