Have you listened to the latest Women Of Wrestling Podcast with Taeler Hendrix yet? Without hyperbole, it is one of our favourite shows in a long time. Interesting, insightful and revealing, the former TNA Knockout talks about how she had no idea what the result of her Gut Check would be or that Joey Ryan was going to gatecrash the segment, was told very little about what her future in the promotion would be or that they were planning to release her.
She also reveals that she wasn’t fully open with them either, as the reason why she put on the weight in-between appearances was to keep herself healthy to fight off the possibility of cancer, and because she was suffering pain when she wrestled as she had no padding on her body when she was bumping. That weight issue is something that I discussed with recovering anorexic and former gymnast Sarah Robertson, and she practically said the same thing.
Taeler also discussed her time in Ohio Valley Wrestling, how she was disappointed with her start in the promotion despite winning the Women’s Championship, and how an instinctive “wrong” move saw her fortunes turn around. She also revealed her intentions to release a book, form a tag team with distant relative Cherry Bomb – all is revealed in the interview – and wrestle in as many places as possible. Instead of moping, shaking her fist at the world or complaining that she’s the victim of a conspiracy theory, she dusted herself off, made a plan and is executing it.
It’s a big world of women’s wrestling out there, and there are many grapplers like Taeler who are strategically moving all the relevant pieces into place to maximise their impact, and with good timing too. The previous generation of names is starting to fall away. Allison Danger, Nikki Roxx, Lacey, Rain and MsChif are either pulling back on the volume of their bookings, getting ready to step away from the ring or have already done so, and there will be many looking to take their place. A microcosmic version of it happened in SHIMMER in 2012 with the absence of the likes of Serena Deeb and Madison Eagles, with names like Saraya Knight, Athena and Courtney Rush coming to the forefront. As it turns out, the latter two names were absent from the most recent tapings along with Ayako Hamada and LuFisto led the charge alongside Mia Yim and Nicole Matthews.
There are a number of women in North America quickly developing themselves to the point that they will likely be making waves over the next couple of years. As well as Taeler, Yim and the like, Santana Garrett seems to be in huge demand in the United States, and is winning titles in her native Florida. Barbi Hayden has created a larger following because of heading outside of Texas and to the northeast for Women Superstars Uncensored. Allysin Kay and Ivelisse Velez are becoming polished heels, while Courtney Rush and Xandra Bale are representing Canada well as babyfaces. Even wrestlers who have been around for a while, had success and slipped back a bit are starting to become priorities again. The aforementioned Cherry Bomb is a great heel in Combat Zone Wrestling and WSU, and along with fellow rising star Kimber Lee were a riot at October’s SHIMMER tapings. Inaugural SHIMMER Tag Team Champion Nevaeh – who was in the wilderness for some years – is now gaining some serious traction as part of Oi4K in CZW and as a third of the SNS Express in SHINE, and Su Yung is also working on more of an edge. There are more, but that’s just a small example of what is happening around us right now.
Taeler is a reflection of what is going on in women’s wrestling – with more places to work in a long time, there are plenty of opportunities to try out ideas to see how they are received. Last week, I wrote about the huge number of wrestlers out there and where they are working, and it on these shows where gimmicks can be honed and polished before another big all-women’s show rolls up. Plus, every booking can be a learning experience – some negative, as Hendrix discussed in relation to her participation in the ill-fated GLOW revival last year – which can be used to make new contacts, face new opponents and make yourself an even more valuable commodity in the future. While Ohio Valley Wrestling may not have as many eyes on it as other promotions, you can see that Taeler’s great heel schtick at SHINE 13 was polished in OVW, and meant that when she unleashed it on iPPV, it was a confident and assured performance.
Things can’t stay as they always were – we evolve or we die. A great bundle of female wrestlers are coming up with new plans, new ideas, new intentions, and essentially new ways to get noticed and stand out from the pack. While we’re not at the end of the year, it seems that 2013 has been the turning point that 2012 threatened but never fully achieved. 2014 promises to be very interesting.
Following in the footsteps of Pro Wrestling Australia and New Horizons Pro Wrestling, Riot City Wrestling produced its first all-women show on Saturday. Entitled City Chicks Unleashed, it was to see a new RCW Women’s Champion crowned following the vacating of the belt when Eliza Sway suffered an injury. However, instead of seeing either Kellyanne English claim or Savannah Summers regain the title, the show left things on a question mark…
After defeating Demi Bennett and Harley Wonderland respectively, Summers and English were given the opportunity to compete for the belt, and the pair squared off in the middle of Saturday’s card, with both claiming they would emerge victorious at the end of the evening. As it turns out, neither was correct as the match ended in a no-contest after the referee was knocked out and the locker room spilled into the ring. As a result of the chaos, the title is still held up and will wrestle again on RCW’s show on December 7.
There are plus and minus points to the results. On a negative note, the fans who were expecting a new RCW Women’s Champion didn’t get what they want, though the match itself was a big brawl which is said to have entertained the fans. However, by holding off the title decider until the next event, it means a continuance and more anticipation, as well as crowning a new titleholder at a show with a larger audience – the show was held at the RCW Academy in Adelaide, which has a relatively smaller crowd than the promotion can draw. However, let’s hope that the title is presented to someone on December 7, as wrestling fans who sat through the Daniel Bryan/Randy Orton saga over the last few months may not be that keen to see a reimagining of it so soon.
As for the rest of the show, things reportedly went well, with Miami, Demi Bennett, Storm and Michelle K Hasluck impressing. Hasluck is one of the real success stories of the year, as her Minnie Mouse gear, unhinged attitude and snug wrestling style is turning some heads. Keep an eye on her.
Considering its success, it would be nice for RCW to hold another all-women show in the future, and at a larger venue. With the right build-up, marketing and wrestlers, there is no reason why City Chicks Unleashed can’t be the start of something beautiful. It would certainly benefit the growing women’s scene in Australia too.
Full results and thoughts are available here, courtesy of Rhi Lockwood from NHB Girls.
It’s been a big week for interviews at Ringbelles. As well as the WOW Podcast with Taeler, we also featured two My Name Is interviews. The first was with Scottish prodigy Debbie Sharpe about influences and wrestling Ladder Matches, while the other was with Miss Louise Jane about her Miss Great Britain aspirations and her wrestling inspirations.
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According to the Wrestling Observer the reason why Brie Bella is improving is because she spends two hours before each show training with fiancé Daniel Bryan. Hey, whatever works is fine by me… Also in the Observer was a report saying a person working in NXT said of Eva Marie, “Eva has a real nice body, that’s all I can say nice about her”. Some point out the discrepancy of her being on WWE TV while Paige and Emma are in NXT. However, considering Eva Marie is 29, she doesn’t have long to make an impression, while Paige and Emma have all the time in the world… Summer Rae has reportedly been studying Missy Hyatt from the old Universal Wrestling Federation to hone her gimmick in NXT… Speaking of Summer, she and Sasha Banks defeated Charlotte and Bayley on last week’s NXT when Charlotte turned on her starstruck hanger-on to join with the heels. Bayley is just so sympathetic, it’s so adorable… IFBB fitness model Ashley Sebera has been signed by WWE. She tweeted a picture of her Performance Center t-shirt. The 24-year old, Pittsburgh, PA native became a fitness pro last year… WWE released an interview with Eve Torres about life after leaving the company. She talked about teaching women’s self-defence and that she took an interest in it after three guys hassled her at a rest stop in 2007 just after she won the Diva Search… Jim Ross blogged that he’s not a fan of women being in the Royal Rumble match, saying “Not even remotely interested and feels it lessens the suspension of disbelief of the entertainment performance. Intergender wrestling is of no interest to me. You asked and I answered. Is that being sexist? Don’t think so.” Chyna competed in two Rumbles (1999 & 2000), Beth Phoenix was in the 2010 match and Kharma (Amazing Kong) made a cameo appearance in 2012… Mickie James visited the Performance Center in Florida to train the developmental wrestlers. `she’ll be there all week… Brie Bella cleared the ring of AJ Lee and Tamina after the latter’s win over her sister Nikki on Raw last night… The return of Total Divas pulled in 1.3 million viewers on Sunday, which was a similar number to the debut episode. It followed the season finale of Keeping Up With The Kardashians, which drew 2.3 million. The real test will be next week, when Total Divas doesn’t have such a popular show as a lead-in.
A video in the Impact365 series has revealed that Christy Hemme broke one of her front teeth while trying to loosen her headbands. It was a sizeable chunk… The 3-way number one contender’s match between ODB, Velvet Sky & Brooke Tessmacher on last week’s Impact Wrestling ended in a no contest when Gail Kim and Lei’D Tapa spoiled proceedings. Afterwards, Kim said there was no competition in the Knockouts, which buried the women in the 3-way and wasn’t a wise thing for her to be booked to say. She then said she would defend the Knockouts Championship against any new face on this Thursday’s show.
All Pro Wrestling owner Roland Alexander passed away last week. APW was where Sara Del Rey trained, where Cheerleader Melissa started out and was the home of ChickFight… It’s official: Jessicka Havok will fight Allysin Kay at SHINE 15 on December 13. Heidi Lovelace and La Rosa Negra will also return to the promotion for the show… Beulah McGuillicuty is believed to have suffered a concussion during the main event of Saturday’s House Of Hardcore event. Lisa Marie Varon teamed with Steven Richards to revive their WWE partnership against Carlito and Rosita, though they lost… Mistress Belmont ended Alexxis Nevaeh’s 1,198 day reign as World Women’s Wrestling Championship on Saturday’s New England Championship Wrestling show, with help from Sammi Lane and Nikki Valentine. Alexxis had held the title since August 8, 2010… We now have full details of the next Pro Wrestling Syndicate Bombshells show on December 14. La Rosa Negra will defend the Bombshells Championship against former titleholder Missy Sampson in a Two out of Three Falls Match, while cousins Jennifer Cruz and Amber Rodriguez face off in a Street Fight. There will also be a 12-woman tournament to crown a Majestic Champion featuring Alexxis Nevaeh, Mia Yim, Annie Social, Jessie Kaye, Sumie Sakai, Amy Lee, Hania, Angel Dust, Vanity, Mistress Belmont, Sienna Duvall and Niya… The Tammy Sytch soap opera continues. A fan sent her a tweet saying that she would pay to do something horrendously disgusting with Sytch, and the WWE Hall of Famer replied “how much”. Once it was established that this wasn’t a joke and this was the tweeter’s fetish, she requested taking it to direct messages saying “this is too strange for normal eyes”. No kidding – that stuff should be flushed, not sold as food. She also tweeted that a scare concerning the return of her cervical cancer, saying it had not spread but she would need more surgery to remove remaining cancer cells. She also took a pop at Reby Sky, who allegedly claimed that Sytch was faking her poor health, though Sky denies ever saying it, and there’s no evidence that it was said. The pair had been at odds in the past, but Sky tweeted that the pair had made amends over the weekend at The Big Event signing expo in New York, and sorted things out on Twitter earlier today too.
Kana’s next JWP Openweight Championship defence will be against former champion Arisa Nakajima. If Nakajima can regain the title, a champion v champion match against World Of Stardom Champion Io Shirai appears to be on the cards… Ayako Hamada & Yuu Yamagata made their first successful defence of the WAVE Tag Team Championship on Saturday, defeating Misaki Ohata & Mio Shirai.
Pro Wrestling Kingdom quietly cancelled its Women Of The Kingdom show which was meant to take place on November 30. After announcing a few names and announcing just one match (Jenna v Nikki Storm), the whole event was canned – without telling the wrestlers who had been booked and announced. What a shitty and unprofessional thing to do… And it gets worse for Storm – her match against Leah Von Dutch is off after Alternative World Wrestling cancelled its November 24 show without reason… Easy Tiger makes her wrestling debut at PROGRESS this Sunday in a 3-way against Leah Von Dutch & Rhia O’Reilly… Miss Mina and Aurora Flame will meet in a Title v Title match on the November 23 Norwegian Wrestling Federation show. Mina is putting up her DOA Wrestling Sirens Championship up against Flame’s Nordic Women’s Wrestling Alliance belt… ABC Catch is holding a second all-women show after a successful first attempt earlier this year… Destiny won the Extreme World Wrestling Women’s Championship from Skarlett on Saturday in controversial circumstances. After becoming number one contender by beating Erin Angel earlier in the night, Destiny decided to go for the title after Skarlett beat Jynx – though it was via DQ after her male opponent wouldn’t observe the rules and ended his assault with a top rope legdrop onto Skarlett’s face while her title belt was on top of it. Destiny nailed two 747 splashes and a Tombstone Piledriver to claim the belt, leading to one of the best victory photos I’ve seen in years.
Australia & New Zealand
Evie successfully defended the PWWA Championship over Shazza McKenzie, Jessie McKay and Michelle K Hasluck in a 4-way on Friday… Madison Eagles refused to defend the IndyGurlz Australia Championship against Saraya Knight at New Horizons Pro Wrestling’s show on November 29. Instead, Knight will face Kellie Skater in their first singles match ever. The pair wrestled as part of a 4-way match at SHIMMER Volume 51 which was the start of Skater’s face turn in the promotion. It was hugely dramatic.
November 5: CMLL (Mexico City, Mexico) – Estrellita, Goya Kong & Marcela b Amapola, La Comandante & Tiffany via DQ
November 6: Ohio Valley Wrestling (Louisville, KY) – Jessie Belle v Lovely Lylah went to a no contest; Lei’D Tapa b Hannah Blossom
November 6: WWE (Columbia, SC) – Brie Bella b AJ Lee
November 6: WWE (Belfast, Northern Ireland) – Natalya b Aksana
November 6: WWE Main Event (Charlotte, NC) – Nikki Bella b Alicia Fox
November 6: WWE NXT (Winter Park, FL) – Sasha Banks & Summer Rae b Charlotte & Bayley
November 7: WWE Superstars (Greenville, SC) – Naomi b Alicia Fox
November 7: WWE (Dublin, Ireland) – Natalya b Aksana
November 7: TNA Impact Wrestling (Cincinnati, OH) – Brooke Tessmacher v ODB v Velvet Sky went to a no contest
November 8: Diana (Kawasaki, Japan) – Hamuko Hoshi b Jenny Rose; Mima Shimoda b Seleziya Sparx; Keiko Aono & Yuiga b Raideen Hagane & Kaho Kobayashi; Yumiko Hotta, Mask de Sun & Arisa Nakajima b Megumi Yabushita, Syuri & Sareee; Kyoko Inoue b Tomoko Watanabe
November 8: Scottish Wrestling Alliance (Ardrossan, Scotland) – Nikki Storm & Fiona Fraser b Viper & Bete Noire
November 8: WWE (Glasgow, Scotland) – Brie Bella b AJ Lee
November 8: WWE (Brussels, Belgium) – Natalya b Aksana
November 8: WWE SmackDown (Charlotte, NC) – AJ Lee & Tamina Snuka b Naomi & Cameron
November 8: CMLL (Mexico City, Mexico) – Dalys, Princesa Blanca & Princesa Sugheit b Goya Kong, Marcela & Silueta
November 8: Lucha Libre Feminil (Monterrey, Mexico) – La Justiciera b Lady Flamer; Lady Puma defeats Katary; La Chacala & Tsunami b Angelica & Estrella Explosiva
November 9: WAVE (Tokyo, Japan) – Ayako Hamada & Yuu Yamagata b Misaki Ohata & Mio Shirai; Shuu Shibutani & Ryo Mizunami b Mika Iida & Rina Yamashita; GAMI & Natsuki Urabe b Yumi Ohka & Moeka Haruhi
November 9: Ice Ribbon (Saitama, Japan) – Neko Nitta & Kurumi b Tsukushi & Kyuri; Meari Naito b Kaho Kobayashi; Hikaru Shida b 235; Tsukasa Fujimoto & Risa Sera v Hamuko Hoshi & Maki Narumiya went to a time limit draw
November 9: Riot City Wrestling (Adelaide, Australia) – Shadow Shinobi b Vixsin; Lou Lou Lockhart b Aria Gracie; Michelle K Hasluck b Izzy Shaw; Demi Bennett b Miami; Minzy Montana & Siren Monroe b Blair Alexis & Ashley Sparks; Harley Wonderland b Storm; Savannah Summers v Kellyanne English went to a no contest
November 9: Pro Wrestling Australia (Campbelltown, Australia) – Evie b Shazza McKenzie, Jessie McKay & Michelle K Hasluck in a 4-way
November 9: Newcastle Pro Wrestling (New Lambton, Australia) – Madison Eagles b Mantis
November 9: Extreme World Wrestling (Hastings, England) – Destiny b Erin Angel; Skarlett b Jynx via DQ; Destiny b Skarlett to win the EWW Women’s Championship
November 9: International Pro Wrestling: United Kingdom (Swanley, England) – Leah Von Dutch b Olivia
November 9: WWE (Munich, Germany) – Brie Bella b AJ Lee
November 9: WWE (Birmingham, England) – Natalya b Aksana
November 9: Scottish Wrestling Alliance (Beith, Scotland) – Grado & Viper b Damian O’Connor & Nikki Storm
November 9: TNA (Toledo, OH) – Lei’D Tapa b ODB
November 9: New England Championship Wrestling (Beverly, MA) – Mistress Belmont b Alexxis Nevaeh to win the WWW Championship
November 9: House Of Hardcore (Poughkeepsie, NY) – Carlito & Rosita b Lisa Marie Varon & Stevie Richards
November 10: Stardom (Nagoya, Japan) – Kaori Yoneyama b Koguma; Act Yasukawa & Kyoko Kimura b Dark Angel & Takumi Iroha; Io Shirai & Nanae Takahashi b Kairi Hojo & Yuhi; The Alpha Female & The Female Predator Amazon b Mayu Iwatani & Miho Wakizawa; Natsuki Taiyo & Yoshiko b DASH Chisako & Sendai Sachiko
November 10: OZ Academy (Tokyo, Japan) – Chikayo Nagashima b Mio Shirai; Mayumi Ozaki & Yumi Ohka b Manami Toyota & Tomoka Nakagawa; Dynamite Kansai b GAMI; Sonoko Kato b Carlos Amano; Aja Kong, Tsubasa Kuragaki & Hikaru Shida b AKINO, Hiroyo Matsumoto & Kagetsu
November 10: Scottish Wrestling Alliance (Stevenson, Scotland) – Viper b Leah Von Dutch
November 10: WWE (Cardiff, Wales) – Natalya b Aksana
November 10: WWE (Glasgow, Scotland) – Nikki & Brie Bella b AJ Lee & Tamina Snuka
November 10: Deathproof Fight Club (Etobicoke, ON, Canada) – Jewells Malone b Crazy Mary Dobson
November 11: Stardom (Nagoya, Japan) – Kaori Yoneyama b Koguma; Kyoko Kimura & Act Yasukawa b Dark Angel & Takumi Iroha; Io Shirai & Nanae Takahashi b Kairi Hojo & Yuhi; Alpha Female & The Female Predator “Amazon” b Miho Wakizawa & Mayu Iwatani; Natsuki*Taiyo & Yoshiko b DASH Chisako & Sendai Sachiko
November 11: JWP (Asakusa, Japan) – KAZUKI b Risa Sera; Tsukushi & Kaho Kobayashi b Hanako Nakamori & Yako Fujigasaki; Kana b Raideen Hagane ; Command Bolshoi b Sachie Abe; Kayoko Haruyama & LEON b Arisa Nakajima & Manami Katsu
November 11: WWE (Cardiff, Wales) – Natalya b Aksana
November 11: WWE Raw (Manchester, England) – Tamina Snuka b Nikki Bella
November 15: Preston City Wrestling (Preston, England) – April Davids v Amazing Kong
November 16: Impact Pro Wrestling (Auckland, New Zealand) – Emmy Driver v Evie
November 16: Pacific Pro Wrestling (Bundamba, Australia) – Kellie Skater v Storm
November 16: Preston City Wrestling (Preston, England) – Amazing Kong v Bubblegum
November 16: World Wide Wrestling League (Glenrothes, Scotland) – Kay Lee Ray v Carmel Jacob v Sara Marie Taylor
November 16: Purely Obsessed Wrestling World (Elk Grove, IL) – Stacy Shadows v Miss Natural
November 16: World of Unpredictable Wrestling (Queens, NY) – Amapola v Marcela
November 17: Southside Wrestling Entertainment (Nottingham, England) – Amazing Kong v Kay Lee Ray
November 17: PROGRESS Wrestling (Bedford, England) – Leah Von Dutch v Rhia O’Reilly v Easy Tiger
November 17: Beyond Wrestling (Providence, RI) – Matthew Palmer v Jewells Malone; Anthony Stone v Lexxus; David Starr v Christina Von Eerie; Rory Mondo v Kimber Lee; Anthony Stone v Lexxus
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: Norwegian Wrestling Federation (Oslo, Norway) – Miss Mina v Aurora Flame
November 23: Pride Wrestling (Glasgow, Scotland) – Nikki Storm & Glen Dunbar, v Viper & Chris Saynt
November 23: RESISTANCE Pro (Chicago, IL) – D’Arcy Dixon v Mickie Knuckles
November 23: Pinfall Wrestling Association (Springfield, IL) – Lady Vendetta v Allie Kat
November 23: Ring Wars Carolina (Lumberton, NC) – Mia Svensson v Devyn Nicole
November 29: Wrestling New Classic (Tokyo, Japan) – Syuri v Lin Byron
November 29: New Horizons Pro Wrestling (Maddington, Australia) – Kellie Skater v Saraya Knight
November 29: Scottish Wrestling Entertainment (Dundee, Scotland) – Sammii Jayne v Debbie Sharpe
November 30: Pro Wrestling Kingdom (Birmingham, England) – Kay Lee Ray v Eddie Dennis
November 30: Scottish Wrestling Entertainment (Dundee, Scotland) – Jason Costello v Viper
November 30: Alternative Wrestling Show (South Gate, CA) – Veda Scott v Candice LeRae
December 6: IWA Mid South Wrestling (Clarkesville, IL) – Randi West v Thunderkitty v Jordynne Grace
December 7: Family Wrestling Entertainment (Brooklyn, NY) – Angelina Love v Ivelisse Velez
December 13: SHINE 15 (Ybor City, FL) – Rain v Amazing Kong; Jessicka Havok v Allysin Kay
December 14: Pro Wrestling Syndicate Bombshells (Avenel, NJ) – La Rosa Negra v Missy Sampson; Jennifer Cruz v Amber Rodriguez
December 14: Dropkick Depression (Huntington Park, CA) – Kitana Vera & Terra Calaway v Rhia O’Reilly & Mariah Moreno
December 21: Herts and Essex Wrestling (Takeley, England) – Infinity; Penelope & TBA v Brett Meadows, Skarlett & Dominator
February 8: Women Superstars Uncensored (Voorhees, NJ)
April 5: SHIMMER Women Athletes (New Orleans, LA)
– Lee Burton
– Photos by Taeler Hendrix, Slammin Ladies, Riot City Wrestling, Ashley Sebera, James Gray, Sammi Lane, WWE
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