Ringbelles Roundup (4 November 2014) – Bella Twins, Owens Twins, and other news not involving twins

Nikki Bella WWEA quick look at the fortunes of the two twin acts in women’s wrestling at the moment…

Nikki Bella won a Halloween Costume battle royal on SmackDown to become the number one contender to the WWE Divas Championship after Alicia Fox and Paige bundled each other out of the ring, handing Nikki the win. Brie Bella was advertised but was not there – the story was that Nikki sent her off to do charity work so she would not be eligible for a title shot.

Nikki beat Emma on last night’s Raw and then instructed Brie to slap titleholder AJ Lee, who was sitting at ringside doing commentary. Reluctantly, Brie did it and was knocked to the floor for her trouble before AJ went after Nikki, who scooted away.

We’re about a week and a half into this gimmick of Brie having to be Nikki’s personal assistant for 30 days after losing their match at Hell in a Cell, and I can see how it’s benefiting Nikki. She has had plenty of opportunities to show off her heel persona by bullying her twin about, abusing her and forcing her to do things which Brie feels are morally questionable – such as distracting Naomi on last week’s Raw. When you couple it with the fact that she has wrestled on both Raws and the SmackDown since Hell in a Cell and has been booked very favourably with her Rack Attack gaining her victories in the matches against Naomi and Emma, you can see how things are looking up for the “evil” Bella ahead of her title match, whenever that may be – presumably Survivor Series, as that will be day 28 of Brie’s service so she will still be at Nikki’s beck and call.

Brie Bella WWEHowever, I’m struggling to see how Brie will come out of this looking more impressive. Her strong set is her wrestling and she’s not doing any of that, while her character and promo ability is a country mile behind her sister, so she’s being overshadowed in any segment where personality needs to be shown. She’s also being put in humiliating segments and was left laying with just one AJ Lee forearm, which doesn’t do much good for her credibility. It seems as if Brie Mode* has been disabled and won’t be as functional when it is reactivated. Perhaps her redemption will come if Nikki wins the Divas Championship and Brie beats her to take the title, but she will have to do a lot to overcome how flaccid she is looking at the moment.

*By the way, let us not forget the true meaning of Brie Mode is to be disgustingly drunk and a complete embarrassment to friends and family, not to engage a new level of toughness as is what it seems to imply on WWE TV rather than on Total Divas.

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Kasey Leah Owens Tony KnoxKasey and Leah Owens were put through to the UK finals of British Boot Camp 2 but they were on shaky ground for a while when they fluffed their wrestling drills, though they pulled themselves together and shone during the freestyle segment. They had originally impressed with their charisma and also had the judges warm to them when Leah said she would step aside for her sister if only one of them could go through, which Samoa Joe said was “very noble”. They billed themselves as the “anti-Blossom Twins” as they are more rock and roll and less about cupcakes, and the Blossom Twins were pretty much buried by Gail Kim as she said they were about to be called up to TV and they quit. I don’t know how true that is, but it looks like Hannah and Holly won’t be back any time soon.

Miss Louise Jane and Skarlett were also featured in a montage of rejected contestants – the former was portrayed as a bit arrogant, and described herself as “100% English beef” and dismissed Scotland, wales and Northern Ireland, despite having the Union Flag on her gear rather than the St George’s Cross, while the latter was perceived as a bit scary and also talked about her age.

Kasey and Leah will take on Nikki Storm and Kay Lee Ray in an 4-way match on Sunday’s broadcast in a match which took place back in August. We were there and we can tell you that it was a hell of a showing, and we’ll have a report after it’s broadcast.

I have to say that this series has been excellent so far. The audition process has been entertaining and helped the viewer to learn a bit about each person and helped you to develop an impression of them, be it positive or negative – and there haven’t been any wholly shocking auditions designed to poke fun, which is welcome. If TNA had only the same sort of treatment had been applied to Havok, who still hasn’t had any sort of promo time yet – fans would have been able to connect with her in a much stronger way.

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We’ve got a few videos on the site this week, including a look at the women’s division in Covey Pro Wrestling featuring the likes of Mary Elizabeth Monroe, Nyla Rose and Amber Rodriguez, as well as a Retro looking at Rachel Summerlyn and Jessica James’ tag team.

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WWE
Paige NatalyaPWInsider reports that Triple H is high on Alexa Bliss at the moment. Sasha Banks is also getting positive reviews but it’s said they want her work to be less stiff. Bayley and Charlotte are also getting a lot of love but it’s said that Bliss and Banks are more favoured than Bayley… Paige defeated Natalya on last week’s Main Event and licked her face during the match. Creepy. Tyson Kidd was also on commentary during the match and talked about himself for most of the match, ignoring his wife in action… JoJo was the ring announcer for the house show in Syracuse, NY at the weekend. Alicia Fox beat Paige on the show… AJ Lee and Lilian Garcia had travel issues getting to Buffalo, NY for Raw. Emma and Renee Young also lost their luggage. Garcia also worked the show with a respiratory infection… Fans at last night’s NXT house show said that Charlotte’s successful defence of the Women’s Championship over Sasha Banks stole the show. Charlotte’s making a habit of it.

TNA
Madison Rayne officially turned heel on last week’s Impact Wrestling. The heavy teasing began two week previously when she pulled Taryn Terrell’s tights to become number one contender to the Knockouts Championship and the pair teamed up on last Wednesday’s show but Rayne refused to tag in during their match against the Beautiful People. In the end, Madison walked into the ring, knocked down Angelina Love & Velvet Sky before booting Taryn in the head and delivering the Rayne Check (Barbie Crusher) before leaving the ring, allowing Love & Sky to get the win… TNA is holding a Twitter Q&A on Friday with Havok, Taryn Terrell, Reby Sky & Veda Scott ahead of the Knockouts Knockdown PPV being made available later in the day. Scott and Marti Belle are currently being profiled on the company’s website.

North America
SHINE has announced that it’s 24th show will take place on January 23 next year. It had already been revealed that SHINE 23 will be on December 5. Amber O’Neal and Crazy Mary Dobson return at SHINE 23 – hopefully their story will continue following O’Neal’s heel turn on Dobson at SHINE 20 in June. Tina San Antonio also returns to the promotion for the first time since SHINE 7 in February 2013, while Vanessa Kraven will make her debut… Heidi Lovelace advanced to the finals of the Young Lions Cup on Saturday after beating Eddie Smooth in the first round and then winning the 6-way semi final. Kimber Lee also qualified for the 6-way by beating Eddie Smooth. Lovelace will face Missile Assault Ant in the final on December 6… Candice LeRae & Joey Ryan advanced in DREAMWAVE’s Tag Team Tournament on Saturday by beating the Osirian Portal in the first round… Seleziya Sparx regained custody of her dog Peanut after beating Jasmin in a Ladder Match at Alpha 1 Wrestling on Sunday. You can see the whole feud by clicking here… Hometown hero Nicole Matthews main-evented Elite Canadian Championship Wrestling’s Port Coquitlam show on Saturday, defeating Jaida… Jenny Rose will challenge LuFisto for the Women Superstars Uncensored Championship on Saturday. Tessa Blanchard and D’Arcy Dixon will make their debuts on the card – Blanchard challenges Niya Barela for the Spirit Title while Dixon wrestles Mickie Knuckles a day after they face off in a steel cage for the RESISTANCE Pro Women’s Championship… Alternative Wrestling Show and Wrestling Cares Association is bringing back the Race for the Cup tournament, which was won last year by Katarina Leigh… Kimber Lee and Cherry Bomb may be great teammates, but they face off at Beyond Wrestling on November 29 with their regular male tag team partners. Kimber Lee and Drew Gulak will battle Cherry Bomb and her husband Pepper Parks.

Japan
Nanae Takahashi Kairi Hojo Youji KawauchiAyako Hamada and Yuu Yamagata regained the Pro Wrestling WAVE Tag Team Championship on Wednesday by beating Tomoka Nakagawa and Kyoko Kimura. Hikaru Shida also retained her Regina Di Wave and Revolution Championship Wrestling Titles in her match against Mari Apache… Riho won the IWA Triple Crown Championship on Sunday, defeating Emi Sakura in the main event of Gatoh Move’s show… Tomoka Nakagawa was unsuccessful in her challenge for the OZ Academy Openweight Championship, losing to titleholder Tsubasa Kuragaki on Sunday… Successful defences for the Wonder of Stardom and Goddesses of Stardom Champions yesterday – Mayu Iwatani beat Miho Wakizawa while Nanae Takahashi & Kairi Hojo retained their belts by beating former World of Stardom titleholder Io Shirai & reigning champion Yoshiko. Kellie Skater also made her Japan return on the show, beating Reo Hazuki.

Europe
Nikki Storm beat Kay Lee Ray in a No DQ contest on Friday and Pollyanna Peppers on Saturday to retain her Pro Wrestling: EVE title in a return for the promotion as part a collaboration with XWA Wrestling. Also on the Saturday show, Rhia O’Reilly defeated Addy Starr and KLR beat Jimmy Havoc in a hardcore match… Pollyanna was meant to wrestle Jinny at PROGRESS on Sunday by her Pollyanna Peppers Jinny JGosPhotographyopponent said she was injured and couldn’t compete, but attacked Pollyanna as she left the ring. The pair will wrestle on January 4… Two more Pollyanna notes – she challenges Addy Starr for the Interpromotional Women’s Championship at British Empire Wrestling on November 16, and she is going to be called out by Chris Walker on Pro Wrestling Chaos’ show on the 29th. Miss Peppers may be the busiest female wrestler in the UK at the moment… Viper will defend her Showcase Pro Wrestling Women’s National Title against Leah Owens on November 29… After holding two exhibition matches, Empress Pro has announced that it will hold its first full card on January 17. Bete Noire and Nixon Newell have been announced… Nikki Storm, Viper, Lana Austin & Kay Lee Ray will face off in a 4-way for PAID Promotions on December 7.

Mexico
Sexy Star was featured in the debut episode of Lucha Underground last Wednesday. She lost to Son of Havoc in a short match which was preceded with a video package introducing herself and that she wrestles to inspire every girl who needs an inspiration. It was a great introduction which WWE and TNA could do well to emulate.

Australia & New Zealand
Cremator & Vixsin beat Siren Monroe & Tommy Hellfire in a mixed tag match at Melbourne City Wrestling’s 4th Anniversary Show. KC Cassidy defeated Miami on the same show… Michelle K Hasluck returns to the ring on Friday after a year away to have a child. She teams up with Kira Sommers against Miss Fortune & Daisy Chayne for Snakepit Pro Wrestling.

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Results

October 28: ATTACK Pro Wrestling (Cardiff, Wales) – Mark Andrews & Pete Dunne b Teen Wolf & Nixon Newell

October 28: All Star Wrestling (Aldershot, England) – Leah Von Dutch b Sammy Baynz

October 28: WWE Main Event (Houston, TX) – Paige b Natalya

October 29: Pro Wrestling WAVE (Tokyo, Japan) – Cherry, Koharu Hinata & Rina Yamashita b Mika Iida, Yua Hayashi & Kaho Kobayashi; Kyusei Sakura Hirota b Sawako Shimono; Shu Shibutani & Moeka Haruhi b Sumire Natsu & Yumi Ohka; Mio Shirai b Hiroe Nagahama; Dynamite Kansai, Fairy Nipponbashi & Melanie Cruise b Misaki Ohata, Kana & Tsukasa Fujimoto; Hikaru Shida b Mari Apache; Ayako Hamada & Yuu Yamagata b Kyoko Kimura & Tomoka Nakagawa to win the WAVE Tag Team Championship

October 29: All Star Wrestling (Gravesend, England) – Leah Von Dutch b Bubblegum

October 29: TNA Impact Wrestling (Bethlehem, PA) – Angelina Love & Velvet Sky b Madison Rayne & Taryn Terrell

October 29: Lucha Underground (Los Angeles, CA) – Son of Havoc b Sexy Star

October 30: REINA (Tokyo, Japan) – Kana b Koharu Hinata; SYU*RI & Ray b Black Jujidan #1 & Black Jujidan #2; Arisa Nakajima b Haruka Kato; Leon & Tomoka Nakagawa b Makoto & Maki Narumiya; Kyoko Kimura & Masaaki Mochizuki b Syuri & Shiro Koshinaka

October 30: A-Merchandise (St Ives, England) – Nixon Newell b Nadia Sapphire

October 30: All Star Wrestling (Gravesend, England) – Leah Von Dutch b Bubblegum

October 30: WWE NXY (Orlando, FL) – Carmella b Emma

October 30: WWE NXT house show (Largo, FL) – Bayley b Becky Lynch

October 31: Ice Ribbon (Saitama, Japan) – Meari Naito & Yuka b Kurumi & 235; Miyako Matsumoto b Mio Shirai; Tsukasa Fujimoto, Maki Narumiya & Risa Sera b Aoi Kizuki, Hamuko Hoshi & Mochi Miyagi

October 31: A-Merchandise (Broxbourne, England) – Nixon Newell b Nadia Sapphire

October 31: XWA Wrestling (Sudbury, England) – Nikki Storm b Kay Lee Ray

October 31: WWE SmackDown (Houston, TX) – Nikki Bella won a battle royal

October 31: Lucha Libre Femenil (Monterrey, Mexico) – Lady Azteca b Ayira; Polly Star b Amazona and La Chacala in a 3-way; Tsunami b Angelica; Lady Jaguar b Alicia

November 1: Ice Ribbon (Saitama, Japan) – Miyako Matsumoto b Mochi Miyagi; Tsukasa Fujimoto besiegt 235 & Mio Shirai; Cherry v Maki Narumiya went to a time limit draw; Kurumi & Sera Risa b Hamuko Hoshi & Yuka

Siren Monroe Vixsin Cory Lockwood PhotographyNovember 1: Tokyo Joshi Pro (Saitama, Japan) – Miyu Yamashita & Erin b KANNA & Shoko Nakajima; Chikage Kiba & Akane Miura b Shoko Nakajima & Yuka Sakazaki; Miyu Yamashita & Ai Shimizu b Nonoko & Erin

November 1: Melbourne City Wrestling (Melbourne, Australia) – Tommy Hellfire & Siren Monroe v The Cremator & Vixsin

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

November 1: XWA Wrestling (Colchester, Essex) – Rhia O’Reilly b Addy Starr; Nikki Storm b Pollyanna; Kay Lee Ray b Jimmy Havoc

November 1: Futureshock Wrestling (Prestwich, England) – Danni Hunter v Lana Austin went to a no-contest

November 1: Elite Canadian Championship Wrestling (Port Coquitlam, BC, Canada) – Skarlet b Mary Jane; Nicole Matthews b Jaida

November 1: DREAMWAVE (LaSalle, IL) – Candice LeRae & Joey Ryan b Amasis & Ophidian

November 1: Wrestling Is Fun (Norristown, PA) – Kimber Lee b JT Dunn; Heidi Lovelace b Eddie Smooth; Heidi Lovelace b Kimber Lee, Arctic Assault Ant, Will Ferrera, the Proletariat Boar of Moldova & Joe Black in a 6-way

November 1: Pro Wrestling Now (Fayetteville, NC) – Mary Elizabeth Monroe b Sidney Black

November 1: SoCal Pro (Oceanside, CA) – Ashley Grace & Kitana Vera b Casanova Fantastico & Incendio Calavera

November 1: New England Championship Wrestling (Stoughton, MA) – Alexxis Nevaeh & Davienne b Mistress Belmont & Sammi Lane

November 1: Ohio Valley Wrestling (Louisville, KY) – Jessie Belle b Rebel

November 1: Oddity Wrestling Alliance (San Diego, CA) – Sage Sin b Amazona, Datura & Ruby Raze in a 4-way

November 1: Lucky Pro Wrestling (Clinton, MA) – Nikki Valentine defeats Ramona Romano; Natalia won a battle royal; Davienne & Taeler Hendrix b Alexxis Nevaeh & Kaitlin Diemond

November 1: Coastal Wrestling Federation (Mesquite, TX) – Gail Kim & Jessica James v Angelina Love & Angel Blue

November 1: Xtrem Mexican Wrestling (Ecatepec de Morelos, Mexico) – Ludark Shaitan b Felina Metalica

November 2: Gatoh Move (Tokyo, Japan) – Sayaka Obihiro, Ryuichi Sekine b Antonio Honda & Fukin Kitazawa; Command Bolshoi b DJ Nira; Sareee b “Kotori”; Masako Takanashi v Hanako Nakamori; Riho b Emi Sakura to win the IWA Triple Crown Championship

November 2: OZ Academy (Tokyo, Japan) – Manami Toyota b Kyusei Sakura Hirota; Manami Toyota b Kyusei Sakura Hirota; Manami Toyota b Kyusei Sakura Hirota; Yumi Ohka, Kyoko Kimura & Mio Shirai b AKINO, Kaori Yoneyama & Syuri; Mayumi Ozaki, Miyako Matsumoto b Dynamite Kansai & Kaho Kobayashi; Aja Kong & Mari Apache b Hikaru Shida & Kagetsu; Tsubasa Kuragaki b Tomoka Nakagawa

November 2: JWP (Tokyo, Japan) – Sareee b Raideen Hagane; Yumiko Hotta b Yua Hayashi; Kyoko Kimura b Yako Fujigasaki; Leon b Ray; Tomoka Nakagawa b Rabbit Miyu; Arisa Nakajima, Hanako Nakamori & Aki Shizuku b Command Bolshoi, Kayoko Haruyama & KAZUKI

November 2: Melbourne City Wrestling (Essendon, England) – Cremator & Vixsin b Siren Monroe & Tommy Hellfire; KC Cassidy b Miami

November 2: PAID Promotions (Morecambe, England) – Viper b Kasey Owens

November 2: Insane Championship Wrestling (Glasgow, Scotland) – Liam Thomson & Carmel Jacob b Stevie Boy & Kay Lee Ray

Seleziya Sparx Jasmin TabercilNovember 2: Alpha 1 Wrestling (Hamilton, ON, Canada) – Seleziya Sparx b Jasmin

November 2: WWE house show (Syracuse, NY) – Alicia Fox b Paige

November 2: CMLL (Mexico City, Mexico) – Dark Angel, Lluvia & Princesa Sugehit b Dallys la Caribeña, La Seductora & Zeuxis

November 3: Stardom (Tokyo, Japan) – Kellie Skater b Reo Hazuki; Kyoko Kimura & Kris Wolf b Kaori Yoneyama & Hatsuhonode Kamen and Star Fire & Mystique in a 3-way; Takumi Iroha & Risa Sera b Koguma & Kurumi; Mayu Iwatani b Miho Wakizawa; Nanae Takahashi & Kairi Hojo b Io Shirai & Yoshiko

November 3: Tokyo Joshi Pro (Tokyo, Japan) – Akane Miura b Erin; Chikage Kiba b Yuka Sakazaki; Nonoko b Ai Shimizu; Saki Akai b Shoko Nakajima; Miyu Yamashita b KANNA

November 3: Pro Wrestling WAVE (Yamanashi, Japan) – Tomoka Nakagawa b Hiroe Nagahama; Melanie Cruise & Moeka Haruhi b Mika Iida & Kaho Kobayashi; Rina Yamashita b Kyusei Sakura Hirota; Shu Shibutani b Sawako Shimono; Ayako Hamada, Hikaru Shida & Yuu Yamagata b Kana, Marie Apache & Yumi Ohka

November 3: JWP (Tokyo, Japan) – Leon b Boriishi; Bolshoi kid b Hawaiian Bolshoi; Arisa Nakajima, Rabbit Miyu & Yua Hayashi b Hanako Nakamori, Raideen Hagane & Yako Fujigasaki

November 3: WWE NXT house show (Citrus Springs, FL) – Charlotte b Sasha Banks

November 3: WWE Raw (Buffalo, NY) – Nikki Bella b Emma

Upcoming

Michelle K Hasluck Kira Sommers Miss Fortune Daisy ChayneNovember 7: Snakepit Pro Wrestling (Pooraka, Australia) – Michelle K Hasluck & Kira Sommers v Miss Fortune & Daisy Chayne

November 7: RESISTANCE Pro (Lockport, IL) – D’Arcy Dixon v Mickie Knuckles

November 8: 4 Front Wrestling (Bristol, England) – Nadia Sapphire v Chardonnay

November 8: Ultimate British Wrestling (Royston, England) – Lulu v Jezabeth

November 8: Women Superstars Uncensored (Voorhees, NJ) – LuFisto v Jenny Rose; Niya Barela v Tessa Blanchard; Kimber Lee v JT Dunn; Annie Social v David Starr; Athena v Hania; Nevaeh v Jewells Malone; Solo Darling v Cherry Bomb; D’Arcy Dixon v Mickie Knuckles; Leva Bates v Brittany Blake

November 8: Neo Wrestling (Niagara Falls, ON) – Cherry Bomb v Skyler Rose

November 9: TNA British Boot Camp (London, England) – Nikki Storm v Kay Lee Ray v Kasey Owens v Leah Owens

November 9: Squared Circle Wrestling (Toronto, ON, Canada) – Hania v Alexia Nicole v Jasmin

November 10: World Wrestling Network (Grand Epoch City, China) – Ivelisse Velez v Su Yung; Mia Yim v Allysin Kay

November 11: World Wrestling Network (Chengdu City, China) – Ivelisse Velez v Allysin Kay; Mia Yim v Su Yung

November 12: World Wrestling Network (Emeishan City, China) – Ivelisse Velez & Mia Yim v Allysin Kay & Su Yung

November 13: World Wrestling Network (Beijing, China) – Ivelisse Velez v Mia Yim

November 14: Pro Wrestling 4U (Newcastle-Under-Lyme, England) – Pollyanna v Violet Vendetta

November 15: Riot City Wrestling “City Chicks” (Adelaide, Australia)

November 15: World Association of Wrestling/DOA Wrestling (Bury St Edmunds) – Saraya Knight v Addy Starr

November 15: True Grit Wrestling (Leeds, England) – Lana Austin v Nixon Newell

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

November 16: British Empire Wrestling (London, England) – Dragonita v Dean Michael; Lola & Nina Samuels v Astronomica & Nightshade; Addy Starr v Pollyanna

November 22: Alternative Wrestling Show (South Gate, CA) – Hudson Envy v Cheerleader Melissa

November 21: New Horizons Pro Wrestling (Perth, Australia) – Saraya Knight v Demi Bennett v Evie v Madison Eagles

November 23: Melbourne City Wrestling ‘Fight For A Cause’ (Hampton Park, Australia)

November 23: Fierce Females (Glasgow, Scotland) – Courtney v Fiona Fraser

November 23: SMASH Wrestling (Mississauga, ON, Canada) – Candice LeRae & Joey Ryan v Cherry Bomb & Pepper Parks; Courtney Rush v Vanessa Kraven

November 29: Warzone Wrestling (Berwick, Australia) – Savannah Summers v Kellyanne English

Viper Leah OwensNovember 29: Showcase Wrestling (Dumfries, Scotland) – Viper v Leah Owens

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

November 30: Southside Wrestling (St Neots, England) – Kay Lee Ray v Nixon Newell

November 30: Queens of Combat (Winston-Salem, NC) – Mickie James v Tessa Blanchard; Joey Ryan & Candice LeRae v Mia Yim & Leva Bates; Sojo Bolt & Dani Jackson v Amber O’Neal & Jessie Kaye; Angelina Love v Nevaeh

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

December 5: SHINE 23 (Ybor City, FL)

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

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

January 17: Empress Pro (High Wycombe, England)

January 23: SHINE 24 (Ybor City, FL)

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

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

– Lee Burton
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Ringbelles Roundup (21 October 2014) – Nicole Matthews rules the SHIMMER roost, a call to action & more

Nicole Matthews Kristine RoperNicole Matthews was turned down the first time she applied to wrestle for SHIMMER. However, considering she had only been in the business for around a year, it may have been a little too soon for the ambitious yet inexperienced Canadian.

“Nicole’s first demo was sent to me when she had less than a year of actual experience as a professional wrestler,” said SHIMMER promoter Dave Prazak during an interview with SLAM Sports – Wrestling in May 2009. “Much like I did with her eventual partner Portia Perez a year earlier, I let her know what I thought of the first demo and encouraged her to work as many independent wrestling events as possible to get more ring time, work on a few things, and gather new footage to include on a follow-up demo. I remained in contact with her, and when a last-minute opening came up on our volumes 15 and 16 taping a year later, we gave Nicole the opportunity to come to Chicago and show us what she could do.”

Matthews worked on the constructive criticism she received and made her debut in the promotion on October 13, 2007 where she teamed with Perez – who she only met when Portia picked her up from the airport in Chicago on her debut weekend – to defeat Ashley Lane and Lorelei Lee. She was the second match on the card but started to rise up the ranks with encouraging performances and a character development as part of her tandem with Portia, later titled the Canadian Ninjas. Nicole’s first big singles break came against the woman who elicited a change of her first name for her debut, falling to Nikki Roxx on volume 19 before embarking on a feud with Daizee Haze in May 2009 which drew many plaudits, and she culminated the weekend by winning the Tag Team Titles with Perez. The pair held the belts on two occasions, racking up reigns totalling 973 days and Two time SHIMMER tag champs, Portia Perez & Nicole Matthews. Photo: Portia Perez's Twitteronly ending last April when they were usurped by current champions Kellie Skater & Tomoka Nakagawa. Making a splash in both the singles and tag team ranks – highlighted by a great feud with Jessie McKay in late 2010-early 2011, Nicole was Cheerleader Melissa’s first SHIMMER Title challenger in March 2012, though she fell to the new champion.

After losing the tag straps, Matthews embarked on her current feud, which started out as a friendly war over what was the best coffee. Tim Hortons-loving Nicole fought to a 20-minute draw with Starbucks fan Madison Eagles and the pair began a Cold War where they would be friendly but try to get under each other’s skin or undermine the other – exemplified during their Tag Team Title challenge against 3G on volume 63 earlier this year. The inconclusive nature of their singles matches against each other continued last weekend when they went to a draw on volume 67, leading to them both being inserted into the following volume’s singles title match – one which Matthews went all out to win.

Following the shock dismissal of Melissa by Athena in the 4-way elimination match to guarantee the end of her second title reign and also promise a new champion, the Fallen Goddess was quickly dispatched by Matthews thanks to a distraction by a vengeful Melissa, leaving the two frenemies to battle it out for the belt – and it was Nicole using flash paper to throw a fireball into Eagles’ face which was the deciding factor, as it lead to Matthews getting the pin to become the first SHIMMER Champion from Canada, the most decorated wrestler in SHIMMER history with three title reigns and the first wrestler to rise up the ranks through the promotion rather than be an original like Melissa or MsChif or come in with some buzz like Eagles or Saraya Knight.

“It was pretty surreal to become SHIMMER Champion,” 27-year old Matthews exclusively told Ringbelles earlier today. “When I decided to start training in November 2005, my only goal was to wrestle at SHIMMER. When that happened, I was ecstatic. You can only imagine how cool it was for me to go from that to becoming the tag champions with Portia and now becoming the SHIMMER champion. To go from opening matches to the champion is an awesome journey, and one I don’t think that a SHIMMER champion has gone through before me.

“I’m also really glad my first title defence was against Evie because I felt like that was a great representation on what this title reign is going to be. This is going to spice up the main event. There will be new faces there and if I’ve won this belt, who’s to say Evie isn’t next? Or Portia Perez? Or Courtney Rush? Or Nikki Storm? It’s going to get interesting…”

Nicole Matthews Portia Perez SHIMMERInteresting indeed. When you consider that because of the antics of herself and Perez they have formidable opposition by recently-turned babyfaces Eagles and Jessicka Havok, one can see that the main events in SHIMMER have been shaken up by the title change. However, it’s not the first earthquake that Matthews has caused this year, as this title win comes quickly after her reign as Elite Canadian Championship Wrestling Champion, which came to an end earlier this month after she won the belt in August, much to the delight of the fans in her home promotion.

“I’ve had a fantastic year and didn’t predict any of it coming my way,” says Nicole. “Becoming the ECCW Champion was really unexpected, as was the reaction and publicity that got. It just shows how crazy and unpredictable wrestling can be. You never know what’s going to happen, and all you can do is go along for the ride.”

At the moment, Matthews’ ride is at a peak, and looks set to climb even further. Much like a ninja, she has quietly seized opportunities and left a slew of victims in her wake. She may also have snuck into Wrestler of the Year contention too…

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Kay Lee Ray Evie Kristine RoperElsewhere at SHIMMER over the weekend – results here and here along with thoughts from Reid Allen who was in attendance – Kay Lee Ray and Candice LeRae put on arguably the match of the weekend, Mayumi Ozaki (who was one of four joshi debuts) and Saraya Knight ripped shreds out of each other before forming a unit along with Rhia O’Reilly – who had a career high weekend topped off by wrestling LuFisto. Despite losing her title challenge, Evie’s performances were well received, the Kimber Bombs continued their ascent to what will probably be the Tag Team Championship – despite losing a title challenge at the weekend – while Nicole Savoy impressed many in her debut weekend. Nikki Storm continued to entertain with her Stormeo cookies and falling out with Courtney Rush after the Winnipegger tore her letter which was allegedly from the Backstreet Boys.

Speaking of the Tag Team Titles, they’re still in the hands of 3G, despite Tomoka Nakagawa’s impending retirement at the end of the year. However, her t-shirt which she was selling at the weekend has the year noted as 2015, so she may wrestle again next year. Incidentally, she and Skater have now notched up a record 13 successful defences, and if they hold the belts until the tapings in the spring, they will have the longest SHIMMER Tag Team Title reign ever and possibly the longest reign of any title, beating MsChif’s 715 days with the singles belt.

Injury-wise, LuFisto suffered a broken left hand, Athena needed to be helped to the back after being knocked out with a curb stomp during her volume 69 match against Melissa and Sassy Stephie hurt her ankle, ruling herself out of next weekend’s NCW Femmes Fatales show where she was meant to face Kc Spinelli – she will now take on Allysin Kay instead.

Kaori Yoneyama Tsukasa FujimotoAmusingly, Kaori Yoneyama and Tsukasa Fujimoto also ended up on WGN Chicago’s news broadcast last Thursday as they were filmed walking through O’Hare airport as part of a report into screenings for ebola. They’re not at any risk – it’s just that they happened to be there while the cameras were rolling.

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A quick note to talent, promoters and the like involved in the women’s wrestling community: I’m looking to put together a special podcast commemorating Stewart Allen. I’m hoping to put together a lot of audio pieces from people who have anecdotes and tales to tell – and I’m sure there are many.

I’m hoping to put it together at the end of October. What I’m asking is if you can record a quick piece onto a smartphone or onto your computer with your thoughts – no longer than 5 minutes – and send the audio file to admin@ringbelles.com

Thanks a lot to everyone, I’m looking forward to hearing the stories as I compile it.

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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
Alexa Bliss spoke to the Miami Herald about a range of subjects including getting into bodybuilding after being involved in cheerleading and how it helped with an eating disorder – Torrie Wilson has a similar story – applying to WWE through the Diva Search and how she studies Rey Mysterio and Sin Cara because of her lack of height – she’s 5 feet tall… Charlotte beat Becky Lynch in a non-title match on last week’s NXT. Carmella also won her debut match on the show, defeating Leva Bates. AJ Lee defeated Layla on SmackDown after the latter walked out on the Divas Champion during their match on last week’s Raw. Paige laid out her enemy with the Paige Turner afterwards. Speaking of which, AJ v Paige has been announced for Sunday’s Hell in a Cell PPV with the Divas Title on the line. Hopefully this will be the end of Eden Stiles WWEtheir feud… Following the departure of ring announcer Justin Roberts, Lilian Garcia has taken over duties on Raw. Eden Stiles (Brandi Rhodes) will replace Garcia on SmackDown… Paige and Alicia Fox have been added to the cast of Total Divas. They will join the show on January 4 when the show returns from its mid-season break. Presumably this means Paige isn’t winning the Divas Title on Sunday, considering the rule that the championship can’t be on the show, though she cryptically tweeted that rules change – though Stephanie McMahon has come out to say that there is no policy. Figure Four Online claims that the reason why AJ Lee isn’t part of it because of her marriage to CM Punk, though there are also claims that she and Layla turned down the opportunity to be on the show… Credit to WWE – it’s changed its Talent Wellness section on the corporate section of its website. Now renamed Talent Programs and Policies, it has a section focussed on the issue of domestic abuse. It says “WWE has zero tolerance for matters involving domestic violence, child abuse and sexual assault. Upon arrest for such misconduct, a WWE talent will be immediately suspended. Upon conviction for such misconduct, a WWE talent will be immediately terminated.” To be pedantic, the term is now domestic abuse rather than violence as the new title incorporates things like mental, emotional and financial control, but it’s a positive step, and is possibly a reaction to domestic abuse arrests/accusations involving members of the Ultimate Fighting Championship and National Football League.

TNA
Havok beat Madison Rayne on last Wednesday’s Impact Wrestling to retain the Knockouts Championship… Gail Kim described Nikki Storm as the “best audition” of the Glasgow heats of British Boot Camp 2, which kicked off on Sunday. Viper also made a good impression but did not make it through to the next stage, while Storm and Kay Lee Ray did. You can read what Kim ahead Viper Kay Lee Ray Nikki Storm Gail Kim TNAof the show’s premiere by clicking here.

North America
Vanessa Kraven spoke about why she attacked Courtney Rush at the end of the Smash Wrestling CanUSA Classic last month. She says she has nothing against Rush but she wanted to send a message to every woman in the ring during the medal ceremony. She expressed her desire to be the best female wrestler in the world… The Wrestling Observer reports that Amazing Kong needs surgery for two herniated discs… Candice LeRae & Joey Ryan retained the Pro Wrestling Guerrilla Tag Team Championship on Friday, beating Chuck Taylor & Johnny Gargano… John Greed beat Seleziya Sparx on Sunday’s Squared Circle Wrestling show in a Tables Match… Mickie James indicated on Twitter that she would be open for a return to WWE. She gave birth to her first child last month… Jessie Belle Smothers’ retirement didn’t last long – she’s taking bookings again.

Japan
She may be retiring at the end of the year but she’s not done winning titles yet: Tomoka Nakagawa won the Pro Wrestling WAVE Tag Team Championship on Wednesday alongside Kyoko Kimura by beating Mika Iida & Kyusei Sakura Hirota in the Dual Shock Wave tag team tournament final… Command Bolshoi celebrated 25 years in the business on Sunday, beating Meiko Satomura.

Europe
Queen Maya marked her return to wrestling after becoming a mother by beating Lady Lory on Saturday to regain the italian Championship Wrestling Women’s Title… Fierce Females Champion Kay Lee Ray will not be part of this Saturday’s charity show; she’s booked in a tag team match in Edinburgh for Premier British Wrestling. Speaking of the charity show, Violet O’Hara, Fiona Fraser and the Owens Twins have been added to the lineup.

Mexico
Makoto and Maki Narumiya have been wrestling in CMLL over the last week as part of its talent sharing initiative with REINA. They took part in a Mexico v Rest of World match on Sunday, with the foreigners winning.

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Results

October 14: CMLL (Mexico City, Mexico) – La Comandante, Makoto & Maki Narumiya b Estrellita, Goya Kong & Princesa Sugehit

October 15: Pro Wrestling WAVE (Tokyo, Japan) – Tsukasa Fujimoto b Kaho Kobayashi; Mio Shirai & Misaki Ohata b Melanie Cruise & Rina Yamashita; Yuu Yamagata, Mari Apache & Kana b Hikaru Shida, Yumi Ohka & Sawako Shimono; Syuri b Shu Shibutani; Ayako Hamada b Moeka Haruhi; Kyoko Kimura & Tomoka Nakagawa b Mika Iida & Kyusei Sakura Hirota to win the WAVE Tag Team Championship

October 15: TNA Impact Wrestling (Bethlehem, PA) – Havok b Madison Rayne

October 15: AAA (Naucalpan, Mexico) – Jennifer Blake, La Jarochita & Súper Nova b Eterno, Sexy Lady & Taya Valkyrie

October 16: WWE NXT (Orlando, FL) – Charlotte b Becky Lynch; Carmella b Leva Bates

October 16: United States Championship Wrestling (Callhan, FL) – Santana Garrett b Ashleigh Lynn Ford

October 16: Lucha Libre Total (Xalapa, Mexico) – Jennifer Blake, Princesa Metalica & Gabriel o Gabriela b Muneca Sarcasmo, Taya Valkyrie & Demasiado

Shanna Liberty Swiss Wrestling EntertainmentOctober 17: Swiss Wrestling Entertainment (Bern, Switzerland) – Shanna & Sara Marie Taylor b Lana Austin & Liberty

October 17: House of Pain Evolution (Derby, England) – Felony b Erin Night

October 17: Tidal Championship Wrestling (Darlington, England) – Courtney b Ruby Summers

October 17: WWE SmackDown (Birmingham, AL) – AJ Lee b Layla

October 17: WWE NXT house show (Leesburg, FL) – Bayley b Becky Lynch

October 17: WWE house show (Montreal, QC, Canada) – Naomi & Natalya b Cameron & Layla

October 17: House of Bricks (New Bedford, MA) – Mistress Belmont b Nikki Valentine; Amanda Fox b JB Tickle & The Raging Bull in a 3-way

October 17: AAW (Berwyn, IL) – Dan Lawrence & Markus Crane b Heather Patera & Kimber Lee; Athena & Heidi Lovelace b Christian Faith & Gregory Iron; Dan Lawrence & Markus Crane b Athena & Heidi Lovelace

October 17: Pro Wrestling Guerrilla (Reseda, CA) – Candice LeRae & Joey Ryan b Chuck Taylor & Johnny Gargano

October 17: CMLL (Mexico City, Mexico) – Makoto, Maki Narumiya & Zeuxis b Dark Angel, Lluvia & Marcela

October 18: Ice Ribbon (Saitama, Japan) – Aoi Kizuki & Kyuri b 235 & Kurumi; Miyako Matsumoto b Yume Hayashi; Aoi Kizuki v Neko Nitta went to a time limit draw; Cherry & Meari Naito b Risa Sera & Tsukushi

October 18: Women’s Wrestling Big Match in Niigata (Niigata, Japan) – Kyoko Kimura b Sareee; Eiger b Sakura Hirota; Eiger b Sakura Hirota; Kaho Kobayashi & Alex Lee v Yumiko Hotta & Dump Matsumoto went to a double count out; Aja Kong b Kagetsu; Manami Toyota, DASH Chisako & Nanae Takahashi b Yoshiko, Ray & Tsubasa Kuragaki; Meiko Satomura b Ayako Hamada

October 18: Italian Championship Wrestling (Torino, Italy) – Queen Maya b Lady Lory to win the ICW Women’s Championship

October 18: German Wrestling Federation (Waren, Germany) – Blue Nikita b Vanessa La Bestia

October 18: DOA Wrestling (March, England) – Penelope b Chanel & Addy Starr in a 3-way

October 18: Scottish Wrestling Alliance (Motherwell, Scotland) – Sammii Jayne b Viper

October 18: Extreme World Wrestling (Hastings, England) – Skarlett b Chuck Cyrus

October 18: SHIMMER: Women Athletes (Berwyn, IL) – Kimber Lee & Cherry Bomb b Bambi Hall & KC Cassidy; Heidi Lovelace b Nicole Savoy; Sassy Stephie b Crazy Mary Dobson; Athena b Nikki Storm; Portia Perez b Courtney Rush via DQ; Nevaeh b Jenny Rose; Mayumi Ozaki b Saraya Knight; Evie b Kay Lee Ray; LuFisto b Rhia O’Reilly; Nicole Matthews v Madison Eagles went to a draw; Kaori Yoneyama, AKINO & Tsukasa Fujimoto b Kellie Skater, Tomoka Nakagawa & Mia Yim; Cheerleader Melissa b Kana; Cherry Bomb b Thunderkitty; Xandra Bale b Miss Natural; Marti Belle b Solo Darling; Kay Lee Ray b Kimber Lee; Leva Bates b Nevaeh; Nikki Storm b Candice LeRae; Courtney Rush b Veda Scott; AKINO b Heidi Lovelace; Vanessa Kraven b Jessicka Havok via count out; Saraya Knight & Mayumi Ozaki b Kana & LuFisto; Evie b Mia Yim; Kellie Skater & Tomoka Nakagawa b Kaori Yoneyama & Tsukasa Fujimoto; Nicole Matthews defeated Cheerleader Melissa, Madison Eagles & Athena in a 4-way to win the SHIMMER Championship

October 18: WWE NXT house show (Tampa, FL) – Bayley b Becky Lynch

October 18: WWE house show (Mexico City, Mexico) – AJ Lee b Paige

October 18: I Believe In Wrestling (Orlando, FL) – Santana Garrett b Joey Mayberry

October 18: Alpha Omega Wrestling (Victorville, CA) – Andrea The Giant b Evan James

October 18: Proving Ground Pro (Havana, IL) – Lucy Mendez & Randy Ray b Cousin Gator & Duke Cornell

October 18: Northeast Wrestling (Waterbury, CT) – Mark Shurman & Velvet Sky b Dan De Man & Jake Manning

October 19: JWP (Tokyo, Japan) – Bolshoi Kid b Leon & Ray; Command Bolshoi b Meiko Satomura

October 19: Stardom (Aichi, Japan) – Star Fire b Hatsuhinode Kamen; Kairi Hojo v Mystique went to a time limit draw; Yoshiko & Reo Hazuki b Kyoko Kimura & Kris Wolf; Nanae Takahashi, Miho Wakizawa & Koguma b Io Shirai, Mayu Iwatani & Takumi Iroha

October 19: Pro Wrestling Ulster (Belfast, Northern Ireland) – Katey Harvey b Viper

October 19: House Of Pain (Nottingham, England) – Felony v Jenna went to a double count out

October 19: SHIMMER: Women Athletes (Berwyn, IL) – Courtney Rush b Nikki Storm; Madison Eagles b Marti Belle; Kimber Lee & Cherry Bomb b Heidi Lovelace & Solo Darling; Rhia O’Reilly b Xandra Bale; Jenny Rose b Veda Scott, Candice LeRae & Leva Bates in a 4-way; LuFisto b Nicole Savoy; Tsukasa Fujimoto & Kaori Yoneyama b Sassy Stephie & Nevaeh; Cheerleader Melissa b Athena; Kana b Kay Lee Ray; Portia Perez b Jessicka Havok via DQ; Mia Yim b AKINO; Kellie Skater & Tomoka Nakagawa b Saraya Knight & Mayumi Ozaki; Nicole Matthews b Evie; Nikki Storm b Kaori Yoneyama; Vanessa Kraven b Crazy Mary Dobson; Allysin Kay & Taylor Made b KC Cassidy & Bambi Hall; Kay Lee Ray b Candice LeRae; Saraya Knight & Mayumi Ozaki b Solo Darling & Heidi Lovelace; Veda Scott b Thunderkitty; Evie b Jenny Rose; AKINO b LuFisto; Miss Natural b Xandra Bale; Mia Yim b Tsukasa Fujimoto; Kana b Courtney Rush; Athena b Cheerleader Melissa; Nicole Matthews v Tomoka Nakagawa went to a no-contest; Kellie Skater & Tomoka Nakagawa v Portia Perez & Nicole Matthews went to a no-contest; Jessicka Havok, Madison Eagles, Kellie Skater & Tomoka Nakagawa b Kimber Lee, Cherry Bomb, Portia Perez & Nicole Matthews

October 19: Premiere Wrestling Xperience (High Point, CT) – Jaxson James & Tessa Blanchard b Dark Journey & Lance Lude

Seleziya TabercilOctober 19: Squared Circle Live (Toronto, ON, Canada) – John Greed b Seleziya Sparx

October 19: CMLL (Mexico City, Mexico) – Dalys, Dark Angel, Makoto, Maki Narumiya & Zeuxis b Amapola, Estrellita, La Vaquerita, Marcela & Princesa Sugehit

October 20: WWE Raw (Kansas City, MO) – Alicia Fox b AJ Lee; Brie Bella b Summer Rae

Upcoming

October 24: Scottish Wrestling Alliance (Glasgow, Scotland) – Nikki Storm v Leah Von Dutch

October 24: Valkyrie Women’s Wrestling (Brooklyn, NY) – Sumie Sakai v Kacee Carlisle; Kimber Lee v La Rosa Negra; Tessa Blanchard v Nikki Addams; Kimber Lee v La Rosa Negra v Hania; Mia Yim v Jessie Brooks

October 25: Southside Wrestling (Stevenage, England) – Mark Andrews v El Ligero v Will Ospreay v Rich Swann v Kay Lee Ray v Curry Man

October 25: Scottish Wrestling Entertainment (Dundee, Scotland) – Nikki Storm v Leah Von Dutch

October 25: NWA Branded Outlaw Wrestling (San Antonio, TX) – Kat Green & Danny Ramons v Athena & Mathew Palmer

October 25: NWA Houston (Cypress, TX) – Barbi Hayden v Delilah Doom

October 25: Alternative Wrestling Show (South Gate, CA) – Raze & Sage Sin v Nicole Savoy & Candice LeRae

Kc Spinelli Allysin KayOctober 25: NCW Femmes Fatales XVI (Montreal, QC, Canada) – Jodi D’Milo v Vanessa Kraven; Courtney Rush v Cheerleader Melissa; LuFisto v Mia Yim; Kc Spinelli v Allysin Kay; Pink Flash Kira & Mary Lee Rose v Bettie Rage & Deziree; Saraya Knight v Sweet Cherrie; Kaitlin Diemond v Missy

October 26: Premier British Wrestling (Edinburgh, Scotland) – Grado & Kay Lee Ray v Davey Blaze & Carmel Jacob

October 26: Fierce Females (Glasgow, Scotland)

October 26: Kamikaze Pro (Birmingham, England) – Nixon Newell v Leah Von Dutch

October 26: Smash Wrestling (Mississauga, ON, Canada) – Vanessa Kraven v Portia Perez v Heidi Lovelace v Kimber Lee

October 26: WWE Hell in a Cell (Dallas, TX) – Brie Bella v Nikki Bella; AJ Lee v Paige

October 31: XWA Wrestling (Sudbury, England) – Nikki Storm v Kay Lee Ray

November 1: Melbourne City Wrestling (Melbourne, Australia) – Tommy Hellfire & Siren Monroe v The Cremator & Vixsin

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

November 1: XWA Wrestling (Colchester, Essex) – Rhia O’Reilly v Addy Starr; Nikki Storm v Pollyanna

November 1: Lucky Pro Wrestling (Clinton, MA) – Davienne & Taeler Hendrix v Rosita & Alexxis Nevaeh

November 1: Coastal Wrestling Federation (Mesquite, TX) – Gail Kim & Jessica James v Angelina Love & Angel Blue

Jinny PollyannaNovember 2: PROGRESS Wrestling (London, England) – Jinny v Pollyanna

November 2: Alpha 1 Wrestling (Hamilton, ON, Canada) – Seleziya Sparx v Jasmin

November 8: 4 Front Wrestling (Brisol, England) – Nadia Sapphire v Chardonnay

November 8: Women Superstars Uncensored (Voorhees, NJ)

November 9: Squared Circle Wrestling (Toronto, ON, Canada) – Hania v Alexia Nicole v Jasmin

November 15: Riot City Wrestling “City Chicks” (Adelaide, Australia)

November 15: True Grit Wrestling (Leeds, England) – Lana Austin v Nixon Newell

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

November 16: British Empire Wrestling (London, England) – Dragonita v Dean Michael; Lola & Nina Samuels v Astronomica & Nightshade

November 22: Alternative Wrestling Show (South Gate, CA) – Hudson Envy v Cheerleader Melissa

November 21: New Horizons Pro Wrestling (Perth, Australia) – Saraya Knight v Demi Bennett v Evie v Madison Eagles

November 23: Melbourne City Wrestling ‘Fight For A Cause’ (Hampton Park, Australia)

November 23: Fierce Females (Glasgow, Scotland)

November 23: SMASH Wrestling (Mississauga, ON, Canada) – Candice LeRae & Joey Ryan v Cherry Bomb & Pepper Parks

November 29: Warzone Wrestling (Berwick, Australia) – Savannah Summers v Kellyanne English

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)

– Lee Burton
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Ringbelles Roundup (17 June 2014) – looking back and ahead in 2014, title tournament in Spain & more

SHIMMER audienceWe’re reaching the halfway point of the year and we’re looking at compiling our list of who has had a good start to 2014. When we asked you for your thoughts on Facebook and Twitter last week, a number of names were put forward including Evie, Ivelisse Velez and Sammii Jayne – all valid picks, but you’ll see if they get a nod at the start of next month.

What we have realised is that there have been quite a lot of women who have impressed in the last six months so we may be doing more write-ups than in the two previous years. That’s no bad thing, as it shows that a lot of wrestlers are improving their standings – and we’re happy to announce that some of those names are new additions.

While the year-end awards are a big thing for this website, we’re equally excited at this time of year, as it gives us a chance to look back at what has been going on. However, it also turns out that we can also get excited about what is coming up for the second half of the year.

Pretty much every one of the promotions with an emphasis on women’s wrestling has announced shows for July to December, starting with Women Superstars Uncensored presenting a show on July 12, with reigning World Champion LuFisto scheduled to make the first defence of her title against Mickie Knuckles, who on Queen and King of the Ring with Matt Tremont in May.

Fierce Females’ first supercard of the year takes place the following week. Following two “smaller” shows, Mad Maxine will take place in Glasgow, Scotland on July 20, headlined with Kay Lee Ray defending the Scottish Championship against number one contender Nikki Storm, as well as Sara-Marie Taylor and Carmel Jacob facing Leah and Kasey Owens in a Tag Team Elimination Last Woman Standing Match. NCW Femmes Fatales follows in August with Mercedes Martinez defending the International Title in a star-studded main event which will see her put the belt on the line against LuFisto, Courtney Rush and Cheerleader Melissa.

The autumn Female Fight Season is also shaping up. It starts in the UK with Bellatrix X on September 28 – you can read more about what happened on last weekend’s Bellatrix IX show below – and we jump over the Atlantic the following month. SHIMMER returns to Berwyn, IL for four more DVD tapings on October 18-19, with the promotion announcing this week that every front row seat is sold out while half of the second row is also gone, and that’s without a single match being announced – and you can expect Absolute Intense Wrestling to hold more Girls Night Out tapings – possibly on October 11. SHINE will probably have a card on October 24, while Femmes Fatales will likely have a show the following day, if previous booking dates are anything to go by – though these dates could be flipped to before SHIMMER with AIW happening afterwards.

The festivities look set to be rounded off back in the UK, as we will likely see the comeback of Pro Wrestling: EVE, who said that should all the boxes be ticked, the promotion will hold its first show in 18 months on November 1. Promoter Dann Read revealed a few weeks ago that they are planning to take EVE in a slightly different direction to how it was going before. It will be good to see the group return.

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RCW posterSpain’s Revolution Championship Wrestling has completed its line-up for its tournament to crown its first ever Women’s Champion and women from five different nations will be vying for the belt. The promotion is booking a number of wrestlers which it used earlier in the year, as well as some new faces to Spanish fans.

Returning are Scotland’s Bete Noire as well as Northern Irish twins Kasey and Leah Owens, while Noire’s fellow Scots Nikki Storm and Kay Lee Ray will also be making the trip. England will also be represented in the form of Pollyanna Peppers, and mainland Europe will also have a contingent with Germany’s Lady Lory and Greece’s Blue Nikita also competing.

The tournament itself is slightly different to a regular single elimination format with quarter-finals, semi-finals and a final match. Instead, there will be four qualifying matches, with the winners going forward to the final to compete in a four-way Ladder Match with the title suspended over the ring.

Spain has always felt somewhat quiet in the women’s wrestling world, but RCW appears to be changing that by having a titleholder and is presumably looking to have regular title matches to build up its division. It could also be segued into creating its own Spanish stars, which helps the continent as a whole.

While North America and Japan have always had a strong focus by women’s wrestling fans, and Australia also gets deserved respect, there is a lot to pay attention to in Europe. The UK has scores of female grapplers these days, while Scandinavia has a great core of women like Miss Mina, Aurora Flame, Sara Elektra and Jessica Love. Germany has Blue Nikita and Lady Lory, as well as others like Melanie Grey and Svetlana Kalashnikova, and you have the likes of X-Cute Sweet, Morgane Leigh, Eloanne and Shanna residing in France. There are others dotted about like Laura Wellings in Switzerland and Cindy Sanders in Belarus. In short, there’s another hotbed of talent for fans of women’s wrestling to absorb.

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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
Summer Rae Layla WWELayla returned the favour after Summer Rae poured milk over her head on last week’s Raw. She attacked Summer during an interview on Main Event and poured milk and cat litter over her head. You wouldn’t see the men doing this. Summer hit back on SmackDown by dressing up as one of Adam Rose’s Rosebuds and going after Layla during Rose’s win over Fandango, and then Rae & Rose defeated Layla & Fandango on Raw – incidentally, Kaitlin Diemond worked as a Rosebud on Raw, while she, Beautiful Beaa, Alexia Nicole and SheNayNay were all part of the entourage over the weekend’s house shows… Aksana was released from WWE last Thursday – she was the sole Diva out of the 11 who were let go. Her final match was on SmackDown when she was beaten by Alicia Fox… Bayley got a pinfall win over NXT Women’s Champion Charlotte on last week’s episode of NXT as part of a six woman tag match featuring Bayley, Paige & Emma against the Beautiful Fierce Females trio of Charlotte, Sasha Banks and Summer Rae. The heels bickered afterwards… Charlotte has been announced for the July 12 house show in Madison Square Garden in New York City… AJ Lee married CM Punk last weekend… Tamina Snuka is already riding an exercise bike, just a week after surgery on her left ACL and meniscus… WWE producer Kevin Dunn is reportedly a big supporter of Alicia Fox… There was a women’s tryout session at the Performance Center last week. Word is that most of the participants were models, but reports say Canada’s Jasmin as well as Americans Hania and D’Arcy Dixon attended… Alexa Bliss spoke to WWE.com about a range of things like her cheerleading background but also her eating disorder which saw her hospitalised when her heartrate slowed to a mere 28 beats a minute after losing 30 pounds in a month and a half. Like Torrie Wilson, she beat her eating disorder by getting into fitness and bodybuilding… Vickie Guerrero revealed that daughter Shaul (former NXT Diva Raquel Diaz) has started veterinary school. She was released on April 30… Chyna tweeted Paige during last night’s Raw to say that she was impressed by her and the PTO finisher… Vickie Guerrero was involved in a situation on Raw where she has been relegated to being a gofer for the Authority, and sneezed on Triple H’s and Stephanie McMahon’s coffee, but didn’t make a fresh one. She also put Roman Reigns into a Money in the Bank qualifier battle royal against the wishes of the power couple, making the decision because they had left the building after Reigns had spiked the coffees with something that made Stephanie shout soup. F4W reports that this is an angle to write her off TV… The Bella Twins were part of a “Bella Bombs” video where they ran down “gross” Divas and were acting like bitchy heels. It was needlessly spiteful and nasty. They took the mickey out of Jillian Hall’s singing and Michelle McCool’s “flawless” gimmick. Hall tweeted earlier today, saying “WWE definitely knows how to kick someone when they’re down.”. Weird that Brie is part of this, considering she “quit” earlier this month.

TNA
Gail Kim spoke to the Queen Tribune last week to hype TNA’s Impact tapings in New York later this month. When asked about retirement, she replied “One thing I’ve always said is that I want to retire when I’m on top.” She also said that three wrestlers were big influences in her career – Molly Holly, who introduced her to WWE officials, Rey Mysterio, who inspired her high-flying, and Chris Benoit for how to cut promos. A strange choice, considering Benoit was hardly a great orator… Kim beat Brittany and Madison Rayne in a 3-way to gain a shot at the Knockouts Championship at Slammiversary. Gail got the win after the Beautiful People’s interference backfired – they had been trying to help Brittany to win in order to spite Madison Rayne. Gail lost the Slammiversary match when referee Brian Stifler intentionally favoured Love due to his affection toward the Beautiful People. Didn’t we have this storyline with Madison Rayne and Earl Hebner less than two years ago?… Taryn Terrell will return to Impact Wrestling this Thursday.

North America
The first round matches have been announced for the IWA Mid-South Queen of the Deathmatches tournament on June 28. Heidi Lovelace faces Hudson Envy in a TLC Match (standing for Tacks, Ladders and Canes); Ludark Shaitan takes on Thunderkitty in a Hardcore Bondage Deathmatch with a barbed wire collar and cat o’ninetails on a pole, and Randi West against Rebecca Payne in a Your Ass Is Glass Deathmatch featuring panes of glass, bundles of lighttubes and pits of glass. Mickie Knuckles has been forced to bow out of the IWA Mid South Queen of the Deathmatches tournament as the recovery from her ankle surgery isn’t going as quickly as originally hoped, even though it’s healing well. She was meant to face Kiki Rose in a Barefoot, Four Corners of Pain match featuring thumbtacks, lighttubes, mousetraps and rubbing alcohol… Elsewhere, LuFisto will now face Jordynne Grace in non-tournament action instead of Angelus Layne, who is still recovering from two broken wrists… Lucy Mendez is the number one contender for Mickie Knuckles’ RESISTANCE Pro Women’s Championship after beating Crazy Mary Dobson on Friday… Former WWE Divas Kelly Kelly and Candice Michelle attended last weekend’s House of Hardcore event which fellow former colleague Maria Kanellis worked on.

Japan
Risa Sera broke down in tears after being unable to wrest the Ice Ribbon ICEx∞ Championship from the iron grasp of Tsukasa Fujimoto at Hiroshima Ribbon on Sunday… Cheerleader Melissa is one of the 10 wrestlers announced so far for the Stardom 5*STAR GP2014 series taking place in August. The other participants are Io Shirai, Nanae Takahashi, Yoshiko, Kairi Hojo, Takumi Iroha, Kaori Yoneyama, Kyoko Kimura, Alpha Female and Star Fire.

Europe
Saraya Knight revealed on the most recent Women of Wrestling Podcast that she broke her back in March 2013 and didn’t know until it was confirmed in an MRI just before Christmas. She also revealed that she has osteoarthritis in her back, though also admitted that because of stretching, it feels better than it has in a long time… Sammi Baynz told our Fight Like A Girl interview that she feels envious of former tag team partner Paige’s success, as she feels she 21 Lady Lory Bellatrixcould be in WWE had she not bowed out – one time due to falling pregnant – and also admitted that she cried at the Raw in London as she felt that she missed her shot… Speaking of Baynz, she and Blue Nikita will wrestle again at Bellatrix X on September 28 after their hardcore match for Sammi’s RQW European Women’s Championship at last Sunday’s Bellatrix IX show ended in a double knockout. Elsewhere on the card, Lady Lory won the Queen of the Ring tournament, defeating Penelope, Saraya Knight and Liberty. Former Queen Destiny claimed that she’s still the rightful monarch… Alicia Fox put together a care package for Karama, who wrestled the youth club exhibition matches at Bellatrix VIII & IX. The 11-year old is a big Fox fan… Kasey Owens made her return to the ring on Sunday following a period out with a broken bone in her foot. She was defeated by Nikki Storm at Target Wrestling’s show… Hikaru Shida will wrestle Shanna on October 3 for 4 Front Wrestling’s show in Swindon, England.

Australia & New Zealand
Shazza McKenzie won the PWWA Championship from Evie on Saturday, defeating her with a hangman variant of the Shaztastic Stunner… Savannah Summers and Toni Storm earned a shot at Demi Bennett’s Riot City Wrestling Women’s Championship by winning matches on Melbourne City Wrestling’s Saturday show. Bennett beat them both in a 3-way… Evie battles Carmen Rose on July 5’s Impact Pro Wrestling show. Elsewhere on the card, Britenay & Liam Fury square off against Olivia Shaw & Brook Duncan.

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Results

June 11: Pro Wrestling WAVE (Tokyo, Japan) – Cherry & Shuu Shibutani b Natsu Sumire & Rina Yamashita; Moeka Haruhi v Sawako Shimono went to a time limit draw; Tomoka Nakagawa v Yumi Ohka went to a time limit draw; Kana, Misaki Ohata & Tsukasa Fujimoto b Ayako Hamada, Fairy Mika Iida Hikaru Shida Youji KawauchiNihonbashi & Kyusei Ninja Ranmaru; Hiroyo Matsumoto b Mio Shirai; Kyoko Kimura b Yuu Yamagata; Hikaru Shida v Mika Iida went to a time limit draw

June 11: Ohio Valley Wrestling (Louisville, KY) – Lei’D Tapa & Royal Red b Jessie Belle & Deonta Davis

June 12: TNA Impact Wrestling (Orlando, FL) – Gail Kim b Brittany & Madison Rayne in a 3-way

June 12: WWE NXT (Winter Park, FL) – Bayley, Paige & Emma b Summer Rae, Charlotte & Sasha Banks

June 12: NWA Florida Underground Wrestling (Bradenton, FL) – Su Yung b Cherry Lane & La Rosa Negra in a 3-way

June 13: WWE SmackDown (Green Bay, WI) – Alicia Fox b Aksana

June 13: RESISTANCE Pro (Willowbrook, IL) – Lucy Mendez b Crazy Mary Dobson; Camron Star & Lylah Lodge b Angel Dust & Samantha Heights

June 13: Rockstar Pro Wrestling (Dayton, OH) – Mikael b Lufisto via DQ

June 13: New England Championship Wrestling (Everett, MA) – Nikki Valentine b Toxis

June 13: All Pro Wrestling (Daly City, CA) – Cheerleader Melissa b Reby Sky

June 13: Lucha Libre Femenil (Monterrey, Mexico) – Candy Girl b Jade; Amazona b Katary; Sadica b Estrella Explosiva; Alicia & Angelica b Lady Flamer & Tsunami

June 14: Wrestling New Classic (Tokyo, Japan) – Kaho Kobayashi b Koharu Hinata; Syuri, Command Bolshoi & Makoto b La Comandante, Lin Byron & Alex Lee; Dump Matsumoto b TAJIRI via DQ

June 14: Ice Ribbon (Saitama, Japan) – Yume Hayashi b Kyuri; 235 & Manami Kanda b Akane Fujita & Aoi Ishibashi; Miyako Matsumoto b Akiba Shiori; Kurumi & Tsukasa Fujimoto b Yuri Kotobuki & Yuuka

June 14: Pro Wrestling Alliance (Casula, Australia) – Shazza McKenzie b Evie to win the PWWA Championship

June 14: Melbourne City Wrestling (Tullamarine, Australia) – Savannah Summers b Miki Fortune; Toni Storm b Siren Monroe; Blair Alexis b Minzy Montana; Demi Bennett b Toni Storm & Savannah Summers; in a 3-way Miami def KC Cassidy

June 14: Vendetta Pro Wrestling (Simi Valley, CA) – Hudson Envy, Tyler Bateman & Sledge b Sage Sin, Bo Cooper & JD Horror

June 14: I Believe In Wrestling (Orlando, FL) – Brittany b Johnny Stooge

June 14: Destination 1 Wrestling (New Albany, IN) – Trash Cassidy b Samantha Heights

June 14: WWE (Hamilton, ON, Canada) – Paige b Alicia Fox & Natalya in a 3-way

June 14: WWE (Grand Rapids, MI) – Summer Rae, Naomi & Cameron b Layla, Eva Marie & Rosa Mendes

June 15: Stardom (Tokyo, Japan) – Maaya b Azumi; Kagetsu b Koguma; Kairi Hojo & Mayu Iwatani b Hatuhinode Kamen & Kaori Yoneyama; Io Shirai & Takumi Iroha b Hiroyo Matsumoto & Miho Wakizawa; Kyoko Kimura & Alpha Female b Nanae Takahashi & Yoshiko

June 15: Pro Wrestling WAVE (Osaka, Japan) – Mio Shirai & Natsu Sumire b Mika Iida & Shuu Shibutani; Rina Yamashita b Kaho Kobayashi; Tomoka Nakagawa b Sakura Hirota; Ayako Hamada, Fairy Nihonbashi, Kyusei Ninja Ranmaru & Mayumi Ozaki b Cherry, Hibiscus Mii, Hikaru Shida & Kana; Misaki Ohata b Sawako Shimono; Yumi Ohka b Yuu Yamagata

June 15: Ice Ribbon (Hiroshima, Japan) – 235 & Akiba Shiori b Hayashi Koyuki & Kyuri; Meari Naito b Akane Fujita; Hamuko Hoshi b Manami Katsu; Neko Nitta & Rey Paloma b Yuko Miyamoto & Yuri Kotobuki; Arisa Nakajima & Command Bolshoi b Maki Narumiya & Miyako Matsumoto; Tsukasa Fujimoto b Risa Sera

June 15: Target Wrestling (Kendal, Scotland) – Nikki Storm b Kasey Owens

June 15: Premier British Wrestling (Largs, Scotland) – Kay Lee Ray b Red Lightning

June 15: Bellatrix 9 (Norwich, England) – Saraya Knight b Bacardi; Lady Lory b Penelope; Erin Angel b Amy-Lee Kramer; Liberty b Skarlett; Lady Lory b Saraya Knight; Liberty b Erin Angel; Karama, Tia Valentine, Luminous & Lorna b Holly Burrage, Madison, Holly Norman & Elsie; Lady Lory b Liberty; Blue Nikita v Sammi Baynz went to a double knockout

June 15: TNA Slammiversary (Arlington, TX) – Angelina Love b Gail Kim

June 15: WWE (Erie, PA) – Paige b Alicia Fox & Natalya in a 3-way

Alexia Nicole Jasmin TabercilJune 15: Squared Circle Wrestling (Whitby, ON, Canada) – Alexia Nicole b Jasmin; Seleziya Sparx b Pinkie Sanchez, John Greed, Brent Banks, JAKA & El Hijo del Bigote in a 6-way

June 15: CMLL (Mexico City, Mexico) – Estrellita, La Vaquerita & Marcela b Dalys, La Seductora & Princesa Blanca via DQ

June 16: Kana Produce ProMania Reach (Tokyo, Japan) – Kanjyouro Matsuyama & Shuu Shibutani b Hamuko Hoshi & Kikutaro; Arisa Nakajima v Hikaru Shida went to a time limit draw; Meiko Satomura & Minoru Suzuki b Kana & Naomichi Marufuji

June 16: WWE Raw (Cleveland, OH) – Adam Rose & Summer Rae b Fandango & Layla; Paige b Cameron

June 16: CMLL (Puebla, Mexico) – Amapola, Princesa Blanca & Zeuxis b Estrellita, Goya Kong & Princesa Sugheit via DQ

Upcoming

June 21: Pacific Pro Wrestling (Acacia Ridge, Australia) – Sara Jay v Kellyanne English

June 21: Great Bear Promotions (Middlewich, England) – Nixon v Lana Austin

Debbie Sharpe Viper Sammii Jayne Bete NoireJune 21: Scottish Wrestling Alliance (Beith, Scotland) – Debbie Sharpe & Viper v Bete Noire & Sammii Jayne

June 21: Remix Pro Wrestling (Marietta, OH) – Allysin Kay v Sassy Stephie

June 22: Full Impact Pro (Maitland, FL) – Ivelisse Velez v Candice LeRae

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

June 27: SHINE 20 (Ybor City, FL) – Sassy Stephie & Jessie Belle Smothers v Kimber Lee & Cherry Bomb v Malia Hosaka & Brandi Wine v Heidi Lovelace & Solo Darling; Su Yung v Justine Silver; Leah Von Dutch v Amber O’Neal; Taylor Made v La Rosa Negra; Nevaeh v Candice LeRae; Jessicka Havok v Allysin Kay; Leva Bates & Mia Yim v TBA; Ivelisse Velez v Serena Deeb

June 28: Warzone Wrestling (Wendouree, Australia) – Savannah Summers v Siren Monroe v Harley Wonderland

June 28: IWA Mid South Queen of the Deathmatches (New Albany, IN) – LuFisto v Jordynne Grace

June 29: Anarchy Championship Wrestling American Joshi Queen of Queens (Austin, TX)

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

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

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

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

July 12: Women Superstars Uncensored (Voorhees, NJ) – LuFisto v Mickie Knuckles

July 19: Valkyrie Women’s Wrestling (Brooklyn, NY) – Kimber Lee v Cherry Bomb; La Rosa Negra v Nevaeh

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

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)

– Lee Burton
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Ringbelles Roundup (13 May 2014) – Alicia Fox impresses, Total Divas depresses, LuFisto & Mickie Knuckles win big at WSU

Alicia Fox WWEI’ve said on a couple of occasions that Alicia Fox is not considered a threat within WWE’s Divas division. She has been jobbed out for ages, flipped from babyface to heel and back again depending on what role needs filling that particular week, used as cannon fodder for other people and has been pushed to one side for a long time – especially over the last year because of the Total Divas stuff, though we’ll get to that later. More recently, she has been someone used as a fall guy (girl?) to enhance Divas Champion Paige and give her some credibility. Since Paige’s main roster debut on April 7, Fox has lost four matches to the Briton, including yesterday’s defeat on Raw. And yet, despite these defeats, she’s in her strongest position in many a moon.

Jim Ross posted as such in his blog, saying “Really loved Alicia Fox’ performance on RAW as her post match antics were eye opening and showed just how marketable the lovely young woman can be if she is cast properly and she raises her game as she did tonight. Minutes Maximized.”

Despite Paige getting the win, the whole segment was The Alicia Fox Show. She delivered a promo beforehand where she told the 21-year old that she was resented in the Divas’ locker room, dominated the match and fell to Paige’s only move of the contest, the Paige Turner. After the match she threw a tantrum, tearing the announcers’ table apart, manhandling the timekeeper and stealing John Bradshaw Layfield’s hat. She owned the camera, worked the crowd and generated a reaction. Continue reading “Ringbelles Roundup (13 May 2014) – Alicia Fox impresses, Total Divas depresses, LuFisto & Mickie Knuckles win big at WSU”