WARNING: Spoilers lay within.
TNA Wrestling is saying goodbye to the Impact Zone in Orlando, FL by hosting a series of One Night Only pay-per-views. In last week’s Roundup, we discussed the Knockouts Knockdown all-women show which saw a number of former Knockouts turn down the offer of being there. At the time, Traci Brooks was one of the women who had declined the offer, but it was not because she was holding a grudge of any description, tweeting “I had to say no to TNA for the KO ppv as I couldn’t make it that day. No other reason”.
Payton Banks (Rain) and Winter (Katarina Leigh) pointed out last week that they had also been asked but said no, while Salinas (Shelly Martinez) vlogged that she wasn’t asked. However, it was the former Roxxi who came out and explained in detail why she didn’t go back for Sunday’s show.
Nikki Roxx (who was messed around during her two stints in the promotion) spoke to the Greg DeMarco show about her turning down the offer, saying, “You can only get kicked so many times… I think that I had finally had enough. They had trouble treating me very well to begin with and I felt like I was being a glutton for punishment every time I went back… I felt like it was the right time to tell them no. It was like one of those bad relationships where you keep trying to get away from it… You can’t treat people badly and then hope that they’ll come back and hang out.”
As for the show, it has its intriguing points. Gail Kim won the whole shebang, which was put together with a series of qualifying matches with the winners being part of a battle royal with the final two wrestling a straight match to determine the overall victor. TNA stars (either on the main roster or in developmental) went over indie talent in all the singles matches – including Lei’D Tapa beating Ivelisse Velez, and Serena Deeb wrestling her first match in 18 months following a very serious concussion, falling to Mickie James. Deeb commented on the experience the following day, tweeting “I feel like I’m waking up from a freaking awesome dream”, indicating that all went well, which is certainly a relief.
Fresh off putting her legal issues with TNA to bed, Daffney also showed up in the audience along with Amber O’Neal carrying a sign saying that she was there”independently”, referring to her campaign to see that wrestlers under contract are classified as employees. It’s a fine bit of trolling, returning to her former workplace to make a point – and she made it into the audience, as a number of photos emerged of her with fans at the show.
TNA said that the show will be shown in May, but we reckon it’s more likely to be July, when you consider that it has other shows which are already in the can and are waiting to be broadcast. However, while this show may just about hold up as far as a lineage of time may be concerned – as it’s unlikely Velvet Sky came out with the Knockouts Title in case she is booked to lose it inbetween now and the show’s airing – it may be a little trickier for another show featuring interesting developments.
If you assume that the recorded shows are being filmed to be put out in chronological order, the World Cup of Wrestling show will be aired in December, after its Bound For Glory show which usually sees major storylines either end or are heavily forwarded. Presumably the Aces and Eights storyline will still be going on, as the stable featured heavily in the show, and added another member to its midst – though it’s a logical addition as she was “wronged” by TNA management when she was overlooked for the decision process of the Gut Check.
The overlooking of Ivelisse Velez on the March 7 episode of Impact Wrestling was a big shock for fans who had seen her beat Lei’D Tapa the week before, only to not be put forward for the judging process in favour of her defeated opponent. This looked like it was being compounded when Velez was beaten by Tapa on the Knockouts Knockdown show. However, she was brought out as an Aces and Eights member for the World Cup show, where each team had a female member – Tapa (Rest of the world), James (USA), Hannah Blossom (UK) and Velez being the women used – and defeated James with help from her teammates. Aces and Eights made it through to the final match against Team USA, but were defeated.
It is unclear if this is a foreshadowing of things to come with TNA then booking retrospectively to get to the point that Velez is part of Aces and Eights, or if it is a one-off to make good with Ivelisse for what was a pretty shoddy oversight as part of the Gut Check. Either way, her involvement over the last few days probably won’t do her any harm in TNA’s eyes, and could stand her in good stead in the future.
Sunday is the culmination of a shedload of interviews, plugging and hype from the Bellatrix roster. The Bellatrix 5 iPPV from Norwich, England will see the SHIMMER Championship on the line with titleholder Saraya Knight defending against Destiny under British rounds rules, and should be a hell of a battle. On the undercard, Liberty takes on Queen Maya in a rematch from Bellatrix 4 last November where the tall Italian broke her arm, while Penelope faces Erin Angel in what is likely to be a fast-paced, aerial affair which should thrill fans both inside the Epic Studios and watching online.
Production-wise, the show is expected to be an advancement from the previous show considering sticking points will have been ironed out, and there could be a fancier set-up. The whole show is an evolutionary jump which – if the number of interviews and promotion that the wrestlers have been involved in are anything to go by – which will be worth the money. We’ll be on hand at the show for reaction and post-show interviews.
A year ago, we spent three consecutive Women Of Wrestling Podcasts talking about the GLOW: The Story of the Gorgeous Ladies Of Wrestling documentary (one with Angelina “Little Egypt” Altishin and two with Lisa “Ivory” Moretti – one before she had seen the final product and another afterwards). In June, we also went to the UK premiere of the documentary – and really liked it.
Since then, the production has won numerous awards around the world, has received enough funding to get it released on DVD – and tonight, the US gets to see it on TV.
Screening on LOGOtv at 9pm EST (which won’t be long after this is uploaded), GLOW: The Story of the Gorgeous Ladies Of Wrestling features some great interviews with the women who made up the show, features some big laughs, some footage of a graphic injury, and also has some heartbreaking moments. Even if you would normally dismiss it because of the subject matter, give it a shot, as it will affect you.
To top it off, Egypt will be live tweeting the show, so give her a follow and gain some more insight on her thoughts.
Elsewhere on the site, we’ve spoken to Violet Vendetta about juggling managing, training and motherhood, as well as a Retro featuring Maryse winning her first Divas Championship by beating Michelle McCool.
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WWE reportedly approached the Bella Twins last December to return, so their comeback has been in the pipeline for a while. Following their comeback on last week’s Raw, Brie and Nikki attacked the Funkadactyls backstage on SmackDown last Friday. Meanwhile in the in-ring action, Layla tagged herself in to get the pin in her and Kaitlyn’s tag match against Tamina Snuka and Aksana. All signs point to a Layla heel turn, but will it be in time for WrestleMania in two and a half weeks?… Proving that she left the company on good terms, Eve Torres made an appearance in Florida to train with the NXT Divas – there have apparently been 10 women who were selected from private Diva Searches training there for the last four weeks – something that Reby Sky was quick to point out, saying it’s ironic if she had stayed modelling instead of learning to wrestler she could be in a WWE ring by now… Lance Storm said that he didn’t get the chance to train with them during his visit there last week – Emma was one of his students at the Storm Wrestling Academy… Stephanie McMahon, Natalya & Rosa Mendes attended the annual USO awards dinner on Thursday… Beth Phoenix revealed to Monday Night Mayhem that she retired because at 32, she had spent her adult life wrestling, accomplished everything she wanted to do and had new goals to accomplish. She’s started selling embossed artwork and prints on Etsy… WWE revived the trademark for Kharma, leading some to believe that she may be on her way back.
Taryn Terrell is “on probation” after casting aside her referee duties to attack Gail Kim at Lockdown. Meanwhile on last week’s Impact Wrestling from Chicago, IL, hometown girl Tara was the one who was pinned in a tag team match with she and Gail Kim facing Velvet Sky and Mickie James. Sky hit the In Yo Face for the win… Speaking of Tara, she opened her new restaurant called The Squared Circle in the Lincoln Park area of Chicago on Thursday, so it was a big day for the veteran Knockout. However, one fan wasn’t impressed when he visited the restaurant on Friday, saying he was ignored by staff and walked out after 20 minutes – and the place wasn’t even half-full… Taeler Hendrix wrestled a TNA house show on Friday against Velvet Sky. She’s local to the show’s location in Corbin, KY… Congratulations to Madison Rayne, who is pregnant with her first child. She is due in August… Miss Tessmacher and Angelina Love have been sniping at each other on Twitter over the last week. It started when Tessmacher about tattoos which Love snapped back at, leading to a passive-aggressive battle between the pair. Tessmacher eventually said “It’s not about tattoos.. I don’t mind them. Just don’t care 4 @ActualALove I’m a very positive person & she’s been nothing but negative 2me”.
Tomoka Nakagawa has been added to the SHIMMER lineup for April, while Yuu Yamagata and Kimber Lee will make their debuts… Addy Starr made such a good impression at Absolute Intense Wrestling’s Girls Night Out 8 that she’s back for their next show on March 29. She’ll face Angelus Layne at Gauntlet For The Gold 8. Veda Scott and Gregory Iron will also be defending the Tag Team Championship on the show, and Scott will also be a part of the main event GFTG match… While we’re on the subject of Addy Starr, she will defend the Acclaim Pro Wrestling Women’s Championship against Courtney Rush on Saturday… And even more Addy Starr – she defeated Frankie Arion via count-out on Saturday’s Inter Species Wrestling show, but what followed was what was described as an “uncomfortable” angle. Starr demanded a rematch, which Arion said he would do if she agreed to his demands, which includes stripping to her bra and getting on her knees. He then wanted her to remove her lower garments, but stopped her and called her a whore when she started to do it… Kimberly’s made her choice of her half of the stipulations for the Pick Your Poison match against Leva Bates at SHINE 8. Leva had chosen Fans Bring The Weapons, while Kimberly has selected the I Quit stipulation… Buggy Nova joined Trina Michaels in accompanying Caleb Conley and Scott Reed to the ring for their match against Eddie Cruz and Jay Rios at Full Impact Pro in Ybor City, FL on Friday… Ivelisse Velez will challenge Cheerleader Melissa for the Pro Wrestling Revolution Women’s Championship at a World Wrestling League event on April 21 in her native Puerto Rico… Mickie Knuckles will debut for RESISTANCE Pro on March 29 in Willowbrook, IL… Thea Trinidad (Rosita) & Silvie Silver are heading to Mexico to train wit CMLL… Reby Sky’s angrily spoken out about fans showing up at the door of her home asking for an autograph… Former ECW star Francine has been complaining about fake Facebook and Twitter profiles. Maria Kanellis has done the same in the past… WSU announced that Pepper Parks and Cherry Bomb are the first team entered into this year’s King and Queen of the Ring tournament.
Kimura Monster-gun reigned supreme at Stardom’s show on Sunday. Amazon Ayesha Ray went 4-0 in the promotion, Hailey Hatred and Kyoko Kimura won the Goddesses of Stardom titles by beating Natsuki*Taiyo and Yoshiko, while Alpha Female defeated Nanae Takahashi with the Omega Plex to win the World Of Stardom Championship, while suffering a hole in the inside of her lip along the way. A new challenger for the World Of Stardom belt will be decided by way of a tournament this Sunday featuring Io Shirai, Dark Angel, Hiroyo Matsumoto & Kaori Yoneyama… Mio Shirai may have rubella… Aja Kong & Hikaru Shida will challenge Hiroyo Matsumoto & Tomoka Nakagawa for the OZ Academy Tag Team Championship on April 24… Yumi Ohka won the Regina di WAVE Championship on Sunday, beating Kana in the final.
The vacant NWWL Championship is on the line on Friday – former champion Aurora Flame will face Sara Elektra, with the winner gaining the belt… Shanna retained her Swiss Championship Wrestling Women’s Championship on Saturday, defeating Saraya Knight… Scotland’s Kay Lee Ray & Carmel Jacob made their way into mid-England on Sunday, being on opposite teams in a New Breed Wrestling Association match. Bacardi & Kay Lee Ray defeated Dragonita & Carmel Jacob when KLR pinned Jacob with a Swanton.
Amapola had her head shaved on Friday’s CMLL show after being defeated by Estrellita… Sexy Star vacated the AAA Reina de Reinas Championship (at the time without any reason given) because she is pregnant. Congratulations to her… Meanwhile, Faby Apache recaptured the title by winning a 4-way match on Sunday.
Australia & New Zealand
Madison Eagles became the first Pacific Pro Wrestling Women’s Champion on Saturday, defeating Storm.
March 12: CMLL (Guadalajara, Mexico) – Goya Kong, Luna Mágica & Silueta b Princesa Sugheit, Tiffany & Zeuxis
March 13: Ice Ribbon (Saitama, Japan) – Kazuhiko Ogasawara v Miyako Matsumoto went to a no contest; Aoi Kizuki & Rutsuko Yamaguchi b Tsukasa Fujimoto & Risa Sera; GAMI b Hikaru Shida; Hamuko Hoshi & Hailey Hatred b Neko Nitta & Meari Naito
March 14: Ohio Valley Wrestling (Louisville, KY) – Holly Blossom b Taeler Hendrix
March 14: Florida Underground Wrestling (Tampa, FL) – La Rosa Negra b Su Yung
March 14: TNA Impact Wrestling (Chicago, IL) – Mickie James & Velvet Sky b Tara & Gail Kim
March 15: WWE SmackDown (Fort Wayne, IN) – Kaitlyn & Layla b Tamina Snuka & Aksana
March 15: WWE (Bridgeport, CT) – Kaitlyn b Tamina Snuka
March 15: TNA (Corbin, KY) – Velvet Sky b Taeler Hendrix
March 15: Chaotic Wrestling (Woburn, MA) – Greek Barbie b Alexxis Nevaeh
March 15: Adrenaline Championship Wrestling (Millersville, MD) – Kacee Carlisle b Rebecca Payne
March 15: Elite Canadian Championship Wrestling (Port Coquitlam, BC, Canada) – Kc Spinelli & Tony Baroni b Cat Power & Bishop
March 15: Australian Wrestling Entertainment (Concord, Australia) – Harley Wonderland b Rachel Rose
March 15: Lucha Libre Femenil (Monterrey, Mexico) – Ayako Hamada b Sadica
March 16: Pacific Pro Wrestling (Bundamba, Australia) – Madison Eagles b Storm to win the PPW Women’s Championship
March 16: Ice Ribbon (Saitama, Japan) – Risa Sera b 235; Hamuko Hoshi & Hailey Hatred b Hikaru Shida & Arisa Nakajima; Kana b Miyako Matsumoto; Aoi Kizuki & Kurumi b Tsukushi & Tsukasa Fujimoto
March 16: Inter Species Wrestling (Danbury, CT) – Addy Starr b Frankie Arion via count-out
March 16: WWE (Providence, RI) – Kaitlyn b Tamina Snuka
March 16: Ohio Championship Wrestling (Coshocton, OH) – Jessie James b Riley Rage & Sassy Stephie in a 3-way
March 16: Pride Wrestling (Bridgeton, Scotland) – Fiona Fraser & Jam O’Malley b Nikki Storm & Scott Renwick
March 16: Swiss Championship Wrestling (Wil, Switzerland) – Shanna b Saraya Knight
March 16: NEO Wrestling Federation (Niagara Falls, ON, Canada) – Allysin Kay b Leah Von Dutch
March 16: Alternative Wrestling Show (South Gate, CA) – Candice LaRae b Mondo Vega; Christina Von Eerie b Hudson Envy
March 16: East Coast Wrestling Association (Carneys Point, NJ) – Jessie Kaye b Mike Tartaglia
March 16: Europe Catch Tour Association (Nogent-sur-Oise, France) – Lady Lory b Morgane Leigh & Queen Maya in a 3-way
March 17: Stardom (Tokyo, Japan) – Kairi Hojo & Natsumi Showzuki b Miho Wakizawa & Eri Susa b Yui Yokoo & Sumire Yoshino, Dark Angel & Kelly Skater, Io Shirai & Mayu Iwatani in a guantlet match; Amazon Ayesha Ray b Act Yasukawa, Kaori Yoneyama & Yuhi in a 4-way; Meiko Satomura b Yuzuki Aikawa; Kyoko Kimura & Hailey Hatred b Natsuki*Taiyo & Yoshiko to win the Goddesses Of Stardom Championship; Alpha Female b Nanae Takahashi to win the World Of Stardom Championship
March 17: JWP (Tokyo, Japan) – Hanako Nakamori & Maury b Kayoko Haruyama & Rydeen Hagane; Manami Katsu won a battle royal; Kayoko Haruyama b Command Bolshoi; Leon, Nana Kawasa & Tsubasa Kuragaki b Kayoko Haruyama, Manami Katsu & Rabbit Miu
March 17: OZ Academy (Tokyo, Japan) – Tsubasa Kuragaki b Ryo Mizunami ; Yumi Ohka b Maiden Name Sakura Hirota; Hiroyo Matsumoto & Tomoka Nakagawa b Manami Toyota & Carlos Amano; Aja Kong & Hikaru Shida b Dynamite Kansai & Sonoko Kato; Mayumi Ozaki & Chikayo Nagashima b AKINO & Ayumi Kurihara
March 17: New Breed Wrestling Association (Banbury, Oxfordshire) – Bacardi & Kay Lee Ray b Dragonita & Carmel Jacob
March 17: WWE (Toledo, OH) – Layla b Alicia Fox
March 17: TNA Knockouts Knockdown (Orlando, FL) – Gail Kim b Alissa Flash; Lei’D Tapa b Ivelisse Velez; Tara b Mia Yim; Brooke Tessmacher b Santana Garrett; ODB b Trinity; Jacqueline b Taryn Terrell ; Hannah Blossom b Taeler Hendrix & Sojo Bolt in a 3-way; Velvet Sky b Jillian Hall; Mickie James b Serena Deeb; Gail Kim won a Gauntlet match
March 17: TNA (Orlando, FL) – Velvet Sky b Gail Kim
March 17: WAVE (Tokyo, Japan) – Kana b Ayumi Kurihara; Yumi Ohka b GAMI; Tomoka Nakagawa b Yuu Yamagata & Moeka Haruhi in a 3-way; Shuu Shibutani & Cherry b Ryo Mizunami & Maiden Name Sakura Hirota; Misaki Ohata & Tsukasa Fujimoto b Hikaru Shida & Syuri; Yumi Ohka b Kana to win the Regina di WAVE Championship
March 17: AAA (Monterrey, Mexico) – Faby Apache b LuFisto, Taya Valkyrie & Mary Apache in a 4-way to win the Reina di Reinas Championship
March 18: TNA World Cup (Orlando, FL) – Lei’D Tapa b Hannah Blossom; Ivelisse Velez b Mickie James; Christopher Daniels, James Storm, Kazarian, Kenny King & Mickie James b DOC , Ivelisse Velez, Knox, Mr. Anderson & Wes Brisco
March 19: TNA Hardcore Justice 2 (Orlando, FL) – ODB b Jacqueline Moore
March 22: Fight Club Finland (Helsinki, Finland) – Aurora Flame v Sara Elektra
March 22: Canadian Pro Wrestling (Woodstock, ON, Canada) – Courtney Rush v Kellie Skater
March 23: AAW (Berwyn, IL) – MsChif v Heidi Lovelace
March 23: SHINE 8 (Ybor City, FL) – Rain, Allysin Kay, Taylor Made & Ivelisse Velez v Amazing Kong, Angelina Love, Mia Yim & Christina Von Eerie; Leva Bates v Kimberly; Reby Sky v Jessicka Havok; Nikki Roxx v Mercedes Martinez; Santana Garrett v Sojo Bolt; Brandi Wine v Jayme Jameson; Su Yung v Brittney Savage; Nikki St John v Luscious Latasha
March 23: Acclaim Pro Wrestling (Greely, ON, Canada) – Addy Starr v Courtney Rush; Kellie Skater v Vanessa Kraven
March 23: United States Independent Wrestling Federation (Winston-Salem, NC) – Mia Svensson v Lei’D Tapa
March 24: Bellatrix 5 (Norwich, England) – Rebecca Mason v Skarlett; Penelope v Erin Angel; Miss Mina v Amy Lee; Chanel v Phobia; Violet O’Hara v Bacardi; Queen Maya v Liberty; Saraya Knight v Destiny
March 24: WAVE (Osaka, Japan) – Natsumi Showzuki, Kairi Hojo & Act Yasukawa v Mayu Iwatani, Yuhi & Sumire Yoshino; Io Shirai v Kaori Yoneyama; Hiroyo Matsumoto v Dark Angel; Miho Wakizawa, Eri Susa & Yui Yokoo v Kyoko Kimura, Hailey Hatred & Alpha Female; Nanae Takahashi & Yuzuki Aikawa v Natsuki*Taiyo & Yoshiko
March 24: Women Of Wrestling (Bethlehem, PA)
March 29: Absolute Intense Wrestling (Cleveland, OH) – Addy Starr v Angelus Layne
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; Xandra Bale & Leah Von Dutch v Deziree & Midianne; Kellie Skater v Angie Skye; Mary Lee Rose v Allysin Kay v Cherry Bomb; Portia Perez v Pink Flash Kira
March 30: New Horizons Pro Wrestling (Maddington, Australia) – Eliza Sway v Miami
April 6: IndyGurlz (Boonton, NJ) – Jana & Jessie Brooks v Cherry Layne & Nikki Addams; Sienna Duvall v Sassy Stephie; Sumie Sakai v Lufisto; Amber O’Neal & Angel Orsini v Annie Social & Kimber Lee; Leva Bates v Jessica James; Mia Yim v Kalamity; Mercedes Martinez v Kyoko Inoue
April 6: Riot City Wrestling (Wayville, Australia) – Eliza Sway v Savannah Summers v Lou Lou Lockhart v Harley Wonderland
April 6: CHIKARA (Secaucus, NJ) – Saturyne v Kobald
April 6: SHIMMER: Women Athletes (Secaucus, NJ) – Sweet Saraya v Cheerleader Melissa; Athena v Ayako Hamada; Mia Yim v Amazing Kong; Jessie McKay v Madison Eagles
April 7: Insane Championship Wrestling (Glasgow, Scotland) – Bete Noire v Kay Lee Ray v Carmel Jacob v Sara-Marie Taylor
April 7: HXC Wrestling (Manchester, England) – Holly Rocamora v April Davids
April 13-14: SHIMMER: Women Athletes (Berwyn, IL)
April 20: Battling Bombshells (Deerfield, FL) – La Rosa Negra v Mia Yim
April 21: World Wrestling League (San Jaun, Puerto Rico) – Cheerleader Melissa v Ivelisse Velez
April 24: OZ Academy (Tokyo, Japan) – Mayumi Ozaki v Ayumi Kurihara; Hiroyo Matsumoto & Tomoka Nakagawa v Aja Kong & Hikaru Shida
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 11: Women Superstars Uncensored (Voorhees, NJ) – Jessicka Havok v LuFisto
May 11: Bombshell Ladies Of Wrestling (Metuchen, NJ) – Missy Sampson v Alexa Thatcher; Amy Lee v Amazing Kong; Mia Yim v La Rosa Negra
May 25: Pro Wrestling: EVE Queen of the Ring (Nottingham, England)
June 23: Bellatrix 6 (Norwich, England)
June 23: Anarchy Championship Wrestling American Joshi Queen of Queens (Austin, TX)
July 6: nCw Femmes Fatales XII (Montreal, Quebec, Canada)
October 6: Bellatrix 7 (Norwich, England)
– Lee Burton
– Photos by Ivelisse Velez, Dave Muscarella, Alpha Female, Madison Eagles, Lady Lory
– Data collated from (but not limited to) Cagematch, joshifans.com, PuroLove, Dramatic DDT, Luchablog, Lords Of Pain, Wrestling Observer, Open The Puroresu Gate, PWInsider