In Video: Ivelisse Velez’s AAA debut

Ivelisse Velez Sexy Star Taya ValkyrieIt’s a rare venture into the world of lucha libre, thought its profile has seen an upswing since the debut of Lucha Underground on US TV. A combination of alternative production and some entertaining matches has made it a desirable show to watch, and it is already seeing some crossover of talent among the luchadoras to AAA in Mexico – namely Ivelisse Velez.

The former SHINE Champion has had the opportunity to showcase her verbiage as well as her wrestling skills during her time on Lucha Underground, playing the nasty heel alongside Son of Havoc and has got under the skin of the promotion’s premier babyface Sexy Star. That rivalry has continued into AAA but has seen a flip-flopping of their demeanours as Sexy was already a heel in Mexico, meaning that Ivelisse is working face.

The video we have for you here is Velez’s debut in the promotion from November 28 where she teamed with Faby Apache against Sexy and AAA Reina de Reinas Taya Valkyrie in tag team action. The video shows the build-up – which would be more useful for you if you can speak Spanish – as well as the post-match antics. Have a look.

Ringbelles Roundup (2 December 2014) – Rhia O’Reilly hits career high, Tomoka Nakagawa to say goodbye, and more

Rhia O'ReillyRhia O’Reilly has been plugging away for a while now and it seems that 2014 has been the year where it has started to come to fruition. With a nomadic aspect, the 29-year old has never really rooted herself in any promotion but has made appearances in numerous outfits. While she has been the focal point of PROGRESS Wrestling’s women’s division – enjoying a win streak until it was put to an end at the hands of Pollyanna Peppers – it has always been Pro Wrestling: EVE with whom O’Reilly has had the greatest ties. She made her official debut on the promotion’s first show in May 2010 and has worked on every show, including after the promotion’s integration with XWA Wrestling a few months ago. It therefore seems fitting while she has enjoyed a reign with th Bellatrix British Championship that her first top championship is the EVE belt.

Wearing a bright green dress and sporting a little top hat, Rhia was every inch the Irish leprechaun when she started out. Cutting her teeth in EVE, World Association of Wrestling and Extreme World Wrestling, she found herself across the Atlantic less than a year after her debut. Taking her gear to Berwyn, IL, O’Reilly found herself working two pre-show matches ahead of the SHIMMER tapings in March 2011, losing to Brittany Force in singles competition and teaming with Jett Riley to defeat Force and December the following day.

While it could have been seen as a bit premature, it got her noticed and saw her amongst many of her peers in order to accrue more knowledge and develop. She found herself graduating to the main roster 12 months later and got her first win on the DVD tapings by beating Taylor Made – Rhia O'Reillythough it wasn’t necessarily her success rate which caused such a spark with herself and the fans. Instead, it was her simple catchphrase which got her over, with “Oh really? O’Reilly!” becoming so popular that it was being yelled even when she wasn’t wrestling – or wasn’t even on that particular series of tapings. That helped to propel her to being aligned with Saraya Knight and then to form a trio with Mayumi Ozaki on the most recent shows and see her enjoy a victory over the trio of Heidi Lovelace, Solo Darling and Leva Bates, a tag team win over Bates and Veda Scott as well as a singles success against Xandra Bale.

Back in the UK, O’Reilly spent a lot of 2014 harnessing a great rivalry – and then a partnership – with Addy Starr, with the pair wrestling in numerous promotions like LCW Roses and PROGRESS before seeing it move to XWA Wrestling in October. The XWA win led to her being granted another shot at the Pro Wrestling: EVE Title after beating champion Nikki Storm in May last year via DQ – though this time, the contest was made No Disqualification and would guarantee a winner. In the end, a Rhiadjustment DDT onto the belt was enough for O’Reilly to capture the title – though she suffered a fairly serious knee injury in the match which has forced her to cancel bookings for the rest of 2014.

Despite the agony of the ailment, O’Reilly must be wholly satisfied with her year which has seen her go from being a safe hand in the ring to being someone who is receiving genuine focus and investment by promotions, which should help to catapult her to the next level in 2015. Coupled with being in the best shape of her career, sound wrestling skills and a catchphrase which is so beautifully simple and memorable, it looks like Rhia should ascend to new heights next year.

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Tomoka NakagawaTomoka Nakagawa wrestled her final OZ Academy match on Sunday, losing loss to Aja Kong in the main event in Nagoya, Japan. Her final match will be on Thursday, with the 33-year old teaming one more time with her Global Green Gangsters partner Kellie Skater against Hikaru Shida & Kaho Kobayashi.

Since announcing her retirement in June, Nakagawa has been tremendously busy – as is customary with joshis who make their intentions known to quit the wrestling business. With more than 60 matches under her belt since the middle of the year, Tomoka’s busiest months have been the last two, with more than 30 contests in just that 8 week period. Demonstrating her versatility as a tag team wrestler, she has also racked up a few more title wins, claiming the Pro Wrestling WAVE Tag Team Championship for a second and third time as well as claiming the OZ Academy doubles straps with Hiroyo Matsumoto. Meanwhile, Nakagawa is still one half of the SHIMMER Tag Team Champions, which provides a question mark as to what is going to happen with those titles.

With her success in both Japan and the US, Tomoka can be very proud of her accomplishments – as well as ushering in the trend of bringing in young joshis to expand their profiles in America and work with international talents. As one of the original quartet of wrestlers from S-Ovation, she was everyone’s favourite dirty little cheater before turning into a beloved babyface alongside Skater as part of 3G. Nakagawa will be missed.

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Also on the website in the last week, two video posts – one was a relatively obscure SHIMMER Tag Team Title match with Ashley Lane and Nevaeh working heel against challengers Mary Elizabeth Monroe and Hailey Hatred, as well as Ice Ribbon’s recent Yokohama Ribbon event headlined by Tsukasa Fujimoto against Aoi Kizuki.

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WWE
Layla and Summer Rae shoved a pumpkin pie in Natalya’s face on last Tuesday’s episode of Main Event in more childish garbage that you wouldn’t expect to see the men do. Natalya beat Layla in a singles match on the show… Charlotte will defend the NXT Women’s Championship against Sasha Banks on December 11’s Takeover: R Evolution show… Nikki Bella’s promo following her win Nikki Bella WWEover Emma on last Friday’s SmackDown was slashed by a third, partly because under different circumstances, it could be seen as garnering support. The full promo was: “I’m not going to say trashy, classless things like Ms. Lee did because unlike Ms. Lee, I actually care about the kids that sit in this audience. It’s time that everyone heard the real truth about AJ Lee. Yes, we heard over and over and over again your sob story. Yes, we have heard over and over about how hard you worked. But you wanna know what? I have worked harder. The biggest difference between you and me is that I don’t have to go tell everyone so they like me. And most important, that is what makes me fearless. You wanna know why you don’t have any friends? It’s because you’re so threatened by anyone who doesn’t like you. AJ, I want you to take a good hard look at what a woman is, a real woman, a classy woman! I want you to take a look at what a real Divas champion looks like. AJ, I want you to know that forever, through these fearless eyes, you will always be that pathetic manipulating little girl from New Jersey”… Last night’s Raw did nothing to help explain why Brie turned heel and joined sister Nikki. This storyline still sucks. The twins lost to AJ Lee and Naomi – the latter of whom was chosen to be AJ’s partner as part of a fan vote – when Nikki tapped out to the Black Widow. Noelle Foley also appeared in a segment with father Mick on the show… If you’re keeping track, Alicia Fox worked on the heel team for a six-woman tag match in Springfield, MO on Sunday. The inconsistency behind her character is staggering.

TNA
Kay Lee Ray advanced to the final three of British Boot Camp on Sunday. She, Grado, Mark Andrews and Al Snow lost to Angelina Love, Rampage Brown, Dave Mastiff & Noam Dar.

North America
Rosie Lottalove/Betsy Ruth returned to wrestling on Friday under the name of Andrea. She was beaten by La Rosa Negra on a NWA Signature Pro Wrestling show… Mickie James has wrestled her first match since giving birth in September. She defeated Tessa Blanchard on the Queens of Chaos 3 show. Also on the card, LuFisto and Jessicka Havok wrestled to a double count out – with both angling for a return match – and Mia Yim & Leva Bates beat Joey Ryan and Candice LeRae in the main event… Lei’D Tapa wrestled her first match in five months last Saturday when she beat Amazing Kong at WrestleCade… The Kimber Bombs exploded on Saturday’s Beyond Wrestling show when Cherry Bomb teamed with husband Pepper Parks to beat Kimber Lee and Drew Gulak. The women hugged afterwards. Reunited the following day, the Kimber Bombs made it to the semi-finals of Beyond Wrestling’s Tournament for Tomorrow 3 by beating Darius Carter & TJ Marconi, but were eliminated by Eric Corvis & Myke Quest… Mia Yim’s first defence of the SHINE Championship takes place on Friday when she defends the belt against Nevaeh, who has a pinfall win over the new titleholder. In some weird booking, Ivelisse Velez has tumbled down the card and she’s wrestling Amanda Rodriguez, while Amber O’Neal and Crazy Mary Dobson – who were last seen on SHINE with O’Neal turning heel on Dobson – are wrestling Luscious Latasha and Allysin Mio Shirai StardomKay respectively… Heidi Lovelace attempts to become the first female to win CHIKARA’s Young Lions Cup on Saturday when she faces Missile Assault Ant in the tournament final.

Japan
Mio Shirai showed up at a Stardom press conference last week to challenge sister Io to a match for Mio’s self-produced show coming next year. Io – who has had little contact with her sister in the three years since she left the Triple Tails stable – said that she can’t accept as she is under contract to Stardom but if the promotion books her for the match then she will do it… ICEx∞ Tsukasa Fujimoto and JWP Openweight Champion Arisa Nakajima will put their titles on their line against each other in separate matches on December 28. Fujimoto will put her belt up at RibbonMania at Korukuen Hall in Tokyo in the afternoon, and Nakajima’s defence will be later that night at the same venue for Climax 2014… Kaori Yoneyama celebrated 15 years since her debut on Saturday when she teamed with Madoka to beat Tsubasa Kuragaki & PSYCHO.

Europe
Chris Walker called out Pollyanna on Saturday’s Pro Wrestling Chaos show – she came out to confront him but was attacked. Wild Boar made the save… Rhia O’Reilly, she and Addy Starr will face Bete Noire and Viper in the main event of Empress Pro’s debut show on January 17… Danielle Hunter retained her FutureShock Wrestling Women’s Championship on Sunday, beating Australia’s Toni Storm… Southside Wrestling is to introduce a women’s title on February 28. Called the Queen of Southside, it will be contested in a 4-way – so far, Saraya Knight is the only announced participant.

Mexico
Dark Angel Sarah StockDark Angel won her eighth CMLL bodybuilding championship on Wednesday… Chavo Guerrero wrestled Sexy Star on last Wednesday’s Lucha Underground show. He got the win via DQ when Sexy hit him with a low blow after the referee seized a chair from her… Ivelisse Velez made her AAA debut on Friday when she was introduced as a technica. She and Faby Apache defeated Sexy Star and Taya Valkyrie. Velez pinned Sexy with an exploder suplex… Estrellita will be out of action for close to a month after suffering a spinal injury in the trios match on Friday’s CMLL show. She was dropped on her head by Dalys with a piledriver and will need to be in a neck collar for two weeks… Marcela will defend the CMLL World Women’s Championship against Syuri in Tokyo, Japan on December 12.

Australia & New Zealand
Kellyanne English beat Savannah Summers on Saturday to win the Warzone Wrestling Women’s Championship… Demi Bennett’s rematch against new Riot City Wrestling Women’s Champion Harley Wonderland will take place this Saturday… Madison Eagles returns to Melbourne City Wrestling on December 13 for the first time in more than three years. She faces KC Cassidy.

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Results

November 25: WWE Main Event (Fort Wayne, IN) – Cameron b Naomi; Natalya b Layla

November 25: CMLL (Guadalajara, Mexico) – La Comandante, La Seductora & Zeuxis b Lluvia, Marcela & Skadi

November 26: Pro Wrestling WAVE (Tokyo, Japan) – Shimono Sawako, Mari Apache & Kyusei Hirota Sakura b Tomoka Nakagawa, Kana & Kaho Kobayashi; Mio Shirai, Misaki Ohata & Tsukasa Fujimoto b Shimono Sawako, Mari Apache & Kyusei Hirota Sakura; Mio Shirai, Misaki Ohata & Tsukasa Fujimoto b Ayako Hamada, Yuu Yamagata & Hiroe Nagahama; Yumi Ohka, Mika Iida & Hikaru Shida b Moeka Haruhi, Fairy Nipponbashi & Rina Yamashita; Mio Shirai, Misaki Ohata & Tsukasa Fujimoto b Shu Shibuya, Cherry & Meari Naito

November 26: Lucha Underground (Los Angeles, CA) – Chavo Guerrero b Sexy Star via DQ

November 27: Rockstar Pro Wrestling (Dayton, OH) – Lufisto & Ganger b Samantha Heights & Kyle Maverick; Lufisto, Ganger, Jake Crist, Dave Crist, & Nevaeh) b Kyle Maverick, Draven, Great American Beast, Samantha Heights & Mikael

Carmella Leva Bates WWENovember 27: WWE NXT (Orlando, FL) – Carmella b Leva Bates

November 28: Diana (Kawasaki, Japan) – Megumi Yabushita b Koharu Hinata; Keiko Aono & Mask De Sun b Raideen Hagane & Meiko Tanaka; Jaguar Yokota & Sareee b Kaoru Ito & Kaho Kobayashi; Yumiko Hotta & KAORU b Kyoko Inoue & Tomoko Watanabe

November 28: Shropshire Wrestling Alliance (Dawley, England) – Chris Brookes & Nixon Newell b Ryan Smile & Pete Dunne

November 28: Signature Pro Wrestling (Tampa, FL) – La Rosa Negra b Andrea

November 28: WWE SmackDown (Fort Wayne, IN) – Nikki Bella b Emma

November 28: Elite Canadian Championship Wrestling (Richmond, BC, Canada) – Scotty Mac & Nicole Matthews b MR2 & Jaida

November 28: Absolute Intense Wrestling (Cleveland, OH) – Davey Vega b Alex Daniels, Joshua Singh, Veda Scott, Louis Lyndon & Flip Kendrick in a 6-way

November 28: CMLL (Mexico City, Mexico) – Dalys, La Comandante & Tiffany b Estrellita, Goya Kong & Princesa Sugehit

November 28: AAA (Mexico City, Mexico) – Faby Apache & Ivelisse Velez b Sexy Star & Taya Valkyrie

November 29: YMZ (Tokyo, Japan) – Kaji Tomato b Byi; Mio Shirai b Hatsuhinode Kamen; Hiro Tonai & Sayaka Obihiro b Tank Nagai & Yuma; Kaori Yoneyama & Madoka b Tsubasa Kuragaki & PSYCHO

November 29: Ice Ribbon (Saitama, Japan) – Aoi Kizuki b Akane Fujita; Yuka b Kyuri; Tsukasa Fujimoto & 235 v Hamuko Hoshi & Kurumi went to a time limit draw; Maki Narumiya & Mio Shirai b Miyako Matsumoto & Tsukushi

November 29: Warzone Wrestling (Berwick, Australia) – Kellyanne English b Savannah Summers to win the Warzone Women’s Championship

November 29: Scottish Wrestling Entertainment (Dundee, Scotland) – Layla Rose b Kasey Owens

November 29: Showcase Wrestling (Dumfries, Scotland) – Sara b Viper

November 29: XWA Wrestling (Colchester, England) – Kay Lee Ray b Addy Starr; Rhia O’Reilly b Nikki Storm to win the Pro Wrestling: EVE Championship

November 29: Beyond Wrestling (Providence, RI) – Drew Gulak & Kimber Lee b Pepper Parks & Cherry Bomb

November 29: I Believe In Wrestling (Orlando, FL) – Santana Garrett b Miguel Baez

November 29: WrestleCade (Winston Salem, NC) – Lei’D Tapa b Amazing Kong

November 30: OZ Academy (Nagoya, Japan) – Moeka Haruhi v Koari Yoneyama went to a time limit draw; Manami Toyota b Kagetsu; Tsubasa Kuragaki & Hikaru Shida b Yumi Ohka & Mio Shirai; Dynamite Kansai & AKINO b Mayumi Ozaki & Kyusei Sakura Hirota; Aja Kong b Tomoka Nakagawa

November 30: Futureshock Wrestling (Stockport, England) – Danielle Hunter b Toni Storm

Vanessa Kraven Heidi Lovelace TabercilNovember 30: Beyond Wrestling (Providence, RI) – Kimber Lee & Cherry Bomb b Darius Carter & TJ Marconi; Eric Corvis & Myke Quest b Kimber Lee & Cherry Bomb

November 30: Smash Wrestling (Scarborough, ON, Canada) – Vanessa Kraven b Heidi Lovelace

November 30: Premiere Wrestling Xperience (Winston Salem, BC) – Harlem Bravado & Lance Bravado b Candice LaRae & Joey Ryan

November 30: WWE house show (Springfield, MO) – Natalya, Naomi & Emma b Alicia Fox, Summer Rae & Cameron

November 30: Queens of Combat (Winston-Salem, NC) – Miss Diss Lexia b Savannah Evans; Amanda Rodriguez b Crazy Mary Dobson; Sojo Bolt & Dani Jax b Jessie Kaye & Roni Nicole; Neveah b Angelina Love; Mickie James b Tessa Blanchard; Jessicka Havok v LuFisto went to a double count out; Leva Bates & Mia Yim b Candice LeRae & Joey Ryan

November 30: AAA (Tuxtla Gutiérrez, Mexico) – Australian Suicide & Ivelisse Vélez b Dark Cuervo & Sexy Star via DQ

December 1: WWE Raw (Tulsa, OK) – AJ Lee & Naomi b Nikki & Brie Bella

Upcoming

December 5: SHINE 23 (Ybor City, FL) – Mia Yim v Nevaeh; Malia Hosaka & Brandi Wine v Kimber Lee & Cherry Bomb; Heidi Lovelace & Solo Darling v Marti Belle & Jayme Jameson; Taylor Made v La Rosa Negra; Thunderkitty v Leah Von Dutch; Allysin Kay v Crazy Mary Dobson; Leva Bates v Vanessa Kraven; Ivelisse Velez v Amanda Rodriguez; Amber O’Neal v Luscious Latasha

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

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

December 6: Riot City Wrestling (Adelaide, Australia) – Harley Wonderland v Demi Bennett

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

December 7: PAID Promotions (Morecambe, England) – Nikki Storm v Viper v Lana Austin v Kay Lee Ray

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

Vanessa Kraven Kimber Lee Veda Scott Xandra Bale Cherry BombDecember 12: REINA (Tokyo, Japan) – Marcela v Syuri

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

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

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

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

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

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

January 4: Inspire Pro Wrestling (Austin, TX) – 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

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

January 23: SHINE 24 (Ybor City, FL)

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

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Ringbelles Roundup (19 August 2014) – Bayley’s Hug Life, Courtney Rush’s biggest win, news & more

Bayley WWEBayley officially became the number one contender for the NXT Women’s Championship on last Thursday’s programme when she defeated Sasha Banks by reversing the Just Facelock into a pin, playing on the last match involving the pair where Bayley was forced to tap out to that move. Charlotte came out at the end to raise Bayley’s hand, but the challenger doesn’t trust her because of their history, as Charlotte attacked Bayley to join the Beautiful Fierce Females last November, ending their friendship in the process.

Essentially, the high profile contest between the NXT Women’s titleholder and happy-go-lucky doe-eyed fangirl has been on the cards since then, and they will face each other at the Takeover 2 live show in three weeks. They have been wrestling each other on recent NXT house shows in preparation, which is probably necessary to make sure that Charlotte capitalises on the high praise she received for her match against Natalya back in May. Things are a little different this time as while Bayley has six years of experience, it’s still less than Natalya and could mean for a more awkward affair if everyone isn’t on the same page. Considering how many times they are wrestling on house shows – four times in the last month – and how much work they are presumably putting in at the Performance Center, things should be fine.

The match itself is a curious one. Bayley has really taken off among the fans who visit NXT’s TV tapings. With wacky waving inflatable arm flailing tube men, bright colours and happy music, she is infectiously fun and taps into the same sort of awe and excitement that fans get around wrestlers from time to time. She has been known to offer hugs to wrestlers – so much so that fans chant “Bayley’s gonna hug you” during her matches and her finish known as the Belly-to-Bayley is more amusingly titled the Hugplex… which it is, when you think about it.

AJ Lee was described as being outside what was considered the template for what a WWE Diva should be. Paige’s early gimmick was to be outside the mould by calling herself the Anti-Diva. However, they are still more Diva-esque than Bayley – and like AJ and Paige, it doesn’t matter to the fans at Full Sail University, who have wholly embraced her kooky, naïve nature – though that naivety has been slightly eroded by Charlotte’s betrayal and her feud with the BFFs, which Charlotte Bayley WWEyou could argue she “won” considering the stable split up. It’s almost as if they’re fed up of what they’re being told what a woman should be and are happy for the diversity which is slowly emerging – and if the chips fall a certain way, she could be NXT’s third Women’s Champion.

The possibility of this happening may be higher than you may think as there is talk of fast-tracking Charlotte to the main roster sooner rather than later. Should that happen, she would have to drop the title, as Paige vacated the belt when she graduated up so having both champions vacating the title doesn’t help with the title’s momentum. Besides, having Bayley as champion will be a great feel-good moment and will set the table for defences against Sasha Banks, who is probably next in line to get the championship.

Not bad for a woman who before signing for WWE was an entertaining wrestler, but was lacking a real character. Now she’s brimming with it, and is a prime example of what the company’s Performance Center can do.

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Courtney Rush Karen BroadwayCourtney Rush’s quest to become NCW Femmes Fatales International Champion has been more than a year in the making, and was not killed off due to her suffering a broken collarbone at a very inopportune time.

Rush’ run towards the title came about because of Kalamity taking a sudden absence from wrestling, and saw her slotted into the number one contenders’ match at Femmes Fatales XII last June, though the match ended in an inconclusive fashion when both women were disqualified. The pair were meant to clash again at the following show but Courtney suffered the aforementioned broken bone, removing her from the contest. Rush was to be replaced by Xandra Bale, but the Suicide Blonde broke her fibula, ruling her out and seeing Melissa eventually put into the main event tag team match, meaning that the original rematch could still take place at Femmes Fatales XIV under Iron Woman Match rules.

That contest also ended without a clear winner as the 30 minute time limit expired with each wrestler boasting one decision over the other, so both were inserted into a 4-way match for the championship at Saturday’s Femmes Fatales XV, which also incorporated LuFisto and titleholder Mercedes Martinez.

Rush ended up winning the title by making the champion tap out to the Sharpshooter, proving the 30-year old with her highest-profile title win to date, and also means that she has challengers ready-made. For example, there is still the threat of Cheerleader Melissa who was eliminated at the same time as LuFisto due to a double pin, which means that Rush is yet to secure a decisive victory over her rival. A win over her would solidify her title reign and really catapult her into a true main event status.

The title change also ushers a new era for the promotion, as Martinez had held the belt for 504 days – though not a record, as Kalamity’s run with the title checked out at 539 – so it freshens up the possibilities for title matches and feuds. It is also the first time that the title has been held by a wrestler who is neither a Quebec native or a a well-established veteran. Rush’s reign gives her an opportunity to elevate herself from perennial challenger to bona-fide championship material, and could see that perception carried over into other promotions – and it’s something that Femmes Fatales can boast about down the line.

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Elsewhere on the site, we’ve got a review of the Alternative Wrestling Show’s 4th Women’s Tournament which took place back in May, and we also have a big apuestas match from CMLL with hair and masks on the line.

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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? Would you want to discuss your feelings on any particular subject about women’s wrestling as part of The Soap Box? Send us an email!

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WWE
Paige WWEPaige repeated her actions from last week’s Raw on SmackDown when she came out during AJ Lee’s match against Eva Marie, causing AJ to jump out of the ring and attacking her rival, causing her to be counted out… At SummerSlam, Paige pinned AJ with the RamPaige to win the Divas Championship on her 22nd birthday. Meanwhile, Stephanie McMahon defeated Brie Bella after Brie’s twin sister Nikki turned on her… Both storylines continued on Raw when Stephanie stood by the side of Nikki, who said that she turned because Brie was always treated more favourably, and never mentioned how she was the one who took the brunt of the abuse when Brie quit in June. Brie came out to confront her sister and was slapped, causing her to leave the ring in tears. Nikki’s promo was overacted, but was nowhere near as bad as Brie trying to look upset – and why WWE is going with a soap opera backstory instead of dealing in the reality which we’ve seen is such a head scratcher. Elsewhere, AJ did the distraction job during Paige’s match with Natalya, causing her to be pinned by the Queen of Harts. AJ came in claiming that she wanted to give Paige a hug but the new champion scooted up the aisleway… Emma took a nasty spill to the floor during her match with Alicia Fox on SuperStars last week. It was from the move where Fox holds her victim in a pavement slam position and them dumps them through the second rope to the outside. Emma came up clutching her shoulder – which required surgery a few years ago because of repeated dislocations – but finished the match without a problem, beating Alicia with the Emma Lock… Former WWE developmental Diva Anna Bogomazova (AKA Anya) is considering taking legal action against the company for releasing her while recovering from surgery for a broken arm… The Bella Twins were asked by the LA Sports Times who they would like to induct them into the WWE Hall of Fame if they ever received the honour. Brie chose Natalya, while Nikki went for her other half, John Cena. Summer Rae chose Stephanie McMahon… Speaking of Stephanie, she has two t-shirts out – one of which you saw on Raw last night which trolls Daniel Bryan’s Yes shirt – but she has said that the profits will go towards a charity she and husband Triple H set up in the memory of Connor Michalek, who died from brain cancer at the age of 8… Sasha Banks did an interview WWE.com saying that she’s glad to be rid of her former BFF teammates Charlotte and Summer Rae.

TNA
Gail Kim defeated Taryn Terrell, Velvet Sky and Angelina Love to retain the Knockouts Championship on last week’s Impact Wrestling. The continued growing dissension within the Beautiful People was furthered during the match. That reunion has been a huge flop… Former WWE employee Matt Sydal (Evan Bourne) talked about Terrell’s early days of training during a Kayfabe Commentaries interview, mentioning that she had so little knowledge about wrestling that she went for a cover once when her opponent was lying on their stomach… The female applicants who made it to the match stage of British Boot Camp received good praise from judges Al Snow, Gail Kim and Samoa Joe on Saturday.

North America
East Coast Wrestling Association is to hold a tournament on October 11 to determine a new Women’s Champion after Renee Michelle and Jessie Kaye went to a double pin earlier this month, causing the title to be held up. They will both be in the tournament along with Jenny Rose, Heidi LovelaceAnnie Social, Tessa Blanchard and Chasity Taylor… Heidi Lovelace became the first woman to win an AAW singles championship on Friday night when she defeated Matt Cage to win the promotion’s Heritage Title… SHINE has released the rest of the card for Friday’s SHINE 21 iPPV, which is being described as Havok’s Last Stand, as Jessicka Havok will face Allysin Kay one last time with stipulations which are yet to be announced. Elsewhere, Taylor Made takes on La Rosa Negra, Thunderkitty wrestles Justine Silver, and Heidi Lovelace & Solo Darling battle Marti Belle & Jayme Jameson… The Kimber Bombs beat Vanessa Kraven and LuFisto on SMASH Wrestling’s show at the weekend and continued their attack after the bell, causing Kraven and LuFisto’s Team Canada members for September 21’s CanUSA Classic – Jewells Malone, Xandra Bale and Courtney Rush to hit the ring to make the save. It was also announced that Amazing Kong is the captain of Team USA, leading Kimber Lee, Cherry Bomb, Veda Scott and Allysin Kay… Tessa Blanchard will compete at Valkyrie Women’s Wrestling’s show on October 24… Hudson Envy will make her NCW Femmes Fatales debut on October 26 for Femmes Fatales XVI.

Japan
Melanie Cruise is travelling to Japan this week to work with Pro Wrestling WAVE. Booker GAMI says she will be there for three months, so that rules her out of the the next SHIMMER tapings… Ice Ribbon held its eighth Teens event in Tokyo on Thursday. Rabbit Miu (18) & Tsukushi (16) defeated Risa Sera (22) & Takumi Iroha (21) in the main event… Speaking of Rabbit Miu, she won the JWP Jr and POP Championships for a second time on Sunday, defeating Sareee. Elsewhere, Sachie Abe retired from wrestling after 18 years of competition following a series of matches, ending with KAZUKI defeating her… Carlos Amano has retired due to a brain stem injury. She’s had to stop immediately, so she has already wrestled her final match. The 38-year old’s last contest was on May 11’s OZ Academy show – she and Manami Toyota lost to Dynamite Kansai & Kaori Yoneyama. The 19-year veteran’s first title was back in 2000 when she and Command Bolshoi snared the JWP Tag Team Championship, and she has won two OZ Academy Openweight titles between 2008 and 2010… The cards for Stardom’s 2014 5*STAR Grand Prix have been announced, with shows throughout September. You can see the listings here.

Europe
Fierce Females has announced another show, which will take place on October 26. It’s a charity show with the proceeds going to Cancer Research UK… Kimber Lee will face Kay Lee Ray at Southside Wrestling on October 11 as part of the Combat Zone Wrestling collaboration taking place that weekend. Kay Lee Ray will defend the Southside Wrestling Speed King Championship against five opponents on October 12 in what will be Europe’s first ever Aerial Assault match… Speaking out Southside, they welcome Candice LeRae and Joey Ryan on September 19 in Sheffield in what will be their first UK appearances… Allysin Kay has been announced for Bellatrix X, which will take place on September 28. No opponent has been revealed yet… Kerry Cabrero & Bacardi won a mixed tag team tournament held by UK Main Event Wrestling on Saturday.

Mexico
Canada’s Taya Valkyrie became the first non-Mexican to win the AAA Reina de Reinas Championship on Sunday when she defeated Faby Apache at TripleMania XXII, breaking her nose in two places in the process. She later revealed that her next goal is to get the hair of both Apache and Jennifer Blake.

Australia & New Zealand
Izzy Shaw v Savannah Summers v Harley Wonderland takes place at Riot City Wrestling on Saturday to determine the next challenger for Demi Bennett’s Women’s Championship.

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Results

August 13: Ice Ribbon (Saitama, Japan) – Kurumi & Tsukushi b Akane Fujita & Miyako Matsumoto; Tsukasa Fujimoto b Koyuki Hayashi; Maki Narumiya b Rina Yamashita; Rabbit Miu & Tsukushi b Kyuri & Risa Sera

August 13: Rockstar Pro (Dayton, OH) – Crazy Mary Dobson b Heidi Lovelace

August 14: Ice Ribbon Teens (Tokyo, Japan) – Mai Ichii v Sakura Tsubaki went to a time limit draw; Cherry, Meari Naito & Sachie Abe b 235, Akane Fujita & Yako Fujigasaki; Kaho Kobayashi & Tsukushi Risa Sera Youji KawauchiRydeen Hagane b Kyuri & Natsu Sumire; Fairy Nihonbashi, Manami Kanda & Yume Hayashi b Koharu Hinata, Koyuki Hayashi & Tsukushi; Koguma & Kurumi b Sareee & Yuuka; Rabbit Miu & Tsukushi b Risa Sera & Takumi Iroha

August 14: WWE Superstars (Portland, OR) – Emma b Alicia Fox

August 14: WWE NXT (Winter Park, FL) – Bayley b Sasha Banks

August 14: TNA Impact Wrestling (New York, NY) – Gail Kim b Taryn Terrell, Angelina Love & Velvet Sky in a 4-way

August 14: Fighting Back With Cancer (Ottawa, ON, Canada) – Angie Skye b Eve & Kira in a 3-way

August 15: WWE SmackDown (Seattle, WA) – Eva Marie b AJ lee via count-out

August 15: Real Canadian Wrestling (Edmonton, AB, Canada) – Skarlet b Melissa Coates

August 15: AAW (Berwyn, IL) – Heidi Lovelace b Matt Cage to win the AAW Heritage Championship

August 15: TNA (Indiana, PA) – Madison Rayne b Angelina Love

August 16: Ice Ribbon (Warabi, Japan) – Hamuko Hoshi v Akiba Shiori went to a time limit draw; Kurumi & Kyuri b Cherry & Akane Fujita; Risa Sera b Yuka; Tsukasa Fujimoto & Tsukushi b Maki Narumiya & Rina Yamashita

August 16: Europe Catch Tour Association (Oye-Plage, France) – Lady Lory b Emilie Sauvage

August 16: Futureshock Wrestling (Stockport, England) – Danni Hunter b April Davids & Lana Austin in a 3-way

August 16: UK Main Event Wrestling (Maidstone, England) – Bacardi & Kerry Cabrero b Sakura Lily & Furio; Faith Lehaine & Crazy Billy Duffy b Joel Lightning & Nadia Sapphire; The Phantom & Felony b Dow Jones & Marcella; Doug Williams & Jenna b Joseph Conners & Violet Vendetta; Kerry Cabrero & Bacardi b Crazy Billy Duffy & Faith Lehaine; Doug Williams & Jenna b The Phantom & Felony via DQ; Kerry Cabrero & Bacardi b Doug Williams & Jenna

August 16: NCW Femmes Fatales XV (Montreal, QC, Canada) – Kimber Lee b Missy; Kira & Mary Lee Rose b Addy Starr & Kaitlin Diemond; Vanessa Kraven b Sassy Stephie; Portia Perez b Angie Skye, Diana Hall, Mistress Belmont, Veda Scott & Xandra Bale in a Gauntlet Match; Sweet Cherrie b KC Spinelli; Courtney Rush b Cheerleader Melissa, LuFisto & Mercedes Martinez in a 4-way to win the NCW: Femmes Fatales International Championship

August 16: I Believe In Wrestling (Orlando, FL) – Brittany, Jason Cade & Sweet Thang Willie b Chasyn Rance, Josh Hess & Oso Panda

August 16: Premier Wrestling Xperience (Hickory, NC) – Tessa Blanchard b Rachel

August 16: TNA (Washington, PA) – Madison Rayne b Velvet Sky

August 16: Vendetta Pro Wrestling (Simi Valley, CA) – Raze b Sage Sin Supreme

August 16: Conflict Wrestling (Kitchener, ON, Canada) – Jewells Malone b Aiden Rayne

August 16: WWE (San Jose, CA) – Layla & Natalya b Paige & Rosa Mendes

August 16: NWA Branded Outlaw Wrestling (San Antonio, TX) – Barbi Hayden v Jessica James

August 17: JWP (Tokyo, Japan) – Raideen Hagane, Yako Fujigasaki & Yua Hayashi b Fairy Nipponbashi, Rina Yamashita & Sumire Natsu; Rabbit Miyu b Sareee to win the JWP Junior & POP Championships; Kayoko Haruyama, Leon & Hanako Nakamori b Arisa Nakajima, Meiko Satomura & Kana; Command Bolshoi & Kyoko Kimura b KAORU & Mima Shimoda; Jaguar Yokota & Megumi Yabushita b Sachie Abe & KAZUKI; Jaguar Yokota & Megumi Yabushita b Sachie Abe & KAZUKI; KAZUKI b Sachie Abe

August 17: OZ Academy (Tokyo, Japan) – Manami Toyota b Kyusei Sakura Hirota; AKINO b Kaho Kobayashi; Yumi Ohka, Mio Shirai & Kyoko Kimura b Hiroyo Matsumoto, Kagetsu & Hikaru Shida; Tomoka Nakagawa b Mayumi Ozaki; Aja Kong & Tsubasa Kuragaki b Kaori Yoneyama & Dynamite Kansai

August 17: Stardom (Sendai, Japan) – Azumi b Maaya; Kaori Yoneyama b Hatuhinode Kamen & Alpha Female in a 3-way; Miho Wakizawa b Reo Hazuki; Takumi Iroha b Kris Wolf; Io Shirai, Mayu Iwatani & Yoshiko b Kairi Hojo, Koguma & Nanae Takahashi

August 17: Insane Championship Wrestling (Edinburgh, Scotland) – Carmel Jacob & Sara b Leah & Kasey Owens

Kimber Lee LuFisto TabercilAugust 17: HXC Wrestling (Manchester, England) – Sam Bailey & Lana Austin b Mikey Whiplash & Violet Vendetta

August 17: SMASH Wrestling (Toronto, ON, Canada) – Cherry Bomb & Kimber Lee b LuFisto & Vanessa Kraven

August 17: I Believe In Wrestling (Orlando, FL) – Brittany & Chasyn Rance b Ashleigh Lynn Ford & Joey Mayberry; Cherry Lane & Mike Reed b Lizzie Parris & Gabriel Black,; Brittany & Chasyn Rance b Cherry Layne & Mike Reed

August 17: Wrestling For Charity (Redwood City, CA) – Kikyo Nakamura b Jack Flag

August 17: AAA TripleMania XXII (Mexico City, Mexico) – Aerostar, Jennifer Blake, Mascarita Sagrada & Pimpinela Escarlata b Mamba, Mini Abismo Negro, Sexy Star & Súper Fly; Taya Valkyrie b Faby Apache to win the Reina de Reinas Championship

August 17: CMLL (Guadalajara, Mexico) – Zeuxis b Lluvia

August 17: WWE SummerSlam (Los Angeles, CA) – Paige b AJ Lee to win the Divas Championship; Stephanie McMahon b Brie Bella

August 18: WWE Raw (Las Vegas, NV) – Natalya b Paige

August 18: CMLL (Puebla, Mexico) – Estrellita, Goya Kong & Lluvia b Amapola, La Seductora & Tiffany

Upcoming

August 22: Hybrid Pro Wrestling (Sunderland, England) – Kirsty Love v Freya Frenzy

August 22: SHINE 21 (Ybor City, FL) – Leah Von Dutch v Amazong Kong v Nevaeh v Su Yung; Ivelisse Velez v TBA; Malia Hosaka & Brandi Wine v Leva Bates & Mia Yim; Kimber Lee & Cherry Bomb v Jessie Belle Smothers & Sassy Stephie; Jessicka Havok v Allysin Kay; Taylor Made v La Rosa Negra; Thunderkitty v Justine Silver; Heidi Lovelace & Solo Darling v Marti Belle & Jayme Jameson

August 23: Riot City Wrestling (Wayville, Australia) – Izzy Shaw v Savannah Summers v Harley Wonderland

August 24: RESISTANCE Pro (Willowbrook, IL) – Paloma Starr v D’Arcy Dixon v Angel Dust v Lucy Mendez

August 25: Conwy County Wrestling (Llandudno, Wales) – Nadia Sapphire v Jezabeth

August 29: Shropshire Wrestling Alliance (Dawley, England) – Pete Dunne & Ryan Smile v Chris Brookes & Nixon Newell

August 29: British Championship Wrestling (Kilmarnock, Scotland) – Liam Thomson & Carmel Jacob v Grado & Kay Lee Ray

August 30: Impact Pro Wrestling (Auckland, New Zealand) – Britenay v Evie

August 30: Svensk Wrestling Syd (Malmo, Sweden) – Miss Mina v Penelope

August 31: Fierce Females (Glasgow, Scotland) – Sammii Jayne v Nixon Newell; Layla Rose v Miss Cole; Kay Lee Ray v April Davids; Nikki Storm & TBA v Carmel Jacob & Sara; Viper v Lana Austin

September 5: Pro Wrestling 4U (Newcastle-Under-Lyme, England) – Pollyanna Peppers v Nixon Newell

Sassy Stephie Pink Flash KiraSeptember 6: Tidal Wrestling (Darlington, England) – Ruby Summers v TBA

September 6: North Shore Pro Wrestling (Montreal, QC, Canada) – Sassy Stephie v Pink Flash Kira

September 7: Stardom (Tokyo, Japan) – Star Fire v Io Shirai; Nanae Takahashi v Cheerleader Melissa; Kairi Hojo v Kaori Yoneyama; Koguma v Yoshiko; Takumi Iroha v Kyoko Kimura; Mayu Iwatani v DASH Chisako

September 11: WWE NXT Takeover 2 (Winter Park, FL) – Charlotte v Bayley

September 12: Target Wrestling (Carlisle, England) – Kay Lee Ray v Kasey Owens

September 13: Stardom (Tokyo, Japan) – Takumi Iroha v Koguma; Kyoko Kimura v Mayu Iwatani; Yoshiko v DASH Chisako; Cheerleader Melissa v Kairi Hojo; Star Fire v Nanae Takahashi; Io Shirai v Kaori Yoneyama

September 13: UK Wrestling (Wakefield, England) – Heidi Katrina v Shanna

September 13: Women Superstars Uncensored (Voorhees, NJ)

September 15: Stardom (Osaka, Japan) – Kairi Hojo v Io Shirai; Cheerleader Melissa v Star Fire; Kaori Yoneyama v Nanae Takahashi; Kyoko Kimura v Yoshiko; DASH Chisako v Koguma; Mayu Iatani v Takumi Iroha

September 20: Pride Wrestling (Glasgow, Scotland) – DCT & Viper v Mr Byers & Fiona Fraser

September 21: Insane Championship Wrestling (Glasgow, Scotland) – Leah & Kasey Owens v Bete Noire & Viper

September 21: SMASH Wrestling CANUSA Classic (Toronto, ON, Canada)

September 23: Stardom (Tokyo, Japan) – Kaori Yoneyama v Cheerleader Melissa; Io Shirai v Nanae Takahashi; Star Fire v Kairi Hojo; Koguma v Mayu Iwatani; Kyoko Kimura v DASH Chisako; Yoshiko v Takumi Iroha

September 26: Lucky Pro Wrestling (Hudson, MA) – Nikki Valentine v Davienne

September 28: Bellatrix X (Norwich, England) – Sammi Baynz v Blue Nikita

Ivelisse Velez Candice LeRaeOctober 3: Family Wrestling Entertainment (Brooklyn, NY) – Ivelisse Velez & Tommy Dreamer v Candice LeRae & Joey Ryan; Hania v Veda Scott

October 4: Warzone Wrestling (Berwick, Australia) – Toni Storm v Savannah Summers

October 4: Empress Pro (High Wycombe, England) – Addy Starr v Pollyanna Peppers

October 4: Family Wrestling Entertainment (Brooklyn, NY) – Maria Kanellis v Ivelisse Velez; Candice LeRae & TBA v Veda Scott & Christina Von Eerie

October 8: Tidal Wrestling (Leeds, England) – Violet O’Hara v Kimber Lee

October 11: Southside Wrestling (Nottingham, England) – Kay Lee Ray v Kimber Lee

October 11: East Coast Wrestling Association Women’s Championship tournament (Carneys Point, NJ)

October 12: Southside Wrestling (St Neots, England) – Kimber Lee & Drew Gulak v Jim & Lee Hunter; Kay Lee Ray v El Ligero v Will Ospreay v Mark Andrews v Rich Swann v Shane Strickland

October 18-19: SHIMMER: Women Athletes (Berwyn, IL)

October 24: Valkyrie Women’s Wrestling (Brooklyn, NY) – Sumie Sakai v Kacee Carlisle

October 25: NCW Femmes Fatales XVI (Montreal, QC, Canada)

October 26: Fierce Females (Glasgow, Scotland)

November 1: Flemish Wrestling Force (Limsburg, Belgium) – Leah Von Dutch v Katey Harvey

November 16: Tidal Wrestling (Newcastle, England) – Kay Lee Ray v Shax

November 23: Fierce Females (Glasgow, Scotland)

– Lee Burton
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Taya Valkyrie wins the AAA Reina de Reinas Championship

Taya Valkyrie AAAIt wasn’t the cleanest of victories, but Taya Valkyrie made history at last night’s AAA TripleMania XII show in Mexico City, Mexico when she became the first foreigner to win the Reina de Reinas Championship from Faby Apache.

As well as receiving liberal help from Sexy Star, Valkyrie also had a hand in the form of rúdo (heel) referee Hijo del Tirantes in order to wrest the title from Apache. Despite the interference and biased officiating, the titleholder held her own for a lot of the match, and even bloodied the challenger’s nose along the way. It became a sticking point as Tirantes refused to count pitfalls for Faby to check on whether the Canadian could continue, and he even broke up submission holds to make sure Taya did not submit. Eventually, an errant dropkick by the champion wiped out the referee and saw Sexy interfere further, though she ended up being ejected from the arena by commissioner El Fantasma. In the end, the 27-year old’s victory was clean as she hit a Northern Lights Suplex and a kangaroo style double stomp to claim the championship. On commentary, her fellow Canadian lucha star Vampiro remarked “I’m very proud of her. She slept on floors, she had no money to eat, she is a true success story.”

It was later revealed that Valkyrie had suffered a broken nose in the contest, which would explain the blood.

Taya has spent more than two years wrestling in Mexico. She travelled south in April 2012 to wrestle for Perros Del Mal before debuting for AAA seven months later. She competed in a tournament to crown a Reina de Reinas titleholder in November last year and made it to the final by beating Jennifer Blake, but lost the 4-way decider which also involved LuFisto, Mary Apache and Faby, who ended up winning the belt. Apache only defended the title twice during her reign, beating Blake in July and losing to Valkyrie last night.

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Ringbelles Roundup (29 July 2014) – Stephanie McMahon is awesome, plus a discussion on blood in women’s wrestling

Stephanie McMahon Brie Bella WWEThe conclusion of last night’s Raw saw the real main event of SummerSlam take shape.

Sure, the final match on the show in Los Angeles on August 17 will be John Cena against Brock Lesnar, but last night’s episode was a show-long arc which took the next big step in the feud between Brie Bella and Stephanie McMahon and ending with a match being set between the two.

The programme began with a recap from last week where McMahon struck Bella – who was a paying customer – and her subsequent arrest. Later on, Stephanie talked to husband Triple H backstage about what it was like being in a police cell, and how their plan for the evening needed to work. The plan was revealed as the couple went to the ring in order to ask Brie to join them, though they were interrupted by Chris Jericho, who reprised his feud with Stephanie from 2000-2002 and for a brief spell in 2009 (ignoring their alliance for about a month around WrestleMania X8) and busted out some decade-old insults. It all meant that Stephanie – who barely said a word during the segment but was still the focal point because of her sorrowful remorse and then frustration at Jericho’s jokes – would have to wait to speak to Brie.

McMahon was seen knocking on the Divas’ locker room door, which was answered by Brie’s sister Nikki, who said that her twin would be in the building later on. That meant Stephanie coming out for the final segment of the programme to speak to Brie, and then tried to bargain her way out of a battery charge. She said Nikki would no longer be put into handicap matches and would also receive a raise, though that wasn’t enough for Brie, who said that she wanted her job back. McMahon argued that one Bella was enough for WWE, so Brie said that she would see Stephanie in court – in fact, she said it three times during this piece – to which the boss lady relented, saying that Brie was reinstated. As things appeared to be over, Bella said she had one more demand, which was a match at SummerSlam. Stephanie asked her if she wanted a Divas Title match or a Total Divas showcase, but Bella said she wanted a match against her, which Stephanie was reluctant to agree to, and did so seemingly in tears – but showed that she was up for her first contest since she lost to her father at No Mercy 2003 – by slapping Brie off the apron to the floor, which led to the pair having a pull-apart brawl. It was a spectacular segment, and 90% of the credit for it – as well as the entire feud in general – has to go to Stephanie, and that’s something I wouldn’t have said a year ago.

You see, be her heel or face, Stephanie McMahon was a complete pain in the neck in the past. As timid Steph entering a relationship with Test or getting kidnapped by the Undertaker, she was as wooden as you would expect a 22-year old to be. Her heel turn was helped in that she was aligned with Triple H and had storylines with the charismatic Kurt Angle and Jericho over that time. She then had a minor miracle against Trish Stratus at No Way Out 2001 and was shoehorned into the Invasion storyline as the owner of ECW, which didn’t suit her character and saw her irritating-level go astronomical into go-away heat, which culminated with her splitting with HHH (in storyline) and then being banished from the company just after WMX8.

Her absence lasted 115 days, as she returned as the babyface General Manager of SmackDown and was involved in feud with Eric Bischoff, Sable and father Vince, but also saw the babyfaces sliming up to her – including John Cena, who rapped about how good looking Stephanie was, which was pretty lame for the man who was the coolest face in the company at the time – before being made to vacate the position in the aforementioned No Mercy match.

She’s had a couple of cameos over the years – taking a Stone Cold Stunner from Steve Austin in 2005, being the General Manager for a few weeks in 2008 and again the following year, as well as being beaten up by Randy Orton in the build-up to him against HHH at WrestleMania 25, but made a Stephanie McMahon 2 WWEfull-time return to the roster about a year ago as part of the Authority, and has been stellar in being the ultimate person to hate. She started by being a thorn in the side of Daniel Bryan, which led to her raising the ire or Brie Bella while Bryan was forced out of action due to injury a couple of months ago.

Since her comeback, her character has been amazing, and she has eliminated the over-acting and screechy voice which she had during her original heyday over a decade ago, and replaced it with a cooler exterior and a real ability to be able to hold the crowd in the palm of her hands. Moreover, while Paul Heyman is notably great at creating money promos, Stephanie has been even better at getting under the skin of fans around the world and has even managed to do something that Heyman hasn’t done in recent years – elevate other wrestlers.

While Heyman has been the mouthpiece behind Brock Lesnar, he has faltered in getting over the likes of Ryback, Curtis Axel and Cesaro, while there is more interest in Brie Bella than in any other point in her 6-year career, and sister Nikki has also received some residual benefits by being victimised by Stephanie with all the handicap matches. Using nothing more than verbiage, three slaps and a quick catfight, Brie Bella v Stephanie McMahon is possibly the real money feud which will culminate at SummerSlam – and the fact that McMahon has already received a level of comeuppance from Vickie Guerrero recently hasn’t made a difference, partly because it hasn’t been acknowledged since it happened.

The support for Stephanie’s work seems to be pretty universal. There is support for her character, promos, acting, reacting and every facet which you would expect from a non-wrestler in WWE. If Ringbelles had a Non-Wrestler of the Year award, Stephanie McMahon would be receiving it, hands-down.

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Candice LeRae Joey Ryan“Attn ladies in wrestling…stop carving yourselves to shreds. Nuff said.”

Velvet Sky sent that tweet on Sunday and it caused a shedload of reactions from different people. One person accused of her of sending the non-specific message in the direction of Candice LeRae and Veda Scott, who both bled on Saturday night in their respective main event matches at Pro Wrestling Guerrilla and Absolute Intense Wrestling. LeRae bled after being struck in the face with a steel chair as she and Joey Ryan dethroned The Young Bucks to win the PWG Tag Team Championship in a Guerrilla Warfare Match, while Scott pinned Greg Iron in the cage match main event of the Battle of the Sexes show, which ended with Veda leaping from the top of the structure where a table was sat across two corners, driving herself through her former AIW Tag team Championship partner, who was lying on his own table.

It could just be a coincidence that Sky made that statement on the same weekend that these matches took place, or it may have more behind it – but the tweet itself has been somewhat polarising. While some fans and wrestlers have supported the sentiment, others have come to the support of Scott and LeRae by saying they’re free to do whatever they like. Honestly, both sides are probably right.

Blading oneself is something I would never encourage, but there are circumstances where I can see the logic behind doing it. Both of these matches are feud ending situations where the storylines have been ongoing for some time. LeRae and Ryan have been feuding with the Young Bucks for close to a year while Scott and Iron have teamed and then warred over the last 20 months. If there was ever a time in these feuds to increase the drama with blood, this was probably it. True, some would argue that you shouldn’t really need to cut yourself in front of a crowd of a couple of hundred, and it’s still questionable when you’re competing in front of tens of thousands, but at least the payoff is better in the latter instance – though the final decision to cut is down to the wrestler themselves, and if they can square it with themselves and feel it’s worth it, that’s their business and nobody else’s.

Veda Scott AIWOne tweeter argued with Velvet’s advice by insinuating that undergoing cosmetic surgery in order to secure more bookings shouldn’t be encouraged either – referring to how Sky, like many other wrestlers, have elected to go under the knife, be it to become more marketable or for reasons outside of wrestling. It may have been a cheap shot, but some may argue that there is some validity to the point – nobody can judge the reasons for what someone does to their own body, so why can’t everybody live and let live?

If you want to blade in a match or you want to have cosmetic surgery, go for it. If you can square it with yourself and you’re happy with your decision, what’s stopping you?

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We’ve had two new interviews on the website this week. We’ve got a My Name Is with Amanda Rodriguez, as well as a Women Of Wrestling Podcast with Mia Yim on a slew of topics, and she’s very open and honest with them all. We also have two matches – an intergender match involving Kimber Lee against JT Dunn, and Kc Spinelli winning the Pure Wrestling Association Elite Women’s Championship from Leah Von Dutch.

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WWE
Lana was back delivering promos on Main Event last Tuesday ahead of Rusev’s match against Jack Swagger, which ended in a DQ win for the American – though there was no mention of “recent current events” like there was at Battleground just over a week ago. It’s telling that the feud has been moved from Raw and SmackDown on cable and network TV respectively to a WWE Network-only show… Charlotte defeated Summer Rae on last week’s NXT to successfully defend her NXT Women’s Championship. The match was painfully dull and the usually enthusiastic audience chanted “boring”, even breaking out the Mexican wave… Two of the WWE Diva feuds were interwoven on SmackDown when Paige wrestled Naomi. Skipping out like Divas Champion AJ Lee – on whom she turned during last week’s Raw – Paige then cut a short promo says despite what happened, with the Briton saying that she still liked AJ, and still liked Naomi, though it was painfully obvious as to how disingenuous she was being. Just as they were about to lock up, Cameron’s music hit which distracted Naomi, allowing Paige to attack her from behind, nail the RamPaige Paige AJ Lee WWEand then get the tap out win with the PTO before skipping away. Cameron then took to the ring to beat up on her former friend. Incidentally, Naomi’s new look does little for her. The braids and taxicab look is a step back from her Funkadactyls style… Elsewhere on Raw, Paige apologised for her attack on AJ saying she was young and impetuous. The Divas Champion came out to say she was having none of it, and Paige said AJ was “crazy” if she didn’t believe her. The pair ended up fighting. Naomi also got a measure of revenge when she and Natalya defeated Cameron and Alicia Fox… The Wrestling Observer claims that Nikki Bella may turn heel on her sister Brie after their storyline with Stephanie McMahon comes to an end. The pair have also answered questions from WWE.com about the feud… Speaking of Brie Bella, she was with husband Daniel Bryan when the pair returned to their home in Phoenix, AZ on Thursday night to find two burglars escaping from their property. Bryan managed to restrain one, who was later arrested. They had only moved into the home 10 days previously… AJ Lee and Paige have started wrestling each other on the road. Hopefully, this will make for a smoother match when they next wrestle on TV… Summer Rae and Layla’s tandem is nicknamed “Slayers” – with the ‘S’ from Summer and ‘lay’ from Layla. It really is Lay-Cool mark II.

TNA
It was announced last Wednesday that Brooke has signed a new multi-year deal with the company… Gail Kim’s Knockouts Championship defence against Taryn Terrell on last week’s Impact Wrestling went to a no-contest after the Beautiful People interfered. The match was nowhere close to the quality of their Last Knockout Standing or Ladder Matches from last year before it was thrown out – possibly because this was Terrell’s first match in the 6-sided ring… Kazarian and Christopher Daniels recently did a shoot interview where they discussed the horrendous Claire Lynch storyline where AJ Styles was accused of cheating on his wife with her. They said she had no idea what she would be doing when she auditioned for the role, and they said she “wasn’t ready” for the “wacky world of pro wrestling”. Considering she worked at the Universal Resort, it could have been Leva Bates who landed that role.

North America
Jessie Belle Smothers has announced that she is to retire from wrestling, writing on Twitter that “I’ve done my best to chase my dream but sometimes Ya gotta realize you’ve done all you can”. Her final match will take place in October. The 28-year old debuted in 2010, losing to to her SNS Express tag team partner Sassy Stephie before debuting in Ohio Valley Wrestling in April the following year. She became part of the Smothers Twisted Daughters with her “sister” Izza Belle Smothers (Mickie Knuckles) and won the promotion’s singles championship on two occasions. She was also involved in a controversy with Tracy Smothers in 2012 who wanted her to stop using the surname, though things smoothed over. She is married to Ryan Howe, who was a competitor on the 2011 season of WWE’s Tough Enough and is also a member of the OVW roster… Former TNA Knockouts Champion Katarina Leigh Waters has been announced as the General Manager of California promotion Apex Pro Wrestling. Her first show will be on August 16… Marti Belle regained the New York Wrestling Connection Starlets Championship on Thursday, beating Rick Kimber LeeCataldo and defending champion Chrissy Rivera in a 3-way… Kimber Lee suffered the mother of all shiners on Thursday. When we asked her what happened, she called it a “freak accident”… D’Arcy Dixon was more heelish in her win against Angel Dust at RESISTANCE Pro’s show on Friday. Elsewhere on the card, Thunderkitty defeated Lucy Mendez… Jessicka Havok’s been selling all of her merchandise at rock-bottom prices, calling it a “close-out sale”… Hudson Envy defeated her trainer LuFisto on Friday to retain her Alternative Wrestling Show Women’s Championship… Mistress Burgandi beat Mickie Knuckles in a Taped Fists Match on IWA Mid South’s Friday show – Heidi Lovelace was the referee… Athena retained her AIW Women’s Championship by submitting Heidi Lovelace on Saturday’s matinee show… Barbi Hayden beat Mia Yim on Sunday’s Inspire Pro Wrestling show to retain the NWA World Women’s Championship. Rachel Summerlyn also made what was promoted as her final appearance in a wrestling ring. Her final match was in February last year.

Japan
Tokyo Women’s Wrestling’s biggest show will take place on Saturday when they hold a card at Shin-Kiba 1st Ring… Mayu Iwatani won the vacant Wonder of Stardom Championship on Sunday, defeating Kairi Hojo & Miho Wakizawa in a one-night, four-woman tournament… Hikaru Shida won Pro Wrestling WAVE’s 2014 Catch The Wave League on Sunday, beating Misaki Ohata in the final. Meanwhile two men hold the promotion’s Tag Team Championship, with Isami Kodaka & Yuko Miyamoto beating Ayako Hamada & Yuu Yamagata to take the straps – you can see more on those stories here.

Europe
Nadia SapphireLeah & Kasey Owens have been confirmed for TNA’s British Boot Camp 2 auditions this Thursday… Another blood injury happened on Saturday, but this one was accidental: Nadia Sapphire cut her head open on a board during her Coventry Pro Wrestling Women’s Championship defeat to Lizzy Styles. She had to be taken to hospital to get the wound glued shut.

Mexico
Taya Valkyrie pinned Faby Apache in their trios match on Sunday ahead of AAA’s TripleMania Reina de Reinas Championship match next month… Silueta has challenged Zeuxis for her CMLL-Reina International Junior Championship after beating her on Sunday.

Australia & New Zealand
Carmen Rose suffered a broken arm on Saturday’s Impact Pro Wrestling show during the tag team match alongside Britenay against Evie & Olivia Shaw. She got it from blocking one of Evie’s kicks. Rose and Britenay won, but Evie stole the Women’s Championship belt again.

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Results

July 19: Tokyo Women’s Wrestling (Tokyo, Japan) – Miyu Yamashita & KANNA b Yuka Sakazaki & Erin; Shoko Nakajima b Ai Shimizu; Nonoko b Chikage Kiba

July 21: REINA (Yokohama, Japan) – Keizo Matsuda & Kazuhiro Tamura b Yuji Kito & Yoshihiro Doguchi; Tsukushi b Alex Lee; Makoto b Kyusei Sakura Hirota; La Comandante b Kurumi; Maki Narumiya & Neko Nitta b Syuri & Kaho Kobayashi

July 22: Pro Wrestling WAVE (Tokyo, Japan) – Kana & Natsu Sumire b Hikaru Shida & Sakura Hirota; Tomoka Nakagawa b Moeka Haruhi; Ayako Hamada & Yuu Yamagata b Kaho Kobayashi & Tsukushi; Mika Iida b Sakura Hirota; Mio Shirai, Misaki Ohata & Tsukasa Fujimoto b Cherry, Kyoko Kimura & Shuu Shibutani; Yumi Ohka b Sachie Abe

July 22: All Pro Wrestling (Burlingame, CA) – Candice LaRae & Joey Ryan b Brittany Wonder & Marcus Lewis

July 23: Rockstar Pro (Dayton, OH) – Miss Diss Lexia b Duke Beefhammer

July 23: Ohio Valley Wrestling (Lousiville, KY) – Rebel b Mary Elizabeth Monroe

July 24: WWE NXT (Winter Park, FL) – Charlotte b Summer Rae

July 24: WWE (Tulsa, OK) – AJ Lee b Paige

July 24: TNA Impact Wrestling (New York City, NY) – Gail Kim v Taryn Terrell went to a no-contest

July 24: Evolution Pro Wrestling (Clarksville, IN) – Ian Rotten & Mistress Burgandi v Joseph Schwartz & Randi West went to a no contest

July 24: New York Wrestling Connection (Deer Park, NY) – Marti Belle b Chrissy Rivera & Rick Cataldo in a 3-way to win the NYWC Starlets Championship

July 25: WWE SmackDown (Orlando, FL) – Paige b Naomi

July 25: Independent Wrestling Entertainment (Dexter, ME) – Cali Capone b Mistress Belmont

July 25: Juggalo Championship Wrestling (Kaiser, MO) – Mad Man Pondo & Crazy Mary Dobson b The Butler & The Maid

July 25: RESISTANCE Pro (Willowbrook, IL) – Thunderkitty b Lucy Mendez; D’Arcy Dixon b Angel Dust

July 25: IWA Mid-South (New Albany, IN) – Mistress Burgandi b Mickie Knuckles

July 25: Alternative Wrestling Show (South Gate, CA) – Hudson Envy b LuFisto

July 25: CMLL (Mexico City, Mexico) – Amapola, Princesa Blanca & Zeuxis b Goya Kong, Marcela & Silueta via DQ

July 26: Ice Ribbon (Saitama, Japan) – Cherry b Akane Fujita; Kurumi & Manami Kanda b 235 & Kyuri; Rabbit Miu v Tsukushi went to a time limit draw; Tsukasa Fujimoto & Yuuka b Mio Shirai & Yuri Kotobuki

July 26: Impact Pro Wrestling (Auckland, New Zealand) – Britenay & Carmen Rose b Evie & Olivia Shaw

July 26: Scottish Wrestling Entertainment (Dundee, Scotland) – Viper b Nikki Storm

July 26: Scottish Wrestling Entertainment (Perth, Scotland) – Sammii Jayne b Debbie Sharpe

July 26: Coventry Pro Wrestling (Coventry, England) – Lizzy Styles b Nadia Sapphire to win the CPW Women’s Championship

July 26: Pro Wrestling Guerrilla (Reseda, CA) – Candice LeRae & Joey Ryan b Matt Jackson & Nick Jackson to win the PWG Tag Team Championship

Veda Scott AIWJuly 26: Absolute Intense Wrestling (Cleveland, OH) – Athena b Heidi Lovelace; Seleziya Sparx b Alexia Nicole; Bobby Beverly b Angel Dust; Hania b Colin Delaney; Davey Vega b Jasmin; Jenny Rose b Tyson Dux; Rickey Shane Page b Alexia Nicole; Seleziya Sparx b Eddie Kingston; BJ Whitmer b Heidi Lovelace; Athena b Louis Lyndon; Veda Scott b Gregory Iron

July 26: WWE (Edmonton, AB, Canada) – Emma & Natalya b Alicia Fox & Rosa Mendes

July 26: WWE (Oklahoma City, OK) – AJ Lee b Paige

July 26: IWA Midwest (Pekin, IL) – Mickie Knuckles b Thunderkitty

July 27: World Woman Pro Wrestling Diana (Kawasaki, Japan) – Yuiga b Koyuki Hayashi; Eiger b Keiko Aono; Sareee b Kaho Kobayashi; KAORU & Mima Shimoda b Kaoru Ito & Tomoko Watanabe; Kyoko Inoue & Manami Toyota b Yumiko Hotta & Mask De Sun

July 27: JWP (Nagoya, Japan) – 235 & Neko Nitta b Yako Fujigasaki & Yume Hayashi; Hanako Nakamori & Masashi Aoyagi b KAZUKI & Otoko Sakari; Command Bolshoi & Kayoko Haruyama b KAORU & Rydeen Hagane; Rabbit Miu defeats Leon; Arisa Nakajima b Sachie Abe

July 27: Stardom (Tokyo, Japan) – Mayu Iwatani b Kairi Hojo; Miho Wakizawa b Takumi Iroha; Nanae Takahashi b Alpha Female, Kaori Yoneyama & Hatsuhinode Kamen in a 4-way; Yoshiko & Reo Hazuki b Io Shirai & Koguma; Mayu Iwatani b Miho Wakizawa to win the Wonder of Stardom Championship

July 27: Pro Wrestling WAVE (Tokyo, Japan) – Mika Iida & Kyusei Sakura Hirota b Shu Shibutani & Cherry and Mio Shirai & Kyoko Kimura in a 3-way; Misaki Ohata b Tsukasa Fujimoto; Tomoka Nakagawa b Hiroyo Matsumoto; Isami Kodaka & Yuko Miyamoto b Ayako Hamada & Yuu Yamagata to win the WAVE Tag Team Championship; Sawako Shimono & Rina Yamashita b Moeka Haruhi & Fairy Nipponbashi; Misaki Ohata b Yumi Ohka; Hikaru Shida b Tomoka Nakagawa; Kana & Sakura Hirota b Kyusei Ninja Ranmaru & Hibiscus Mii; Kyusei Ninja Ranmaru & Hibiscus Mii b Kana & Sakura Hirota; Tomoka Nakagawa b Hiroyo Matsumoto, Tsukasa Fujimoto & Yumi Ohka in a 4-way; Kaho Kobayashi b Sumire Natsu; Hikaru Shida b Misaki Ohata

July 27: Kamikaze Pro (Birmingham, England) – Nixon Newell b Marshall X

July 27: Insane Championship Wrestling (Glasgow, Scotland) – BT Gunn & Chris Renfrew b Kay Lee Ray & Stevie Boy to win the vacant ICW Tag Team Championship

July 27: Beyond Wrestling (Providence, RI) – Kimber Lee b Silver Ant

July 27: WWE (Dallas, TX) – AJ Lee b Paige

Kaitlin Diemond Skyler Rose TabercilJuly 27: WWE (Calgary, AB, Canada) – Emma, Layla & Natalya b Alicia Fox, Eva Marie & Rosa Mendes

July 27: Crossfire Wrestling (St Catharines, ON, Canada) – Skylar Rose b Kaitlin Diemond

July 27: Inspire Pro Wrestling (Austin, TX) – Athena b Kat Green; Delilah Doom b Solo Darling; Jessica James b Miss Diss Lexia & KC Warfield in a 3-way; Leva Bates b Paige Turner; Barbi Hayden b Mia Yim

July 27: Ring Of Honor (Laurel, DE) – Veda Scott & Jenny Rose b Hania & Mandy Leon

July 27: AAA (Ecatepec, Mexico) – Mamba, Sexy Star & Taya Valkyrie b Faby Apache, Jennifer Blake & Pimpinela Escarlata

July 27: CMLL (Mexico City, Mexico) – Silueta b Zeuxis

July 28: WWE Raw (Houston, TX) – Naomi & Natalya b Cameron & Alicia Fox

Upcoming

August 1: Preston City Wrestling (Preston, England) – April Davids v TBA

August 2: Mid Atlantic Memories (Charlotte, NC) – Taryn Terrell v Amazing Kong

August 3: Mid Atlantic Memories (Charlotte, NC) – Tessa Blanchard v Chasity Taylor

August 3: Wrestling Is Fun (Easton, PA) – Heidi Lovelace & Equinox v Oleg the Usurper & Jaka

August 8: House Of Pain: Evolution (Mansfield, England) – Violet Vendetta v Nixon Newell v Ruby Summers v Felony

August 8: Pro Wrestling All-Stars of Detroit (Melvindale, MI) – Hudson Envy v Thunderkitty v Randi West

August 9: Melbourne City Wrestling (Craigieburn, Australia) – Evie v Toni Storm

August 9: Southside Wrestling (Nottingham, England) – Martin Kirby v Kay Lee Ray

August 9: SMASH Wrestling (Brantford, ON, Canada) – Courtney Rush v Allysin Kay

August 10: Pro Wrestling Kingdom (Birmingham, England) – Nixon Newell & Chris Brookes v Ryan Smile & Lana Austin

August 10: FutureShock Wrestling (Stockport, England) – Danni Hunter v Lana Austin v April Davids

August 10: Insane Championship Wrestling (Edinburgh, Scotland) – Nikki Storm v Viper

August 10: Southside Wrestling Entertainment (St Neots, England) – Robbie X v Jimmy Havoc v Zak Northern v Kay Lee Ray

August 16: NCW Femmes Fatales XV (Montreal, QC, Canada) – Mercedes Martinez v LuFisto v Cheerleader Melissa v Courtney Rush; Missy v Kimber Lee; Vanessa Kraven v Sassy Stephie; Addy Starr & Kaitlin Diemond v Mary Lee Rose & Pink Flash Kira; Sweet Cherrie v Niya Barela

August 16: Conflict Wrestling (Kitchener, ON, Canada) – Seleziya Sparx v Jewells Malone

August 17: Insane Championship Wrestling (Edinburgh, Scotland) – Leah & Kasey Owens v Carmel Jacob & Sara

August 17: SMASH Wrestling (Toronto, ON, Canada) – Cherry Bomb & Kimber Lee v LuFisto & Vanessa Kraven

August 17: AAA TripleMania XXII (Mexico City, Mexico) – Faby Apache v Taya Valkyrie

Brie Bella Stephanie McMahon SummerSlamAugust 17: WWE SummerSlam (Los Angeles, CA) – Brie Bella v Stephanie McMahon

August 22: Hybrid Pro Wrestling (Sunderland, England) – Kirsty Love v Freya Frenzy

August 25: Conwy County Wrestling (Llandudno, Wales) – Nadia Sapphire v Jezabeth

August 30: Svensk Wrestling Syd (Malmo, Sweden) – Miss Mina v Penelope

August 31: Fierce Females (Glasgow, Scotland)

September 6: Tidal Wrestling (Darlington, England) – Ruby Summers v TBA

September 12: Target Wrestling (Carlisle, England) – Kay Lee Ray v Kasey Owens

September 13: Women Superstars Uncensored (Voorhees, NJ)

September 21: Insane Championship Wrestling (Glasgow, Scotland) – Leah & Kasey Owens v Bete Noire & Viper

September 21: SMASH Wrestling CANUSA Classic (Toronto, ON, Canada)

September 28: Bellatrix X (Norwich, England) – Sammi Baynz v Blue Nikita

Shanna Hikaru ShidaOctober 3: 4 Front Wrestling (Swindon, England) – Shanna v Hikaru Shida

October 4: Warzone Wrestling (Berwick, Australia) – Toni Storm v Savannah Summers

October 8: Tidal Wrestling (Leeds, England) – Violet O’Hara v Kimber Lee

October 18-19: SHIMMER: Women Athletes (Berwyn, IL)

October 24: Valkyrie Women’s Wrestling (Brooklyn, NY) – Sumie Sakai v Kacee Carlisle

November 16: Tidal Wrestling (Newcastle, England) – Kay Lee Ray v Shax

November 23: Fierce Females (Glasgow, Scotland)

– Lee Burton
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Ringbelles Roundup (23 July 2013) – Divas Title 5th birthday, Knockouts division & more

Beth Phoenix Divas ChampionThe WWE Divas Championship turned 5 years old on Saturday, and has evolved from the secondary title on the SmackDown brand to being the top belt in the promotion. Some would argue that in that time, the prestige of the primary women’s title in the biggest wrestling promotion in the world has dropped for various reasons, but it’s what we’re being presented, and it would be worth a look to see what state the title and the division itself is in right now.

Announced on June 6, 2008 by then-GM Vickie Guerrero so the women on her roster would have their own title, with the inaugural champion being Michelle McCool, who made Natalya tap out at that year’s Great American Bash. At the time, McCool was the pet project for WWE’s future, having been in the original Diva Search in 2004 and floating around for a long while before hitting a groove as a wrestler. However, she was a pretty unexciting one – and despite defeating Maryse a number of times over the course of the next month, it was the French Canadian who wrested the title from her in December of that year, which saw McCool turn heel on friend and special ref Maria Kanellis after the contest’s conclusion.

Maryse embarked on what is still the longest Divas Championship reign in the title’s history at 216 days, but her matches were pretty poor, and could not compare to the Raw brand’s women’s roster which was seeing the likes of Melina, Mickie James and Beth Phoenix competing over the Women’s Championship. However, during Maryse’s reign, she was drafted from SmackDown to Raw and took the belt with her, while Women’s Champion Melina went in the other direction. Continue reading “Ringbelles Roundup (23 July 2013) – Divas Title 5th birthday, Knockouts division & more”

Ringbelles Roundup (9 July 2013) – Knockouts dearth, Heidi & Taeler, SHINE, Maria Kanellis, Sunny & more

Dare To BeWe praised Mickie James’ last six months in TNA, including her winning the Knockouts Title and turning heel in the process. However, you have to wonder what sort of division she is reigning over, when you consider how many – or conversely, how few – female wrestlers there are on the roster these days.

As well as James, you have Gail Kim, Miss Tessmacher, ODB, Tara, Taryn Terrell and Velvet Sky as in-ring performers – though ODB is usually a ref these days, Terrell is hardly a regular and Tessmacher & Tara has been absent for a while. That’s seven women – half of what they had in 2008 when the division was really a pioneer and vastly overshadowing what was going on in WWE at the time. When you consider that TNA only has about three women doing most of the work these days, you can see why the promotion binned its Knockouts Tag Team Titles following them being vacated by ODB and Eric Young.

The roster was thinned out last Wednesday when a four time Knockouts Champion and the first Gut Check winner were cut from the roster. Madison Rayne – who is heavily pregnant and is due to give birth next month – saw her contract expire and it wasn’t renewed. Some have complained that it was a bit tactless of TNA to do that, but Rayne herself apparently holds no grudges and has made no complaints in public. It is possible that she may return in time.

The other departure is Taeler Hendrix, who has been criminally underused by the promotion since winning the Gut Check last June. She has only appeared on two episodes of Impact – one was the Thanksgiving Day episode, which was a filler show because so few were watching, and the other was last month as she served as cannon fodder for Mickie’s slow-burn heel turn. Meanwhile, she has been working on her character during her time in Ohio Valley Wrestling, which we cover in more detail later on. Continue reading “Ringbelles Roundup (9 July 2013) – Knockouts dearth, Heidi & Taeler, SHINE, Maria Kanellis, Sunny & more”