There are many interesting prospects in North America. One which has been simmering for a while is Mia Yim, who has been honing her skills and gaining more experience by partaking in a number of extended trips to Japan to wrestle for REINA x World. Domestically, she has had some interesting matches which have been of a good quality, and was a beneficiary when one of her kicks broke Allysin Kay’s nose last January leading to a number of well-received matches between the two with greater stipulations reflecting the development of the programme, culminating in a cage match at Absolute Intense Wrestling’s Girls Night Out 7. She had a fine outing against Jessicka Havok at SHINE 3 last September, and also enjoyed outings against the likes of Kana and Yumi Ohka in SHIMMER in 2011.
However, there is one major sticking point when it comes to her work in the US – barring the original nose-breaking match against Kay at GNO5, Yim has lost most of those high-profile outings.
Despite that, she has the opportunity to claim a really big scalp at SHIMMER volume 53 in Secaucus, NJ on April 6, and spoil the homecoming of one of its biggest stars at the same time.
Last week, a video was released – presumably filmed in Florida around the time of SHINE 6 – with Yim explaining that she wanted to challenge Amazing Kong after working hard in Japan to up her game. Coincidentally, it was Japan where Kong made her name between 2002 and 2007, before starting to filter her way back into the US scene in 2006, arriving in SHIMMER as part of volume 5 and having a great match with Nikki Roxx which upped the profile of both of them, despite it being Kong who walked away with the win. In a loose way, their careers are similar in their history, and should mean that the 23-year old has a big future ahead of her.
Anyone who watched SHINE 6 on January 11 would have seen the advancement in Mia’s ability. As I pointed out in the show report, Yim is now experienced enough to be in the bigger matches these days. Nothing against her opponent Tina San Antonio, but there was a marked difference in skill which showed that Mia was ready for the next big step, and someone should throw her in at the deep end to see how she would fare. As it turned out, those plans were already in place.
Having her against Kong is a positive step, as she invariably has good matches with her opponents, can bring the best out of them by giving them the chance to show off their fire and desire, and there is always a good sense of drama – and as evidenced by Kong’s matches in SHIMMER against the likes of Roxx and Wesna Busic, you don’t have to beat Kong to be established as a big deal. Similarly, because of Kong’s win-loss record in SHIMMER and in TNA, if you do gain a win over her, it’s a really big deal. It’s win-win, and Yim’s being rewarded for her hard work.
As far as Kong is concerned, this is her first match in SHIMMER since since volume 35 on September 12, 2010 where she defeated Kellie Skater in one of the Rate Tank’s ill-fated open challenges. After spending the last two and a half years experiencing the highest of highs and the lowest of lows, it must be a big positive for both she and SHIMMER that she is back in the mix. Whether she will be part of the four DVD tapings the following weekend in Berwyn, IL is still unclear, but it’s a step in the right direction.
TNA is offering a live Gut Check to one participant who took part in one of the non-televised sessions. That means the likes of LuFisto, Tina San Antonio, Kacee Carlisle, Athena, Mia Svensson, Niya, Luscious Latasha, Holly Rocamora and more are all eligible in the vote. Mercedes KV and Davina Rose’s profiles have been removed, as they may be predisposed elsewhere…
TNA has spend the last week or so adding all the profiles to its Gut Check website so fans can find out about who has been part of the proceedings since they were launched in mid 2010. However, they may have committed a big faux-pas in doing so, as the wrestlers’ real names are listed on the site, much to the surprise and anger of a number of women.
Some like LuFisto have gone all out to get the fans’ votes to win the whole shebang, while the likes of Latasha and Svensson were taken aback when they found out their monikers were posted up for all to see, but decided to roll with it in the hopes of trying to get that shot on live TV. However, Courtney Rush publicly stated that she was upset at what TNA had done.
She has a valid argument. When we spoke to Svensson about it, she could not definitively say whether she had given TNA permission to disclose her real name. If the waivers or contracts which they presumably signed as part of taking part in the Gut Check sessions did not give the promotion the green light to list their names, occupations and dates of birth, then we may be looking at a massive data breach which could lead to potential unwanted attention or identity fraud. If those contracts and waivers aren’t iron-clad, this may have the potential to lead to a lot of people filing lawsuits centred around breaches of confidence.
However, where TNA falls down in certain aspects of trying to create a reality product, it absolutely soars in others…
TNA’s British Boot Camp show has just finished, with the Blossom Twins pipped at the post by the charismatic Rockstar Spud (fun fact, I was at the first show where he tried out the gimmick about 5 years ago). However, TNA President Dixie Carter and Hulk Hogan gave the Blossoms and Marty Scurll the chance to impress again as part of the Road To Lockdown UK tour which is taking place right now, so there may still be a chance for Hannah and Holly to make it to Orlando.
Their matches on the final double episode of the show saw them beat Taeler Hendrix and Josette Bynum in Ohio Valley Wrestling, then move on to the Impact Zone to wrestler Gail Kim and Madison Rayne in a segment which was presumably filmed in October, if referee Brian Hebner’s pink armband supporting the fight against breast cancer is anything to go by. In that match, the Blossoms were beaten, but Hogan – who was watching at the gorilla position with Carter – pointed out that they don’t wrestle like girls, but “wrestle like wrestlers” – a compliment which was a little contradictory to what Al Snow advised, which was to not forget their femininity.
Quite honestly, any of the three acts could have walked away with the win, and the Blossoms shouldn’t be disappointed with the outcome, as there are so many positives for them to take away from the experience. Like anyone who watches shows like the X-Factor, the appearance itself is worth its weight in myrhh – just as One Direction or Susan Boyle, neither of whom won their respective talent shows. The Blossoms have enjoyed a hell of a lot of exposure from the show, and even though the show’s antics were worked, they conducted themselves with grace and dignity, and was a true reflection of what they are like when you talk to them after an event. In addition, meeting and associating with such names from TNA expands their list of contacts which is already very enviable due to their record in the UK and OVW over the years – plus they are working the TNA shows in the UK at the moment, which will give them even more opportunity to get their names and brand out there, especially considering the popularity of the show, as well as the fact that the series is going to be shown in Australia too, which helps expand their profile over there as well.
As for the programme itself, it has been second only to Impact itself as far as viewing figures are concerned on Challenge TV, and there have been many plaudits for how well it has been shot, directed and edited. Everyone involved should feel very satisfied with the final product, as it’s one of the best wrestling shows which has been presented in a long time – miles better than the Tough Enough reboot last year, for example. If I had a criticism or two, I’d have preferred it to have been less slick with the editing and add a little roughness to enhance the “reality” aspect of it, and it could have easily have been hour long episodes instead of half an hour – you can only imagine the great stuff which was left on the cutting room floor – but I also concede that these gripes may have not been for the better if they were implemented. What was presented was a great piece of work, and I wouldn’t be surprised to see the format be recreated by TNA in other countries – the Australian or Canadian ones would be great.
Elsewhere on the site, we’ve spoken to Scotland’s Fiona Fraser about choosing technical wrestling and how she started wrestling training after watching wrestling for a mere 6 weeks, and have matches from both the past and the present of World Women’s Wrestling.
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After losing to Kaitlyn at Raw last week, Eve Torres recorded a thank you video to her fans, saying she got to “learn the true value of having fun”, and she’ll apply the skills she’s learned in a different area of her life… Announcer Shannon Rose mentioned on Facebook that WWE is coming to Tampa, Orlando and Miami to scout women (fitness and bikini models) aged between their late teens to late twenties. WWE may be getting ready for another Diva Search… Buggy Nova (Skyler Moon) is not bitter about her release from WWE. She tweeted “WWE did nothing but good for me. They gave me another chance at life by sending me to rehab. For that I am forever grateful”. As an ex-WWE employee, Nova will also be eligible for sponsored rehab if/whenever she requires it… In a backstage segment on SmackDown before Kaitlyn beat Aksana, Layla was holding the Divas Title belt and was a bit hestitant to give it back. It’s like she was Gollum in Lord of the Rings… Paige and the yet-to-debut Anya were listed as two of NXT’s hottest prospects by WWE.com, while Saraya Knight told the Sun newspaper that she knew that daughter Paige “was going to be huge”… Dusty Rhodes also praised new NXT recruit “Pamela”.
Brooke Hogan and Bully Ray’s wedding was crashed by Aces and Eights after Taz turned heel. During the proceedings Brooke was held back, causing her boobs to fall out of her strapless dress. To her credit, she didn’t break character and protected her modesty for the most part, but it was audible when she told Hulk that she was accidentally flashing the world on live TV. Also on the show, Velvet Sky and Gail Kim had another match to determine the number one contender to the Knockouts Championship. Sky won, and challenges for the belt on this Thursday’s episode, which was recorded before the roster ventured over to the UK for its annual tour.
Rhia O’Reilly has been added to the SHIMMER volume 53 lineup for WrestleCon in New Jersey… Jessie Belle retained the Ohio Valley Wrestling Women’s Championship on last week’s 700th TV episode, defeating former champ Taeler Hendrix… Cherry Bomb and Christina Von Eerie will be part of Combat Zone Wrestling’s trio who will take on three women representing Women Superstars Uncensored on February 9… Sassy Stephie faces Sweet Cherrie at Femmes Fatales XI on March 30… Amazing Kong won the vacant Resistance Pro Women’s Championship on Friday. Melanie Cruise’s 420 day run as champion ended because she suffered a concussion and couldn’t defend the belt. Kong herself had to go to the hospital on Saturday, but rather than a concussion, she was diagnosed with a bad case of vertigo… Danyah made her return to wrestling on Friday in a 3-way mixed tag match at Hart Legacy Wrestling which also involved Cat Von Heez and Nikita Naridian… Mia Svensson regained the AIWF Women’s Championship on Satruday, defeating Lei’D Tapa… Amber O’Neal and Santana Garrett won the Women Of Wrestling Tag Team Championship during the promotion’s TV tapings on Saturday… Rachel Summerlyn lost the Anarchy Championship Wrestling Heavyweight Title to Evan Gelistico on Sunday. Elsewhere, Jessica James won the American Joshi Championship, while Athena snared the Anarchy Televised Title… AIW is planning a four way ladder match at Girls Night Out 8 on iPPV, with the winner becoming the top contender for the AIW Women’s Championship. Each participant will be decided from matches which take place earlier on the card. AIW has been determining challengers due to their win-loss record, but the promotion says this is a way to jump up the rankings with just two victories.
Shanna joins Alpha Female in taking part in TNA’s Gut Check in Nottingham, England this Thursday… Speaking of those two, they face each other at Pro Wrestling: EVE’s No Man’s Land 2 on February 2. Shanna helped to injure Alpha’s ankle ahead of her title loss to Nikki Storm at Wrestle Fever back in November… Shanna has also been unveiled as the face of the Magic Form gym chain in Spain… Carmel Jacob defeated Mad Man Manson on Friday… April Davids defends her Futureshock Women’s Championship against four other women on January 27 in Stockport, England… Rubix Roach & Kirsty Love became the first Rad Pro Wrestling Mixed Tag Team Champions on Saturday, beating Jainus Centurion & Kay Lee Ray in the final… Rhia O’Reilly v Sara Marie Taylor’s been added to Insane Championship Wrestling’s card on February 17.
Taya Valkyrie took a beating at the hands of Cibernetico in the main event of Friday’s AAA show in Toluca… La Diabolica has been stripped of the Pro Wrestling Revolution Women’s Championship for personal reasons.
Australia & New Zealand
Madison Eagles pinned PWWA Interim Champion Evie in a tag team match also involving Shazza McKenzie and Jessie McKay. Looks like those two are on a collision course… As part of her interview with the Sydney Morning Herald and the Wrestling Observer daily update yesterday confirmed that Eagles gave birth to her third child while she was out for that year with her knee injury… Riot City Wrestling Women’s Champion Eliza Sway attacked Lou Lou ahead of their match on Saturday, so the contest never took place.
January 14: Ohio Valley Wrestling (Louisville, KY) – Jessie Belle v Heidi Lovelace went to a double DQ
January 14: CMLL (Puebla, Mexico) – La Comandante, Princesa Sugheit & Zeuxis b Dark Angel, Estrellita & Luna Mágica
January 15: OMEGA (Durham, NC) – Amber O’Neal & Reby Sky b Jayme Jameson & Kacee Carlisle
January 15: CMLL (Mexico City, Mexico) – Amapola, La Comandante & Tiffany b Dalis la Caribeña, Goya Kong & Silueta
January 16: Ice Ribbon (Saitama, Japan) – Kurumi b Eri Wakamatsu; Miyako Matsumoto b Meari Naito; Hikrau Shida b Risa Sera; Hamuko Hoshi & Tsukasa Fujimoto b Hailey Hatred & Neko Nitta
January 17: WWE (Anchorage, AK) – Layla b Aksana
January 17: TNA Impact Wrestling (Orlando, FL) – Velvet Sky b Gail Kim
January 18: Preston City Wrestling (Preston, England) – Carmel Jacob b Mad Man Manson
January 18: WWE SmackDown (San Antonio, TX) – Kaitlyn b Aksana
January 18: Resistance Pro (Merrionette Park, IL) – Amazing Kong b D’Arcy Dixon, Thunderkitty & Nikki St John in a 4-way to win the Resistance Pro Women’s Championship
January 18: WWE (Los Angeles, CA) – Kaitlyn b Tamina Snuka
January 18: AAA (Toluca, Mexico) – Gran Apache, Jennifer Blake & Mari Apache b Atomic Boy, Fabi Apache & Lolita
January 18: Hart Legacy Wrestling (Calgary, AB, Canada) – Jim Neidhart & Cat Von Heez b Ryan Rollins & Nikita Naridian and Johnny Devine & Miss Danyah in a 3-way
January 18: NWA Texoma (Sherman, TX) – Barbi Hayden b Claudia
January 18: NWA Liberty States (Hasbrouck Heights, NJ) – Alicia b Nikki
January 18: Chaotic Wrestling (Lowell, MA) – Barbie b Mistress Belmont
January 18: Elite Canadian Championship Wrestling (Port Coquitlam, BC, Canada) – Nicole Matthews b Sammy Hall
January 18: Diana (Tokyo, Japan) – Megumi Yamushita b Tadahori; Jaguar Yokota & Manami Toyota b Hailey Hatred & Jenny Rose; Kyoko Inoue & Sareee b Keiko Aono & Mask de Sun; Kaoru Ito & Tomoko Watanabe b Hamuko Hoshi & Yumiko Hotta
January 19: Pro Wrestling Alliance (Casula, Australia) – Madison Eagles & Shazza McKenzie b Evie & Jessie McKay
January 19: Stardom (Matsuyama, Japan) – Kellie Skater b Yui Yokoo; Portia Perez b Natsumi Showzuki; Kyoko Kimura & Hailey Hatred b Yoshiko & Act Yasukawa; Io Shirai & Mayu Iwatani b Natsuki*Taiyo & Saki Kashima; Yuzuki Aikawa, Hiroyo Matsumoto & Kairi Hojo b Nanae Takahashi, Miho Wakizawa & Eri Susa
January 19: WWE (Ontario, CA) – Kaitlyn b Tamina
January 19: WWE (Stockton, CA) – Layla b Aksana
January 19: Capital City Championship Combat (Ottawa, ON, Canada) – Vanessa Kraven b Giant Tiger
January 19: Riot City Wrestling (North Adelaide, Australia) – Eliza Sway v Lou Lou ended in a no-contest
January 19: Ice Ribbon (Saitama, Japan) – Tsukasa Fujimoto b Kyuuri; Rabbit Miu b 235; Hamuko Hoshi v Miyako Matsumoto went to a timelimit draw; Tsukasa Fujimoto b Kurumi & Tsukushi in a 3-way
January 19: Elite Canadian Championship Wrestling (New Westminster, BC, Canada) – Bishop b Nicole Matthews; Riea Von Slasher b Sammy Hall
January 19: New York Wrestling Connection (Deer Park, NY) – Bill Carr & Smith James b Nikki Addams & Steve Forge; Rick Cataldo b Marti Belle
January 19: Empire State Wrestling (North Tonawanda, NY) – Brittany Force b Cherry Bomb
January 19: PROWL (Brisbane, Australia) – Storm b Brenda Devine
January 19: AIWF Mid-Atlantic (Mt Airy, NC) – Mia Svensson b Lei’D Tapa to win the AIWF Women’s Championship
January 19: CLASH Wrestling (Taylor, MI) – Leah Von Dutch b Xandra Bale
January 19: Rad Pro Wrestling (South Shields, England) – Rubix Roach & Kirsty Love b Martin Kirby & Nikki Storm; Jainus Centurion & Kay Lee Ray b Jimmy Havoc & Rhia O’Reilly; Pollyanna b Freya Frenzy; Carbon b Viper; Rubix Roach & Kirsty Love b Jainus Centurion & Kay Lee Ray to become the Rad Pro Mixed Tag Team Champions
January 20: JWP (Tokyo, Japan) – Morii b Reideen Hagane; Tsubasa Kuragaki & Sachie Abe v Kaori Yoneyama & Hanako Nakamori went to a time limit draw; Kayoko Haruyama, Command Bolshoi, KAZUKI & Leon b Arisa Nakajima, Manami Katsu, Rabbit Miu & Nana Kawasa
January 20: Stardom (Nagoya, Japan) – Miho Wakizawa b Yui Yokoo; Kyoko Kimura & Hailey Hatred b Saki Kashima & Act Yasukawa; Kairi Hojo & Natsumi Showzuki b Nanae Takahahsi & Miho Wakizawa; Yuzuki Aikawa & Hiroyo Matsumoto b Portia Perez & Kellie Skater; Natsuki*Taiyo & Yoshiko b Io Shirai & Mayu Iwatani
January 20: Scottish Wrestling Alliance (Cumbernauld, Scotland) – Kirsty Love & Pollyanna Peppers b Viper & Bete Noire
January 20: Pure Wrestling Alliance (Lefroy, ON, Canada) – Addy Starr b Jody D’Milo
January 20: Anarchy Championship Wrestling (Austin, TX) – Jessica James b Athena, Amanda Fox and Barbi Hayden to win the American Joshi Championship; Athena b Davey Vega and Shawn Vexx in a 3-way to win the Anarchy Televised Championship; Rachel Summerlyn b Jaykus Plisken; Jojo Bravo & Angel Blue b Ricky Romida & Jack Jameson; Evan Gelistico b Rachel Summerlyn to win the ACW Heavyweight Championship
January 20: Squared Circle Wrestling (Scarborough, ON, Canada) – Xandra Bale b Black Serpent & El Hijo del Bigote; Gabriella Vanderpool & !NoOpH! b Jewells Malone & Leah Von Dutch
January 21: TNA (Dublin, Ireland) – Velvet Sky & Brooke Tessmacher b Tara & Gail Kim
January 21: WWE Raw (San Jose, CA) – Kaitlyn b Alicia Fox
January 21: CMLL (Puebla, Mexico) – Dalis la Caribeña, Estrellita & Goya Kong b La Comandante, La Seductora & Princesa Sugheit
January 25: Fight Factory Pro Wrestling (Wiklow Town, Ireland) – Katey Harvey & TBC v Rebecca Knox & TBC
January 25: Kiwi Pro Wrestling (Tauranga, New Zealand) – JPE v Angel
January 26: World Xtreme Wrestling (Minneola, FL) – Nikki Roxx v Kimberly; Erik King & Brittney Savage v Tony Torres & Su Yung
January 26: Scottish Wrestling Entertainment (Dundee, Scotland) – Sammii Jayne v Viper
January 26: Zero 1 USA (Mattoon, IL) – Serenity v Angelus Layne
January 27: Wrestling Is Respect (Boonton, NJ) – Saturyne v Veda Scott; Angel Orsini v Kimber Lee
January 27: Dramatic Dream Team (Tokyo, Japan) – Sanshiro Takagi & Yuzuki Aikawa v Danshoku Dino & Yoshiko
February 1: Preston City Wrestling (Preston, England) – April Davids v Bubblegum
February 1: Florida Underground Wrestling (West Palm Beach, FL) – Justine Silver v Santana Garrett
February 2: Pro Wrestling: EVE (Preston, England) – Emi Sakura v Nikki Storm; Kay Lee Ray v Blue Nikita; Viper & Bete Noire v Rhia O’Reilly & Amazon Ayesha Ray; Alpha Female v Shanna
February 2: American States Wrestling Alliance (Mansfield, OH) – Sassy Stephie v Ryley Rage
February 2: Destination 1 Wrestling (Charlestown, IN) – Kimber Lee v Crazy Mary Dobson
February 3: Alternative Wrestling World (Wolverhampton, England) – Kay Lee Ray v Shanna
February 8: F.I.G.H.T. (Shepherdstown, WV) – Kimber Lee v Jessie Kaye
February 9: Herts and Essex Wrestling (Takeley, England) – Penelope v Lady Lory
February 9: Women Superstars Uncensored (Voorhees, NJ) – LuFisto v Mercedes Martinez; Annie Social & Kimber Lee v Allysin Kay & Sassy Stephie; Jessicka Havok v Athena
February 9: Combat Zone Wrestling (Voorhees, NJ) – LuFisto & Sami Callihan v Jessicka Havok & Adam Cole; Greg Excellent v Chrissy Rivera; Christina Von Eerie v MASADA
February 9: Bombshell Ladies Of Wrestling (Metuchen, NJ) – Sumie Sakai v Katarina Leigh; Sienna Duvall v Missy Sampson; Amazing Kong v Amy Lee; Shelly Martinez v Amber O’Neal; Niki Nitro v Silvie Silver; Santana Garrett v Mia Yim; Miss Adiva v Becky Bayless; Mia Svensson v Tracy Taylor v La Rosa Negra; Niya v Veda Scott
February 16: Pro Wrestling Elite (Ayr, Scotland) – Nikki Storm v Kay Lee Ray v Carmel Jacob
February 16: Family Wrestling Entertainment (Brooklyn, NY) – Maria Kanellis v Angelina Love; Gail Kim v Katerina Leigh; Ivelisse Velez v Reby Sky
February 17: Insane Championship Wrestling (Edinburgh, Scotland) – Bete Noire v Viper; Mikey Whiplash & Carmel Jacob v Jack Jester & Kay Lee Ray; Fiona Fraser v Nikki Storm v April Davids v Kirsty Love v Leah Owens v Kasey Owens; Rhia O’Reilly v Sara Marie Taylor
February 22: SHINE 7 (Ybor City, FL)
February 22: Charity Appeal Wrestling Shows (Luton, England) – Dragonita v Alpha Female
February 23: Pro Wrestling: EVE (Sudbury, England)
March 1: Absolute Intense Wrestling Girls Night Out 8 (Cleveland, OH)
March 2: Extreme World Wrestling (Hastings, England) – Skarlett v Phillip Bateman
March 30: nCw Femmes Fatales XI (Montreal, Quebec, Canada) – Kalamity v Mercedes Martinez; Cheerleader Melissa v Jessicka Havok; LuFisto v Sweet Saraya; Sweet Cherrie v Sassy Stephie
April 6: SHIMMER: Women Athletes (Secaucus, NJ) – Sweet Saraya v Cheerleader Melissa; Athena v Ayako Hamada; Mia Yim v Amazing Kong
April 13-14: SHIMMER: Women Athletes (Berwyn, IL)
April 27: Remix Pro Wrestling (Marietta, OH) – Sassy Stephie v Christina Von Eerie
May 4: ICW: Fierce Females (Glasgow, Scotland)
May 25: Pro Wrestling: EVE Queen of the Ring (Nottingham, England)
June 23: Anarchy Championship Wrestling American Joshi Queen of Queens (Austin, TX)
July 6: nCw Femmes Fatales XII (Montreal, Quebec, Canada)
– Lee Burton
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