Not much going on in the world of women’s wrestling this week, so it’s just a few nibs in the top stories this week.
Stephanie McMahon and Brie Bella’s feud once again main-evented Raw, despite last week’s great segment not doing so well with the TV audience. This time was for a contract signing for their SummerSlam match where the pair got to throw a few verbal jabs at each other, and while Brie did her best with her dialogue the delivery was still nowhere close to McMahon’s work, which is still carrying this feud.
Brie cracked a poor joke about being someone’s toy when she was in prison which didn’t going over well with the live crowd, and then said she was going to embarrass Stephanie at SummerSlam, gaining retribution for herself, sister Brie, the Big Show, the Rhodes family and everyone else that the Authority has messed around. The comments were brushed off by McMahon who promised to tear Brie’s heart out before hitting Nikki with the binder containing the contract, and delivered a Pedigree to her while Triple H trapped Brie in the corner. Brie eventually fought free but also suffered a Pedigree to close the show with the Authority standing tall.
It wasn’t as hot as the reinstatement segment last week or the arrest the episode before, but served its purpose to forward the story.
Incidentally, the Wrestling Observer says that Brie isn’t being blamed for the dip in ratings in last week’s go-home angle as that would also see blame being apportioned to Stephanie – and that’s not going to happen…
Just before Raw went on the air, the announcement was made that AJ Lee will defend the WWE Divas Championship against former champion Paige.
The Briton shoved AJ off the stage following the Divas Champion’s squash win over Rosa Mendes on SmackDown, which saw AJ put into a neck brace and carried away on a stretcher. Paige – who yelled that AJ was fine and that she was overreacting to the fall – skipped away afterwards. WWE.com ran a piece saying that AJ suffered whiplash, though it was all part of the angle.
Lee was absent from Raw this week selling the injury while Paige was the subject of a backstage interview saying that she and AJ are still friends and how she is looking forward to facing her idol at SummerSlam.
As we said at the time, losing the Divas Championship may be the best thing that could happen to Paige, and that has been proven. She now has purpose, character and a hot feud that fans have invested in. She and AJ have also started working on the house show loop which should help iron out the issues we saw in their match at Battleground, which should lead to a more entertaining and tidy encounter.
It’s also tough to guess who will win the SummerSlam match. Should AJ win, it will help her babyface character but not do much for Paige’s credibility in the process. If Paige recaptures the title, it’s creating a hot potato with the belt but will do wonders for her heel gimmick. It should also generate a decent reaction with the crowd at the Staples Center in what will be the first Divas Title match at SummerSlam since 2011 where Kelly Kelly defeated Beth Phoenix.
AJ will also return to action on Main Event this evening.
Finally, a portion of WWE’s roster is in Australia this week for some house shows which will also see a fair few independent wrestlers getting tryouts before the Melbourne show tomorrow. Savannah Summers and Toni Storm have been mentioned as well as New Zealand’s Sara Jay. Considering the large numbers of names getting a go, it will be surprising if WWE says no to them all, but it’s possible.
We’ve posted a couple of videos on the website this week: one is from Wrestlicious, which has the match between Felony and Glory for the promotion’s crown; and we have also featured a First Blood Match between D’Arcy Dixon and Mickie Knuckles for the RESISTANCE Pro Women’s Championship, which features a controversial ending.
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Slayers’ torment of Fandango continued on SmackDown when they helped Diego get a win over him, and again on Raw… Paige spoke to WWE Magazine about why she wears Dr Martens boots since making her main roster debut. “I’m used to it. You have to break them in so I had to wear them on the streets. They’re very good, very British. I’m sticking to my guns. I’m really happy they’re back in fashion again because I love them and I own a pair, so I might as well put these babies on”… NXT Women’s Champion Charlotte defeated Becky Lynch in a non-title match on last week’s show. Lynch’s gimmick has been altered from the stereotypical Irish dancing and music to something a lot more intense and exciting, which is good. The match was also better than Charlotte’s snoozefest with Summer Rae. Incidentally, the next NXT special will take place on September 11, where Charlotte will defend the title against Bayley – with the pair having a set-to backstage in last week’s episode… Former Total Divas cast member Jojo is now a backstage interviewer on NXT… WWE’s disappointing financial losses announced on Thursday led to some redundancies, and the talent roster didn’t escape the cuts. Dani Jackson – who was signed after a tryout at the Performance Center in December and reported for duty in May – was let go. She hasn’t wrestled at any live event and never made it to television… Vickie Guerrero revealed that she is now working for a pharmacy company.
No Knockouts matches on last week’s Impact Wrestling, though Angelina Love and Velvet Sky explaining that they interfered in the Gail Kim/Taryn Terrell match because they feel the Beautiful People should be the focus of the Knockouts division. Love also promised an announcement next week. This company has so many “announcements” that they’ve lost all meaning. The other big thing was a tease for the debut of a new Knockout. No name was mentioned, but you can see from the picture that it’s likely to be Jessicka Havok – which explains her selling off all of her merchandise at knockdown prices. It seems as if a letter will be revealed every week, which means her debut could be at the end of this month.
Serena Deeb won’t be challenging for the SHINE Championship for a second time at SHINE 21 as she is injured. Instead, Ivelisse Velez will defend the belt against the winner of Leah Von Dutch, Amazing Kong, Nevaeh & Su Yung. Elsewhere, Malia Hosaka & Brandi Wine will put their newly won Tag Team Championship on the line against former titleholders Leva Bates & Mia Yim… Crazy Mary Dobson takes on Heidi Lovelace this weekend for Strong Style Wrestling… Hudson Envy won the Alpha Omega Wrestling Women’s Championship on Sunday, beating Pris… LuFisto and Warhed went to a time limit draw at the weekend’s Deathproof Wrestling show – the stalemate was beaten when LuFisto won a karaoke contest. Elsewhere on the show, Eric Cairnie successfully defended his Deathproof Title against Jewells Malone in a barbed wire tables match with a piledriver through the table… Maria Kanellis will put her Family Wrestling Entertainment Women’s Championship on the line against Ivelisse Velez on October 4. Velez will also be in action for FWE the day before where she will team up with Tommy Dreamer to face Candice LeRae and Joey Ryan in a mixed tag team match… Taryn Terrell was originally supposed to wrestle Amazing Kong for NWA Mid Atlantic Memories at the weekend but she didn’t wrestle, though she was at the event. Jessie Kaye replaced her and was beaten in a squash. Stacy “Miss Kitty” Carter, Chasity Taylor and Tessa Blanchard were also in attendance.
Sachie Abe is out of action at the moment, possibly with an injured right eye… Mio Shirai is putting together a joint event next month as part of the four contracts she signed earlier this year, so it will feature wrestlers from Union Pro/DDT, WAVE, OZ Academy & Ice Ribbon, and will also have a death match.
Fierce Females is promising four debuts for its next show on August 31 in Glasgow, Scotland. The double main event will see Kay Lee Ray and Nikki Storm picking each other’s opponents as part of a Pick Your Poison deal. Ray will have to face April Davids, while Nikki Storm will have to find a partner to face Sara and Carmel Jacob. Nixon Newell, Miss Cole and Layla Rose will all make their debuts… Speaking of Nixon, she and Lana Austin will compete in a six-person ladder match at Pro Wrestling Kingdom’s September 27 show in Birmingham, England… Lana Austin, Miss Louise Jane, Melanie Price, Skarlett and fitness competitor Melanie Schofield have been added to the TNA British Boot Camp 2 auditions. If you would like to be part of the audience where the 12 going forwards will be chosen, click here… Addy Starr will face Pollyanna Peppers for Empress Pro on October 4… Lady Lory won the Wrestling Alliance Company Women’s Championship on Saturday by way of winning a battle royal.
La Seductora had her head shaved & Princesa Blanca unmasked and retired after they were beaten by Marcela & Princesa Sugehit Silueta is the new CMLL-REINA International Jr Champion. She beat Zeuxis on Sunday… Quick note: Faby Apache’s AAA Reina de Reinas title defence against Taya Valkyrie at TripleMania on August 17 will only be the second of her 17 month reign.
July 29: CMLL (Mexico City, Mexico) – Dark Angel, Goya Kong & Lluvia b Dalys, La Seductora & Tiffany via DQ
July 29: I Believe In Wrestling (Orlando, FL) – Yamamoto, Chasyn Rance & Brittany b Mike Patrick, Leo Brien & Justin Michaels
July 30: Ice Ribbon (Saitama, Japan) – Masked Tsukka & Neko Nitta b Kyuri & Kurumi; Aoi Kizuki b Meari Naito, 235, & Akane Fujita in a 4-way; Mio Shirai v Tsukushi ended in a time limit draw; Maki Narumiya, Risa Sera & Yuka b Tsukasa Fujimoto, Hamuko Hoshi & Miyako Matsumoto
July 30: Ohio Valley Wrestling (Louisville, KY) – Mary Elizabeth Monroe b Rebel
July 31: REINA (Tokyo, Japan) – Leon b Kaho Kobayashi; Neko Nitta & Rydeen Hagane b Alex Lee & Tsukasa Fujimoto; Masaya Takahashi & Yuji Kito b Kazuhiro Tamura & Keizo Matsuda; Dump Matsumoto b Mascara Reina; Dump Matsumoto b Mascara Reina; Arisa Nakajima & Maki Narumiya b Syuri & Tsukushi; La Comandante & Yumiko Hotta b Makoto & Ray
July 31: WWE NXT (Winter Park, FL) – Charlotte b Becky Lynch
August 1: Preston City Wrestling (Preston, England) – April Davids b Nikki Storm
August 1: WWE SmackDown (Corpus Christi, TX) – AJ Lee b Rosa Mendes
August 1: WWE NXT (Largo, FL) – Charlotte b Bayley
August 1: Olde Wrestling (Lakewood, OH) – ThunderKitty b Heidi Lovelace
August 1: Wisconsin Pro Wrestling (Green Bay, WI) – Peter Schwanz & Stacey Shadows b Melanie Cruise & Joey Avalon
August 1: CMLL (Mexico City, Mexico) – Marcela & Princesa Sugehit b La Seductora & Princesa Blanca
August 2: Ice Ribbon (Saitama, Japan) – Risa Sera b 235; Aoi Ishibashi b Miyako Matsumoto; Mochi Miyagi b Maki Narumiya & Tsukasa Fujimoto ina 3-way; Kurumi & Kyuri b Tsukushi & Yuuka
August 2: Wrestling Alliance Company (Dampremy, Belgium) – Lady Lory won a battle royal to win the WAC Women’s Championship
August 2: Mid Atlantic Memories (Charlotte, NC) – Amazing Kong b Jessie Kaye
August 2: WWE (Lubbock, TX) – AJ Lee b Natalya & Paige in a 3-way
August 2: WWE NXT (Starke, FL) – Charlotte b Bayley
August 2: Ohio Valley Wrestling (Louisville, KY) – Rebel b Mary Elizabeth Monroe
August 2: Northeast Wrestling (Fishkill, NY) – Mark Shurman, Rob Araujo & Velvet Sky b Jake Manning, Reby Sky & Shovelhead Chuck
August 2: Vendetta Pro Wrestling (Santa Maria, CA) – Hudson Envy & Tyler Bateman b Ricky Ruffin & Terra Calaway
August 2: Wrestling For Charity (San Jose, CA) – Julio Pedroza & Kikyo Nakamura b Amazona & John Redito
August 2: Dynamo Pro Wrestling (Fenton, MO) – D’Arcy Dixon v Lucy Mendez went to a no-contest
August 2: Hoosier Pro Wrestling (Columbus, IN) – Lylah Lodge & Stompin Steve b Crazy Mary Dobson & Mad Man Pondo
August 2: Universal Independent Wrestling (Buchanan, GA) – Pandora b Mickie Knuckles to win the UIW Women’s Championship
August 2: World Xtreme Wrestling C4 (Orwigsburg, PA) – Niya b Autumn Breeze
August 3: World Woman Pro Wrestling Diana (Kawasaki, Japan) – Kaoru Ito b Mask de Sun; Megumi Yabushita b Sareee; Kyoko Inoue b Keiko Aono
August 3: JWP (Tokyo, Japan) – Rydeen Hagane & Yako Fujigasaki b Command Bolshoi & Yume Hayashi; KAZUKI b Kayoko Haruyama; Hanako Nakamori & Leon b Arisa Nakajima & Rabbit Miu
August 3: Insane Championship Wrestling (Edinburgh, Scotland) – Kay Lee Ray & Stevie Boy b Carmel Jacob & Liam Thomson
August 3: Deathproof Wrestling (Toronto, ON, Canada) – Lufisto v Warhed went to a time limit draw; Eric Cairnie b Jewells Malone
August 3: WWE (San Antonio, TX) – Nikki Bella, Emma & Naomi b Alicia Fox, Rosa Mendes & Cameron
August 3: Mid Atlantic Memories (Charlotte, NC) – Tessa Blanchard b Chasity Taylor
August 3: Wrestling Is Fun (Easton, PA) – Oleg the Usurper & Jaka b Heidi Lovelace & Equinox
August 3: Furious Wrestling Society (Clarksville, IN) – Sabrina Sixx b Mistress Burgandi via DQ
August 3: Alpha Omega Wrestling (Palm Desert, CA) – Hudson Envy b Pris to win the AOW Women’s Championship
August 3: CMLL (Mexico City, Mexico) – Sileuta b Zeuxis to win the CMLL-REINA International Jr Championship
August 8: House Of Pain: Evolution (Mansfield, England) – Violet Vendetta v Nixon Newell v Ruby Summers v Felony
August 8: Pro Wrestling All-Stars of Detroit (Melvindale, MI) – Hudson Envy v Thunderkitty v Randi West
August 8: Absolute Intense Wrestling (Cleveland, OH) – Obariyon v Veda Scott; Heidi Lovelace v Arik Cannon
August 9: Melbourne City Wrestling (Craigieburn, Australia) – Evie v Toni Storm
August 9: Southside Wrestling (Nottingham, England) – Martin Kirby v Kay Lee Ray
August 9: SMASH Wrestling (Brantford, ON, Canada) – Courtney Rush v Allysin Kay
August 9: Strong Style Wrestling (Elkhart, IN) – Crazy Mary Dobson v Heidi Lovelace
August 10: Pro Wrestling Kingdom (Birmingham, England) – Nixon Newell & Chris Brookes v Ryan Smile & Lana Austin
August 10: FutureShock Wrestling (Stockport, England) – Danni Hunter v Lana Austin v April Davids
August 10: Insane Championship Wrestling (Edinburgh, Scotland) – Nikki Storm v Viper
August 10: Southside Wrestling Entertainment (St Neots, England) – Robbie X v Jimmy Havoc v Zak Northern v Kay Lee Ray
August 16: Europe Catch Tour Association (Oye-Plage, France) – Lady Lory v Emilie Sauvage
August 16: NCW Femmes Fatales XV (Montreal, QC, Canada) – Mercedes Martinez v LuFisto v Cheerleader Melissa v Courtney Rush; Missy v Kimber Lee; Vanessa Kraven v Sassy Stephie; Addy Starr & Kaitlin Diemond v Mary Lee Rose & Pink Flash Kira; Sweet Cherrie v Niya Barela
August 16: Conflict Wrestling (Kitchener, ON, Canada) – Seleziya Sparx v Jewells Malone
August 17: Insane Championship Wrestling (Edinburgh, Scotland) – Leah & Kasey Owens v Carmel Jacob & Sara
August 17: HXC Wrestling (Manchester, England) – Sam Bailey & Lana Austin b Mikey Whiplash & Violet Vendetta
August 17: SMASH Wrestling (Toronto, ON, Canada) – Cherry Bomb & Kimber Lee v LuFisto & Vanessa Kraven
August 17: AAA TripleMania XXII (Mexico City, Mexico) – Aerostar, Jennifer Blake, Mascarita Sagrada & Pimpinela Escarlata v Mamba, Mini Abismo Negro, Sexy Star & Súper Fly; Faby Apache v Taya Valkyrie
August 17: WWE SummerSlam (Los Angeles, CA) – Brie Bella v Stephanie McMahon; AJ Lee v Paige
August 22: Hybrid Pro Wrestling (Sunderland, England) – Kirsty Love v Freya Frenzy
August 22: SHINE 21 (Ybor City, FL) – Leah Von Dutch v Amazong Kong v Nevaeh v Su Yung; Ivelisse Velez v TBA; Malia Hosaka & Brandi Wine v Leva Bates & Mia Yim
August 25: Conwy County Wrestling (Llandudno, Wales) – Nadia Sapphire v Jezabeth
August 29: Shropshire Wrestling Alliance (Dawley, England) – Pete Dunne & Ryan Smile v Chris Brookes & Nixon Newell
August 30: Svensk Wrestling Syd (Malmo, Sweden) – Miss Mina v Penelope
August 31: Fierce Females (Glasgow, Scotland) – Sammii Jayne v Nixon Newell; Layla Rose v Miss Cole; Kay Lee Ray v April Davids; Nikki Storm & TBA v Carmel Jacob & Sara
September 6: Tidal Wrestling (Darlington, England) – Ruby Summers v TBA
September 11: WWE NXT Takeover 2 (Winter Park, FL) – Charlotte v Bayley
September 12: Target Wrestling (Carlisle, England) – Kay Lee Ray v Kasey Owens
September 13: Women Superstars Uncensored (Voorhees, NJ)
September 21: Insane Championship Wrestling (Glasgow, Scotland) – Leah & Kasey Owens v Bete Noire & Viper
September 21: SMASH Wrestling CANUSA Classic (Toronto, ON, Canada)
September 28: Bellatrix X (Norwich, England) – Sammi Baynz v Blue Nikita
October 3: 4 Front Wrestling (Swindon, England) – Shanna v Hikaru Shida
October 3: Family Wrestling Entertainment (Brooklyn, NY) – Ivelisse Velez & Tommy Dreamer v Candice LeRae & Joey Ryan
October 4: Warzone Wrestling (Berwick, Australia) – Toni Storm v Savannah Summers
October 4: Empress Pro (High Wycombe, England) – Addy Starr v Pollyanna Peppers
October 4: Family Wrestling Entertainment (Brooklyn, NY) – Maria Kanellis v Ivelisse Velez
October 8: Tidal Wrestling (Leeds, England) – Violet O’Hara v Kimber Lee
October 18-19: SHIMMER: Women Athletes (Berwyn, IL)
October 24: Valkyrie Women’s Wrestling (Brooklyn, NY) – Sumie Sakai v Kacee Carlisle
November 16: Tidal Wrestling (Newcastle, England) – Kay Lee Ray v Shax
November 23: Fierce Females (Glasgow, Scotland)
– Lee Burton
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