Without even planning it – as this website is wont to do – Ringbelles seems to have been on a bit of a British love-fest over the last week.
It started last Wednesday with the announcement of the next step in the revival of Pro Wrestling: EVE, with the title being put on the line by Nikki Storm against the only challenger she has been unable to beat. The last time she and Rhia O’Reilly fought, the challenger won via DQ, so this contest is going to have no count outs of DQs, and cannot end in a no contest. In addition, the November 29 XWA Wrestling show which it will take place on will also see Kay Lee Ray take on Addy Starr.
The next piece we posted was a surprising show announcement as Bellatrix revealed that it would be holding one more event in 2014 to crown a new British Champion following Penelope vacating the belt. We also posted the premiere episode of Bellatrix’s TV show which was broadcast on November 1. At the time, it was announced that there would be an Ultimate Champions match featuring the World Champion, British Champion, RQW European Champion and Queen of the Ring to determine who was the best in what would be an annual showcase to commemorate the passing to Stewart Allen, though it was filmed before the Bellatrix 11 announcement and we’ve been told the match will take place next year. Having said that, it would be a bit difficult to have the match on the next show as there is no British titleholder at the moment…
Sunday saw the transmission of the TNA British Boot Camp UK finals show which was recorded back in August, with Nikki Storm winning a 4-way also involving Kay Lee Ray, Leah Owens and Kasey Owens, but it was KLR who received the nod to go forwards to the US portion of the show as one of the top six finalists. Reading comments around the internet, it seems as if everybody is happy for the high-flying redhead, but also feel that Storm should have been considered.
Speaking of Storm, she must be the only person to be on a TNA show on day and then on a WWE show the next as she was one of Adam Rose’s Rosebuds on last night’s Raw held in Liverpool, England. She was joined by previous Rosebuds Miss Louise Jane and Amazon Ayesha Ray, while Leah Von Dutch, Carmel Jacob and Sara-Marie Taylor also joined the party. Also on the show, Brie Bella lost to Divas Champion AJ Lee on Raw, but sister Nikki attacked the titleholder after the match and left her laying before berating her sister for losing. Things still aren’t going well for Brie.
On the flip side, Paige’s second Raw in her home country was a more successful outing than her first appearance in May when she was beaten by Alicia Fox in a flat match in the middle of Alicia’s push. Since then Paige has turned heel, befriended Fox, dumped her (making Alicia a de facto babyface in the process) and the pair started feuding again. Receiving a monster pop, the Brit worked as a face to defeat Fox with the RamPaige to the delight of the crowd.
All in all, it’s been a positive week for British talent. In fact, it’s a great place to be a women’s wrestling fan at the moment with layers of experience so you have veterans, well travelled stars, promising trainees, eager newcomers and more. In every pocket of this amalgamation of nations are interesting characters with a wealth of talent. If you’re a fan of women’s wrestling and you haven’t had much of a look at what’s going on in the United Kingdom, why not take a look – there’s bound to be someone who catches your attention.
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Interesting dynamic for the Diva tag match in London, England on Wednesday: it was Nikki Bella and Paige against AJ Lee & Brie Bella, but Nikki said that as per the stipulations of Hell in a Cell where Brie had to be her assistant, she wanted her sister to join her as a manager, so it became a handicap match with AJ on her own. In the end, the Divas Champ got the win when Brie’s Yes chants on the outside distracted Nikki and she was rolled up for the pinfall. A similar thing happened the following day in Birmingham, and again in Manchester on Friday… Becky Lynch and Sasha Banks beat Charlotte and Bayley on last Thursday’s NXT. Charlotte was desperate to get her hands on Banks, who refused to tag in to take on her former stablemate in the BFFs… Natalya’s ongoing troubles with husband Tyson Kidd continued on last Friday’s SmackDown when she was beaten by Summer Rae after being distracted by her other half barking orders at her… Nikki Bella’s Divas title challenge against AJ Lee will take place at Survivor Series on November 23… Speaking of the Bellas, they appeared at the MTV Europe Music Awards in Glasgow, Scotland last weekend… Ric Flair was part of a Q and A on MassLive.com and was asked about daughter Charlotte. He said “She’s going to be the best female wrestler they’ve ever had.” He may be biased, but he may have a point. It’s also worth noting that she has been billed as Charlotte Flair for the WrestleMania 31 ticket party… Eva Marie revealed last week that she’s recovering from an unspecified injury. She hasn’t been on TV since September – can’t say I’ve noticed that she was gone… Lance Storm wrote a piece saying that she believes former Women’s Champion Madusa/Alundra Blayze should be in the WWE Hall of Fame: “When you compare Madusa’s 17 yr career (14 yrs in major promotions) to those already in the HOF, how can she not be a viable candidate?. The only reason I can come up with to deny her, her spot in the WWE HOF is possible heat left over from her dumping the WWF Women’s Title into the trash on WCW Nitro”.
Havok retained the Knockouts Championship last Wednesday by beating former titleholder Gail Kim… Brooke Tessmacher – who is still in the Amazing Race with Robbie E – told the Miami Herald that she was interested in a Knockouts Title shot: “I hope in January to be on the U.K. tour. I’m looking forward to working with Jessicka Havok. I would love to see what I can do in the ring against her”.
Terra Calaway announced on Wednesday that she would be “stepping away from the professional wrestling ring for the foreseeable future”… Heidi Lovelace lost the AAW Heritage Championship to Christian Faith on Friday… Mickie Knuckles beat D’Arcy Dixon in a cage in the main event of RESISTANCE Pro’s show on Friday to retain her Women’s Championship… LuFisto retained her Women Superstars Uncensored Championship on Saturday by beating Jenny Rose before being laid out by Sassy Stephie – who now has an administrative role in WSU – and her cohorts Mademoiselle Rachelle & Amanda Rodriguez. Niya Barela beat the debuting Tessa Blanchard to hold onto her Spirit Title while Annie Social and Kimber Lee beat David Starr and JT Dunn respectively in singles matches to earn another shot at the Tag Team Championship… Seleziya Sparx had a chance to show off her strength during a 6-way match at Squared Circle Wrestling on Sunday. She powerbombed Preston Myles onto her other wrestlers outside, and hoisted two wrestlers onto her back for a Samoan drop before taking a belly to back suplex with them both on her shoulders. That woman’s got some strength… Jessie Belle’s comeback from her short retirement has struck gold. She beat Sera Feeny on Sunday to win the Renegade Wrestling Alliance Women’s Championship… WWNLive held its debut show in China yesterday with Ivelisse Velez beating Su Yung to retain the SHINE Championship.
Sisters and former Triple Tails members Mio Shirai wants to wrestle her sister Io as part of Mio’s second self-produced show involving Pro Wrestling WAVE, Ice Ribbon, Union and OZ Academy. Io left the stable in 2011 to pursue a singles career, while Mio and Kana continued as a tag team, renamed Triple Tails S… Match announcements have started for Tomoka Nakagawa’s retirement show on December 4. She, AKINO & Aja Kong will take on Dynamite Kansai, Mayumi Ozaki & Kyoko Kimura in a six woman tag. In addition, Nakagawa & Kellie Skater will team up to face Hikaru Shida & Kaho Kobayashi.
Faith Lehaine, Nikki Storm and Addy Starr have been added to Empress Pro’s lineup for its debut show in January… Pro Wrestling Kingdom’s Kings and Queens tournament which was due to take place this Friday has been cancelled.
Ivelisse Velez made her Lucha Underground debut on last Wednesday’s episode – she and Son of Havoc lost to Chavo Guerrero and Sexy Star. Sexy rolled up Havoc for the pin, getting some redemption after her defeat to him in a singles match the previous week. Jim Ross watched the show and blogged about it, saying “Happy to see Ivelisse on Lucha Underground as she was one of my favorites in FCW in Tampa back in the day while training for a WWE career. Tough, physical woman of which there are too few of in today’s mat game. I wish her the best”… Zeuxis has challenged Estrellita for the CMLL Mexican National Women’s Championship, though her request was refused… Marcela, Goya Kong and Muneca de Plata will head to Japan to wrestle for REINA on December 12 and 26.
Australia & New Zealand
Harley Wonderland made a tactical retreat ahead of her match at last weekend’s Riot City Wrestling show. She was meant to face Kellyanne English in a Pick Your Poison match set up by Women’s Champion Demi Bennett but she lied and said that she was injured and had her “sister” Marley Wonderland take her place – English won the match. Later on Bennett defeated Harley’s hand-picked opponent Siren Monroe but was attacked by Wonderland and Monroe after the match, injuring her leg, with Kellyanne making the save. Bennett is set to defend the Women’s Title against Wonderland at this weekend’s City Chicks 3 show – meanwhile English will take on Monroe.
November 4: CMLL (Mexico City, Mexico) – La Seductora, Tiffany & Zeuxis b Estrellita, Goya Kong & Princesa Sugehit
November 5: Pro Wrestling WAVE (Tokyo, Japan) – Misaki Ohata b Hiroe Nagahama; Mio Shirai b Rina Yamashita; Shu Shibutani b Kaho Kobayashi; Fairy Nipponbashi b Mika Iida & Yumi Ohka in a 3-way; Mari Apache b Sawako Shimono; Ayako Hamada & Yuu Yamagata b Moeka Haruhi & Melanie Cruise
November 5: Ice Ribbon (Saitama, Japan) – Hamuko Hoshi b Yua Hayashi; Mochi Miyagi b Meari Naito; Miyako Matsumoto b Neko Nitta & Rabbit Miyu in a 3-way; Aoi Kizuki & Hanako Nakamori b Tsukasa Fujimoto & Maki Narumiya
November 5: WWE house show (London, England) – AJ Lee b Nikki Bella & Paige
November 5: Lucha Underground (Los Angeles, CA) – Chavo Guerrero & Sexy Star b Son of Havoc & Ivelisse Velez
November 5: TNA Impact Wrestling (Bethlehem, PA) – Havok b Gail Kim
November 6: WWE house show (Dublin, Ireland) – Natalya, Emma & Naomi b Summer Rae, Layla & Cameron
November 6: IWA Mid South (Clarksville, IL) – Mary Elizabeth Monroe b Randi West
November 6: WWE NXT (Winter Park, FL) – Becky Lynch & Sasha Banks b Charlotte & Bayley
November 7: Snakepit Pro Wrestling (Pooraka, Australia) – Miss Fortune & Daisy Chayne b Michelle K Hasluck & Kira Sommers
November 7: WWE house show (Birmingham, England) – AJ Lee b Nikki Bella & Paige
November 7: WWE house show (Belfast, Northern Ireland) – Natalya, Emma & Naomi b Summer Rae, Layla & Cameron
November 7: Scottish Wrestling Alliance (Ardrossan, Scotland) – Viper b Sammii Jayne
November 7: Tidal Championship Wrestling (Darlington, England) – Kay Lee Ray b Ruby Summers & Nixon Newell in a 3-way
November 7: WWE SmackDown (Albany, NY) – Summer Rae b Natalya
November 7: RESISTANCE Pro (Lockport, IL) – Crazy Mary Dobson b Lylah Lodge; Mickie Knuckles b D’Arcy Dixon
November 7: AAW (Merrionette Park, IL) – Christian Faith b Heidi Lovelace to win the AAW Heritage Championship
November 7: Santino Bros Wrestling (Bell Gardens, CA) – Ruby Raze b Hoss Hogg
November 7: Orlando Pro Wrestling (Orlando, FL) – Cherry Layne v Lizzie Parris went to a no contest
November 7: Anarchy Championship Wrestling (Austin, TX) – Jeff Gant & Jessica James b Angel Blue & Dick Money
November 7: CMLL (Mexico City, Mexico) – Dark Angel, La Vaquerita & Marcela b Amapola, Dalys & La Comandante
November 8: Ice Ribbon (Saitama, Japan) – Maki Narumiya b Hiroe Nagahama; Mio Shirai b 235; Shu Shibutani & Cherry b Risa Sera & Hamuko Hoshi; Tsukasa Fujimoto & Yuka b Aoi Kizuki & Kurumi
November 8: Riot City Wrestling (Wayville, Australia) – Kellyanne English b Marley Wonderland; Demi Bennett b Siren Monroe
November 8: Pro Wrestling Showdown (Purmerend, Netherlands) – Katey Harvey b Leah Von Dutch
November 8: Italian Championship Wrestling Academy (Copiano, Italy) – Cheyenne, Irene & Queen Maya b Doblone, Kraken & Teschio; Andy Manero, Simon Silas & XPress b Cheyenne, Giant Gulio & Queen Maya
November 8: House of Pain Evolution (Kirkby-In-Ashfield, England) – Chris Brookes & Nixon Newell b Caz Crash & Sam Wilder
November 8: WWE house show (Manchester, England) – AJ Lee b Nikki Bella & Paige
November 8: WWE house show (Minehead, England) – Natalya, Naomi & Emma b Layla, Summer Rae & Cameron
November 8: Ultimate British Wrestling (Royston, England) – Lulu b Jezabeth
November 8: Women Superstars Uncensored (Voorhees, NJ) – Nevaeh b Jewells Malone; Leva Bates b Brittany Blake; Annie Social b David Starr; Cherry Bomb b Solo Darling; Niya Barela b Tessa Blanchard; Hania b Athena; Mickie Knuckles b D’Arcy Dixon; Kimber Lee b JT Dunn; LuFisto b Jenny Rose
November 8: Anarchy Championship Wrestling (Austin, TX) – Jojo Bravo b Angel Blue, Dick Money, Jack Jameson, Jeff Gant & Kyle Hawk in a 6-way
November 8: Warriors of Wrestling (Staten Island, NY) – Joey Ace b Darius Carter, Jessie Brooks, Matt MacIntosh, Michael Massacre & TJ Marconi in a 6-way
November 9: Ungrateful Wrestling (Saitama, Japan) – Mika Iida & Kaho Kobayashi v Aoi Ishibashi & Manami Kanda went to a time limit draw; Koharu Hinata b Miyako Matsumoto; Koharu Hinata b Miyako Matsumoto; Miyako Matsumoto b Koharu Hinata; Hikaru Shida b Sareee
November 9: Ice Ribbon (Saitama, Japan) – Hamuko Hoshi b 235; Yuri Kotobuki & Kurumi b Meari Naito & Tsukasa Fuijmoto; Maki Narumiya & Risa Sera b Kurumi & Yuka
November 9: TNA British Boot Camp (London, England) – Nikki Storm b Kay Lee Ray, Kasey Owens & Leah Owens in a 4-way
November 9: WWE house show (Leeds, England) – Natalya, Naomi & Emma b Layla, Summer Rae & Cameron
November 9: Renegade Wrestling Alliance (West Newton, PA) – Jessie Belle b Sera Feeny to win the RWA Women’s Championship
November 9: Anarchy Championship Wrestling (Austin, TX) – Dick Money, VG Allin, Wade Olsen, Angel Blue & Paige Turner b Chris Trew & Jojo Bravo, Jessica James & Steve O Reno
November 9: Squared Circle Wrestling (Toronto, ON, Canada) – Hania b Alexia Nicole & Jasmin in a 3-way; Kris Chambers b Seleziya Sparx, John Silver, Preston Myles, Alessandro Del Bruno & Qefka the Quiet in a 6-way
November 10: WWNLive (Grand Epoch City, China) – Mia Yim b Allysin Kay; Ivelisse Velez b Su Yung
November 10: WWE house show (Bournemouth, England) – Natalya & Emma b Summer Rae & Layla; Naomi b Cameron
November 10: WWE Raw (Liverpool, England) – Paige b Alicia Fox; AJ Lee b Brie Bella
November 14: Scottish Wrestling Alliance (Cumbernauld, Scotland) – Nikki Storm & Viper v Courtney & Debbie Sharpe
November 14: Pro Wrestling 4U (Newcastle-Under-Lyme, England) – Pollyanna v Violet Vendetta
November 15: Riot City Wrestling “City Chicks” (Adelaide, Australia) – Demi Bennett v Harley Wonderland; Kellyanne English v Siren Monroe
November 15: World Association of Wrestling/DOA Wrestling (Bury St Edmunds) – Saraya Knight v Addy Starr
November 15: True Grit Wrestling (Leeds, England) – Lana Austin v Nixon Newell
November 16: Tidal Wrestling (Newcastle, England) – Kay Lee Ray v Shax
November 16: British Empire Wrestling (London, England) – Dragonita v Dean Michael; Lola & Nina Samuels v Astronomica & Nightshade; Addy Starr v Pollyanna
November 22: Alternative Wrestling Show (South Gate, CA) – Hudson Envy v Cheerleader Melissa
November 21: New Horizons Pro Wrestling (Perth, Australia) – Saraya Knight v Demi Bennett v Evie v Madison Eagles
November 23: Tomoka Nakagawa “Last Shot” (Tokyo, Japan) – Tomoka Nakagawa, AKINO & Aja Kong v Dynamite Kansai, Mayumi Ozaki & Kyoko Kimura; Tomoka Nakagawa & Kellie Skater v Hikaru Shida & Kaho Kobayashi
November 23: Melbourne City Wrestling ‘Fight For A Cause’ (Hampton Park, Australia)
November 23: Fierce Females (Glasgow, Scotland) – Courtney v Fiona Fraser
November 23: WWE Survivor Series (St Louis, MO) – AJ Lee v Nikki Bella
November 23: SMASH Wrestling (Mississauga, ON, Canada) – Candice LeRae & Joey Ryan v Cherry Bomb & Pepper Parks; Courtney Rush v Vanessa Kraven
November 28: Shropshire Wrestling Alliance (Dawley, England) – Ryan Smile & Pete Dunne v Chris Brookes & Nixon Newell
November 29: Warzone Wrestling (Berwick, Australia) – Savannah Summers v Kellyanne English
November 29: Showcase Wrestling (Dumfries, Scotland) – Viper v Leah Owens
November 29: XWA Wrestling (Colchester, England) – Nikki Storm v Rhia O’Reilly; Addy Starr v Kay Lee Ray
November 29: Beyond Wrestling (Providence, RI) – Kimber Lee & Drew Gulak v Cherry Bomb & Pepper Parks
November 30: Southside Wrestling (St Neots, England) – Kay Lee Ray v Nixon Newell
November 30: Queens of Combat (Winston-Salem, NC) – Mickie James v Tessa Blanchard; Joey Ryan & Candice LeRae v Mia Yim & Leva Bates; Sojo Bolt & Dani Jackson v Amber O’Neal & Jessie Kaye; Angelina Love v Nevaeh
January 18: Alpha-1 Wrestling (Hamilton, ON, Canada) – Seleziya Sparx v Allysin Kay
February 22: Dragon Pro Wrestling (Newport, Wales) – Nixon Newell v Pollyanna
December 5: SHINE 23 (Ybor City, FL)
December 6: CHIKARA (Philadelphia, PA) – Heidi Lovelace v Missile Assault Ant
December 7: PAID Promotions (Morecambe, England) – Nikki Storm v Viper v Lana Austin v Kay Lee Ray
January 4: PROGRESS Wrestling (London, England) – Jinny v Pollyanna
January 17: Empress Pro (High Wycombe, England)
January 23: SHINE 24 (Ybor City, FL)
March 14: Rock N’ Wrassle (Nottingham, England)
April 4: NCW Femmes Fatales (Montreal, QC, Canada) – Courtney Rush v Saraya Knight; Portia Perez v Xandra Bale
– Lee Burton
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