There is only one title on the line at this afternoon’s Bellatrix 11 show and it will guarantee a new champion. The British title is on the line in an eight woman elimination tournament after the belt was vacated by Penelope, who defeated Violet O’Hara in September but then elected to take an extended period of time away from the ring.
As well as O’Hara, fellow former British titleholder Erin Angel is also vying to regain the championship. Bellatrix regulars Bacardi, Aurora Flame, Chanel and reigning Queen of the Ring Lady Lory are also involved, while impressive competitors Nixon Newell and Addy Starr will be making their debuts in the promotion.
Elsewhere, Saraya Knight and Miss Mina tangle in non-tournament action and the promotion’s other two champions meet in a rematch from Bellatrix 7 in October 2013. In that contest, Sammi Baynz defeated Liberty to win the RQW European Women’s Championship and has held onto the title since then, defeating Blue Nikita on two occasions. However, Liberty has moved onwards and upwards in the 14 months since then by snaring the World Championship and successfully defended it against Allysin Kay back in September. We’ll see if Baynz can get another win over Liberty or if the World Champ can even the score.
We’re in attendance in Norwich, England to bring you live results from the show. Keep hitting refresh to see the outcomes as they happen.
British Title Tournament
1. Violet O’Hara pinned Nixon Newell with a roundhouse kick.
2. Chanel defeated Aurora Flame with a lungblower.
3. Erin Angel beat Bacardi with a top rope crossbody.
4. Lady Lory pinned Addy Starr with an Exploder Suplex.
5. Saraya Knight v Miss Mina went to a 15 minute time limit draw.
British Title Tournament
6. Chanel defeated Violet O’Hara with a Widow’s Peak.
7. Lady Lory beat Erin Angel with a tights-assisted Oklahoma Roll.
8. Elsie Paige, Holly Burrage & Lillie Fae beat Shax, Karama & Leah Elise. Paige pinned Elise with a Codebreaker.
9. Liberty made Sammi Baynz tap out to a cloverleaf variation. Baynz attacked Liberty after the bell before being made to leave the ring by Busty Keegan.
British Title Tournament
10. Chanel made Lady Lory tap out to an armbar to win the British Championship.
• Bellatrix 11 was certainly the Chanel show, with her winning three contests en route to becoming the British Champion. Not bad for a wrestler who only picked up her first win in the promotion at the previous show. However, the signs of improvement have been evident for quite a while so seeing her be elevated to win a title is a nice way to acknowledge her hard work and evolution as a worker. Let’s go through this in chronological order…
• Nixon Newell was all happy-clappy as she made her entrance but that veil slipped soon after the bell rang for her match against Violet O’Hara as she started using heel tactics to overwhelm the former British Champion, including a great spot when she went for the Tree of Woe and instead of delivering a running dropkick, she ran up, stopped and then stuck a boot into Violet’s lady-garden, much like Petey Williams used to do in TNA. Violet got the win with a roundhouse kick on her downed opponent to advance in what was a good start to the show – though I must also point out and compliment Nixon’s amazing intergalactic gear.
• Chanel’s run to the title didn’t start that well as her match against Aurora Flame felt like going into battle with damp gunpowder. It all felt a little soft and hesitant as they tried to find a rhythm and there was a pregnant pause before the finish – though that should be easily cleared up in post-production to tighten it up. Thankfully, Chanel’s contests got better but it was a shame for Aurora, who is far better than in this match and din’t get another opportunity to show what she is capable of.
• There’s not much to say about Erin Angel and Bacardi’s match. Most of it was spent with Bacardi working over Angel with wear-down holds with Erin fighting back with arm drags and dropkicks before nailing her opponent with a crossbody from the third strand to advance in what was the weakest match of the show.
• Lady Lory and Addy Starr tore into each other with big moves and hard forearms in a contest which the fans lapped up and both women seemed to get into to a great degree. The crowd really took to Starr’s All American Canadian gimmick, chanting “USA” a lot and finding her very likeable. It was a shame that the match-winning Exploder Suplex was a little soft as it took the steam out of the audience but this was another positive debut for Addy, and Lory maintained her success as a heel.
• All of the title tournament matches had a 10 minute time limit so they were fought at a frenetic pace which helped to keep fan enthusiasm up. Consequently, the longest match on the card was the 15-minute draw between Saraya Knight and Miss Mina, though it didn’t feel like 15 minutes at all as the time flew by as the pair exchanged holds and counter holds with Knight looking to be more technical with the occasional brawling spot with Mina looking to use more strikes to get the advantage. The end came as Saraya fought to get a submission with an armbar as the time ticked down, while Mina struggled to get to the ropes. The women hugged afterwards to acknowledge a really entertaining contest.
• As is customary with tournaments, I have to give big praise for those wrestlers who observe the Randy Savage rule of changing outfits for each round. Consequently, two thumbs up for Violet’s change of gear for her match against Chanel, which was a tidy outing with O’Hara spending large portions of the contest trying to get a tap out with a guillotine choke but failing to do so. In the end, it was Chanel who got the duke with a really nice Widow’s Peak to advance to the final round.
• Lory’s heel work to antagonise the crowd continued against ultimate babyface Erin Angel, and she kept using her tried and tested heel tactics to ground her opponent. Angel fought back hard but it was all for naught as Lory used the tights during an Oklahoma Roll to make her way to the final two. As a contest it was a means to an end, but both women did their job well.
• Following the six-person tag match which saw Shax tagging with the Youth Club members, Liberty and Sammi Baynz tried to top their Bellatrix 7 match where Baynz won the European strap. I wouldn’t say that they managed it but that was a hell of a bar to try and clear. Having said that, this was still a quality outing with Sammi using hard hits, power moves and brawling outside the ring to try and get an advantage while Liberty ended up fighting fire with fire. In the end, it was the wrestling which overcame the brawling as Liberty used a variation of a Cloverleaf to get the tap out victory, balancing things at 1-1.
• Afterwards, Baynz attacked Liberty but stopped her onslaught to argue with Saraya, who sarcastically clapped towards her from the aisleway before the European titleholder was sent packing by Busty Keegan. It looks like Baynz v Knight will escalate again next year.
• We finish with the final of the tournament, which was a beautiful display of simple storytelling. During instructions, Lory attacked Chanel’s left leg and spent the entire contest working on it with punches, kicks and submission holds with the plucky babyface refusing to quit. Chanel managed to score a couple of desperation shots like a kick to Lory’s head and a sunset flip in the corner but was on the defensive for the bulk of the match. In the end, it was a Lory charge into the corner which was the German’s undoing as Chanel dodged out of the way and her shoulder collided with the ring post. Seizing the opportunity, Chanel locked on an arm bar for the submission win to score the unlikely victory.
• The locker room emptied to congratulate Chanel on her title win, and her music didn’t start until after Lory confronted the victor and conceded defeat with a hug, knowing that she had been beaten fair and square.
• Overall, Bellatrix 11 did what it needed to do – establish Chanel as a player in the promotion and also show that Lory was a real force on the heel side. Meanwhile, Sammi Baynz and Saraya Knight look set to collide in the near future, while I hope that Nixon Newell and Addy Starr get an opportunity to return as both made great first impressions. A good show to close off the year.