Ringbelles Roundup (16 December 2014) – the difference between WWE’s developmental and main roster, Syuri success, Ivelisse called a refugee & more

Charlotte Sasha Banks WWEHow can one promotion offer such polarising women’s matches on its big shows – and how is it that the show with the bigger audience produce such a bore-fest while the one with less TV time, less fame and a comparatively weaker storyline leads to the best women’s match on TV for 2014?

Charlotte and Sasha Banks put on what was probably the best Divas (or Knockouts, for that matter) match of the year at NXT Takeover: R Evolution with Charlotte retaining the Women’s Championship with a top rope Natural Selection. Granted, the build-up for the event did not have the same depth or spark as Paige’s NXT Women’s Championship defence against Emma, the title tournament match between Charlotte and Natalya, or Charlotte’s defence against Bayley, which had a hell of a build-up. Instead, this match was the consequence of a lot of elements like Bayley and Charlotte’s respect turning to friendship, Becky Lynch’s heel turn to join Banks as Team BAE and there was a title challenge mixed up in all of that. As far as interaction goes, there was precious little between champion and challenger but Banks’ antagonism has helped to push things along – a prime example being her customisation of Charlotte’s t-shirt so it says “If you’re gonna do it, do it LIKE A BOSS”, which at least showed that there was some real negative feelings between the pair rather than it being the professional rivalries of the other Takeover Women’s Title matches we have seen this year.

However, the slightly soft build-up was compensated by the contest itself. Put in the semi-final position and given 12 minutes, Charlotte and Sasha put together a great story in the match with the titleholder on the backfoot because of Banks using a lot of her own moves against her. It also allowed Charlotte to work as a sympathetic babyface for once and also show some fire in the comebacks. Her highspots also worked well to pop the crowd as she adjusted her top rope moonsault because Sasha moved out of the way by landing on her feet and then hitting a senton for a near-fall, as well as the top rope Natural Selection which looks a lot better than the standard version – but should be saved for special occasions.

After the NXT show – a huge success from top to bottom – there was reportedly some discontent amongst the main WWE roster as they did not want to be outdone. As a consequence, it was said that the TLC pay-per-view would endeavour to be better than Takeover. It failed.

Part of that card was Nikki Bella defending the Divas Championship against former titleholder and recent Slammy-winner AJ Lee. The build-up to this match has elements which stem back to June when Nikki’s sister Brie “quit” WWE in order to protect her husband Daniel Bryan’s WWE World Heavyweight Championship reign, which came to an end anyway. That in turn led to Nikki Bella being victimised by Stephanie McMahon, Brie getting reinstated and wrestling Stephanie, though losing when Nikki turned heel. The pair then fought at Hell in a Cell with Nikki winning and making Brie her personal assistant for 30 days, leading to Brie turning heel to gift her sister the Divas Championship at Survivor Series when Nikki pinned AJ Lee in less than a minute.

Nikki Bella AJ Lee WWEUnfortunately, the Bella feud was an utter dud and produced some of the worst storytelling and acting in a long time and was seemingly written off by Brie’s heel turn – though any sort of reasoning didn’t come until the pre-match interview at TLC, where Brie said she aligned with Nikki because “blood is thicker than water”, and saying that AJ wouldn’t come between them – though she had never tried, so I don’t see how that was any sort of point. The Bella storyline is the dirt worst, though there has been a glimmer of success in that Nikki has got reasonably better in the ring and her character has improved. However Brie has gone backwards at an amazing rate as her wrestling is sucky and her character and acting are unbelievably wooden and hokey.

The build-up to TLC for the Divas had been sparse at best. AJ made Nikki tap out in a tag team match but that was about it. As for the match itself, it was an awkward watch as the spots did not flow and a lot of the moves which you would hope have a great impact lacked any sort of gravity. You could say that their position on the show didn’t help as it followed John Cena v Seth Rollins but a match can still be good even if the fans aren’t into it. Unfortunately this did not have the fans support and didn’t do much to elicit a reaction. When you consider that the ending came when Nikki hit a Rack Attack after spraying AJ in the face with some sort of substance while the ref was sending Brie away from ringside for interference, it felt really flat.

There’s a yawning chasm between the title picture in NXT and on the main WWE roster. While NXT has minimal women, just one writer and a small segment during a weekly one hour show to push a story, it’s amazing to think that it’s outdoing the army of writers on the main roster, coupled with how there is a combined seven hours of TV to put together a number of segments to push a story. In all honesty, if I was a developmental talent wanting to have good matches which demonstrate my abilities as a wrestler and a character, I’d be wanting to stay in NXT for as long as possible before going into the main roster and collecting the extra payoffs and merchandising deals while having my enthusiasm for excelling ebbing away, one Raw at a time.

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WWE
AJ Lee WWEPrior to the NXT Takeover R Evolution show, Triple H led a conference call when he seemed to distance himself from the booking on last week’s Raw where Natalya pinned Charlotte on the latter’s Raw debut. Former TNA Knockout Santana “Brittany” Garrett was also in attendance backstage at the NXT show… AJ Lee reportedly needed treatment after being sprayed in the eyes at the end of her unsuccessful title challenge against Nikki Bella at TLC on Sunday. WWE revealed that she was tended to by trainers in what was described as a “scary incident”. The company’s website said that AJ suffered chemical conjunctivitis but they were able to flush her eyes with saline and that there shouldn’t be any long term damage to her vision… Naomi has confirmed that she will not be a part of Total Divas’ third season… Alicia Fox has revealed that she has returned to education and that she was preparing for an anthropology exam. She also teamed with Natalya on last night’s Raw to beat the Bella Twins. Natalya made Brie tap out to the Sharpshooter, but her husband Tyson Kidd spent the post match checking on Nikki on the outside, which angered Nattie.

North America
Nevaeh was injured at last Wednesday’s Rockstar Pro show. She’s confirmed that she sprained her knee and may also have torn her MCL. She was in a big leg brace last week and may need an MRI. All the best to her… Crazy Mary Dobson defeated Amazing Kong in the main event of Premiere Destination Wrestling’s show on Thursday… Joey Ryan and Candice LeRae retained the Pro Wrestling Guerilla Tag Team Championship on Friday when the defeated Frankie Kazarian & Christopher Daniels… Kc Spinelli was unsuccessful in winning the Magnificent Championship Wrestling Women’s Title on Saturday. She beat titleholder Holly Madison but it was by DQ, so Madison retained the belt… Vanessa Kraven won a 5-way elimination match on Sunday’s Smash Wrestling show, beating Xandra Bale, Veda Scott, Kimber Lee and Cherry Bomb. The Kimber Bombs Cherry Bomb Tabercilwere pinned simultaneously by Kraven to end the match following stereo chokeslams. After the show, the promotion revealed its 2014 with Cherry Bomb doing very well – she won Women’s Wrestler of the Year, her match teaming with Kimber against Courtney Rush and Xandra Bale from this year’s CanUSA Classic was voted Women’s Match of the Year… SHIMMER’s next DVD tapings will take place on the weekend of April 11 and 12. The promotion says front row tickets (which are only to be sold on a weekend deal and not for individual days) will be slightly increased, saying “the reason for which will be obvious by the time the shows take place”. It has also said it’s looking into the feasibility of a show on WrestleMania weekend, but not decision has been made. However, there will be women’s event as part of the WWNLive Experience on March 28… Kacee Carlisle’s first Valkyrie Women’s Wrestling Title defence will be against Mistress Belmont on January 23… Athena will return to SHINE for the SHINE 24 show on January 23.

Japan
Nobody won the Women’s Wrestling honour at the Tokyo Sports Awards last week. Io Shirai picked up 6 votes, while Syuri got 3 – neither got enough to win… Speaking of Syuri, she defeated Marcela by 2 falls to 1 on Thursday’s REINA show to win the CMLL World Women’s Championship. Syuri won falls Syuri Youji Kawauchi1 and 3 to end Marcela’s 1,008 day reign with the title… It was announced at Pro Wrestling WAVE’s show on Sunday that Shuu Shibutani will end her career on May 3. Debuting in September 2004, the 35 year old has won WAVE’s Tag Team Championship and Ice Ribbon’s Triangle Ribbon title. Ayako Hamada & Yuu Yamagata made their first successful defence of the WAVE Tag Team Championship in the main event of the three shows held on the day, beating Cherry & Shuu Shibutani.

Europe
Viper’s Electric Chair Drop was enough to score her the Full Tilt Wrestling Women’s Championship. She and Bete Noire were fighting over the vacant title… Chanel won the vacant Bellatrix British Championship on Saturday when she beat Aurora Flame, Violet O’Hara & Lady Lory to win the one night tournament. Elsewhere on the card, Miss Mina and Saraya Knight went to a time limit draw and Liberty defeated Sammi Baynz. The next Bellatrix show will be on February 22… Sammii Jayne v Layla Rose will take place Insane Championship Wrestling’s December 21 show in Glasgow, Scotland… Nikki Storm and Pollyanna will wrestle at the debut Empress Pro show on January 17… Former WWE Women’s and Divas Champion Melina is booked for a Southside Wrestling show in April.

Mexico
Sexy Star says that Ivelisse Velez is not a match for her in a AAA ring, calling her a “refugee” in a piece posted on the promotion’s website. She also spoke to Variety Latino in her babyface guise to promotion Lucha Underground, reiterating that wrestling saved her from suicide due to depression and pointing out how the promotion is the only one on TV in the US which has intergender wrestling.

Australia & New Zealand
KC Cassidy made Madison Eagles tap out at Saturday’s Melbourne City Wrestling show.

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Results

December 9: CMLL (Guadalajara, Mexico) – Zeuxis b Dark Angel, Amapola, Princesa Sugehit, Tiffany, Lluvia, La Vaquerita & Dalys in a cibernetico

December 10: Ice Ribbon (Saitama, Japan) – Risa Sera b Yuri Kotobuki; Rabbit Miyu b Miyako Matsumoto; Eri & Meari Naito b Maki Narumiya & Akane Fujita; Tsukasa Fujimoto & Misaki Ohata b Hamuko Hoshi & Maya Yukihi

December 11: WWE NXT (Orlando, FL) – Charlotte b Sasha Banks

December 11: Premiere Destination Wrestling (New Albany, IN) – Crazy Mary Dobson b Amazing Kong

December 12: REINA (Tokyo, Japan) – Kyoko Kimura & Alex Lee b Kellie Skater & Raideen Hagane ; Keizo Matsuda & Yako Fujigasaki b Yuji Kito & Koharu Hinata; Goya Kong & Muñeca de Plata b Haruka Kato, Erin, Koyuki Hayashi & Miyako Matsumoto; Arisa Nakajima, Kana & Lin Bairon b Tsukasa Fujimoto, Makoto & Maki Narumiya; Syuri b Marcella to win the CMLL World Women’s Championship

December 12: WWE SmackDown (Columbus, GA) – Nikki Bella b Alicia Fox

December 12: Fans United Wrestling (San Diego, CA) – Ashley Grace b Eli Everfly & Rudy in a 3-way

December 12: Pro Wrestling Guerilla (Reseda, CA) – Joey Ryan & Candice LeRae b Frankie Kazarian & Christopher Daniels

December 12: Freelance Wrestling (Chicago, IL) – Melanie Cruise b Darin Corbin

Madison Eagles KC Cassidy Cory Lockwood PhotographyDecember 13: Ice Ribbon (Saitama, Japan) – Hamuko Hoshi b Akane Fujita; Cherry & Aoi Kizuki b Maki Narumiya & Maya Yukihi; Kurumi & Yuka b Risa Sera & Koyuki Hayashi; Tsukasa Fujimoto & Tsukushi b Mio Shirai & 235

December 13: Melbourne City Wrestling (Thornbury, Australia) – KC Cassidy b Madison Eagles

December 13: Bellatrix 11 (Norwich, England) – Violet O’Hara b Nixon Newell; Chanel b Aurora Flame; Erin Angel b Bacardi; Lady Lory b Addy Starr; Saraya Knight v Miss Mina went to a time limit draw; Chanel b Violet O’Hara; Lady Lory b Erin Angel; Elsie Paige, Holly Burrage & Lillie Fae b Shax, Karama & Leah Elise; Liberty b Sammi Baynz; Chanel b Lady Lory to win the British Championship

December 13: World Association of Wrestling (Norwich, England) – Saraya Knight b Lady Lory

December 13: DOA Wrestling (March, England) – Nina Sparkles b Emma-Jade

December 13: Full Tilt Wrestling (Newcastle, England) – Viper b Bete Noire to win the FTW Women’s Championship

December 13: Magnificent Championship Wrestling (Brantford, ON, Canada) – Kc Spinelli b Holly Madison via DQ

December 13: Elite Canadian Championship Wrestling (Port Coquitlam, BC, Canada) – Cat Power & Jaida b Nicole Matthews & Violet

December 14: Pro Wrestling WAVE (Tokyo, Japan) – Masked Tsukka & Yapperman #3 b KAGUYA; Shu Shibutani b Kagetsu; Gabai-jichan b Madoka; Tuskushi v Kyusei Sakura Hirotawent to a time limit draw; Mio Shirai, Misaki Ohata & Tsukasa Fujimoto b Aja Kong, Kurumi & Ladybeard; Cherry & Meari Naito b Yua Hayashi & Hiroe Nagahama; Sawako Shimono, Rina Yamashita, Raideen Hagane, Risa Sera & Manami Kanda b Mika Iida, Kaho Kobayashi, Tsukushi, Eri & Rabbit Miyu; Sawako Shimono & Mari Apache besiegen Mio Shirai & Misaki Ohata; Tsukasa Fujimoto b Mika Iida; Yumi Ohka b Hiroe Nagahama; Kyoko Kimura b Rina Yamashita; Fairy Nipponbashi b Moeka Haruhi; Kana b Kaho Kobayashi; Kyusei Sakura Hirota b Hikaru Shida; Ayako Hamada & Yuu Yamagata b Shu Shibutani & Cherry

December 14: Stardom (Aomori, Japan) – Kris Wolf b Mystique; Kellie Skater b Makoto & Miyako Matsumoto in a 3-way; Lin Bairon & Kinya Oyanagi b Koharu Hinata & Yoshihiro Takayama; Act Yasukawa & Syuri b Reo Hazuki & Takumi Iroha, Io Shirai, Yoshiko & Mayu Iwatani b Nanae Takahashi, Kairi Hojo & Koguma

December 14: Pro Wrestling Kingdom/Shropshire Wrestling Alliance (Dawley, England) – Bubblegum b Lana Austin; Chris Brookes & Nixon Newell b Damian Dunne & Chris Ridgeway

Veda Scott Cherry Bomb Kimber Lee TabercilDecember 14: Smash Wrestling (Mississigaua, ON, Canada) – Vanessa Kraven b Kimber Lee, Veda Scott, Xandra Bale & Cherry Bomb in a 5-way

December 14: WWE TLC (Cleveland, OH) – Nikki Bella b AJ Lee

December 14: Anarchy Championship Wrestling (Austin, TX) – Jojo Bravo, Ricky Romida & Jessica James b Dillon Divine, Donny Brookes & Johnny Dbol; Angel Blue, Dick Money & Wade Olsen b Darin Childs, Jason Silver & Killah Kash

December 14: CMLL (Mexico City, Mexico) – Dark Angel, Lluvia & Marcela b Amapola, Dalys & La Seductora

December 15: WWE Raw (Detroit, MI) – Natalya & Alicia Fox b Nikki & Brie Bella

Upcoming

December 21: Tidal Championship Wrestling (Leeds, England) – Lana Austin & Ruby Summers v Nixon Newell & Violet O’Hara

December 21: Insane Championship Wrestling (Glasgow, Scotland) – Sammii Jayne v Layla Rose

December 26: Absolute Intense Wrestling (Cleveland, OH) – Tessa Blanchard, Jennifer Blake & Heidi Lovelace v Veda Scott, Alexia Nicole & Jasmin

Cherry Bomb Mickie JamesDecember 27: Squared Circle Wrestling (Elmira, NY) – Cherry Bomb v Mickie James

December 28: Ice Ribbon Ribbonmania (Tokyo, Japan) – Tsukasa Fujimoto v Arisa Nakajima

December 28: JWP Climax 2014 (Tokyo, Japan) – Arisa Nakajima v Tsukasa Fujimoto

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

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

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

January 11: Fierce Females (Glasgow, Scotland)

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

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

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

January 23: SHINE 24 (Ybor City, FL)

January 23: Valkyrie Women’s Wrestling (Woodbury Heights, NJ) – Kacee Carlisle v Mistress Belmont; La Rosa Negra v Aja Perera

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

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

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

February 22: Bellatrix 12 (Norwich, England)

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

SHIMMER datesApril 4: NCW Femmes Fatales (Montreal, QC, Canada) – Courtney Rush v Saraya Knight; Portia Perez v Xandra Bale

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

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TLC: Nikki Bella beats AJ to retain the Divas Championship

AJ Lee Nikki Bella WWEAJ Lee attempts to become a 4-time WWE Divas Champion as she faces titleholder Nikki Bella as part of the TLC pay-per-view.

The Background

Nikki won the Divas Championship at Survivor Series when Brie – who was her personal assistant for a 30-day period at the time after losing a match between the two sisters at Hell in a Cell – kissed AJ, allowing Nikki to score the quick title victory and mark a pretty inexplicable heel turn for Brie.

• Since then, there has been no explanation as to why Brie turned heel, with us just having to accept that they’re reunited again. Meanwhile, little has been done to hype the rematch except for AJ tapping out Nikki with the Black Widow on the December 1 Raw as part of a tag team match.

• Before this contest, the Bellas were part of a backstage interview where they wrote off their three-month feud by saying that “blood is thicker than water”. Okay then.

The Match

• Nikki avoided the lockup and scooted to the outside for some final warm-ups and was sent out again by a headscissors by AJ. The challenger went outside to go after her opponent, fighting off Brie at the same time – though was punished with a spine buster by Nikki, who then took the advantage.

• Bella went after AJ’s back by wrapping her around the ringpost before stretching her with a surfboard and a rear chinlock, with AJ trying to fight back with a guillotine choke – though both women ended up being grounded with a double clothesline. When both women regained their feet it was AJ who took over with a Thesz press, corner avalanche and a neck breaker for a two count, before connecting with a tornado DDT for another near fall.

• Another corner charge saw AJ come unstuck and Nikki hit her with an elbow then hit a springboard roundhouse kick, though AJ almost scored the win with a wheelbarrow bulldog before hitting the Shining Wizard. However, Brie intervened to put her sister’s foot on the ropes to stop the pinfall. However, while the ref was ejecting Brie, Nikki sprayed something in AJ’s eyes before hitting her big forearm and nailing the Rack Attack for the victory.

Thoughts

Nikki Bella AJ Lee WWE• The crowd did not care a jot for this match, and to be honest, they were right for doing so. With no real developments between the parties involved since Survivor Series and the Bella feud being botched is so many ridiculous ways, there was no reason to be enthused about the match.

• Before discussing the action, I must point out Brie’s work on the outside. it was piggin’ awful. Her mannerisms, verbiage and actions were wooden, forced and pretty cringeworthy. I don’t think any other wrestler has devolved as much as Brie has in 2014.

• As for the contest itself, it felt awkward and mushy in a lot of places. The opening headscissors was soft, the wheelbarrow bulldog was awkward and it just felt disjointed all the way though. It seems like AJ and Nikki don’t have any real chemistry together. A nothing match which didn’t matter and was just there.

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Bellatrix 11 live results – A new British Champion will be crowned

Bellatrix outlineThere 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
First Round

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.

Non tournament
5. Saraya Knight v Miss Mina went to a 15 minute time limit draw.

British Title Tournament
Semi Finals

6. Chanel defeated Violet O’Hara with a Widow’s Peak.
7. Lady Lory beat Erin Angel with a tights-assisted Oklahoma Roll.

Non tournament
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
Final

10. Chanel made Lady Lory tap out to an armbar to win the British Championship.

Thoughts:

1 Violet O'Hara Nixon Newell Bellatrix 11• 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.

13 Lady Lory Addy Starr Bellatrix 11• 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.

25 Liberty Sammi Baynz Bellatrix 11• 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.

28 Chanel Lady Lory Bellatrix 11• 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.

Charlotte and Sasha Banks tear the house down at NXT Takeover: R Evolution

Charlotte WWESeen the NXT Women’s Championship match between Charlotte and Sasha Banks on last night’s Takeover: R Evolution show? You really should – it’s the best TV match put on by any Diva or Knockout in 2014 and shows what the women can do when you let them loose with more than 12 minutes to play with and create a contest with a great story. Part of the success of the match was down to the athleticism displayed by both women – the ending of which saw Charlotte get the win with the Natural Selection from the top rope – but a lot of it came down to the story which was played out for the fans at Full Sail University in Orlando, FL.

There’s a difference between a back and forth match where each wrestler takes turns to be on the offensive and there being a real struggle with holds and counter-holds – essentially the human game of chess that pro wrestling exemplifies when done at a high level. This was that human game of chess. Starting with a lot of aggression from both women, this was different to Charlotte’s other high profile contests against Natalya in May and Bayley in October, she and Banks fought hard with the challenger trying to get into her opponent’s head by customising the titleholder’s t-shirt to wind her up as well as doing the strut made famous by Charlotte’s father Ric Flair and utilising the champ’s figure-four headlock. They even got in a crafty nod to Monday’s divisive match between Natalya and Charlotte by having Sasha reverse the figure four leglock into a cradle for a two-count.

The titleholder’s victory helps to solidify her versatility. While her last two big matches on Takeover shows have been as a heel, this was as a babyface, and it was great to see her work the sympathetic character who had to fight back against a woman who had the edge on her on a number of occasions. Her ability to generate a reaction and also emote to the crowd also made her very easy to get behind. It’s amazing to see her develop into such a well-rounded package so quickly.

While a lot of love is directed towards Charlotte – and with good reason, as she’s an absolute prodigy – there should also be a lot of kudos for Sasha, who finally got an opportunity to show Charlotte Sasha Banks WWEoff what she can do. Her character is the strongest of and woman in WWE and she has the in-ring ability to back it up. Hopefully we will see more of her in the weeks and months to come and this wasn’t just a temporary push to showcase Charlotte. Considering how NXT seems to create great stars, this seems unlikely.

Again: if you can see this match, do so. It’s a great match with a top story and makes both women look amazing. In the meantime, check out this post-match video with Charlotte talking to Renee Young.

– Photos by WWE

Plenty of fallout over Natalya v Charlotte from Monday’s Raw

Charlotte Natalya WWEThere’s been a huge reaction over the booking for the match between Natalya and Charlotte from last Monday’s Raw. As it was described in this week’s Wrestling Observer, “You could seriously have a monkey with a lobotomy in charge of creative and he’d make a smarter call than this.”

If you didn’t see the show or see our report in Tuesday’s Roundup, Natalya got the victory over the NXT Women’s Champion in less than three minutes when she reversed a figure-four attempt into a cradle for the pin. The contest was Charlotte’s debut on Raw and was meant to be an advertisement for the titleholder’s defence against Sasha Banks on tonight’s live NXT: R Evolution show. Quite how Charlotte getting pinned in a short contest against the woman who she beat to win the title in the first place helps to build her profile is anyone’s guess, and it wasn’t like it didn’t have people within WWE arguing against the decision at the time that it was made.

Observer author Dave Meltzer says he received a lot of feedback from people within the company “all totally mystified how this actually happened”. The contest started as Natalya v Charlotte but was then changed to a tag team contest where Charlotte was to have got the winning pin but was turned back to the original matchup with Natalya winning – and even she thought that everyone would be better served with Charlotte getting the victory, and should receive a lot of credit for being unselfish and thinking of others before herself. Triple H also admitted afterwards that he would not have gone with a Nattie win, but the decision was made from above – as in, Vince McMahon.

This topic was brought up by Mike Johnson from PWInsider during the conference call to hype tonight’s NXT show, where Triple H put the decision down to time constraints – the match length was cut to make way for more Slammy awards – as well trying to downplay her being beaten in her debut in a match which should have gone longer or should have seen her win:

Charlotte HHH“Yeah, you know, one of the difficult things about live programming is – it’s live – and times are crunched; times are tweaked. Having been in a million different things going on that night, I can’t speak to the exact amount of time that they were given, or had but the show is in flux; it’s live. I am sure, I, just having seen what happened that night, I know they were given more time than that, but by the time they get there, things go over, things get crunched. We have a lot of responsibility to make within that show, commercials and it’s not just, we can’t just throw things on the air. They are what they are.

Would we have preferred to have given them more time? Hell, I would have liked to have given them the time I gave them at the NXT special and be able to showcase what they do.

As far as the decision of who went over, Nattie or Charlotte or anything like that – those decisions are heavily debated and made. It is what it is.

At the end of the day, for me, it’s about promotion. When you look at what they have done in NXT and everyplace else, the amount of the people that see them there compared to the amount of people who will see them on Monday Night Raw with the whole world watching is, is – the difference is mind boggling, and just for them to be exposed in that vein is massive.

It isn’t to get Charlotte…you know, a lot of people say, ‘Oh, it was her debut and all those things.’ Well, it was, in some ways. But, it’s not like she’s going to be on there again next week and by the time she’s is back on Raw and ready to be competing on Raw on a regular basis and performing on Raw, you’re going to see a different Charlotte and see it presented in a different way. It was really just exposure.

As far as what the outcome was, that can be debated. You know, I put out a picture of her and I last night because she was so emotional afterwards and came back and it was just such a positive for everybody involved. For Nattie. For her. They were just so excited for getting the opportunity and getting to do it the way that they did and you know, you can go back and pick apart bits and pieces of it, but when you overall look at it in the bigger plan, six months from now, a year from now, two years from now, whenever it is, no one is going to go, ‘Well, they killed her on her debut.’ The bigger picture is involved.”

Charlotte WWEAs well as distancing himself from the booking on Monday, Triple H seems to be trying to be diplomatic with the way things went as publicly going against his father-in-law probably wouldn’t be too prudent. It’s funny how Charlotte’s debut is almost dismissed as being nothing too monumental and will be forgotten about as it does not reflect well on the impact the TV show has. If it is the case that nobody remembers the match, let’s hope that the booking is more favourable towards her the next time she appears on the main roster.

Incidentally, we’ll be back tomorrow with reaction to her NXT Women’s Title defence against Banks. You can watch it on the WWE Network.

– Photos by WWE (1,3), Triple H (2)

Melina booked for UK promotion next April

MelinaIt’s been a long time since we’ve heard anything from former WWE Women’s and Divas Champion Melina, but today we learned that she is to make her first independent appearance in the UK.

The 35-year old – who was released from WWE in August 2011 after a number of alleged controversies – will appear for Southside Wrestling Entertainment at the promotion’s Raw Deal 4 show in Stevenage, England on April 12 next year. At the moment it is unclear if she is wrestling or not but considering the expense it must be to bring her to the UK, you would imagine that she will be booked against a British talent which could be beneficial for both sides. Perhaps she will wrestle the reigning Queen of Southside – a title which will see an inaugural champion crowned in a 4-way match in February.

Southside has a strong reputation when it comes to booking female wrestlers. In the past, it has signed Amazing Kong, Candice LeRae, Kimber Lee, Emi Sakura, SoCal Val and more. However, this must be the promotion’s highest-profile female import to date.

Melina has not wrestled many matches since her release more than three years ago. Her first booking was meant to be against Serena Deeb at Women Superstars Uncensored‘s Breaking Barriers 2 show but Deeb was forced to pull out due to a concussion, so she wrestled and defeated Lexxus on the show instead. She has also worked for Family Wrestling Entertainment and Lucha Libre USA as well as working in the Philippines and Puerto Rico, but records show that she hasn’t really laced up the boots since July 2012, which means she will have been out of the ring for close to three years by the time this show rolls around.

Having said that, Melina was a big part of the Divas division during her six years with WWE. Winning the Women’s Title three times and capturing the Divas Championship on two separate occasions, she was the figurehead of the female roster for some time. Her absence from the ring in that time should also help to create extra anticipation, as her rare appearances will make this one extra special. You can book tickets by clicking here.

Ringbelles Roundup (9 December 2014) – Bye Brittany, welcome back Santana Garrett, Charlotte appears on Raw & more

Santana GarrettA lot of things happened at last Friday’s SHINE 23 event – as angles go, probably too many as it was overkill by the time the main event rolled around – but integrated into all the post-match beatdowns and screwy finishes was the return of one Santana Garrett, who entered the ring from through the audience in Ybor City, FL and confronted her former tag team partner Amber O’Neal, who had turned heel a few months ago. Saying that Amber was better than this, she tried to talk some sense into her former friend, but Amber was having none of it – renaming herself Amber Gallows and making sure we all knew her allegiance was with the Bullet Club.

The pair fought in the semi-main of the show with Santana getting the pinfall before Gallows attacked a member of the ring crew to regain the heat she could have maintained had she been booked to win. However, aside from the fact that her re-emergence and return match in SHINE after a year away was not advertised and consequently generated zero dollars for the promotion, the big question was how she could work the show despite being a member of the TNA roster, and they’re not keen on talent working iPPVs…

As it turns out, the former Brittany is no longer under contract to the promotion. After 9 months where she went from superfan of Madison Rayne to having a same-sex crush with all the subtlety of a cordless drill to the head to being a jilted heel to coming onto former stalker Samuel Shaw and then becoming his main squeeze, a lot was packed into the 26-year old’s 12 months with the promotion – and as a consequence, none of it stuck. She was thrown from one angle to another without any time to let things settle and was doomed from early on. It’s mostly because of the rushed Trish Stratus-Mickie James facsimile without the chance to let fans get used to who Brittany really was. Consequently her heel turn after just four months in the promotion didn’t really resonate and she was beaten all of the time so her momentum was killed Brittany Madison Rayne Santana Garrettas both a heel and babyface by the time summer was over. Consider this – Brittany wrestled just 12 matches for TNA during her time there, and won none of them. Not one. She even lost at Knockouts Knockdown 2 to Mia Yim, so the visitor beat the resident member of the roster, which is never a good sign.

After such a disappointing run where she was grossly miscast as a sleazy heel and hindered from being given the dreaded losing streak, it’s no real surprise that she decided to cut her losses and leave the company while it’s in its lull period as part of the transition between Spike and Destination America. She showed up at SHINE on Friday and also got in touch with the Cauliflower Alley Club – which awarded her the Future Legend moniker earlier this year – to inform them that she is ready to accept bookings for 2015 and is supplementing her income with modelling.

Tellingly, Garrett posted a message on her Facebook yesterday saying “Life is too short to be unhappy”, though Ed Laredo – who was in attendance at SHINE on Friday and wrote a report for the Wrestling Observer website – “I talked to Santana after the show and she said she might not be done with TNA; just waiting for everything to settle down with the move to Destination America and there is still a chance she may be brought back – but until then she is very happy to be back with SHINE”.

If it is the end for Brittany, it’s hard to argue that her run was anything but a disappointment. I would imagine that she has been able to glean some experience of things around working for TV – including things like time cues, camera awareness and so on – which she can use in the future. Hopefully her time in TNA doesn’t harm her marketability as far as possibly working for WWE is concerned either – she received a tryout in September last year in a match against current NXT Women’s Champion Charlotte where she fell to the Natural Selection. As an Orlando native, she is in the perfect position to get noticed and here’s hoping that her role in the opposition does not work against her. As a babyface, she is very likeable and easy to get behind and she can also work heel – albeit being more suited to being a cheeky and prissy villain rather than being dark and dastardly. I hope that she gets another – and more satisfying – bite of the cherry in the future.

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WWE
Charlotte defeated Mia Yim in less than a minute on last week’s NXT as a foil for a segment involving Charlotte, her next Women’s Title challenger Sasha Banks and their respective associates Bayley and Becky Lynch. It ended with Becky distracting Charlotte enough for Sasha to nail a lungblower and end the segment standing over her rival with the title belt held aloft… NXT Diva Devin Taylor will be a contestant on the next season of ABC’s The Bachelor under her real name of Brittany Fetkin. It kicks off next month… Carmella worked babyface at an NXT house show on Thursday, teaming with Bayley in a losing effort against Sasha and Becky, then the result was reversed on Saturday… AJ Lee accompanied her husband CM Punk to UFC 181 on Charlotte Natalya WWESaturday… Charlotte made her first appearance on the main roster on Sunday’s house show in Charlotte, NC. She, Emma & Alicia Fox defeated Paige and Brie & Nikki Bella when Charlotte rolled up Brie for the win. Paige blamed the twins afterwards and the Bellas argued… Charlotte also made her first TV appearance on last night’s Raw where she lost to Natalya in what was meant to be an advert for her match this week at R Evolution. Why the bookers thought a defeat would be the right choice baffles me, but she looked great in defeat. Elsewhere on Raw, AJ – who won the Slammy award for Diva of the Year – defeated Summer Rae and also promised to win the Divas Title back from Nikki Bella at TLC on Sunday… A new commercial aired for season 3 of Total Divas – Summer Rae and Naomi were not featured in it… Summer Rae and Alicia Fox will visit member of the US Armed Forces abroad as part of the annual Tribute to the Troops show.

TNA
Kay Lee Ray lost out in the final of British Boot Camp 2. She and Rampage Brown were beaten to the contract by Mark Andrews. KLR lost her test match against Gail Kim and in a weird way to end the show, Dixie Carter pointed out their shortcomings before picking a winner.

North America
Reby Sky announced on Friday that she and husband Matt Hardy are expecting their first child… Samantha Starr won the Vicious Outcast Wrestling Women’s Championship on Friday by beating Madisynn. On the same show, Mandy Leon became the number one contender by beating Jessie Heidi Lovelace Dave MuscarellaKaye… Nikki Valentine held onto the Lucky Pro Wrestling Women’s Championship on Friday. She defeated Vanity… Heidi Lovelace became the first female winner of the Young Lions Cup when she beat Missile Assault Ant on Chikara’s show on Saturday… Kate Carney upset Jaida on Saturday’s Elite Canadian Championship Wrestling card in Vancouver to make it to the final of the ECCW Women’s Championship tournament. She and Cat Power will face off to crown a new titleholder on January 3… Kc Spinelli beat Alexia Nicole on Saturday’s Pure Wrestling Association show to retain her PWA Elite Women’s Championship. Her next defence will be on January 24 against Courtney Rush on PWA’s first all-women show… Vivian Vachon will be inducted into the Pro Wrestling Hall of Fame next May… There’s a tribute to female wrestling coming on May 23 next year in Wilmington, NC. Called Lasting Legacy: A Tribute To Women In Wrestling, its headliner will be Trish Stratus… Veda Scott turned heel on RD Evans on Sunday’s Ring of Honor iPPV… Barbi Hayden defends the Lone Star Women’s title against Tessa Blanchard on Lone Star Wrestling’s January 17 show in Cypress, TX… Candice LeRae will make her first defence of the Family Wrestling Entertainment Women’s Championship on February 7 against Veda Scott – who is part of this documentary about intergender wrestling. Give it a watch.

Japan
Contrary to most joshi retirements, Tomoka Nakagawa won her final two matches that she would wrestle in Japan. She and Kellie Skater defeated Hikaru Shida & Kaho Kobayashi in the opening match of Thursday’s OZ Academy event, while she joined up with Jungle Jack 21 stablemates AKINO & Aja Kong to beat Dynamite Kansai, Mayumi Ozaki & Kyoko Kimura in the main event. Nakagawa will wrestle her final dates in the US next spring as part of the SHIMMER tapings… Io Shirai is a double champion in Stardom again. The High Speed Champion teamed with Mayu Iwatani & Takumi Iroha on Sunday to beat Artist of Stardom titleholders Kaori Yoneyama, Tsubasa Kuragaki & Hatsuhinode Kamen… Command Bolshoi & Kyoko Kimura retained the JWP and Daily Sports Tag Team Championships on Sunday. They defeated Arisa Nakajima & Hanako Nakamori in the main event of the JWP show… Neko Nitta became Ice Ribbon’s Triangle Ribbon Champion for a record-setting sixth time on Sunday by beating defending titleholder Cho-un Shiryu & fellow challenger Konaka.

Europe
Ruby Summers faces Chardonnay at Empress Pro’s debut show next month… German Wrestling Federation Women’s Champion Blue Nikita held onto her title on Saturday by beating Brenda Lady Jaguar LLFStar… Bellatrix 11 takes place on Saturday with an 8-woman tournament to crown a new British Champion, while World titleholder Liberty faces RQW European Women’s Champion Sammi Baynz in a non-title match.

Mexico
Lady Jaguar was unmasked after losing the main event of Friday’s Lucha Libre Femenil show. She was beaten by Alicia, who had put her hair on the line. She revealed that her name was Veronica Quintanilla, a 7-year pro from Monterrey. Elsewhere on the card, NWA World Women’s Champion Barbi Hayden went to a draw with LLF Champion Princesa Maya.

Australia & New Zealand
Harley Wonderland deliberately got herself counted out in her Riot City Wrestling Women’s Championship defence against Demi Bennett last Saturday.

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Results

November 29: Premier British Wrestling (Dumbarton, Scotland) – Liam Thomson & Carmel b Kenny Williams & Lucy Cole

December 2: CMLL (Mexico City, Mexico) – Goya Kong, Marcela & Skadi b Dalys, La Seductora & Zeuxis

December 3: Pro Wrestling WAVE (Tokyo, Japan) – Moeka Haruhi b Hiroe Nagahama; Mio Shirai & Rina Yamashita b Hikaru Shida & Kaho Kobayashi; Ayako Hamada & Yuu Yamagata b Sawako Shimono b Mari Apache; Tomoka Nakagawa & Yumi Ohka b SAKI & MIZUKI; Kaho Kobayashi won a battle royal

December 3: Lucha Underground (Los Angeles, CA) – Sexy Star & Fenix b Chavo Guerrero & Pentagon Jr.

December 3: Rockstar Pro Wrestling (Dayton, OH) – Dave Crist b Jerrod Harris & Samantha Heights in a 3-way

December 4: OZ Academy (Tokyo, Japan) – Tomoka Nakagawa & Kellie Skater b Hikaru Shida & Kaho Kobayashi; Makoto Oishi b Mitsuhisa Sunabe; Manami Toyota & Hamuko Hoshi b Kyusei Sakura Hirota & Moeka Haruhi; Tsubasa Kuragaki, Kaori Yoneyama, Syuri & Kagetsu b Yumi Ohka, Mio Shirai, Miyako Matsumoto & Police; Tomoka Nakagawa, AKINO & Aja Kong b Dynamite Kansai, Mayumi Ozaki & Kyoko Kimura

December 4: WWE Superstars (Tulsa, OK) – Paige b Emma

December 4: WWE NXT (Orlando, FL) – Charlotte b Mia Yim

December 4: WWE NXT house show (Orlando, FL) – Becky Lynch & Sasha Banks b Bayley & Carmella

December 5: JWP (Tokyo, Japan) – KAZUKI b Rabbit Miyu; Kayoko Harumya b Yako Fujigasaki; Leon b Erin; Arisa Nakajima & Hanako Nakamori b Command Bolshoi & Raideen Hagane

December 5: House of Pain Evolution (Mansfield, England) – Toni Storm b Chardonnay

December 5: Fight Club Pro (Wolverhampton, England) – Chris Brookes b Dan Moloney, Eddie Dennis & Nixon Newell in a 4-way

December 5: WWE Smackdown (Oklahoma City, OK) – Naomi b Brie Bella

December 5: Lucky Pro Wrestling (Clinton, MA) – Brandon Webb, Buddy The Litle Evil Elf & Mistress Belmont b Lover Jake, Mike Paiva & Christian Casanova; Nikki Valentine b Vanity Vixen

December 5: Vicious Outcast Wrestling (Connellsville, PA) – Samantha Starr defeats Madisynn to win the VOW Vixens Championship; Mandy Leon b Jessie Kaye

December 5: SHINE 23 (Ybor City, FL) – Ivelisse Velez b Amanda Rodriguez; Amber O’Neal v Luscious Latasha went to a no-contest; Allysin Kay b Crazy Mary Dobson; Marti Belle & Jayme Jameson b Heidi Lovelace & Solo Darling; Vanessa Kraven b Leva Bates; Thunderkitty b Leah Von Dutch; Taylor Made b La Rosa Negra; Malia Hosaka & Brandi Wine b Kimber Lee & Cherry Bomb; Santana Garrett b Amber Gallows; Nevaeh b Mia Yim via DQ

December 5: St Louis Anarchy (Alton, IL) – Angelus Layne b Candice LeRae

December 5: Atlanta Wrestling Entertainment (Temple, GA) – Devyn Nicole b Jordynne Grace

December 5: Squared Circle Wrestling (Binghamton, NY) – Jessicka Havok b Veda Scott

December 5: Lucha Libre Femenil (Monterrey, Mexico) – Polly Star b Flor de Loto, Baby Puma & Guerrera Negra in a 4-way; Barbi Hayden v Princesa Maya went to a draw; Alicia b Lady Jaguar

December 6: Sendai Girls (Sendai, Japan) – Alex Lee b Kaho Kobayashi; Eiger b Kyusei Sakura Hirota; Sawako Shimono b Tomoko Miyagi; DASH Chisako & KAORU b Kellie Skater & Tsubasa Kuragaki; Meiko Satomura b Kagetsu

December 6: Ice Ribbon (Saitama, Japan) – Maki Narumiya b Yuri Kotobuki; Tsukasa Fujimoto & 235 b Hamuko Hoshi & Akane Fujita; Risa Sera b Maya Yukihi; Kurumi & Yuka b Aoi Kizuki & Tsukushi

December 6: Riot City Wrestling (Adelaide, Australia) – Demi Bennett b Harley Wonderland via count out

December 6: New European Championship Wrestling (Hessdorf, Germany) – Jessy Jade b Maria

December 6: German Wrestling Federation (Berlin, Germany) – Blue Nikita b Brenda Star

Kc Spinelli Alexia Nicole TabercilDecember 6: Fight Club Pro (Wolverhampton, England) – Chris Brookes b Nixon Newell

December 6: British Championship Wrestling (Kilmarnock, Scotland) – Kay Lee Ray b Kasey Owens

December 6: Pure Wrestling Association (Kitchener, ON, Canada) – Kc Spinelli b Alexia Nicole

December 6: East Coast Wrestling Association (Woodbury Heights, NJ) – Candy Cartwright b Gabby Gilbert

December 6: Elite Canadian Championship Wrestling (Vancouver, BC, Canada) – Nicole Matthews b Alex Plexis; Kate Carney b Jaida

December 6: WWE house show (Fairfax, VA) – Naomi & Natalya b Cameron & Summer Rae

December 6: WWE NXT house show (Citrus Springs, FL) – Bayley & Carmella b Becky Lynch & Sasha Banks

December 6: CHIKARA (Philadelphia, PA) – Heidi Lovelace b Missile Assault Ant

December 6: DREAMWAVE (LaSalle, IL) – Alex Castle & Markus Crane b Candice LeRae & Joey Ryan

December 7: Stardom (Tokyo, Japan) – Reo Hazuki b Kris Wolf & Momo Watanabe; Yoshiko b Mystique; Kairi Hojo & Koguma b Act Yasukawa & Kellie Skater; Nanae Takahashi b Miho Wakizawa; Io Shirai, Mayu Iwatani & Takumi Iroha b Kaori Yoneyama, Tsubasa Kuragaki & Hatsuhinode Kamen to win the Artist of Stardom Championship

December 7: Pro Wrestling WAVE (Miyagi, Japan) – Shu Shibutani b Hiroe Nagahama; Mika Idda & Kyusei Sakura Hirota b Kaho Kobayashi & Rina Yamashita; Cherry & Kana b Fairy Nipponbashi & Kyusei Ninja Ranmaru; Sawako Shimono b Moeka Haruhi; Hikaru Shida, Yumi Oka & Misaki Ohata b Ayako Hamada, Yuu Yamagata & Mari Apache

December 7: JWP (Tokyo, Japan) – KAZUKI & Eri b Yako Fujigasaki & Yua Hayashi; Eiger b Rabbit Miyu; Leon b Raideen Hagane; Kayoko Haruyama b Aki Shizuku; Command Bolshoi & Kyoko Kimura b Arisa Nakajima & Hanako Nakamori

December 7: Ice Ribbon (Gifu, Japan) – Koyuki Hayashi b Kyuri; Aoi Kizuki & Miyako Matsumoto b Meari Naito & Akane Fujita; Shinya Ishida & Yasushi Sato b Koji Iwamoto & Ryo Sato; Tsukushi b Yuka; Hamuko Hoshi, Kurumi & Manami Kanda b Mio Shirai, Aoi Ishibashi & Maya Yukihi; Maki Narumiya & Risa Sera b Tsukasa Fujimoto & 235; Neko Nitta b Cho-un Shiryu & Konaka to win the Triangle Ribbon Championship

December 7: Ray Produce (Osaka, Japan) – Takoyakida & Ultimate Spider Jr. b Koharu Hinata & Makoto; HAYATA, Ray & YO-HEY b Apple Miyuki, Kanjyouro Matsuyama & Tadasuke; Syuri b Kagetsu; Dump Matsumoto, Quiet Storm & Zeus b Ray, The Bodyguard & TORU

Nikki Storm Kay Lee Ray Lana Austin Viper Tony KnoxDecember 7: PAID Promotions (Morecambe, England) – Kay Lee Ray b Nikki Storm, Viper & Lana Austin in a 4-way

December 7: WWE house show (Charlotte, NC) – Charlotte, Emma & Alicia Fox b Paige and Brie & Nikki Bella

December 7: Black Diamond Wrestling (Weirton, WV) – Sera Feeny b Madysinn

December 7: Destiny Wrestling (Mississauga, ON, Canada) – Cherry Bomb b Leah Von Dutch

December 7: AAA (Guadalajara, Mexico) – Sexy Star & Taya Valkyrie b Faby Apache & Ivelisse Velez

December 7: CMLL (Mexico City, Mexico) – Dark Angel, Marcela & Princesa Sugehit b Amapola, La Comandante & Tiffany via DQ

December 8: WWE Raw (Greenville, SC) – Natalya b Charlotte; AJ Lee b Summer Rae

Upcoming

December 11: WWE NXT (Orlando, FL) – Charlotte v Sasha Banks

December 12: REINA (Tokyo, Japan) – Marcela v Syuri

December 13: Melbourne City Wrestling (Thornbury, Australia) – Madison Eagles v KC Cassidy

December 14: Pro Wrestling Kingdom/Shropshire Wrestling Alliance (Dawley, England) – Lana Austin v Bubblegum

December 14: Smash Wrestling (Mississigaua, ON, Canada) – Vanessa Kraven v Kimber Lee v Veda Scott v Xandra Bale v Cherry Bomb

Tessa Blanchard Jennifer Blake Heidi Lovelace Veda Scott Alexia Nicole JasminDecember 14: WWE TLC (Cleveland, OH) – Nikki Bella v AJ Lee

December 21: Tidal Championship Wrestling (Leeds, England) – Lana Austin & Ruby Summers v Nixon Newell & Violet O’Hara

December 26: Absolute Intense Wrestling (Cleveland, OH) – Tessa Blanchard, Jennifer Blake & Heidi Lovelace v Veda Scott, Alexia Nicole & Jasmin

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

December 28: Ice Ribbon Ribbonmania (Tokyo, Japan) – Tsukasa Fujimoto v Arisa Nakajima

December 28: JWP Climax 2014 (Tokyo, Japan) – Arisa Nakajima v Tsukasa Fujimoto

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

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

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

January 11: Fierce Females (Glasgow, Scotland)

Rhia O'Reilly Addy Starr Bete Noire ViperJanuary 17: Empress Pro (High Wycombe, England) – Bete Noire & Viper v Addy Starr & Rhia O’Reilly; Ruby Summers v Chardonnay

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

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

January 23: SHINE 24 (Ybor City, FL)

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

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

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

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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