Shoot interviews are always a funny thing. With wrestlers who have retired and have nothing to lose and are looking for a final few paydays without running the risk of torpedoing any future prospects, they can sometimes be an interesting walk down memory lane, with some fun stories from the past and some misty-eyed memories can be revisited by both the subject and fans who remember the era. However, with wrestlers who are still active, it can be a more dangerous venture.
What happens if you reveal more than you want to and it hurts your chances of making it somewhere in the future? What if you have a grudge with someone, voice it and then have uncomfortable moments if you have to share dressing rooms down the line? What about annoying a friend by saying something about someone who you dislike but they have a lot of time for? It’s a much bigger minefield.
That’s why the recent Kayfabe Commentaries piece by Amazing Kong has ruffled a few feathers.
While she was very careful to not bad-mouth WWE – as there is always the chance that she could end up back there – and she sidestepped questions about her tragic pregnancy, she didn’t hold back on a number of subjects, with TNA being one topic which got both barrels from the woman who used to hold the Knockouts singles and tag titles there. As well as claiming that they stiffed her on a few pay cheques, were sexist with how they distributed pay and how she never got a straight answer about which road agents or bosses was in charge of the division, she also alleged that President Dixie Carter was two-faced and doesn’t know how genuine she was with her. She also says Dutch Mantell was the one who handled her character and how everything went to hell when he went.
She also discussed meeting Vince McMahon, how WWE did not drop the ball with her, working in Japan and how it compared to wrestling in the US, why she made the move back to her home country and other areas, but it seems to be one particular segment has upset a couple of wrestlers to the point that they elected to respond.
For the uninitiated, KC’s You Shoot videos has a segment called the Ho Bag where women’s names are brought up and the interviewee can choose to put them in the bag if they dislike said name or leave them out if they like the person. While Alicia Fox, Nikki Roxx, Eve Torres, Michelle McCool, Kelly Kelly, Velvet Sky, Taylor Wilde, the Bella Twins, Maryse, Jackie Moore, Daffney, Melina, Gail Kim, Christy Hemme, Layla, Karen Angle, and Cheerleader Melissa were all spared, others were not so lucky. Madison Rayne, Lacey Von Erich, Traci Brooks and Becky Bayless were confined to the bag, while Kong went out of her way to go after Rhaka Khan, who she called a “bitch” and alleged owed her Kong’s aunt money for babysitting. While none of that can be confirmed, the former TNA Knockout took to her Twitter to respond in an indirect fashion, saying “Why Are People So Consumed With Karma? The WRATH and VENGANCE of God Would Gobble Her up In ONE BITE.. Fear No Man. Fear Only GODs WRATH.”
After being informed by a questioner on Ask.fm about her feelings on being put in the bag by the former Kharma, Reby Sky replied: Not aware of this, if it is true. Doesn’t make much sense, as I don’t know her on a really personal level & we have been nothing but nice to each other in passing at shows. We’ve actually texted back & forth a few times, so if she now has a problem with me, I can only attribute it to one thing/person. Fake as fuck to be nice to my face & talk shit to a camera if its true, but no shocker there. That’s 99% of the women in this business anyway.” In a further question, she also accuses Kong of being addicted to drugs.
Now, we’re not going to take sides – because what’s the point – but if it was possible, it would be great for everyone to take a step back. First off, things like the Ho Bag are inflammatory and complete baiting on the interviewer’s part, looking to score some dirt and get a few juicy stories out of it. It retrospect, commenting on people who you may see again may not be the most prudent move, but considering Kong and Sky are both part of the SHINE roster, that’s a potential headache that the promoters could probably do without.
While it is unlikely that Kong will cross paths with Khan again, it is more possible for it to happen with Sky. Hopefully, cooler heads will prevail, both can sit down and sort out any underlying grievances. Not everyone in wrestling is going to like everyone else, but for the sake of doing business it would probably be best to thrash things out, make amends or agree to disagree but stay professional. It’s not worth burning any potential bridges.
And now, over to Stew for a look at Total Divas episode 3…
It’s becoming increasingly clear who the audience is for WWE’s Total Divas show – and that’s the female demographic. As a network, E! skews to a female audience, and that’s the way Total Divas is heading. Now that we’re away from the backdrop of WrestleMania week, and now that we’ve pretty much met everybody (some more than others), we’ve got a show that is aimed squarely at females. Major themes are relationship issues, sisterly rivalries and camel toes. Swear to God. The trailer for next week appears to suggest that Nikki Bella becomes self conscious about her weight after being called “Fat” on twitter, while Ariane considers breast implants. Yeah… this show isn’t meant for me.
That being said, I continue to watch – and while I still maintain it’s too long – it’s not a difficult watch, especially since I’ve long since come to the conclusion that I really shouldn’t expect any “reality” in Total Divas. Case in point, one of the week’s major storylines, which featured Jon Fatu (Jimmy Uso) and his genuine engagement Trinity McCray (Naomi), which this week was played for “drama” as Jon tried to push the relationship forward while Trinity had a problem with this. It’s a shame, because Jon & Trinity had both come across as a likeable couple in the first two weeks, without a hint of relationship strife – but now we’ve got to see them “fight”? Of course, as “luck” would have it, just as they’re in the middle of this fight, WWE put the two against each other in an eight person tag match – which gives Trinity a chance to hit Jon with a “shoot” hurricanrana (as IF!) and give him a mean face, before they kiss and make up by the end of the show.
The other relationship drama from this week was something that seems to be a regular feature – the unexpected debut of a heretofore unknown “boyfriend”. Week 1 had Vincent (with Ariane), Week 2 had Jonathan (with Eva Marie), and now JoJo gets to see her boyfriend Sebastian – who comes to visit her after she gets an apparent concussion at training. Maybe it was editing, or maybe Sebastian was just that big a charisma vacuum, but if we believe what we’re told, Sebastian demands JoJo come home and give up her dream – giving her a “it’s that or me” ultimatum. Given that JoJo has barely said anything before this week, and given that Sebastian’s limited screen time was so dull, I can’t understand how anybody would care about this decision – but nevertheless, JoJo decides by the end of the show to stay and follow her dream.
The show continues to be a bit saccharine and a LOT of faked emotion. You can’t argue that it’s well produced though (well, probably overproduced might be a better word), but WWE want to sell us on the glamour of the Diva lifestyle – and it seems with ratings of the show up in Week 2 and again this week to 1.67 million viewers that people are willing to buy it. We’ve all heard the term about “suspending your disbelief” to describe watching a worked pro-wrestling match. You’ve got to do that with Total Divas too.
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Congratulations to former WWE & WCW personality Debra, who graduated from the University of Alabama with a Bachelor of Arts degree on August 3… Portia Perez and Heidi Lovelace will wrestle for the first time at August 24’s Wrestling Is Fun show… Sassy Stephie challenges Kacee Carlisle for the NWA Women’s World Championship – also on August 24… Angelus Layne, Mickie Knuckles and Mia Yim have been added to Absolute Intense Wrestling’s Girls Night Out 9 & 10 shows on October 6, as has Jewells Malone – though she quietly gave the game away a few weeks ago when she listed her bookings for the next few months… Lei’D Tapa won a non-title 4-way dark match involving Women’s Champion Trina Thompson, Jessie Belle & Nikki St John at last week’s Ohio Valley Wrestling TV taping. Tapa pinned Thompson to get the victory… Speaking of Trina, did you know that she is a qualified therapist and was also Mrs Kentucky 2002?… Athena suffered a shoulder injury at Women Superstars Uncensored’s secret show on Friday after landing awkwardly following a German Suplex delivered by Jessie Brooks. It meant she missed the Uncensored Rumble the following day – though her opponent Jessicka Havok didn’t make it there either, citing travel issues. That was something Midwest Militia teammate Sassy Stephie called “bullshit” during the iPPV, which led to the pair throwing messages at each other on Twitter. Shanna also missed the secret show due to being hurt doing customs earlier in the day but returned for the Rumble, where she went 30 minutes in the Uncensored Rumble match itself, which was won by Ezavel Suena, who now gets a shot at Marti Belle’s Spirit Championship. Also on the show, Lexxus beat Nevaeh to become the number 1 contender for the WSU Title, but considering LuFisto and Athena are also owed shots, there’s a backlog at the top of the card… WSU also returns on October 12… Maria Kanellis faces Sassy Stephie on October 12 for Remix Pro Wrestling – that’s the same day as the WSU show… The reason why Veda Scott was not a part of the Uncensored Rumble match was because she was booked on a Maryland Championship Wrestling show later that day… Alissa Flash (Cheerleader Melissa) beat Angelina Love to become the first River City Women’s Championship. It means she’s held every belt that she is eligible for in the promotion… Melanie Cruise credited Saraya Knight in helping her develop as a wrestler and character as part of our interview with her for the latest Fight Like A Girl… Solo Darling added the World Xtreme Wrestling Women’s Championship to her Battling Bombshells tag strap. She beat defending champion Kimberly and Mercedes Martinez in a 3-way on Saturday to win the title… Angel Blue isn’t taking anymore bookings for the time being.
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August 4: World Xtreme Wrestling C4 (Orwigsburg, PA) – Renee Michelle b Amber Rodriguez & Autumn Breeze in a 3-way
August 4: West Coast Wrestling Connection (Salem, OR) – Raven Lake b Bambi Hall
August 5: CMLL (Puebla, Mexico) – Amapola b Marcela
August 6: CMLL (Guadalajara, Mexico) – Dalis la Caribeña, Estrellita & Goya Kong b La Vaquerita, Princesa Blanca & Princesa Sugheit
August 7: Wrestling New Classic (Hakata, Japan) – Serena Deeb b Kaho Kobayashi; Makoto b Syuri
August 7: Ice Ribbon (Saitama, Japan) – Meari Naito & Neko Nitta b Cherry & Kurumi; Tsukushi b Risa Sera; Hikaru Shida v Misaki Ohata went to a time limit draw; Hamuko Hoshi & Kasey Owens b Hiroyo Matsumoto & Tsukasa Fujimoto
August 7: WWE Main Event (Rockford, IL) – Natalya b Aksana
August 7: Ohio Valley Wrestling (Lousiville, KY) – Lei’D Tapa b Trina Thompson, Nikki St John & Jessie Belle
August 8: Wrestling New Classic (Kumamoto, Japan) – Serena Deeb b Syuri
August 9: Pro Wrestling Guerilla (Reseda, CA) – B-Boy, Candice LaRae & Willie Mack b Joey Ryan, Peter Avalon & Ryan Taylor
August 9: Full Impact Pro (Ybor City, FL) – Solo Darling v Leva Bates went to a no-contest; Los Ben Dejos & Mia Yim b Larry Dallas & The Now; Maxwell Chicago b Jessicka Havok
August 9: Women Superstars Uncensored (Blackwood, NJ) Addy Starr & Xandra Bale b Jody D’Milo & Kaitlin Diemond; Sassy Stephie b Cherry Layne; Ezavel Suena b Jessie Kaye; Jewells Malone b Nyla Rose; Santana Garrett b Taeler Hendrix; Christina Von Eerie b Santana Garrett; Jenny Rose, Veda Scott & Jessie Brooks b Athena, Barbi Hayden & Claudia Del Solis
August 10: Riot City Wrestling (Adelaide, Australia) – Brad Smyth & Izzy Shaw b Ashton Ballantine & Blair Alexis; Demi Bennett b Venus
August 10: Melbourne City Wrestling (Tullamarine, Australia) – Elliot Sexton & Kellie Skater b Mr Juicy & KC Cassidy
August 10: Fight Club Finland (Rovaniemi, Finland) – Sara Elektra b Aurora Flame via DQ
August 10: Celtic Championship Wrestling (Waterford, Ireland) – Kazza G b Katey Harvey
August 10: World Xtreme Wrestling (Minneola, FL) – Solo Darling b Kimberly & Mercedes Martinez to win the WXW Women’s Championship
August 10: Women Superstars Uncensored’s Uncensored Rumble (Voorhees, NJ) – Jenny Rose b Christina Von Eerie; Annie Social & Kimber Lee b Veda Scott & Jessie Brooks; Jana b Niya via DQ; Barbi Hayden b Jewells Malone; Sassy Stephie b Santana Garrett; Addy Starr & Matt Tremont b Shanna & Chris Dickinson; Lexxus b Nevaeh; Ezavel Suena won the Uncensored Rumble
August 10: Maryland Championship Wrestling (Dundalk, MD) – Jessie Kaye & Veda Scott b Renee Michelle & Amber Rodriguez
August 10: Combat Zone Wrestling (Voorhees, NJ) – Nevaeh b Shanna
August 10: New Era Wrestling (Golden, CO) – Kacee Carlisle b Starr Venus
August 10: Big Time Wrestling (Altoona, PA) – Mickie James b Reby Sky & Jessie Belle in a 3-way
August 10: River City Wrestling (San Antonio, TX) – Alissa Flash b Angelina Love to win the RCW Women’s Championship
August 11: OZ Academy (Tokyo, Japan) – Sonoko Kato b Mayumi Ozaki ; Carlos Amano b Manami Toyota; Dynamite Kansai b Mio Shirai; AKINO & Kagetu b Chikayo Nagashima & Yumi Ohka via DQ; Hiroyo Matsumoto & Tomoka Nakagawa b Aja Kong & Hikaru Shida to win the OZ Academy Tag Team Championship
August 11: JWP (Itabashi, Japan) – Raideen Hagane v Yako Fujigasaki went to a draw; Command Bolshoi, Leon, Manami Katsu & Carlos Amano b Arisa Nakajima, Sachie Abe, KAZUKI & Raideen Hagane; Risa Sera b Fairy Nipponbashi; Eri Susa b Rabbit Miu; Tsubasa Kuragaki b Morii; Kayoko Haruyama b Hanako Nakamori
August 12: WWE (Sacramento, CA) – Natalya & The Great Khali b AJ Lee & Big E Langston
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: WWE SummerSlam (Los Angeles, CA) – Natalya v Brie Bella; AJ Lee & Big E Langston v Kaitlyn & Dolph Ziggler
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: Europe Catch Tour Association (Loon-Plage, France) – Lady Lory v Skarlett
August 24: Bruiser Wrestling Federation (Victoria, VA) – Kacee Carlisle v Sassy Stephie
August 24: Wrestling Is Fan (Easton, PA) – Heidi Lovelace v Portia Perez
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) – Maki Narumiya v Neko Nitta; Kagetsu v Risa Sera; Ayako Hamada v Tsukushi; Hikaru Shida, Syuri, Hanako Nakamori & Misaki Ohata v Aoi Kizuki, Makoto, Arisa Nakajima & Sawako Shimono; 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 7: Elite Canadian Championship Wrestling (Chilliwack, BC, Canada) – Jamie Diaz & The Greedfather v Nicole Matthews & Andy “The Dreadful” Bird
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 5: HXC Wrestling (Manchester, England) – Mad Man Pondo & Crazy Mary Dobson v Clint Margera & Jimmy Havoc
October 6: Bellatrix 7 (Norwich, England) – Erin Angel v Sammi Baynes; Christina Von Eerie v Skarlett; Destiny v LuFisto; Mercedes Martinez v Miss Mina; Cheerleader Melissa v Saraya Knight; Courtney Rush v Liberty
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 12: Remix Pro Wrestling (Marietta, OH) – Maria Kanellis v Sassy Stephie
October 12: Women Superstars Uncensored (Voorhees, NJ)
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
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