Ringbelles Roundup (December 30, 2014) –New beginnings, Heidi Lovelace, Hudson Envy & Dragonita bound for STARDOM & more

In the fifth grade, my guidance counselor proposed that my class put together a collage of what we intend to be when we got older. Chef, nurse, singer, florist, work in the XFL (no really), Secretary of State and more were among the choices, but I had to be the odd ball. The nerve I had to paste pictures of Chyna giving someone the Military Press and Lita performing a moonsault onto an opponent along with pictures of art (I am an artist) not only shocked my classmates, but also gave me the courage to stand firm in my dream. At eleven years old, nothing mattered but wrestling, I had given all my Barbies to Goodwill and brought action figures. The whole “he or she can’t wrestle” or “This angle sucks” did not matter to me back then because wrestling was so cool to me and I wasn’t ashamed of it. As I got older things changed, known as the “girl that watches professional wrestling” became hard and at times embarrassing.

As a wrestling fan, I get the redundant, “You know that stuff’s fake right?” or the rare “Oh that’s cool.” I have been defending my passion for it as long as I can remember, even more when it comes to women’s wrestling. Over the last several years, I’ve been questioned more times than I could count about my willingness to support something that was “only good for eye candy.”

In 2010, I joined Angrymarks as a co-host of their Tuesday night show, called Ring the Bell, being on with three additional personalities that shared their own view on wrestling was intimidating; till that point I had only one friend my entire life that loved it as equally or more than me and completely understood. The experience gave me the opportunity to be vocal about wrestling, whether I disliked or liked something a huge weight lifted from my shoulders and I felt free to do so and not regret it. Fast-forward to 2012, noticing that women’s wrestling was not being covered to the fullest; I decided to take on the duty myself and provide an outlet for those fans week in and out, the Angrymarkette Newsfeed. Gathering news items, results and everything in between from various websites and condensing it down to an organized piece that is not only readable, but brings about conversation takes a great amount of patience, hard work  and dedication.

After four years at the site, this past April I stepped away completely. It was a tough decision, but it was for the best. I honestly felt dissatisfied with continuing to cover women’s wrestling in detail all for listeners to hear negative commentary on the podcasts from others. No one criticized what I wrote, but its disheartening to push for something to be taken seriously when not everyone else sees the bigger picture. Between that, my run with Ring Sirens magazine (no longer in publication) ending and life happening faster than I could control, I needed a new direction.

This brought me to Ringbelles.

PWPonderingsMy time here has been short, but I feel I shared some of my best work with you all and want to continue to do so for as long as I can. For those wondering, the Ringbelles Roundup is continuing after the site’s departure, as I have accepted Lee’s offer to do so.

Last week, my mentions and direct messages were shot with multiple inquiries and interest from other websites- I am nothing but grateful for those that expressed interest and respect that there is an audience for women’s wrestling and were willing to throw their hat in the race to add the best coverage to their site.

With that said, I am proud to announce that starting next week, the Ringbelles Roundup will become an official part of Pro Wrestling Ponderings going forward. If you happened to catch the Year in Review show up on the site, I dropped the announcement towards the end after having a great two-hour conversation with Jerome, Jennifer and Dave that was nothing short of positivity and laughter. Their coverage of independent wrestling alone is remarkable, whether its through podcasts, reviews or posting the latest results. I have a huge amount of respect for their love and use of their platform to raise awareness of indy wrestling as a must-see product.  I feel this is a perfect fit and I’m just excited to be a part of something great.

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Heidi Lovelace, Hudson Envy and Dragonita are the latest competitors to be heading over to Japan. Last week, World Wonder Ring STARDOM announced that all three competitors would be making their first trip to the country to take up training and competition. In addition, the promotion has announced all it’s cards for the month of January. This Sunday’s show at Shinkiba 1st RING will feature Io Shirai and Mayu Iwatani teaming up against Act Yasukawa and Kairi Hojo. Takumi Iroha will be taking on Kris Wolf, Hatsuhinode Kamen in a three-way match, Kaori Yoneyama goes up against Momo Watanabe and Reo Hazuki, and Yoshiko will face Koguma and Nanae Takahashi in the main event.

STARDOMThe January 11th show at Shinkiba 1st RING will see Lovelace, Hudson and Dragonita make their debuts for the promotion, as Lovelace teams up with Yasukawa against the current AWS Women’s Champion and Kris Wolf. Yasukawa and Wolf’s growing rivalry reached a high back on December 23rd at “Yearend CLIMAX” as Wolf was bloodied at the hands of Yasukawa. Dragonita will be in singles action against Kyoko Kimura. Kamen will be taking on Iroha, Shirai goes up against Watanabe and the current Goddess of STARDOM Champions Takahashi and Hojo and Koguma take on Hazuki, Iwatani and Yoshiko in trios action.

Yoshiko will be defending the World of STARDOM Championship against Nanae Takahashi as part of the promotion’s fourth anniversary show at Korakuen Hall on January 18th. The show will also feature Iwatani making her third title defense as Wonder of STARDOM Champion against Kairi Hojo and the High Speed Championship will be also be on the line as Shirai takes on Yoneyama. Lovelace, Hudson and Dragonita have yet to be announced for the show.

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Got any news, results or upcoming events that you want to tell everyone about? Are you a female wrestler looking to tell us about upcoming bookings? Are you a fan who went to a show and saw a match, and would like to tell others about it – what you liked, what you didn’t and would like to encourage others to check it out for themselves? If so, send me a tweet here and I’ll direct you to my email address.

Again thank you to everyone that has continued to support Ringbelles over the years and I wish you all a Happy New Year!

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 WWE

Nikki Bella was named WWE’s Second Most Unexpected Breakout Star of 2014. In a list compiled by WWE.com, the WWE Divas Champion’s infamous “died in the womb” quote landed at the number two spot on WWE’s latest Top 10: Most Memorable Quotes of 2014. AJ Lee’s “talent is not sexually transmitted” line in reference to Brie and Nikki landed at number seven on the list. Both lines were tasteless, it says something about the company when those are deemed “memorable.” Charlotte and Natalya’s NXT Women’s Championship match from NXT Takeover was ranked sixth on WWE.com’s 25 Greatest Matches of the Year list. Brie Bella’s match against Stephanie McMahon at SummerSlam was also made the list, ranked at number twenty-four…Speaking of Charlotte, she successfully retained the NXT Women’s Title over Sasha Banks for a second time on last week’s episode…Naomi wrestled Alicia Fox on Friday Night Smackdown, winning following a split-legged moonsault. The Usos defeated The Miz and amien Mizdow for the WWE Tag Team Championship last night, it appears the “rocky” marriage storyline between Naomi and Jimmy Uso is done…Meanwhile WWE is continuing on with the storyline between Natalya and Tyson Kidd. On Monday Night RAW, Tyson Kidd caught Nikki Bella as Natalya knocked her off the apron. Once again seeing her husband show sympathy towards another woman besides herself, Natalya allowed the distraction to be her downfall. Nikki Bella picked up the win following a Rack Attack after blindsiding Natalya with a clothesline to the back..Mandy Leon has been on the road with WWE this past week as a rosebud for the recently turned “heel,” Adam Rose

TNA

With the transition to Destination America in full swing, the company has revealed a newly redesigned Knockouts Championship. It’s seen on their official Instagram account that the new belt is sporting a traditional look, a black leather strap with the blue gems as opposed to the white leather strap with red gems… The first set of episodes of Impact Wrestling will be taped on January 7-8th, the following day the company will pre-tape their all-cage event, “Lockdown” which will be aired on Destination America instead of pay-per-view, all taking place in New York City…Brooke Tessmacher has confirmed that she and Robbie E are no longer together. Tessmacher made the announcement on Facebook, stating that the couple had separated before filming for CBS’ Amazing Race had wrapped.

“NO, I am no longer with Robbie E. We filmed the race this past summer and separated by the end of filming. I am so so incredibly happy in my life and have fully moved on. Hope you guys can as well.”

North America

More matches have been announced for Valkyrie Women’s Wrestling’s next show on January 23rd.  Davienne will be taking on Miss Diss Lexia and Jennifer Cruz will be taking on Deonna Purrazzo, the latter three will be making their debuts. Nyla Rose will also be making her in-ring debut… Sassy Stephie will be defending the Fury Championship against LuFisto and Veda Scott in Marietta, Ohio on April 25th. Winning the championship this past April, the match will be her second title defense; successfully retaining against Allysin Kay back in June… Mia Yim and Santana Garrett are set to go one-on-one n the SHINE Wrestling showcase match for Full Impact Pro’s upcoming show on January 10th. The match will be non-title…Samantha Starr will be taking on Mandy Leon for Vicious Outcast Wrestling on January 10th under non-title contention… Amber Gallows became the Global Championship Wrestling Women’s Champion over the weekend, defeating Tracy Taylor… Mickie James announced her engagement to TNA star Magnus.. LuFisto will be wrestling Heidi Lovelace this Friday for Rockstar Pro Wrestling in Dayton, Ohio… In addition, Barbi Hayden’s NWA World Women’s Championship will be on the line this weekend against Veda Scott. Inspire Pro Wrestling provided an in-depth backstory here.

Japan

Arisa Nakajima & Tsukasa FujimotoThe anticipated double title match between Tsukasa Fujimoto and Arisa Nakajima took place on Sunday. First, Fujimoto retained the ICEx Infinity Championship against Nakajima in the main event of Ribbonmania, landing her tenth title defense. Nakajima wore attire in the fashion of Azumi Hyuga on the show. Mio Shirai retained the Union Fly to Everywhere World Title over Tsukushi and Maki Narumiya and Risa Sera picked up their eighth title defense as International Ribbon Tag Team Champions over Yuka and Kurumi… That evening, Nakajima retained the Openweight Championship against Fujimoto in the main event of JWP’s year-end show, “Climax.” Also on the show, Rabbit Miu successfully retained against Eri, the JWP Tag Team and Daily Sports Women’s Tag Team Titles changed hands as Leon and Ray defeated current titleholders Command Bolshoi and Kyoko Kimura. This is Mascara Voladoras’ first run with the titles… Kana is the new REINA World Champion after beating Syuri via referee stoppage on Friday. Kana now holds the promotion’s top title and the REINA Tag Team Champions with Nakajima… Tsubasa Kuragaki will be defending the OZ Openweight Championship against Kagetsu on January 11th. The show will also feature the return of Sonoko Kato taking on former titleholder AKINO… Riho retained the IWA Triple Crown Title against Emi Sakura in the main event at the Itabashi Green Hall on Saturday. The promotion has announced the date for their first show at Korakuen Hall for August 13, 2015.

Europe

Candice Lerae will be heading back overseas in the new year. First up, she will be returning to Southside Wrestling Entertainment on February 28th as she, Saraya Knight, Kay Lee Ray and a competitor to be announced will be a part of a four-way match to crown the first-ever Queen of Southside. Going into March, Lerae and Joey Ryan will be apart of WXW Germany’s 16 Carat Gold shows… Nikki Storm will be wrestling Sammii Jayne on Scottish Wrestling Alliance’s January 4th show in Pollockshaws, Glasgow… Nadia Sapphire versus Nixon Newell has been added to Empress Pro’s debut show on January 17th.

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Results

December 25: Producciones Sanchez (Ciudad Nezahualcoyotl, Estado de Mexico, Mexico) –Bugambilia, Diosa Atenea & Lady Dragon b Golden Bull, India Mazahua & Star Fire

December 26: Absolute Intense Wrestling (Cleveland, OH) – Veda Scott, Alexia Nicole & Jasmin b Tessa Blanchard, Jennifer Blake & Heidi Lovelace; Rickey Shane Page b Candice Lerae, Dick Justice, Eric Ryan, Flip Kendrick & Joshua Singh

December 26: WWE Friday Night Smackdown (Sioux City, IA) – Naomi b Alicia Fox

December 26: WWE Live (Rosemont, IL) – Naomi, Charlotte & Natalya b Camero, Sasha Banks & Summer Rae

December 26: Vendetta Pro Wrestling/ National Wrestling Alliance (Santa Maria, CA) –Raze b Sage Sin

December 26: WWE Live (New York City NY) – Alicia Fox & Emma b Brie Bella & Nikki Bella

December 26: REINA Joshi Puroresu(Tokyo, Japan) – Kyoko Kimura b Raideen Hagane; Haruka Kato & Eri b Yuiga & Hamuko Hoshi; Yuji Kito & Koharu Hinata b Keizo Matsuda & Alex Lee; Arisa Nakajima b Rina Yamashita; Maki Narumiya & Kagetsu b Mika Iida & Meiko Tanaka; Dump Matsumoto & Yumiko Hotta b Goya Kong & Muñeca de Plata; Lin Byron b Makoto; Kana b Syuri(c)

December 27: Global Championship Wrestling (Pell City, AL) – Amber Gallows b Tracy Taylor(c)

December 27: Squared Circle Wrestling (Elmira, NY) – Mickie James b Cherry Bomb

December 27: Gatoh Move (Tokyo, Japan) – Cherry b Fukin Kitazawa; Kaori Yoneyama, Madoka, Sayaka Obihiro & PSYCHO b Antonio Honda, SAKI, MIZUKI; Kagetsu b Kotori; Riho(c) b Emi Sakura

December 27: WWE Live (Cincinnati, OH) – Charlotte, Naomi & Natalya b Cameron, Sasha Banks & Summer Rae

December 27: WWE Live (Uniondale, NY) – Alicia Fox & Emma b Nikki Bella & Brie Bella

December 27: AAW (Berwyn, IL) – Chris Sabin b Heidi Lovelace

December 27: Ice Ribbon(Warabi, Japan) – Aoi Kizuki & Hamuko Hoshi b 235 & Akane Fujita; Kurumi & Kyuri b Maki Narumiya & Maya Yukihi; Tsukasa Fujimoto b Meari Naito; Risa Sera & Tsukushi vs Mio Shirai & Yuka – time limit draw

December 27: I Believe I Wrestling (Orlando, Florida) – Josh Hess b Santana Garrett

December 28: Ice Ribbon Ribbonmania (Tokyo, Japan) – Cherry & Maya Yukihi b Shu Shibutani & Kyuri; Meari Naito & Neko Nitta b 235 & Akane Fujita; Hamuko Hoshi & Mochi Miyagi b Miyako Matsumoto & Yuri Kotobuki; Kayoko Haruyama b Aoi Kizuki; Mio Shirai(c) b Tsukushi; Maki Narumiya & Risa Sera(c) b Kurumi & Yuka; Tsukasa Fujimoto (c) b Arisa Nakajima

December 28: K-DOJO (Chiba, Japan) – Bambi & Kaji Tomato b Hikaru Shida & Masao Inoue; TAKA Michinoku & Kaori Yoneyama b Kengo Mashimo & Yuma

December 28: JWP Climax 2014 (Tokyo, Japan) – Yako Fujigasaki b Yua Hayashi; Rabbit Miu (c) b Eri; KAZUKI, Jaguar Yokota & Raideen Hagane b Manami Toyota, Tsukushi & Neko Nitta; KAORU b Kayoko Haruyama; Hanako Nakamori b Kana; Leon & Ray b Command Bolshoi & Kyoko Kimura (c); Arisa Nakajima(c) b Tsukasa Fujimoto

December 28: DIANA (Kawasaki, Kanagawa, Japan) – Kyoko Inoue b Kaoru Ito , Keiko Aono , Sareee, Meiko Tanaka, Megumi Yabushita & Kaho Kobayashi

December 28: Tokyo Women’s Wrestling(Tokyo, Japan) – Ai Shimizu b Erin & Nonoko; Shoko Nakajima and Yuka Sakazaki b KANNA and Chikage Kiba; Miyu Yamashita b Akane Miura

December 28: K-DOJO (Chiba, Japan) – Hiro Tonai & Kaori Yoneyama b Ayumu Honda & Bambi

December 28: Beyond Wrestling (Providence, RI) – Kimber Lee b David Starr

December 29: WWE Monday Night RAW (Washington, DC) – Nikki Bella b Natalya

December 30: WWE Live (Richmond, VA) – Charlotte, Emma & Alicia Fox b Sasha Banks, Cameron & Summer Rae

Upcoming Shows

January 3: Elite Canadian Championship Wrestling (Vancouver, BC, Canada) – Cat Power vs Kate Carney

January 4: Scottish Wrestling Alliance (Glasgow, Scotland) – Debbie Sharpe vs Viper; Sammii Jayne vs Nikki Storm

January 4: PROGRESS Wrestling (London, England) – Jinny vs Pollyanna

January 4: Inspire Pro Wrestling (Austin, TX) – Barbi Hayden(c) vs Veda Scott; Jessica James vs Kimber Lee

January 10: Vicious Outcast Wrestling (Connellsville, PA) – Samantha Starr vs Mandy Leon

January 11: OZ Academy (Tokyo, Japan) – AKINO vs Sonoko Kato; Kagetsu vs Tsubasa Kuragaki(c)

January 17: Empress Pro (High Wycombe, England) – Bete Noire & Viper vs Addy Starr & Rhia O’Reilly; Ruby Summers vs Chardonnay; Nikki Storm vs Pollyanna; Nadia Sapphire vs Nixon Newell

January 17: Clash Wrestling (Taylor, MI) – Leah Von Dutch vs Jasmin

January 17: Lone Star Wrestling (Cypress, TX) – Barbi Hayden(c) vs Tessa Blanchard

January 18: Alpha-1 Wrestling (Hamilton, ON, Canada) – Seleziya Sparx vs Allysin Kay

January 18: Anarchy Championship Wrestling (Austin, TX) – Jessica James vs Jojo Bravo; Athena vs Su Yung(c)

January 23: SHINE 24 (Ybor City, FL) – Malia Hosaka, Brandi Wine & Thunderkitty vs Kimber Lee, Cherry Bomb & Leah Von Dutch

January 23: Wrestling Cares Association /Alternative Wrestling Show (South Gate, CA) – Nicole Savoy; Sage Sin; Savanah Riley; Kikyo Nakamura; Hania; Brittany Wonder; Christina Von Eerie; Taeler Hendrix; Raze; Kahmora; Datura; Marriah Moreno

January 23: Valkyrie Women’s Wrestling (Woodbury Heights, NJ) – Kacee Carlisle(c) vs Mistress Belmont; La Rosa Negra vs Aja Perera; Davienne vs Miss Diss Lexia; Jennifer Cruz vs Deonna Purrazzo; Nyla Rose

January 24: Pure Wrestling Association (Kitchener, ON, Canada) – KC Spinelli vs Courtney Rush; Kaitlin Diemond vs Beautiful Beaa; Jewells Malone vs Alexia Nicole; Holly Madison vs Silvie Silver; Ingrid Isley vs Skylar Rose

February 7: Family Wrestling Entertainment (Jamaica, NY) – Candice LeRae(c) vs Veda Scott; Taeler Hendrix vs Katarina Leigh

February 7: KANA Pro (Japan)

February 8: Tidal Championship Wrestling (Leeds, England) – Violet O’Hara vs Nixon Newell

February 14: Mio Shirai Produce (Tokyo, Japan) – Mio Shirai vs Io Shirai

February 21: Women Superstars Uncensored (Voorhees, NJ) – Hania vs Athena; Kimber Lee & Annie Social vs JT Dunn & David Starr(c)

February 22: Dragon Pro Wrestling (Newport, Wales) – Nixon Newell vs Pollyanna

February 22: Bellatrix 12 (Norwich, England)

February 28: Southside Wrestling Entertainment (Essex, England) – Candice Lerae vs Kay Lee Ray vs TBD vs Saraya Knight

March 14: Rock N’ Wrassle (Nottingham, England)

April 4: NCW Femmes Fatales (Montreal, QC, Canada) – Courtney Rush vs Saraya Knight; Portia Perez vs Xandra Bale; Sassy Stephie, Allysin Kay & Jody D’Milo vs Vanessa Kraven, TBA & TBA

April 11/12 – SHIMMER Women Athletes (Berwyn, IL)

April 25: Remix Pro Wrestling (Marietta, OH) – LuFisto vs Veda Scott vs Sassy Stephie (c)

– Ciara Reid

– Photos by PWPonderings(1), STARDOM(2), WWE(3), Kenji Misaki(4), Southside Wrestling Entertainment(5), Yuichi Kojima(6), Ichiban Drunk(7), Empress Pro(8), Remix Pro Wrestling(9)

– Data collated from (but not limited to) Cagematch, joshifans.com, PuroLove, Dramatic DDT, Luchablog, Lords Of Pain, Wrestling Observer, Open The Puroresu Gate, Ringstars, PWInsider, NHB Girls, North Starz, WrestlingData

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In Video: Ice Ribbon’s show from November 24th: Fujimoto defends the ICEx∞ Championship/Tomoka Nakagawa’s final appearance

Tsukasa Fujimoto vs KizukiMonth from now, Tsukasa Fujimoto heading into her tenth title defense as ICEx∞ Champion at Ice Ribbon‘s year-end annual show “RibbonMania.” Just a few days ago, its announced that Fujimoto’s next challenger would be in the form of a current champion outside the promotion. It turned out; current JWP Openweight Champion Arisa Nakajima would be the competitor stepping up to the plate, as her title is also on the line. On December 28th, Fujimoto will be defending her title against Nakajima in the main event of RibbonMania at Korakuen Hall. That same day, same building, Fujimoto will be challenging Nakajima for the Openweight Championship as part of JWP’s “Climax.” A possible unification of the titles could happen, as this wouldn’t be the first time Fujimoto or Nakajima have unified championships.

The video features the entire show from November 24th, featuring Fujimoto retaining the ICEx∞ Title against Aoi Kizuki after two Venus Shoots. The International Ribbon Tag Team Championship is also on the line as champions Maki Narumiya and Risa Sera (STAP) take on Cherry and the soon-to-retired Meari Naito. Yuuka wrestled twice on the show, taking on Kurumi in singles action and teaming up with Mio Shirai and Yuri Kotobuki against Akane Fujita, Kyuri and 235 to open the show. Tomoka Nakagawa also appeared on the show, she and Mochi Miyagi took on Maya Yuhiki and Tsukushi; Nakagawa’s final match in Ice Ribbon. Moreover, Neko Nitta makes her first title defense as Triangle Ribbon Champion against Miyako Matsumoto and Chon Shiryu. Peep the entire show; share with us your comments about the show on our Facebook and Twitter.

Photos courtesy of Ice Ribbon, Kazushi Mitsuhashi

Video courtesy of Gaijins Stuff via YouTube

Kana and Arisa Nakajima become the REINA World Tag Team Champions

Kana REINAREINA Joshi Puroresu has been on a bit of resurgence. In 2013, the promotion established a working relationship with Wrestling New Classic, as their female competitors became affiliated with both promotions, going into effect in January of this year. Six months later, Wrestler New Classic officially closed its doors after coming to terms on an agreement with Keiji Mutoh that sought its male roster be integrated over into WRESTLE-1. Over the years, REINA has dealt with its own setbacks due to changes within management that seen the promotion be rebranded and re-launched, the future of its current roster looked uncertain. However, Makoto, Syuri, Lin Byron, Haruka Kato and on regular competitors in Yumko Hotta, Dump Matsumoto, Alex Lee and Aki Shizuku have remained affiliated with the promotion to this day, as more competitors have been brought in.

With Syuri as the current and reigning REINA World Women’s Champion and luchadoras La Silueta and Amapola holding the CMLL-REINA International Junior Heavyweight Championship and RENA-CMLL International Championship respectively, the promotion crowned their new REINA World Tag Team Champions in Arisa Nakajima and Kana yesterday at Shinkiba 1st RING. Debuting back on August 30th under her role as storyline consultant, Kana made the decision to strip Ariya’ and Makoto of the titles, making it the fourth time the REINA World Tag Team Titles were declared vacant. Her shenanigans continued. On September 30th, she disgraced the WNC Women’s Championship by referring to the title as “garbage” and tossing it outside the ring, this occurred following Syuri’s final defense of the belt against Makoto in the main event. The first former champions wanted to preserve the posterity of the title by locking in a briefcase for good, but Kana’s antics turned the sentimental moment into a pull-apart brawl.

Kana & Arsa Nakajima REINA A tournament was held on yesterday’s show to determine the new champions. In the first round, Nakajima and Kana defeated Eri (Eri Susa) and Haruka Kato following a German Suplex Hold from Nakajima on Kato. Syuri and Lin Byron also made it past the first round, besting former champions Makoto and Maki Narumiya. In the finals of the tournament, Lin Byron turned on her partner as Kana and Nakajima delivered Double Buzzsaw Kicks to Syuri to become the REINA World Tag Team Champions. For the new titleholders, this is Kana’s first run with a championship in REINA. Despite her previous affiliation with Wrestling New Classic in the past, she never competed under the promotion. Nakajima is now a double champion, currently holding the JWP Openweight Championship.Also on the show, Kellie Skater picked up a loss to Kyoko Kimura. Dump Matsumoto and Yumiko Hotta defeated Sakura Hirota and Miyako Matsumoto in a rematch. In addition, Alex Lee and The Winger went over on Koharu Hinata and Yuji Kito.

Photos courtesy of Yuichi Kojima

Information courtesy of Joshifans, Cagematch, Joshiresu

In Video: Mary Elizabeth Monroe vs Nyla Rose & Amber Rodriguez in title action at Covey Pro

Nyla Rose & Selene Grey Covey Pro Covey Pro Wrestling is not a promotion that is talked about often. Like other promotions, its forced to take the backseat to conversations involving its competitors, as majority of indy wrestling fans tend to support those with bigger audience. Growing up in Virginia, I had no knowledge of independent wrestling or that there were promotions operating within the state. It wasn’t until I started following the career of a young Alexis Laree (Mickie James) that KYDA Pro Wrestling of Manassas, Virginia was brought to my attention. Vanguard Championship Wrestling (Norfolk, Virginia), Maryland Championship Wrestling and West Virginia Championship Wrestling are just some of the promotions that are running within proximity, in addition to the occasional shows from other promotions like Ring of Honor.

On a Saturday night back in 2010, I came across Covey Pro while channel surfing. Going through the list of local channels available to me, I noticed it said “wrestling” and immediately I turned to it. The show was taped in Berkeley Springs, West Virginia and featured former WWE Superstar Tatanka. I admit, keeping up on the promotion has not been a top priority, but seeing a women’s division has been more incorporated into the product, just might bring me back into catching the show on Saturday nights. For starters, Mickie James, Jessie Belle (McCoy) and Mary Elizabeth Monroe (going by Mary Elizabeth Hatfield) are former women’s champions in the promotion. Back in April of 2011, James defeated Hannah Blossom to become the first titleholder; she dropped the belt to Belle that November. From there the title was traded back and forth between Jessie Belle and Mary Elizabeth Monroe, making Monroe a three-time champion.

The first video sees Nyla Rose taking on Mary Elizabeth Monroe for the Covey Pro Women’s Championship. Defeating Monroe with a Muscle Buster from the top rope, Rose picked up the tournament win with her feet on the ropes to become the champion. The match took place a year ago, as this episode was leading up to the then upcoming Paddle on the Pole title match between Rose and Amber Rodriguez. Rodriguez retained after rolling up a distracted Nyla Rose for the win, Rose believed she had won the match, though the referee had initially counted to three, he realized that Rodriguez’s foot was under the rope and threw out the call.

That leads us into last week’s episode, which seen the current champion defending against the debuting Selene Grey, with Rose as the special guest referee. The show starts with a message from Grey to Rodriguez, saying that she is going to take her title. The match starts around the twenty-eight minute mark with some word exchanged between both competitors. Frustrated with the referee’s counting, Rodriguez confronted Rose, all for Selene Grey to capitalize on the distraction and rolled her up for the win. Grey’s first title defense is scheduled for this weekend’s card in Gettysburg, PA, defending against both Rodriguez and Rose.

Video courtesy of Covey Pro on YouTube

Information courtesy of Covey Pro

In Video: Some Oz Academy

Oz Academy Here at Ringbelles, we have posted a bunch of matches from over in Japan. Promotions like World Wonder Ring STARDOM, Ice Ribbon, Pro Wrestling WAVE, REINA Joshi Puroresu(just to name a few) have been featured on this website. But in comparison, OZ Academy has not received that same amount of attention, but not on purpose. Majority of these shows we’ve stumbled across have either been uploaded to Dailymotion or YouTube, making it easier to access. Therefore the availability allows us to share them with you as well.

OZ Academy has a show scheduled for Sunday, headlined by the Openweight Championship match, Tsubasa Kuragaki will make her first title defense as champion against Tomoka Nakagawa. The rest of the card is here. The promotion will be holding another show on November 8th and closing out the month at the Nagoya Club Diamond Hall on November 30th.

The video features the promotion’s “Heart On Wave“show at Shinjuku FACE back on September 23rd. The show featured a decider for the vacant OZ Academy Tag Team Championship between Mayumi Ozaki and Sakura Hirota against Aja Kong and Tsubasa Kuragaki, as Hiroyo Matsumoto’s untimely injury forced she and Tomoka Nakagawa to vacate the belts. The rest of the card consisted of two singles matches-Yumi Ohka taking on Manami Toyota and Mio Shirai meeting Hamuko Hoshi. Besides the title match, there were two additional tag team matches-including Hikaru Shida and Kagetsu wrestling Kaho Kobayashi and AKINO and the latter between Misaki Ohata and Nakagawa agaisnt Ayako Hamada and Dynamite Kansai.

Photo courtesy of Oz Academy

Video courtesy of RealHero via Dailymotion

Kuragaki to defend the Openweight Championship against Tomoka Nakagawa

Tsubasa Kuragaki Last Monday, Tsubasa Kuragaki ascended the Oz Openweight Championship by defeating AKINO in the main event at Korakuen Hall. The 19-year veteran stood tall with the promotion’s flagship championship as the current titleholder’s 537-day reign ended in her eighth title defense following a Hammer Wing from the challenger. Nearly one year to the day she wrestled her final match as a competitor on the JWP roster, Kuragaki snagged her fourth singles title in her career, her second title since becoming a freelancer(currently Artist of STARDOM Champion), becoming the fifteenth Oz Academy Openweight Champion.

However, Kuragaki’s first title defense been announced for Oz Academy‘s upcoming show at Shinjuku FACE. At “Face Off,” Kuragaki will be defending the Openweight Championship against the soon-to-be retired Tomoka Nakagawa. Back on March 30th, Oz Academy kicked off a tournament to nominate the next challenger to the Openweight Championship, involving Hiroyo Matsumoto, Nakagawa, Hikaru Shida, Sakura Hirota, Kagetsu and Kuragaki, the winner would go onto face AKINO for the title as part of the June 4th show. Nakagawa fended off Shida Hirota and bested Kuragaki in the finals on May 11th, her unsuccessful attempt at the title handed AKINO her seventh defense.

Despite her loss, AKINO has set a record-breaking eighteen-month run as champion, becoming the longest reigning and the most successful titleholder in the promotion’s history with back-to-back wins over opponents like Mio Shirai, Sonoko Kato, Ayako Hamada and Leon. For Nakagawa, the title shot comes a month and two days ahead of her impending retirement from professional wrestling. Aside from holding the defunct SMASH Divas Championship in November of 2011, it’s possible that Nakagawa could end her career on a high note with another singles title run.

Hikaru Shida & Aja Kong Also announced for the show, the ongoing feud between Aja Kong and Shida continues, as Kong will be teaming up with Mari Apache against Shida and Kagetsu. Ahead of the match, Shida will be defending the Regina di WAVE Championship and the Revolution Championship Wrestling Women’s Championship against Apache at Shinkiba 1st RING on October 29th for WAVE’s “Virgin Code.” Following their debuts at SHIMMER this past weekend which you can read about here and  here, Mayumi Ozaki, Kaori Yoneyama and AKINO will be in tag team action as well-Ozaki, and Miyako Matsumoto will be taking on Kaho Kobayashi and Dynamite Kansai as AKINO, Syuri and Yoneyama will be taking on Yumi Ohka, Kyoko Kimura and Mio Shirai. There will also be a singles match between Sakura Hirota and Manami Toyota.

Photos and Information courtesy of Oz Academy, Pro Wrestling WAVE, Cagematch,

In Video: STARDOM’s 2014 5*STAR Grand Prix

Io  ShiraiThis Sunday, World Wonder Ring STARDOM’s will be kicking off it’s fourth annual Goddesses of STARDOM at Shinkiba 1st RING. The round-robin tournament will feature eight teams fighting for a future shot at the tag team titles. Teams in Kaori Yoneyama and Hatuhinode Kamen, Kris Wolf and Kyoko Kimura, the current champions in Kairi Hojo and Nanae Takahashi and more are divided into two blocks, Blue Goddesses or Red Goddesses. The tournament will run through the month of October, ending on November 16th at Shinkiba as the winners of each league will go head-to-head in the finals. You can find the match listings here.

Back on September 23rd, Io Shirai defeated current World of STARDOM Champion Yoshiko in the finals of the 2014 5*STAR Grand Prix following a Moonsault Press. The non-title not only landed Shirai another shot at the title, but a clean victory over the champion. Yoshiko ended Shirai’s 468-day reign back at “Stardom X Stardom,” succeeding his first singles championship in her career. The impending rematch has yet to be announced, though on November 3rd both competitors will have a chance to become Goddesses of STARDOM Champions as they take on Takahashi and Hojo. The show will feature the title match, the return of Kellie Skater and more, which you can read about here.

The 5*STAR GP got underway back on September 7th as the champion, Shirai, Takahashi, DASH Chisako and Kyoko Kimura were successful in their matches, while Hojo’s match against Yoneyama ended in a time limit draw. Other competitors in the tournament included Koguma, Takumi Iroha, Star Fire, Cheerleader Melissa and Mayu Iwatani. The footage sees the final matches of the tournament at Korakuen Hall, with Iwatani taking on Koguma, Kimura against Chisako and Yoshiko going over Iroha for the Blue stars and Yoneyama defeating Cheerleader Melissa in a first time meeting, Hojo beating Star Fire and Shirai going over Takahashi for the Red stars league. The show kicked off with a trios tag team match, as Miho Wakizawa, Maya and Reo Hazuki took on Hatsuhinode Kamen, Azumi and Kris Wolf. Peep the entire show; share with us your commenta about the show or the upcoming shows on our Facebook and Twitter.

Photographs and information courtesy of STARDOM

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