Last week, I repeated my previous assertion that two championships would change hands at NCW Femmes Fatales XI in Montreal, Quebec, Canada on Saturday. Lo and behold, that’s what happened – with the Bellatrix World Championship and the Femmes Fatales International Titles being won by Courtney Rush and Mercedes Martinez respectively.
Martinez’s victory over Kalamity is only part of her story in the show. She continued her cross-promotion feud with LuFisto following her defeat to the Super Hardcore Anime at Women Superstars Uncensored’s An Ultraviolent Affair in February by attacking her foe during LuFisto’s challenge for the SHIMMER title against Saraya Knight. The steel chair attack to LuFisto’s head was enough for Knight to lock in the Bridal Rocking Horse for the stoppage and retain the belt, meaning that no matter what happened with Mercedes’ challenge to Kalamity, the Martinez/LuFisto programme would continue.
As it turns out, the programme will likely feature the International Championship, as the Latina Sensation used a Fisherman Buster onto a steel chair to gain the pinfall and bring The Oncoming Storm’s 17-month reign to an end.
Realistically, the title had to change hands. Kalamity has ploughed through every challenge put in front of her, racking up more than a dozen successful defences against the likes of Kellie Skater, Athena, former titleholder LuFisto, Sweet Cherrie, Sara Del Rey and even Martinez in a previous encounter. In doing so, her standing (and the standing of the championship) has skyrocketed, and she should be hugely proud of her achievements. With dropping the championship, the 26-year old now has fresh challenges – notably a quest to regain the title, and means that fans can now get behind her attempts to ascend to the highest position in Femmes Fatales again.
Courtney Rush’s Bellatrix World Title win over Allison Danger makes sense both in a professional and logistical sense. Firstly, work and family commitments means that Danger has been unable to return to the UK to defend the former WAWW World strap since winning the belt from Saraya Knight in November 2011. It’s nobody’s fault – just that sometimes life gets in the way of wrestling – but that creates opportunity for others.
Rush’s victory offers her the chance to make the trip over the Atlantic to defend the title – something which she is keen to do – and also helps in recapturing a spark which she admitted that she had lost in February, partly due to the TNA Gut Check fiasco, where her real name was revealed, much to chagrin of a woman who strongly protects her privacy. She also pointed out that it had been affecting her ring work, caused her to become frustrated with wrestling and it forced her love for the business.
But then Kellie Skater arrived in Canada.
Seriously, that woman is a ray of sunshine wherever she goes, and she brightened up Rush’s life after flying over the Pacific to embark on the next chapter of her wrestling travels following three months in Japan. The pair wrestled on March 22 at Canadian Pro Wrestling in Woodstock, ON – and the following day, a refocused Courtney won the Acclaim Pro Wrestling Women’s Championship from Addy Starr.
Being the top champion of Bellatrix – a promotion which has been on a roll in the last month, enjoying a larger profile in the women’s wrestling world and enjoying a strong first venture into the iPPV market – means that Rush is in a great position to sit atop of an ambitious outfit. It also affords her the chance to explore new markets, meet new people and add new skills to her repertoire. It’s a heck of a comeback story for someone who was in the mire two weeks ago.
Unfortunately, the “four title matches on one show” gimmick didn’t happen due to WSU Champion Jessicka Havok bowing out due to a knee injury, meaning Cheerleader Melissa faced Havok’s Midwest Militia partner Allysin Kay instead. Melissa scored the win with a missile dropkick but suffered a beatdown from Kay, Sassy Stephie and Mademoiselle Rachelle after the bell.
Had the title match taken place, I doubt that the WSU belt would have changed hands, much in the same way as it was unlikely that the SHIMMER Championship was going anywhere. Two out of four title changes gets over the pretence that all the titles were in jeopardy, but more would have diluted the prestige of the title changes. Even though only three titles were up for grabs in the end, the selling point of the show still remained strong, and the two title changes both meant something. Coupled with larger crowds than at FFX (partly due to the increased prices of last November’s show due to it being a double DVD taping which wasn’t that attractive for the local fans), and as far as FFXI is concerned, it has to be mission accomplished.
This Saturday may be the only chance that you will get to see SHIMMER: Women Athletes on iPPV. When you consider that the promotion usually runs a packed weekend of DVD tapings (one of which happens in a week and a half in Berwyn, IL), it isn’t conducive to have an iPPV. With all the stars aligning for the promotion to have only its second stand-alone event – the first being on July 1, 2007 in Inverness, FL for volume 14 – as part of the WrestleCon festivities in Secaucus, NJ – SHIMMER presents a stacked card filled with returns, debuts and big-money matches.
Topping the list of volume 53 is the steel cage SHIMMER title defence between champion Saraya Knight and challenger Cheerleader Melissa, in what could be regarded as Melissa’s last crack at the belt without having to work her way up the ladder again. The pair fought in the main event of volume 52 with Rhia O’Reilly’s assistance leading to Saraya retaining the title following a belt shot. Straight afterwards, the challenge was thrown down by Melissa for another encounter inside the cage, negating the potential interference of any Saraya allies and should determine a definite winner.
As we discussed with Athena in Sunday’s Women Of Wrestling Podcast, she will be facing Ayako Hamada in another rematch from volume 52. Their last encounter saw our pick for Wrestler of the Year 2012 take the victory after attacking Athena’s injured leg and then moonsaulting onto it for the pin. Believing that she could beat Hamada, the Wrestling Goddess threw down the challenge for another bout, which was accepted.
Incidentally, have a listen to the WOW Podcast – it’s a scream filled with anecdotes, revelations, a Wrestling Bucket List, the origins of her name, the O-Face, why she calls people hussies and more.
As mentioned, there are some big returns taking place on the show with Madison Eagles making her return to the promotion for the first time since losing the SHIMMER title to Melissa back on volume 44 and suffering a devastating knee injury days later which kept her out for 18 months. She will take on Jessie McKay, who sat out the previous tapings last October in what is a rematch from their great SHIMMER title match on volume 35 on September 12, 2010. The former Pink Ladies know each other inside out, so expectations will be high for their match, as well as to what Eagles’ intentions are. Is she coming back as a babyface who overcame a horrible injury and got her life in perspective, or will she be that complex heel character who has all the babyface characteristics of fighting hard and with honour but adores herself just a tad too much to really get behind her? We’ll see.
Amazing Kong also sets foot in a SHIMMER ring for the first time since volume 35 to face Mia Yim, in what is the latter’s highest-profile contest in the promotion to date. She has not enjoyed much success in SHIMMER so far, but has gained praise for her work ethic, solid encounters and willingness to travel all over the world to learn. Kong will also have something to prove because of her 31 month absence – does she still have what it takes to dominate, or will she be toppled by a hungry young woman who wants to claim her first big scalp?
Ayumi Kurihara makes her final SHIMMER appearance before her retirement in August due to nagging injuries by facing Mercedes Martinez. The Latina Sensation will be after a win to get some traction under her after a stop-start period over the last year or so, while former Tag Team Champion Kurihara will be looking for a decisive victory to say goodbye.
So that’s five big matches – but wait, there’s more… and it may be a squeeze to get it all in.
There are seventeen other wrestlers booked for this show – including the return of Serena Deeb in what will be an emotional moment, and the debuts of Evie and Kimber Lee too – who don’t have announced matches yet, and the construction of the steel cage may take around 15 minutes. As far as time restraints go, it’s going to be pretty tight. With such a platform as iPPV on WrestleMania weekend, I’m sure the promotion will want to make the best impression possible, but to showcase all of its talent there may be cause to have a multi-person match or two in order to make sure things don’t overrun, as that’s not really an option here.
Having said that, this has been in the plans for a long time and while the roster reveals have been drip-fed over the last few months, the number of women booked will have been in place for a while. As a consequence the card and running times will have likely been in place for some time to make sure everything goes with military precision. Hopefully it all goes to plan and we get to see all the matches played out in their entirety without having to see bits shaved off.
You can pre-order the event – which starts at noon EST on Saturday – by clicking here. If you haven’t watched a SHIMMER event before, throw down $15 and have a watch. It’s the most star-studded, most well-attended and most hyped show in the promotion’s history.
WrestleMania XXIX lands this weekend with a couple of talking points involving the women, but one of them certainly isn’t a Divas Championship match. Titleholder Kaitlyn was nowhere to be seen on last night’s Raw, and despite the hot couple of minutes she and AJ Lee had on Raw last week, nothing was followed up – so unless some decision is made in a clip from Axxess broadcast on SmackDown this Friday or announced on the website, that potential WM match isn’t happening. Besides, there hasn’t been much in the way of preparation for the contest on the house show circuit, as Kaitlyn has been beating Tamina Snuka on the road over the last couple of weeks.
As predicted in last week’s Roundup, Brie and Nikki Bella will team with Cody Rhodes and Damian Sandow against Funkadactyls Cameron and Naomi, as well as Tensai and Brodus Clay in mixed tag action at WrestleMania on Sunday. The two female tandems have had two more matches since the last Roundup, with the Bellas winning both. It’s a bit of a throwaway contest on what is a packed card – but at least there is some history there, and with it being a multi-person contest, it’s likely to be frenetic.
The day before WM, the Hall Of Fame inducts Trish Stratus, with a big talking point being that it would not be her most regular on-screen partner/rival Amy “Lita” Dumas doing the inducting.
In Saturday’s Toronto Sun, the former 6-time Women’s Champion downplayed the speculation of Lita being there, saying “I have someone and you’ll just have to wait. That’s obviously been swirling around. It was a difficult choice. There’s a number of people that have really, really impacted my career. In my speech, you’ll know the choice I made is very clear. But you’ll know soon enough.”
Instead, it will be Stephanie McMahon being given the honours, as was revealed in a couple of tweets last night. The pair will have worked closely during Stratus’ entire run in WWE, and had on-screen confrontations in early 2001 when Trish was cosying up to Steph’s father Vince while mother Linda was in a private sanatorium. It escalated when Trish managed WWF Champion Kurt Angle during his title defence against her then-screen husband (and now real-life husband) Triple H at the Royal Rumble, which saw the two women get physical. Things descended over the following month to the point that the pair fought a surprisingly entertaining match at No Way Out, considering the pair were both non-wrestlers at the time.
The following night, Vince turned on Trish with he, Stephanie and William Regal assaulting and humiliating her with a filthy mop, leading to the “barking like a dog” angle which garnered the WWF some serious negative publicity. Stratus’ character then became subservient, catering to the McMahon father and daughter’s whims, only to turn on them at WrestleMania X-Seven and start a three year babyface run.
I’m sure that Stephanie will do a great job – arguably better than Lita, who is hardly the most exciting orator in the history of public speaking – but some may feel a little disheartened that one friend didn’t induct the other, especially when you consider some of the anecdotes which could have been told. In fact, even Trish’s best buddy in wrestling Lilian Garcia would likely to have had some great tales to tell.
Don’t let it seem that I’m disappointed with what we’re getting, just that out of the options presented, it wouldn’t have been the first one I would have gone for.
Elsewhere, we have featured two videos on the site in the last week – one was the Retro featuring Beth Phoenix in OVW, and the other was Kalamity defending the International Championship against LuFisto last April. As well as the aforementioned WOW Podcast with Athena, we also spoke to CWF Mid-Atlantic and SPARKLE ring announcer Chasity Taylor, and it’s a great listen, so click here and check it out.
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The best of the rest
Dolph Ziggler used his Twitter to put over Naomi’s moveset after her and Cameron’s match against the Bellas on Main Event last week… Maria Menounos will induct Bob Backlund into the WWE Hall Of Fame this Saturday. The pair are friends… Charlotte thanked fans for their well wishes following the death of her brother Reid Flair last week.
Taryn Terrell called out Gail Kim on last week’s Impact Wrestling as part of Open Fight Night, but Kim pointed out another Knockout had a problem with her, with Tara coming out. As Taryn was distracted, Gail attacked her from behind and the pair laid down a beating until Velvet Sky made the save.
MsChif, “Miss Natural” Heather Patera, Saraya Knight, Heidi Lovelace Taylor Made and Christina Von Eerie have all been announced for the AAW show on April 12 in Berwyn, IL… Kimber Lee & Drew Gulak and Annie Social & Devon Moore have been added to the Women Superstars Uncensored Queen and King of the Ring on May 11… The following message was posted on the SHINE Facebook group: “The Road to the Gold starts on 4/19”. Madison Eagles, Jessie McKay, Kellie Skater, Shazza McKenzie, Evie, Courtney Rush, Rhia O’Reilly and Saraya Knight have all been announced too as part of a Commonwealth “International Invasion”, while Kimberly and Leva Bates meet once again – this time in an Arkham Asylum Steel Cage Match… Veda Scott and Gregory Iron successfully defended their Absolute Intense Wrestling Tag Team Championship on Friday by beating Jock Samson & Marion Fontaine, who answered their open challenge. Scott, Addy Starr and Allysin Kay also participated in the Gauntlet for the Gold main event, which was won by Colin Delaney… Melanie Cruise returned from her concussion at Friday’s RESISTANCE Pro show, making the save for Amazing Kong after Nikki St John interfered in Kong’s Women’s Title defence against D’Arcy Dixon. To Teddy Long’s delight, a tag match then took place, with Kong & Cruise beating Dixon & St John… Congratulations to Mia Svensson, who won the NCSW Heartbreakers Championship on Saturday… Leilani Kai will be refereeing the match between Mia Yim and La Rosa Negra on the April 20 Battling Bombshells show… Amazing Kong is booked to appear for New Horizons Pro Wrestling in Australia on May 31 and June 1.
Yuu Yamagata will be the first challenger to Yumi Ohka’s Regina di WAVE Championship, while Kana and Mio Shirai are next up to go for Tomoka Nakagawa and Hiroyo Matsumoto’s WAVE Tag Team Titles… Congratulations to Makoto, who won the Wrestling New Classic Women’s Championship on Sunday, beating Lin Byron to earn the shot on the afternoon show and then defeating Syuri to win the belt. Syuri fell in her first defence, which goes along with every SMASH Divas Champion losing the belt on their first defence… Also on Sunday, Tsukushi defeated Kurumi to retain the Ice Ribbon ICEx60 Championship. At a combined age of 27, they comprised the youngest main event match to ever take place at Tokyo’s Korukuen Hall… Yuzuki Aikawa has been stripped of the Wonder Of Stardom Championship after retaining the belt on Sunday against Act Yasukawa, with a new champion being crowned on her retirement show on April 29. Yasukawa and Dark Angel will compete for the vacant title. Aikawa was never defeated for the belt. Yuzuki’s final opponent was also announced as being Yoshiko – the woman who she beat to be crowned the inaugural Wonder Of Stardom Champion on July 24, 2011. Elsewhere on the card Natsuki*Taiyo defends the High Speed Championship against Yuhi; Kyoko Kimura & Hailey Hatred put the Goddesses Of Stardom Titles against Kairi Hojo & Natsumi Showzuki while World Of Stardom titleholder Alpha Female defends against Io Shirai.
Erin Angel will meet Blue Nikita at ICW: Fierce Females’ Luke… Who’s Yer Da show on May 4 in Glasgow, Scotland… Pollyanna, Sakura Lily and Amazon Ayesha Ray will take part in a TLC match in June… Leah Von Dutch will also wrestle for the New Breed Wrestling Association during her trip to the UK. The promotion’s hinting she’ll face Alpha Female.
Jennifer Blake suffered a swelling the size of a golf ball on her left ankle after her tag match in AAA on Friday.
Australia & New Zealand
Olivia Shaw will challenge Evie for the Impact Pro Wrestling New Zealand title on the promotion’s final show on April 27. She defeated Britenay on Saturday after Evie got a measure of revenge against her old enemy by hitting her in the head with the bell… Storm has travelled to the UK to wrestle.
March 26: CMLL (Guadalajara, Mexico) – Goya Kong, Marcela & Silueta b Princesa Blanca, Princesa Sugheit & Zeuxis
March 26: WWE NXT (Orlando, FL) – Emma & Summer Rae b Charlotte & Sasha Banks
March 27: Ohio Valley Wrestling (Louisville, KY) – Epiphany b Taeler Hendrix
March 27: WWE Main Event (Hershey, PA) – Nikki & Brie Bella b Cameron & Naomi
March 27: WAVE (Tokyo, Japan) – Shuu Shibutani b Fairy Nihonbashi; Moeka Haruhi & Sawako Shimono b Tsukasa Fujimoto & Risa Sera; GAMI & Ayumi Kurihara b Kana & Arisa Nakajima; Carlos Amano b Ryo Mizunami; Yumi Ohka & Yuu Yamagata b Misaki Ohata & Mio Shirai
March 28: WWE NXT (Winter Park, FL) – Kaitlyn b Natalya
March 28: WWE Superstars (Philadelphia, PA) – Natalya b Aksana
March 29: RESISTANCE Pro (Willowbrook, IL) – Nikki St John b Mickie Knuckles; Thunderkitty b Crazy Mary Dobson; Amazing Kong v D’Arcy Dixon went to a no-contest; Amazing Kong & Melanie Cruise b Nikki St John & D’Arcy Dixon
March 29: WWE SmackDown (Hershey, PA) – Daniel Bryan & Kaitlyn b Dolph Ziggler & AJ Lee
March 29: Premiere Wrestling Xperience (Charlotte, NC) – Amber O’Neal b Carolina Rodriguez
March 29: WWE (Springfield, MA) – Kaitlyn b Tamina Snuka
March 29: Absolute Intense Wrestling (Cleveland, OH) – Addy Starr b Angelus Layne; Veda Scott & Gregory Iron b Jock Samson & Marion Fontaine
March 29: AAA (Naucalpan, Mexico) – Faby Apache & Jennifer Blake b Mary Apache & Taya Valkyrie
March 30: CWF Mid-Atlantic (Gibsonville, NC) – Amber O’Neal & Santana Garrett b Su Yung & Amanda Rodriguez
March 30: Impact Pro Wrestling New Zealand (Auckland, New Zealand) – Olivia Shaw b Britenay
March 30: Ice Ribbon (Saitama, Japan) – Hikaru Shida & Kurumi b Hamako Hoshi & Tsukushi; Aoi Kizuki b 235; Mio Shirai v Miyako Matsumoto went to a time limit draw; Hailey Hatred & Risa Sera b Manami Katsu & Tsukasa Fujimoto
March 30: North Carolina Superstars of Wrestling (Whitworth, NC) – Mia Svensson b Kim Spades Lei’D Tapa & Elisha Ashley to win the NCSW Heartbreakers Championship
March 30: WWE (Atlantic City, NJ) – Kaitlyn b Tamina Snuka
March 30: Sacramento Wrestling Federation (Woodland, CA) – Katarina Leigh b Colt Pistol
March 30: Florida Underground Wrestling (Tampa, FL) – Mia Yim b Solo Darling
March 30: New Horizons Pro Wrestling (Maddington, Australia) – Eliza Sway v Miami went to a double count out
March 30: WWE NXT (Miami, FL) – Paige & Audrey Marie b Summer Rae & Emma
March 30: nCw Femmes Fatales XI (Montreal, Quebec, Canada) – Sweet Cherrie b Sassy Stephie; Pink Flash Kira b Jewells Malone; Midianne b Xandra Bale; Kellie Skater b Angie Skye; Cheerleader Melissa b Allysin Kay; Cherry Bomb b Mary Lee Rose; Courtney Rush b Allysin Danger to win the Bellatrix World Championship; Saraya Knight b LuFisto; Mercedes Martinez b Kalamity to win the Femmes Fatales International Championship
March 31: Wrestling New Classic (Tokyo, Japan) – Makoto b Lin Byron; Makoto b Syuri to win the WNC Women’s Championship
March 31: Stardom (Tokyo, Japan) – Eri Susa b Sumire Yoshino; Natsuki*Taiyo & Yoshiko b Yuhi & Mayu Iwatani; Kaori Yoneyama, Kairi Hojo & Natsumi Showzuki b Nanae Takahashi, Miho Wakizawa & Yui Yokoo; Alpha Female & Kyoko Kimura b Io Shirai & Dark Angel; Yuzuki Aikawa b Act Yasukawa
March 31: Diana (Kawasaki, Japan) – Keiko Aono & Yumiko Hotta b Mima Shimoda & Tomoko Watanabe; Kyoko Inoue & Sareee b Jenny Rose & Kaoru Ito
March 31: JWP (Tokyo, Japan) – Leon & Risa Sera b Nana Kawasa & Rydeen Hagane; Kayoko Haruyama b Sareee; Kana v Tsubasa Kuragaki went to a time limit draw; Manami Katsu & Rabbit Miu b KAZUKI & Sachie Abe; Hanako Nakamori & Maury b Arisa Nakajima & Command Bolshoi
March 31: Ice Ribbon (Tokyo, Japan) – Risa Sera b Rutsuko Yamaguchi; 235 b Kuzira Oshima; Aoi Kizuki & Atisa Nakajima b Cherry & Meari Naito and Kana & Shuu Shibutani in a 3-way; Hamuko Hoshi & Hailey Hatred b Neko Nitta & Leon; Minoru Suzuki b Miyako Matsumoto; Hikaru Shida & Tsukasa Fujimoto b GAMI & Ryo Mizunami; Tsukushi b Kurumi
March 31: OZ Academy (Nagoya, Japan) – Mayumi Ozaki b Maiden Name Sakura Hirota; Aja Kong & AKINO b Manami Toyota & Aya Yuki; Hiroyo Matsumoto b Tomoka Nakagawa; Carlos Amano b Ayumi Kurihara; Yumi Ohka & Mio Shirai b Dynamite Kansai & Sonoko Kato
March 31: CMLL (Mexico City, Mexico) – Amapola, La Comandante & Tiffany b Dalis la Caribeña, Estrellita & Luna Mágica
March 31: WWE (White Plains, NY) – Kaitlyn b Tamina Snuka
April 1: WWE Raw (Washington DC) – Nikki & Brie Bella b Cameron & Naomi
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: New England Championship Wrestling (Abington, MA) – Alexxis Nevaeh v Nikki Valentine
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: Vanguard Championship Wrestling (Norfolk, VA) – Kacee Carlisle v Persephone
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: Stardom (Sapporo, Japan) – Miho Wakizawa v Sumire Yoshino; Mayu Iwatani v Yui Yokoo; Nanae Takahashi v Eri Susa; Yuzuki Aikawa, Kairi Hojo & Natsumi Showzuki v Alpha Female, Kyoko Kimura & Hailey Hatred ; Io Shirai, Dark Angel & Kaori Yoneyama v Natsuki*Taiyo, Yoshiko & Act Yasukawa
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: Squared Circle Wrestling (Watertown, NY) – Cherry Bomb & Pepper Parks v Rachel Summerlyn & Colin Delaney
April 20: Herts and Essex Wrestling (Braintree, England) – Penelope v Skarlett
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: Stardom (Ryogoku, Japan) – Yui Yokoo & Sumire Yoshino v Risa Sera & Rutsuko Yamaguchi ; Miho Wakizawa v Manami Toyota; Mayu Iwatani, Lin Byron, Kota Ibushi & Gota Ihashi v Eri Susa, Makoto, Hikaru Sato & Michael Nakazawa; Takumi Iroha v Meiko Satomura; Act Yasukawa v Dark Angel; Natsuki*Taiyo v Yuhi; Kyoko Kimura & Hailey Hatred v Kairi Hojo & Natsumi Showzuki; Nanae Takahashi, Tsukasa Fujimoto & Mika Nagano v Kaori Yoneyama, Hiroyo Matsumoto & Syuri ; Alpha Female v Io Shirai; Yuzuki Aikawa v Yoshiko
April 24: OZ Academy (Tokyo, Japan) – Mayumi Ozaki v Ayumi Kurihara; Hiroyo Matsumoto & Tomoka Nakagawa v Aja Kong & Hikaru Shida
April 27: Impact Pro Wrestling New Zealand (Auckland, New Zealand) – Evie v Olivia Shaw
April 27: Combat Sports Federation (Weston-Super-Mare, England) – Raquel Arijon v Pollyanna
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 Luke, Who’s Yer Da? (Glasgow, Scotland) – Erin Angel v Blue Nikita
May 5: Plymouth Wrestling Alliance (Plymouth, England) – Pollyanna v Erin Angel
May 11: Women Superstars Uncensored Queen and King of the Ring (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; Shelly Martinez v Serena Deeb; Sumie Sakai v Amber O’Neal; Amber Rodriguez v Alicia
May 17: Maximum Pro Wrestling (Sunderland, England) – Pollyanna v Sakura Lily
May 25: Pro Wrestling: EVE Queen of the Ring (Nottingham, England)
May 25: OMEGA (Wendell, NC) – Kacee Carlisle v Reby Sky
June 1: Remix Pro Wrestling (Marietta, OH) – Katarina Leigh v Jessie Belle
June 1: UK Main Event Wrestling (Maidstone, England) – Pollyanna v Sakura Lily v Amazon Ayesha Ray
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 NCW: Femmes Fatales; Courtney Rush, Wayne Wilson, Makoto, Paul Roberts, Pat Laprade
– Data collated from (but not limited to) Cagematch, joshifans.com, PuroLove, Dramatic DDT, Luchablog, Lords Of Pain, Wrestling Observer, Open The Puroresu Gate, PWInsider