I’ve said on a couple of occasions that Alicia Fox is not considered a threat within WWE’s Divas division. She has been jobbed out for ages, flipped from babyface to heel and back again depending on what role needs filling that particular week, used as cannon fodder for other people and has been pushed to one side for a long time – especially over the last year because of the Total Divas stuff, though we’ll get to that later. More recently, she has been someone used as a fall guy (girl?) to enhance Divas Champion Paige and give her some credibility. Since Paige’s main roster debut on April 7, Fox has lost four matches to the Briton, including yesterday’s defeat on Raw. And yet, despite these defeats, she’s in her strongest position in many a moon.
Jim Ross posted as such in his blog, saying “Really loved Alicia Fox’ performance on RAW as her post match antics were eye opening and showed just how marketable the lovely young woman can be if she is cast properly and she raises her game as she did tonight. Minutes Maximized.”
Despite Paige getting the win, the whole segment was The Alicia Fox Show. She delivered a promo beforehand where she told the 21-year old that she was resented in the Divas’ locker room, dominated the match and fell to Paige’s only move of the contest, the Paige Turner. After the match she threw a tantrum, tearing the announcers’ table apart, manhandling the timekeeper and stealing John Bradshaw Layfield’s hat. She owned the camera, worked the crowd and generated a reaction.
Her in-ring stuff was nice and crisp too, and that’s something which we have seen a lot of during the Paige matches, as well as during her defeat to Alexa Bliss on NXT last week. Her aggression level is higher, her character is more pronounced – and she is looking great for it. If she is being positioned as the next challenger for the Divas Championship, then I’m totally fine with that. She has gelled best with Paige since her main WWE debut, has had better outings with the titleholder than Tamina Snuka did at Extreme Rules – and in a little point, takes a Paige Turner better than AJ Lee did.
After the segment, Fox “quit” then “un-quit” WWE on its interactive platforms by saying that she had a “moment” after the defeat and gave another hint at her brattish behaviour, while Paige said that she underestimated Alicia and will be looking out for her in the future. With some more segments and matches between the two possible during WWE’s European tour starting this week, it could make for a very tidy outing at Payback on June 1, should that match be booked.
However, it wasn’t all thumbs-up for the Divas on Raw as the other women’s match produced one of the most annoying and mean-spirited things I’ve seen in the division for a while.
Nikki Bella and Natalya wrestled based on a storyline which took place on Total Divas – which makes no sense as it was filmed a while ago – though centred around Nikki’s lukewarm reception to Natalya’s housewarming gift of a painting. Whatever. The pair wrestled, shoved each other, shouted insult at each other and made the whole thing looks like a petty squabble between two teenage girls. What made it even worse was that Eva Marie, Naomi, Cameron & Brie Bella were on the outside with numbered cards grading all the moves, so the bullying aspect was really ratcheted up.
In the end, Bella got the win by reversing a victory roll, then patronisingly patted Natalya on the head as she left the ring. The third-generation wrestler then got out of the ring and went after the “judges” – especially Cameron who held up a zero card at her – and was then shown fighting back tears. If I’m meant to feel sorry for Natalya, I don’t – she ended up looking being as equally childish as the women pushing her buttons. Nikki had no real babyface aspects going on and Brie got it by proxy by celebrating with her sister. Everyone seems to hate Eva Marie anyway, and only Naomi comforted Natalya after this whole debacle went down, but was still as bad as the others as she was grading the match as well. Everyone came across like petulant, spiteful, catty women who exemplify many negative stereotypes directed towards groups of women. It was an interminable segment that I just wanted to end – and for everyone involved to feel thoroughly disappointed in themselves.
It’s unlikely to lead to a Nikki Bella heel turn as it hardly sits well with her being the significant other of John Cena. It’s also unlikely to lead to a Cameron heel turn, as what difference will it make in the grand scheme of things. If it’s meant to lead to a Natalya heel turn because of her playing the victim, it’s a strange way of going about it and if anything, I would be inclined to feel sorry for her because of her being bullied.
In conclusion, this totally sucked and it was shoehorned onto the show because of Total Divas – a show that most of the Raw audience don’t watch, and aren’t inclined to watch. A waste of everyone’s time.
Saturday’s Women Superstars Uncensored World Championship win is not the first centrepiece title that LuFisto has held in an all-women’s promotion. The difference between her victory at the weekend and her becoming the first NCW Femmes Fatales International Champion in 2010 is that this one is outside of her native Montreal. While winning that belt may have been a big achievement in front of her local fans who have supported her since 1997, there was a query about whether another company outside of her regular haunts would have her as their main champion.
There had been a lot of talk about the status of the WSU World Title following the announcement that Jessicka Havok had been stripped of the belt and fired, so the Super Hardcore Anime and fellow challenger Athena had to go some ways to prove that either of them was worthy of holding the title despite them not beating the previous champion to do so – though I believe that had the original match between Havok and LuFisto happened, we would still have the same champion right now. That’s unfortunate, as neither chose the circumstances that they found themselves in, but had to make the most of it – and both of them did it under very extreme circumstances.
Athena suffered a concussion during her two out of three falls defeat, while the new champion came off equally badly, as she wrestled the match with severe food poisoning – so much so that her first solid meal wasn’t until yesterday – and collapsed as she came through the curtain in what was undoubtedly a scary situation. In fact, both were given medical attention after the match, proving that both gave it their all in their contest. While their match wasn’t as much of a stormer as their encounter at Mutiny, it’s understandable since one of them was knocked loopy during the proceedings and the other should have been in bed sipping warm tea and eating dry toast.
Hopefully the turmoil that WSU has experienced recently should settle down now as it has a new champion – complete with new belt, which I compliment in the most recent Soap Box – and it also has a new challenger, courtesy of the Queen and King of the Ring tournament which took place on the same night…
In retrospect, we should have had a strong idea that Mickie Knuckles and Matt Tremont were going to win the whole thing as Knuckles and LuFisto had a brief staredown after the main event of the previous night’s Secret Show where LuFisto defeated Chris Dickinson. The pair then shook hands and nothing else was said about it, but it seems that the pair are on a collision course with the WSU Championship on the line – with the match booked for the next show on July 12.
The last time they faced each other in the ring was in January 2008 in Combat Zone Wrestling, with LuFisto getting the win – and it was the same result the previous October when they faced off in a No Ropes Barbed Wire Electrified Light Bulbs Electrified Light Tubes Death Match, in what was the main event of the 2007 IWA Mid-South Queen of the Deathmatches tournament. Clearly, the pair have history, laced with blood and aggression. When these two lock horns again, expect it to be full-on – even if LuFisto has food poisoning again.
As well as all the links which you will see highlighted in blue throughout the Roundup, we have also posted a couple of videos – another 5 star match featuring Manami Toyota, as well as Miss Mina winning the Nordic Women’s Wrestling Alliance title from Aurora Flame in a streetfight.
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A couple of relative upsets in the NXT Women’s Title tournament last Thursday. As well as Alexa Bliss beating Alicia Fox, Charlotte defeated Emma – who went to the final of the original title tourney last year… Former TNA Knockout SoCal Val appeared at an NXT house show in Orlando, FL. She’s been at a few NXT shows recently… Summer Rae may be added to the European tour as she and The Miz are to wrap filming on The Marine 4 this week… Fandango and Layla shared a kiss after their win over Santino Marella and Emma on SmackDown last Friday… Chasity Taylor, Mia Svennson and D’Arcy Dixon served as members of Adam Rose’s Exotic Express on last night’s Raw, along with NXT’s Becky Lynch… Mickie James is reportedly in consideration for a Hall of Fame 2015 induction.
The Beautiful People defeated Madison Rayne and Brittany in an Elimination Evening Gown Match on last week’s Impact Wrestling. It came down to Angelina Love and Rayne when Velvet Sky distracted the ref by wearing nothing but a towel and a smile… Gail Kim has been announced for next January’s Maximum Impact 7 UK tour. She is the only Knockout to have been named so far… Veda Scott, Jessicka Havok, Reby Sky, Mia Yim Karlee Perez (TAFKA Maxine in WWE), Scarlett Bordeaux, Marti Belle and a woman called Deonna (full name Deonna Purrazzo, who’s been wrestling for a year) were brought in for the Knockouts Knockdown 2 show on Saturday – with Mia, Marti and Reby getting wins. PWInsider reports that Scott and Havok stood out to the appropriate people, though all impressed. Taryn Terrell and Brooke Tessmacher both made their returns on the PPV taping.
Barbi Hayden defends the Anarchy Championship Wrestling Anarchy Televised Title against Athena in an Evening Gown match this Sunday… Sarita’s run with the Beauty Slammers Championship didn’t last long – she was beaten on Friday by Bambi Hall… Hudson Envy retained her Alternative Wrestling Show Women’s Championship on Saturday by beating Cheerleader Melissa… MsChif stood in for Jewells Malone after she was stuck in the US for an extra day after WSU’s show. She took on Courtney Rush on Pro Wrestling Eclipse’s show, with Rush getting the win. The previous night saw MsChif standing opposing her husband Michael Elgin in a mixed tag team match for Alpha 1 Wrestling – it was meant to be Seleziya Sparx v Elgin but then ended with them teaming up against the former SHIMMER Champion and Jimmy Jacobs… Leah Von Dutch has announced that she will return to Europe in July.
Miss Mina’s first defence of her Nordic Women’s Wrestling Alliance Championship will be on May 31 when she faces Sara Elektra as part of a Fight Club Finland card… Addy Starr defeated Rhia O’Reilly in the main event of LCW Roses’ show on Saturday. Starr brought out Lego – and although she took the bulk of the bumps into it, she gained the win with a Northern Lights Suplex into the blocks followed by a Sliding D… Fierce Females will hold the first of its larger shows since its split from Insane Championship Wrestling on July 20 in Glasgow… Pro Wrestling EVE says it’s going to be going in a more 18+ direction… Leva Bates wrestled in Switzerland on Saturday. She defeated Layla Rose on the Pro Wrestling Live 2 card in Cadempino. Lady Lory retained her Italian Championship Wrestling Women’s Championship on the same show, beating Sara Elektra.
Amapola will defend the CMLL-REINA International Championship against former champion Syuri on May 25 in Tokyo, Japan.
Australia & New Zealand
Demi Bennett beat Savannah Summers in the main event of Saturday’s Riot City Wrestling City Chicks show to win her first RCW Women’s Championship. It’s the biggest achievement in the 17-year old’s career to date… Speaking of Savannah, she’s been added to the New Horizons Pro Wrestling Global Conflict tournament following the withdrawal of Kellie Skater… Shazza McKenzie finally challenges Evie for the PWWA Championship on June 14.
May 6: WWE Main Event (Buffalo, NY) – Cameron, Naomi & Natalya b Aksana, Tamina Snuka & Alicia Fox
May 8: TNA Impact Wrestling (Orlando, FL) – Velvet Sky & Angelina Love b Madison Rayne & Brittany
May 8: WWE NXT (Winter Park, FL) – Charlotte b Emma; Alexa Bliss b Alicia Fox
May 8: WWE Superstars (Albany, NY) – Paige b Alicia Fox
May 9: House of Pain: Evolution (Derby, England) – Violet Vendetta b Nixon
May 9: WWE SmackDown (Buffalo, NY) – Fandango & Layla b Santino Marella & Emma
May 9: Fans United Wrestling (San Diego, CA) – Hudson Envy b Terra Calaway
May 9: NWA Smoky Mountain (Rogersville, TN) – Jessie Belle Smothers b Ray Lyn
May 9: OMEGA (Roanoke Rapids, NC) – D’Arcy Dixon b Mia Svensson
May 9: Women Superstars Uncensored (Voorhees, NJ) – Candice LeRae & Joey Ryan b Bill Carr and Dan Barry; Jenny Rose b Barracuda Britney; Sassy Stephie b Angie Skye; Kimber Lee b Shanna; Athena b Jewells Malone; Mickie Knuckles b Paloma Starr; Nevaeh b Angelus Layne; LuFisto b Chris Dickinson
May 9: CMLL (Mexico City, Mexico) – Lluvia, Marcela & Princesa Sugheit b Dalys, La Seductora & Tiffany
May 10: Ice Ribbon (Saitama, Japan) – Shiori Akiba & Yuuka b Hamuko Hoshi & Meari Naito; Maki Narumiya v Risa Sera went to a time limit draw; Chokumo Kotatsu b Neko Nitta
May 10: Riot City Wrestling City Chicks 2 (Wingfield, Australia) – Kellyanne English b Flame; Siren Monroe b Vixsin; Miss Fortune b Izzy Shaw; Lou Lou Lockhart & Rachel Rose b Blair Alexis & Aria Gracie; Toni Storm b Miami; Demi Bennett b Savannah Summers to win the RCW Women’s Championship
May 10: Pro Wrestling Live 2 (Cadempino, Switzerland) – Leva Bates b Layla Rose; Lady Lory b Sara Elektra
May 10: LCW Roses (Leicester, England) – Viper b Kay Lee Ray; Jenna defeated Kirsty Love, Nadia Sapphire & Felony in a 4-way; Faith Lehaine b Amazon Ayesha Ray; Leah Owens b Shauna Shay & Violet Vendetta in a handicap match; Nikki Storm b Nixon; Addy Starr b Rhia O’Reilly
May 10: Premier British Wrestling (Coatbridge, Scotland) – Switch & Miss Cole b Emily Hayden & JD Bravo
May 10: Women Superstars Uncensored Queen and King of the Ring (Voorhees, NJ) – Angie Skye b Angelus Layne; Shanna & Chris Dickinson b Sassy Stephie & DJ Hyde; Candice LeRae & Joey Ryan b Shelly Martinez & JT Dunn; Jenny Rose b Hania; Kimber Lee & Drew Gulak b Niya & Rick Cataldo; Mickie Knuckles & Matt Tremont b Jewells Malone & Danny Havoc; Barbi Hayden b Nevaeh; Candice LeRae & Joey Ryan b Kimber Lee & Drew Gulak; Matt Tremont & Mickie Knuckles b Shanna & Chris Dickinson; LuFisto b Athena to win the WSU World Championship; Matt Tremont & Mickie Knuckles b Candice LeRae & Joey Ryan
May 10: Combat Zone Wrestling (Voorhees, NJ) – Mickie Knuckles b Nevaeh; Shane Strickland b Candice LeRae
May 10: TNA Kncokouts Knockdown (Orlando, FL) – Gail Kim b Veda Scott; Angelina Love b Scarlett Bordeaux; Madison Rayne b Jessicka Havok; Reby Sky b Velvet Sky; Taryn Terrell b Karlee Perez; Mia Yim b Brittany; Brooke Tessmacher b Deonna; Marti Belle b ODB; ODB b Rockstar Spud; Madison Rayne won a Gauntlet Match
May 10: Uproar Pro Wrestling (Tampa, FL) – Leilani Kai b Chelsea Diamond to win the FCW Women’s Championship
May 10: Elite Canadian Championship Wrestling (Vancouver, BC, Canada) – Alex Plexis b Artemis Spencer, Pete Powers & Nicole Matthews in a 4-way
May 10: Vendetta Pro Wrestling (Ventura, CA) – Kikyo Nakamura b Terra Calaway
May 10: Pro Wrestling All-Stars of Detroit (Melvindale, MI) – Thunderkitty b Heidi Lovelace
May 10: Alternative Wrestling Show (South Gate, CA) – Hudson Envy b Cheerleader Melissa
May 11: World Woman Pro Wrestling Diana (Kawasaki, Japan) – Keiko Aono b Hayashi Koyuki; Megumi Yabushita b Lylah Lodge; Kyoko Inoue & Sareee b Jessica James & Kaoru Ito
May 11: OZ Academy (Tokyo, Japan) – Dynamite Kansai & Kaori Yoneyama b Carlos Amano & Manami Toyota; Kagetsu & Sonoko Kato b Mio Shirai & Yumi Ohka; AKINO & Hiroyo Matsumoto b Aja Kong & Hikaru Shida; Tomoka Nakagawa b Tsubasa Kuragaki
May 11: Pro Wrestling WAVE (Osaka, Japan) – Yumi Ohka b Shuu Shibutani; Mika Iida v Mio Shirai went to a time limit draw; Rina Yamashita b Shiori Akiba; Cherry, Fairy Nihonbashi & Kyusei Ninja Ranmaru b Ayako Hamada, Hibiscus Mii & Kana; Risa Sera b Natsu Sumire; Misaki Ohata b Moeka Haruhi; Yuu Yamagata b Tsukasa Fujimoto
May 11: JWP (Hakata, Japan) – Yume Hayashi b Yako Fujigasaki; KAZUKI b Miyako Matsumoto; Hanako Nakamori & Jaguar Yokota b Rydeen Hagane & Sachie Abe; Manami Katsu b Rabbit Miu; Arisa Nakajima, Kayoko Haruyama & Leon b Command Bolshoi, DASH Chisako & Kyoko Kimura
May 11: Scottish Wrestling Alliance (Glasgow, Scotland) – Courtney & Debbie Sharpe b Viper & Sammii Jayne
May 11: Alpha-1 Wrestling (Hamilton, ON, Canada) – Michael Elgin & Seleziya Sparx b Jimmy Jacobs & MsChif
May 11: Toryumon Mexico (Mexico City, Mexico) – Dark Angel, Io Shirai, Kairi Hojo & Mayu Iwayani b Baby Star, Diosa Atenea, Mystique & Princesa Ahy Lyn
May 11: Wrestling Eclipse (Oshawa, ON, Canada) – Courtney Rush b MsChif
May 12: WWE Raw (Greenville, SC) – Paige b Alicia Fox; Nikki Bella b Natalya
May 16: RESISTANCE Pro (Willowbrook, IL) – Mickie Knuckles v Starr Venus; Crazy Mary Dobson & Thunderkitty v Heather Owens & D’Arcy Dixon
May 16: SMASH Wrestling (Barry’s Bay, ON, Canada) – Vanessa Kraven v Veda Scott
May 17: Impact Pro Wrestling (Auckland, New Zealand) – Britenay v Carmen Rose
May 17: Bunbury Pro Wrestling (Bunbury, Australia) – Saraya Knight v Mercedes Martinez
May 17: Strong Style Wrestling (Elkhart, IN) – Heidi Lovelace v Jordynne Grace
May 17: Texas Outlaw Wrestling (Mineral Wells, TX) – Paige Turner v Delilah Doom v Angel Blue v KC Warfield
May 18: FutureShock Wrestling (Stockport, England) – Dave Rayne, Nordic Warrior & Lana Austin v Don Meacho, Ryan Hendricks & Danielle Hunter
May 18: IWA Mid South (Clarksville, IN) – Heidi Lovelace v Mickie Knuckles v Crazy Mary Dobson
May 18: Anarchy Championship Wrestling (Austin, TX) – Athena v Barbi Hayden
May 23: New Horizons Pro Wrestling “Global Conflict” (Perth, Australia) – Demi Bennett v Mercedes Martinez; Nikita Naridian v Saraya Knight; Evie v TBA; Madison Eagles v KC Cassidy
May 23: Outback Championship Wrestling (Melbourne, Australia) – Vixsin v Josh Shooter
May 23: SHINE 19 (Ybor City, FL) – Ivelisse Velez, Leva Bates, Mia Yim, Jessicka Havok & Tracy Taylor v Serena Deeb, Allysin Kay, Taylor Made, Su Yung & April Hunter
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; Hania v Cherry Bomb; Jessie Brooks v Davienne
May 24: Global Wrestling Association (Dyersburg, TN) – Devyn Nicole v Black Widow
May 25: House Of Pain Evolution (Derby, England) – Liberty v Shax
May 25: WrestleForce (Harlow, England) – Erin Angel v Dragonita
May 25: I Believe In Wrestling (Orlando, FL) – Brittany v Jessicka Havok
May 25: Inspire Pro Wrestling (Austin, TX) – Barbi Hayden v Portia Perez; Veda Scott v Athena v Angelus Layne; Miss Diss Lexia & Paige Turner v Kat Green & KC Warfield
May 31: Fight Club Finland (Helsinki, Finland) – Jessica Love v Heimo Ukonselkä; Miss Mina v Sara Elektra
May 31: Alternative Wrestling Show (South Gate, CA) – Cheerleader Melissa v Serena Deeb; Hudson Envy v Brittany Wonder; Christina Von Eerie v Kahmora; Nicole Savoy v Datura; Allie Parker & Kitana Vera v Raze & Sage Sinn; Candice LeRae v Amazona; Cole Pistol v Kikyo Nakamura
June 7: Pride Wrestling (Glasgow, Scotland) – Nikki Storm v Viper
June 7: Pro Wrestling Syndicate (Rahway, NJ) – Missy Sampson, La Rosa Negra & Annie Social v Jessie Kaye, Hania & Amber Rodriguez
June 8: Fierce Females (Glasgow, Scotland) – Kay Lee Ray v Sammii Jayne
June 13: Queens of Combat (Charlotte, NC)
June 13: All Pro Wrestling (Daly City, CA) – Cheerleader Melissa v Reby Sky
June 14: Pro Wrestling Alliance (Casula, Australia) – Evie v Shazza McKenzie
June 15: Bellatrix 9 (Norwich, England) – Blue Nikita v Sammi Baynz
June 21: Remix Pro Wrestling (Marietta, OH) – Allysin Kay v Brooke Tessmacher
June 28: Warzone Wrestling (Wendouree, Australia) – Savannah Summers v Siren Monroe v Harley Wonderland
June 28: IWA Mid South Queen of the Deathmatches (New Albany, IN)
July 1: Pure Wrestling Association (Cambridge, ON, Canada) – Kc Spinelli v Beautiful Beaa
July 6: British Empire Wrestling (London, England) – Dragonita v Dean Michael; Toni Storm v Kasey Owens
July 12: Women Superstars Uncensored (Voorhees, NJ) – LuFisto v Mickie Knuckles
July 20: Fierce Females (Glasgow, Scotland)
August 16: NCW Femmes Fatales XV (Montreal, QC, Canada) – Mercedes Martinez v LuFisto v Cheerleader Melissa v Courtney Rush
October 18-19: SHIMMER: Women Athletes (Berwyn, IL)
– Lee Burton
– Photos by WWE (1,2,5,7), Lyle C Williams (3,4), Demi Bennett (6), Tabercil (8)
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