Eva Marie is a stunning woman. With her great looks and amazing figure, she is a visual asset to WWE’s Divas division. Her presence is a striking one as she stands out from the pack with her pillarbox red hair, coupled with red lipstick framing a beautiful smile. Looks-wise, she is every inch the Diva, with the sort of figure that teenage boys would likely sketch in a schoolbook. Her appeal is also experiencing crossover value as she made such an impression on Total Divas that she graced the pages of Maxim Magazine last August. On paper, Eva Marie has everything it takes to be a star in the women’s division of World Wrestling Entertainment…
Until she steps foot in the ring, it seems.
The 29-year old made her debut at SummerSlam Axxess on August 18 where she and Brie Bella lost to Natalya and Maria Menounos (still undefeated, by the way), but her first TV contest wasn’t until October 7 when she, JoJo and Natalya defeated Aksana, Rosa Mendes & Alicia Fox. She has wrestled 12 matches in total, all of them in tag team contests or battle royals. However, the 13th and most recent contest technically doesn’t exist as even though it was recorded for last week’s episode of SmackDown, it was never broadcast – and probably never will be.
Eva Marie took on Alicia Fox in the second match of the taping in Ontario, CA and received a hometown pop as she hails from less than an hour’s drive away in San Francisco. Unfortunately, everything reportedly went downhill after that as the match was described as “awful” by PWInsider’s correspondent who was in the arena. The report even predicts that the match would not make it to the broadcast as it was that bad, saying “Eva’s got a ways to go”. Eva is said to have won with a sloppy roll-up.
Even though the match was reportedly really bad, that sometimes does not stop the wizards in WWE’s editing suite. Using some edits, sound sweetening and more favourable camera angles, it is feasible to be able to make a match less of a train wreck than it may have been live. Alternatively there is also the option of sending the pair back out later to redo the match in order to get an improved contest, which may ruin the continuity of the taping but works well on the broadcast. Neither of those things happened with this match and it was completely cut out of the transmission. This rarely happens, so it is such an eye opener that the whole contest was scrapped – which make you wonder that if the editing team could not rescue it, just how bad was Eva Marie v Alicia Fox?
One could argue that the match was filmed for Total Divas season two and is part of the ongoing mishaps of Eva Marie’s career – she had the microphone cut out on her during a previous SmackDown taping – though if that was the case, why not have the contest as a dark match before the tapings for Main Event and not taking up the valuable time allotted for SmackDown? It may play into the E! series, but it seems doubtful that it was an intentional thing.
Nobody could have expected the match to be that good, considering Eva has been poor in all her matches up to this point. Considering she has the best training facility in the world at her disposal and could conceivably spend every day of the week working out and learning her craft, it is amazing that someone who has been with the company for a year still can’t go out there and work a short match. Meanwhile, although she is not Manami Toyota, Alicia is certainly capable in the ring and has had a few exciting contests under her belt, though may not be able to take control and carry a contest if it is falling apart. Perhaps she was in over her head with an opponent who is still way out of her depth.
However, the fault does not lie with Alicia Fox, or even Eva Marie herself. Eva need to be protected from herself at the moment and needs guidance and nurturing, which is why WWE is ultimately responsible for her being in this position.
There is no way that WWE couldn’t have known that the match was going to be a stinker. When it comes to picking up wrestling, Eva Marie is seemingly a slow learner and isn’t ready to be put in a singles match in front of a live audience. While you may be able to get by with someone like Natalya opposite the ring from her, it may still be a stretch. It makes you wonder why she is being forced into a position that she is clearly not ready for.
Part of the problem may lie with her status on Total Divas. It would not seem proper for a star of the show to be on NXT in preliminary matches, so her celebrity positioning would look out of place in Full Sail University, even though it is the most appropriate place for someone with her experience level. Ultimately, it seems that WWE wants to get Eva Marie onto one of the big TV shows as soon as possible, though may be forcing her to run before she can walk.
The thing is: why does she need to be a wrestler to do that? Why can’t she be a backstage interviewer like Maria Kanellis and Eve Torres were in their early days, or a hostess welcoming viewers back to the show like Maryse did when she was starting out? How about being a manager or valet to someone else like Joy Giovanni, Amy Weber and others did to get used to performing in front of a crowd? Why does every woman on WWE’s roster need to wrestle these days?
Not every woman is able to be turned into a wrestler. Some just aren’t able to grasp the challenging aspects of wrestling and are not built for the ring. It’s a shame, but it happens. However, Eva Marie does boast some very marketable qualities, and those should be celebrated and marketed instead of overlooking them to turn her into something that she is not at the moment, and possibly may never become.
Over the last couple of weeks, we have been having a conversation at Ringbelles HQ about making the website more of a community. This was forwarded when we received a detailed and remarkable email discussing the recent Women Superstars Uncensored iPPV which we felt deserved its own post, and got us thinking about having a section for anyone to offer discussion.
As a result, we believe we have come up with a concept which will be a great addition to the site and provide more conversation between us, considering we are all women’s wrestling fans here. Over the next week or so we will elaborate more – but if you’re interested, keep checking out the site for updates.
Elsewhere on the site, we have posted a couple of videos – in fact, we have two from Portia Perez’s Scotland jaunt last November, and two of Kellie Skater’s joshi exploits – and a Bunch of Fives about possible options for Diva matches at WrestleMania XXX. We’ll see if any of them pan out…
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Jake Roberts put over Cameron’s DDT on Raw last week, tweeting “About time the DDT worked again. Cameron, show the others how its done. No one kicks out a real DDT. Maybe I have to show them myself”. He also commented that Randy Orton’s version later in the show wasn’t as good, so that’s an even bigger compliment for the Funkadactyl… Natalya got two more wins on Main Event and Superstars last week, beating Aksana and Tamina Snuka respectively… Emma replaced CM Punk in the Featured Superstars section of WWE.com… Naomi will not require surgery following that kneedrop to her eye by Aksana on Raw two weeks ago which caused a fractured eye socket. Dr Chris Amann told WWE.com that “neither the nerve nor the eye muscles are trapped in the fracture itself. However, she is not allowed to fly due to the pressure difference, and is expected to be out for between four a six weeks, meaning that should WWE still want Naomi v AJ Lee at WrestleMania XXX, she will be cleared the week before the show at the very latest… Emma and Summer Rae got into a scuffle during Fandango and Santino Marella’s match on Raw last night… Kaitlyn has recorded a shoot interview with RF Video… MTV UK released some videos of interviews inside the Performance Center. Paige was one of the of the subjects… It’s confirmed: JoJo will not be part of season 2 of Total Divas. It’s a fair enough decision as she was barely mentioned in the season extension of the show. Summer Rae is her replacement. JoJo will continue to train at the Performance Center, which is probably the best place for her at the moment.
Alpha Female made her first appearance on Impact Wrestling last week, attacking Velvet Sky during Sky’s match against Chris Sabin… Gail Kim will be featured in this month’s edition of Muscle and Fitness Hers.
Nikki Storm will make her Canadian and NCW Femmes Fatales debut on April 19. No word on her opponent yet, though other matches have been announced for Femmes Fatales XIV – Sassy Stephie, Jody D’Milo & another partner will take on Mary Lee Rose, Pink Flash Kira and a third teammate, while Angie Skye will face Cat Power… Former WWF ring announcer Mike McGuirk talked to the In The Room podcast about her time with the promotion and how she was always trying to prove herself to her dad Leroy McGuirk. She also talked about her “other job” which was to produce promos backstage, and how she would still be working for the company if she was able to keep up with the travel schedule… Mia Yim faces Athena at Absolute Intense Wrestling’s Girls Night Out 11 taping on March 29… All the best to Rain, who needed surgery after being involved in a car accident while on her way to work on Friday morning. To add insult to injury, the person who helped her out of the wreck stole her mobile phone… Leva Bates, Amber O’Neal, Josette Bynum, Taeler Hendrix, Mickie Knuckles, Nevaeh & Kimberly have been announced for a show held by Highspots in Charlotte, NC. Called Queens Of Combat, it will take place on March 22… La Rosa Negra joins Kimber Lee in being announced for Valkyrie Women’s Wrestling’s first show in May… Chasyn Rance defends the Southern Championship Wrestling Florida Cruiserweight Title this weekend against former titleholder Santana Garrett after she beat him by count out on Sunday’s I Believe In Wrestling Show. The stipulation is that the title will be able to change hands via DQ or count out… Taylor Wilde served as a guest referee for the Jasmin v Angelina Love match at Squared Circle Wrestling’s show on Sunday. Jasmin won, and continued her attack after the bell, leading to her eating a clothesline from Wilde and a Botox Injection from Love… On the subject of Jasmin, she is today’s SUNshine Girl in the Toronto Sun. Kc Spinelli was given the same treatment in December 2011… They meet again: after their match at National Pro Wrestling Day was “spoiled” by the return of CHIKARA, Heidi Lovelace and Joe Pittman face off at Wrestling Is Fun on Saturday… The brackets for the SHINE Tag Team Championship tournament brackets have been announced for SHINE 17 on February 28. One one side is Made In Sin v the West Coast Connection and Brandi Wine & Malia Hosaka against the Buddy System; on the other is Leva Bates & Mia Yim (now known as the Lucha Sisters) v the Kimber Bombs, while MsEerie faces the SNS Express. That offers the potential for some interesting semi-final and final combinations. We’ve posted a Bunch of Fives as to who we think are the most likely winners.
Ryo Mizunami is expected to be out for most of 2014 with a right meniscus and cruciate ligament rupture which requires surgery… Similarly, Chikayo Nagashima is out for knee surgery too… Syuri retained the Wrestling New Classic Women’s & REINA World & CMLL-REINA International Championships on Sunday by beating Silueta… Muscle Venus (Tsukasa Fujimoto & Hikaru Shida) made the fifth successful defence of the Ice Ribbon International Ribbon Tag Team Championship on Saturday, beating Maki Narumiya & Risa Sera… Speaking of Shida, she’s been tweeting a lot of selfies recently.
Pollyanna Peppers, Sakura Lily & debuting Dragonita will face off in a 3-way at LCW Roses show on March 1… Skarlett, Davina Finch, Jezabeth, Rebel Yell, Lilly Fae, Roxanne & Billie Joe have been announced for the Rumble match at Bellatrix 8 on March 2… It seems like Finch may be getting some help from her referee dad, David Finch. She, Amy Lee Kramer and Sammi Baynz beat Penelope, Chanel & Miss Highlight via count out – Penelope accidentally wiped out the original ref with a flying bodypress and while she checked on him on the outside, there was a call for a second ref. One came out but was beaten to the ring by Daddy Finch, who then unleashed the fastest 10-count in history… Carmel Jacob debuts for RAD:PRO Wrestling this Saturday, taking on Felix Atrox.
The feud between Dalys and Marcela took another turn when Dalys pinned the CMLL World Women’s Champion at the weekend and demanded a title shot. Marcela refused.
Australia & New Zealand
Toni Storm pulls double duty in Brisbane this weekend. She faces Sara Jay for Pacific Pro Wrestling and also takes on Miami for United Pro Wrestling.
February 9: Wrestling New Classic (Kawasaki, Japan) – Rionne Fujiwara, Lin Byron & Haruka Kato b Jiro “Ikemen” Kuroshio, Makoto & Koharu Hinata; Aki Shizuku b Kaho Kobayashi; Syuri b Mima Shimoda
February 10: CMLL (Puebla, Mexico) – Marcela b Tiffany
February 11: Pro Wrestling WAVE (Tokyo, Japan) – Moeka Haruhi, Mika Iida & Tomoka Nakagawa b Ayako Hamada, Yuu Yamagata & Sawako Shimono; Kyoko Kimura b Rina Yamashita; Misaki Ohata b Sumire Natsu; Hikaru Shida & Tsukasa Fujimoto b Kyusei Ninja Ranmaru & Fairy Nipponbashi; Mio Shirai v Kana went to a time limit draw; Kayoko Haruyama, Leon & Hanako Nakamori b Yumi Ohka, Shuu Shibutani & Ryo Mizunami
February 11: Ice Ribbon (Saitama, Japan) – Mio Shirai b Hamuko Hoshi & Kurumi in a 3-way; Miyako Matsumoto b 235; Hikaru Shida b Neko Nitta; Maki Narumiya & Risa Sera b Tsukasa Fujimoto & Tsukushi
February 11: CMLL (Mexico City, Mexico) – Dark Angel, Estrellita & Goya Kong b Amapola, Princesa Blanca & Princesa Sugheit
February 11: CMLL (Guadalajara, Mexico) – Dalys, La Seductora & Zeuxis b Lady Afrodita, Lluvia & Marcela
February 12: WWE Main Event (Ontario, CA) – Natalya b Aksana
February 12: Ohio Valley Wrestling (Louisville, KY) – Jessie Belle b Ray Lyn
February 12: WWE NXT (Winter Park, FL) – Bayley, Emma & Natalya b Alicia Fox, Sasha Banks & Summer Rae
February 13: WWE Superstars (Los Angeles, CA) – Natalya b Tamina Snuka
February 13: TNA Impact Wrestling (Manchester, England) – Chris Sabin v Velvet Sky went to a no-contest
February 14: WWE SmackDown (Ontario, CA) – Eva Marie b Alicia Fox
February 14: CMLL (Mexico City, Mexico) – Dalys b Marcela
February 15: Ice Ribbon (Sendai, Japan) – Cherry b Yuka; Mio Shirai & Miyako Matsumoto b Meari Naito & Sareee; Hamuko Hoshi & Daichi Hashimoto b Neko Nitta & Yoshikazu Yokoyama; Tsukushi b Kurumi; Hikaru Shida & Tsukasa Fujimoto b Maki Narumiya & Risa Sera
February 15: Tokyo Women’s Wrestling (Tokyo, Japan) – Chikage Kiba b Ayumi Takeda; Miyu Yamashita b Ririko Kendo; Nonoko & KANNA b Shoko Nakajima & Yuka Sakazaki
February 15: WRESTLE-1 (Tokyo, Japan) – Syuri b Kahoru Hinata
February 15: Fight Factory Pro Wrestling (Wicklow Town, Ireland) – Katey Harvey b Danger Dawn
February 15: Premier Wrestling Xperience (Concord, NC) – Mia Yim b D’Arcy Dixon
February 15: New York Wrestling Connection (Deer Park, NY) – Christy Rivera, Francis Kipland Stevens, King Mega, Mikey Whipwreck, Rex Lawless & Stockade b Blake Morris, DJ Hyde, Jesse Vane, Marti Belle, Matthew Justice & Mike Mondo
February 15: Alternative Wrestling Show (South Gate, CA) – Candice LeRae b Sage Sin; Hudson Envy b Taeler Hendrix
February 15: Empire Wrestling Federation (Beaumont, CA) – Allie Parker b Terra Calaway
February 15: Battleground Pro Wrestling (Sacramento, CA) – Nicole Savoy b Brittany Wonder
February 15: Texas Outlaw Promotion (Mineral Wells, TX) – Paige Turner b Angel Blue
February 15: Beyond Wrestling (North Andover, MA) – Hania b Pinkie Sanchez; JT Dunn b Kimber Lee
February 16: Diana (Kawasaki, Japan) – Evie b Crazy Mary Dobson & Sareee in a 3-way; Kyoko Inoue b Cindy Sanders; Kaoru Ito b Keiko Aono
February 16: REINA Joshi Puroresu (Tokyo, Japan) – Ray, Leon & Mima Shimoda b Arisa Nakajima, Raideen Hagane & Alex Lee; Aliya b Kaho Kobayashi; Dump Matsumoto & Haruka Kato b La Comandante & Koharu Hinata; Aki Shizuku b Makoto; Syuri b Silueta
February 16: World Association of Wrestling (Costessey, England) – Davina Dinch, Amy Lee Kramer & Sammi Baynz b Penelope, Chanel & Miss Highlight
February 16: I Believe In Wrestling (Orlando, FL) – Santana Garrett b Chasyn Rance via count out
February 16: Beyond Wrestling (Providence, RI) – Kimber Lee b Chuck Taylor
February 16: Squared Circle Wrestling (Whitby, ON, Canada) – Jasmin b Angelina Love
February 16: Premier Wrestling Xperience (Winston Salem, NC) – Mia Yim b Chase Brown
February 21: I Believe In Wrestling (Orlando, FL) – Chasyn Rance v Santana Garrett
February 22: Pacific Pro Wrestling (Brisbane, Australia) – Toni Storm v Sara Jay
February 22: United Pro Wrestling (Brisbane, Australia) – Miami v Storm
February 22: International Pro Wrestling: United Kingdom (Swanley, England) – Sakura Lily v Nikki Storm
February 22: Scottish Wrestling Entertainment (Dundee, Scotland) – Viper v Sammii Jayne v Debbie Sharpe
February 22: RAD:PRO Wrestling (South Shields, England) – Kirsty Love v Freya Frenzy; Felix Atrox v Carmel Jacob
February 22: Wrestling Legends (Walsrode, Germany) – Amber Rox v Aurora Flame v Sara Elektra
February 22: Omega Championship Wrestling (Smithfield, NC) – Reby Sky v Jayme Jameson
February 22: Wrestling Is Fun (Reading, PA) – Heidi Lovelace v Joe Pittman
February 22: Pure Wrestling Association (Kitchener, ON, Canada) – Beautiful Beaa v Skylar Rose
February 22: Pro Wrestling Syndicate (Rahway, NJ) – Angelina Love v Missy Sampson v La Rosa Negra v Mickie James
February 22: Elite Pro Wrestling Alliance (Fort Ashby, WV) – Kacee Carlisle v Jessie Kaye
February 22: Pro Wrestling Revolution (San Francisco, CA) – Christina Von Eerie v Cheerleader Melissa
February 23: Smash Wrestling (Kitchener, ON, Canada) – Vanessa Kraven v Mickie James v Xandra Bale
February 25: Kana-Pro (Tokyo, Japan) – Kana v Meiko Satomura
February 27: WWE NXT (Winter Park, FL) – Paige v Emma
February 28: St Louis Anarchy (Alton, IL) – Angelus Layne v Darin Corbin
February 28: SHINE 17 (Ybor City, FL) – Ivelisse Velez v Mercedes Martinez; Angelina Love v Serena Deeb
March 1: World Association of Wrestling (Norwich, England) – Courtney Rush v Saraya Knight
March 1: World Wide Wrestling League (Dunfirmline, Scotland) – Sara & King Technico v Carmel Jacob & Liam Thompson
March 1: LCW Roses (Leicester, England) – Nikki Storm v Amazon Ayesha Ray; Leah Owens v Nixon; Bete Noire & Viper v Jenna & Lana Austin; Pollyanna Peppers v Dragonita v Sakura Lily
March 1: Ring Wars Carolina (Lumberton, NC) – Mia Svensson v D’Arcy Dixon
March 1: Old School Wrestling (Odessa, TX) – Jessica James v Mickie James v Miss Diss Lexia
March 2: Bellatrix 8 (Norwich, England) – Sammi Baynz v Blue Nikita; Courtney Rush v Liberty; Saraya Knight v Penelope; Erin Angel v Violet O’Hara
March 7: Real Deal Wrestling (Grimsby, England) – Ellie Rollins v Leah Heart
March 7: Pro Wrestling 4U (Newcastle-Under-Lyme, England) – Paul Malen & Violet Vendetta v Van Damage & Jenna
March 7: Pro Wrestling Conflict (Columbus, GA) – Devyn Nicole v Black Ice v Amber O’Neal
March 8: Tidal Wrestling (Darlington, England) – Kay Lee Ray v Violet O’Hara
March 8: Pro Wrestling Syndicate Bombshells (Avenel, NJ) – Missy Sampson v Amber Rodriguez; Lufisto v La Rosa Negra; Hania v Sumie Sakai v Sienna Duvall v Alexxis Nevaeh v Angie Skye v Mistress Belmont; Serena Deeb v Mia Yim; Annie Social v Taeler Hendrix; Grandma Butcher v Jessie Kaye; Angel Dust v Vanity; Jennifer Cruz v Cristina Diamond
March 8: Conflict Wrestling (Kitchener, ON, Canada) – Jewells Malone v Leah Von Dutch
March 9: Joshi4Hope V (Tokyo, Japan) – Hiroyo Matsumoto v Yuhi
March 14: Ironfist Wrestling (Birminham, England) – Nixon v Danni Hunter
March 15: Warzone Wrestling (Berwick, Australia) – Savannah Summers v Miami
March 15: Pride Wrestling (Glasgow, Scotland) – Glen Dunbar & Nikki Storm v Viper & Chris Saynt
March 15: Vanguard Championship Wrestling (Penn Laird, VA) – Kacee Carlisle v Sammi Pandora
March 21: House of Pain Evolution (Mansfield, England) – Lana Austin v Violet Vendetta
March 21: Highspots Queens Of Combat (Charlotte, NC)
March 22: Alternative Wrestling Show (South Gate, CA) – LuFisto v Candice LeRae
March 29: Absolute Intense Wrestling Girls Night Out 11 & 12 (Cleveland, OH) – Mia Yim v Athena
March 29: Acclaim Pro Wrestling (Greely, ON, Canada) – Courtney Rush v Vanessa Kraven
March 30: Ice Ribbon (Tokyo, Japan) – Hikaru Shida v Tsukasa Fujimoto
April 5: SHIMMER Women Athletes (New Orleans, LA)
April 12-13: SHIMMER Women Athletes (Berwyn, IL)
April 19: NCW Femmes Fatales XIV (Montreal, QC, Canada) – Cheerleader Melissa v Courtney Rush
April 24: Hardcore Roadtrip (London, ON, Canada) – LuFisto & Jewells Malone v Leah Von Dutch & Jazz; Warhed & Jewells Malone v Lufisto & Necro Butcher
April 26: Remix Pro Wrestling (Marietta, OH) – Sassy Stephie v Athena v Cheerleader Melissa
May 4: Insane Championship Wrestling (London, England) – Kay Lee Ray v Carmel Jacob v Erin Angel
May 10: Women Superstars Uncensored Queen and King of the Ring (Voorhees, NJ) – Jessicka Havok v LuFisto
May 24: Valkyrie Women’s Wrestling (Brooklyn, NY)
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