Ringbelles Roundup (23 September 2014) – OVW’s vanishing women’s division, Bellatrix secures TV deal & more

ODB Serena Deeb OVWOhio Valley Wrestling has a rich history when it comes to women’s wrestling. With working relationships with both WWE and TNA over the last decade and a half, it has seen some of the most successful names in the top flight promotions cut their teeth and hone their skills. Some, like Mickie James, Lisa Marie Varon (Victoria/Tara), Katarina Waters (Katie Lea/Winter) and Gail Kim worked for the promotion after being signed to WWE. Others like Beth Phoenix, Jillian Hall and ODB moved to Louisville, KY to be in the right place to improve and be noticed, while some like Serena Deeb moved there to learn from scratch. Its Women’s Championship history is a litany of big names, and it has a big presence for what is essentially a local promotion.

So it comes as a big disappointment that OVW has seemingly phased out its women’s division for the time being.

The last time the Women’s Championship was defended was at the start of the summer when Lei’D Tapa retained the title at the June 7 Saturday Night Special when she beat Jessie Belle and Ray Lyn in a 3-way. At the time, it seemed that she was set to defend against Belle and Mary Elizabeth Monroe – considering Jessie was the former titleholder and Mary was in line for a shot after beating Lyn in the previous week’s TV episode – but Monroe didn’t make it to the show. Since then, there has been no women’s matches on TV, with the only contests being a few dark matches before the tapings with Monroe wrestling TNA new face Rebel – the most recent of which was on August 20. With the departure of Lylah Lodge (and possibly Ray Lyn & Monroe), the impending retirement of Jessie Belle and Tapa seemingly back in Charlotte, NC, the promotion’s female roster is in tatters.

A fan contacted OVW to find out what was going on with the women’s division and received this response, which was posted on the OVWMania website:

‘At this time we do not have Women’s wrestlers who can fully commit to being apart of OVW for a variety of reasons. Being apart of OVW extends beyond just appearing for our television show therefore we do not feature them. If this upsets you then realize there are other companies out there who are fully dedicated to Women’s wrestling. All it takes is a Google search.’

The statement can be broken down into two halves. The first two sentences makes it seem as if it is struggling to find women to commit to OVW – though it does not specify what duties they are expected to undertake, if they are required to attend a minimum number of training sessions or whether there is also a sticking point of money coming into play, but OVW clearly has its Lei'D Tapareasons for not having many females on the books at the moment. However, the final two sentences feel much more terse and snide, ostensibly urging anyone who wants to see women’s wrestling to go elsewhere as it won’t be happening in OVW for the foreseeable future.

It’s such a shame considering how the promotion presented a 4-way ladder match for the Women’s Championship a year ago this month featuring Taeler Hendrix, Tapa and the Blossom Twins in a well-received contest which main-evented that week’s TV show. At the time, OVW was coming off the well-executed – yet hurriedly concluded – same-sex romance storyline involving Hendrix and Heidi Lovelace, and was set to have a big contest on the cards with Tapa challenging Trina Thompson for the title – though the belt was vacated when Thompson suffered an injury, leading to the ladder match to determine a new champion.

If it so desired, OVW could try and book the likes of Crazy Mary Dobson and Mickie Knuckles (who used to work in the promotion as Izza Belle Smothers and also held the title) as they have licences to wrestling in the state – as Kentucky is one of the few places left in the US where you need documentation to legally wrestle – though it would still leave a very shallow roster.

It could be that OVW has suffered since TNA pulled its working agreement as part of a cost-cutting measure, though the promotion still presented women’s wrestling in the three and a half years between its arrangement with WWE ending in February 2008 and striking up the TNA deal in November 2011, with the title being traded between the likes of Deeb, the Blossoms, Hendrix, Epiphany and Lady JoJo. OVW was always an attractive option for wrestlers as it gave them the chance of working weekly TV and getting the experience of working to cameras and time frames, though it seemingly isn’t generating the pull that it used to.

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WWE
PWInsider reports that Diva storylines may get more risqué in the future – nothing like the Attitude era, but just with a more mature edge to it. It claimed that the spot a few weeks ago where Layla pulled Rosa Mendes’ gear down to reveal her bare bottom may not have been an accident… Kendall Skye has left WWE after requesting her release and revealing her departure on Friday. Former Hollywood stuntwoman Kendra Smith had wrestled around 20 matches on the NXT house show loop since her debut in May last year after signing with the company 3 months before, but was yet to make her first TV appearance. She also had experience in Muay Thai and kickboxing… Dana Brooke made her NXT debut last week, teaming with Sasha Banks to beat Bayley & Alexa Bliss… Sasha Banks released a videoblog last Thursday sending a message to Charlotte, saying she wants to become the NXT Women’s Champion… AJ Lee won the Divas Title at Night of Champions on Sunday in a 3-way involving defending titleholder Paige and fellow challenger Nikki Paige WWEBella. Nikki wasn’t involved in the decision and sister Brie didn’t have an effect on the outcome, so it makes one wonder why Bella was involved in the match in the first place. The win will mean AJ Lee is back on the road, considering she is wearing the title again – she hasn’t been doing the house show loop recently, with Paige defending the belt against Natalya… On last night’s Raw, Natalya beat Summer Rae in a fallout from Total Divas when Natalya kicked Summer out of her car. Elsewhere, Brie and Nikki Bella talked some more – and you can read Stew’s thoughts on their feud by clicking here. Nikki said she wanted exclusive rights to the Bella surname, then insulted Brie’s husband Daniel Bryan, which prompted Brie to try and put her sister in the Yes Lock before Nikki scooted away. Afterwards, AJ wrestled Nikki and made her tap out to the Black Widow to write her out of the title picture. Paige was on commentary saying she and AJ were no longer friends or frenemies. She had also changed her character and look by dropping the skipping and going back to wearing all black instead of purples and reds.

TNA
Havok won a battle royal on last Wednesday’s Impact Wrestling to become the number one contender to Gail Kim’s Knockouts Championship. Rookie Rebel fractured her arm during the match in what was only her second match in the promotion… Brooke and boyfriend Robbie E’s quest on The Amazing Race starts on CBS this Friday.

North America
Amazing Maria has undergone complete reconstructive surgery on her ACL for a second time. She’ll likely be out for more than six months… Allysin Kay will challenge Athena for the Absolute Intense Wrestling Women’s Title in the main event of Girls Night Out 13 on October 4. KC Cassidy will make her US debut on the show when she faces Nikki Storm… Kimber Lee took a hell of a beating in her defeat at Chikara’s King of Trios Night 1 show on Friday. She, Lace Steel & Jolly Roger were beaten by 17, Jigsaw and The Shard. Thunderkitty also lost on Night 1 – she was teaming with Marion Fontaine and Jervis Cottonbelly, who lost to the Devastation Corporation… Barbi Hayden retained the NWA World Women’s Championship on Saturday’s NWA Houston show by beating Peyton Gates. She then took the microphone and turned heel, saying that changes were coming. Her next defence in the promotion will be on October 25 against Delilah Vanessa Kraven Steve ArgintaruDoom… Lords of Pain reported that Sunny suffered some sort of seizure during an autograph session in Middletown, NY on Sunday. She responded to the reports saying she got dizzy and fainted because she had not eaten for some time… Amazing Kong’s been talking about possibly retiring, but isn’t going to make a big deal of it. She told SLAM! Sports “[Y]ou never know how many more of these I’m going to do. I’m not a big announcer of, ‘Hey, I’m going to retire.’ I think I’ll say, ‘Okay, that was my last match’”… Speaking of Kong, she captained the USA team in Sunday’s SMASH CanUSA Classic show, though her side was beaten by Team Canada – in a reversal of last year’s result. Vanessa Kraven turned on countrywoman – and MVP of the night – Courtney Rush after the medals were presented… Celeste Bonin, Gail Kim and Dark Angel all attended the Olympia bodybuilding show in Las Vegas at the weekend… Barbi Hayden lost the Anarchy Championship Wrestling Televised Title to Jojo Bravo on Sunday… Seleziya Sparx and Jasmin will compete in a Ladder Match for Alpha-1 Wrestling on November 2 for ownership of Sparx’s dog, Peanut. Jasmin dognapped Seleziya’s pet back in July and has been taunting her ever since.

Japan
Aoi Kizuki is the next challenger for Tsukasa Fujimoto’s ICEx∞ Championship… Mayumi Ozaki & Kyusei Sakura Hirota captured the vacant OZ Academy Tag Team Championship earlier today when they beat Aja Kong & Tsubasa Kuragaki in the tournament final. The belts were held up after Hiroyo Matsumoto’s ACL injury meant that she and Tomoka Nakagawa could no longer defend the titles… Io Shirai may be in line for a shot to regain the World of Stardom Championship after winning this year’s 5*STAR GP tournament earlier today. She beat reigning champion Yoshiko to take the tournament.

Europe
We forgot to mention it in the last Roundup, but congratulations to Destiny, who is pregnant… Kasey and Leah Owens beat Viper and Bete Noire at Insane Championship Wrestling’s show on Sunday. The twins may be on the verge of a heel turn… Viper takes on Sammii Jayne on October 18’s Scottish Wrestling Alliance show in Motherwell, Scotland. Fiona Fraser will be the guest referee… Leah Von Dutch will wrestle Nikki Storm for the first time on October 24 for the SWA’s show in Glasgow… Bellatrix – which has its Bellatrix X card coming up this Sunday and is discussed by Miss Mina on our latest Fight Like A Girl interview – announced earlier today that it had secured a TV deal with MyChannel, which broadcasts on the satellite TV. Sunday’s event will now be a TV taping and will be broadcast on the new show, which premieres on November 1.

Australia & New Zealand
Megan-Kate EvieImpact Pro Wrestling New Zealand Women’s Champion Britenay defeated Brook Duncan on Saturday in a match where a fan vote decided that Megan-Kate would be the ref. After counting the fall, Megan-Kate took off her referee shirt to reveal a BFF top, indicating a reunion with Evie – this time as heels… Mick Moretti and Madison Eagles defeated Ryan and Robbie Eagles at Newcastle Pro Wrestling’s show on Saturday.

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Results

September 16: WWE Main Event (Biloxi, MS) – Brie Bella b Cameron

September 17: TNA Impact Wrestling (New York, NY) – Havok won a battle royal

September 18: WWE NXT (Orlando, FL) – Charlotte b Emma

September 18: WWE NXT House Show (Wauchula, FL) – Dana Brooke & Sasha Banks b Alexa Bliss & Bayley

September 19: Southside Wrestling (Sheffield, England) – Kay Lee Ray & El Ligero b Joey Ryan & Candice LeRae; Morgan Webster, Tyler Bate & Dan Moloney b Nixon Newell, Jonathan Gresham & Chris Brookes

September 19: Chikara (Easton, PA) – 17, Jigsaw & The Shard b Kimber Lee, Lance Steel & Jolly Roger; Blaster McMassive, Flex Rumblecrunch & Max Smashmaster b Thunderkitty, Marion Fontaine & Jervis Cottonbelly

September 19: Southern Wrestling Entertainment (Shepherdsville, KY) – Crazy Mary Dobson b Lylah Lodge

September 19: WWE SmackDown (Biloxi, MS) – Paige b Nikki Bella

September 19: WWE House Show (Charleston, WV) – Paige b Natalya

September 19: WWE NXT House Show (Orlando, FL) – Alexa Bliss & Bayley b Sasha Banks & Dana Brooke; Charlotte b Becky Lynch

September 19: CMLL (Mexico City, Mexico) – Zeuxis b Goya Kong, Estrellita, Marcela, Princesa Sugehit, Amapola, Tiffany & Dallys la Caribeña in a cibernetico

September 20: Chigusa Nagayo Produce (Nagoya, Japan) – Rabbit Miyu b Yua Hayashi; Dump Matsumoto & Yumiko Hotta b Tomoko Watanabe & Takako Inoue; Kayoko Haruyama b Raideen Hagane; Bolshoi Kid b Eiger; Nanae Takahashi, Ayako Hamada & Yuu Yamagata b KAORU, Megumi Yabushita & Kyoko Kimura

September 20: Ice Ribbon (Saitama, Japan) – Mochi Miyagi b Meari Naito & 235 in a 3-way; Maki Narumiya & Miyako Matsumoto b Mio Shirai & Yuri Kotobuki; Kurumi v Yuka went to a time limit draw; Aoi Kizuki, Hamuko Hoshi & Risa Sera b Tsukasa Fujimoto, Kyuri & Tsukushi

September 20: Newcastle Pro Wrestling (Charlestown, Australia) – Madison Eagles & Mick Moretti b Ryan Eagles & Robbie Eagles

September 20: Impact Pro Wrestling (Mt Albert, New Zealand) – Britenay b Brook Duncan

September 20: Westside Xtreme Wrestling (Wickede, Germany) – Svetlana Kalashnikova b Nixon Newell

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

September 20: WWE House Show (Huntsville, AL) – Brie Bella, Emma & Naomi b Nikki Bella, Eva Marie & Cameron

September 20: NWA Houston (Cypress, TX) – Barbi Hayden b Peyton Gates

September 21: Kyusei Ninja Ranmaru Produce (Osaka, Japan) – Yumi Oka & YO-HEY b Billy Ken Kid & Hibiscus Mii; Kana) & Arisa Nakajima v Tsukasa Fujimoto & Misaki Ohata went to a time limit draw; Eri Susa won a battle royal; Hikaru Shida, Rina Yamashita & Manami Toyota b Kyusei Ninja Ranmaru, Ayako Hamada & Yuu Yamagata; Hikaru Shida, Rina Yamashita & Manami Toyota b Kyusei Ninja Ranmaru, Ayako Hamada & Yuu Yamagata

September 21: Gatoh Move (Tokyo, Japan) – Makoto b MIZUKI; YAZAWA b Emi Sakura, Sayaka Obihiro, Ryuichi Sekine, Kaji Tomato & DJ Nira; Riho & HARASHIMA b Kaori Yoneyama & Madoka

September 21: Diana (Ikarabi, Japan) – Cherry b Koharu Hinata; Jaguar Yokota & Kaoru Ito b Tomoko Watanabe & Megumi Yabushita; Mima Shimoda b Keiko Aono; ZAP T & ZAP I b Kyoko Inoue & Sareee

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

Heidi Lovelace Angie Skye Steve ArgintaruSeptember 21: SMASH Wrestling CANUSA Classic (Toronto, ON, Canada) – Kimber Lee b Xandra Bale; Veda Scott b Jewells Malone; Cherry Bomb v Courtney Rush went to a double DQ; Vanessa Kraven b Allysin Kay; Angie Skye b Heidi Lovelace; Taeler Hendrix b Leah Von Dutch; Courtney Rush & Xandra Bale b Cherry Bomb & Kimber Lee; LuFisto b Amazing Kong

September 21: Anarchy Championship Wrestling (Austin, TX) – Paige Turner b Baby Dumplins, Livi Loca, Paula Fate, Stan Summers, Starr Venus in a 6-way; Angel Blue b Darin Childs; Athena b Solo Darling; Jojo Bravo b Barbi Hayden to win the ACW Anarchy Televised Championship

September 21: WWE Night of Champions (Nashville, TN) – AJ Lee b Paige & Nikki Bella in a 3-way to win the WWE Divas Championship

September 21: LEGEND (Tlalnepantla, Mexico) – Vaneli b Diosa Atenea, Dulce Luna, India Mazahua, Lady Dragon, Princesa Mohicana, Sexy Angel & Sexy Girl in a cibernetico

September 22: Daijo (Osaka, Japan) – Yuu Yamagata, Hikaru Shida & Mika Iida b Kana, Tomoka Nakagawa & Kaho Kobayashi; Kuinshinbo Kamen b Kyoko Kimura; Fairy Nipponbashi, Kyusei Ninja Ranmaru & Hibiscus Mii b Benten-Musume, Misaki Guriko & Nyanbar; Ayako Hamada b Rina Yamashita; Yumi Ohka b Sawako Shimono

September 22: WWE Raw (Memphis, TN) – Natalya b Summer Rae; AJ Lee b Nikki Bella

September 23: OZ Academy (Tokyo, Japan) – Manami Toyota b Yumi Ohka; Kagetsu & Hikaru Shida b AKINO & Kaho Kobayashi; Mio Shirai b Hamuko Hoshi; Dynamite Kansai & Ayako Hamada b Tomoka Nakagawa & Misaki Ohata; Mayumi Ozaki & Kyusei Sakura Hirota b Aja Kong & Tsubasa Kuragaki to win the OZ Academy Tag Team Championship

September 23: JWP (Tokyo, Japan) – Arisa Nakajima & Yako Fujigasaki b KAZUKI & Raideen Hagane; Command Bolshoi b Yua Hayashi; Leon & Hanako Nakamori b Kayoko Haruyama & Rabbit Miyu

Io Shirai Yoshiko StardomSeptember 23: Stardom (Tokyo, Japan) – Miho Wakizawa, Reo Hazuki & Maya b Hatsuhinode Kamen, Kris Wolf & Azumi; Mayu Iwatani b Koguma; Kyoko Kimura b DASH Chisako; Yoshiko b Takumi Iroha; Kairi Hojo b Star Fire; Kaori Yoneyama b Cheerleader Melissa via count out; Io Shirai b Nanae Takahashi; Io Shirai b Yoshiko

Upcoming

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

September 26: RESISTANCE Pro (Willowbrook, IL) – Angel Dust v Crazy Mary Dobson

September 27: Scottish Wrestling Alliance (Glasgow, Scotland) – Nikki Storm v Bete Noire

September 27: Ronin Pro Wrestling (Miami, FL) – Leva Bates v Dynamite Didi

September 27: Alternative Wrestling Show (South Gate, CA) – Raze v Melissa Coates

September 28: PAID Promotions (Morecambe, England) – Kay Lee Ray v Carmel Jacob

September 28: Bellatrix X (Norwich, England) – Sammi Baynz v Blue Nikita; Liberty v Allysin Kay; Penelope v Violet O’Hara; Lady Lory v Erin Angel; Miss Mina v Skarlett; Amy-Lee Krammer v Shax; Chanel v Saraya Knight

September 28: Alternative Wrestling Show (Hemet, CA) – Leah Von Dutch & Kahmora v Melissa Coates & Sage Sinn

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

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

October 4: Revolution Championship Wrestling (Barcelona, Spain) – Audrey Bride v Leah Owens v Hikaru Shida

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

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

October 4: Coliseum Championship Wrestling (Evansville, IN) – Marriah Moreno v Mickie Knuckles

October 4: American States Wrestling Alliance (Mansfield, OH) – Nevaeh v Samantha Heights

Nikki Storm KC CassidyOctober 4: Absolute Intense Wrestling Girls Night Out 13 (Cleveland, OH) – Tessa Blanchard v Veda Scott; Athena v Allysin Kay; Nikki Storm v KC Cassidy

October 4: Absolute Intense Wrestling Girls Night Out 14 (Cleveland, OH) – Taeler Hendrix v Mary Elizabeth Monroe

October 5: Dragon Pro Wrestling (Newport, Wales) – Addy Starr v Pollyanna Peppers; Rhia O’Reilly v Nixon Newell

October 5: Futureshock Wrestling (Stockport, England) – Danni Hunter & Bete Noire v Lana Austin & Viper

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

October 10: SHINE 22 (Ybor City, FL)

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

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

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

October 18: DOA Wrestling (March, England) – Penelope v Chanel v Addy Starr

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

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

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

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: 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

Cheerleader Melissa Courtney RushOctober 25: NCW Femmes Fatales XVI (Montreal, QC, Canada) – Jodi D’Milo v Vanessa Kraven; Courtney Rush v Cheerleader Melissa; Portia Perez v Xandra Bale

October 26: Fierce Females (Glasgow, Scotland)

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

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

November 8: Women Superstars Uncensored (Voorhees, NJ)

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

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

November 23: Fierce Females (Glasgow, Scotland)

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

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

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Team Canada win the 2014 Smash Wrestling CanUSA Classic

Allysin Kay Heidi Lovelace Cherry Bomb Kimber Lee Veda Scott Amazing Kong Taeler Hendrix LuFisto Xandra Bale Angie Skye Vanessa Kraven Leah Von Dutch Jewells Malone Courtney Rush TabercilA year on from the show where she broke her collarbone – well, pre-show to be exact – Courtney Rush picked up MVP honours as part of a successful night for she and her Team Canada members at the 2014 Smash Wrestling CanUSA Classic. In a turnaround from last year’s result, the hosts picked up the team victory, but also saw division following the presentation of the medals.

Vanessa Kraven – who defeated Rush on Smash’s September 13 show and also beat Allysin Kay on last night’s event – attacked the MVP and left the ring to the confusion of her compatriots and the fans, though the reasoning will likely come out in due course. A possible claim could be that she deserved the MVP honour because of her win over Courtney and getting a win over Kay while Rush took two bites of the cherry (pun intended) to get a victory for her country, but we’ll see.

When we spoke to Xandra Bale last month she promised that this year’s CanUSA Classic would be bigger than last year’s event, and she was right – the number of participants swelled from 10 to 14, and also saw storylines both interwoven into the card and coming off the back of it. Reports from the fans in attendance were calling it a great show by the time intermission came around, so it may be worth seeking this show out when it is released.

You can find results from the event at the Canlan Sport Complex in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada below, courtesy of Smash Wrestling.

1. Kimber Lee (USA) defeated Xandra Bale (Canada) with a Ganso Bomb following interference from Cherry Bomb. [USA 1-0 Canada]
2. Veda Scott (USA) beat Jewells Malone (Canada) with a bridging Saito Suplex [USA 2-0 Canada]
3. Cherry Bomb (USA) v Courtney Rush (Canada) went to a double DQ. [USA 2-0 Canada]
– Following the decision, Rush and Bale challenged the Kimber Bombs to determine who would get the point.
4. Vanessa Kraven (Canada) downed Allysin Kay (USA) with a sitout chokebomb. [USA 2-1 Canada]
5. Angie Skye (Canada) bested Heidi Lovelace (USA) with a corner Death Valley Driver. [USA 2-2 Canada]
6. Taeler Hendrix (USA) beat Leah Von Dutch (Canada) with a small package. [USA 3-2 Canada]
7. Courtney Rush & Xandra Bale (Canada) defeated Cherry Bomb & Kimber Lee (USA). Rush made Bomb submit to the Sharpshooter. [USA 3-3 Canada]
8. LuFisto (Canada) pinned Amazing Kong (USA) with a bridging German Suplex. [USA 3-4 Canada]

– Photo by Tabercil

Ringbelles Retro: Natalya & Kharma face off in Japan

Natalya WWESome of the wrestlers you see on TV have storied histories in multiple countries from before they ever sign a contract. An immediate example is NXT’s Becky Lynch who wrestled in the UK, Europe, Japan, Canada and the US before taking an extended leave of absence due to a serious cranial injury. Paige worked across Europe and North America before moving to the United States. In this Retro, we look at current WWE Diva Natalya and former Diva and TNA Knockouts Champion Kharma/Awesome Kong wrestling in Japan.

Kong – wrestling as Amazing Kong – debuted in Japan in 2004 after being invited to train with All Japan Women, as she discussed in her first Women Of Wrestling Podcast with us five years ago. This Retro match comes from Natalya’s second tour of the country – she wrestled as Nadia Hart in mid-2004 before coming back in November the following year as Nattie Neidhart and entering a feud with Kong.

Have a watch of the contest below and see what Natalya and Kharma were like years before they ever set foot in a WWE ring.

SHINE 21 live results – Havok’s Last Stand

SHINE 21 front pageSHINE returns from a summer hiatus with what’s being billed as Jessicka Havok‘s final appearance in the promotion. She faces Allysin Kay in the final match in their feud which has been running since last October and has yet to establish a clear victor. They will compete in a Dog Collar Match where all members of Valkyrie will be banned from ringside.

Elsewhere on the SHINE 21 card from the Orpheum in Ybor City, FL, another Valkyrie name will compete for a shot at the SHINE Championship. Su Yung takes on Nevaeh, Leah Von Dutch and Amazing Kong in a 4-way with the winner facing titleholder Ivelisse Velez later in the broadcast.

Tag Team Champions Legendary are also in action as they defend the straps against former titleholders the Lucha Sisters, and Jessie Belle Smothers makes what is thought to be her final SHINE appearance before her retirement later this year. Here, she teams with SNS Express partner Sassy Stephie against the Kimber Bombs – and there’s another tag team contest as the Buddy System battles the BTY tandem of Marti Belle & Jayme Jameson.

There’s still time for you to order tonight’s iPPV at WWNLive.com, though we will bring you the results as they happen below. Just keep hitting refresh for the updates.

-. SHINE Wrestling “Boss Lady” Lexie Fyfe oversaw a presentation to Rain where she was awarded a replica of the SHINE Championship belt.
1. Nevaeh beat Leah Von Dutch, Amazing Kong & Su Yung in a Four Corner Survival Match when she pinned Von Dutch with a Death Valley Driver. She will get a shot at SHINE Champion Ivelisse later in the show.
-. So Cal Val was seen at ringside during the matches, apparently scouting.
2. Heidi Lovelace & Solo Darling beat Jayme Jameson & Amanda Rodriguez (subbing for Marti Belle) when Lovelace pinned Rodriguez after The Buddy System hit their double team “You’ve Got a Friend In Me” (Double Snapmare Driver)
3. Thunderkitty defeated Justine Silver via sleeperhold.
4. Kimber Lee & Cherry Bomb beat Jessie Belle Smothers & Sassy Stephie when Kimber pinned Jessie Belle following a Swanton Bomb.
5. Taylor Made pinned La Rosa Negra after using brass knuckles passed to her by April Hunter.
6. SHINE Tag Team Championship: Malia Hosaka & Brandi Wine (c) beat Leva Bates & Mia Yim when Hosaka pinned Bates. Prior to the pinfall, Thunderkitty laid out Bates with a shot with the Tag Championship Belt.
-. Post match, Legendary, Leilani Kai and Thunderkitty continued the beatdown on The Lucha Sisters until The Kimber Bombs made the save. The Kimber Bombs were also beaten down, leaving the heels standing tall at the end.
7. SHINE Championship: Ivelisse Velez (c) pinned Nevaeh after the Code Red.
8. Dog Collar Match: Jessicka Havok pinned Allysin Kay following an Air Raid Crash from the second rope through a table.

SHINE 22 will be on October 10th.

Thoughts

1 Amanda Rodriguez Heidi Lovelace SHINE• On paper, SHINE 21 was one underwhelming card. With only the Dog Collar and Chain Match providing any real excitement because of its lengthy story to get to this point, it wasn’t helped by having no real title match and a lack of history behind most of the other contests. However, this did not stop some wrestlers from pulling out some stellar performances.

• The show didn’t start very well, considering it came to air a quarter of an hour late due to the inclement weather and then kicked off with an underwhelming 4-way match which plodded along. The highlight was Su Yung’s continued descent into utter delirium, while having three heels and one babyface – who worked sparingly in the match meant that there wasn’t much for the fans to get behind. A disappointment was Von Dutch, who wasn’t her usual dependable self for some reason, though everyone is entitled to an off-night. Nevaeh’s victory was a surprise, though we’ll touch on why that was the case later.

• The match also saw SoCal Val make the first of at least three appearances in the entranceway, assessing her opponents and making notes on her tablet. It felt like the 2014 version of Alexandra York.

• Marti Belle missed the show due to being involved in a car crash the previous day which wrote her car off. As a consequence, Jayme Jameson – who seems to have inexplicably turned heel since her last appearance in SHINE – brought out Amanda Rodriguez to team with her against the Buddy System. Solo Darling was her usual adorable self while Heidi Lovelace did her best to make sure that Solo retained focus, and also took a lot of the punishment during the match. Solo’s hot tag came to a weird halt when Jayme started jaw-jacking with her, which killed the flow of the comeback somewhat, but the faces got the win with their double-team Snapmare Driver, before indicating that they wanted a Tag Team Championship match. As a contest, it was fine, but nothing to get excited about.

• Thunderkitty and Justine Silver put on a decent old-school match which slowed down the pace with technical wrestling but also allowed the fans to react to the crowd work. TK got the win with her sleeperhold when Silver passed out, much to the delight of the audience, who had invested into her relatively quickly – which helped for what she did later on.

3. Jessie Belle Smothers Kimber Lee Sassy Stephie SHINE• Like the Buddy System, the Kimber Bombs – now babyfaces after Kimber Lee’s heroic actions on the last show where she went it alone in a 4-team match – also indicated that they wanted a crack at the doubles straps following their win over the SNS Express. This was probably the most entertaining match to this point with some nice tag team work which we have come to expect from both tandems. Smothers took the fall, which seems appropriate considering she was not going to be coming back due to her retirement.

• I don’t know what Taylor Made has been up to or what qualities La Rosa Negra has to bring the best out of her opponents, but this was a damn fine outing. Negra has been racking up some strong performances, and this was Taylor’s best singles match to date. With some great heel work on her part and some real aggression, something clicked for her and I hope it sticks around. In fact, I hope these two wrestle again considering the screwy finish.

• I’ve no idea what the deal was with the Tag Team Championship match. The Lucha Sisters beat up Malia Hosaka for the entire match and were set to win when Thunderkitty nailed Bates with one of the title belts to hand the victory to Legendary. Logically, the finish makes sense as TK is a supporter of all things old-school, and nothing in SHINE is more old-school than the current doubles champions. However, the match had no real heat because the faces were winning the whole time and never looked to be in trouble.

• The Kimber Bombs came in to make the save but got wiped out by the champions, TK and Leilani Kai, which made little sense on the face of it considering they wanted the belts and should have cleaned house – though they won’t be challenging at the next show as Kimber Lee will be in the UK with Combat Zone Wrestling when the SHINE 22 is due to take place.

6 Ivelisse Velez Nevaeh SHINE• While Nevaeh and Ivelisse Velez put on a really great match, the crowd weren’t into it. This may be because of Nevaeh’s history in the promotion, as she has never really been portrayed as being a title contender. Having said that, both women did all they could to make it a dramatic contest, as Nevaeh channeled Brock Lesnar by trying to take out the champion with her finisher in the first few seconds of the match. Velez kicked out of the Backpack Stunner and occasionally fought back, Ricky Steamboat-style, but the challenger kept the pressure on and grew more and more frustrated as she was unable to get the win.

• In the end, the referee got wiped out by some errant feet and Nevaeh appeared to have the win following a German Suplex. However by the time the ref came round, Velez had enough energy to kick out, creating the argument that if the official had been in position, we would have a new champion. Ivelisse snared the win soon after with a Code Red which looked more like a sunset flip to retain the belt in a really good match that deserved a better build-up and a better crowd reaction.

8 Jessicka Havok Allysin Kay SHINE• Fittingly, the final match between Allysin Kay and Jessicka Havok was the best of their feud, and they made full use of the Dog Collar stipulation by using leverage to yank each other into ring posts or to the floor, as well as utilising the chain to punish their opponent’s body. In the end it was a table which was a deciding factor as Havok delivered an Air Raid Crash to Kay from the second rope and through the timber to secure the decisive three-count.

• After saying her farewells to the fans the camera stayed with Jessicka as she was greeted by members of the roster backstage but saw her trapped outside of the building with Valkyrie attacking her. Yung delivered a mist and then locked in The Purge while Kay insulted her enemy before the faces manage to drive Valkyrie away.

• I have mixed feelings about the result of the main event. I’m sure that SHINE wanted to give Havok her moment in the sun and a happy ending as she bowed out as the winner of her feud, though in doing so the roster is left with the loser having to rebuild momentum. You could have avoided the post-match attack designed for Kay to get her heat back by just having her win in the first place and leaving the ring, allowing Havok to deliver her goodbye promo as planned. However, SHINE may be taking a gamble by assuming that Jessicka may not be gone for that long and if her future employers go belly up that she may be back in the new year. Should that happen, this programme may rumble on – though it seems a shame that the winner of the feud is still left laying, meaning that there is an argument that each has elicited a post-match revenge on her opponent on consecutive shows, considering that Allysin had her hair cut after winning the Last Woman Standing match at SHINE 20.

10 Jessicka Havok Allysin Kay SHINE• Overall, SHINE 21 had its moments. The main event was the Match of the Night but there wasn’t much on the undercard which plays into what else has been going on in the promotion. Thumbs up to Jessicka Havok, Allysin Kay, Nevaeh, Taylor Made, Ivelisse Velez and La Rosa Negra for their great work but it came on a show which ultimately didn’t matter very much.

SHINE Championship match announced for August 22

BOF IvelisseThey went to a one-hour draw in their battle for the SHINE Championship on a sweaty June evening as part of SHINE 20, and the stage is set for a colossal rematch between titleholder Ivelisse Velez and challenger Serena Deeb. Considering their outing last time – which we loved – we are thoroughly excited to see the pair go at it once against as part of the main event of SHINE 21 on August 22… wait – that match isn’t happening?!

That’s right, instead of following up with a Velez/Deeb rematch there has had to be some rejigging after VP Lexie Fyfe revealed that Serena is out with an undisclosed injury. As Fyfe revealed in the video, there will still be a SHINE Championship match and the challenger will be determined on the same evening as part of a 4-way involving Amazing Kong, Leah Von Dutch, Nevaeh and Deeb’s Valkyrie cohort Su Yung. While Yung and Kong have win-loss records which would justify them being eligible to become the number one contender, Von Dutch and Nevaeh aren’t sporting the best victory ratio in SHINE history – for example, LVD has just one win in the promotion.

The other possible issue is the same one which we had with the similar situation which took place involving the Tag Team Championship at SHINE 20 – in that the babyface champion goes into a title defence with a distinct advantage over her challenger who has already wrestled one match. It makes it difficult for a baby face to command sympathy when they are clearly fresher than their opponent. Admittedly the underdog challengers came through in June to win the doubles straps, but it didn’t make the fallen champions look very formidable.

Speaking of which, both parties involved in the Tag Team Title situation on the last show meet again at SHINE 21, with new champions Legendary (Brandi Wine and Malia Hosaka) defending the belts against former holders the Lucha Sisters (Mia Yim & Leva Bates).

Elsewhere, Jessicka Havok is booked for the show and her rival Allysin Kay is billed alongside Made In Sin partner Taylor Made, so it makes you wonder if there will be a continuance to their feud. Considering what else could be going on with Havok in the near future, it may be time to wrap things up. Thunderkitty will also make her debut, and the Kimber Bombs have been announced for the show after Cherry Bomb missed the last one due to travel issues, inadvertently turning her tag team partner Kimber Lee babyface.

SHINE 19 live coverage: 5 vs 5 Elimination Main Event

SHINE 19 posterIt’s time to SHINE once again, as Florida’s finest return with another card of women’s wrestling. This edition is very heavily top-loaded, as the vast majority of the biggest names in the promotion are featured in an absolutely massive 5 vs 5 elimination tag team match. On one side, the reconstituted Valkyrie stable, with leader Serena Deeb and her deputies April Hunter, Allysin Kay, Taylor Made and Su Yung – and on the other side, a team of SHINE All-Stars, including the SHINE Champion Ivelisse Velez, the SHINE Tag Team Champions of the Lucha Sisters (Mia Yim & Leva Bates), Jessicka Havok and Tracy Taylor.

Underneath, we have Leah Von Dutch and Taeler Hendrix facing off, as both make their returns to the promotion. Additionally, Amazing Kong takes on “The Wrestling Goddess” Athena, Solo Darling battles Luscious Latasha, the S-N-S Express’ Nevaeh will face Justine Silver, and La Rosa Negra takes on Niya Barela. Furthermore, there are promised appearances by pro boxer “La Rebelde” Noemi Bosques and Carmin from The Mike Calta Show. You can still order the show at WWNLive, but we’ll also be bringing live results after the cut. Continue reading “SHINE 19 live coverage: 5 vs 5 Elimination Main Event”

SHINE 18 live results – Ivelisse defends against Saraya; Martinez/Deeb steal the show; Havok hit by a car

Saraya playing at SHINE 18It’s a final one-two punch for the Spring version of Female Fight Season over the next two evenings as SHINE Wrestling presents SHINE 18 live on iPPV tonight, and up in Montreal, NCW:Femmes Fatales presents Femmes Fatales XIV tomorrow. With SHINE being live (and available on VOD shortly after), we certainly encourage you to go to WWNLive.com and get your order in for a pretty stacked card, but if you’re not able to watch live, we’ll have live updates in this post.

Given that it’s a week after SHIMMER Vols 63-66, and a lot of the import talent for those shows are still in the US, there’s a different feel to this show, with long term SHINE feuds like Allysin Kay vs Jessicka Havok (who will be colliding in a possibly show-stealing Ybor City Street Fight) sit alongside matches that, while they don’t have the buildup, may be once-in-a-lifetime style matches – such as the main event, where Ivelisse defends her SHINE Championship against former SHIMMER Champion Saraya Knight, or the intriguing matchup between Amazing Kong and the “Galaxy Famous” Nikki Storm. There’s also a SHINE Tag Title defence on the card, though the exact opponents for the Lucha Sisters has yet to be announced, following Madison Eagles‘ injury last weekend. As of this moment, SHINE’s website lists the challengers simply as Evie & TBD. Join us after the cut for results as they come in. Continue reading “SHINE 18 live results – Ivelisse defends against Saraya; Martinez/Deeb steal the show; Havok hit by a car”