In Video: Yoshiko vs Io Shirai for the World of STARDOM Championship

Yoshiko v Shirai Over a week ago, Yoshiko succeeded her first singles championship in her three-year career by ending Io Shirai’s 468-day as World of STARDOM Champion at “Stardom X Stardom.” After peeling back-to-back successful title defenses, the 925 onlookers in attendance watched as Shirai failed in her eleventh title defense to the 21-year old, despite originally defeating her last June at the Korakuen Hall upon first title defense. The 2014 5*STAR Grand Prix will be kicking off this Sunday at Shinkiba 1st RING, which both Shirai and Yoshiko will be involved. The cards for the tournament through the month of September have already been announced and listed here.

However, footage of the title switch has surfaced online, as Shirai was not the only competitor to lose her title. The Tawashis’ (Mayu Iwatani, Hiroyo Matsumoto and Miho Wakizawa) reign as Artist of STARDOM Champions also ended, dropping the trio belts to Tsubasa Kuragaki, Kaori Yoneyama and Hatuhinode Kamen. The Goddesses of STARDOM Championship changed hands as Kairi Hojo and Nanae Takahashi unseated Alpha Female and Kyoko Kimura.

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Ringbelles Roundup (15 July 2014) – Diva storylines, Natalya legal weirdness, British Boot Camp 2, WSU

Alicia Fox Cameron Nikki Bella WWEAfter the Charlotte v Natalya match at NXT Takeover in May, Stew wrote a Soap Box entry about how it could lead to a new wave of attention for the WWE Divas. It seems that it may have come true.

Look around WWE TV at the moment. There are four storylines involving women and they are intertwining with each other, creating a division rather than having a champion and a new challenger every so often. The great thing about the storylines is that they all vary.

For example, AJ Lee and Paige’s programme is based around the Divas Championship and the wait for Paige to turn full-blown heel; Naomi and Cameron’s spat is former partners where one member has got a bit too big for her boots; the Bellas against the Stephanie McMahon is the tried and tested authority figure against wrestler story, while Layla and Summer Rae’s deal has been over a man – admittedly, that’s the weakest reason of the lot.

Let’s have a look at what’s been going on over the last week as we run up to Battleground this Sunday.

Nikki Bella was put into a handicap match against five Total Divas co-stars. Natalya & Naomi didn’t want to be part of it while Eva Marie, Summer Rae and Rosa Mendes were into it. It also saw Cameron do a run-in after the bell to go after Nikki, with Naomi chasing her away.

AJ Lee and Cameron wrestled on SmackDown with AJ showing why she’s the titleholder by dominating her opponent, causing the former Funkadactyl to scoot out of the ring and back off, only to be thrown back into the ring by her former partner and fall victim to a Shining Wizard.

Elsewhere on the show, Layla and Summer Rae decided that fighting over Fandango was dumb as he was revelling in all of the attention and stoking the fire at the same time, so they abandoned their match against each other with the former object of their affection as referee, beating him up and dancing (awkwardly) together. The dancing buddies continued their torment of Fandango on last night’s Raw and then flirted with Dolph Ziggler, who couldn’t believe his luck – though considering his fortunes, I wouldn’t expect them to keep their attention on him for too long.

Meanwhile, Nikki Bella was put into another handicap match – this time against Alicia Fox and Cameron – with the crowd getting behind Nikki’s plight. She’s still being punished for her sister Brie quitting and hitting Stephanie McMahon so she’s being put into tag team matches with Paige AJ Lee WWEBrie but they’re handicap encounters because Brie is banned from the building. Fox got the pin with a wacky armbar/headscissors/DDT combination, continuing her unstable gimmick – though quite why Naomi didn’t come out to be Bella’s partner to face Cameron is puzzling, especially considering the former tag partners are slated to wrestle on Sunday’s PPV pre-show.

The big deal was AJ Lee and Paige’s development, which also dispelled the rumours which were going round that Vince McMahon didn’t want Paige on the mic again, as since losing the belt she’s done much more talking than wrestling on TV. Lee defeated Eva Marie in rapid order while Paige was on commentary talking up her Battleground opponent and making out like they were friends while they’re more like frenemies. After the match, AJ hopped onto the announcers’ table and the pair exchanged some cordial words with a simmering tension between them before AJ cut it short and skipped away. The gimmick here is that Paige is technically a heel but is still acting and working like a face, though AJ knows that the betrayal is coming and is ready for it.

Exhausting stuff, but very welcome. Each story has its own directions, they intersect and they are episodic. I’ve no idea who’s behind this new focus on the Divas division, but bravo – keep it up.

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NatalyaAdmittedly, Natalya is not one of the multitude of Divas in a storyline, despite her being half of the match which arguably kickstarted this range of programmes going on at the moment. However, she has had some (ridiculous) legal issues to deal with.

PWInsider reported that a hand-written lawsuit was issued on June 27 by Christopher Donnelly – a man who is currently jailed in Pennsylvania – and threatened to go to the media if he did not receive $250,000 in damages for mental and psychological trauma. The lawsuit contained a number of outlandish claims which included that the former Divas Champion was a dominatrix who beat him in hotel rooms across the country over a four year period up to 2009 – which would precede her signing with WWE and even before competing in SHIMMER – as well as forcing him to undergo extreme sexual abuse and to prostitute himself in Miami, FL.

A Florida judge dismissed the lawsuit on July 7, saying the it had delusional language and did not have any standing under the law of the state.

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TNA British Boot Camp 2TNA announced a second series of British Boot Camp, the “reality” show which saw Rockstar Spud sign with the promotion and also featured Hannah and Holly Blossom. Unofficially revealed by Challenge TV the day before President Dixie Carter could make the announcement, a press release was later issued by TNA, saying the company will be holding open tryouts with the best twelve being taken to the United States and the field being whittled down to the top two, who will compete in New York City. The winner will receive a TNA contract while three runners-up will be part of the 2015 Maximum Impact tour in the UK next January.

Gail Kim has been announced as one of the three judges who will be assessing the applicants along with Samoa Joe and Al Snow – the latter of whom could offer a conflicting opinion to Kim about women’s wrestling based on Snow’s thoughts on how women should wrestle – so it seems as if TNA is encouraging women to sign up for the show. The judges aspect makes the show more like WWE’s Tough Enough than the first run of British Boot Camp, which felt more like a fly-on-the-wall documentary.

While Spud may be enjoying a lot of TV time on Impact Wrestling, it seems as if the TNA experience saw the Blossoms go in a different direction after their one-year developmental deals with the company expired. They returned to Louisville, KY to carry on their time in Ohio Valley Wrestling – both had spent considerable time in the promotion before signing up for British Boot Camp – and Hannah made a couple of appearances on TNA TV after their appearances on the UK tour, but they were never really called up for any major reason. Both have elected to take an extended break from wrestling since January, both have married and Holly has relocated to Florida with her husband. While stepping back into the ring isn’t totally out of the realms of possibility, it seems that neither has plans to wrestle again for the foreseeable future. Considering their media attention through the show, it seems that TNA failed to capitalise on the investment they had made.

The other sticking point for potential applicants is whether they see themselves going to WWE in the future. AJ Styles, Matt Morgan, Christopher Daniels, Kazarian, Hernandez, Alex Shelley, Chris Sabin, SoCal Val, Mickie James and more have left TNA in the last 18 months or so and none have been signed to WWE, and it appears that former TNA names aren’t in high demand up north. Someone who enters – and possibly wins – the show may open the TNA door, but may be sealing the WWE one shut in the process. With TNA’s future looking shaky at the moment, it may be a short-sighted decision.

Still, some will go for the immediate attention and possible benefits by appearing on the show. It will be interesting to see what women from the UK elect to take the plunge.

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Jesiscka Havok DJ Hyde WSUWomen Superstars Uncensored has ushered in a new era of ownership following the departure of Drew Cordiero and the ascension of Combat Zone Wrestling boss DJ Hyde, who became a co-owner last year after WSU and CZW started running shows on the same day as well as sharing talent for events like Queen and King of the Ring. As an outgoing message, Cordiero wrote a Facebook post saying “Just because my time with WSU has come to an end doesn’t mean you should stop supporting the organization. Some of the hardest working women I’ve ever met still wrestle for WSU. I’m proud of WSU’s growth for the two years that I was in charge and anticipate even more growth under DJ Hyde’s leadership. I’ve learned a lot working closely with DJ and he has helped me improve as a promoter, a personality, and a person.”

However, Hyde’s first show in full charge saw two controversial issues which overshadowed LuFisto making her first successful defence of the WSU World Title by beating Mickie Knuckles, Shanna and Hania gaining many plaudits and Jenny Rose defeating Mima Shimoda.

The first incident on Saturday’s United show directly involved Hyde and the return to the promotion of Jessicka Havok – which conclusively proves that being “banned for life” really means “banned for 71 days” – with her holding the old WSU title belt and demanding to be reinstated to the promotion, which happened after she defeated Mia Yim with an Air Raid Crash. However, fans seemed to get bent out of shape for Hyde’s stipulation if Havok lost, which would see Jessicka have to provide oral sex to DJ on the next show.

Obviously, this didn’t happen – and there was never any prospect of it happening. It was said to gain heat and was obviously successful, given the reaction which took place on social media after the event. It also saw Hyde’s plan blow up in his face as Havok won and was reinstated, which means that his headaches with Jessicka will continue. If anything, I would be more upset with the pair spitting in each other’s faces again, as it’s beyond unsanitary. In this situation, the sexist demand by a man drunk with power saw him humiliated within minutes and he was made to look stupid for underestimating a woman’s ability and determination.

JT Dunn David Starr WSU TheJuiceeeThe WSU Tag Team Championship ended up in the hands of men later on as the Juicy Product snared the straps after attacking Chicks Using Nasty Tactics following Annie Social and Kimber Lee’s win over Rick Cataldo and Veda Scott. There was a great deal of upset at the beating and title change, but you can’t judge this all just on the result of one show.

JT Dunn and David Starr have a gimmick of “collecting” tag team championships and Dunn has had some great matches with Kimber Lee in Beyond Wrestling, so the pair have history. Their matches have been hard-hitting outings which have seen Lee earn huge praise for her efforts, workrate and storytelling. The Juicy Product’s winning of the belts isn’t going to last – they’ll be beaten for the championships by a female team who will stand up for their gender. The team has also spent the last few days releasing videos promoting their match against the Young Bucks later this month where they have paid Kimber, Nevaeh and Havok to say that they are predicting a win for Dunn and Starr, only for them to say they like the Bucks instead. Lee was knocked out by a JT punch; Nevaeh hit Starr with a forearm when they tried to attack and Havok yelled at them to keep their distance, to which they complied. It shows how they are happy to take their lumps when the time is right – and that time will come.

Remember, this promotion is called WOMEN Superstars Uncensored – there is no way that a woman will be bested by a man once the storyline has run its course. Look at Chris Dickinson, who thoroughly beat up Addy Starr and teamed up with Shanna to take part in intergender matches, turning him babyface in the process – but he has also had his comeuppance along the way after being beaten by LuFisto in May, which saw him admit his respect for the victor. Over the course of a number of shows, he gained admiration for the women in the promotion.

Men who are wrestling women or booking women on their shows are not misogynists. In fact, they’re the exact opposite, as men who don’t respect what these women are doing would not want to have any part of what is going on. Hyde may have made sexual comments to Havok but he was happy to be the fall guy who was made to look stupid, and also lost to Nevaeh on a CZW show – he’ll no doubt be humiliated again. Dunn and Starr will be beaten and put down when the time is right, and it will be a big feather in the cap of whoever does it.

On a final note – anyone who is upset at men winning a women’s championship should also be annoyed at Chyna winning the WWE Intercontinental Title, Jacqueline capturing the Cruiserweight belt, or LuFisto winning the North Shore Pro Wrestling Heavyweight Championship or CZW Iron Man Title. Equality works both ways.

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It’s been a relatively quiet week on the site – partly due to work commitments by Stew and me suffering the upheaval of moving house. Thanks to NHB Girls’ Rhi Lockwood for stepping into the void and covering the WSU results for us. Elsewhere, we’ve posted two matches – Kay Lee Ray jumping off a car against Sammii Jayne and Demi Bennett battling Savannah Summers – had a review of the most recent WSU Secret Show and a Fight Like A Girl interview with Kaitlin Diemond where among other things, she discusses how a WWE tryout works and the feedback she received.

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WWE
WWE travelled to Japan last week for a quick tour. Paige made Alicia Fox made the trip for the Divas… Summer Rae defeated Bayley on last week’s NXT to become the number one contender for Charlotte’s Women’s Championship… Despite going their separate ways on NXT two weeks ago, Charlotte and Sasha Banks teamed up at WWE’s house show at Madison Square Garden on Saturday. They lost to Natalya & Nikki Bella… Becky Lynch’s gimmick may be getting tweaked. She had new gear and music at the weekend’s NXT house shows… Thea Trinidad once again worked as one of Adam Rose’s Rosebuds on last night’s Raw. She must be on the verge of signing by now. Ring Of Honor trainee Mandy Leon was also part of the entourage.

TNA
Gail Kim defeated Angelina Love, Madison Rayne & Brittany to retain the Knockouts Championship on last week’s Impact Wrestling.

North America
Inspire Pro Wrestling is holding a show on July 27 in Austin, TX where there are five women’s matches on the ten match card. Heading up the pack is Barbi Hayden defending the NWA World Women’s Championship against Mia Yim in the main event. Elsewhere we have Jessica James v Miss Diss Lexia v KC Warfield, Leva Bates v Paige Turner, Athena v Kat Green and Solo Darling v Delilah Doom… Seleziya Sparx will take on Eddie Kingston at Absolute Intense Wrestling’s Chik Tormenta Superluchasintergender show on July 26… As well as having their own individual intergender matches at the AIW Battle of the Sexes show on July 26, Athena and Heidi Lovelace will wrestle for Athena’s Women’s Championship at the All In afternoon show… Amazing Maria worked a dark match at last Wednesday’s Ohio Valley Wrestling tapings. She was beaten by Jessie Belle… Chyna says that if WWE ever approached her for a return, she would consider it… Ivelise Velez retained her SHINE Championship ladt Friday by beating Shanna on a Full Impact Pro iPPV. Shanna claimed she had won after she pinned Velez, but both her hand and Ivelisse’s hand were on the ropes. The champion scored the win with a Code Red… Nicole Matthews defeated Veronika Vice on Saturday to hold onto her Elite Canadian Championship Wrestling Women’s Championship… Luchadora Chik Tormenta beat Alissa Flash (Cheerleader Melissa) on to win the River City Wrestling Phoenix Championship… Courtney Rush retained the Acclaim Pro Wrestling Women’s Championship on Saturday, beating Kc Spinelli. Elsewhere on the show, Portia Perez became the number one contender to that title by winning a 6-way match.

Japan
Alpha Female has announced that she is to leave Stardom. She was due to be part of the 5*STAR GP but that’s not going to happen as she is to move to the United States for a new opportunity which she is yet to reveal, but may not be to do with wrestling. She says she may be back next year… Io Shirai racked up her 10th successful World of Stardom Championship defence last Thursday, beating Meiko Satomura. Next up will be Yoshiko, who earned her shot by winning a 4-Remei Asuka Resuner Yokoyamaway on the same show. Remei Asuka also made her debut on the show – her gimmick is that she has a nice bottom. She is bi-lingual and has been translating for Alpha Female… Manami Katsu wrestled her final match on Sunday’s JWP show, being defeated by Rabbit Miu. The 19-year old, 3-year pro’s highlight was holding the JWP Junior and Princess of Pro-Wrestling Championships for 482 days. Meanwhile, Arisa Nakajima is still JWP Openweight Champion – she beat DASH Chisako on the same show… Act Yasukawa had surgery to correct near blindness in her right eye.

Europe
Blue Nikita beat Penelope at Saturday’s German Stampede Wrestling. Penelope described it as the best match of her career… Speaking of Penelope, she turned heel in a Bellatrix showcase match at a World Association of Wrestling show earlier this month, aligning herself with co-owner Axl Lynch and Sammi Baynz… Lana Austin and April Davids wrestled to a no contest on Sunday’s FutureShock show when Women’s Champion Danni Hunter slapped the referee. It was announced that Hunter will defend the title against both Austin and Davids in a 3-way on August 10.

Mexico
Silueta will return to Japan for a fifth time next month as part of the working partnership with CMLL and REINA. La Commandante, Marcela & Estrellita will also be heading over… Hair and masks will be on the line on August 1 at CMLL’s Juicio Final event in Mexico City. Princesa Blanca (hair) & La Seductora (mask) take on Marcela (hair) & Princesa Sugeheit (mask) with both members of the losing team making a sacrifice. Blanca says she’ll also retire if she loses.

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Results

July 8: WWE Main Event (Ottawa, ON, Canada) – Naomi, Natalya, Eva Marie, Rosa Mendes & Summer Rae b Nikki Bella in a handicap match

July 9: Ohio Valley Wrestling (Louisville, KY) – Jessie Belle b Amazing Maria

July 9: Rockstar Pro Wrestling (Dayton, OH) – Lufisto v Crazy Mary Dobson went to a no contest

July 10: Stardom (Tokyo, Japan) – Remei Asuka b Reno Hazuki; Hiroyo Matsumoto & Miho Wakizawa b Hatsuhinode Kamen & Kaori Yoneyama; Yoshiko b Kyoko Kimura, Nanae Takahashi & Alpha Female in a 4-way; Dr. Wagner Jr., Kairi Hojo & Mayu Iwatani b Black Tiger, Koguma & Takumi Iroha; Io Shirai b Meiko Satomura

Gail Kim Angelina Love Brittany TNAJuly 10: WWE (Tokyo, Japan) – Paige b Alicia Fox

July 10: WWE NXT (Winter Park, FL) – Summer Rae b Bayley

July 10: TNA Impact Wrestling (Bethlehem, PA) – Gail Kim b Angelina Love, Madison Rayne & Brittany in a 4-way

July 10: IWA Mid-South (Clarksville, IN) – Thunderkitty b Mistress Burgandi

July 11: Tokyo Women’s Wrestling (Tokyo, Japan) – Miyu Yamashita b Akane Miura; Chikage Kiba b Erin; Nonoko & Yuka Sakazaki b KANNA & Shoko Nakajima

July 11: WWE (Tokyo, Japan) – Paige b Alicia Fox

July 11: Scottish Wrestling Entertainment (Fife, Scotland) – Sammii Jayne b Debbie Sharpe

July 11: WWE SmackDown (Ottawa, ON, Canada) – AJ Lee b Cameron; Layla v Summer Rae went to a no contest

July 11: Pro Wrestling All Stars of Detroit (Melvindale, MI) – Randi West b Heather Patera

July 11: Full Impact Pro (Ybor City, FL) – Ivelisse Velez b Shanna

July 11: CMLL (Mexico City, Mexico) – Amapola, Princesa Blanca & Zeuxis b Dark Angel, Estrellita & Marcela

July 12: Ice Ribbon (Saitama, Japan) – Kurumi & Kyuri b Meari Naito & Miyako Matsumoto; Tsukasa Fujimoto b 235; Mio Shirai b Yuri Kotobuki; Maki Narumiya & Risa Sera b Hamuko Hoshi & Manami Katsu; Tsukushi b Yuuka

July 12: Newcastle Pro Wrestling (New Lambton, Australia) – Rachel Rose & Demi Bennett b Harley Wonderland & Madison Eagles

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

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

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

July 12: I Believe In Wrestling (Orlando, FL) – Su Yung b Sweet Thang Willie

July 12: DREAMWAVE (LaSalle, IL) – Candice LeRae b Bucky Collins

July 12: Pro Wrestling All Stars of Detroit (Ann Arbor, MI) – Randi West b Heather Patera

July 12: River City Wrestling (San Antonio, TX) – Chik Tormenta b Alissa Flash to win the RCW Phoenix Championship

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

July 12: WWE NXT (Tampa, FL) – Becky Lynch b Carmella

July 12: WWE (New York City, NY) – Nikki Bella & Natalya b Sasha Banks & Charlotte

July 12: Women Superstars Uncensored (Voorhees, NJ) – Jewells Malone b Jessie Kaye; Shanna b Hania; Jenny Rose b Mima Shimoda; Jessicka Havok b Mia Yim; Neveah b Brittany Blake; Annie Social & Kimber Lee b Veda Scott & Rick Cataldo; JT Dunn & David Starr b Annie Social & Kimber Lee to win the WSU Championship; LuFisto b Mickie Knuckles

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

July 13: JWP (Tokyo, Japan) – Kayoko Haruyama, KAZUKI & Rydeen Hagane b Hanako Nakamori, Leon & Yako Fujigasaki; Command Bolshoi b Yume Hayashi; Rabbit Miu b Manami Katsu; Yumiko Hotta b Sachie Abe; Arisa Nakajima b DASH Chisako

July 13: Pro Wrestling WAVE (Tokyo, Japan) – Misaki Ohata & Moeka Haruhi b Rina Yamashita & Shuu Shibutani; Hiroyo Matsumoto b Sakura Hirota; Yumi Ohka b Mika Iida; Ayako Hamada & Yuu Yamagata b Kana & Sawako Shimono; Kaho Kobayashi b Risa Sera; Natsu Sumire b Fairy Nihonbashi; Tsukasa Fujimoto b Kyoko Kimura & Tomoka Nakagawa in a 3-way

July 13: Union (Osaka, Japan) – Ladybeard & Mio Shirai b Cherry & Hatsuhinode Kamen

July 13: FutureShock Wrestling (Stockport, England) – Lana Austin v April Davids went to a no contest

Seleziya Sparx TabercilJuly 13: SoCal WrestleFest (Los Angeles, CA) – Ruby Raze b Kitana Vera

July 13: Squared Circle Wrestling (Mississauga, ON, Canada) – Alexia Nicole b Cherry Bomb; John Greed b Seleziya Sparx via count out

July 14: WWE Raw (Richmond, VA) – Alicia Fox & Cameron b Nikki Bella; AJ Lee b Eva Marie

July 14: CMLL (Puebla, Mexico) – Lluvia, Marcela & Princesa Sugehit b La Seductora, Princesa Blanca & Tiffany via DQ

Upcoming

July 19: ATTACK! Pro Wrestling (Bristol, England) – Lana Austin v Nixon Newell

July 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 19: Pure Wrestling Association (Kitchener, ON, Canada) – Kc Spinelli v Leah Von Dutch

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: WWE Battleground (Tampa, FL) – Naomi v Cameron; AJ Lee v Paige

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

July 25: RESISTANCE Pro (Willowbrook, IL) – D’Arcy Dixon v Angel Dust

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

Athena Heidi Lovelace AIWJuly 26: Absolute Intense Wrestling (Cleveland, OH) – Veda Scott v Gregory Iron; Athena v Louis Lyndon; Rickey Shane Page v Kimber Lee; Eddie Kingston v Seleziya Sparx; Heidi Lovelace v BJ Whitmer; Jasmin v Davey Vega; Athena v Heidi Lovelace

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Review: WSU Secret Show #3 – Havok defends against Shanna, Alpha Female throws people through walls

Nevaeh WSU Secret Show 3 by Get Lost PhotographyTomorrow, Women Superstars Uncensored returns to iPPV with “United” – a show headlined by the two big winners of the last “Queen and King of the Ring” show – new WSU World Champion LuFisto and newly crowned “Queen” Mickie Knuckles – in what will be the Canadian’s first defence of her title. Of course, there’s the added wrench in the machinery that is Jessicka Havok – the previous WSU Champion, who was fired and “banned for life” only two months ago, but who has threatened to show up and intrude on the event. Given that she still considers herself the WSU Champion, a possible showdown with LuFisto (or Knuckles) is on the cards, alongside one with WSU/CZW management DJ Hyde. We will, as usual, be back with live coverage of that show tomorrow.

Unlike most WSU iPPV shows, this time, there’s no “Secret Show” taking place the night before the main event, but thanks to StreamWSU, we’ve been watching Secret Show #3 from the day before WSU Mutiny earlier this year.

As I’ve said before about these shows, these are shows for the hardcore fan rather than the first-time fan. It’s a very rough around the edges show, the venue is a parking garage with two sides of the ring up against walls, wrestlers may or may not have entrance music depending on the whim of the technology gremlins at any time – but for people (like me, and hopefully you) who like these wrestlers already, the Secret Shows are usually a fun way of getting a little more content out of these WSU weekends. In saying that though, this show in particular promised something a little bit special. Following a last minute substitution in the main event of Mutiny (which saw Alpha Female gazump Shanna for the iPPV WSU Title shot), Shanna’s title challenge was switched to this show – making her match with Jessicka Havok the biggest and most important match to date on the Secret Show series. With Alpha Female also debuting on this show, might this be the best Secret Show to date? Let’s find out.

Results
1. Beyond Wrestling Showcase: Shynron pinned JT Dunn with a rana pin.
2. Mickie Knuckles pinned Kimber Lee with a pump handle driver. Jewells Malone made the save after the bell when Knuckles continued to attack Kimber.
— Barbi Hayden cut a promo, explaining that she was above wrestling on this show, as she was a World Champion now (she’s the NWA World Women’s Champion)
3. Santana Garrett & Amber O’Neal beat Nevaeh & Christina Von Eerie when Garrett pinned Von Eerie after a Shining Star Press.
4. Alpha Female destroyed Barracuda Britney, leading to…
5. Alpha Female defeated Jenny Rose via submission (Full Nelson)
6. Athena pinned Hania following an O-Face.
7. Intergender Match: Candice LeRae pinned Chris Dickinson following a Ballsplex
7. WSU World Championship: Jessicka Havok pinned Shanna with a Demon Drop to retain her championship.

• Interestingly the show starts with a men’s match – a Beyond Wrestling Showcase, in fact – pitting JT Dunn vs Shynron. Given Drew Cordeiro’s ownership in both WSU and Beyond Wrestling, it’s probably not a surprise at all to see something like this, as he tries to create a crossover between his two brands. The two guys did a really good job getting the show off to a good start with an athletic match, ending when Shynron pinned Dunn with a rana pin in about ten minutes.

• Next up was Mickie Knuckles vs Kimber Lee. This was predominantly a showcase for Knuckles, Mickie Knuckles vs Kimber Lee WSU Secret Show 3 by Get Lost Photographywho was really magnificent in using her size to dominate Kimber Lee for a lot of this match. Knuckles was in a weird mood, licking things and generally using head games, mixing up strong wrestling and reversals with a more violent style. Honestly, I thought Knuckles took too much of this match, suffocating Kimber at times and dominating her a bit too much – yes, Knuckles had a big match the next day with Jewells Malone, but KL was challenging for the tag titles, and this match didn’t do much for her at all. Knuckles’ pump handle driver ended the match, but Mickie continued to beat down Kimber afterwards with headbutts, eventually drawing out Jewells Malone to run her off.

• Barbi Hayden cut a promo next, claiming that she was too important now she was NWA World Women’s Champion to wrestle on shows like this… eventually this drew out Santana Garrett and Amber O’Neal, which eventually led into the next match.

• Nevaeh & Christina Von Eerie came out to “The Trooper” by Iron Maiden, which ruled pretty hard – and they proceeded to wrestle Santana & Amber in what appeared to be an all babyface match until CVE & Nevaeh kind of adopted that heel role. The match was perfectly fine, if unspectacular, and ended when Santana was able to take advantage of what looked like a Von Eerie miscue on an attempted springboard, hit Sole Food and finished her with the Shining Star Press. With Garrett challenging Barbi Hayden the following afternoon, this was the right finish.

• Next up was a pretty strong showcase for the debuting Alpha Female, taking on Barracuda Alpha Female vs Barracuda Brittney WSU Secret Show 3 by Get Lost PhotographyBrittney (who we’ve seen once before at the Uncensored Rumble). A total squash, ending with a Dominator like finish. This drew out Jenny Rose, who is one of Brittney’s trainers – leading to an impromptu challenge and an Alpha Female vs Jenny Rose match – which resulted in further domination. Rose was at one point thrown into a wall which cracked under the force, leaving a hole. Rose gets in a little offence, such as a crucifix and a spear, but Alpha snuffs her out and wins with a Full Nelson. Superb way to build up Alpha Female ahead of her match with Jessicka Havok, crushing two competitors in a row. Rose totally took one for the team here.

• Hania vs Athena was definitely the most competitive and athletic of the WSU matches on the show. Lots of back and forth action, progressive moves and aggression. Hania’s actual execution is fantastic… everything she does she hits damn near perfectly. Best match on the show, though for me personally it lacked a babyface/heel dynamic. That being said though, this was thoroughly enjoyable. Athena got the pinfall with a crushing O-Face, but Hania left a really positive impact with this match. Kudos all round.

• I was pretty sure I was going to love Chris Dickinson vs Candice LeRae before they had even Candice LeRae Ballsplex Chris Dickinson WSU Secret Show 3 by Get Lost Photographylocked up, and I’m pleased to confirm that my faith was not misplaced. Dickinson is fantastic at working these intergender matches as the sleazy “Dirty Daddy”, and LeRae is super sympathetic and easy to support. Before the match, Dickinson proclaimed that “I am the greatest women’s wrestler EVER… and I don’t even have a vagina!” This was in some ways reminiscent of the Dickinson/Addy Starr intergender matches in WSU, where Dickinson was so totally overpowering his female opponent, rag-dolling them around, and only coming unstuck when the female gets to use technique and leverage. It wasn’t quite as unsettlingly violent as the Starr match, however, and Candice was able to pin Dickinson with a Ballsplex to win the match. Thoroughly enjoyable.

• The main event then… Jessicka Havok vs Shanna… and well, I enjoyed this match but Jessicka Havok vs Shanna WSU Secret Show 3 by Get Lost Photographypresumably to give Havok as strong a push as possible going into her match with Alpha Female the next day, this was almost all Havok. Shanna played her role really well, but that role wasn’t as a credible challenger for J-Hav’s title – it was as a chickenshit heel who knew she had very little chance against Havok and spent much of the match trying to stay away from her opponent. There were a couple of brief Shanna rallies where she might have pulled off the upset and Chris Dickinson helped out at ringside too, but otherwise this was 90% Havok, finishing things off with a Demon Drop (Air Raid Crash). Post match, there was a confrontation between Havok and DJ Hyde, which resulted in Hyde spitting in Havok’s face and Havok returning the favour. “I am the champion until I say I am done”, quoth Havok, which is interesting considering the state of play going into WSU United tomorrow night.

• The full show on StreamWSU lasted a short 1hr 37mins, so this is a very, very easy (and quick) watch. If you have StreamWSU or are considering signing up, I recommend that if you don’t find the time to watch the whole show, go out of your way to watch Hania vs Athena and Dickinson vs LeRae, while the Alpha Female showcase matches are impressive, if not particularly competitive. As usual, a fun and diverting show. Looking forward to seeing Secret Show #4 debut on StreamWSU soon, I hope.

Photography by Get Lost Photography

SHIMMER Champion heading back to Japan

Cheerleader MelissaCheerleader Melissa will be heading back to Japan this coming August. The current SHIMMER Champion will be competing in World Wonder Ring STARDOM’s third-annual 5*STAR Grand Prix. Though this is not Cheerleader Melissa’s first appearance under the promotion, this time around she will be fighting several competitors as part of the round-robin tournament for the coveted 2014 5*STAR GP trophy and ultimately landing a shot at the World Of STARDOM Championship. Back at “STARDOM THE HIGHEST,” she wrestled Shirai for the title in the main event to 1, 050 in attendance as the champion caught her with the Double-Arm Facebuster at the eighteen-minute mark for a sixth title defense. The year-annual show featured four of the promotion’s championships on the line as the Wonder of STARDOM, Artist of STARDOM, World Of STARDOM and the Goddesses Of STARDOM Titles were all defended. Cheerleader Melissa had planned to collect a third championship ahead of SHIMMER Women Athletes’ Volume 62 in New Orleans, Louisiana the following month. Despite the SHIMMER Title wrapped around her waist and River City Wrestling Angels Championship riding on her shoulder, Io Shirai retained.

The promotion is currently preparing for their upcoming show, “PREMIUM STARS” on July 10th, which will feature Shirai defending her title against Meiko Satomura in the main event. The 5*STAR Grand Prix is worked under round-robin rules as competitors are divided into two blocks, Red Stars or Blues Stars. Starting on August 24th, the competitors will work their way through their respective blocks with the winners facing off in the finals on September 23rd. A win equates to two points, a draw is one point and a loss amounts to zero. Like years past, the World of STARDOM Champion will be involved in the tournament, but the title will not be on the line. Past competitors in Kairi Hojo, Kaori Yoneyama, Alpha Female, Yoshiko, Takumi Iroha and Kyoko Kimura will be involved. In addition, six-year pro Star Fire will be venturing outside of Mexico for the first time for her debut in STARDOM. The luchadora has already been acquainted with Shirai. Last month the two competitors fought over the “red belt” in Tlalnepantla, Mexico for LEGEND Promociones’ Lucha Fan Fest. To no avail, Shirai retained.

Last year’s winner Nanae Takahashi will also be competing. Takahashi took the Blue Stars league and went head-to-head with runner-up Alpha Female (winning the Red Stars league by way of a tiebreaker over Shirai) in the finals as both finished with seven points each. Takahashi won with the Lariat on Alpha Female and faced Shirai for the title as part of STARDOM’s 100th show on November 4th. The promotion announced that competitors for each block will be confirmed early on in August.

Photo courtesy of Maejima Yasuhito

Information courtesy of STARDOM

3G retain SHIMMER Tag Titles at Joshi 4 Hope V

Joshi 4 Hope VIt was successful defence number 6 for the SHIMMER Tag Team Champions in the main event of Joshi 4 Hope V in Japan earlier today. The Global Green Gangsters (Tomoka Nakagawa & Kellie Skater) held onto their belts by defeating Madison Eagles & Evie when Nakagawa scored the pin on the former SHIMMER Champion with the 120% Schoolboy.

In the semi-final match on the show at Shin-kiba 1st RING in Tokyo, former SHIMMER doubles champion Misaki Ohata defeated Ice Ribbon‘s Tsukushi, who was standing in for an injured Manami Katsu. Elsewhere, there were wins for Leon, Kagetsu, and Alpha Female (twice). The full results are posted after the jump, courtesy of the translated tweets from Youji Kawauchi.

Joshi 4 Hope revealed on its Facebook page that it does not have a return date, but thanked everyone for their participation on the show.

Finally, a quick word on SHIMMER – the promotion says it will announce the main event of its Volume 62 show on April 5 in New Orleans, LA at some point this week. When it is made public, we will let you know. Continue reading “3G retain SHIMMER Tag Titles at Joshi 4 Hope V”

SHIMMER Tag Titles on the line at Joshi 4 Hope V

Joshi4Hope VThe fifth instalment of the Joshi 4 Hope series (and the first since October 2012) takes place on Sunday, March 9 and we now know the card.

For the second time in its history, there will be a SHIMMER Tag Team Championship match on the show. Ayako Hamada & Ayumi Kurihara defended the title against former champions 3S (Hiroyo Matsumoto & Misaki Ohata) at Joshi 4 Hope III in February 2012, and this time around – this time, the Global Green Gangsters (Kellie Skater & Tomoka Nakagawa) put the championship on the line against the tandem of Evie & Madison Eagles.

Former SHIMMER Champion Eagles is no stranger to Joshi 4 Hope, having competed on the first card in November 2010, going to a time limit draw with Yoshiko Tamura. Evie is currently on an extended trip to the country, wrestling for Diana against the likes of Kyoko Inoue and Mima Shimoda – so she had got her eye in with the joshi style. Meanwhile despite being in the country since the end of last year, this is the first time that Skater will team with her 3G compatriot since their successful title defence against Ivelisse Velez and Allysin Kay at SHINE 14 in October.

The match will headline the event at Shin-Kiba 1st RING in Tokyo, Japan – though it is a stacked card featuring wrestlers from Japan, Australia, New Zealand, Germany and the United States. Continue reading “SHIMMER Tag Titles on the line at Joshi 4 Hope V”

Ringbelles Roundup (18 February 2014) – Eva Marie, SHINE Tag Team Title tournament brackets & more

Eva Marie WWEEva Marie is a stunning woman. With her great looks and amazing figure, she is a visual asset to WWE’s Divas division. Her presence is a striking one as she stands out from the pack with her pillarbox red hair, coupled with red lipstick framing a beautiful smile. Looks-wise, she is every inch the Diva, with the sort of figure that teenage boys would likely sketch in a schoolbook. Her appeal is also experiencing crossover value as she made such an impression on Total Divas that she graced the pages of Maxim Magazine last August. On paper, Eva Marie has everything it takes to be a star in the women’s division of World Wrestling Entertainment…

Until she steps foot in the ring, it seems.

The 29-year old made her debut at SummerSlam Axxess on August 18 where she and Brie Bella lost to Natalya and Maria Menounos (still undefeated, by the way), but her first TV contest wasn’t until October 7 when she, JoJo and Natalya defeated Aksana, Rosa Mendes & Alicia Fox. She has wrestled 12 matches in total, all of them in tag team contests or battle royals. However, the 13th and most recent contest technically doesn’t exist as even though it was recorded for last week’s episode of SmackDown, it was never broadcast – and probably never will be. Continue reading “Ringbelles Roundup (18 February 2014) – Eva Marie, SHINE Tag Team Title tournament brackets & more”