“You’re going to die.”
No lie – that was the first thing Su Yung said to me when I met her about 18 months ago. She looked me square in the eyes and said it without the slightest hint of a joke. She is certainly a unique personality, bordering on being a wonderful kook – a kook who has been working away for the last four years for a moment where a prominent promotion would pull the trigger on her and see what she is capable of. SHINE pulled that trigger last Friday, when she turned heel and aligned herself with the new incarnation of Valkyrie comprised of she, Serena Deeb, April Hunter and Allysin Kay – though apparently no Taylor Made for reasons which aren’t explicit yet, but will likely be addressed.
The 24 year old has been on the verge of a character alteration for a while in SHINE. After returning from a trip to Japan last year, the Seattle, WA native unveiled a more aggressive attitude and personality. It was first truly displayed at SHINE 13 in September when she won the opening match, beating Taeler Hendrix, La Rosa Negra and Xandra Bale in a 4-way, though the promotion held back on turning her or pushing her for so long that we wondered if it was going to happen or not. It could have happened on the next show when she lost to Solo Darling or the following event when she got the win back. There was also the possibility of it happening in February at SHINE 17 when she and Tracy Taylor lost in the opening round of the Tag Team Championship tournament to Made In Sin – but still nothing. In the end, it took a heel who gave her a tip of the hat almost a year previous to the day to push her over the edge, and at the expense of her protege too…
Saraya Knight defeated Yung with a sit-out powerbomb at SHINE 9 to qualify for the SHINE Title tournament in a match where the veteran showed a grain of respect for how valiantly her opponent fought in what could have been a total steamrollering. Instead, Su presented her best match in the promotion at that time and turned a good few heads. In a neat piece of continuity, it was a few words of intense encouragement to send Yung over the edge and defeat Rhia O’Reilly with the Yellow Fever. However, Su would be back after the main event.
With new make-up and gear, Yung joined Deeb, Hunter and Kay in a beatdown of Ivelisse Velez after her successful SHINE Championship defence over Knight. It was the second part of the two-step plan to unveil a darker Su with less regard for fans or approval and more on success. It’s her highest-profile effort since her days in WWE.
In all honesty, World Wrestling Entertainment may have called a little soon for Su, who was 21 at the time but had been wrestling for less than a year. Her first match was for Southern Allstar Wrestling in Nashville, TN against one Tracy Taylor – Yung moved to the state to train following her graduation from high school, after getting into wrestling through her father. She debuted in Florida Championship Wrestling on December 2 of that year under the name of Sonia, losing to AJ Lee. What followed was a lot of multi-woman and tag team matches for the rest of her run in WWE development before being let go in August 2011 to return to the indies.
Yung wrestled for SHIMMER’s pre show that October, accepted bookings in California, North Carolina, travelled to Texas to wrestle for Anarchy Championship Wrestling – competing in two American Joshi Queen of Queens tournaments, winning the American Joshi Championship last October and holding the title at the moment – as well as wrestling for other Florida promotions like NWA Florida Underground Wrestling, Ring Warriors, Battling Bombshells, Full Impact Pro and EVOLVE. When you also include the month in Japan where she wrestled for Ice Ribbon, Diana and Stardom, Su is getting around to wrestle in new places and pick up new skills.
What we need from Su Yung now is verbiage. She has charisma and personality, and as part of this heel turn and push within Valkyrie, she has the chance to bring out and develop a character. This recent development could be the making of her, and we believe she will grab the opportunity with both hands – along with telling more people that they’re going to die, most likely.
Elsewhere on SHINE 18, we were given a Memphis throwback with Jessicka Havok being run over by a car during her Ybor City Streetfight against Allysin Kay. The action spilled outside the Orpheum and saw Havok fall victim to an attempted vehicular homicide, with Kay getting into the car and speeding off – though she would return for the post-main event angle.
I’m in two minds about this. No doubt about it, it was a big angle for the feud. To do something so dramatic is likely to stay in viewers’ minds for a long while – and SHINE should release a teaser clip of it on YouTube to encourage fans to buy the VOD and be geared up for the next development – and it really makes this violent programme stand out from the pack. Credit to Havok, it’s a big moment that few would consider and even less would agree to do, and I hope it went as well as can be expected when you elect to be hit by a moving car.
My query is this: has the feud been taken too far where it is unlikely to reach any real resolution within the confines of a wrestling ring?
Wrestling is a weird beast – fans can suspend their disbelief for some things and some are a step too far. We can accept an Irish whip where someone will bounce off the ropes and not have the ability to stop running, and that a punch in the mouth doesn’t result in a broken jaw. However, a hit and run may be a step too far, as it’s essentially a crime.
SHINE will have to play the next step very carefully to make sure that fans can still immerse themselves in what is going on. The possibility of it being successful is good. Kay and Havok aren’t slouches and can articulate themselves to fill in the gaps – Jessicka could say that she isn’t pressing charges as she wants to deal with Allysin personally, for example. Where this all ends is still a question mark, as this was the third inconclusive finish between the pair in a row, and now there is the added question mark of who was driving the car in the first place.
Elsewhere on the website, we’ve debuted a new series called The Soap Box, where we will be looking for your thoughts on any women’s wrestling topic that you like – and we’ve started with a frank opinion on Total Divas. We also have a Retro featuring Wendi Richter against Heidi Lee Morgan in a steel cage match.
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The script for last week’s episode of Raw was leaked and revealed that Summer Rae is off TV until May 16 as she and the Miz are filming for WWE Studios… Tamina Snuka will face Paige for the WWE Divas Championship at Extreme Rules on May 4 after winning a battle royal on Main Event last Tuesday. She eliminated Natalya last with a superkick… The Wrestling Observer reports that ESPN is interested in hiring commentator, backstage interviewer and all-around great human being Renee Young. The 29-year old (real name Renee Paquette) has turned heads and impressed many… Sunday’s episode of Total Divs revealed that the reason why Eva Marie was off the road earlier this year is because of an exploded ovarian cyst. Very painful. Speaking of Eva Marie, she was backstage at the Ultimate Fighting Championship Fight Night on Saturday… Emma debuted a pink version of Santino Marella’s cobra to beat Layla on Raw last night. Paige beat Aksana for the second time in a week too – she won on last Friday’s SmackDown too. She also paid a visit to Ybor City’s Orpheum on Friday for SHINE 18, where her mother was in the main event… AJ Lee is being advertised for shows in June, but is also advertised for the European tour next month – though that may be a bit outdated and she may not be going on the trip.
Angelina Love will challenge Madison Rayne for the Knockouts Championship at Sunday’s Sacrifice PPV. Rayne beat Velvet Sky on this week’s Impact Wrestling in a non-title street fight – though quite why it was a street fight is anyone’s guess… Expect Taryn Terrell to make a return in the near future, according to PWInsider. She gave birth about seven weeks ago and has reportedly been furiously working out since then.
Five teams have been announced for Women Superstars Uncensored’s Queen and King of the Ring tournament – Shanna & Chris Dickinson, Kimber Lee & Drew Gulak, Shelly Martinez & JT Dunn, Mia Yim & Greg Excellent, and Candice LeRae & Joey Ryan. The show on May 10 is headlined by Jessicka Havok defending the WSU Championship against LuFisto… Kimber Lee has pulled out of Valkyrie Women’s Wrestling’s show next month – the reason is because she is making her Mexico debut the following day for ChilangaMask… Pro Wrestling Syndicate Bombshells Champion Missy Sampson and Majestic Champion La Rosa Negra team up with Annie Social to take on Strength In Numbers trio Jessie Kaye, Hania and Amber Rodriguez at the PWS show on June 7. The stipulation is that if Sampson or Negra lose the fall, the one who beats them will win their title… Portia Perez revealed she suffered a partially torn quad on the first day of the SHIMMER tapings earlier this month. She worked the next day, but had to pull out of last Saturday’s NCW Femmes Fatales show, where she was meant to wrestle Kaitlin Diemond. Jasmin was her replacement. Midianne also had to pull out due to injury, with her spot in the 4-way International Title match being filled by Angie Skye, who beat Cat Power earlier in the night to earn the spot. Martinez won the match, and will defend the belt at Femmes Fatales XV in August against LuFisto – who beat Nikki Storm – as well as Cheerleader Melissa and Courtney Rush, who went to a 1-1 draw in their 30 minute Iron Woman Match… Jewells Malone, Jennifer Blake, Seleziya Sparx, Canadian (Kaitlin) Diemond, Leah Von Dutch & Skylar Rose will vie to become the first ever Conflict Wrestling Women’s Champion on the promotion’s June 14 show in Kitchener, ON, Canada… Barbi Hayden retained her Anarchy Championship Wrestling Anarchy Televised Title on Sunday, winning a 6-way elimination match… Saraya Knight revealed that she suffered a broken nose and two black eyes during her latest North American trip… Nikki Storm challenges Athena for the Absolute Intense Wrestling Women’s Championship on Friday.
Kana defeated Rabbit Miu in the opening match of Pro Wrestling NOAH’s show on Wednesday… Maki Narumiya & Risa Sera defend the Ice Ribbon International Ribbon Tag Team Championship against Meari Naito & Neko Nitta on May 6 as part of Golden Week… Manami Katsu’s 16 month reign as JWP Jr./POP Champion came to an end on Sunday, as she was defeated by Sareee… Yumi Ohka retained the Regina Di WAVE Title on Sunday, beating Hikaru Shida.
Erin Angel retained her Solent Wrestling Federation Women’s Championship at the weekend, defeating Laura Cruz.
Amapola won the CMLL-REINA International Championship on Sunday, beating Syuri 2 falls to 1, getting the decisive pin with a lungblower. It’s Amapola’s second run with the championship, having held the belt for 44 days in late 2012, winning the belt from – and losing it back to – Leon. In a post-match interview, she admitted that 2013 wasn’t her year, and is looking to get back on track with this title victory.
April 15: WWE Main Event (Nashville, TN) – Tamina Snuka won a battle royal
April 15: CMLL (Mexico City, Mexico) – Amapola, Dalys & Tiffany b Estrellita, Silueta & Syuri
April 16: Pro Wrestling NOAH (Tokyo, Japan) – Kana b Rabbit Miu
April 16: OZ Academy (Kanagawa, Japan) – Kagetu b Sakura Hirota; Carlos Amano & Manami Toyota b Kaori Yoneyama & Hiroyo Matsumoto; Aja Kong b Sonoki Kato; Tomoka Nakagawa b Hikaru Shida; AKINO, Dynamite Kansai & Tsubasa Kuragaki b Mayumi Ozaki, Yumi Ohka & Mio Shirai
April 17: TNA Impact Wrestling (Orlando, FL) – Madison Rayne b Velvet Sky
April 18: Sendai Girls (Sendai, Japan) – Rabbit Mito b Rydeen Hagane; Crazy Mary Dobson b Sakura Hirota; Tsubasa Kuragaki & Mio Shirai b Kagetu & Kaori Kobayashi; Hiroyo Matsumoto b DASH Chisako; Meiko Satomura & Sareee b Nanae Takahashi & Koguma
April 18: House Of Pain: Evolution (Nottingham, England) – Violet Vendetta b Shax
April 18: Scottish Wrestling Entertainment (Dundee, Scotland) – Ian Ambrose & Sammii Jayne b Viper & Debbie Sharpe
April 18: Ring Of Honor (Newville, PA) – Jenny Rose b Mandy Leon
April 18: NWA Texoma (Sherman, TX) – Barbi Hayden v Miss Diss Lexia went to a double count out
April 18: TNA (Concord, NC) – Madison Rayne b Gail Kim
April 18: WWE SmackDown (Nashville, TN) – Paige b Aksana
April 18: SHINE 18 (Ybor City, FL) – Kellie Skater b Justine Silver; Tracy Taylor b Amber O’Neal; Shanna b La Rosa Negra; Su Yung b Rhia O’Reilly; Mia Yim & Leva Bates b Evie & Kellie Skater; Amazing Kong b Nikki Storm; Serena Deeb b Mercedes Martinez; Jessicka Havok v Allysin Kay went to a no-contest; Ivelisse Velez b Saraya Knight
April 18: CMLL (Mexico City, Mexico) – Dark Angel, Marcela & Syuri b Princesa Blanca, Princesa Sugheit & Zeuxis
April 19: Ice Ribbon (Saitama, Japan) – Manami Katsu b Kyuri; Rabbit Miu & Tsukushi b Mio Shirai & Yuuka; Kurumi b Hamuko Hoshi; Maki Narumiya & Risa Sera b Shiori Akiba & Tsukasa Fujimoto
April 19: Futureshock Wrestling (Stockport, England) – Danni Hunter and Xander Cooper b Lana Austin & Dave Rayne
April 19: Solent Wrestling Federation (Southampton, England) – Erin Angel b Laura Cruz
April 19: Big Time Wrestling (Mocksville, NC) – Kacee Carlisle b Misty James
April 19: Dynamo Pro Wrestling (Glen Carbon, IL) – MsChif b Lucy Mendez
April 19: Empire Wrestling Federation (City of Industry, CA) – Terra Calaway b Jacob Tarasso via DQ
April 19: TNA (Winston-Salem, NC) – Madison Rayne b Gail Kim
April 19: Top Rope Promotions (Brockton, MA) – Alexxis Nevaeh b Kasey Ray
April 19: SoCal Pro (Oceanside, CA) – Joey Barone b Kitana Vera
April 19: NCW Femmes Fatales XIV (Montreal, QC, Canada) – Bettie Rage b Diana Hall; Angie Skye b Cat Power; Kaitlin Diemond b Jasmin; Mary Lee Rose, Pink Flash Kira & Vanessa Kraven b Sassy Stephie, Anna Minoushka & Jody D’Milo; Sweet Cherrie b Saraya Knight; Deziree b Mistress Belmont; LuFisto b Nikki Storm; Mercedes Martinez b Missy, Angie Skye & Leah Von Dutch; Courtney Rush v Cheerleader Melissa ended in a draw
April 19: AAA (Mexico City, Mexico) – Aerostar, Jennifer Blake & Pimpinela Escarlata b El Apache, Mamba & Taya Valkyrie
April 20: JWP (Tokyo, Japan) – Yua Hayashi b Yako Fujigasaki; Leon, Ray, & Beauty*TAKACO b Sachie Abe, Masked Kazuko, & Rydeen Hagane; DASH Chisako b Hanako Nakamori; Kayoko Haruyama, Meiko Satomura & Carlos Amano b Command Bolshoi, Rabbit Miu & Tsukushi; Sareee b Manami Katsu to win the JWP Jr./POP Championship; Arisa Nakajima b Kyoko Kimura
April 20: Stardom (Tokyo, Japan) – Maaya b Azumi; Kaori Yoneyama b Alpha Female; Miho Wakizawa b Hiroyo Matsumoto & Mayu Iwatani in a 3-way; Io Shirai & Natsuki Taiyo b Koguma & Takumi Iroha; Nanae Takahashi v Yoshiko went to a time limit draw
April 20: Pro Wrestling WAVE (Sapporo, Japan) – Mika Iida b Rina Yamashita; Hamuko Hoshi, Manami Toyota & Moeka Haruhi b Ayako Hamada, Sawako Shimono & Yuu Yamagata; Tsukasa Fujimoto b Natsu Sumire; Fairy Nihonbashi & Kana b Cherry & Shuu Shibutani and Sakura Hirota & Tomoka Nakagawa in a 3-way; Isami Kodaka & Yuko Miyamoto b Mio Shirai & Misaki Ohata; Yumi Ohka b Hikaru Shida
April 20: CMLL (Mexico City, Mexico) – Syuri b Amapola to win the CMLL-REINA International Championship
April 20: Anarchy Championship Wrestling (Austin, TX) – Dylan Dunbar & Donny Brookes b Jason Silver & Delilah Doom; Barbi Hayden b Stan Summers, Seph Anunnaki, Lil’ Tony, Johnny Axxle & Mr. B in a 6-way; Ricky Romida, Chris Trew & Delilah Doom b Dylan Dunbar, Donny Brookes & JC Bravo
April 21: CMLL (Puebla, Mexico) – Dark Angel, Estrellita & Syuri b Amapola, La Comandante & Tiffany
April 21: WWE Raw (Baltimore, MD) – Emma b Layla; Paige b Aksana
April 25: RESISTANCE Pro (Willowbrook, IL) – D’Arcy Dixon v Mickie Knuckles; Lucy Mendez & Amanda Rodriguez v Samantha Heights & Angel Dust
April 25: Strong Style Wrestling (Elkhart, IN) – Melanie Cruise v Thunderkitty
April 25: Absolute Intense Wrestling (Cleveland, OH) – Athena v Nikki Storm
April 26: United Pro Wrestling (Beenleigh, Australia) – Sara Jay v Savannah Summers v Storm
April 26: Scottish School of Wrestling (Bathgate, Scotland) – Sara Marie Taylor v Carmel Jacob
April 26: Coventry Pro Wrestling (Coventry, England) – Nadia Sapphire v Fearn Wai
April 26: Southside Wrestling Entertainment (Nottingham, England) – El Ligero & Kay Lee Ray v Joseph Connors & Lana Austin; El Ligero v Kay Lee Ray
April 26: Hardcore Roadtrip (London, ON, Canada) – LuFisto & Jewells Malone v Leah Von Dutch & Jazz; Warhed & Jewells Malone v Lufisto & Necro Butcher
April 26: Omega Championship Wrestling (Cameron, NC) – Reby Sky v D’Arcy Dixon
April 26: Pro Wrestling EGO (Mendenhall, MS) – Devyn Nicole v Kowgirl Kissey
April 26: Remix Pro Wrestling (Marietta, OH) – Sassy Stephie v Athena v Cheerleader Melissa
April 27: TNA Sacrifice (Orlando, FL) – Madison Rayne v Angelina Love
May 1: IWA Mid South (Clarksville, IN) – MsChif v Heidi Lovelace
May 3: Tidal Wrestling (Leeds, England) – Violet O’Hara v Shax
May 3: RAD:PRO Wrestling (South Shields, England) – Freya Frenzy v Euan G Mackie
May 4: Insane Championship Wrestling (London, England) – Kay Lee Ray v Carmel Jacob v Erin Angel
May 4: House of Pain: Evolution (Derby, England) – Nixon v Violet Vendetta
May 4: WWE Extreme Rules (East Rutherford, NJ) – Paige v Tamina Snuka
May 5: Wrestling New Classic (Yokohama, Japan) – Koharu Hinata v Maki Narumiya; AKIRA, Syuri & Rionne Fujiwara v AJ Istria, Lin Byron & Daemon Ueda
May 6: Ice Ribbon (Yokohama, Japan) – Kyuri & Shiori Akiba v 235 & Kaho Kobayashi; Yuka v Rabbit Miu; Tsukasa Fujimoto & Mio Shirai v Arisa Nakajima & Tsukushi; Syuri v Kurumi ; Maki Narumiya & Risa Sera v Meari Naito & Neko Nitta
May 10: Riot City Wrestling City Chicks 2 (Wingfield, Australia)
May 10: LCW Roses (Leicester, England) – Rhia O’Reilly v Addy Starr; Viper v Kay Lee Ray; Nixon v Nikki Storm; Kirsty Love v Felony v Jenna v Nadia Sapphire
May 10: Women Superstars Uncensored Queen and King of the Ring (Voorhees, NJ) – Jessicka Havok v LuFisto
May 11: Alpha-1 Wrestling (Hamilton, ON, Canada) – Michael Elgin v Seleziya Sparx
May 11: Wrestling Eclipse (Oshawa, ON, Canada) – Jewells Malone v Courtney Rush
May 23: New Horizons Pro Wrestling “Global Conflict” (Perth, Australia) – Demi Bennett v Mercedes Martinez; Nikita Naridian v Saraya Knight; Evie v Kellie Skater; Madison Eagles v TBA
May 24: Extreme World Wrestling (Hastings, England) – Skarlett & Erin Angel v Amazon Ayesha Ray & Destiny
May 24: Valkyrie Women’s Wrestling (Brooklyn, NY) – Kacee Carlisle v Mickie Knuckles; La Rosa Negra v Marti Belle; Mistress Belmont v Sumie Sakai
May 24: Global Wrestling Association (Dyersburg, TN) – Devyn Nicole v Black Widow
May 31: Alternative Wrestling Show (South Gate, CA) – Cheerleader Melissa v Serena Deeb
June 7: Pro Wrestling Syndicate (Rahway, NJ) – Missy Sampson, La Rosa Negra & Annie Social v Jessie Kaye, Hania & Amber Rodriguez
June 8: Insane Championship Wrestling: Fierce Females (Glasgow, Scotland)
June 15: Bellatrix 9 (Norwich, England) – Blue Nikita v Sammi Baynz
June 28: IWA Mid South Queen of the Deathmatches (New Albany, IN)
July 6: British Empire Wrestling (London, England) – Dragonita v Dean Michael; Toni Storm v Kasey Owens
August 16: NCW Femmes Fatales XV (Montreal, QC, Canada) – Mercedes Martinez v LuFisto v Cheerleader Melissa v Courtney Rush
– Lee Burton
– Photos by Slammin Ladies (1-2), CMLL (5), TNA (6), Sareee (7)
– Data collated from (but not limited to) Cagematch, joshifans.com, PuroLove, Dramatic DDT, Luchablog, Lords Of Pain, Wrestling Observer, Open The Puroresu Gate, Ringstars, PWInsider, NHB Girls, North Starz, WrestlingData