The two big women’s matches going into SummerSlam this Sunday saw storyline developments over the last week. One seems to be in a holding pattern while the other took what may have been an unnecessary turn which could have seen the story jump the shark.
AJ Lee and Paige had a confrontation on Main Event last Tuesday following the Divas Champion’s victory over Summer Rae. Paige promised to win back the title at SummerSlam, while AJ rejected that claim. Paige also showed a more vicious streak in her victory with Natalya on SmackDown before gatecrashing AJ’s match against Eva Marie on last night’s Raw. The distraction caused Lee to take her eye off the ball and be pinned by Eva, before Paige delivered a poem vowing to win the belt this weekend. AJ then lost it, taking her aggression out on Eva, who was still at ringside selling her neck despite being perfectly fine just after the pinfall.
The feud between AJ and Paige has stalled a little since Lee was pushed off the stage at SmackDown a week and a half ago, but there is a good storyline going into SummerSlam on Sunday which should deliver a more heated affair than their contest at Battleground last month which was thought to be a little disappointing. In addition, they have been working together on the road, though the last week has seen them participate in 3-way matches with Natalya, which muddies the waters a little. Still, at least they didn’t take part in an angle which may have gone a step too far and taken their feud from being an emotionally-charged affair into something on the verge of a soap opera.
Things between Brie Bella and Stephanie McMahon have been gathering steam at a pretty good pace over the past few weeks. From Stephanie assaulting Brie and being arrested to Bella’s reinstatement and getting a match with the Boss Lady at SummerSlam to the contract signing last week which left both twins laying. All of it was on a logical curve – or as logical as things can be in the wrestling – but last night’s angles felt more contrived, and saw the programme lose a little steam as a consequence.
McMahon came out with a woman who she revealed to be the physical therapist of Brie’s husband Daniel Bryan, who – after some words of encouragement from Stephanie – announced that she and Bryan had been having an affair. This brought out Brie who confronted the woman, named as Megan Miller – who in truth is Canadian rookie wrestler and Storm Wrestling Academy Graduate Chelsea Green, who competes under the rather unremarkable name of Jaida – and slapped her before going after Stephanie, putting her in the Yes Lock before McMahon said that they were not going to wait until SummerSlam and would have their match that night instead. However, said match did not happen as Stephanie revealed that Miller had made a complaint of assault to police, who had Bella arrested in the same way that McMahon was taken away a month ago.
If this was a way to generate heat for Stephanie and more sympathy for Brie at the same time, it was very contrived and very unnecessary. The feud was not as white-hot as it was at the original arrest but was still going very well, though the introduction of this complete stranger raised too many questions which could not be logically answered.
For example – why did Brie immediately believe the claims of an affair when a big clue that it could be bullshit was that Megan came out with her hated enemy Stephanie, who has been poking at Bella for months? Why did Brie attack Megan with one slap before really laying into Stephanie? If Megan is the one who is the other woman, shouldn’t you be madder at her and be grateful to Stephanie for making her aware of it?
The angle immediately reminded fans of the Claire Lynch debacle in TNA from two years ago which was so badly received that it is now a part of WrestleCrap folklore. That’s not a good sign for what was to be the final push to sell PPV buys ahead of SummerSlam. What felt like a gritty, real story now has the stench of a rotten one which saw the woman playing Lynch quit during the angle and it all having to be dropped. While it will likely do little damage in the grand scheme of things, WWE would be well served to downplay this development as much as possible.
Figure Four Weekly says that both Bella and McMahon have been training hard for their match at SummerSlam, and it has been allotted 15 minutes in the broadcast, which would presumably include entrances and exits. The Divas Title match has been given 12. The leaked run-sheet also says that AJ v Paige will go fourth in the show after Rusev v Jack Swagger, while Stephanie v Brie will be the penultimate contest after Roman Reigns v Randy Orton.
Vince Russo wrote an article for What Culture talking about 10 different stories from his time working at WWF Magazine in the 1990s, and one highlighted the ongoing feud between Sunny and Sable between 1996 and 1998:
“If you worked the wrestling side of the WWF at the time, it was no secret to anyone that Sable and Sunny HATED each other. Now, I’ve got to be fair here, I think it was more on Sunny’s part than Sable. There is no doubt that Sunny was just flat out jealous of Sable, and quite frankly I could never understand why? To me, they were two completely different types of women with their own appeal. Sunny was the girl next door, and Sable was the mysterious, exotic beauty. They both had their followers.
“So, when I made the call to do a swimsuit edition of the RAW Magazine, and give both Sunny and Sable their separate covers I should have known that I was in for it. I chose a picture of Sunny that was extremely sexy I thought it put her in a spectacular light. Well she didn’t agree. And, I found that out first hand when she came onto our floor to look at the pictures we chose. After viewing them, she grabbed them and ran to my office and screamed, ‘That’s not me! That’s not me!’ I remember being caught so off guard at the time, that all I could do was laugh and say, ‘Well if it’s not you WHO IS IT THEN?!”
Incidentally, Sunny (aka Tammy Lynn Sytch) says her autobiography is in the editing stage and Jim Cornette will be writing the foreword. She has recently been advertising herself for Skype chats where, for the right price, she will be in a considerable state of undress.
We’ve posted two videos this week: a Retro with a 17-year old Paige taking on Miss Mina showing off her early heel days, as well as the crowning of the first Conflict Wrestling Women’s Champion, which saw Jennifer Blake, Seleziya Sparx, Skylar Rose & Jewells Malone in a 4-way.
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Bayley defeated Eva Marie as part of her run to challenging for the NXT Women’s Championship. Live, Eva got a really hard time from the fans – and with good reason, as she couldn’t sell anything and mucked up taking an O’Connor Roll and inside cradle. There was a “Thank you Bayley” chant when the match was over… Mick Foley wrote a Facebook blog entry talking about how he’s a “Stephanie McMahon guy” and how he supports ending Raw for two weeks straight with the women in the final segment… Emma wrestled in front of her hometown crowd in Melbourne, Australia on Thursday. She and Nikki Bella defeated Alicia Fox and Layla – Emma got the tap out win on Layla with the Emma Lock… Developmental talent Lina Fanene suffered a broken collarbone after she and her aunt Ata Johnson were in a car which was hit by a speeding drunk driver in Florida last week. They ware visited in hospital by Lina’s cousin and Ata’s son Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson… AAA’s Konnan described Layla as a “pain in the ass” to work with.
Dixie Carter was finally driven through a table by Bully Ray on last week’s Impact Wrestling following months of teasing. It received a massive pop from the audience in New York City. Speaking to Ring Rust Radio about the male-on-female violence which has been banned by Spike TV, the 49-year old replies: We have taken man-on-female violence I would say even more seriously from Day One than even a chair shot. That has been banned from the beginning and it took us a while, but chair shots are not right and going to be handled either. It’s very important to our network that this happened. It’s why we have done my character a certain way. It’s why we’ve treated this with the “Boss Toss” and we’ve tried to take it more tongue in cheek. And we also have a disclaimer before this show saying it’s not something that we condone. It’s a spot and it’s an end to a four-month story of something that I have continuously put myself in this position, and we’ve tried to make it as light as possible.” She also confirms that she was hurt in the spot – and you can understand why, as her upper back and head looked like it took most of the impact… Rebel revealed on Twitter that she fractured her arm during a battle royal during the Impact tapings last week. She was wrestling her first matches in the promotion during the most recent tapings after doing a few at Ohio Valley Wrestling over the past month…Velvet Sky, Angelina Love and Taryn Terrell join Gail Kim on TNA’s UK tour next January. Incidentally, the UK dates are slated to be the next shows on the TNA calendar after September 7.
Two more matches announced for Saturday’s NCW Femmes Fatales XV show in Montreal, QC, Canada. Kc Spinelli (replacing Niya Barela) meets Sweet Cherrie, while Portia Perez, Angie Skye, Diana Hall, Veda Scott, Mistress Belmont & Xandra Bale will compete in a Gauntlet Match with the winner getting an open contract to demand a match of their choice… Nikki Valentine and Davienne will compete inside a steel cage to become the first Lucky Pro Wrestling Women’s Champion on September 26… Team USA have got a psychological advantage ahead of SMASH Wrestling’s CanUSA Classic next month. Allysin Kay defeated Team Canada’s Courtney Rush on Saturday… Ivelisse Velez retained her SHINE Championship on Saturday by beating La Rosa Negra on Full Impact Pro’s show in Orlando, FL… Maryland Championship Wrestling has started a tournament to crown a Women’s Champion. Mandy Leon beat Cherry Bomb in the opening round on Saturday… Candice LeRae let slip that she is booked for SHIMMER in October following her debut at SHIMMER 62 on WrestleMania weekend… Xandra Bale – who spoke to us last week about recovering from two consecutive broken bones – won the Pro Wrestling Eclipse Flame Championship at the weekend, beating Leah Von Dutch, Addy Starr and Jewells Malone in a 4-way.
Yoshiko won the World of Stardom Championship on Sunday, beating Io Shirai. Kairi Hojo & Nanae Takahashi won the Goddesses on Stardom titles from Kyoko Kimura & Alpha Female on the same show, while Tsubasa Kuragaki, Kaori Yoneyama & Hatsuhinode Kamen claimed the Artist of Stardom belts.
4 Front Wrestling’s big weekend of shows for October has been cancelled, which means the dvertised contest between Hikaru Shida and Shanna is off. The promotion says it is hoping to still bring in the international talent it had booked at a later date… Nikki Storm has been added to the TNA British Boot Camp 2 lineup… Lana Austin will make her Fierce Females debut on August 31. She faces Viper… After a year of chasing, Kay Lee Ray finally won Southside Wrestling’s Speed King Championship on Saturday by beating Martin Kirby. The pair have been warring since last September when KLR beat Kirby via DQ after the titleholder delivered a jawbreaker to her while she had thumbtacks in her mouth. She got a victory over him in a non-title match back in March and reached the final of the Speed King tournament in April before winning the belt at the weekend with a Gory Bomb onto thumbtacks. She also successfully defended the belt the following night in a 4-way.
Silueta’s reign with the CMLL-REINA International Junior Title lasted less than a week. She was beaten by Maki Narumiya on Friday.
Australia & New Zealand
Scarlett retained her Kiwi Pro Wrestling Women’s Championship on Saturday on a Professional Championship Wrestling show in Australia. She defeated Vixsin… Demi Bennett retained the Riot City Wrestling Women’s Championship on Saturday’s Melbourne City Wrestling show by beating Miami. Elsewhere on the show, Toni Storm bested Evie… Speaking of Evie, she and Britenay meet in a Falls Count Anywhere match on August 30 to determine the true Impact Pro Wrestling Women’s Champion. Evie was the titleholder but IPW crowned an Interim Champ in Britenay while she was away in Japan and the US. The pair have been going at it for months.
August 5: WWE Main Event (Laredo, TX) – AJ Lee b Summer Rae
August 5: Apex Pro Wrestling (Los Angeles, CA) – Terra Calaway b Sage Sin
August 6: Pro Wrestling WAVE (Tokyo, Japan) – Kana & Rina Yamashita b Cherry & Sawako Shimono; Hikaru Shida b Kaho Kobayashi; Hibiscus Mii & Tomoka Nakagawa b Moeka Haruhi & Fairy Nipponbashi and Misaki Ohata & Tsukasa Fujimoto in a 3-way; Ayako Hamada & Yuu Yamagata b Kyusei Sakura Hirota & Mika Iida; Yumi Oka b Sumire Natsu
August 6: AAA (Puebla, Mexico) – Dinastía, El Elegido, Faby Apache & Pimpinela Escarlata b Demon Rocker, Mamba, Mini Charly Manson & Taya Valkyrie
August 7: WWE (Melbourne, Australia) – Emma & Nikki Bella b Alicia Fox & Layla
August 7: WWE NXT (Winter Park, FL) – Bayley b Eva Marie
August 7: WWE Superstars (Austin, TX) – Cameron b Emma
August 7: CMLL (Guadalajara, Mexico) – Marcela & Princesa Sugehit b Amapola & La Seductora
August 8: CMLL-REINA (Saitama, Japan) – Estrellita b Kaho Kobayashi; Tetsuya Nakazato v Masaya Takahashi went to a time limit draw; Miyako Matsumoto b Haruka Kato; La Comandante & Alex Lee b Syuri & Makoto; Maki Narumiya b Silueta to win the CMLL-REINA International Junior Title
August 8: WWE (Sydney, Australia) – Emma & Nikki Bella b Alicia Fox & Layla
August 8: Westside Xtreme Wrestling (Hamburg, Germany) – Ivan Kiev & Melanie Gray b Axel Tischer & Svetlana Kalashnikova
August 8: House Of Pain: Evolution (Mansfield, England) – Nixon Newell b Violet Vendetta, Ruby Summers & Felony in a 4-way
August 8: WWE SmackDown (Laredo, TX) – Paige b Natalya
August 8: Maryland Championship Wrestling (Dundalk, MD) – Mandy Leon b Cherry Bomb
August 8: Pro Wrestling All-Stars of Detroit (Melvindale, MI) – Hudson Envy b Thunderkitty & Randi West in a 3-way
August 8: Absolute Intense Wrestling (Cleveland, OH) – Heidi Lovelace b Arik Cannon; Veda Scott b Obariyon
August 8: CMLL (Mexico City, Mexico) – Goya Kong, Marcela & Princesa Sugehit b Amapola, La Seductora & Zeuxis
August 9: WWE (Sydney, Australia) – Emma & Nikki Bella b Alicia Fox & Layla
August 9: Professional Championship Wrestling (Melbourne, Australia) – Scarlett b Vixsin
August 9: Melbourne City Wrestling (Craigieburn, Australia) – Toni Storm b Evie; Demi Bennett b Miami
August 9: Southside Wrestling (Nottingham, England) – Kay Lee Ray b Kris Travis via DQ; Kay Lee Ray b Martin Kirby to win the Southside Wrestling Speed King Championship
August 9: British Empire Wrestling (London, England) – Ayesha Ray b Nina Starr
August 9: WWE (Abbotsford, BC, Canada) – AJ Lee b Paige & Natalya in a 3-way
August 9: IWA Mid-South (New Albany, IN) – Thunderkitty b Adam Bueller; Mistress Burgandi & Mitch Page b Joseph Schwartz & Randi West; Dale Patricks b Mickie Knuckles, Tripp Cassidy, & Christian Skyfire in a 4-way
August 9: Trans-South Wrestling (Gaffney, SC) – Tessa Blanchard b Amanda Rodriguez
August 9: Ring Of Honor (Philadelphia, PA) – Sumie Sakai b Veda Scott
August 9: Lucky Pro Wrestling (Clinton, MA) – Anthony Greene & Nikki Valentine b Davienne & Cam Zagami
August 9: Full Impact Pro (Orlando, FL) – Ivelisse Velez b La Rosa Negra
August 9: SMASH Wrestling (Brantford, ON, Canada) – Allysin Kay b Courtney Rush
August 9: Strong Style Wrestling (Elkhart, IN) – Heidi Lovelace b Crazy Mary Dobson
August 10: Stardom (Tokyo, Japan) – Maya b Azumi; Reo Hazuki b Koguma & Chris Wolf in a 3-way; DASH Chisako b Takumi Iroha; Kaori Yoneyama, Hatsuhinode Kamen & Tsubasa Kuragaki b Hiroyo Matsumoto, Miho Wakizawa & Mayu Iwatani to win the Artist of Stardom Championship; Nanae Takahashi & Kairi Hojo b Alpha Female & Kyoko Kimura to win the Goddesses of Stardom Championship; Yoshiko b Io Shirai to win the World of Stardom Championship
August 10: World Woman Pro Wrestling Diana (Kawasaki, Japan) – Mask De Sun b Koyuki Hayashi; Megumi Yabushita b Yuiga; Kaoru Ito b Raideen Hagane; KAORU & Mima Shimoda b Sareee & Kagetsu; Kyoko Inoue & Tomoko Watanabe b Arisa Nakajima & Keiko Aono
August 10: JWP (Tokyo, Japan) – Yua Hayashi & Megumi Yabushita b Yako Fujigasaki & Mika Iida; Kayoko Haruyama b Rina Yamashita; Command Bolshoi b Rabbit Miyu; Mika Iida won a battle royal; Arisa Nakajima, Leon & Hanako Nakamori b Sachie Abe, KAZUKI & Raideen Hagane
August 10: Ice Ribbon (Hiroshima, Japan) – Aoi Kizuki b Akane Fujita; Meari Naito & Neko Nitta b 235 & Kyuri; Tsukushi b Mochi Miyagi; Tsukasa Fujimoto b Yuka; Maki Narumiya & Risa Sera b Hamuko Hoshi & Kurumi
August 10: CMLL-REINA (Tokyo, Japan) – Ariya b Haruka Kato; Cherry v Miyako Matsumoto went to a double count-out; DASH Chisako b La Silueta; Kyoko Kimura b Kaho Kobayashi; Estrellita b La Comandante; Alex Lee & Kana b Makoto & Syuri
August 10: Wrestle Rampage (Adelaide, Australia) – Jessie McKay b KC Cassidy
August 10: Pro Wrestling Kingdom (Birmingham, England) – Pete Dunne, Damian Dunne & Chris Ridgeway b Mark Andrews, Chris Brookes & Nixon Newell
August 10: Insane Championship Wrestling (Edinburgh, Scotland) – Nikki Storm b Viper
August 10: Southside Wrestling Entertainment (St Neots, England) – Kay Lee Ray b Robbie X, Jimmy Havoc & Zak Northern in a 4-way
August 10: IWA Mid-South (Clarkesville, IN) – Mickie Knuckles b Heidi Lovelace & Hudson Envy in a 3 way; Thunderkitty & Chase Matthews b Joseph Schwartz & Randi West
August 10: Alternative Wrestling Show (Hemet, CA) – El Ridiculoso, Johnny Evers & Tab Jackson b Kid Lux, Sage Sin & Young Money Chong
August 10: Pro Wrestling Eclipse (Oshawa, ON, Canada) – Xandra Bale b Addy Starr, Jewells Malone & Leah Von Dutch in a 4-way to win the PWE Flame Championship
August 10: WWE (Yakima, WA) – AJ Lee b Natalya & Paige in a 3-way
August 10: CMLL (Meixco City, Mexico) – Amapola, Dalys & Tiffany b Dark Angel, Princesa Sugehit & Skadi
August 11: WWE Raw (Portland, OR) – Eva Marie b AJ Lee
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; Kc Spinelli v Sweet Cherrie; Portia Perez v Angie Skye v Diana Hall v Veda Scott v Mistress Belmont v Xandra Bale
August 16: Conflict Wrestling (Kitchener, ON, Canada) – Seleziya Sparx v Jewells Malone
August 16: NWA Branded Outlaw Wrestling (San Antonio, TX) – Barbi Hayden v Jessica James
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; Kimber Lee & Cherry Bomb v Jessie Belle Smothers & Sassy Stephie
August 24: RESISTANCE Pro (Willowbrook, IL) – Paloma Starr v D’Arcy Dixon v Angel Dust v Lucy Mendez
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 29: British Championship Wrestling (Kilmarnock, Scotland) – Liam Thomson & Carmel Jacob v Grado & Kay Lee Ray
August 30: Impact Pro Wrestling (Auckland, New Zealand) – Britenay v Evie
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; Viper v Lana Austin
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: UK Wrestling (Wakefield, England) – Heidi Katrina v Shanna
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 26: Lucky Pro Wrestling (Hudson, MA) – Nikki Valentine v Davienne
September 28: Bellatrix X (Norwich, England) – Sammi Baynz v Blue Nikita
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 12: Southside Wrestling (St Neots, England) – Kimber Lee & Drew Gulak v Jim & Lee Hunter
October 18-19: SHIMMER: Women Athletes (Berwyn, IL)
October 24: Valkyrie Women’s Wrestling (Brooklyn, NY) – Sumie Sakai v Kacee Carlisle
November 1: Flemish Wrestling Force (Limsburg, Belgium) – Leah Von Dutch v Katey Harvey
November 16: Tidal Wrestling (Newcastle, England) – Kay Lee Ray v Shax
November 23: Fierce Females (Glasgow, Scotland)
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