Another 6 episodes of Total Divas have ordered by E! for a season extension. The current 8 episode run ends on September 15, with the next half dozen starting on November 17. The show has been a big hit for E! so far, with audiences rising between episodes 1 and 3. Starting out with 1.3 million viewers, it rose to 1.52 million the following week and reached 1.67 million last week.
However, numbers dropped a little for Sunday’s most recent episode to 1.35 million – though that’s still higher than the premiere episode. One of the reasons may be is because it clashed with SummerSlam – though anyone who watched the pay-per-view will see that despite Total Divas being a hit, it’s not caught the imagination of many wrestling fans. In fact, it could be argued that the crossover audience isn’t as big as you may imagine.
Natalya beat Brie Bella on the PPV in what was a basic but fine match – though the audience at the Staples Center in Los Angeles were not into the match at all. Maybe it’s because of the rushed announcement of the match with just six days before the show; maybe it’s because Natalya hasn’t been on PPV since last year’s Money In The Bank event; maybe it’s because fans have been conditioned over the last five years to treat Divas contests with apathy. Either way, the crowd’s interest was next to nonexistent, with chants for the commentators breaking the silence – and the wrestlers themselves did absolutely nothing to work the crowd to bring them back into it. Brie didn’t taunt them, Natalya didn’t try and get cheers, nothing. It could have been wrestled in front of an empty arena and it wouldn’t have changed how the match played out.
But that doesn’t matter. The match will be used for the extended episodes of Total Divas, no doubt – and will be given the full editing works to add in crowd noise, keep in only the big moments involving everyone involved (Nikki Bella, Eva Marie & the Funkadctyls were at ringside) , music will be thrown into the mix and there may also be cuts to shots of the crowd reacting big which were captured in other portions of the event. It will look pretty slick when it’s done. In addition, cameras followed the women as they hit the red carpets for the celebrity-fest that SummerSlam is these days, and there will surely be some footage of the Bellas as they watch their boyfriends John Cena and Daniel Bryan compete in the main event.
The question is whether wrestling fans are inclined to watch Total Divas – and if you use some crude maths, you could say that around 300,000 people are. However for the most part, there doesn’t seem to be that much crossover between WWE TV and Total Divas. Not that that’s a big deal for WWE as long as the numbers stay up for the E! show. It will be interesting to see if the viewers who missed episode 4 will be back for next week’s programme.
The show itself isn’t bad – in fact, it’s very well produced and is an easy enough watch, though we would prefer if it was 30 minutes rather than an hour – but the show isn’t aimed at men, which is the bulk of WWE’s viewership. I doubt that many women who aren’t wrestling fans who’ve become fans of Total Divas will start watching Raw and SmackDown, and if they do they may be disappointed at how little coverage the women get – especially on Raw, where they have a three hour show to sit through.
As for what happened in the episode, Stew’s back with a recap:
I was ready to give up on Total Divas this week. I’d actually prepared to sign off on the show and dedicate my reality TV watching exclusively to the upcoming season of The Ultimate Fighter with Ronda Rousey & Miesha Tate (and believe me, that show will blow the socks off Total Divas for both reality and drama), but I have to admit, I actually kinda enjoyed week 4 of Total Divas. Part of the reason why I was ready to give up was that this week promised to be the most superficial and almost certainly most annoying episodes of the Season so far – we were promised drama surrounding Nikki Bella being called “fat” on Twitter and Ariane wanted to get breast augmentation surgery. Gah!
I really didn’t think I’d be able to sit through an hour of women bitching about their weight and their boobs. How surprised was I then when much of Total Divas this week actually amused me? I found myself particularly enjoying the Funkadactyls – with Ariane (Cameron) clearly the sole resident on Planet Ariane, and the faintly embarrassed Trinity (Naomi) and Jon (Jey Uso) watching her flouce about with silicon implants and talk about her “boobies” for a week. Trinity and Jon are over last week’s “relationship trouble” and are back being likeable people again this week – and Ariane was just too wacky to not enjoy. I even kinda enjoyed The Bellas this week, with Brie pressurising Nikki to do a detox ahead of a SummerSlam commercial and to stop (a) having dessert every day, and (b) drinking. And then, of course, the stories came together at the end as The Bellas played a rib by stealing one of Ariane’s falsies before she was due to go to the ring. I suppose what I liked was that while we have the same manipulated storylines, it wasn’t actually the hour of bitching I feared – everybody was friends at the end of the show – and most impressively, they ended up with a positive message to viewers about both Ariane’s boob-envy (she decided she doesn’t need them, and wants to be a role model) and Nikki’s “fatness” (she’s clearly not fat, and enjoys having curves – and Brie accepts her that way). I’m going to ignore the Nattie/TJ Wilson (Tyson Kidd) story this week as it makes TJ out to be a complete goof, and was more clearly faked “relationship drama”. Bleh.
With Total Divas being more fun this week than fake strife, I’d call this the best episode of the Season so far. Just when I thought I was out… they pulled me back in. I guess we’ll have more on Total Divas next week in the Roundup.
Kana has ascended to the top of the heap. Possibly the most controversial joshi of the decade is now the JWP Openweight Champion after defeating Arisa Nakajima on Sunday to claim the oldest active female title in Japan, claiming that she had take the “spirit” of the promotion in the process – a statement which saw the locker room empty to try and attack her.
Provocation isn’t anything new to the 31-year old kick-happy grappler wit the insane level of skill. In 2010, while still considered a veritable newbie, she sent an article to Japan’s most famous wrestling magazine in Japan, Weekly Pro Wrestling, where she laid out her own accusations on what was wrong with joshi and her suggestions in how it could be fixed. They included:
– Dismiss the current joshi wrestlers who worth nothing after auditing every single one.
– Quit the business if you can’t stablish an identity or character.
– Expanding their wrestling style to encourage more than just the ones who exclusively watch joshi.
– Don’t share your negativity. Respect each other.
– Stop doing those obviously fake moves.
Quite reasonable suggestions, but the problem was the person who was making the suggestions – considering how Kana was thought to not have the seniority to lay out such a manifesto – as well as her saying that because of the kicking style she had adopted was being complained about for being too stiff, and how she was saying she was having to wrestle men who could take what she was dishing out.
As a result, Kana’s name was mud in joshi – her bookings dropped and she started producing her own shows. However, Tajiri saw money in Kana and brought her in for his new promotion SMASH, which launched in June 2010 and she became marketable for her comments, rather than blackballing her for them. His confidence in her saw her win the SMASH Divas Championship tournament the following June to become the inaugural champion, and she was the only two time champion in the title’s short history. A feud with Syuri – a shootboxer and kickboxer who could give as good as she got – helped raise the profile of both wrestlers and was Kana’s main rival, though Serena Deeb was also a viable adversary during the promotion’s existence.
SHIMMER came calling for the late 2011 tapings and saw the controversial star make a name for herself by taking on the likes of Cheerleader Melissa, Sara Del Rey and LuFisto before forming a team with the Super Hardcore Anime but also having an excellent contest against Ayako Hamada on volume 50 last year.
When SMASH went under and Wrestling New Classic rose from the ashes, it looked likely that Kana would reprise the role of top woman, but she quit the promotion in December 2012 after claiming that she had not been paid for four months and that she had lost trust in management. Going back to being a full-on freelancer, she wrestled in places like Ice Ribbon and JWP, earning a shot for the top belt in the latter group – winning the belt at the weekend and rubbing an entire promotion’s wrestlers up the wrong way in the process.
No doubt, she will get her comeuppance and be beaten for the title, though it’s still up in the air as to who will ascend to that position. It could be a veteran like Command Bolshoi defending her home promotion, Nakajima could regain the belt, or a new face could climb to the top spot and make a name for herself by “rescuing” the title and becoming the hero in the process. We’ll see – but right now, joshi belongs to Kana.
Results for Ayako Hamada’s 15th Anniversary show on August 9 didn’t show up very quickly on the Internet, which is pretty unusual these days. However, we received a report of the show from Steve Rich, who attended the show at Shinjuku FACE in Tokyo, Japan. Instead of knocking up a new post for it, you can read the write up below:
In an unadvertised bonus opener, Aya Yuki took on Aja Kong. Most of this spirited match was Yuki trying to prove she was tough, and she hit Kong with an uncountable number of forearms, rabbit punches and shoulder tackles. I think Aja responded with less than ten punches and a couple of kicks throughout, and one of the punches knocked Yuki out for the three.
In her first of three matches, Ayako took on male wrestler Kojiki, which literally translates as “Tramp” – and that’s pretty accurate. Hamada repeatedly seemed unwilling to lock up due to his smell, and he choked her with his dirty taping and appeared to be shaking his dandruff in her general direction. The ending came when he hit Hamada with his folded up cardboard box which promptly EXPLODED, and as he was being chastised by the ref, Ayako grabbed a schoolboy for the pin.
The intergender action continued next as Dragon Gate’s hard-kicking Masaaki Mochizuki took on Sakura Hirota, dressed as a devil and announced as “Strong Sakura.” Within seconds of the bell Hirota slapped Mochi, who responded by knocking her out with a single kick and taking the pin. When Hirota regained her senses, she challenged him to a restart. What followed was a blend of Sakura’s usual (well-received) comedy and some genuine drama when she tried to steal a win but ultimately she was pinned a second time after a Twister. As a mark of respect, Mochizuki carried Hirota back to the locker room.
What followed was a match that has to be seen to be believed. Ayako came back out with great friend Yuu Yamagata for a match with Zap I & Zap T which was an absolutely chaotic brawl. Within seconds of the bell, T had chained Ayako to a table and was beating her with a kendo stick, and Zap I was double stomping Yamagata off a ladder up on the stage – which looked brutal. Eventually the ref stopped the match and ruled it No Contest when she became tired of the Zaps constantly attacking her – AND Mio Shirai who tried to get in the ring to protect her. Ayako looked shattered and Yamagata like she’d ran a marathon.
Last match before intermission was a mixed six-person with Tomoka Nakagawa tagging up with “K-nesuka” of Jimmy Susumu (Yokosuka) and K-Ness against Ryo Mizunami, Kaiji Tomato and the luchadore SuperFly. K-Ness took a bit of grief for refusing to wrestle Ryo in the beginning, and eventually all of the men got in the ring (and received abuse) from the female opponents. In the end it came down to Yokosuka and Tomato, and though Kaiji survived a Jumbo No Kachi, he succumbed to a Mugen.
The final intergender match was Ayako’s dad, the venerable Gran Hamada, against Kana. I expected this to have a comedy element, but I was wrong. Kana’s first hard kicked instantly seemed to put a shocked impression on Hamada’s face, and he never treated the match as anything less that serious. She rallied, but after a hard lariat, Hamada pinned her after a decent-looking TKO.
Finally, Hamada and Yamagata re-emerged (remarkably) to team up with Aja Kong to take on Leon, AKINO and GAMI in the main event. GAMI was a riot, absolutely petrified when she was tagged in to face Kong and taking forever to get back in the ring. There was also a golden spot where she applied an abdominal stretch, then got added leverage from one of her partners… who got more from the other partner… who reached out to Mio outside the ring for MORE leverage…. who then reached into the crowd to get more from a fan… by which time of course, the hold had been reversed and it was GAMI that suffered. In the closing stretch AKINO took a beatdown from all three opponents culminating in a Ligerbomb from Ayako, but the cover was broken up. In the ensuing chaos, Ayako eventually picked up the win with her Pyramid Driver.
All in all this was a loaded card, it actually clocked in at over three hours in total and really had a cracking mix of different wrestling styles. I can’t say enough about that match with the Zaps, it was absolutely nutty. A great Friday night out.
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Eve Torres was doing some promotion work in Los Angeles ahead of SummerSlam… Paige made her first defence of the NXT Women’s Championship on last Wednesday’s show, beating Summer Rae. This week’s show will have Bayley challenge AJ Lee for the Divas Championship. It came about because Bayley interrupted AJ’s interview with a hug from behind. Bayley was beautifully awkward in the segment… When asked if she would ever pose for Playboy, she said she wouldn’t because of her commitment to the Hart legacy… Christy Hemme’s been added to WWE’s Alumni section. That’s a curious addition – not because of her current affiliation with TNA, but because of the (still unknown) reasons for her departure from the company in 2005… Kaitlyn and Dolph Ziggler beat AJ Lee and Big E Langston in a mixed tag team match at SummerSlam. Maria Menounos continued her 4-year undefeated streak on the Axxess show by teaming with Natalya to beat Brie and Eva Marie.
Brooke Hogan has been released by TNA as a cost-cutting measure. She was acting as the on-screen head of the Knockouts Division but was also involved in a storyline with Bully Ray… Velvet Sky says she didn’t compete at last week’s Hardcore Justice episode of Impact Wrestling as was originally scheduled because of what she’s called an “extreme emergency scare”, but she is fine now… The Wrestling Observer claims the reason why Taryn Terrell is off-screen is because she is pregnant – which backs up rumours we heard last week.
Jordynne Grace has revealed that she has been working on a demo video to send to SHIMMER… Mickie Knuckles says she’s not going to bother fixing a front tooth which was broken on a steel chair. She says it adds more character and make her feel more like a vampire… There’s going to be a Miss OVW contest which concludes at October’s Saturday Night Special. During the announcement, Trina Thompson and Lei’D Tapa had a set-to, and Trina got the upper hand with a DDT… Seleziya Sparx and Sassy Stephie have been added to Absolute Intense Wrestling’s Girls Night Out 9 & 10 tapings on October 6… The Mickie James v Jessicka Havok match which was scheduled to take place at Squared Circle Wrestling’s show on Saturday didn’t take place after James’ flight was cancelled… Drew Gulak’s vendetta against OI4K continues. After Nevaeh beat Shanna earlier this month, he’s now booked her against Kimber Lee on September 7… Angel Blue juiced a gusher as she successfully retained her Anarchy Championship Wrestling Anarchy Televised Title against Jack Jameson on Sunday. Jessica James also retained her American Joshi belt by beating Su Yung… Smash Wrestling is holding an event on September 15 in Toronto, ON, Canada called the CANUSA Classic. Five matches have been announced including Lufisto v Christina Von Eerie, Courtney Rush v Candice La Rae and Xandra Bale v Kimber Lee. All of the match feature a Canadian wrestler against an American wrestler… Interesting weekend for Jodi D’Milo – on Saturday’s Pure Wrestling Association show, she and Courtney Rush stepped in the ring against former WWE Tag Team Champions Paul London and Brian Kendrick, and on Sunday’s PWA card, she lost the Elite Women’s Championship to Beautiful Beaa in what’s being described as an upset… SHIMMER has started to announce the roster for the October DVD tapings. Four were named today – singles Champion Cheerleader Melissa, former Champion Madison Eagles and Tag Team Champions Kellie Skater & Tomoka Nakagawa… Angelina Love says her appearance at this Friday’s SHINE will be her last for a couple of months. She takes on Shanna as part of the SHINE 12 card. Rain will defend the SHINE Championship against the winner of a 3-way etween Jessicka Havok, Mia Yim & Ivelisse Velez earlier on in the night… Looks like Brittney Savage has changed her mind on retiring again. After announcing her intentions to quit at the end of the year and then backing out by saying she had “something big” in her plans, she has tweeted today that whatever was in the works has fallen through and she has quit wrestling with immediate effect. That causes an issue for Battling Bombshells, as she is one half of their inaugural Tag Team Champions alongside Solo Darling.
Wonder of Stardom Champion Dark Angel, Artist of Stardom Champions Kaori Yoneyama, Kairi Hojo & Yuhi and World of Stardom Champion Io Shirai all retained their titles on Saturday’s Stardom show… Tomoka Nakagawa added a third tag team title to her collection last Thursday. She and GAMI won the WAVE Tag Team Championship – which goes along with her OZ Academy and SHIMMER doubles straps… As well as Kana winning the Openweight Title on JWP’s Sunday card, Hanako Nakamori & Morii won the JWP and Daily Sports Tag Team Championships, and Kasey Owens made her debut alongside Serena Deeb and Leon… Leah Owens will head out to join her twin sister Kasey in Japan next Monday, straight after wrestling Nikki Storm the day before. She’ll be out there for three weeks.
Amazing Kong will wrestle Bubblegum on November 17 for the second night of the Preston City Wrestling supershow weekend, and will take on Kay Lee Ray at Southside Wrestling Entertainment the following day in Nottingham.
August 9: Ayako Hamada 15th Anniversary (Tokyo, Japan) – Aja Kong b Aya Yuuki; Ayako Hamada b Kojiki; Masaaki Mochizuki b Kyusei Sakura Hirota; Masaaki Mochizuki b Kyusei Sakura Hirota; Ayako Hamada & Yuu Yamagata b ZAP I & ZAP T; Jimmy Susumu, K-ness. & Tomoka Nakagawa b Super Fly, Ryo Mizunami & Kaji Tomato; Gran Hamada b Kana; Aja Kong, Ayako Hamada & Yuu Yamagata b GAMI, AKINO & Leon
August 9: Gatoh Move (Ichigaya, Japan) – Pollyanna & Juken b Masa Takanashi & Sayaka Obihiro; Emi Sakura & E.K. Baki b Riho & P-Nutz
August 10: Gatoh Move (Itabashi, Japan) – Cherry b?Kotori; Kaori Yoneyama & Choun Shiryu b Kappa Komachi & Kappa Kobachi; Emi Sakura b Pollyanna; Hanako Nakamori & Morii b Toru Sugiura & Sayaka Obihiro; Hiroyo Matsumoto b Riho
August 11: Gatoh Move (Ichigaya, Japan) – Pollyanna & Masa Takanashi b Riho &?Kotori; Juken & Emi Sakura b Sayaka Obihiro & E.K. Baki
August 13: CMLL (Mexico City, Mexico) – La Comandante, La Vaquerita & Tiffany b Dalis la Caribeña, Goya Kong & Luna Mágica
August 14: WWE NXT (Winter Park, FL) – Paige b Summer Rae
August 14: Ohio Valley Wrestling (Louisville, KY) – Hannah & Holly Blossom b Nikki St John & Lylah Lodge; Lei’D Tapa & Rob Terry b Taeler Hendrix & Dylan Bostic
August 15: WAVE (Tokyo, Japan) – Kagetsu & Sawako Shimono b Aya Mizunami & Moeka Haruhi; Cherry & Shuu Shibutani b Kana & Mio Shirai; Ayako Hamada, Fairy Nihonbashi & Yuu Yamagata b Hibiscus Mii, Kyusei Ninja Ranmaru & Sakura Hirota; Misaki Ohata v Tsukasa Fujimoto went to a time limit draw; GAMI & Tomoka Nakagawa b Hikaru Shida & Yumi Ohka to win the WAVE Tag Team Championship
August 15: WWE Superstars (San Jose, CA) – Natalya b Naomi
August 16: Ice Ribbon (Saitama, Japan) – Tsukasa Fujimoto v Koyuki went to a draw; Neko Nitta b Kurumi; Cherry & Meari Naito b Hamuko Hoshi & Kasey Owens; Hikaru Shida b Miyako Matsumoto; Tsukasa Fujimoto & Tsukushi b Aoi Kizuki & Risa Sera
August 16: TNA Impact Wrestling (Norfolk, VA) – ODB b Mickie James & Gail Kim in a 3-way
August 16: Premier Wrestling Xperience (Charlotte, NC) – Amber O’Neal & Ivelisse Velez b Amanda Rodriguez & Mia Yim
August 16: World Xtreme Wrestling C4 (Barnesville, PA) – Renee Michelle b Niya
August 16: Lucha Libre Feminil (Monterrey, Mexico) – La Justiciera b Estrella de Fuego; Lady Jaguar b Lady Flamer; Tsunami b Angelica; La Chacala b Estrella Explosiva
August 16: WWE SmackDown (San Jose, CA) – AJ Lee & Layla b Kaitlyn & Natalya
August 16: CMLL (Mexico City, Mexico) – Estrellita, Marcela & Silueta b Amapola, Princesa Blanca & Princesa Sugheit
August 16: Universal Independent Wrestling (Villa Rica, GA) – Pandora b Jessie Belle
August 17: Stardom (Tokyo, Japan) – Nanae Takahashi & Miho Wakizawa b Mayu Iwatani & Eri Susa; Hiroyo Matsumoto v Alpha Female went to a time limit draw; Dark Angel b Takumi Iroha; Kaori Yoneyama, Kairi Hojo & Yuhi b Natsuki*Taiyo, Yoshiko & Act Yasukawa; Io Shirai b Kyoko Kimura
August 17: Sendai Girls (Niigata, Japan) – Sendai Sachiko b Kagetsu; Meiko Satomura & Kagetsu b DASH Chisako & Sendai Sachiko
August 17: Dramatic Dream Team (Tokyo, Japan) – Chikage Kiba & KANNA b Miyu Yamashita & Shoko Nakajima
August 17: Premier Wrestling Xprerience (Concord, NC) – Ivelisse Velez v Mia Yim went to a double count out
August 17: Wrestling Cares (Los Angeles, CA) – Katarina Leigh b Candice LeRae
August 17: Squared Circle Wrestling (Boonville, NY) – Jessicka Havok b Nick Aldo
August 17: Wrestling Is Intense (Metropolis, IL) – Heidi Lovelace b Angelus Layne
August 17: Pure Wrestling Association (Bradford, ON, Canada) – Courtney Rush & Jodi D’Milo b Deeno & Cheeky; Paul London & Brian Kendrick b Courtney Rush & Jodi D’Milo
August 18: Diana (Kawasaki, Japan) – Keiko Aono b Sareee; Yumiko Hotta b Allysin Kay; Kaoru Ito & Tomoko Watanabe b Kyoko Inoue & Crazy Mary Dobson
August 18: JWP (Tokyo, Japan) – Rabbit Miu b Yako Fujigasaki; Rabbit Miu & Raideen Hagane b Risa Sera & Fairy Nipponbashi; Sachie Abe, KAZUKI & Megumi Yabushita b Leon, Serena Deeb & Kasey Owens; Command Bolshoi b GAMI; Manami Katsu b Eri Susa; Hanako Nakamori & Morii b Kayoko Haruyama & Tsubasa Kuragaki to win the JWP Tag & Daily Sports Women’s Tag Championship; Kana b Arisa Nakajima to win the JWP Openweight Championship
August 18: Pure Wrestling Association (Waterloo, ON, Canada) – Beautiful Beaa b Jodi D’Milo to win the PWA Elite Women’s Championship
August 18: SummerSlam Axxess (Los Angeles, CA) – Natalya & Maria Menounos b Brie Bella & Eva Marie
August 18: WWE SummerSlam (Los Angeles, CA) – Natalya v Brie Bella; AJ Lee & Big E Langston v Kaitlyn & Dolph Ziggler
August 18: Anarchy Championship Wrestling (Austin, TX) – Killah KASH & Sky DeLacrimosa b Jordynne Grace & Miss DisLexia, Mr. B & Johnny Axxle and Bad Boyz in a 4-way; Thomas Shire b Barbi Hayden; Jessica James b Su Yung; Angel Blue b Jack Jameson
August 18: Smash Wrestling (Toronto, ON, Canada) – LuFisto b Vanessa Kraven
August 19: WWE Raw (Anaheim, CA) – Cameron & Naomi b AJ Lee & Layla
August 23: AAW (Berwyn, IL) – Miss Natural v Heidi Lovelace
August 23: SHINE 12 (Ybor City, FL) – Rain v TBC; Mia Yim v Jessicka Havok v Ivelisse Velez; Amazing Kong v Mercedes Martinez; Angelina Love v Shanna; Leva Bates v Christina Von Eerie; Santana Garrett v Brandi Wine; Tracy Taylor & Su Yung v Nikki Roxx & Solo Darling; Kimberly v Kimber Lee
August 23: Scottish Wrestling Alliance (Govan, Scotland) – Nikki Storm v Viper
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; KC Cassidy v Shazza McKenzie
September 7: Elite Canadian Championship Wrestling (Chilliwack, BC, Canada) – Jamie Diaz & The Greedfather v Nicole Matthews & Andy “The Dreadful” Bird
September 7: Max Pro North (Angus, ON, Canada) – Courtney Rush v Jodi D’Milo
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 15: Smash Wrestling CANUSA Classic (Toronto, ON, Canada) – Lufisto v Christina Von Eerie; Courtney Rush v Candice La Rae; Seleziya Sparx v Veda Scott; Xandra Bale v Kimber Lee; Vanessa Kraven v Chrissy Rivera
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
November 16: Preston City Wrestling (Preston, England) – Amazing Kong v Bubblegum
November 17: Southside Wrestling Entertainment (Nottingham, England) – Amazing Kong v Kay Lee Ray
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