Allison Danger isn’t going to Terry Funk her retirement. After her match at SHIMMER volume 57 on Sunday, she took the microphone to explain the reason why she is quitting the ring and won’t be coming back.
In January, the 36-year old suffered a minor stroke, after which doctors performed some tests and found out that she had lesions on her brain. She explained that they were not life-threatening, but did mean that she would have to stop wrestling for good. While she was thinking of stepping away from the ring, the diagnosis sealed her fate. However, the 13-year veteran is not going to be leaving the business completely, as she will shift her attentions to behind the curtain, assuming a backstage role in SHIMMER to help develop new talent.
The announcement came at the end of a match which raked up history, exposed old wounds and saw someone who she considered a friend take advantage of an old injury which she actually caused. Back on volume 17 in 2008, Danger suffered a broken collarbone at the hands of an Air Raid Crash from Cheerleader Melissa which put her out of action for three months. During her match alongside Regeneration X partner Leva Bates against Melissa and Ayako Hamada, Danger backed off from Melissa’s attack saying that her clavicle was hurting – to which Melissa responded that Danger was milking the moment for attention and sympathy, helping to make sure fans got behind Danger and didn’t have their loyalties separated. However, as the contest developed, Melissa’s aggression went into overdrive, refusing to tag her partner in and setting out to injure Danger on her way out.
In the end, Melissa’s Fujiwara armbar was enough to make Danger tap out, but had to be scraped off her opponent by Hamada, who questioned what the SHIMMER Champion was thinking. Her inquiries were met with insolence and an Air Raid Crash, securing a heel turn which had been coming all weekend – though that is covered later in the Roundup. After leaving, the decision was reversed, meaning Danger and Bates won the match via DQ, leading to the revelations in her post match speech.
The whole occasion was an emotionally draining one from the get-go. After coming out in her old gear with Bates dressing up like her departing partner, the pair were announced as being a combined weight of “12 Large, brother” by ring announcer Joey Eastman as a reference to the late Larry Sweeney, who was a good friend of Danger’s. We can’t know for sure if she was holding it together as she made her way to the ring as she was wearing her geisha mask, but when that was said she completely lost it, slumping into a corner and it was obvious that she was sobbing underneath – something which was confirmed when she removed the mask and was in floods of tears, hugging Eastman and referee Bryce Remsburg. It’s admirable that she managed to get it together for the match, as that completely broke her.
After the match, members of the roster like interviewer Amber Gertner, Serena Deeb, Courtney Rush and promoter and co-founder Dave Prazak came out to applaud her contributions to wrestling over the years – contributions which have seen her wrestle on four continents and all started because The Sandman’s wife wasn’t at an IWA show in Reading, PA in May 2000…
Taking part as a valet for the Sandman as her took on her brother Steve Corino was a step on from her previously being introduced to the Extreme Championship Wrestling locker room, but saw her get the bug to get trained up as a professional wrestler, with a punky Allison Danger debuting the following year (which also saw her wrestle Tough Enough 1 runner-up Taylor Matheny in a match which we featured in last Wednesday’s Retro). Less than two years into her career, she was grappling in Japan, and not long afterwards saw her debut in Ring Of Honor as the manager of the Christopher Street Connection but also led to her managing The Prophecy and Christopher Daniels as a single. During that time, she was also part of the women’s division where she took on the likes of Daizee Haze and Lacey, but also cut her teeth elsewhere, such as CHIKARA and IWA: Mid South.
Danger helped to create SHIMMER: Women Athletes in November 2005 as a follow-on from IWA: Mid-South’s successful Volcano Girls show to give female wrestlers fully-fledged promotion to display their talents, and helped to establish the blueprint for subsequent companies like NCW Femmes Fatales, SHINE, Pro Wrestling: EVE and others. You could argue that none of those groups would exist if it hadn’t have been for SHIMMER’s success in striking a chord with a niche – yet fiercely loyal – audience.
As far as other notable moments, Danger spent a number of months living in the UK in 2007 – during which time she met her husband-to-be Ares, with the pair tying the knot the following year and welcoming their daughter Kendall Grace into the world in February 2009. In fact, her pregnancy was an integral part of her most bitter feud in SHIMMER with Portia Perez, who had already attempted to re-injure her collarbone on volume 20 and then threatened infanticide against a pregnant Danger. After her daughter’s birth, Allison entered a long programme with the mouthy Ontarian, with the new mum eventually winning the feud in a Last Woman Standing Match on volume 30.
Danger’s most recent work has been alongside Bates as part of Re-X with her embracing her geeky side by wrestling in various costumes like Doc Brown from Back To The Future and more recently as Donatello from the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. While not winning any titles in the promotion that she helped to build, she inspired a great number of women to get into the profession and have a product to aspire to being part of – and that’s a very admirable legacy to be able to speak about.
From a personal standpoint, I may not be writing this on a dedicated women’s wrestling website if it wasn’t for Allison Danger. I met her in February 2007 during her stay in the UK after a great match against Pippa L’Vinn which was watched by no more than 70 people above a bar in Dudley. Though she didn’t need to, she took an extended time to chat and raised my interest in women’s wrestling as a whole. Through her, learned more about SHIMMER, leading to my first trip to see the promotion in April 2008 – the same set of tapings where she broke her clavicle. The morning after our arrival, she was part of a number of wrestlers who invited us out for lunch to welcome us – again, not something that she needed to do, but was a lovely touch. Her warmth, friendliness and passion for what she did helped to draw me into the product and helped for me to stick around. She was the first ever guest on the Women Of Wrestling Podcast for a reason – because we knew she would be a great interview, would set the tone for subsequent podcasts and establish the brand. It worked so well that it led to Ringbelles being born.
When we went to Las Vegas in 2011, Danger and her family took time out on a number of occasions during the trip to hang out, have dinner and take in a Penn & Teller show. She was welcoming, kind and wonderful. I’ve trusted her with personal and professional queries, and she has always made time for me. I won’t forget it, and can’t thank her enough for it.
Allison Danger is someone I am proud and grateful to have as a friend, and I wish her every success in her life. After the contributions and sacrifices she has made for women wrestlers all over the world, she truly deserves it.
I love you.
Stew also wanted to share some personal words about Allison…
As I sit here typing this in a hotel room as I’m ready to leave Chicago for the tenth time in five years, there’s nobody who has meant more to me and my travelling Brit contingent on the SHIMMER roster over the years than Allison Danger. To some extent, she’s the glue that helped all us Brits to stick together and made us all better friends with each other. As Lee said, meeting Danger in 2007 was a major part of encouraging him to eventually come to the US with me the following year, and I know for damn sure that she’s by far the most important figure for my other (non-Ringbelles) travelling companion Steve – so it’s kinda funny that my personal relationship with Danger got off on a bad foot back six or so years ago.
I was doing a British Wrestling Podcast back in those days called “The $&M Show” with my buddy Moj (who also ended up coming to Chicago on two of our early trips), when a misunderstanding over the handling of the announcement of Danger’s participation on the Ring of Honor shows in the UK (we had the go-ahead from the UK promoter to announce it, but Danger was unhappy that we hadn’t gone through the US promoter) led to an angry message from her. Suffice to say I was gutted with the misunderstanding, as the last thing I wanted to do was cause heat, but I knew Danger was super pissed. So when I eventually got to meet her at the ROH show in Liverpool, I was very pleased that after a brief mention of the unpleasantness, we swept that under the carpet and we were friendly after all. I followed that up with a podcast interview (as part of The $&M Show) in March 2007 where I finally really got a good handle on Danger’s unique sense of humour, and started to form a friendship that has grown through the years. On our first trip to Chicago in early 2008, Danger was there to take us to dinner, and on future trips we always made time to see Danger outside the show environment, getting to meet her husband and her daughter on some of the trips, becoming better friends in the process. I even had the pleasure of getting to meet Danger’s mother this past weekend and being able to tell her how important her daughter was to us. As Lee said, when we decided to do a podcast, there was NEVER a doubt that Allison Danger was the person to kick it off. There was nobody who we knew we’d have better chemistry with, and indeed nobody we trusted more.
Danger’s always been there for me as a friend, as a sounding board for site related stuff or even personal stuff, and she’s someone whose opinion I value incredibly highly. She’s honest to a fault, and I love her for that – and while she’s retiring from the ring, I know that not only will I continue to see her on future SHIMMER trips, but I’ve got a friend for life. Thanks for everything, Danger. I can’t tell you that enough. Love you.
Ringbelles’ travel companion and friend of the site Steve McCullagh also wanted to offer a few thoughts:
I first saw Danger wrestle in March 2007 at the Ring of Honor weekend in Liverpool, England. After the Saturday show I was in a group outside where Danger was holding court and, well, just being Danger. I was instantly captivated by this woman and her personality – I wanted to see more of her and what she did; who knows, I may even give this indy women’s wrestling stuff a shot…
Jump forward to August of 2007 and I was going to my second ChickFight with Stew (and Lee also – I met him for the first time at the previous ChickFight in April) in Skegness. Danger was on the show and for me was the draw. I was finally going to finally meet her. But then a massive spanner was thrown in the works when transportation issues meant Danger could not attend the show. To say I was gutted would be an understatement. As far as I knew at that point I may never get to meet her or speak to her.
Three or four days later when I was back at work and on my lunch hour my phone rang… and it was Allison Danger.
Long story short, a mutual friend knew how much I had been looking forward to meeting Danger properly so had got my number from Stew and arranged for Danger to give me a call. She had absolutely no reason to do so, other than she knew I was a fan and knew how sad I was not to have seen her. We had a nice little chat which made my day and left me with a massive (albeit shocked) smile on my face. Thanks, Steve!
As Lee & Stew have both made reference to, we made our first trip to Chicago for SHIMMER in April 2008 and Danger made us feel instantly welcome (I was literally shaking moments before properly meeting her for the first time). Every trip from then on Danger has treated us with affection and respect, and has been a major part of some of the happiest moments of my life. I will always be in her debt for that.
Allison Danger: Thank you. In wrestling, thank you for making me believe, making me laugh, making me cry. Making me care. Making me proud to be a fan of women’s wrestling and for taking my love of this sport to levels and places I never thought it could or would go. In real life (whatever that is) thank you for being a confidant and a true and valued friend who will never give me anything less than total honesty and who I respect more than very few people I have ever known. All of the happiness and amazing experiences I have had in the last six years and the true friendships I have made with people all over the world, there’s a chance none of it would have happened had I not seen you that night in Liverpool in March 2007.
I wish you nothing but the highest success and happiness in wherever the future takes you. Thank you for being my hero and my friend. I love you with all my heart. Always.
As for the SHIMMER DVD tapings themselves (results of which you can find here for volumes 54-55, and here for volumes 56-57), they were an example of building to a huge conclusion. As part of this four DVD story arc (or five, if you want to include volume 53), we saw the singles champion turn heel – as mentioned in the piece above on Danger – and also saw the Tag Team Championship switch from the Canadian Ninjas to the Global Green Gangsters in the main event of volume 57.
Kellie Skater and Tomoka Nakagawa were cheated out of a title victory on the iPPV when Nicole Matthews spit water in the Rate Tank’s eyes, allowing Portia Perez to score a tights-assisted roll-up for the pinfall. Afterwards, it was announced that the two teams would square off for the titles on volume 54 with the titles on the line, though the Ninjas decided to get deliberately counted out to retain their belts. It felt like an unsatisfactory ending, though it was just the start of the challengers’ run towards the championships.
After using shady tactics to cling onto the belts in the following volume – getting themselves disqualified in their defence against Veda Scott and Shazza McKenzie – the edict came down that the Ninjas would face 3G in singles matches on volume 56, which saw Skater defeat Matthews, and the Nakagawa/Perez match get thrown out when then pair had a pull-apart brawl. From there, another title contest was booked between the tandems with added stipulations of it being no count out, no disqualification and no time limit.
In one of the most dramatic main events in some time – and with the added pressure of having to headline the show which featured Danger’s retirement, speech and outpouring of raw emotion – the four presented a thrilling building-wide brawl with some heart-stopping near falls which made you think that the titleholders were going to get away with it once again. However, it was not to be, and 3G finally put a stop to the Ninjas reign with Skater pinning Perez to take the belts in what was a fitting end to a great second day of tapings.
While there has been lots of support and congratulations for 3G – and rightfully so – nobody should forget about the contributions of Perez and Matthews, who played the bad guy roles perfectly, built up the hate for them and put over the new champions in a huge way. Both Ninjas are top class, and should be recognised for their efforts, as they were fantastic all weekend. I would imagine that this will be the beginning of the end of them as a full-time team though, as they have done everything, beaten everyone and spent much of the last four years as Tag Team Champions. Singles runs seems to be the likely next step.
As for the new champions, they enjoyed a great build to winning the belts. Had they won the titles on either 53 or 54, it would have gone over well, but the fact that they had roadblocks and struggles put in their way gave the fans more reason to support them and will them towards another shot at the titles and meant it was an even bigger reaction when it happened. Their run towards the belt was pro wrestling storytelling in it simplest and finest form.
We have already mentioned Melissa’s heel turn – which some seem to be upset about considering she had just won the SHIMMER Championship from Saraya Knight – but it’s worth some discussion, as it’s a major character development for her, considering she has been a babyface since volume 8.
The SHIMMER Original got her title defence ball rolling by beating Mercedes Martinez in what was an entertaining encounter which suffered from being a foregone conclusion – as it was hugely unlikely that she was going to lose the title in her first defence – but then saw her take on babyface opponents for the rest of the weekend where she turned the aggression up a couple of notches to the point that it felt overly harsh. For example, as the veteran champ, she roughed up Courtney Rush en route to beating her on volume 55, and did the same thing to Kalamity on volume 56 where she also made fun of the size advantage that she had over her opponent and curb stomped her face into the guardrail. Then we got to volume 58 with Danger’s retirement match where she verbally and physically abused her fellow Original and then made a point of tapping her out before attacking partner Hamada before leaving to a chorus of boos, which had been growing throughout the weekend because of her actions.
As mentioned, there have been complaints about Melissa turning after Saraya Knight’s title run, and Madison Eagles mammoth reign which Melissa ended in late 2011. However, a heel Melissa is something which SHIMMER fans have not seen since October 2006, and affords her a lot of new opportunities. As it seems to be the way in SHIMMER, there are usually more babyfaces than heels, and the thrill of the chase is something which piques the interest of fans – as evidenced with 3G and the Ninjas. Besides, based on her actions on volume 58, it seems likely that there will be a match between Melissa and Hamada in the future, which – with some background friction between the pair – should be a great encounter.
Elsewhere, talent which was rising over recent volumes continued their ascent. As mentioned, Rush enjoyed her first SHIMMER main event and singles title challenge against Melissa, and while there was the odd stumble, she made sure that she swam rather than sank. Likewise, she had great encounters as part of the 4-way to earn her shot at the title, and also on volume 57 where she and Madison Eagles had a great match which had to follow the Danger retirement.
Athena also did well, putting together impressive wins over Taylor Made and Kimber Lee – though the latter match suffered a bit from the finish, which didn’t pan out as planned – and also had a great match with Eagles, while Kalamity also enjoyed her first main event and is rapidly growing in popularity.
I’ve mentioned her twice now, so it’s worth taking the time out to praise Madison for not missing a single beat. In the last two weeks, she has been part of five great matches and seeing her go unbeaten in singles matches, putting away Jessie McKay, Kana, Athena and Rush with the Hellbound. Her only losing effort was the four way on volume 54 where she wasn’t the one who was pinned by Rush.
As for returns, Serena Deeb was equally fearless in her comeback from injury, taking on Jessicka Havok twice in hard-hitting contests – the latter of which was the stronger match. It’s great to see both women back doing what they love, and feeling relatively pain free from their lay-offs, which must have helped to heal other physical problems which wrestlers inevitably have to deal with.
Debuts-wise, Havok made a big mark in SHIMMER, beating Deeb in her Berwyn debut on volume 54, dominating her tag team match on 55, falling to Serena on 56 and then overwhelming Mia Yim on 57. She is certainly an imposing figure on the roster, and is likely to make further big steps. Evie’s weekend was stunted a little by having her bell rung in her volume 54 match against fellow debutante Kimber Lee, but returned for another outing against Yim the following day showing no signs of any damage. She certainly made a strong impression – as did Lee, whose character shone through, especially in her outings against Shazza McKenzie and Athena.
Saraya Knight found a way to retain her heat after losing the belt by remind fans at every opportunity that she had held the belt – which caused the fans to respond with the point that she wasn’t champion anymore – while going after people who she believed had wronged her like Jessie McKay and Christina Von Eerie – the latter of whom ended up pinning her at the end of the weekend. Thunderkitty connected with the crowd in her match with Sassy Stephie in a contest which both should be very proud of. Made In Sin made further strides as a team and benefited from their alliance with Saraya on volume 57, which felt like a very natural coming together of characters. Santana Garrett is impossible to dislike. Leva Bates enjoyed her best match in SHIMMER to date against Miss Natural. Hamada was her normal brilliant self, putting on great matches, adding the fun and comedy at times and doing her best to make her opponents look like a billion dollars. Melanie Cruise’s progression was evident in a good match with Hamada, and she was also made to look like a monster when she crushed Xandra Bale. Mercedes Martinez proved why she is a great person to have on any roster, having top matches with Melissa, Hamada and Jessie McKay, and was also part of a hugely entertaining and crazy four way with Hamada, Kana and Yuu Yamagata.
Unfortunately, Yamagata was one of the disappointments of this block of shows. Despite the 4-way, she never had that standout moment, and looked especially awkward against Kalamity, who tried her best to have a great match with her. MsChif has had better weekends, and Rhia O’Reilly was lost in the shuffle a bit. As standalone volumes, even though they had their moments, 54 and 55 felt like they were lacking something, though things came good the following day with 56 and 57.
Overall though, anyone who attended both days will struggle to say that they felt cheated. With happiness and tears, ascensions and departures, SHIMMER’s spring shows had everything a wrestling fan could want.
Last night, promoter Dave Prazak posted a message on the SHIMMER forum, which we have added below, where he throws out some thanks:
Like most of the crew, I’m still in the midst of the recuperation period from a crazy two weeks worth of live events for SHIMMER. I look forward to an uninterrupted 12 or so hours of sleep, which is now on my immediate agenda, but first, I wanted to quickly post a few words of thanks to everyone involved in making these past two weeks happen.
I already know I’m going to accidentally omit some people deserving of a specific mention, so apologies in advance. First I’ll simply first offer a thank you to every fan who spent their money on our product so far this month, whether it be on tickets to the live events in Secaucus and Berwyn, on the iPPV for SHIMMER 53, or on the newly released DVD titles. Every bit of financial support you have given us has helped to keep us going, and is the only way we can continue to produce these events for all of you to experience. An equally large thank you goes out to all of the wrestlers and staff who contributed to making these events come to fruition. To the WrestleCon staff, World Wrestling Network staff, the AAW crew, the SHIMMER creative team and production staff, and the SHIMMER wrestlers themselves, thank you for your efforts to put on these five shows over a span of ten days.
Thanks to Kellie Skater, Tomoka Nakagawa, Portia Perez, and Nicole Matthews for everything up to and including one of the most memorable matches to close a weekend of SHIMMER events in our over seven year history. Each of them proved that they are worthy headliners… Madison Eagles and Serena Deeb for fantastic efforts in their respective returns to in-ring action, picking up right where they left off and not missing a beat… Excellent debuts from Jessicka Havok, Evie, and Kimber Lee, each of whom are outstanding talents which we look forward to keeping in the SHIMMER mix for the future… Saraya Knight for having such a unique presence every time she steps into the ring or begins to speak on the microphone… LuFisto for putting her own well being at risk for the entertainment of the SHIMMER fans, to give you your money’s worth… Courtney Rush, Kalamity, and Athena for continuing to step up their game and become more vital pieces of the SHIMMER puzzle with each passing show… International stars like Ayako Hamada and Kana for always giving it their all for the fans here in the United States, to make sure you have an unforgettable live experience… Hard working SHIMMER originals Mercedes Martinez, Cheerleader Melissa, and MsChif for continuing to be such an important part of our product… Of course Allison Danger for giving us all an emotional farewell on Sunday evening in Berwyn, and for all of her contributions to SHIMMER and women’s wrestling as a whole during the past thirteen years!
Incidentally, TNA’s Tara visited the promotion for the first half of Sunday, watching volume 56 from the technical area on the stage, supporting wrestlers she had met over the years like Melissa, Hamada, Mia Yim and Martinez, while also getting behind competitors like Havok and Skater, and making sure to pull out her phone to get photos of Kana’s entrance. While she didn’t stick around for 57, she tweeted that she enjoyed her experience of SHIMMER.
In last week’s Roundup, the latest news on LuFisto was that the injury that she suffered to her knee from that missed moonsault to the floor at SHIMMER volume 53 on April 6 was painful, but that nothing was broken. However, a day later, that self-diagnosis changed.
As it turned out, doctors determined that she had suffered an “exploded kneecap” which required surgery. On April 11, she had wires and screws inserted to repair the injury, which the Super Hardcore Anime insisted was not as bad as it sounds because the breaks were all clean. It means that there will be a faster recovery, though she is expected to be out for a minimum of two months.
As a result, LuFisto had to cancel a number of scheduled bookings including last weekend’s SHIMMER DVD tapings, but it also has had knock-on effects for other big shows coming up in the near future. For example, her Women Superstars Uncensored title challenge against Jessicka Havok on May 11 is also off, with a new opponent to be determined. In addition, she has also been stripped of the North Shore Pro Wrestling Championship which she won at the end of last year, as she had a scheduled defence on May 25.
It is a tough break for her, as she was enjoying a renaissance of sorts after having a rough couple of years where the former NCW Femmes Fatales International Champion was making noises about scaling back her wrestling dates. In the last year, she won the NSPW belt, made a huge splash in AAA in Mexico, had a great series of matches with Mercedes Martinez in both Femmes Fatales and WSU – and as mentioned, was up for a crack at the WSU title.
However, there is already some positivity, as the bandages are off and she is looking to spend some time out of the huge knee brace which she posted a picture of last week. She also reported that she is still in pain but it is bearable. For someone who has dealt with a lot of pain in her wrestling career – severe back injuries, a stroke a hole in the heart and various other ailments – it seems that she is taking it in her stride and trying to keep a positive spin on things. Best wishes to her.
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Jim Ross offered his thoughts on if/when Paige and Summer Rae will be called up to WWE soon, saying “When the two ladies you spoke of are ready they will be called up. I think both need more time in NXT. Life on the road is hard and takes preparation. Let’s allow them to improve and better prepare for the gruelling road schedule that awaits them. There is no hurry”… Amy “Lita” Dumas was CM Punk’s date for The Ultimate Fighter finale at the weekend… Nikki Bella pinned Kaitlyn on Raw last night. Well, it was meant to be Nikki Bella, but the twins made the switch just before the finish and Brie got the pin.
Rachel Summerlyn has had to bow out of Squared Circle Wrestling’s free iPPV show this Saturday because of nagging injuries. Best wishes to her. She’s been replaced with Christina Von Eerie… Mia Svensson retained her AIWF Women’s Championship on Saturday by beating Jessica Wetmore… Seleziya Sparx is back in the ring on May 19 after spending more than a year out because of ACL surgery. She’ll wrestle Vanessa Kraven at Smash Wrestling in Toronto… Maria Kanellis spoke to us on the latest Women Of Wrestling Podcast on a number of subject, including a clarification on her position in Ring Of Honor, after reports claiming she was looking to leave, saying: “I never said that I was done with Ring Of Honor. I just said that WWE had contacted me… Ring Of Honor is still my home.” She also discussed rumoured heat with the Bella Twins, apologising to Barbie “Kelly Kelly” Blank and more.
Cherry saved Kaori Yoneyama from a beating from Nazo Fukumen during her Fly To Everywhere title defence against Nazo Fukumen B at Union’s April 5 show. The next defence will be Yoneyama v B v Cherry next month… Dark Angel wrestled as Sarita under a mask at Stardom’s mask show at the weekend… Nikki Storm’s Japanese debut was a successful one. She and Emi Sakura defeated Hanako Nakamori & Morii at JWP Mania X on Sunday. Storm and Nakamori had a confrontation afterwards… Nanae Takahashi was rushed to hospital following the Gauntlet Match which main evented Stardom’s first show of the day on Sunday. Yuzuki Aikawa was taking on wrestlers in one minute matches and was eventually felled by Yuhi. However, during Takahashi’s second 60 second run against Aikawa, a kick to Nanae’s face caused a suspected broken orbital bone – which may be serious enough to take her out of Stardom’s Sumo Hall show, which was to be part of a trios match alongside Tsukasa Fujimoto & Mika Nagano against Kaori Yoneyama, Hiroyo Matsumoto & Syuri.
Wrestlicious has started broadcasting on Loaded TV in the UK. It debuted on Saturday, with founder Jay Vargas suggesting that they may tour the country in the future… Crazy Mary Dobson will wrestle Bete Noire on ICW: Fierce Females – Luke… Who’s Yer Da? on May 4. Leah Von Dutch will also take on Carmel Jacob… Shanna won her bracket in the TNA Gut Check Challenge, advancing to the final vote.
April 5: Union (Tokyo, Japan) – Kaori Yoneyama b Nazo Fukumen B
April 10: Ohio Valley Wrestling (Louisville, KY) – Nikki St John & Taeler Hendrix b Heidi Lovelace & Jessie Belle
April 11: WWE NXT (Winter Park, FL) – Nikki & Brie Bella b Cameron & Naomi
April 12: WWE SmackDown (Boston, MA) – Nikki and Brie Bella & Tamina Snuka b Kaitlyn, Cameron & Naomi
April 12: AAW (Berwyn, IL) – MsChif, Christina Von Eerie & Heidi Lovelace b Saraya Knight, Taylor Made & Miss Natural
April 12: CMLL (Mexico City, Mexico) – Goya Kong, Luna Mágica & Silueta b La Comandante, La Vaquerita & Tiffany
April 13: Wrestling New Classic (Osaka, Japan) – Syuri b Sawako Shimono; TAJIRI, Lin Byron & El Hijo del Pantera b Yusuke Kodama, YO-HEY & Makoto
April 13: Ice Ribbon (Saitama, Japan) – Nana Kawasa b Meari Naito; Kurumi b Miyako Matsumoto; Tsukasa Fujimoto v Aoi Kizuki went to a time limit draw; Tsukushi & Rabbit Miu b Hikaru Shida & Risa Sera
April 13: Deep Southern Championship Wrestling (Blue Ridge, GA) – Mia Svensson b Jessica Wetmore
April 13: East Coast Wrestling Association (Newark, DE) – Jessie Kaye won a battle royal
April 13: NWA Top Of Texas (Amarillo, TX) – Paula Fate v Starr went to a no-contest; Cody Jones & Starr b Ryan Justice & Paula Fate
April 13: Melbourne City Wrestling (Tullamarine, Australia) – KC Cassidy b Eliza Sway & Savannah Summers in a 3-way
April 13: SHIMMER: Women Athletes (Berwyn, IL) – Santana Garrett b Miss Natural; MsChif b Rhia O’Reilly; Evie b Kimber Lee; Kalamity b Yuu Yamagata; Veda Scott & Shazza McKenzie b Leva Bates & Allison Danger; Kana b Jessie McKay; Ayako Hamada b Melanie Cruise; Jessicka Havok b Serena Deeb; Kellie Skater & Tomoka Nakagawa b Nicole Matthews & Portia Perez via count out; Courtney Rush b Athena, Saraya Knight & Madison Eagles in a 4 way; Cheerleader Melissa b Mercedes Martinez; Jessie McKay b Yuu Yamagata; Allysin Kay b Thunderkitty; Sassy Stephie & Jessicka Havok b Santana Garrett & Heidi Lovelace; Christina Von Eerie b Saraya Knight via DQ; Athena b Taylor Made; Veda Scott & Shazza McKenzie b Nicole Matthews & Portia Perez via DQ; Kalamity b MsChif; Tomoka Nakagawa & Kellie Skater b Allison Danger & Leva Bates; Madison Eagles b Kana; Mercedes Martinez b Ayako Hamada; Cheerleader Melissa b Courtney Rush
April 14: OZ Academy (Toyko, Japan) – Manami Toyota b GAMI; Hiroyo Matsumoto b Misaki Ohata; Aja Kong b Hikaru Shida; Dynamite Kansai b Sonoko Kato; Carlos Amano, AKINO & Ayumi Kurihara b Mayumi Ozaki, Yumi Ohka & Mio Shirai
April 14: Diana (Kawasaki, Japan) – Kaoru Ito b Jenny Rose & Sareee in a handicap match; Kyoko Inoue & Tomoko Watanabe b Jaguar Yokota & Mima Shimoda
April 14: JWP (Tokyo, Japan) – Rabbit Miu & Tsukushi b Nana Kawasa & Lady Raideen; Manami Katsu b Risa Sera; Command Bolshoi, LEON & Ray b Sachie Abe, KAZUKI & Megumi Yabushita; Nikki Storm & Emi Sakura b Hanako Nakamori & Morii; Kayoko Haruyama & Tsubasa Kurigaki b DASH Chisako & Sendai Sachiko; Arisa Nakajima b Yumiko Hotta
April 14: Stardom (Tokyo, Japan) – Dark Angel, Mayu Iwatani & Yuhi b Miho Wakizawa, Sumire Yoshino & Yui Yokoo; Act Yasukawa, Natsuki☆Taiyo Yoshiko b Eri Susa, Kaori Yoneyama & Nanae Takahashi; Alpha Female, Hailey Hatred & Kyoko Kimura b Io Shirai, Kairi Hojo & Natsumi Showzuki; Yuzuki Aikawa wrestled a gauntlet match
April 14: Stardom (Tokyo, Japan) – BUSU b Marabenta Machel Rubicon & Masked Manpuku in a 3-way; Kairian & Konatsu v Golden Tiger & Tenba went to a time limit draw; Sarita & SUNSET☆JK b Passion Nakki & Kokuko; Mil Mascaras, Yuzupon Mask & IOTICA b Black Tiger, Passion Seven & MAYUCICA
April 14: SHIMMER: Women Athletes (Berwyn, IL) – Angelus Layne b Marti Belle; Xandra Bale & Pink Flash Kira b Angie Skye & December; Kimber Lee b Shazza McKenzie; Leva Bates b Miss Natural; Rhia O’Reilly b Leah Von Dutch; Kellie Skater b Nicole Matthews; Saraya Knight b Jessie McKay; Mia Yim b Evie; Allysin Kay & Taylor Made b MsChif & Christina Von Eerie; Portia Perez v Tomoka Nakagawa went to a double DQ; Kana b Ayako Hamada, Mercedes Martinez & Yuu Yamagata in a 4 way; Madison Eagles b Athena; Serena Deeb b Jessicka Havok; Cheerleader Melissa b Kalamity; Santana Garrett b Rhia O’Reilly; Melanie Cruise b Xandra Bale; Jessicka Havok b Mia Yim; Christina Von Eerie, Veda Scott & Shazza McKenzie b Saraya Knight, Allysin Kay & Taylor Made; Thunderkitty b Sassy Stephie; Athena b Kimber Lee; Jessie McKay b Mercedes Martinez; Kana b Kalamity; Allison Danger & Leva Bates b Cheerleader Melissa & Ayako Hamada via DQ; Madison Eagles b Courtney Rush, Kellie Skater & Tomoka Nakagawa b Portia Perez & Nicole Matthews to win the SHIMMER Tag Team Championship
April 15: WWE Raw (Greenville, SC) – Nikki Bella b Kaitlyn
April 15: AAA (Leon, Mexico) – Fabi Apache, Jennifer Blake & Lolita b Mary Apache, Sexy Lady & Taya Valkyrie
April 19: Scottish Wrestling Alliance (Motherwell, Scotland) – Fiona Fraser v Bete Noire
April 20: Squared Circle Wrestling (Watertown, NY) – Cherry Bomb & Pepper Parks v Christina Von Eerie & Jimmy Jacobs
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) – Alissa Flash 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; Kay Lee Ray v Rhia O’Reilly; Viper v April Davids; Crazy Mary Dobson v Bete Noire; Leah Von Dutch v Carmel Jacob
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; Santana Garrett 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 19: Smash Wrestling (Toronto, ON, Canada) – Seleziya Sparx v Vanessa Kraven
May 25: Pro Wrestling: EVE Queen of the Ring (Nottingham, England)
May 25: OMEGA (Wendell, NC) – Kacee Carlisle v Reby Sky
May 31: Girl Fight Wrestling (Charlestown, IN) – Candi Devine v Miss Dark Shadow; Miss Natural v Thunderkitty; Jessicka Havok v Leva Bates; Lil Naughty v Nevaeh; Crazy Mary Dobson v Jazz
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; Rhia O’Reilly v Bacardi
June 2: Vicious Outcast Wrestling (Grindstone, PA) – Sera Feeny v Nevaeh
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 Ring Of Honor, Matt Nordstrom, LuFisto, Jen Knight, WWE
– Data collated from (but not limited to) Cagematch, joshifans.com, PuroLove, Dramatic DDT, Luchablog, Lords Of Pain, Wrestling Observer, Open The Puroresu Gate, PWInsider