There are a lot of women’s wrestling promotions in the northern half of the planet. SHIMMER, Femmes Fatales, Women Superstars Uncensored, SHINE, IndyGurlz, Lucha Libre Feminil, Bellatrix, Pro-Wrestling: EVE, Fierce Females, WAVE, OZ Academy, JWP, Diana, Ice Ribbon, and Sendai Girls, just to name a few. In addition, there are promotions with women’s divisions like Anarchy Championship Wrestling, Elite Canadian Championship Wrestling, Acclaim Pro Wrestling, Squared Circle Wrestling, World Xtreme Wrestling, AAA, CMLL, FutureShock, ABC Catch and more.
In the southern hemisphere, there are comparatively few – which means if you are the champion of one of those, you are in a much more exclusive club. While there are some like the IndyGurlz Australia title and the Riot City Wrestling Women’s strap, arguably the most prestigious belt in women’s wrestling is in the southern hemisphere is the one representing the Pro Women’s Wrestling Alliance, and it’s now officially held by a grappler who has spent the last year as the lady in waiting…
Evie won the Interim Championship last August after emerging victorious in a tournament to declare a titleholder while the reigning champion Madison Eagles was out of action with a knee injury, though kept the belt by her side in the way that is more reminiscent of something from MMA rather than pro wrestling. However, it did create some crackle and fizz when the lofty Australian returned to action in January, as there was the likelihood that their paths would cross – and on Saturday in a suburb of Sydney, they did.
By all accounts, their Champions United main event unification match was a joy to behold with both being tested and Evie having to alter her game to defeat an opponent with unusual attributes – due to her 6 foot frame, it was unlikely that the New Zealander would be able to execute her TTYL finisher, which is like a Go To Sleep but with a big kick rather than a knee. Instead, she managed to secure the win with a top rope double stomp in a match which saw the pair battle both inside and outside of the ring, and included Evie launching herself off the stage to the floor with a huge plancha.
We approached the new Undisputed PWWA Champion for comment, and she was only to happy to oblige:
I knew going into this match that it would be a defining moment in my career. If not, THE defining moment. Ever since I managed to capture the Interim title last year while Madison Eagles was out with injury, fans and wrestlers alike being to talk about the possibility of her coming back and claiming what was hers. I knew I had to hold onto the Interim title until then however, and only then could I have a shot at the title of the undisputed PWWA champ.
PWWA is the holy grail of women’s wrestling down under. Each wrestler that is a part of the roster knows the huge responsibility to uphold the great name, and all the ladies have always been so talented! This time round, it was no different. So many new faces stepped up to the plate at this show too, it was very exciting to see them debut just as I had two years ago!
I was focused on my match for most of the evening. It was going to be my toughest challenge to date – In my eyes, Eagles is the epitome of women’s wrestling, not only in Australia, but internationally. To beat her, I’d have to pull out all the stops. Even try things I never had before on any other opponent.
And now, after a year of back and forth over who the real and most deserving PWWA champion was, I am privileged and so relieved to be able to claim that title. I am proud to hold the championship of such a prestigious company, and it feels like everything has just begun. #TEAMKICK
The match and win is undoubtedly the most important of her career. While defeating former champs Kellie Skater and Jessie McKay en route to winning the Interim Championship was a big thing, there was still the argument that she was only spearheading a division which did not include Madison Eagles. Now that argument can be put to bed, as the focus of the division is squarely on her. No more arguments about her being a paper champion or that she was keeping the belt warm until Eagles returned – there is only one.
However, Eagles should also receive a ton of praise for her contributions. While some may have questioned her remaining PWWA Champion while she was hurt, having the unification match added an element of spice to the festivities and made it seem extra special. Evie won the match in a decisive manner and portrays her as the better woman, and there is no argument as to who is the leader of PWWA right now. Besides, as we pointed out last week, an Eagles win doesn’t offer as many options and directions as an Evie victory – and Eagles has a PWA Heavyweight Title match in her future too, so everyone has a path to embark on. Plus, with 20 wrestlers competing on the event (check out the Best of the Rest to read more about the stars of the undercard), it is pretty clear that the southern hemisphere has plenty to offer women’s wrestling, and should not be overlooked.
Stew seems to have adopted the mantle of Total Divas reviewer, and has covered the most recent episode on Sunday – a show which saw ratings increase by 200,000 to 1.5 million viewers:
Week two of Total Divas was in many ways more of the same, continuing to press along the general storylines of the show. I say ‘storylines’ simply because unlike week one, where there were some elements of reality interwoven with with fake/manipulated scenes to spice up the drama, this week they’ve completely dispensed with any semblance of ‘reality’ in their so-called reality TV show. Literally everything this week screamed ‘fake’ – from Eva Marie’s lying and targetting of Fandango, The Bellas relationships being further explored and more of Ariane annoying Trinity. Jojo once again barely featured other than to react to Eva Marie, and Nattie really didn’t feature much this week at all.
Essentially Total Divas has become a wrestling show with storylines but no actual in-ring content. Everybody is playing a role based on getting their character traits over. Nikki Bella, for example, comes across as the least likeable person on the show – but I’ve little doubt that the character we see on screen is the real Nikki Bella playing an exaggerated “Queen Bitch” version of herself. Likewise, they’ve determined they want Eva Marie to come out of this series as a star, so they’ve concocted the storylines of her deciding to go against the company and dye her hair red instead of blonde, and now one where she lies about ballroom dance experience to try and skip her way to the main roster with Fandango, only to be exposed as a liar. If either of those stories were real, she’d be in the WWE doghouse and probably off the show – but here, it’s just part of getting her over. Oh, and that visit to Bryan Danielson’s house in Aberdeen, WA? While that probably is his “family” home, Bryan and Brie live in San Diego.
How you like Total Divas looks like it depends on what you’re looking for in the show. As an entertainment show, it’s not the worst thing in the world – there are distinct characters and manipulated dramas, just not a lot of reality. I get the impression that the best description of the show is ‘Improvised Drama’ – it’s not scripted, but everybody gets briefed before every shot what the producers want from each scene.
Also on the site this week, we posted a Retro of the final match in the SHIMMER Title tournament from 2007, and also had a new Bunch of Fives featuring some of the most successful repackaging of gimmicks. Not sure what we mean? Click here and find out more.
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There are reportedly questions being asked about how 19-year old Jo-Jo Offerman is allowed to be on the road with Total Divas when 20-year old Paige is still in Florida with NXT. WWE apparently has an unwritten rule about keeping wrestlers off the road until they’re 21… Madusa (known as Alundra Blayze in the WWF) has joined Bull Nakano in being added to the Alumni section of WWE.com. It’s a pretty big deal considering what she did after leaving the WWF in late 1995, by showing up on WCW Monday Nitro and dropping the WWF Women’s Championship belt in the trash and has had no substantial dealings with the company since then… Nakano and Blayze’s SummerSlam 94 match was listed in the top 25 SummerSlam matches of all time… Charlotte picked up her second straight NXT win last week, beating Sasha Banks… Former WWE developmental Diva and Tough Enough contestant Christina Crawford is now a cheerleader for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers… Layla turned heel on Kaitlyn for no discerning reason during the latter’s Divas Championship challenge against AJ Lee on SmackDown, leading to a third tap out to the Black Widow by Kaitlyn. Layla then beat Kaitlyn last night on Raw. Few people cared. Layla is the pits – she’s not bad as a wrestler, but she’s just dull. In addition, she isn’t over as a babyface or a heel, and seeing her skip around the ring with AJ just seems so wrong.
Following on from their confrontation the week before, ODB and Gail Kim went to a double count out last week. While she has appeared on the One Night Only PPVs, this was the first time that ODB has wrestled on Impact Wrestling this year. Her last match on the show was a battle royal on the November 12, 2012 episode, and her last singles match was a loss to Jesse Godderz on November 1.
Jenny Rose has been added to the Absolute Intense Wrestling Girls Night Out 9 & 10 lineup for October 6… Heidi Lovelace became the number one contender for the Ohio Valley Wrestling Women’s Championship after winning a rumble on last week’s episode. She eliminated Lei’D Tapa (who eliminated the most women) to get the victory. After the match, Tapa destroyed Lovelace and titleholder Trina Thompson. At the Saturday Night Special, Thompson beat Lovelace to retain the title… Tammy Lynn Sytch was said to have done a very good job as the MC of the Mid Atlantic Fan Fest in Charlotte, NC at the weekend. She is also looking to have her autobiography out by Christmas… Amanda Rodriguez earned an AIWF Women’s Title match against Mia Svensson after beating her in a non-title match on Saturday… Amazing Kong has recorded a YouShoot with Kayfabe Commentaries. In the preview, she has a pop at Rhaka Khan and talks about how she couldn’t get a straight answer about who was in charge during her time at TNA.
Alpha Female’s return to Japan will see her face Hiroyo Matsumoto first. They clash on Stardom’s August 17 show. Also on the card, Dark Angel puts her Wonder Of Stardom belt on the line against Takumi Iroha, while World Of Stardom titleholder Io Shirai takes on Kyoko Kimura… In other Stardom news, Natsumi Showzuki has left the promotion, and there is also a documentary in the works… Yumiko Hotta & Keiko Aono retained the Diana Tag Team Championship on Sunday, beating Allysin Kay & Crazy Mary Dobson… Serena Deeb defeated Makoto in the first match of the round robin to determine a new Wrestling New Classic Women’s Champion. Makoto takes on Syuri in the next round tomorrow, and Syuri faces Deeb the following day… Ayumi Kurihara retired from wrestling on Sunday, competing twice and drawing a standing room only crowd at Tokyo’s Korakuen Hall. You can read a full report from the show here.
We had suspicions when it was announced that she would be in Scotland that weekend but now it has been confirmed: Portia Perez will be part of Insane Championship Wrestling: Fierce Females on September 22 in Glasgow, Scotland. Perez will face Nikki Storm on the card. The title match will either be Kay Lee Ray v Viper or Carmel Jacob v Crazy Mary Dobson, depending on if Ray or Jacob is Scottish Champion by then. Shanna will also make her debut on the show too… Mercedes Martinez and Cheerleader Melissa have been announced for Bellatrix 7 on October 6. They stand alongside fellow SHIMMER names LuFisto, Christina Von Eerie & Courtney Rush… LuFisto has secured another booking for her UK trip. She takes on April Davids on Preston City Wrestling’s October 11 show… Speaking of April, she won the Preston City Wrestling Cruiserweight Championship from Dave Rayne on Friday… Alpha Female became the first Pro Evo Wrestling Women’s Champion on Saturday, beating Kay Lee Ray & Carmel Jacob in a 3-way.
Congratulations to Sexy Star, who revealed on Twitter that she has given birth.
Australia & New Zealand
Jessie McKay injured her ankle on the day of the PWWA and had to withdraw. Instead of it being her against Eliza Sway, the latter was teamed with her Worst Blokes partner Harley Wonderland, and they beat Fly Girl (who didn’t think she would be working the show because of illness but ended up being drafted in) and Ashley Sparks… Demi Bennett and Michelle K Hasluck both stood out in their PWWA debut and return respectively on Saturday. Kellyanne English also showed a huge improvement in her win over Kellie Skater compared to last year. Training in Canada and Mexico in the last 12 months has been a huge boost for her.
July 29: Sendai Girls (Sendai, Japan) – Sendai Sachiko b Sareee; Hamuko Hoshi b Sakura Hirota; Mio Shirai b DASH Chisako; Meiko Satomura b Hiroyo Matsumoto; Dynamite Kansai & Syuri b Kagetu & Miyako Morino
July 29: CMLL (Puebla, Mexico) – Goya Kong, Luna Mágica & Marcela b Amapola, La Vaquerita & Tiffany via DQ
July 30: JWP (Tokyo, Japan) – Arisa Nakajima b Raideen Hagane; Leon b KAZUKI; Kayoko Haruyama, Tsubasa Kuragaki & Manami Katsu b Morii, Hanako Nakamori & Rabbit Miu
July 30: Ice Ribbon (Saitama, Japan) – Kyuri v Kasey Owens went to a time limit draw; Hailey Hatred, Miyako Matsumoto & Kurumi b Hikaru Shida, Neko Nitta & Meari Naito; Hamuko Hoshi b Risa Sera; Tsukasa Fujimoto & Ayumi Kurihara b Aoi Kizuki & Tsukushi; Tsukasa Fujimoto v Ayumi Kurihara went to a time limit draw
July 30: CMLL (Mexico City, Mexico) – Marcela b Princesa Blanca
July 31: Ohio Valley Wrestling (Lousiville, KY) – Heidi Lovelace won a battle royal
July 31: WWE (Cape Town, South Africa) – Kaitlyn & Naomi b AJ Lee & Brie Bella
July 31: WWE NXT (Winter Park, FL) – Charlotte b Sasha Banks
August 1: Impact Wrestling (Wichita Falls, Texas) – ODB v Gail Kim went to a double count out
August 1: AAA (Naucalpan, Mexico) – Faby Apache, Fénix & Miss Gaviota b Bugambilia, Pentagón Jr. & Taya Valkyrie; Lolita b Sexy Lady via DQ
August 2: Preston City Wrestling (Preston, England) – April Davids b Dave Rayne to win the PCW Cruiserweight Championship
August 2: CMLL (Mexico City, Mexico) – Dark Angel, Estrellita & Goya Kong b Amapola, La Comandante & La Seductora
August 2: AAA (Mexico City, Mexico) – Faby Apache, Octagoncito & Pimpinela Escarlata b Mamba, Mini Abismo Negro & Taya Valkyrie
August 2: TNA (Tyler, TX) – Gail Kim b ODB
August 2: AAW (Berwyn, IL) – Heidi Lovelace b Hailey Shadows; Heidi Lovelace b Angelus Layne
August 2: WWE (Shanghai, China) – Natalya b Aksana
August 3: Pro Women’s Wrestling Alliance (Parramatta, Australia) – Shazza McKenzie b Olivia Shaw; KC Cassidy b Storm; Siren Monroe b Shadow Shinobi; Harley Wonderland & Eliza Sway b Fly Girl & Ashley Sparks; Kellyanne English b Kellie Skater; Michelle K Hasluck b Arianna Snow; Demi Bennett & Izzy b Savannah Summers & Blair Alexis; Evie b Madison Eagles to win the PWWA Championship
August 3: Ice Ribbon (Saitama, Japan) – Aoi Kizuki b Meari Naito; Tsukushi & Kurumi b Risa Sera & Miyako Matsumoto; Neko Nitta b Kasey Owens; Tsukasa Fujimoto & Hamuko Hoshi b Hikaru Shida & Hailey Hatred
August 3: Wrestling New Classic (Yokohama, Japan) – Syuri b Hanako Kobayashi; Serena b Makoto
August 3: TNA (Thibodaux, LA) – Gail Kim b ODB
August 3: Ohio Valley Wrestling (Louisville, KY) – Trina Thompson b Heidi Lovelace
August 3: U Pro Wrestling (Plymouth, IN) – Melanie Cruise b December
August 3: Pro Evolution Wrestling (Gloucester, England) – Alpha Female b Kay Lee Ray & Carmel Jacob in a 3-way to become the PEW Women’s Champion
August 3: Ring Wars Carolina (Fayetteville, NC) – Amanda Rodriguez b Mia Svensson
August 4: Ayumi Kurihara Retirement (Tokyo, Japan) – Ayumi Kurihara b Mika Iida; Shu Shibutani & Mio Shirai b Sakura Hirota & Kana; Dynamite Kansai, Sonoko Kato & Carlos Amano b Ryo Mizunami, Aya Yuki & Sawako Shimono; Misaki Ohata won a 12 person battle royal; Ayako Hamada b Sareee; Ayumi Kurihara, AKINO & Mika Iida b GAMI, Aja Kong & Hiroyo Matsumoto
August 4: Diana (Kawasaki, Japan) – Jessica James b Yuiga; Hiroyo Matsumoto b Sareee; Tomoko Watanabe b Mask de Sun; Kyoko Inoue & Mima Shimoda b Manami Toyota & Kaoru Ito; Yumiko Hotta & Keiko Aono b Allysin Kay & Crazy Mary Dobson
August 4: JWP (Osaka, Japan) – Fairy Nipponbashi b Raideen Hagane; Risa Sera v Eri Susa went to a time limit draw; Megumi Yabushita b Rabbit Miu; Manami Katsu & Jaguar Yokota b Sachie Abe & KAZUKI; Command Bolshoi b Kayoko Haruyama; Hanako Nakamori, Morii & Serena Deeb b Arisa Nakajima, Tsubasa Kuragaki & Leon
August 5: WWE Raw (Green Bay, WI) – Layla b Kaitlyn
August 9: Ayako Hamada 15th Anniversary (Tokyo, Japan) – Ayako Hamada v Kojiki; Sakura Hirota v Masaaki Mochizuki; Zap I & Zap T v Ayako Hamada & Yuu Yamagata; Ryo Mizunami, Kaji Tomato & Super Fly v Tomoka Nakagawa, K-ness & Jimmy Susumu; Kana v Gran Hamada; GAMI, AKINO & Leon v Aja Kong, Ayako Hamada & Yuu Yamagata
August 9: Women Superstars Uncensored (Blackwood, NJ)
August 10: Fight Club Finland (Rovaniemi, Finland) – Aurora Flame v Sara Elektra
August 10: Celtic Championship Wrestling (Waterford, Ireland) – Kazza G v Katey Harvey
August 10: World Xtreme Wrestling (Minneola, FL) – Kimberly v Mercedes Martinez v Solo Darling
August 10: Women Superstars Uncensored’s Uncensored Rumble (Voorhees, NJ) – Jessicka Havok v Athena; Nevaeh v Lexxus; Annie Social & Kimber Lee v Veda Scott & Jessie Brooks; Jenny Rose v Christina Von Eerie; Addy Starr & Matt Tremont v Chris Dickinson & TBA
August 10: New Era Wrestling (Golden, CO) – Kacee Carlisle v Starr Venus
August 10: River City Wrestling (San Antonio, TX) – Alissa Flash v Angelina Love
August 16: Squared Circle Wrestling (Boonville, NY) – Jessicka Havok v Mickie James
August 16: Big West Wrestling (Kelowna, BC) – Riea Von Slasher v Kc Spinelli
August 17: Stardom (Tokyo, Japan) – Hiroyo Matsumoto v Alpha Female; Nanae Takahashi & Miho Wakizawa v Eri Susa & Mayu Iwatani; Dark Angel v Takumi Iroha; Kaori Yoneyama, Kairi Hojo & Yuhi v Natsuki*Taiyo, Yoshiko & Act Yasukawa; Io Shirai v Kyoko Kimura
August 17: Wrestling Cares (Los Angeles, CA) – Katarina Leigh v Candice LeRae
August 17: Wrestling Is Intense (Metropolis, IL) – Heidi Lovelace v Angelus Layne
August 18: Smash Wrestling (Toronto, ON, Canada) – LuFisto v Vanessa Kraven
August 23: SHINE 12 (Ybor City, FL)
August 24: REINA Joshi Puroresu (Tokyo, Japan) – Tsukushi v Koho Kobayashi; Zeuxis & Vaquerita v Kasey Owens & Risa Sera; Rabbit Miu & Mori v Syuri & Ariya; Leon & Ray v Miyako Matsumoto & Makoto; Lady Storm v Dump Matsumoto
August 24: Alternative Wrestling Show (South Gate, CA) – Candice LeRae v Hudson Envy
August 24: Elite Canadian Championship Wrestling (Vancouver, BC, Canada) – El Phantasmo v Nicole Matthews
August 24: Scottish Wrestling Entertainment (Dundee, Scotland) – Viper v Bete Noire; The Syndicate & Nikki Storm v Mad Man Manson, Grado & Sammii Jayne
August 24: Xtreme Bombshells of Wrestling (Kimball, MI)
August 25: Ice Ribbon (Tokyo, Japan) – Tsukasa Fujimoto v Manami Toyota
August 25: Insane Championship Wrestling (Edinburgh, Scotland) – Kay Lee Ray v Carmel Jacob; Leah Owens v Nikki Storm
August 30: Absolute Intense Wrestling (Cleveland, OH) – Veda Scott v Kimber Lee
August 31: Pro Wrestling Alliance (Casula, Australia) – Robbie Eagles v Madison Eagles
September 14: UK Main Event Wrestling (Maidstone, England) – Sakura Lily v Bacardi
September 14: Herts And Essex Wrestling (Braintree, England) – Saraya Knight v Skarlett
September 20: Premier British Wrestling (Larbert, Scotland) – Kay Lee Ray v Portia Perez
September 21: Premier British Wrestling (Alloa, Scotland) – Carmel Jacob v Portia Perez
September 22: Insane Championship Wrestling: Fierce Females (Glasgow, Scotland) – Kay Lee Ray v Viper; Crazy Mary Dobson v Carmel Jacob; Nikki Storm v Portia Perez
September 28: Alternative Wrestling Show (South Gate, CA) – Christina Von Eerie v LuFisto
September 29: Women of the Kingdom (Birmingham, England)
October 5: DOA Wrestling (March, England) – Miss Mina v Addy Starr
October 6: Bellatrix 7 (Norwich, England)
October 6: Absolute Intense Wrestling Girls Night Out 9/10 (Cleveland, OH) – Allysin Kay v Veda Scott
October 11: Preston City Wrestling (Preston, UK) – April Davids v LuFisto
October 19-20: SHIMMER: Women Athletes (Berwyn, IL)
October 26: NCW: Femmes Fatales XIII (Montreal, Quebec, Canada) – Mercedes Martinez & Saraya Knight v LuFisto & Sweet Cherrie; Cheerleader Melissa v Courtney Rush; Pink Flash Kira v Portia Perez
– Lee Burton
– Photos by Cory Lockwood Photography, WWE, Emma Chamberlain, Youji Kawauchi
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