On Sunday, I sat among 400 people in a hall in a small city in the west of England. The only reason why I had decided to go – well, apart from it being a 15 minute walk from my front door – was that it featured a women’s match that was pretty hyped up about. Unfortunately, the billed contest between Kay Lee Ray and Shanna had to be scrapped because of KLR suffering a broken toe two days previous, then wrestling for about 40 minutes on it the previous day – though as it turns out, her metatarsal had been broken for about a month, which was compounded by the broken toe. As a result, a suitable replacement was brought in to replace Ray, and it would more than compensate.
The fans at Alternative Wrestling World in Wolverhampton had no idea who Emi Sakura was. To them, she was a Japanese woman who wears a lot of fabric, doesn’t show much skin and visually, didn’t look like much to write home about. Around me, I heard some borderline racist jokes about the “Chinese” woman in the ring and some unfunny gags about ordering Chinese cuisine in a mocking Far Asian accent. Her opponent also got the heckles, with a guy yelling “get your tits out” to Portugal’s Perfect Athlete – as if that line has EVER worked. Needless to say, we were dealing with an audience with spectacularly low expectations for the contest, and more than their fair share of xenophobia and ignorance. I’m stunned that I didn’t see anyone get up to go to the bar or toilets. They would have regretted it if they had, as little did they know, but they were going to be treated to a showcase featuring one of Europe’s best against one of the best in the world…
What followed was one of the most incredible matches that I have seen in years, with Shanna and Sakura going hell for leather, beating seven shades of the proverbial brown stuff out of each other and giving this audience a huge education in what women are capable of in a wrestling – the answer being, everything you would expect from men, and more. With some fantastic spots, high drama and a 450 splash that saw a huge proportion of the crowd leap from their seats, Sakura picked up the win with both women gaining a well-deserved standing ovation. I’d never seen anything like it – to be able to turn an audience who were all-set to pull these women apart into having them collectively lose their shit was a sight to behold, and both women deserve a world of credit for what they did.
Afterwards, Sakura – who suffered a bloody mouth when Shanna kicked her – stood at the gimmicks table and had waves of fans asking for photographs, signed pictures and Gatoh Move t-shirts, with the highlight being a man in his 60s picking up a t-shirt in hot pink because it was the only one left that was his size. With one match, she had won them over and likely changed their perception of what women’s wrestling is forever. It wasn’t just 60 second roll-arounds on Monday Night Raw or dressing up as Las Vegas showgirls. Instead, these are women who will go beyond what is necessary to prove a point to everyone watching that they deserve to be taken seriously as performers, athletes and entertainers. I couldn’t have been happier for them – especially since there were two matches to go on the card, with one of them featuring Brian Kendrick, and it couldn’t be topped. Emi Sakura and Shanna had stolen the show, and they weren’t even slightly sorry about it, and nor should they have been.
Comments on AWW’s Facebook page have seen fans praising the match, as well as asking who this Japanese lady was who caused them to go insane. Needless to say, Sakura made a good impression. Unfortunately, the match may never see the light of day. There were cameras filming the action, and we have been told that the show will be released on DVD in the future.
There is a lot of great wrestling action which is taking place that you may not get to see on iPPV or DVD. It may be happening a stone’s throw from your house. It may be a bit of a punt, but you may end up seeing a home run of a match that a relatively small amount of people may ever see. You get to hold onto that, and everybody loves to feel like they were part of something special that only a limited few got to be part of – that’s why some of these world-famous music acts will perform intimate gigs in front of a few hundred people when they could easily be selling out arenas. It’s a moment you can say was yours, and one that very few can share with you. That’s why I recommend that you travel to a show nearby and see what’s going on. Nobody in that building on Sunday night – barring a handful of women’s wrestling fans, and I think there may have been less than half a dozen of them – could have predicted what they were going to see, but I know that many of them would be interested in knowing more about Shanna and Sakura, as they earned that attention and interest.
Incidentally, it’s great to be around people who have their perceptions shattered by women proving that they are proper wrestlers and are in it for the same reason as any man. I imagine a lot of fans either at National Pro Wrestling Day or watching it on iPPV would not have heard of the likes of Seleziya Sparx, Thunderkitty, Saturyne, Heidi Lovelace and Christina Von Eerie, but they may be more intrigued to go and find out – and if that helps to expand the profiles of women in wrestling and the companies which promote them, then NPWD was worth it.
Also, if you’re a fan of women’s wrestling but you stick to your favourite wrestlers or promotions, have a think about expanding your horizons and seeing what else is out there. You never know, you may find something that you like even more, providing a larger platform for women to perform on. Go on – what have you got to lose?
It’s been confirmed. After six years of rough and tumble, Rachel Summerlyn has parted ways with her home promotion, Anarchy Championship Wrestling. Her final match was at Guilty By Association VII on January 20 where she dropped the ACW Heavyweight Championship to Evan Gelistico after beating Jaykus Plisken. It’s fitting that she bowed out on a GBA show, as she made her ACW debut on the very first one on January 14, 2007, losing to Mickie Knuckles.
The statement making her departure public was made on the ACW blog, and was posted by Darin Childs:
I haven’t been online much over the last few weeks, but I have caught wind of a rumor starting to make the rounds. Yes, it is true that after six years, Rachel Summerlyn is no longer involved with Anarchy Championship Wrestling. In December of 2006, Rachel was a 20 year old girl who dreamed of revolutionizing the way women in professional wrestling were viewed. With the guidance of some of the most influential women in the sport such as Daffney, Daizee Haze & Sara Del Rey, Rachel Summerlyn went from one of the most looked down upon figures on the internet to the leader of a wrestling era, the era of the American Joshi. I have never seen anyone improve as drastically as Rachel Summerlyn; I’ll always be extremely proud to have had a small hand in helping her along the way. She transformed into such a great role model for children, women & wrestlers. That’s really all she ever wanted to be, a role model. She made it.
The 20 year old girl that founded Anarchy Championship Wrestling gave so much of her mind, body & soul to the World of Anarchy; how can you really honor that in a blog posting? You do what I always have done, you shoot from the hip & pour your heart out… If the outside world could have snuck a peek into the day to day life of Rachel, they would be truly amazed at her work ethic. She sincerely gave everything she was to ACW & the Anarchists. All of her real world dreams put on hold for the sake of this company. All of her time devoted to this company. Rachel needed to move on to chase other dreams, which she will catch. This World is so much bigger than professional wrestling. She is an unstoppable force, trust me, I know her better than anyone. Wrestling can’t contain her.
Rachel Summerlyn gave everything she had to ACW. My proudest highlight in wrestling is simply knowing that the world sees Rachel the same way I always have, as one of the greatest people on the planet. She is the walking embodiment of the cliché “You can do anything you put your mind to”.
We here at Anarchy Championship Wrestling will keep her dream of revolutionizing professional wrestling alive into the future while she is out conquering whatever her heart desires. We will also leave the ACW doors unlocked if she ever needs a familiar place to call home, even for a night. She has inspired anarchy & we will not let that die. She is an inspiration to so many. She is definitely an inspiration to me.
In her time in ACW, Summerlyn held every accolade there was to hold, winning the Tag Team Championship on two occasions (once each with Skylar Skelly and Jessica James), the Televised Championship, having two runs with the American Joshi title and also securing the American Joshi Queen of Queens crown in 2011 and the Lone Star Classic last year to win the Heavyweight title. Undoubtedly, she was one of the biggest stars in the promotion, and some may argue that she was the biggest. Summerlyn also changed herself physically over the years, dropping weight and gaining muscle mass to an amazing degree – something that she has every right to be very proud of.
So what now for Rachel? We approached her for a comment, but have received no reply, so we can only specualate. She may carry on wrestling – competing last weekend at ACW’s partner promotion St Louis Anarchy – and is booked to compete later this month for Squared Circle Wrestling, but judging from Childs’ statement, she may be moving away from a life in the ring. A reference that she is to “move on to chase other dreams” hints that she may be going for a new career – and who can really blame her?
After giving herself for all this time, she has accomplished a huge amount of goals, and considering she is now 26, she may be looking to try something different – be that a new career, training, education, whatever. Nobody could blame her for doing so, as it’s always unlikely that wrestling will pay the bills forever and it’s something to fall back on. If she does decide to do that, there’s no rule that Summerlyn may never return to wrestling – but if that is the case and she’s winding down, she left a heck of an impression in ACW, and there will be a big hole caused by her departure.
[IMMEDIATE UPDATE: Summerlyn has explained her future plans – I just didn’t know about it. Sorry.
According to Martin Bentley, she told The Wrestling Podcast that she is concentrating on just wrestling rather than promoting and booking, and will be working for other promotions outside of ACW, as well as touring. Fair play to her.]
Also on the site this week, we’ve marked our 50th Women Of Wrestling Podcast by talking to Lexie Fyfe about SHINE, SHIMMER, WWF, WCW, US military tours and Slammin’ Ladies. It’s really worth a listen. Other audio sees Stew chat to Pat Laprade about the new book which he has co-written about the Montreal wrestling scene. We also have a video of Portia Perez working babyface in WSU against Angelina Love ahead of WSU’s next show coming this weekend.
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The mask that Davina Rose wore in her debut match in NXT a week last Thursday was one belonging to Sara Del Rey. She wore it when she was wrestling as Nic Grimes during her time on Wrestling Society X in 2006… NXT ring announcer Summer Rae attacked Paige on last Wednesday’s show after the Brit’s submission win over Aksana. Paige had accidentally bumped into her and the blonde lashed out. Also on the show, Sasha Banks received a poem from a secret admirer… Reports from the NXT tapings last Thursday claim that Paige suffered an injury in her match against Summer Rae, but returned to training yesterday… Paige, Summer Rae, Emma and Sasha Banks were featured on the JBL and Cole Show on YouTube. It was filmed during the Royal Rumble weekend… The WWE DVD News website reports that a planned Top 20 Divas Countdown has been dropped in place of a DVD on Mid-South Wrestling and the Universal Wrestling Federation… Beth Phoenix told Arda Ocal on The Score that she hasn’t ruled out a return to wrestling, and also admitted that the Divas roster needs more names… Eve Torres is already training Gracie Jiu Jistu to police officers in Phoenix, AZ.
Rosita confirmed via Twitter on Friday that she has left TNA. She thanked the company for the opportunity… Mia Svensson and Kacee Carlisle worked the TNA house show in Fayetteville, SC at the weekend… Due to a glitch, TNA has now decided that you can now vote multiple times for the Gut Check poll, which is totally ridiculous, as it skews the data so much. Athena has already said she wants nothing more to do with it, and LuFisto – who was leading her bracket by a long way but is now in 5th – has given up campaigning too. I don’t blame them – when you consider the polling was delayed three times, had the criteria of who advances altered and then allowed infinite voting, this has become a total farce.
Leva Bates has been removed from the Women Superstars Uncensored An Ultraviolent Affair this Saturday. Instead, Kalamity will take on Lexxus. Meanwhile, WSU has confirmed that this Saturday’s An Ultraviolent Affair show will not be on iPPV… Portia Perez and Nicole Matthews have been added to all five of the SHIMMER shows in April across New Jersey and Illinois… Courtney Rush’s name and profile has been removed from the TNA Gut Check website and poll… The SHINE showcase match at Friday’s Full Impact Pro between Brittney Savage and Luscious Latasha ended in a no-contest when Amazing Kong took out Latasha after Savage shoved her into Kong’s path. Kong called Latasha ‘collateral damage’, said she was ‘done playing’ and made it clear that she was going after the Valkyrie stable… Marti Belle missed National Pro Wrestling Day due to transportation issues. She was replaced in the match against Ezavel Suena by Christina Von Eerie… Isabella Smothers (Mickie Knuckles) has been announced for the Juggalo Championship Wrestling show on February 16 in Detroit, MI. She has been completely off the radar pretty much since our Women Of Wrestling Podcast with her last March where she announced her pregnancy… After drawing their last match, Kc Spinelli and Nicole Matthews will compete for the Elite Canadian Championship Wrestling Women’s Championship on Saturday… Jessicka Havok worked babyface in her loss to Angelus Layne at St Louis Anarchy last weekend. Just imagine that for a moment… The Bombshell Ladies of Wrestling show on Saturday will feature a triple threat main event to crown its first champion. It was meant to be two semi-finals and the final but Sienna DuVall’s had to withdraw after an accident. That means it will be Missy Sampson v Katarina Leigh v Sumie Sakai… Looks like Sugar Dunkerton will be wrestling LuFisto at some point in the future.
Tokyo Women’s Wrestling held what was ostensibly a beta test on Wednesday with three women engaging in their debut matches. One – Kanna Shinmei – is going under the name KANNA, which may cause a little confusion when spoken… Micro reverted her name back to Chii Tomiya for the REINA K-Mix show on Sunday… Dramatic DDT reports that Cherry is demanding that Union create a women’s championship, and that she should be allowed to name and design the belt. Mio Shirai and Kaori Yoneyama also said it should be them – a match was set up for February 13 with Cherry & Mio Shirai v Masako Takanashi & Kaori Yoneyama, with the winners getting the rights to name the title… Several joshi stars came together for a charity event to raise money for Mika Iida, who is out after having knee surgery… Kaori Yoneyama will debut for Stardom in May.
Carmel Jacob’s shot at the Pro Wrestling: EVE Championship never happened on Friday as titleholder Emi Sakura’s flight from Japan was delayed. Instead, Jacob wrestled regular opponent Kay Lee Ray… The following day, Sakura lost the title to Nikki Storm, while Sara-Marie Taylor won the Three Minute Warning match to claim a title shot at any time. On the evening Preston City Wrestling show, April Davids and Sakura went to a time limit draw. Incidentally, Sakura will return to the UK for EVE’s Queen of the Ring show in Nottingham on May 25… Bellatrix has announced a surprising working relationship with LDN Wrestling – a London-based promotion which hasn’t presented women’s wrestling in about 5 years. It is also participating in an all-women’s show by the Solent Wrestling Federation in the south of England… Alpha Female defends the UK Women’s Wrestling Championship against Shanna on February 16.
Estrellita successfully defended her CMLL Mexican National Women’s Championship by beating Princesa Sugheit last Monday… Mari Apache and Taya Valkyrie attacked partner Jennifer Blake after they lost to the Technicas team of Fabi Apache, Lolita and Jarochita at AAA on Sunday. The match was also Jarochita’s debut since winning the 2012 QPPC last December, though she was “fired” by Konnan and Dorian – though the pair were fired themselves by the end of the show and carted out of the building. Additionally, Blake’s profile has been removed from AAA’s roster page.
Australia & New Zealand
Madison Eagles defeated her old partner and protege Jessie McKay on Saturday, despite accidentally kicking special referee Shazza McKenzie in the head.
January 26: NEO Wrestling (Niagara Falls, ONT, Canada) – Allysin Kay b Cherry Bomb
January 27: REINA x World/Kaientai Dojo (Chiba, Japan) – Ayumu Honda b Jonathan Bader & Chii Tomiya in a 3-way; Chii Tomiya b Ayumu Honda & Jonathan Bader in a 3-way; Aki Kanbayashi & Aoi Ishibashi b Alex Lee & Charlie Summon
January 28: CMLL (Puebla, Mexico) – Estrellita b Princesa Sugheit
January 29: Iida Aid (Tokyo, Japan) – Ayumi Kurihara b Maiden Name Sakura Hirota; Hamuko Hoshi b Ryo Mizunami & GAMI in a 3-way; Misaki Ohata & Sawako Shimono b Tsukasa Fujimoto & Aya Yuki; Kana & Shuu Shibutani b Mio Shirai & Ayumi Kurihara
January 30: Tokyo Women’s Wrestling (Tokyo, Japan) – Chikage Kiba v Daisuke Kiso went to a time limit draw; Miyu Yamashita b KANNA
January 30: Ice Ribbon (Saitama, Japan) – Kurumi b Hamuko Hoshi; Neko Nitta b Risa Sera; Hailey Hatred & Tsukasa Fujimoto b Maeri Naito & Miyako Matsumoto; Mio Shirai b Aoi Kizuki & Hikaru Shida in a 3-way
January 31: Ohio Valley Wrestling (Louisville, KY) – Epiphany & Jessie Belle b Taeler Hendix & December
January 31: Pro-Wrestling HEAT-UP (Kitazawa, Japan) – Emi Sakura, Kaori Yoneyama b Masa Takanashi & Taro Yamada
January 31: WWE NXT (Winter Park, FL) – Natalya b Charlotte; Summer Rae b Paige; Audrey Marie b Sasha Banks; Aksana b Emma
January 31: TNA Impact Wrestling (Manchester, England) – Velvet Sky & James Storm b Tara & Jesse Godderz
February 1: Preston City Wrestling (Preston, England) – Bubblegum b April Davids
February 1: St Louis Anarchy (Alton, IL) – Angelus Layne b Jessicka Havok; Rachel Summerlyn b Dan Walsh
February 1: TNA (Florence, SC) – Velvet Sky b Tara
February 1: WWE (Chattanooga, TN) – Kaitlyn b Tamina Snuka
February 1: Full Impact Pro (Ybor City, FL) – Luscious Latasha v Brittney Savage went to a no-contest
February 1: Florida Underground Wrestling (West Palm Beach, FL) – Justine Silver v Santana Garrett
February 1: Preston City Wrestling (Preston, England) – Carmel Jacob b Kay Lee Ray
February 1: New England Championship Wrestling (Randolph, MA) – Alexxis Nevaeh b Nikki Valentine
February 2: Canadian Pro Wrestling (Ingersoll, ONT, Canada) – Courtney Rush b Leah Von Dutch
February 2: Ring Of Honor (Baltimore, MD) – MsChif b Mia Yim
February 2: CMLL (Mexico City, Mexico) – Dark Angel, Estrellita & Marcela b Amapola, Princesa Blanca & Princesa Sugheit
February 2: WWE Saturday Morning Slam (San Diego, CA) – Kaitlyn b Aksana
February 2: Pro Wrestling Alliance (Parramatta, Australia) – Madison Eagles b Jessie McKay
February 2: National Pro Wrestling Day (Philadelphia, PA) – Saturyne b Juan Francisco de Coronado; Reed Bentley & Tripp Cassidy b Heidi Lovelace & Mat Russo; Ezavel Suena b Christina Von Eerie; Thunderkitty & Robert Anthony b D’Arcy Dixon & Jay Bradley
February 2: Metro Pro Wrestling (Kansas City, KS) – Steven Girthy DQ Miss Natural
February 2: Destination 1 Wrestling (Charlestown, IN) – Kimber Lee b Crazy Mary Dobson
February 2: Preston City Wrestling (Preston, England) – April Davids v Emi Sakura went to a time limit draw
February 2: Ohio Valley Wrestling (Louisville, KY) – Jessie Belle b Epiphany
February 2: WWE (Montgomery, AL) – Kaitlyn b Tamina Snuka
February 2: WWE (Greenville, NC) – Layla b Aksana
February 2: World Xtreme Wrestling (Allentown, PA) – Joey Janela b Niya
February 2: New European Championship Wrestling (Hessdorf, Germany) – Kick Ass Jane b Jesy Jade
February 2: Ice Ribbon (Saitama, Japan) – Hamuko Hoshi b Miyazaki; Leon & Manami Katsu b Aoi Kizuki & Risa Sera; Hikaru Shida b Neko Nitta; Tsukasa Fujimoto b Miyako Matsumoto; Hailey Hatred & Kurumi b Hamuko Hoshi & Tsukushi
February 2: Diana (Kawasaki, Japan) – Jenny Rose b Piyotamask; Sareee b Reideen Hagane; Jaguar Yokota & Kaoru Ito b Keiko Aono & Yuiga; Mima Shimoda b Megumi Yabushita; Yumiko Hotta & Takako Inoue b Kyoko Inoue & Tomoko Watanabe
February 2: Pro Wrestling: EVE (Preston, England) – Alpha Female b Shanna & Kay Lee Ray in a 3-way; Amazon Ayesha Ray & Rhia O’Reilly v Viper & Bete Noire went to a no-contest; Kasey & Leah Owens b Pollyanna Peppers & Kirsty Love; Carmel Jacob & Sara-Marie Taylor b April Davids; Nikki Storm b Emi Sakura to win the Pro Wrestling: EVE Championship; Sara-Marie Taylor won a Three Minute Warning match
February 3: Stardom (Tokyo, Japan) – Kairi Hojo & Natsumi Showzuki b Hiroyo Matsumoto & Kellie Skater; Yuzuki Aikawa b Yui Yokoo; Kyoko Kimura & Hailey Hatred b Io Shirai & Mayu Iwatani; Nanae Takahashi, Miho Wakizawa & Eri Susa b Natsuki*Taiyo, Yoshiko & Azt Yasukawa
February 3: WAVE (Nagoya, Japan) – Moeka Haruhi, Sawako Shimono & Tomoka Nakagawa b Ayako Hamada, Aya Yuki & Yuu Yamagata; Sonoko Kato b Aya Mizunami; GAMI b Dump Matsumoto & Sakura Hirota in a 3-way; Misaki Ohata & Tsukasa Fujimoto b Ayumi Kurihara & Shuu Shibutani; Hikaru Shida & Yumi Ohka b Kana & Mio Shirai
February 3: CMLL (Mexico City, Mexico) – Dalis la Caribeña, Goya Kong & Luna Mágica b La Comandante, La Seductora & Zeuxis
February 3: AAA (Hidalgo, Mexico) – Fabi Apache, La Jarochita & Lolita b Jennifer Blake, Mari Apache & Taya Valkyrie
February 3: WWE (Augusta, GA) – Layla b Tamina Snuka
February 3: Alternative Wrestling World (Wolverhampton, England) – Emi Sakura b Shanna
February 8: F.I.G.H.T. (Shepherdstown, WV) – Kimber Lee v Jessie Kaye
February 8: Can-Am Rising (Windsor, ONT, Canada) – Allysin Kay v Leah Von Dutch
February 8: Shropshire Wrestling Alliance (Telford, England) – Penelope v Sweet Saraya
February 9: Herts and Essex Wrestling (Takeley, England) – Penelope v Lady Lory
February 9: Elite Canadian Championship Wrestling (Vancouver, BC, Canada) – Kc Spinelli v Nicole Matthews
February 9: Women Superstars Uncensored (Voorhees, NJ) – LuFisto v Mercedes Martinez; Annie Social & Kimber Lee v Allysin Kay & Sassy Stephie; Jessicka Havok v Athena; Niya v Veda Scott; Kalamity v Lexxus; Marti Belle, Tina San Antonio & Nikki Addams v Nevaeh, Cherry Bomb & Christina Von Eerie; Addy Starr v Chris Dickinson
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 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 13: Union (Tokyo, Japan) – Cherry & Mio Shirai v Masako Takanashi & Kaori Yoneyama
February 16: Pro Wrestling Elite (Ayr, Scotland) – Nikki Storm v Kay Lee Ray v Carmel Jacob
February 16: Squared Circle Wrestling (Niagara Falls, NY) – Sami Callihan v Rachel Summerlyn; Jessicka Havok v Christina Von Eerie
February 16: Scottish Wrestling Entertainment (Dundee, Scotland) – Princess Sammii v Viper
February 16: Melbourne City Wrestling (Melbourne, Australia) – Sara Jay v Savannah Summers
February 16: Family Wrestling Entertainment (Brooklyn, NY) – Maria Kanellis v Angelina Love; Gail Kim v Katerina Leigh; Ivelisse Velez v Reby Sky
February 16: Wrestle Midlands (Dudley, England) – Alpha Female v Shanna
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) – Sassy Stephie v Taylor Made; Annie Social v Crazy Mary Dobson; Leva Bates v Veda Scott; Kimber Lee v Athena; Jodi D’Milo v Addy Starr; Heidi Lovelace & Nikki St John v Angeldust & KC Warfield
March 2: Extreme World Wrestling (Hastings, England) – Skarlett v Phillip Bateman
March 24: Bellatrix 5 (Norwich, England)
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; Allison Danger v Courtney Rush
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: Pro Wrestling: EVE (Sudbury, England)
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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