Ringbelles Retro: Rachel and Jessica being Excellent

Rachel Summerlyn Jessica JamesOver the last year or so I have noticed a change in myself in a number of ways – one of which is the number on the bathroom scales. A weight increase of around 15 pounds has meant that I have had to fill my wardrobe with new clothes, though it has also meant that some things which I bought in the past which were a little large for me have started to fit a little better. That includes a bunch of wrestling t-shirts which I bought without trying on at the time and then finding out that they were a little baggy.

What’s this all got to do with today’s Retro? Well, among the shirts which I’m wearing more often is the IHOP-inspired Rachel and Jessica’s Excellent Tag Team one. With that in mind, it got me thinking as to how there was a time when I would never have considered wearing a Rachel Summerlyn piece of merchandise.

I fully admit – and I even told her this when we spoke <a href="

“>during the Women Of Wrestling Podcast back in June 2011 – I was highly critical of her when I first saw her wrestle live in 2008. However, she turned me around and she became one of my firm favourites – so much so that I was pretty damn gutted when she retired from the ring. She had her official retirement this July though she had her last match more than a year and a half ago, not long after bidding farewell to Anarchy Championship Wrestling.

Summerlyn wrestled for ACW for six years, winning the American Joshi, Tag Team, Televised and Heavyweight Championships during her time there. For today’s Retro, we’ve got one of her Tag Team Title defences alongside Jessica James from May 15, 2011. RAJETT put the belts on the line against Cali Crush (Dax Daring & Jordan Jensen), The Halloween Crew (Black Rocker & Jack-O-Lantern) and Portia Perez & Super Electro from the Nothing Is As Real As A Dream show, which doubles up as ACW’s prom show, which should explain the formal clothing.

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A good half year for… Barbi Hayden

Half Year Barbi Hayden
The end of every calendar year is full of people proclaiming that “Next year is going to be *my* year”. Wrestling is full of those kind of people, and that’s fine – it’s good to go into the new year with a sense of optimism – but absolutely nobody went out and grabbed 2014 by the scruff of the neck like our next selection in this series – the one and only Barbi Hayden.

No sooner was 2014 underway before Barbi Hayden was striking gold, winning the ACW Anarchy Televised Championship from Angel Blue on Jan 19th at ‘Guilty By Association’ in Austin, TX one weekend, and following that up the Barbi Haydennext weekend by defeating Kacee Carlisle in Cypress, TX to capture the NWA World Women’s Championship. Already the longtime NWA Lonestar Women’s Champion, Hayden managed to complete an unprecedented triple crown and become the talk of the wrestling world in January (and we added to that talk by having Hayden back on our ‘Fight Like A Girl’ podcast series back in January). Hayden and Carlisle’s third meeting with the gold on the line was actually the main event of the NWA Houston show, headlining over a card of guys matches – which even in these “enlightened times” is somewhat of a rarity. Kudos to them both. Despite its billing as a “World” championship, it’s fair to say that the NWA World Women’s Title hasn’t always had the highest profile or generated the biggest buzz, but with the switch from Carlisle to Hayden and the replacement of the old oversized and ugly “car door” title belt with a new classy looking streamlined belt (which was presented to Hayden on the occasion of her winning the strap), people started talking about the title like it meant something again.

In fact, one of the first things Hayden did with the title was defend it on a non-NWA affiliated show, when Women Superstars Uncensored featured an NWA World Women’s Title defence on their Mutiny show on February 8th. Although the match was not aired as part of the iPPV portion of the show (it had to be a dark match due to challenger Santana Garrett‘s recent signing with TNA and their rules about not Barbi Hayden NWA World Women's Championallowing contracted talent to appear on PPV for any other promotion), it has since aired on YouTube where at the time of writing it had racked up almost 50,000 views. We’ve already talked about how Hayden’s work with WSU in the latter half of 2013 was great for her personally as it introduced her to a whole new worldwide fanbase, and now here was the NWA World Women’s Championship belt itself being acknowledged and treated as something important on a bigger stage too. Truth be told, the match isn’t much other than a showcase of Hayden – it’s fairly short and one-sided, but it does what it needs to do – and both Hayden and the NWA get a nice rub.

She’s defended it all over the place too, making shots in San Antonio for NWA Branded Outlaw Wrestling (defeating Kat Green), Inspire Pro Wrestling in Austin (defeating Portia Perez), and returning to NWA Houston (to defeat Miss Diss Lexia) and WSU in New Jersey (defeating Nevaeh – this time on the iPPV portion of Queen and King of the Ring). She’s been defending her Anarchy Televised Title too, against Athena and Paige Turner in a three-way at ‘An Absence of Law’ in February, and against Athena at ‘Nothing Is As Real As A Dream: A Wrestling Prom’ in an evening gown match and shows no sign of letting go of either.

One NWA World Women’s title defence that should have happened was on WrestleMania weekend when Barbi was scheduled to make a defence of the title against TNA’s Angelina Love on the Mid-South Legends Fanfest in Chalmette, LA. Airport issues including apparently unhelpful airport staff and the subsequent unavailability of flights meant that the champ went home and the wrestling went on without her. It was doubly annoying for the fans, because that weekend should’ve been the debut of Hayden in SHIMMER Women Athletes (Vol 62 was airing live on iPPV the day before WrestleMania). Barbi Hayden ACW 3B PhotographyIt was a one-shot deal on that weekend due to Hayden’s relative geographical closeness to the show, but it’s fairly clear to see how a good performance and a good buzz from the fanbase would make it likely that she’d have been back on a future Berwyn taping – but missing out on this weekend probably didn’t help her cause. Still, the cream always rises to the top, and we can only hope that the stars align to make that possible on an upcoming taping. For now though, that weekend remains the only disappointment on an otherwise outstanding half year.

Of course, the thing that remains so fantastic about Hayden is simply how watchable she is in the ring. How she *gets* it. When discussing her recently on the site, we remarked “Hayden is in many ways a modern day interpretation of the classic NWA style of grappler, understanding that “working” means more than just doing moves, and making every facial reaction, every small movement and every break in the action mean just as much as any manoeuvre.” – and that’s another reason why she’s on this list.

Barbi’s made no secret of her long term career goal to work for WWE, and while we can only hope that this happens some day – if we had one short term hope for Miss Hayden, it’d be that she continues to travel outside Texas and continues to actively seek bookings that will both give her more exposure and experience. At the age of 23 years old, she’s not even close to the finished product yet, and she has every chance and every tool to become one of the biggest names in women’s wrestling today. If and when she achieves that potential, people can look back at 2014 as the start of that rise.

— Stew Allen
— Feature photo by Ichiban Drunk, Barbi in ACW by 3B Photography

Ringbelles Roundup (1 July 2014) – Paige's fortune out of misfortune, Emma arrested & more

Paige WWELosing the WWE Divas Championship may be the best thing to happen to Paige.

In dropping the belt, the 21-year old has turned heel and has a feud set up with AJ Lee, who returned to the promotion on last night’s Raw and won the title, turning babyface in the process. The double-turn should also be able to let Paige spend some more time on a microphone to develop a character – something which has been lacking from her run since graduating to the main roster back in April. Instead of having fans learn about who she is, her motivations and her goals, WWE instead to throw her out there against a bunch of wrestlers to beat with more development put into her opponents than in her. Alicia Fox’s tantrum gimmick was borne out of a need to create interesting challengers, and Naomi’s title challenge at Money in the Bank on Sunday was garnished with the impending heel turn of her partner Cameron. Conversely, very little has been done to create a gimmick for the woman they were seeking to beat.

That should change now, and she will be working opposite the woman who carried the Divas division for close to a year before dropping the title three months ago and taking some time off. However, there is work that needs to be done. While we can imagine that Paige will be angry, vengeful and upset about losing the Divas Championship last night (as evidenced by her storming through the backstage area and refusing an interview request), her promo skills were not up to the level of AJ. That could be for a number of reasons – nerves, lack of experience doing it on this level, or the writers being able to work out what and how she should say things as they haven’t establish who Paige is yet.

A similar situation happened earlier in Paige’s career, back when she was Britani Knight. While she was a well-liked babyface on the UK scene, she was catapulted to a new level by turning heel and really getting a chance to work on a self-absorbed, sneaky bitch gimmick which gave people a reason to dislike her and hope to see her defeated. If a similar situation is played out over the weeks and months in WWE, it will probably lead to more fans having more of an opinion on her and subsequently caring about whether she wins or loses. In fact, it’s how things worked for her in Florida Championship Wrestling and later NXT – she started as a heel and then evolved into a babyface because of her toughness and attitude – so a similar thing could happen here.

AJ Lee Paige WWEThere were some tweets last night about how Paige would be sent back to NXT because of this title change, alleging that the experiment had failed. That’s possible, but hugely unlikely. Firstly, AJ Lee needs a fresh feud as she has wrestled literally everybody in the Divas division, and beaten them all – the only one who is any sort of challenge is Paige, as they have traded the championship and would really benefit from a match on PPV with a storyline behind it. Also, what sort of message does it send to the wrestlers still in NXT if she is forced to return to Florida? It would kill morale amongst those who are itching to be elevated, knowing that it could be fleeting. WWE has invested a lot on these wrestlers, so to appear give up on someone after developing this character over two years and then a further three months on the main TV shows may not go down well with aspiring names.

Everyone remember: Rocky Maivia did not get over at first, and it was a heel turn which set him on his way. Let’s see if Paige ends up more like The Rock and less reminiscent of Gail Kim’s first WWE run where she became champion on her first night but never really got off the launchpad.

Meanwhile, AJ Lee clearly isn’t pregnant, as the rumours suggested she may have been following her wedding to CM Punk last month. In fact, the layoff should have seen any nagging injuries, aches and pains heal up and she should be in better shape than when she left.

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Emma WWEWWE Diva Emma (Tenille Dashwood) was arrested yesterday afternoon on suspicion of sixth degree larceny (theft) at a Wal-Mart in Hartford, CT. She was arrested at 1pm and held for more than an hour before being released. The 25-year old did not appear on last night’s Raw, which was pointed out by her running buddy Santino Marella during a skit on the show – though she did send a couple of tweets after the arrest.

WWE issued a statement, saying “WWE is aware that Tenille Dashwood (WWE Diva Emma) was arrested for shoplifting. Ms. Dashwood is ultimately responsible for her personal actions.”

The Courant reports that Dashwood appeared in community court earlier today and was ordered to do community service. Her lawyer Hubert Santos says it was a “mistake” as she was using the self-checkout machine and forgot to pay for a case for an electronic device – reportedly for an iPod.

The maximum punishment for sixth degree larceny (theft of items totalling $250 or less) is a fine of up to $500 and up to three months in jail. Under Connecticut law, should Dashwood complete the community service, she should not get a criminal record – which would be beneficial for someone working in the US on a visa.

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We’ve been busy this week. As well as all the links you see highlighted throughout the Roundup, we have also started out Good Half Year series with Serena Deeb and Ivelisse Velez. In addition, we’ve posted a match between Jenny Rose and Marcela, and there is also a new Women Of Wrestling Podcast for you to listen to. Our guest – Cherry Bomb, who talked about the SHINE show she was due to appear at (but didn’t make it due to travel problems). Still, there’s plenty more content on there for your enjoyment.

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WWE
Following her WWE departure, Vickie Guerrero penned a long thank-you letter which was posted on WWE.com. Among the people who got a shout-out were Vince & Stephanie McMahon, Edge, Tamina Snuka, Undertaker, Dolph Ziggler, Michelle McCool and Teddy Long. It was quite touching, though two people who didn’t like it were her former in-laws Hector Guerrero and his wife Penny, who slated her on social media for not thinking the Guerrero family. Vickie stayed quiet about it until yesterday, when she wrote “I am free from their chaos and negative lives… hope they find Jerry Lawler Paigepeace”… Oft-used Rosebud Becky Lynch (TAFKA Rebecca Knox) made her NXT TV debut on last Thursday’s episode, defeating Summer Rae with a leg trap overhead suplex. The Beautiful Fierce Females continued their in-fighting… Former NXT trainee Sarah Backman (Shara) married Bo Dallas last week… Jerry Lawler returned the favour from him checking out Paige’s rear end last week on Raw by having a photo set up on Sunday where the tables were turned… As well as Paige defeating Naomi at Money in the Bank to retain the Divas Championship, Layla beat Summer Rae in a stinker… Naomi and Cameron got into a shoving match with each other on last night’s Raw after beating Nikki Bella in a handicap match, set up by Stephanie McMahon – Cameron wanted to punish Nikki, while Naomi just wanted to get the mismatch over with. The match was a punishment for Nikki inviting Brie to Money in the Bank the previous night, which saw her being thrown out by Stephanie. The apparent plan is for Brie to wrestle Stephanie at SummerSlam with the stipulation being that Brie can get her job back. Quite why McMahon would offer that is a massive hole in logic.

TNA
Gail Kim pinned Angelina Love as part of a tag team match which saw Kim and the returning Taryn Terrell beat the Beautiful People… A number of northeast wrestlers were offered tryouts during the New York tapings last week. World Women’s Wrestling Champion Mistress Belmont and Kasey Ray have been highlighted.

North America
Courtney Rush defends the Acclaim Pro Wrestling Women’s Championship against Kc Spinelli on July 12. There will also be a six way match to determine a new number one contender… The main event of Valkyrie Women Wrestling’s second show on July 19 will be LuFisto v Kacee Carlisle… Veda Scott, Kc Spinelli & Addy Starr will all be part of NCW Femmes Fatales XIV on August 16, while Xandra Bale will return from injury and be in action by then – she’s booked against Cherry Bomb at Smash Wrestling’s July 20. Kimber Lee v Missy and Sassy Stephie v Vanessa Kraven have also been announced… Nicole Matthews defends her Elite Canadian Championship Wrestling Women’s Title against an un-retired Veronika Vice on July 12… Candice LeRae will make her Absolute Intense Wrestling debut in September… Jillian Hall says she is working on an autobiography. She was hospitalised again recently for undisclosed reasons – the former Divas Champion tweeted a picture of herself… SHINE Champion Ivelisse Velez and Serena Deeb went to a 60 minute time limit draw in the main event of SHINE 20 on Friday. Elsewhere on the card, Allysin Kay defeated Jessicka Havok under screwy circumstances in a Last Woman Standing match, while Malia Hosaka and Brandi Wine won the SHINE Tag Team Championship from Leva Bates and Mia Yim after winning a qualifier earlier in the show. There was also a Minnesota Home Wrecking Crew reunion as Lacey Heidi Lovelace Alex Castle Instagram hisisatravestyand Rain were both backstage… Randi West defeated Mistress Burgandi, Thunderkitty and Ludark Shaitan to win the IWA Mid-South Queen of the Deathmatches tournament on Saturday. Heidi Lovelace had to pull shards of broken glass out of her back after losing her semi final match against Shaitan… Kimber Lee will be touring Europe in October with Combat Zone Wrestling, with dates booked in Germany and England… On the subject of Kimber Lee, she and Annie Social will defend the Women Superstars Uncensored Tag Team Championship against Veda Scott and Rick Cataldo on July 12… Su Yung won the 6th Annual Anarchy Championship Wrestling American Joshi Queen of Queens tournament. The American Joshi Champion defeated Candice LeRae, Jessica James and Leva Bates in contests where her title was also on the line. Miss Diss Lexia replaced the injured Angelus Layne after defeating Paige Turner earlier in the show.

Japan
Wrestling New Classic presented its final show on Thursday, which had three joshi contests. Alex Lee got the pin for her team as she and La Comandante defeated Kaho Kobayashi & Koharu Hinata; El Hijo Del Pantera & Makoto beat YO-HEY & Lin Byron, with Makoto doing a public farewell with Byron as the latter won’t be competing in REINA, while Syuri made a successful defence of her REINA World Championship by downing Aki Shizuku… Act Yasukawa has vacated the Wonder of Stardom Championship due to her ongoing battle with Graves’ Disease, which is an auto-immune issue to do with her thyroid. There will be a four-woman tournament on July 27 featuring Miho Wakizawa, Mayu Iwatani, Kairi Hojo & Takumi Iroha.

Europe
April Davids will face a debuting female competitor on Preston City Wrestling’s August 1 show… Saraya Knight, Sammi Baynz and Liberty will all appear at Fierce Females on July 20 where they will face Bete Noire, Viper and Sammii Jayne respectively… Revolution Championship Wrestling crowns a Women’s Champion this weekend with four qualifying matches and the winners going forward to a ladder match later in the show. You can see the card in the Upcoming section below.

Mexico
Zeuxis has issued a challenge for Estrellita’s CMLL Mexican National Women’s Championship. The pair wrestle tonight.

Australia & New Zealand
Evie makes her debut in Melbourne City Wrestling next month, wrestling Toni Storm.

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Results

June 23: Sendai Girls (Sendai, Japan) – Hiroyo Matsumoto b Manami Katsu; Rabbit Miu b Kyusei Sakura Hirota; La Comandante & Yumiko Hotta b Raideen Hagane & Leon; Kagetsu b Tsubasa Kuragaki; Kyoko Kimura b DASH Chisako

June 24: IWA East Coast (Campbell’s Creek, WV) – Mad Man Pondo & Crazy Mary Dobson b Ron Mathis & Heidi Lovelace

June 24: CMLL (Mexico City, Mexico) – Dalys, Tiffany & Zeuxis b Estrellita, Goya Kong & Lluvia

June 25: JWP (Tokyo, Japan) – Sachie Abe b Yuuka; Natsu Sumire & Yume Hayashi b Kyuri & Sareee; Rina Yamashita b Rydeen Hagane; Misaki Ohata & Risa Sera b Manami Katsu & Rabbit Miu

June 25: Destination 1 Wrestling (New Albany, IN) – Crazy Mary Dobson b Samantha Heights

June 26: Wrestling New Classic (Tokyo, Japan) – La Comandante & Alex Lee b Kaho Kobayashi & Koharu Hinata; El Hijo Del Pantera & Makoto b YO-HEY & Lin Byron; Syuri b Aki Shizuku

June 26: TNA Impact Wrestling (Bethlehem, PA) – Gail Kim & Taryn Terrell b Angelina Love & Velvet Sky

June 26: WWE NXT (Winter Park, FL) – Becky Lynch b Summer Rae

June 27: True Grit Wrestling (Leeds, England) – Lana Austin b Violet O’Hara

June 27: WWE SmackDown (Pittsburgh, PA) – Paige b Cameron

June 27: Freelance Wrestling (Chicago, IL) – Mason & Devin Cutter b Melanie Cruise & Jordynne Grace

11 Jessicka Havok Allysin Kay SHINE 20June 27: SHINE 20 (Ybor City, FL) – Malia Hosaka & Brandi Wine b Sassy Stephie & Jessie Belle Smothers, Heidi Lovelace & Solo Darling and Kimber Lee; Crazy Mary Dobson b Amber O’Neal via DQ; Su Yung b Justine Silver; La Rosa Negra b Shanna; Candice LeRae b Nevaeh; Malia Hosaka & Brandi Wine b Leva Bates & Mia Yim to win the SHINE Tag Team Championship; Allysin Kay b Jessicka Havok; Ivelisse Velez v Serena Deeb went to a time limit draw

June 27: CMLL (Mexico City, Mexico) – Dark Angel, Marcela & Princesa Sugehit b Dalys, La Seductora & Princesa Blanca via DQ

June 28: World Woman Pro Wrestling Diana (Tokyo, Japan) – Kyusei Ninja Ranmaru b Megumi Yabushita & Sachie Abe in a 3-way; Kaoru Ito & KAZUKI b Keiko Aono & Mask de Sun; Yumiko Hotta b Dump Matsumoto via count out; Command Bolshoi & Shinobu Kandori b Sareee & Tomoko Watanabe; Jaguar Yokota, Kyoko Inoue, Manami Toyota b KAORU, Mima Shimoda & Takako Inoue

Kurumi Yuri Kotobuki Youji KawauchiJune 28: Ice Ribbon (Saitama, Japan) – Maki Narumiya & Yuuka b 235 & Meari Naito; Hamuko Hoshi & Masaaki Ikeda b Lou Lourdes & Neko Nitta; Kurumi b Yuri Kotobuki; Risa Sera & Tsukasa Fujimoto b Aoi Kizuki & Kyuri

June 28: Herts and Essex Wrestling (Takeley, England) – Sammi Baynz b Shax

June 28: Scottish Wrestling Entertainment (Dundee, Scotland) – Sammi Jayne b Nikki Storm & Viper in a gauntlet match

June 28: Preston City Wrestling (Preston, England) – Lana Austin v Jenna went to a no-contest

June 28: Pro Wrestling Academy (East Haven, CT) – Candy Cartwright b Lucy Diamond

June 28: IWA Mid South Queen of the Deathmatches (New Albany, IN) – Miss Diss Lexia b Paige Turner; LuFisto b Jordynne Grace; Heidi Lovelace b Hudson Envy; Randi West b Mistress Burgandi; Thunderkitty b Jewells Malone; Ludark Shaitan b Kiki Rose; Randi West b Thunderkitty; Ludark Shaitan b Heidi Lovelace; Randi West b Ludark Shaitan

June 28: New York Wrestling Connection (Deer Park, NY) – Chrissy Rivera v Marti Belle went to a double DQ; David Starr & JT Dunn b Dickie Rodz & Nikki Starr to win the NYWC Tag Team Championship

June 28: New England Championship Wrestling (Stockton, MA) – Mistress Belmont, Sammi Lane & Toxis b Davienne, Lizzie Raze & Nikki Valentine

June 28: Elite Canadian Championship Wrestling (Port Coquitlam, BC, Canada) – Nicole Matthews b Jaida

June 28: Premier Wrestling Xperience (High Point, NC) – Tessa Blanchard b Chasity Taylor

June 28: WWE (Bangor, ME) – Paige & Nikki Bella b Alicia Fox & Rosa Mendes

June 28: WWE (Portland, ME) – Santino Marella & Emma b Fandango & Layla

June 28: World Xtreme Wrestling C4 (Allentown, PA) – Kacee Carlisle b Niya

June 29: REINA (Tokyo, Japan) – Neko Nitta b Koharu Hinata; Alex Lee b Katu Yu; Macho Pump & Syuri b Kid Tiger & Ray; La Comandante & Yumiko Hotta b Aki Shizuku & Ariya to win the REINA World Tag Team Championship

June 29: PROGRESS (London, England) – Rhia O’Reilly & Nikki Storm b Rosie Leigh & Mischa East

June 29: Anarchy Championship Wrestling American Joshi Queen of Queens (Austin, TX) – Athena b Jenny Rose; Leva Bates b Angel Blue; Jessica James b Miss Diss Lexia; Su Yung b Candice LeRae; Leva Bates b Athena; Su Yung b Jessica James; Su Yung b Leva Bates

June 29: IWA Mid South (Clarkesville, IN) – Thunderkitty, Heidi Lovelace, & Ludark b Hudson Envy, Jordynne Grace, & Randi West

June 29: TNA (Lakewood, NJ) – Gail Kim & Madison Rayne b Angelina Love & Velvet Sky

June 29: Absolute Intense Wrestling (Cleveland, OH) – Gregory Iron b Veda Scott via DQ

June 29: Definitive Wrestling International (Riverview, FL) – Chelsea Diamond b Leilani Kai

June 29: WWE Money in the Bank (Boston, MA) – Paige b Naomi; Layla b Summer Rae

June 30: WWE Raw (Hartford, CT) – Naomi & Cameron b Nikki Bella; AJ Lee b Paige to win the WWE Divas Championship

Upcoming

July 1: Pure Wrestling Association (Cambridge, ON, Canada) – Kc Spinelli v Beautiful Beaa

July 5: Impact Pro Wrestling (Lynfield, New Zealand) – Evie v Carmen Rose; Britenay & Liam Fury v Olivia Shaw & Brook Duncan

July 5: Riot City Wrestling (Wayville, Australia) – Demi Bennett v Blair Alexis; Harley Wonderland v Kellyanne English

July 5: Revolution Championship Wrestling (Barcelona, Spain) – Leah Owens v Lady Lory; Pollyanna Peppers v Bete Noire; Kay Lee Ray v Blue Nikita; Kasey Owens v Nikki Storm

July 5: Heartland Wrestling Association (Middletown, OH) – Cherry Bomb v Heidi Lovelace v Amber Rodriguez

July 6: British Empire Wrestling (London, England) – Dragonita v Dean Michael; Toni Storm v Kasey Owens

July 12: German Hurricane Wrestling (Nauheim, Germany) – Svetlana Kalashnikova v Stella

July 12: German Stampede Wrestling (Marburg, Germany) – Blue Nikita v Penelope

July 12: Empress Pro Wrestling (High Wycombe, England) – Pollyanna Peppers v Rhia O’Reilly

July 12: Elite Canadian Championship Wrestling (Vancouver, BC, Canada) – Nicole Matthews v Veronika Vice

July 12: Women Superstars Uncensored (Voorhees, NJ) – LuFisto v Mickie Knuckles; Nevaeh v Brittany Blake; Jewells Malone v Jessie Kaye; Kimber Lee & Annie Social v Veda Scott & Rick Cataldo

July 12: Acclaim Pro Wrestling (Greely, ON, Canada) –Courtney Rush v Kc Spinelli; Vanessa Kraven v She Nay Nay v Jody D’Milo v Kaitlin Diemond v Portia Perez v Angie Skye

Kay Lee Ray Nikki Storm Fierce FemalesJuly 19: Valkyrie Women’s Wrestling (Brooklyn, NY) – Kimber Lee v Cherry Bomb; La Rosa Negra v Nevaeh; Davienne v Mistress Belmont; LuFisto v Kacee Carlisle; Jessie Brooks v Samantha Heights; Angel Dust v Sumie Sakai

July 20: Fierce Females (Glasgow, Scotland) – Leah & Kasey Owens v Sara Marie Taylor & Carmel Jacob; Kay Lee Ray v Nikki Storm; Sammi Baynz v Viper

July 20: Smash Wrestling (Toronto, ON, Canada) – Cherry Bomb v Xandra Bale

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

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

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

August 9: Southside Wrestling (Nottingham, England) – Martin Kirby 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

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

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

September 7: Tidal Wrestling (Leeds, England) – Pollyanna Peppers v Lana Austin

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

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

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

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

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

– Lee Burton
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Ringbelles Roundup (1 July 2014) – Paige’s fortune out of misfortune, Emma arrested & more

Paige WWELosing the WWE Divas Championship may be the best thing to happen to Paige.

In dropping the belt, the 21-year old has turned heel and has a feud set up with AJ Lee, who returned to the promotion on last night’s Raw and won the title, turning babyface in the process. The double-turn should also be able to let Paige spend some more time on a microphone to develop a character – something which has been lacking from her run since graduating to the main roster back in April. Instead of having fans learn about who she is, her motivations and her goals, WWE instead to throw her out there against a bunch of wrestlers to beat with more development put into her opponents than in her. Alicia Fox’s tantrum gimmick was borne out of a need to create interesting challengers, and Naomi’s title challenge at Money in the Bank on Sunday was garnished with the impending heel turn of her partner Cameron. Conversely, very little has been done to create a gimmick for the woman they were seeking to beat.

That should change now, and she will be working opposite the woman who carried the Divas division for close to a year before dropping the title three months ago and taking some time off. However, there is work that needs to be done. While we can imagine that Paige will be angry, vengeful and upset about losing the Divas Championship last night (as evidenced by her storming through the backstage area and refusing an interview request), her promo skills were not up to the level of AJ. That could be for a number of reasons – nerves, lack of experience doing it on this level, or the writers being able to work out what and how she should say things as they haven’t establish who Paige is yet.

A similar situation happened earlier in Paige’s career, back when she was Britani Knight. While she was a well-liked babyface on the UK scene, she was catapulted to a new level by turning heel and really getting a chance to work on a self-absorbed, sneaky bitch gimmick which gave people a reason to dislike her and hope to see her defeated. If a similar situation is played out over the weeks and months in WWE, it will probably lead to more fans having more of an opinion on her and subsequently caring about whether she wins or loses. In fact, it’s how things worked for her in Florida Championship Wrestling and later NXT – she started as a heel and then evolved into a babyface because of her toughness and attitude – so a similar thing could happen here.

AJ Lee Paige WWEThere were some tweets last night about how Paige would be sent back to NXT because of this title change, alleging that the experiment had failed. That’s possible, but hugely unlikely. Firstly, AJ Lee needs a fresh feud as she has wrestled literally everybody in the Divas division, and beaten them all – the only one who is any sort of challenge is Paige, as they have traded the championship and would really benefit from a match on PPV with a storyline behind it. Also, what sort of message does it send to the wrestlers still in NXT if she is forced to return to Florida? It would kill morale amongst those who are itching to be elevated, knowing that it could be fleeting. WWE has invested a lot on these wrestlers, so to appear give up on someone after developing this character over two years and then a further three months on the main TV shows may not go down well with aspiring names.

Everyone remember: Rocky Maivia did not get over at first, and it was a heel turn which set him on his way. Let’s see if Paige ends up more like The Rock and less reminiscent of Gail Kim’s first WWE run where she became champion on her first night but never really got off the launchpad.

Meanwhile, AJ Lee clearly isn’t pregnant, as the rumours suggested she may have been following her wedding to CM Punk last month. In fact, the layoff should have seen any nagging injuries, aches and pains heal up and she should be in better shape than when she left.

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Emma WWEWWE Diva Emma (Tenille Dashwood) was arrested yesterday afternoon on suspicion of sixth degree larceny (theft) at a Wal-Mart in Hartford, CT. She was arrested at 1pm and held for more than an hour before being released. The 25-year old did not appear on last night’s Raw, which was pointed out by her running buddy Santino Marella during a skit on the show – though she did send a couple of tweets after the arrest.

WWE issued a statement, saying “WWE is aware that Tenille Dashwood (WWE Diva Emma) was arrested for shoplifting. Ms. Dashwood is ultimately responsible for her personal actions.”

The Courant reports that Dashwood appeared in community court earlier today and was ordered to do community service. Her lawyer Hubert Santos says it was a “mistake” as she was using the self-checkout machine and forgot to pay for a case for an electronic device – reportedly for an iPod.

The maximum punishment for sixth degree larceny (theft of items totalling $250 or less) is a fine of up to $500 and up to three months in jail. Under Connecticut law, should Dashwood complete the community service, she should not get a criminal record – which would be beneficial for someone working in the US on a visa.

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WWE
Following her WWE departure, Vickie Guerrero penned a long thank-you letter which was posted on WWE.com. Among the people who got a shout-out were Vince & Stephanie McMahon, Edge, Tamina Snuka, Undertaker, Dolph Ziggler, Michelle McCool and Teddy Long. It was quite touching, though two people who didn’t like it were her former in-laws Hector Guerrero and his wife Penny, who slated her on social media for not thinking the Guerrero family. Vickie stayed quiet about it until yesterday, when she wrote “I am free from their chaos and negative lives… hope they find Jerry Lawler Paigepeace”… Oft-used Rosebud Becky Lynch (TAFKA Rebecca Knox) made her NXT TV debut on last Thursday’s episode, defeating Summer Rae with a leg trap overhead suplex. The Beautiful Fierce Females continued their in-fighting… Former NXT trainee Sarah Backman (Shara) married Bo Dallas last week… Jerry Lawler returned the favour from him checking out Paige’s rear end last week on Raw by having a photo set up on Sunday where the tables were turned… As well as Paige defeating Naomi at Money in the Bank to retain the Divas Championship, Layla beat Summer Rae in a stinker… Naomi and Cameron got into a shoving match with each other on last night’s Raw after beating Nikki Bella in a handicap match, set up by Stephanie McMahon – Cameron wanted to punish Nikki, while Naomi just wanted to get the mismatch over with. The match was a punishment for Nikki inviting Brie to Money in the Bank the previous night, which saw her being thrown out by Stephanie. The apparent plan is for Brie to wrestle Stephanie at SummerSlam with the stipulation being that Brie can get her job back. Quite why McMahon would offer that is a massive hole in logic.

TNA
Gail Kim pinned Angelina Love as part of a tag team match which saw Kim and the returning Taryn Terrell beat the Beautiful People… A number of northeast wrestlers were offered tryouts during the New York tapings last week. World Women’s Wrestling Champion Mistress Belmont and Kasey Ray have been highlighted.

North America
Courtney Rush defends the Acclaim Pro Wrestling Women’s Championship against Kc Spinelli on July 12. There will also be a six way match to determine a new number one contender… The main event of Valkyrie Women Wrestling’s second show on July 19 will be LuFisto v Kacee Carlisle… Veda Scott, Kc Spinelli & Addy Starr will all be part of NCW Femmes Fatales XIV on August 16, while Xandra Bale will return from injury and be in action by then – she’s booked against Cherry Bomb at Smash Wrestling’s July 20. Kimber Lee v Missy and Sassy Stephie v Vanessa Kraven have also been announced… Nicole Matthews defends her Elite Canadian Championship Wrestling Women’s Title against an un-retired Veronika Vice on July 12… Candice LeRae will make her Absolute Intense Wrestling debut in September… Jillian Hall says she is working on an autobiography. She was hospitalised again recently for undisclosed reasons – the former Divas Champion tweeted a picture of herself… SHINE Champion Ivelisse Velez and Serena Deeb went to a 60 minute time limit draw in the main event of SHINE 20 on Friday. Elsewhere on the card, Allysin Kay defeated Jessicka Havok under screwy circumstances in a Last Woman Standing match, while Malia Hosaka and Brandi Wine won the SHINE Tag Team Championship from Leva Bates and Mia Yim after winning a qualifier earlier in the show. There was also a Minnesota Home Wrecking Crew reunion as Lacey Heidi Lovelace Alex Castle Instagram hisisatravestyand Rain were both backstage… Randi West defeated Mistress Burgandi, Thunderkitty and Ludark Shaitan to win the IWA Mid-South Queen of the Deathmatches tournament on Saturday. Heidi Lovelace had to pull shards of broken glass out of her back after losing her semi final match against Shaitan… Kimber Lee will be touring Europe in October with Combat Zone Wrestling, with dates booked in Germany and England… On the subject of Kimber Lee, she and Annie Social will defend the Women Superstars Uncensored Tag Team Championship against Veda Scott and Rick Cataldo on July 12… Su Yung won the 6th Annual Anarchy Championship Wrestling American Joshi Queen of Queens tournament. The American Joshi Champion defeated Candice LeRae, Jessica James and Leva Bates in contests where her title was also on the line. Miss Diss Lexia replaced the injured Angelus Layne after defeating Paige Turner earlier in the show.

Japan
Wrestling New Classic presented its final show on Thursday, which had three joshi contests. Alex Lee got the pin for her team as she and La Comandante defeated Kaho Kobayashi & Koharu Hinata; El Hijo Del Pantera & Makoto beat YO-HEY & Lin Byron, with Makoto doing a public farewell with Byron as the latter won’t be competing in REINA, while Syuri made a successful defence of her REINA World Championship by downing Aki Shizuku… Act Yasukawa has vacated the Wonder of Stardom Championship due to her ongoing battle with Graves’ Disease, which is an auto-immune issue to do with her thyroid. There will be a four-woman tournament on July 27 featuring Miho Wakizawa, Mayu Iwatani, Kairi Hojo & Takumi Iroha.

Europe
April Davids will face a debuting female competitor on Preston City Wrestling’s August 1 show… Saraya Knight, Sammi Baynz and Liberty will all appear at Fierce Females on July 20 where they will face Bete Noire, Viper and Sammii Jayne respectively… Revolution Championship Wrestling crowns a Women’s Champion this weekend with four qualifying matches and the winners going forward to a ladder match later in the show. You can see the card in the Upcoming section below.

Mexico
Zeuxis has issued a challenge for Estrellita’s CMLL Mexican National Women’s Championship. The pair wrestle tonight.

Australia & New Zealand
Evie makes her debut in Melbourne City Wrestling next month, wrestling Toni Storm.

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Results

June 23: Sendai Girls (Sendai, Japan) – Hiroyo Matsumoto b Manami Katsu; Rabbit Miu b Kyusei Sakura Hirota; La Comandante & Yumiko Hotta b Raideen Hagane & Leon; Kagetsu b Tsubasa Kuragaki; Kyoko Kimura b DASH Chisako

June 24: IWA East Coast (Campbell’s Creek, WV) – Mad Man Pondo & Crazy Mary Dobson b Ron Mathis & Heidi Lovelace

June 24: CMLL (Mexico City, Mexico) – Dalys, Tiffany & Zeuxis b Estrellita, Goya Kong & Lluvia

June 25: JWP (Tokyo, Japan) – Sachie Abe b Yuuka; Natsu Sumire & Yume Hayashi b Kyuri & Sareee; Rina Yamashita b Rydeen Hagane; Misaki Ohata & Risa Sera b Manami Katsu & Rabbit Miu

June 25: Destination 1 Wrestling (New Albany, IN) – Crazy Mary Dobson b Samantha Heights

June 26: Wrestling New Classic (Tokyo, Japan) – La Comandante & Alex Lee b Kaho Kobayashi & Koharu Hinata; El Hijo Del Pantera & Makoto b YO-HEY & Lin Byron; Syuri b Aki Shizuku

June 26: TNA Impact Wrestling (Bethlehem, PA) – Gail Kim & Taryn Terrell b Angelina Love & Velvet Sky

June 26: WWE NXT (Winter Park, FL) – Becky Lynch b Summer Rae

June 27: True Grit Wrestling (Leeds, England) – Lana Austin b Violet O’Hara

June 27: WWE SmackDown (Pittsburgh, PA) – Paige b Cameron

June 27: Freelance Wrestling (Chicago, IL) – Mason & Devin Cutter b Melanie Cruise & Jordynne Grace

11 Jessicka Havok Allysin Kay SHINE 20June 27: SHINE 20 (Ybor City, FL) – Malia Hosaka & Brandi Wine b Sassy Stephie & Jessie Belle Smothers, Heidi Lovelace & Solo Darling and Kimber Lee; Crazy Mary Dobson b Amber O’Neal via DQ; Su Yung b Justine Silver; La Rosa Negra b Shanna; Candice LeRae b Nevaeh; Malia Hosaka & Brandi Wine b Leva Bates & Mia Yim to win the SHINE Tag Team Championship; Allysin Kay b Jessicka Havok; Ivelisse Velez v Serena Deeb went to a time limit draw

June 27: CMLL (Mexico City, Mexico) – Dark Angel, Marcela & Princesa Sugehit b Dalys, La Seductora & Princesa Blanca via DQ

June 28: World Woman Pro Wrestling Diana (Tokyo, Japan) – Kyusei Ninja Ranmaru b Megumi Yabushita & Sachie Abe in a 3-way; Kaoru Ito & KAZUKI b Keiko Aono & Mask de Sun; Yumiko Hotta b Dump Matsumoto via count out; Command Bolshoi & Shinobu Kandori b Sareee & Tomoko Watanabe; Jaguar Yokota, Kyoko Inoue, Manami Toyota b KAORU, Mima Shimoda & Takako Inoue

Kurumi Yuri Kotobuki Youji KawauchiJune 28: Ice Ribbon (Saitama, Japan) – Maki Narumiya & Yuuka b 235 & Meari Naito; Hamuko Hoshi & Masaaki Ikeda b Lou Lourdes & Neko Nitta; Kurumi b Yuri Kotobuki; Risa Sera & Tsukasa Fujimoto b Aoi Kizuki & Kyuri

June 28: Herts and Essex Wrestling (Takeley, England) – Sammi Baynz b Shax

June 28: Scottish Wrestling Entertainment (Dundee, Scotland) – Sammi Jayne b Nikki Storm & Viper in a gauntlet match

June 28: Preston City Wrestling (Preston, England) – Lana Austin v Jenna went to a no-contest

June 28: Pro Wrestling Academy (East Haven, CT) – Candy Cartwright b Lucy Diamond

June 28: IWA Mid South Queen of the Deathmatches (New Albany, IN) – Miss Diss Lexia b Paige Turner; LuFisto b Jordynne Grace; Heidi Lovelace b Hudson Envy; Randi West b Mistress Burgandi; Thunderkitty b Jewells Malone; Ludark Shaitan b Kiki Rose; Randi West b Thunderkitty; Ludark Shaitan b Heidi Lovelace; Randi West b Ludark Shaitan

June 28: New York Wrestling Connection (Deer Park, NY) – Chrissy Rivera v Marti Belle went to a double DQ; David Starr & JT Dunn b Dickie Rodz & Nikki Starr to win the NYWC Tag Team Championship

June 28: New England Championship Wrestling (Stockton, MA) – Mistress Belmont, Sammi Lane & Toxis b Davienne, Lizzie Raze & Nikki Valentine

June 28: Elite Canadian Championship Wrestling (Port Coquitlam, BC, Canada) – Nicole Matthews b Jaida

June 28: Premier Wrestling Xperience (High Point, NC) – Tessa Blanchard b Chasity Taylor

June 28: WWE (Bangor, ME) – Paige & Nikki Bella b Alicia Fox & Rosa Mendes

June 28: WWE (Portland, ME) – Santino Marella & Emma b Fandango & Layla

June 28: World Xtreme Wrestling C4 (Allentown, PA) – Kacee Carlisle b Niya

June 29: REINA (Tokyo, Japan) – Neko Nitta b Koharu Hinata; Alex Lee b Katu Yu; Macho Pump & Syuri b Kid Tiger & Ray; La Comandante & Yumiko Hotta b Aki Shizuku & Ariya to win the REINA World Tag Team Championship

June 29: PROGRESS (London, England) – Rhia O’Reilly & Nikki Storm b Rosie Leigh & Mischa East

June 29: Anarchy Championship Wrestling American Joshi Queen of Queens (Austin, TX) – Athena b Jenny Rose; Leva Bates b Angel Blue; Jessica James b Miss Diss Lexia; Su Yung b Candice LeRae; Leva Bates b Athena; Su Yung b Jessica James; Su Yung b Leva Bates

June 29: IWA Mid South (Clarkesville, IN) – Thunderkitty, Heidi Lovelace, & Ludark b Hudson Envy, Jordynne Grace, & Randi West

June 29: TNA (Lakewood, NJ) – Gail Kim & Madison Rayne b Angelina Love & Velvet Sky

June 29: Absolute Intense Wrestling (Cleveland, OH) – Gregory Iron b Veda Scott via DQ

June 29: Definitive Wrestling International (Riverview, FL) – Chelsea Diamond b Leilani Kai

June 29: WWE Money in the Bank (Boston, MA) – Paige b Naomi; Layla b Summer Rae

June 30: WWE Raw (Hartford, CT) – Naomi & Cameron b Nikki Bella; AJ Lee b Paige to win the WWE Divas Championship

Upcoming

July 1: Pure Wrestling Association (Cambridge, ON, Canada) – Kc Spinelli v Beautiful Beaa

July 5: Impact Pro Wrestling (Lynfield, New Zealand) – Evie v Carmen Rose; Britenay & Liam Fury v Olivia Shaw & Brook Duncan

July 5: Riot City Wrestling (Wayville, Australia) – Demi Bennett v Blair Alexis; Harley Wonderland v Kellyanne English

July 5: Revolution Championship Wrestling (Barcelona, Spain) – Leah Owens v Lady Lory; Pollyanna Peppers v Bete Noire; Kay Lee Ray v Blue Nikita; Kasey Owens v Nikki Storm

July 5: Heartland Wrestling Association (Middletown, OH) – Cherry Bomb v Heidi Lovelace v Amber Rodriguez

July 6: British Empire Wrestling (London, England) – Dragonita v Dean Michael; Toni Storm v Kasey Owens

July 12: German Hurricane Wrestling (Nauheim, Germany) – Svetlana Kalashnikova v Stella

July 12: German Stampede Wrestling (Marburg, Germany) – Blue Nikita v Penelope

July 12: Empress Pro Wrestling (High Wycombe, England) – Pollyanna Peppers v Rhia O’Reilly

July 12: Elite Canadian Championship Wrestling (Vancouver, BC, Canada) – Nicole Matthews v Veronika Vice

July 12: Women Superstars Uncensored (Voorhees, NJ) – LuFisto v Mickie Knuckles; Nevaeh v Brittany Blake; Jewells Malone v Jessie Kaye; Kimber Lee & Annie Social v Veda Scott & Rick Cataldo

July 12: Acclaim Pro Wrestling (Greely, ON, Canada) –Courtney Rush v Kc Spinelli; Vanessa Kraven v She Nay Nay v Jody D’Milo v Kaitlin Diemond v Portia Perez v Angie Skye

Kay Lee Ray Nikki Storm Fierce FemalesJuly 19: Valkyrie Women’s Wrestling (Brooklyn, NY) – Kimber Lee v Cherry Bomb; La Rosa Negra v Nevaeh; Davienne v Mistress Belmont; LuFisto v Kacee Carlisle; Jessie Brooks v Samantha Heights; Angel Dust v Sumie Sakai

July 20: Fierce Females (Glasgow, Scotland) – Leah & Kasey Owens v Sara Marie Taylor & Carmel Jacob; Kay Lee Ray v Nikki Storm; Sammi Baynz v Viper

July 20: Smash Wrestling (Toronto, ON, Canada) – Cherry Bomb v Xandra Bale

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

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

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

August 9: Southside Wrestling (Nottingham, England) – Martin Kirby 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

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

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

September 7: Tidal Wrestling (Leeds, England) – Pollyanna Peppers v Lana Austin

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

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

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

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

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

– Lee Burton
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Ringbelles Roundup (27 May 2014) – WWE Diva booking, wrestlers venturing into MMA & more

Alicia Fox WWEWWE really is baffling sometimes.

In order to build up to Paige’s Divas Championship defence against Alicia Fox this Sunday at Payback, Fox was booked to lose clean to Emma on last night’s Raw. After the match, Alicia threw another wobbler, attacking the victor, giving people wedgies, stripping them of their t-shirts and pouring soft drinks over herself and ringside fans.

Quite how Alicia Fox losing builds up anticipation for her match against Paige in five days is beyond me. By all rights, she should be winning to make her appear to be a threat, but instead she’s falling to Emma, whose star is pretty low at the moment. The issue is that her most marketable attribute comes after her losing, so it makes you wonder what will happen on Sunday. Should she win, she can’t lose it at ringside. That makes you think a Paige win is more likely, but her booking since winning the belt hasn’t showcased her that favourably. Sure – for the most part she is winning, but she still needs that strong story with possible promos so people can get to know her a bit more. At the moment she’s the champion who gets beaten up, hits a move and wins – which hardly puts her over as a dominant titleholder.

It’s a rough situation. Should Paige win at Payback, Fox gets to go off on one but doesn’t make her any conceivable threat, and having her win the belt would help with her credibility and help to build up more names in the division. However by doing that, you cut the legs off Paige and make it look like her reign was the fluke that her detractors claimed. Someone is losing big on Sunday, and we’ll have to wait and see who that will be. Continue reading “Ringbelles Roundup (27 May 2014) – WWE Diva booking, wrestlers venturing into MMA & more”

Layne's pain – Angelus breaks both wrists

Angelus LayneAngelus Layne‘s victory at Thursday’s IWA Mid-South show in Clarksville, IN came at a price. During her win over Thunderkitty, Randi West and Heidi Lovelace, she attempted a spot where she was to dive to the outside only for there to be nobody to connect with. The plan was for her to land on the chairs at ringside but she came short, leading to her splatting onto the concrete floor. She continued with the match but needed to go to the hospital for a diagnosis, where she was told she had broken both of her wrists.

The 24 year old is currently in bandages, though she will be put into plaster on Tuesday – where she will also find out whether or not she needs surgery. However, she is hoping to be fully healed by the end of June, as she has a big weekend planned. Continue reading “Layne's pain – Angelus breaks both wrists”

Layne’s pain – Angelus breaks both wrists

Angelus LayneAngelus Layne‘s victory at Thursday’s IWA Mid-South show in Clarksville, IN came at a price. During her win over Thunderkitty, Randi West and Heidi Lovelace, she attempted a spot where she was to dive to the outside only for there to be nobody to connect with. The plan was for her to land on the chairs at ringside but she came short, leading to her splatting onto the concrete floor. She continued with the match but needed to go to the hospital for a diagnosis, where she was told she had broken both of her wrists.

The 24 year old is currently in bandages, though she will be put into plaster on Tuesday – where she will also find out whether or not she needs surgery. However, she is hoping to be fully healed by the end of June, as she has a big weekend planned. Continue reading “Layne’s pain – Angelus breaks both wrists”