Nicole Matthews becomes the first woman to win the ECCW Title, then vacates the Women’s belt

Nicole MatthewsHaving a lack of viable challengers for the Elite Canadian Championship Wrestling Women’s Title has worked out in a weird way for Nicole Matthews. Having successfully defended her belt against Veronika Vice and Jaida over the summer, she has also been taking on the men in the promotion to extend her unbeaten run since mid-May and saw her gain another crack at the promotion’s top title.

The 27-year old had a shot at the ECCW Championship last November when she took on then-champion El Phantasmo and was on the verge of victory when the titleholder got himself intentionally disqualified. Despite the victory, Matthews did not get another crack at the title, but her victories over the last couple of months warranted her a second attempt at the belt – and it is one that she capitalised on, as she beat Bishop on last night’s All Or Nothing show in Vancouver, BC, to become the promotion’s first ever female ECCW Champion.

In the interests of full disclosure, the popular Matthews did not win the title on her own. As you will be able to see in the video below, the Port Coquitlam native had assistance from her Riot teammates Andy “The Dreadful” Bird and Ravenous Randy to secure the championship and make ECCW history as well as secure the future of Matthews’ stable – as the Riot would have been forced to disband had Bishop retained the title.

The victory also means that Matthews has won every ECCW title that there is to win. As well as holding the Women’s strap on four occasions and winning ECCW Championship, she is also a two-time co-holder of the Tag Team Titles with her Riot buddies. The only honour that she has yet to accomplish in the promotion is winning the Pacific Cup tournament, which takes place every spring.

Check out the videos below which show the closing moments and a montage of the match, as well as Matthews’ post-match comments where she makes an announcement about her Women’s Title.

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