Female Fight Season is creeping up on us and as more talent is announced for the shows, one thing that jumps out is the number of wrestlers who are making this first trips abroad to face new people, venture into new locker rooms and expand their horizons.
Let’s start with the women who are travelling to the United States. As we have mentioned on this website in the past, Nikki Storm is making the trip from Scotland to take bookings for SHINE, Women Superstars Uncensored and Absolute Intense Wrestling in the month of October, and was announced for SHIMMER this evening too. She is certainly making the most of her time in the US by working for as many of the major women’s groups as possible. Networking her way around the country will also help to attain new contacts, connect with new audiences and shift a lot of merchandise. Joining her as another fresh face in the US will be Australia’s Savannah Summers, who will also be part of AIW’s Girls Night Out tapings on October 6. Her announcement was somewhat out of the blue, as this is the first time that the six year pro will venture outside of her native country and ply her trade elsewhere. Considering her experience and character – her heel work is pretty great and she’s also likeable as a babyface – she should create a good impression with the crowd in Cleveland, OH.
Also flying into America during October will be Finland’s Aurora Flame, who is also making her first trip to the country. She will make her US debut on October 26th for the Classic Wrestling Federation’s Halloween Horror iPPV in Paterson, NJ. There is no word on her opponent yet, though with 5 years of wrestling under her belt, it’s the perfect time to travel and be able to impress new faces.
While many wrestlers will be flying into North America over the next couple of months, there are quite a few heading out of the content to go elsewhere. For example, five members of the SHIMMER roster will head to the UK for the Bellatrix 7 show on October 6. Four of them – Courtney Rush, Christina Von Eerie, LuFisto and Mercedes Martinez – will all be making their British debuts, while Cheerleader Melissa returns to English soil for the first time since 2008.
However, some wrestlers haven’t elected to wait until the madness of cards in October to get some experience overseas. Right now, there are wrestlers in Japan getting an education to bring back to their home countries to make them more well-rounded performers. Northern Ireland’s Kasey Owens has spent the last couple of months in the Far East wrestling primarily with the Ice Ribbon roster, though she has also ventured to Reina and JWP during her trip. Recently she was joined by her identical twin sister Leah, making them an even more marketable to fans. In addition, England’s Pollyanna has also been in Japan for the last month training with Emi Sakura in Gatoh Move, taking on the likes of Sakura, Riho and Hiroyo Matsumoto. American Allysin Kay has also been making her mark while training with Kyoko Inoue in Diana, tagging alongside Crazy Mary Dobson on occasion – who herself is currently enjoying her second trip to the country.
That brings us to the wrestlers who are not on their inaugural trips, but are still making the most of trying to wrestle their way around a different country. As well as Dobson, Serena Deeb is currently in Japan and enjoying her reign as the Wrestling New Classic Women’s Champion. Looking at Europe, Portia Perez makes her UK return after a number of years to visit Scotland and take in three bookings in as many days, and Leah Von Dutch is to return to the UK in November for a month. She already has seven dates booked, though she hasn’t revealed who they are for, though is still looking for more bookings on the weekdays to go along with her weekend shows. Von Dutch wrestled a dozen dates during her first trip in May and June. Amazing Kong is also returning to the UK in September for Insane Championship Wrestling: Fierce Females and will make another trip in November for a weekend of shows, and Dobson is also heading to the UK after Japan to compete in Fierce Females and also in a mixed tag for HXC Wrestling.
And let’s not forget about all the wrestlers who travel into the US for the bi-annual SHIMMER tapings. The roster for that weekend in October is starting to be revealed, and most of the announced names – Kellie Skater, Tomoka Nakagawa, Madison Eagles and most recently, Kana – are flying into the country. A lot of wrestlers are accruing a lot of air miles before the year is out.
I have seen some complaints that wrestlers going to other countries dilutes rosters and storylines, and means that women who are already there get overlooked or pushed into the shadows. However, my argument is that if you are good enough, you won’t get pushed into the shadows over a visiting wrestler, and could benefit from such a visit. It could always be that a regular member of the roster will get to take on the visiting star in a way that helps to put the one who’s sticking around over. For example, Portia Perez is taking on some of Scotland’s best during her visit – Kay Lee Ray, Carmel Jacob and Nikki Storm – while during her visit to the UK earlier this year, Von Dutch lost to every single opponent she faced yet stayed over because of the performances she put in. Bete Noire enjoyed arguably the best – and highest profile – match of her career to date against Crazy Mary Dobson, while Shanna didn’t get her hand raised in victory when she visited the US for WSU, SHINE and more, but still left the country as a star with lots of new eyes on her.
As Rosie Perez (no relation) put it in White Men Can’t Jump: “Sometimes when you lose you really win and sometimes when you win you really lose; and sometimes when you win or lose you actually tie, and sometimes when you tie you actually win or lose. Winning and losing is one big organic globule, from which one extracts what one needs.”
Working with different names with different styles in front of different audiences can help a wrestler to learn to adapt, learn new tricks and then bring them home to have more strings to their bow – whether that be in their wrestling, their promos or how they work the fans, for example. It’s a good thing for wrestlers to develop; it’s good for fans to see some special attractions and it’s good for promoters to make their shows seem more international.
On a personal note, I’m just giddy at the amount of first-time matches we’re going to see in October. It’s going to be a great time to be a fan of women’s wrestling.
Total Divas recap from Stew, anyone?
After the rubbish that was last week’s edition of Total Divas, I was kind of hoping that this week would see a lighter and more fun tone with the prospect of Nattie’s bachelorette party in Las Vegas – and so it was, thankfully. We had the continuing sub-plot of Nattie’s mind being on Jaret back in Calgary (even as she prepares to get hitched to TJ Wilson) in a storyline that I legitimately can’t believe a single second of – but otherwise this was one of those weeks where I found myself just kinda enjoying the show. Six weeks in, everybody’s basically established, character-wise – although they do clearly tweak characters to suit each week’s storylines. Eva Marie’s outrageous lying from the first couple of weeks has been dialled back, and, she ended up basically being the supportive friend to the main cast member who’s had the least screen time so far – JoJo.
JoJo’s story this week included her getting involved with Justin Gabriel (using his gimmick name throughout), then later realizing that perhaps Justin wasn’t right for her when he disappeared in a cab in Vegas with another woman. We never really got a conclusion to that relationship, but it was the least interesting bit of the show this week – as JoJo is by far the least interesting of the main cast members, and we’d never even seen Justin Gabriel on the show before this week. I’m calling it now by saying that (assuming she doesn’t leave wrestling altogether), after her performance singing the National Anthem at SummerSlam and the fact she did ring introductions for last week’s Divas match on Raw, she’s probably the natural replacement for Lilian Garcia eventually. Other than that, she’s the poster child for AJ Lee’s “interchangeable, expendable” women comment from last week’s Raw.
The rest of the show though was fairly fun, and more than a little risqué. Nikki advised Nattie that Jaret wanted to “see her pink”, Brie & Nikki discussed Nikki’s dildo habits, Nattie ate the cock off a man-shaped cake and was danced around by nude chippendale dancers – all while everybody got very drunk. Or entered “Brie-Mode”, as it was termed. Ariane’s boyfriend Vincent (always a good laugh as a supporting character) turned up and got off his face drunk, embarrassing Ariane something fierce. There were, of course, several opportunities for the Divas to wear skimpy bikinis and for Naomi to oil herself up on camera… which was nice. I can’t necessarily recommend you need to watch this episode, because it’s ultimately worthless TV, but if – like me – you’ve been struggling through Total Divas, this was at least one of those episodes where you felt like for the most part it was an enjoyable show.
I want to take the chance to throw out a reminder that an *infinitely* better reality TV show is due to debut this week, with the Wednesday debut of The Ultimate Fighter: Team Rousey vs Team Tate, premiering in the US on Fox Sports 1, and on BT Sport in the UK less than 24hrs later. I expect better feuds, promos and drunken antics on that show than I’ve watched for the last six weeks on E! If you’ve got even a passing interest in MMA in general or Women’s MMA in particular, you should go out of your way to watch this show.
Elsewhere on the site, we’ve had a few videos: there’s a full episode of GLOW as part of the latest Retro, as well as some Thunderkitty matches and the 15 minute hype video for next week’s TNA Knockouts Knockdown PPV. On top of all that, NHB Girls’ Rhi Lockwood is back with a new Wrestling… Yay! article – this time about her enjoyment of SHINE over the last year.
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The best of the rest
In a Q&A on the WWE Inbox segment, Kaitlyn admitted that she would love to have wrestled Kharma, saying that because of her laugh, she reminded the former Divas Champion of Ursula from The Little Mermaid… Eva Marie took on ring announcing duties for last week’s Superstars tapings… Emma made Summer Rae tap out on last week’s NXT. After the match, Summer threw the soap from Emma’s bubble gun into her eyes… The Wrestling Observer reports that there are accusations being made that Rosa Mendes made up accusations of her fiancé committing an act of domestic violence against her. She returned on Raw last week after reportedly being in rehab since April – she had been taken off the road during the European tour… AJ Lee got herself a tattoo representing the date she won the Divas Championship in hashmarks. While I’m sure it means a lot to her and it represents a milestone in her life, it’s pretty rubbish… Speaking of AJ, she’ll put her belt on the line against Natalya, Brie Bella & Naomi in a 4-way at Night Of Champions after she caused a 3-way between her challengers on Raw in what would have determined a single number one contender to end in a no contest.
The lack of Knockouts – and especially on the face side – seems to be paying dividends for ODB. She defeated Gail Kim in a 2 out of 3 falls match on last week’s Impact Wrestling to become the number one contender to Mickie James’ Knockouts Championship… Gail Kim is the only woman to have been announced for next January’s UK tour.
Looks like the Miss OVW contest is a foil to build towards a title match between reigning Ohio Valley Wrestling Women’s Champion Trina Thompson and Lei’D Tapa. After getting the upper hand for the last two weeks, Thompson ended up getting choked with a tug of war rope. In a dark match following the taping, Hannah and Holly Blossom were beaten by Taeler Hendrix and Nikki St John when the twin sisters continued with their bickering… Jordynne Grace has moved from Texas to Missouri to gain more experience… Madison Rayne has given birth to a baby girl… Brittney Savage has announced she is pregnant. That explains her quitting wrestling with no notice… Nevaeh has tied the knot with Jake Crist… Former WCW valet Gorgeous George has suffered burns to her face, hands and arms after a fire in the kitchen of her home last Wednesday… Nikki Addams won the vacant Classic Wrestling Association Women’s Championship on Saturday by beating Jessie Brooks… Niya Barela has been added to the lineup for NCW Femmes Fatales XIII on October 26 – she will take on Missy. One other match has been announced for the show: Leah Von Dutch & Xandra Bale v Deziree & Midianne with a 2 out of 3 falls stipulation, with Bettie Rage (who was instrumental in the heels getting the win in this same match at Femmes Fatales XII) handcuffed to the ring… Santana Garrett has also been added to Absolute Intense Wrestling’s Girls Night Out 9 & 10 tapings. She will make her debut there. Also announced for the card is Seleziya Sparx v Taeler Hendrix and Nikki Storm v Kimber Lee.
It’s a year since former Pro Wrestling: EVE Champion Jenny Sjodin wrestled – she’s been out since then due to injury. She revealed yesterday that we shouldn’t expect her to step back into the ring until 2014, at least… Katey Harvey will take on Pollyanna in a two out of three falls match for UK Main Event Wrestling on September 14. This is also a show which features Bacardi v Sakura Lily in a Hardcore Match. Neither contest has any backstory to warrant such stipulations.
Marcela retained the CMLL World Women’s Championship by beating Amapola on Tuesday night… Dalis la Caribeña edge towards becoming a ruda on Friday when she attacked Marcela during a trios match following Marcela accidentally hitting her with a dropkick. She refused to patch things up after the match too.
Australia & New Zealand
Madison Eagles’ PWA Heavyweight Title challenge against Robbie Eagles on Saturday didn’t happen as she attacked and injured the champion’s ankle before she show and saw herself being thrown out of the building. Also on the show, Shazza McKenzie became the number one contender to the PWWA Championship by beating KC Cassidy… A head scratcher at Impact Pro Wrestling New Zealand on Saturday. In order to clear up who would win the vacant Women’s Championship, the promotion’s head Steve Wrigley literally handed the belt to an unknown called Emmy Driver for no discerning reason. The announcement didn’t go down well, with Evie saying that she was “done”, and fans giving it the thumbs down. Since then, NHB Girls has uncovered that Driver used to be a fitness model, has no in-ring experience and is the partner of one of the male wrestlers on the roster. Wrigley has also been doing his best to be a PR disaster for IPW on social media.
August 25: Apex Pro Wrestling (Huntington Park, CA) – Kitana Vera b Jacob Tarasso
August 25: Do Or Die Wrestling (Rzeszow, Poland) – Aurora Flame b Mira
August 27: CMLL (Guadalajara, Mexico) – Marcela b Amapola
August 28: Ohio Valley Wrestling (Louisville, KY) – Nikki St John & Taeler Hendrix b Hannah & Holly Blossom
August 28: WWE NXT (Winter Park, FL) – Emma b Summer Rae
August 29: Premier Promotions (Worthing, England) – Erin Angel b Rhia O’Reilly via DQ
August 29: TNA Impact Wrestling (Cleveland, OH) – ODB b Gail Kim
August 30: British Championship Wrestling (Kilmarnock, Scotland) – Kay Lee Ray & Liam Thompson b Carmel Jacob & Mark Coffey
August 30: Sendai Girls (Tokyo, Japan) – Rydeen Hagane b Sakura Hirota; Natsuki*Taiyo & Yoshiko b DASH Chisako & Sendai Sachiko; Meiko Satomura v Kana went to a time limit draw; Aja Kong, Manami Toyota, Ayako Hamada & Dynamite Kansai b Kagetu, Sareee, Yuhi & Hikaru Shida
August 30: Showcase Wrestling (Dumfries, Scotland) – Viper b Sara
August 30: Absolute Intense Wrestling (Cleveland, OH) – Veda Scott b Kimber Lee
August 30: CMLL (Mexico City, Mexico) – Amapola, La Seductora & Princesa Blanca b Dalis la Caribeña, Goya Kong & Marcela
August 30: AAA (Naucalpan, Mexico) – La Magnifica & Mary Apache b Faby Apache & Lolita
August 30: Florida Underground Wrestling (Tampa, FL) – Lince Dorado & Mercedes Justice b Jesus DeLeon & La Rosa Negra
August 30: Central States Wrestling (Cahokia, IL) – Claudia del Solis b Jordynne Grace
August 31: OZ Academy (Osaka, Japan) – Mio Shirai b Aja Kong via count out; Mayumi Ozaki & Yumi Ohka b Manami Toyota & Tomoka Nakagawa; Chikayo Nagashima v Hikaru Shida went to a no contest; Dynamite Kansai b Carlos Amano; Sonoko Kato & Hiroyo Matsumoto b AKINO & Kagetsu
August 31: Ice Ribbon (Saitama, Japan) – Ayame Yame b Risa Sera; Hamuko Hoshi b Kyuri; Kurumi b Hayashi Koyuki; Kasey Owens b Aoi Kizuki & Miyako Matsumoto in a 3-way; Risa Sera & Tsukasa Fujimoto b Maki Narumiya & Tsukushi
August 31: Pro Wrestling Alliance (Casula, Australia) – Shazza McKenzie b KC Cassidy
August 31: New Breed Wrestling Association (Banbury, England) – Bacardi b Rebel Yell
August 31: Pro Wrestling Guerilla (Reseda, CA) – Adam Cole, Matt Jackson & Nick Jackson b AR Fox, Candice LaRae & Rich Swann
August 31: Scottish Wrestling Entertainment (Dundee, Scotland) – Viper b Sammii Jayne & Euan G Mackie in a handicap match
August 31: Classic Wrestling Association (Paterson, NJ) – Nikki Addams b Jessie Brooks to win the CWA Women’s Championship
September 1: WAVE (Tokyo, Japan) – Misaki Ohata & Mio Shirai b GAMI & Ryo Mizunami; Sawako Shimono & Hamuko Hoshi b Tsukasa Fujimoto & Hikaru Shida; Fairy Nipponbashi b Ranmaru & Sakura Hirota in a 3-way; Moeka Haruhi & Tomoka Nakagawa b Yumi Ohka & Kana; Ayako Hamada & Yuu Yamagata b Shu Shibutani & Cherry
September 1: Stardom (Tokyo, Japan) – Miho Wakizawa b Mayu Iwatani & Hiroyo Matsumoto in a 3-way; Kaori Yoneyama b Takumi Iroha; Alpha Female b Kairi Hojo; Nanae Takahashi b Yuhi; Kyoko Kimura b Yoshiko; Io Shirai b Dark Angel; Natsuki*Taiyo b Act Yasukawa
September 1: Florida Underground Wrestling (Kissimmee, FL) – Ivelisse Velez & La Rosa Negra b Mia Yim & Leva Bates
September 2: WWE Raw (Des Moines, IA) – Natalya v Brie Bella v Naomi went to a no contest
September 7: Elite Canadian Championship Wrestling (Chilliwack, BC, Canada) – Jamie Diaz & The Greedfather v Nicole Matthews & Andy “The Dreadful” Bird
September 7: Ring Wars Carolina (Lumberton, NC) – Mia Svensson v Alexis Parrish
September 7: RESISTANCE Pro (Burbank, IL) – D’Arcy Dixon & Thunderkitty v Mickie Knuckles & Nikki St John
September 7: Max Pro North (Angus, ON, Canada) – Courtney Rush v Jodi D’Milo
September 7: Italian Championship Wrestling (Campitello, Italy) – Queen Maya v Lady Lory
September 14: UK Main Event Wrestling (Maidstone, England) – Sakura Lily v Bacardi; Pollyanna v Katey Harvey
September 14: Herts And Essex Wrestling (Braintree, England) – Saraya Knight v Skarlett
September 14: Ring Wars Carolina (Raeford, NC) – Mia Svensson v Devyn Nicole
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 15: WWE Night Of Champions (Detroit, MI) – AJ Lee v Naomi v Natalya v Brie Bella
September 19: Ring Wars Carolina (Fayetteville, NC) – Mia Svensson v Devyn Nicole
September 19: Evolution Pro Wrestling (Clarksville, IN) – Melanie Cruise v Crazy Mary Dobson
September 20: Premier British Wrestling (Larbert, Scotland) – Kay Lee Ray v Portia Perez
September 20: Bruiser Wrestling Federation (Farmville, VA) – Kacee Carlisle v Sassy Stephie
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 v Amazing Kong; Crazy Mary Dobson v Carmel Jacob; Nikki Storm v Portia Perez
September 27: RAD:PRO Wrestling (Newcastle, England) – Rubix Roach & Kirsty Love v Rabbit & Dragonita
September 27: SHINE 13 (Ybor City, FL) – Rain v Angelina Love
September 28: Southside Wrestling Entertainment (Nottingham, England) – Martin Kirby v Kay Lee Ray
September 28: Alternative Wrestling Show (South Gate, CA) – Christina Von Eerie v LuFisto
September 28: Pro Wrestling Syndicate Bombshells (Iselin, NJ) – Missy Sampson & Annie Social v La Rosa Negra & Amazing Kong; Jessie Kaye & Alexxis Nevaeh v Mistress Belmont & Veda Scott; Jennifer Cruz v Amber Rodriguez; Angelina Love v Riot; Sumie Sakai v Amy Lee; Luscious Latasha v Vanity; Amber v Silvie Silver
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; Seleziya Sparx v Taeler Hendrix; Kimber Lee v Nikki Storm
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) – Jessicka Havok v Lexxus; Nikki Storm v Jenny Rose
October 13: Galaxy Pro Wrestling (Clarksville, TN) – Heidi Lovelace v Angelus Layne
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; Leah Von Dutch & Xandra Bale v Deziree & Midianne; Niya Barela v Missy
November 16: Preston City Wrestling (Preston, England) – Amazing Kong v Bubblegum
November 17: Southside Wrestling Entertainment (Nottingham, England) – Amazing Kong v Kay Lee Ray
November 30: Women of the Kingdom (Birmingham, England)
– Lee Burton
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