I certainly didn’t see it coming, and I doubt many others would have.
On Sunday evening at Bellatrix 7, I was fully expecting Saraya Knight to win the war against Cheerleader Melissa on her home turf by finally beating her decisively, ending the six and a half year feud between them – four of which were spent with silent hostility in the air from opposite sides of the Atlantic. However, instead of there being an out and out winner of the feud, there was a time limit draw following 20 minutes of battering each other both inside and outside of the ring. As a result, it seemed as if nothing was settled between them. With two wins, two losses and two draws each, it was a total stalemate – but that seemed to be perfectly acceptable to both.
As the pair struggled to their feet, they reached out to each other, shook hands and then embraced in a moment which – for this fan who saw their first battle back at ChickFight VII in January 2007 – was an emotional end to one of the most heated and most real storylines in women’s wrestling history. With that hug, they were done fighting, as neither could realistically dethrone the other, and both silently elected to drop the bad feelings.
In reality, the bad feelings between them were dealt with a while back, as Saraya explained on her interview with Bryan Alvarez for F4W in June. She admitted that there had been harsh feelings and it was a little frosty between them when Saraya arrived at SHIMMER in 2011, but both agreed to be professional backstage and work together if need be. As it turned out, the pair gravitated towards each other and saw them exchange the SHIMMER Championship over the course of a year, with the title being put to one side so they could fight in Norwich. In the interview, Saraya also said things were fine between the two – and let’s face it, last Sunday’s match would have never been booked if both parties weren’t fine with it.
However, it seems that some of the viewers on iPPV weren’t fine with the conclusion of the match, wishing there had been a clear winner decided rather than having a draw. I can understand that feeling to a certain degree, as we have become accustomed to feuds having a definitive finish – but in this case, even if one person had seen their hand raised on Sunday, it would have settled little. The saga between the two was over more than just wins and losses, and it is fitting that the conclusion disregarded wins and losses too. That’s not to say that victories aren’t important – as they are, and should be treated as such – but when you’ve fought six times and there’s nothing to separate the pair of you, what’s the point in carrying on the fighting? Storyline-wise, you’re going to destroy each other and nobody wins. For the sake of all involved, it feels right to draw a line under it all and move on.
That’s not to say that I expect Melissa and Saraya’s characters to be the best of friends or team together – though watch them be a team at SHIMMER in a couple of weeks just to prove me wrong – but being civil with each other and not having harsh words or cold stares or a negative attitude around each other is more than anyone could have ever imagined when they saw the injury that Saraya experienced to her kneecap in the summer of 2007. Wrestling has conditioned us to see people solving their problems with their fists, but the finish of Saraya v Melissa at Bellatrix 7 proved that there is more than one way to settle a score, and you don’t have to win a match to do it.
Who would have thought it? The most intense and real war in women’s wrestling in the last few years is ended with a draw, a handshake and a hug. I’ve seen it all now.
AJ Lee retained the Divas Championship at Battleground, beating Brie Bella. She took advantage while Brie was distracted by Tamina Snuka going after her twin sister Nikki. AJ also suffered concussion symptoms during the match, resulting in her being sent home from Raw before the broadcast began. “We spoke with AJ and she informed us that … she struck her head against the turnbuckle and was having headaches and some difficulty remembering her match,” WWE physician Dr. Chris Amann told WWE.com. “We examined her and noted that she had some problems with balance and memory recall. She was, therefore, diagnosed with a concussion, instructed to rest and not do anything either physically or psychologically strenuous”.
Considering the roll she has been on with victories over Total Divas stars, it’s a big blow for AJ’s momentum, but her health is more important than anything. Luckily she is handy on the microphone so WWE can have her talking until she is given the all-clear.
The six-Diva tag team match on Raw was terrible. Eva Marie has no place in the ring on Raw at the moment, as she’s far too inexperienced and doesn’t know how to sell yet. JoJo was on the apron but didn’t tag in, which is probably for the best. Realistically, neither one should have been put in that position.
However, on last night’s Wrestling Observer Radio, Dave Meltzer claimed that the reason the match took place was because WWE officials wanted to knock Eva Marie down a few pegs, as she had supposedly been getting ideas above her station. As a result, they put her out there to show her up and give her some humility.
I don’t know about you, but should that be true, I reckon it’s a crappy thing to do. Officials could have spoken to her and told her to reel herself in a bit or open her ears and close her mouth more often but to throw her out there to sink on live TV is a bit sucky. It doesn’t help the perception of the Divas division among sceptical fans and is a waste of everyone’s time, just to prove some kind of stupid point.
As for the other competitors, Aksana and Rosa Mendes were comparatively worse – they’ve been employed by WWE for four and seven years respectively and they’re still terrible. Eva Marie has the excuse of being green as grass. What’s Rosa’s excuse?
We’ve had two interviews on the website this week. The first was a Women Of Wrestling Podcast with Allysin Kay hyping her title defence against Veda Scott at Girls Night Out and her time in Japan, and Kasey Owens also talked about her Japan trip with us as part of the latest Fight Like A Girl earlier today. In addition, we’ve got some footage from the 1960s featuring Judy Grable talking to Groucho Marx.
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Brie Bella talked about life after wrestling in an interview with the Democrat and Chronicle newspaper in Rochester, NY. “I’m Mexican and Italian. I want to raise my babies, I want to be home with them every day. And I’m excited for when that chapter in my life happens,” she said… A list of potential WWE DVDs was leaked, with one of the options being the Best of Bra and Panties Matches. Dear God, no… Leah Van Damme has reported to WWE’s Performance Center. She is the daughter of former wrestling Paul Van Dale and New England Patriots and Los Angeles Lakers cheerleader… The shutdown of the US Government has put the brakes on Swedish arm-wrestling champion Sarah Backman’s route to WWE. Her developmental training has been held up because her paperwork is yet to be completed… Raquel Diaz returned to NXT last Thursday as part of a house show in Tampa, FL… Stacy Keibler has again denied that she is planning a return to WWE, even for a one-off payday.
Lei’D Tapa got involved before the Brooke Tessmacher/Velvet Sky match could start on last week’s Impact Wrestling. Brooke did a runner while Velvet took the beating as part of an injury angle for Sky… Lisa Varon (Tara) told VOD Nation that she didn’t think she and TNA was a good fit, and that it made her appreciate WWE a lot more. It seems like fewer and fewer people are having positive things to say about their time in TNA. She also says not enough female wrestlers aren’t willing to work stiff… Mickie James told RVA Magazine that she was never paid late by TNA, but admits that others had problems.
Leva Bates has been added to the lineup for SHIMMER’s DVD tapings in a week and a half. She will likely be going solo after the retirement of ReGeneration X partner Allison Danger in April. Allysin Kay and Taylor Made have also been announced – though it’s not much of a surprise considering they were on the flyer – and Cherry Bomb is in too. Promoter Dave Prazak has also revealed that Serena Deeb isn’t available for this set of tapings. Meanwhile, Crazy Mary Dobson and Savannah Summers will wrestle on SPARKLE… Women Superstars Uncensored says it’s planning to run monthly shows by the end of the year. They have also announced that Marti Belle will defend the Spirit Championship on Saturday’s Blood and Thunder show against Uncensored Rumble winner Ezavel Suena… Despite it being the epitome of a one-way friendship, Lei’D Tapa and Ray Lynn won a 4-way elimination tag match at Ohio Valley Wrestling on Wednesday. Tapa twice delivered her TKO Stunner to Women’s Champion Hannah Blossom after the match. Hannah and Tapa wrestled at the weekend’s Saturday Night Special, with Tapa winning the title… Rain will defend the SHINE Championship against Hiroyo Matsumoto at SHINE 14 on October 25. Also on the card, Tomoka Nakagawa and Kellie Skater will defend the SHIMMER Tag Team Championship against Allysin Kay and Ivelisse Velez – should they make it through the SHIMMER tapings the week before – Jessicka Havok faces Saraya Knight in a Last Woman Standing Match and Amazing Kong takes on Madison Eagles… Cherry Bomb has issued an open challenge for Women Superstars Uncensored’s Blood and Thunder show this weekend… Courtney Rush picked Xandra Bale to replace her in the match against Cheerleader Melissa at NCW Femmes Fatales XIII on October 26 to determine a new number one contender for the International Championship. That means Leah Von Dutch will now team with Kaitlin Diemond against Midianne and her replacement partner Bettie Rage, as Deziree is out with injury… Seleziya Sparx is going to Japan at the end of this month to train. No word on who she is training with yet… Speaking of Sparx, she missed Absolute Intense Wrestling’s Girls Night Out 9 and 10 tapings on Sunday. She was replaced by Marti Belle. Leah Von Dutch also made a surprise appearance (which was a shocker after she no-showed a previous event) after head-faking that she was wrestling elsewhere that night. In the main event of GNO 10, Allysin Kay retained the Women’s Championship by making Veda Scott tap out… Congratulations to Reby Sky, who married Matt Hardy on Saturday… Former WWE Divas Jillian Hall and Melina have been hanging out recently.
Ayako Hamada & Yuu Yamagata will challenge Cherry and Shu Shibutani for the WAVE Tag Team Championship on October 30 after winning the Dual Shock WAVE League on Sunday. Tomoka Nakagawa will face Regina de WAVE Champion Yumi Ohka for the title on the same show, and Mika Iida will return from injury too – she’s been out since Ayumi Kurihara’s retirement show in August.
Crazy Mary Dobson worked an 8-person main event as part of a joint show between Westside Xtreme Wrestling, Combat Zone Wrestling and Big Japan Pro Wrestling in Germany on Thursday. She also worked the main event of HXC Wrestling on Saturday in a tag match alongside her other half Mad Man Pondo… Sammi Baynz won the RQW European Women’s Championship in a great match with Liberty as part of the main event of Bellatrix 7 on Sunday. She won the belt after Courtney Rush sucker punched Liberty and silent partner Axl Lynch revealed that he had insisted on Baynz being the European title challenger, in order for the screwjob to happen. Co-owner Saraya Knight was not happy. Elsewhere on the card, Mercedes Martinez successfully defended the NCW Femmes Fatales International Championship against Miss Mina, and Erin Angel beat Penelope by two straight falls to retain the Bellatrix British Championship… The reunion of Sara Marie Taylor and Carmel Jacob continues on Sunday when they team up to take on Bete Noire and Viper at Insane Championship Wrestling in Glasgow, Scotland. It’s come about after Carmel and Sara attacked Viper during her title challenge at the Fierce Females: XX It’s In Our DNA show last month, with Bete making the save… Penelope faces Laura Wellings on October 26 to determine the number one contender to the Swiss Championship Wrestling Women’s Championship, currently held by Shanna.
Dallys la Caribeña attacked Goya Kong after their CMLL match on September 30. There had been miscommunication which led to their defeat alongside Luna Mágica to Princesa Blanca, Princesa Sugheit & Tiffany.
Australia & New Zealand
New Horizons Pro Wrestling has announced that Eliza Sway is out for an undisclosed period with what’s described as an “unfortunate injury”. The current status of her reign as IndyGurlz Australia Champion is up in the air. Riot City Wrestling has also stripped her of the Women’s Championship.
September 27: AAW (Berwyn, IL) – Heidi Lovelace b Jordan McIntyre
September 29: Great White North Wrestling (Hamilton, ON, Canada) – Kaitlin Diemond b Beautiful Brea & Jodi D’Milo in a 3-way
September 30: CMLL (Puebla, Mexico) – Princesa Blanca, Princesa Sugheit & Tiffany b Dallys la Caribeña, Goya Kong & Luna Mágica
October 2: Ohio Valley Wrestling (Louisville, KY) – Lei’D Tapa and Ray Lynn b Hannah & Holly Blossom, Taeler Hendrix & Lylah Lodge and Jessie Belle & Stephon J Baxter III in a 4-way
October 2: WWE NXT (Winter Park, FL) – Emma & Santino Marella b Summer Rae & Fandango
October 3: Westside Xtreme Wrestling/Combat Zone Wrestling/Big Japan Pro Wrestling (Oberhausen, Germany) – Aaron Insane, DJ Hyde, Karsten Beck & Sasa Keel b Chris Rush, Crazy Mary Dobson, HATE & Madman Pondo
October 4: Reina Joshi Puroresu (Tokyo, Japan) – Cherry & Makoto b Sareee & Kaho Kobayashi; Mima Shimoda b Kyusei Sakura Hirota; Ariya & Aki Shizuku b Chik Tormenta & Aya Yuuki; Syuri, Zeuxis & Vaquerita b Yumiko Hotta, Keiko Aono & Yuiga
October 4: JWP (Tokyo, Japan) – Ryo Mizunami b Raideen Hagane; Hanako Nakamori, Tsubasa Kuragaki & Jaguar Yokota b Kayoko Haruyama, Leon & Yako Fujigasaki; Hikaru Shida b Rabbit Miu; Command Bolshoi b Manami Katsu; Kana & GAMI b Sachie Abe & KAZUKI; Hanako Nakamori won a battle royal
October 4: WWE SmackDown (Baton Rouge, LA) – Brie Bella b Aksana
October 4: WWE (Syracuse, NY) – Naomi b Brie Bella
October 4: CMLL (Mexico City, Mexico) – Amapola, Princesa Blanca & Tiffany b Dallys la Caribeña, Estrellita & Marcela
October 4: New England Championship Wrestling (Beverly, MA) – Mistress Belmont b Melissa Coates
October 5: Ice Ribbon (Saitama, Japan) – Zeuxis b Kyuri; Cherry & Maki Narumiya b Rutsuko Yamaguchi & Mio Shirai; Hikaru Shida & Tsukasa Fujimoto b Tsukushi & Kurumi
October 5: Melbourne City Wrestling (Thornbury, Australia) – KC Cassidy b Kellie Skater
October 5: Riot City Wrestling (Wayville, Australia) – Demi Bennett b Blair Alexis via DQ; Demi Bennett & Kellyanne English b Harley Wonderland & Blair Alexis
October 5: New European Championship Wrestling (Hessdorf, Germany) – Amber Rox v Kick Ass Jane went to a no contest
October 5: DOA Wrestling (March, England) – Miss Mina b Addy Starr
October 5: HXC Wrestling (Manchester, England) – Clint Margera & Jimmy Havoc b Mad Man Pondo & Crazy Mary Dobson
October 5: World Association of Wrestling (Fakenham, England) – Christina Von Eerie b Penelope
October 5: WWE (Rochester, NY) – Naomi b Brie Bella
October 5: WWE (Albany, NY) – Kaitlyn & Natalya b AJ Lee & Tamina Snuka
October 5: Pro Wrestling Freedom (Corbin, KY) – Mickie Knuckles b Dustin Rayz
October 5: Ohio Valley Wrestling (Louisville, KY) – Lei’D Tapa b Hannah Blossom to win the OVW Women’s Championship
October 5: Hoosier Pro Wrestling (Columbus, IN) – Jillian Hall b Jessie Belle Smothers
October 5: Ring Wars Carolina (Lumberton, NC) – D’Arcy Dixon b Mia Svensson
October 6: WRESTLE-1 (Tokyo, Japan) – AKINO b Maki Narumiya
October 6: Diana (Kawasaki, Japan) – Sareee b Kaho Kobayashi; Mima Shimoda b Kaoru Ito; Yumiko Hotta & Keiko Aono b Kyoko Inoue & Raideen Hagane
October 6: OZ Academy (Tokyo, Japan) – Chikayo Nagashima b Hikaru Shida; Dynamite Kansai & Manami Toyota b Kagetsu & Manami Katsu; Aja Kong b Tsubasa Kuragaki; Carlos Amano b GAMI; AKINO, Tomoka Nakagawa & Hiroyo Matsumoto b Mayumi Ozaki, Yumi Ohka & Mio Shirai
October 6: WAVE (Tokyo, Japan) – Ayako Hamada & Yuu Yamagata b Tsukasa Fujimoto & Hikaru Shida; Yumi Ohka & Kana v GAMI & Ryo Mizunami went to a time limit draw; Fairy Nipponbashi b Sakura Hirota & Sawako Shimono in a 3-way; Cherry, Tomoka Nakagawa & Misaki Ohata b Shu Shibutani, Moeka Haruhi & Mio Shirai; Ayako Hamada & Yuu Yamagata b Yumi Ohka & Kana and Tsukasa Fujimoto & Hikaru Shida
October 6: Bellatrix 7 (Norwich, England) – Christina Von Eerie b Skarlett; Destiny b LuFisto; Erin Angel b Penelope; Mercedes Martinez b Miss Mina; Saraya Knight v Cheerleader Melissa went to a time limit draw; Sammi Baynz b Liberty to win the RQW European Women’s Championship
October 6: Absolute Intense Wrestling Girls Night Out 9 (Cleveland, OH) – Annie Social b Jewells Malone; Santana Garrett b Jenny Rose; Leva Bates & Xandra Bale b Jody D’Milo & Jasmin; Angel Dust b Melanie Cruise & Heidi Lovelace in a 3-way; Leah Von Dutch b Mickie Knuckles; Savannah Summers b Sassy Stephie; Taeler Hendrix b Marti Belle; Kimber Lee b Nikki Storm; Allysin Kay & Mia Yim b Veda Scott & Shanna
October 6: Absolute Intense Wrestling Girls Night Out 10 (Cleveland, OH) – Kimber Lee b Santana Garrett; Jasmin b Jody D’Milo; Sassy Stephie b Jewells Malone; Melanie Cruise b Angel Dust; Annie Social & Heidi Lovelace b Leva Bates & Xandra Bale; Leah Von Dutch b Savannah Summers & Shanna in a 3-way; Mickie Knuckles b Jenny Rose; Nikki Storm b Mia Yim; Allysin Kay b Veda Scott
October 6: Vanguard Wrestling All-Star Alliance (Addison, IL) – Jordynne Grace b Josh Crane
October 6: WWE Battleground (Buffalo, NY) – AJ Lee b Brie Bella
October 7: Stardom (Tokyo, Japan) – Alpha Female b Yuhi; Natsuki*Taiyo & Yoshiko b Kaori Yoneyama & Kairi Hojo; Kyoko Kimura & Act Yasukawa b Dark Angel & Takumi Iroha; Io Shirai & Mayu Iwatani b Nanae Takahashi & Miho Wakziawa
October 7: WWE Raw (Pittsburgh, PA) – Natalya, Eva Marie & JoJo b Aksana, Alicia Fox & Rosa Mendes
October 8: WRESTLE-1 (Fukushima, Japan) – Kyoko Kimura b Haibisukasu Mii
October 11: Preston City Wrestling (Preston, UK) – April Davids v LuFisto
October 11: Full Impact Pro (Ybor City, FL) – Jessicka Havok v Maxwell Chicago
October 12: New Horizons Pro Wrestling (Maddington, Australia) – Eliza Sway v Kellie Skater v Madison Eagles
October 12: Scottish Wrestling Alliance (Motherwell, Scotland) – Fiona Fraser v Viper
October 12: Wrestling Cares (Gardena, CA) – Katarina Leigh v Taeler Hendrix
October 12: Remix Pro Wrestling (Marietta, OH) – Maria Kanellis v Sassy Stephie
October 12: Elite Canadian Championship Wrestling (Vancouver, BC, Canada) – Nicole Matthews v Brady Malibu
October 12: Women Superstars Uncensored (Voorhees, NJ) – Jessicka Havok v Lexxus; Nikki Storm v Jenny Rose; Saraya Knight v Mickie Knuckles; Allysin Kay v Kimber Lee; Christina Von Eerie & Nevaeh v Jessie Brooks & Veda Scott; Cherry Bomb v TBA; Marti Belle v Ezavel Suena
October 13: Insane Championship Wrestling (Glasgow, Scotland) – Viper & Bete Noire v Carmel Jacob & Sara Marie Taylor
October 13: Galaxy Pro Wrestling (Clarksville, TN) – Heidi Lovelace v Angelus Layne
October 19: Impact Pro Wrestling (Auckland, New Zealand) – Evie v Britenay
October 19: Wrestling Is Heart (Lafayette, IN) – Heidi Lovelace v Eddie Kingston
October 19-20: SHIMMER: Women Athletes (Berwyn, IL)
October 25: Big West Wrestling (Kelowna, BC, Canada) – Kc Spinelli v Riea Von Slasher
October 25: SHINE 14 (Ybor City, Florida) – Rain v Hiroyo Matsumoto; Kellie Skater & Tomoka Nakagawa v Allysin Kay & Ivelisse Velez;Jessicka Havok v Saraya Knight; Amazing Kong v Madison Eagles;Shanna v Mia Yim v Savannah Summers; Nikki Storm v Nikki Roxx; Mercedes Martinez v Kimberly;Leva Bates, Santana Garrett & Amber O’Neal v Sassy Stephie, Nevaeh & Jessie Belle Smothers;Su Yung v Solo Darling
October 26: Pro Wrestling Kingdom (Birmingham, England) – Bubblegum v Kay Lee Ray
October 26: Swiss Championship Wrestling (Zollikofen, Switzerland) – Laura Wellings v Penelope
October 26: NCW: Femmes Fatales XIII (Montreal, Quebec, Canada) – Mercedes Martinez & Saraya Knight v LuFisto & Sweet Cherrie; Cheerleader Melissa v Xandra Bale; Pink Flash Kira v Portia Perez; Leah Von Dutch & Kaitlin Diemond v Bettie Rage & Midianne; Niya Barela v Missy; Jodi D’Milo v Mary Lee Rose; Kimber Lee v Christina Von Eerie v Angie Skye
October 27: Xtreme Violence Wrestling (Myrtle Beach, SC) – Mia Svensson v Kimberly Spades
November 2: Ring Wars Carolina (Fayetteville, NC) – Mia Svensson v Amanda Rodriguez
November 4: Stardom (Tokyo, Japan) – Io Shirai v Nanae Takahashi
November 9: House Of Hardcore (Poughkeepsie, NY) – Lisa Varon & Stevie Richards v Carlota & Rosita
November 15: Preston City Wrestling (Preston, England) – April Davids v Amazing Kong
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 23: Full House Wrestling (Peterborough, England) – Pollyanna v Dragonita
November 23: Extreme American Wrestling (Corby, England) – Kay Lee Ray v Leah Von Dutch
November 23: Ring Wars Carolina (Lumberton, NC) – Mia Svensson v Devyn Nicole
November 30: Women of the Kingdom (Birmingham, England) – Jenna v Nikki Storm
April 6: SHIMMER Women Athletes (New Orleans, LA)
– Lee Burton
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