Ringbelles Roundup (December 30, 2014) –New beginnings, Heidi Lovelace, Hudson Envy & Dragonita bound for STARDOM & more

In the fifth grade, my guidance counselor proposed that my class put together a collage of what we intend to be when we got older. Chef, nurse, singer, florist, work in the XFL (no really), Secretary of State and more were among the choices, but I had to be the odd ball. The nerve I had to paste pictures of Chyna giving someone the Military Press and Lita performing a moonsault onto an opponent along with pictures of art (I am an artist) not only shocked my classmates, but also gave me the courage to stand firm in my dream. At eleven years old, nothing mattered but wrestling, I had given all my Barbies to Goodwill and brought action figures. The whole “he or she can’t wrestle” or “This angle sucks” did not matter to me back then because wrestling was so cool to me and I wasn’t ashamed of it. As I got older things changed, known as the “girl that watches professional wrestling” became hard and at times embarrassing.

As a wrestling fan, I get the redundant, “You know that stuff’s fake right?” or the rare “Oh that’s cool.” I have been defending my passion for it as long as I can remember, even more when it comes to women’s wrestling. Over the last several years, I’ve been questioned more times than I could count about my willingness to support something that was “only good for eye candy.”

In 2010, I joined Angrymarks as a co-host of their Tuesday night show, called Ring the Bell, being on with three additional personalities that shared their own view on wrestling was intimidating; till that point I had only one friend my entire life that loved it as equally or more than me and completely understood. The experience gave me the opportunity to be vocal about wrestling, whether I disliked or liked something a huge weight lifted from my shoulders and I felt free to do so and not regret it. Fast-forward to 2012, noticing that women’s wrestling was not being covered to the fullest; I decided to take on the duty myself and provide an outlet for those fans week in and out, the Angrymarkette Newsfeed. Gathering news items, results and everything in between from various websites and condensing it down to an organized piece that is not only readable, but brings about conversation takes a great amount of patience, hard work  and dedication.

After four years at the site, this past April I stepped away completely. It was a tough decision, but it was for the best. I honestly felt dissatisfied with continuing to cover women’s wrestling in detail all for listeners to hear negative commentary on the podcasts from others. No one criticized what I wrote, but its disheartening to push for something to be taken seriously when not everyone else sees the bigger picture. Between that, my run with Ring Sirens magazine (no longer in publication) ending and life happening faster than I could control, I needed a new direction.

This brought me to Ringbelles.

PWPonderingsMy time here has been short, but I feel I shared some of my best work with you all and want to continue to do so for as long as I can. For those wondering, the Ringbelles Roundup is continuing after the site’s departure, as I have accepted Lee’s offer to do so.

Last week, my mentions and direct messages were shot with multiple inquiries and interest from other websites- I am nothing but grateful for those that expressed interest and respect that there is an audience for women’s wrestling and were willing to throw their hat in the race to add the best coverage to their site.

With that said, I am proud to announce that starting next week, the Ringbelles Roundup will become an official part of Pro Wrestling Ponderings going forward. If you happened to catch the Year in Review show up on the site, I dropped the announcement towards the end after having a great two-hour conversation with Jerome, Jennifer and Dave that was nothing short of positivity and laughter. Their coverage of independent wrestling alone is remarkable, whether its through podcasts, reviews or posting the latest results. I have a huge amount of respect for their love and use of their platform to raise awareness of indy wrestling as a must-see product.  I feel this is a perfect fit and I’m just excited to be a part of something great.

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Heidi Lovelace, Hudson Envy and Dragonita are the latest competitors to be heading over to Japan. Last week, World Wonder Ring STARDOM announced that all three competitors would be making their first trip to the country to take up training and competition. In addition, the promotion has announced all it’s cards for the month of January. This Sunday’s show at Shinkiba 1st RING will feature Io Shirai and Mayu Iwatani teaming up against Act Yasukawa and Kairi Hojo. Takumi Iroha will be taking on Kris Wolf, Hatsuhinode Kamen in a three-way match, Kaori Yoneyama goes up against Momo Watanabe and Reo Hazuki, and Yoshiko will face Koguma and Nanae Takahashi in the main event.

STARDOMThe January 11th show at Shinkiba 1st RING will see Lovelace, Hudson and Dragonita make their debuts for the promotion, as Lovelace teams up with Yasukawa against the current AWS Women’s Champion and Kris Wolf. Yasukawa and Wolf’s growing rivalry reached a high back on December 23rd at “Yearend CLIMAX” as Wolf was bloodied at the hands of Yasukawa. Dragonita will be in singles action against Kyoko Kimura. Kamen will be taking on Iroha, Shirai goes up against Watanabe and the current Goddess of STARDOM Champions Takahashi and Hojo and Koguma take on Hazuki, Iwatani and Yoshiko in trios action.

Yoshiko will be defending the World of STARDOM Championship against Nanae Takahashi as part of the promotion’s fourth anniversary show at Korakuen Hall on January 18th. The show will also feature Iwatani making her third title defense as Wonder of STARDOM Champion against Kairi Hojo and the High Speed Championship will be also be on the line as Shirai takes on Yoneyama. Lovelace, Hudson and Dragonita have yet to be announced for the show.

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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? If so, send me a tweet here and I’ll direct you to my email address.

Again thank you to everyone that has continued to support Ringbelles over the years and I wish you all a Happy New Year!

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 WWE

Nikki Bella was named WWE’s Second Most Unexpected Breakout Star of 2014. In a list compiled by WWE.com, the WWE Divas Champion’s infamous “died in the womb” quote landed at the number two spot on WWE’s latest Top 10: Most Memorable Quotes of 2014. AJ Lee’s “talent is not sexually transmitted” line in reference to Brie and Nikki landed at number seven on the list. Both lines were tasteless, it says something about the company when those are deemed “memorable.” Charlotte and Natalya’s NXT Women’s Championship match from NXT Takeover was ranked sixth on WWE.com’s 25 Greatest Matches of the Year list. Brie Bella’s match against Stephanie McMahon at SummerSlam was also made the list, ranked at number twenty-four…Speaking of Charlotte, she successfully retained the NXT Women’s Title over Sasha Banks for a second time on last week’s episode…Naomi wrestled Alicia Fox on Friday Night Smackdown, winning following a split-legged moonsault. The Usos defeated The Miz and amien Mizdow for the WWE Tag Team Championship last night, it appears the “rocky” marriage storyline between Naomi and Jimmy Uso is done…Meanwhile WWE is continuing on with the storyline between Natalya and Tyson Kidd. On Monday Night RAW, Tyson Kidd caught Nikki Bella as Natalya knocked her off the apron. Once again seeing her husband show sympathy towards another woman besides herself, Natalya allowed the distraction to be her downfall. Nikki Bella picked up the win following a Rack Attack after blindsiding Natalya with a clothesline to the back..Mandy Leon has been on the road with WWE this past week as a rosebud for the recently turned “heel,” Adam Rose

TNA

With the transition to Destination America in full swing, the company has revealed a newly redesigned Knockouts Championship. It’s seen on their official Instagram account that the new belt is sporting a traditional look, a black leather strap with the blue gems as opposed to the white leather strap with red gems… The first set of episodes of Impact Wrestling will be taped on January 7-8th, the following day the company will pre-tape their all-cage event, “Lockdown” which will be aired on Destination America instead of pay-per-view, all taking place in New York City…Brooke Tessmacher has confirmed that she and Robbie E are no longer together. Tessmacher made the announcement on Facebook, stating that the couple had separated before filming for CBS’ Amazing Race had wrapped.

“NO, I am no longer with Robbie E. We filmed the race this past summer and separated by the end of filming. I am so so incredibly happy in my life and have fully moved on. Hope you guys can as well.”

North America

More matches have been announced for Valkyrie Women’s Wrestling’s next show on January 23rd.  Davienne will be taking on Miss Diss Lexia and Jennifer Cruz will be taking on Deonna Purrazzo, the latter three will be making their debuts. Nyla Rose will also be making her in-ring debut… Sassy Stephie will be defending the Fury Championship against LuFisto and Veda Scott in Marietta, Ohio on April 25th. Winning the championship this past April, the match will be her second title defense; successfully retaining against Allysin Kay back in June… Mia Yim and Santana Garrett are set to go one-on-one n the SHINE Wrestling showcase match for Full Impact Pro’s upcoming show on January 10th. The match will be non-title…Samantha Starr will be taking on Mandy Leon for Vicious Outcast Wrestling on January 10th under non-title contention… Amber Gallows became the Global Championship Wrestling Women’s Champion over the weekend, defeating Tracy Taylor… Mickie James announced her engagement to TNA star Magnus.. LuFisto will be wrestling Heidi Lovelace this Friday for Rockstar Pro Wrestling in Dayton, Ohio… In addition, Barbi Hayden’s NWA World Women’s Championship will be on the line this weekend against Veda Scott. Inspire Pro Wrestling provided an in-depth backstory here.

Japan

Arisa Nakajima & Tsukasa FujimotoThe anticipated double title match between Tsukasa Fujimoto and Arisa Nakajima took place on Sunday. First, Fujimoto retained the ICEx Infinity Championship against Nakajima in the main event of Ribbonmania, landing her tenth title defense. Nakajima wore attire in the fashion of Azumi Hyuga on the show. Mio Shirai retained the Union Fly to Everywhere World Title over Tsukushi and Maki Narumiya and Risa Sera picked up their eighth title defense as International Ribbon Tag Team Champions over Yuka and Kurumi… That evening, Nakajima retained the Openweight Championship against Fujimoto in the main event of JWP’s year-end show, “Climax.” Also on the show, Rabbit Miu successfully retained against Eri, the JWP Tag Team and Daily Sports Women’s Tag Team Titles changed hands as Leon and Ray defeated current titleholders Command Bolshoi and Kyoko Kimura. This is Mascara Voladoras’ first run with the titles… Kana is the new REINA World Champion after beating Syuri via referee stoppage on Friday. Kana now holds the promotion’s top title and the REINA Tag Team Champions with Nakajima… Tsubasa Kuragaki will be defending the OZ Openweight Championship against Kagetsu on January 11th. The show will also feature the return of Sonoko Kato taking on former titleholder AKINO… Riho retained the IWA Triple Crown Title against Emi Sakura in the main event at the Itabashi Green Hall on Saturday. The promotion has announced the date for their first show at Korakuen Hall for August 13, 2015.

Europe

Candice Lerae will be heading back overseas in the new year. First up, she will be returning to Southside Wrestling Entertainment on February 28th as she, Saraya Knight, Kay Lee Ray and a competitor to be announced will be a part of a four-way match to crown the first-ever Queen of Southside. Going into March, Lerae and Joey Ryan will be apart of WXW Germany’s 16 Carat Gold shows… Nikki Storm will be wrestling Sammii Jayne on Scottish Wrestling Alliance’s January 4th show in Pollockshaws, Glasgow… Nadia Sapphire versus Nixon Newell has been added to Empress Pro’s debut show on January 17th.

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Results

December 25: Producciones Sanchez (Ciudad Nezahualcoyotl, Estado de Mexico, Mexico) –Bugambilia, Diosa Atenea & Lady Dragon b Golden Bull, India Mazahua & Star Fire

December 26: Absolute Intense Wrestling (Cleveland, OH) – Veda Scott, Alexia Nicole & Jasmin b Tessa Blanchard, Jennifer Blake & Heidi Lovelace; Rickey Shane Page b Candice Lerae, Dick Justice, Eric Ryan, Flip Kendrick & Joshua Singh

December 26: WWE Friday Night Smackdown (Sioux City, IA) – Naomi b Alicia Fox

December 26: WWE Live (Rosemont, IL) – Naomi, Charlotte & Natalya b Camero, Sasha Banks & Summer Rae

December 26: Vendetta Pro Wrestling/ National Wrestling Alliance (Santa Maria, CA) –Raze b Sage Sin

December 26: WWE Live (New York City NY) – Alicia Fox & Emma b Brie Bella & Nikki Bella

December 26: REINA Joshi Puroresu(Tokyo, Japan) – Kyoko Kimura b Raideen Hagane; Haruka Kato & Eri b Yuiga & Hamuko Hoshi; Yuji Kito & Koharu Hinata b Keizo Matsuda & Alex Lee; Arisa Nakajima b Rina Yamashita; Maki Narumiya & Kagetsu b Mika Iida & Meiko Tanaka; Dump Matsumoto & Yumiko Hotta b Goya Kong & Muñeca de Plata; Lin Byron b Makoto; Kana b Syuri(c)

December 27: Global Championship Wrestling (Pell City, AL) – Amber Gallows b Tracy Taylor(c)

December 27: Squared Circle Wrestling (Elmira, NY) – Mickie James b Cherry Bomb

December 27: Gatoh Move (Tokyo, Japan) – Cherry b Fukin Kitazawa; Kaori Yoneyama, Madoka, Sayaka Obihiro & PSYCHO b Antonio Honda, SAKI, MIZUKI; Kagetsu b Kotori; Riho(c) b Emi Sakura

December 27: WWE Live (Cincinnati, OH) – Charlotte, Naomi & Natalya b Cameron, Sasha Banks & Summer Rae

December 27: WWE Live (Uniondale, NY) – Alicia Fox & Emma b Nikki Bella & Brie Bella

December 27: AAW (Berwyn, IL) – Chris Sabin b Heidi Lovelace

December 27: Ice Ribbon(Warabi, Japan) – Aoi Kizuki & Hamuko Hoshi b 235 & Akane Fujita; Kurumi & Kyuri b Maki Narumiya & Maya Yukihi; Tsukasa Fujimoto b Meari Naito; Risa Sera & Tsukushi vs Mio Shirai & Yuka – time limit draw

December 27: I Believe I Wrestling (Orlando, Florida) – Josh Hess b Santana Garrett

December 28: Ice Ribbon Ribbonmania (Tokyo, Japan) – Cherry & Maya Yukihi b Shu Shibutani & Kyuri; Meari Naito & Neko Nitta b 235 & Akane Fujita; Hamuko Hoshi & Mochi Miyagi b Miyako Matsumoto & Yuri Kotobuki; Kayoko Haruyama b Aoi Kizuki; Mio Shirai(c) b Tsukushi; Maki Narumiya & Risa Sera(c) b Kurumi & Yuka; Tsukasa Fujimoto (c) b Arisa Nakajima

December 28: K-DOJO (Chiba, Japan) – Bambi & Kaji Tomato b Hikaru Shida & Masao Inoue; TAKA Michinoku & Kaori Yoneyama b Kengo Mashimo & Yuma

December 28: JWP Climax 2014 (Tokyo, Japan) – Yako Fujigasaki b Yua Hayashi; Rabbit Miu (c) b Eri; KAZUKI, Jaguar Yokota & Raideen Hagane b Manami Toyota, Tsukushi & Neko Nitta; KAORU b Kayoko Haruyama; Hanako Nakamori b Kana; Leon & Ray b Command Bolshoi & Kyoko Kimura (c); Arisa Nakajima(c) b Tsukasa Fujimoto

December 28: DIANA (Kawasaki, Kanagawa, Japan) – Kyoko Inoue b Kaoru Ito , Keiko Aono , Sareee, Meiko Tanaka, Megumi Yabushita & Kaho Kobayashi

December 28: Tokyo Women’s Wrestling(Tokyo, Japan) – Ai Shimizu b Erin & Nonoko; Shoko Nakajima and Yuka Sakazaki b KANNA and Chikage Kiba; Miyu Yamashita b Akane Miura

December 28: K-DOJO (Chiba, Japan) – Hiro Tonai & Kaori Yoneyama b Ayumu Honda & Bambi

December 28: Beyond Wrestling (Providence, RI) – Kimber Lee b David Starr

December 29: WWE Monday Night RAW (Washington, DC) – Nikki Bella b Natalya

December 30: WWE Live (Richmond, VA) – Charlotte, Emma & Alicia Fox b Sasha Banks, Cameron & Summer Rae

Upcoming Shows

January 3: Elite Canadian Championship Wrestling (Vancouver, BC, Canada) – Cat Power vs Kate Carney

January 4: Scottish Wrestling Alliance (Glasgow, Scotland) – Debbie Sharpe vs Viper; Sammii Jayne vs Nikki Storm

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

January 4: Inspire Pro Wrestling (Austin, TX) – Barbi Hayden(c) vs Veda Scott; Jessica James vs Kimber Lee

January 10: Vicious Outcast Wrestling (Connellsville, PA) – Samantha Starr vs Mandy Leon

January 11: OZ Academy (Tokyo, Japan) – AKINO vs Sonoko Kato; Kagetsu vs Tsubasa Kuragaki(c)

January 17: Empress Pro (High Wycombe, England) – Bete Noire & Viper vs Addy Starr & Rhia O’Reilly; Ruby Summers vs Chardonnay; Nikki Storm vs Pollyanna; Nadia Sapphire vs Nixon Newell

January 17: Clash Wrestling (Taylor, MI) – Leah Von Dutch vs Jasmin

January 17: Lone Star Wrestling (Cypress, TX) – Barbi Hayden(c) vs Tessa Blanchard

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

January 18: Anarchy Championship Wrestling (Austin, TX) – Jessica James vs Jojo Bravo; Athena vs Su Yung(c)

January 23: SHINE 24 (Ybor City, FL) – Malia Hosaka, Brandi Wine & Thunderkitty vs Kimber Lee, Cherry Bomb & Leah Von Dutch

January 23: Wrestling Cares Association /Alternative Wrestling Show (South Gate, CA) – Nicole Savoy; Sage Sin; Savanah Riley; Kikyo Nakamura; Hania; Brittany Wonder; Christina Von Eerie; Taeler Hendrix; Raze; Kahmora; Datura; Marriah Moreno

January 23: Valkyrie Women’s Wrestling (Woodbury Heights, NJ) – Kacee Carlisle(c) vs Mistress Belmont; La Rosa Negra vs Aja Perera; Davienne vs Miss Diss Lexia; Jennifer Cruz vs Deonna Purrazzo; Nyla Rose

January 24: Pure Wrestling Association (Kitchener, ON, Canada) – KC Spinelli vs Courtney Rush; Kaitlin Diemond vs Beautiful Beaa; Jewells Malone vs Alexia Nicole; Holly Madison vs Silvie Silver; Ingrid Isley vs Skylar Rose

February 7: Family Wrestling Entertainment (Jamaica, NY) – Candice LeRae(c) vs Veda Scott; Taeler Hendrix vs Katarina Leigh

February 7: KANA Pro (Japan)

February 8: Tidal Championship Wrestling (Leeds, England) – Violet O’Hara vs Nixon Newell

February 14: Mio Shirai Produce (Tokyo, Japan) – Mio Shirai vs Io Shirai

February 21: Women Superstars Uncensored (Voorhees, NJ) – Hania vs Athena; Kimber Lee & Annie Social vs JT Dunn & David Starr(c)

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

February 22: Bellatrix 12 (Norwich, England)

February 28: Southside Wrestling Entertainment (Essex, England) – Candice Lerae vs Kay Lee Ray vs TBD vs Saraya Knight

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

April 4: NCW Femmes Fatales (Montreal, QC, Canada) – Courtney Rush vs Saraya Knight; Portia Perez vs Xandra Bale; Sassy Stephie, Allysin Kay & Jody D’Milo vs Vanessa Kraven, TBA & TBA

April 11/12 – SHIMMER Women Athletes (Berwyn, IL)

April 25: Remix Pro Wrestling (Marietta, OH) – LuFisto vs Veda Scott vs Sassy Stephie (c)

– Ciara Reid

– Photos by PWPonderings(1), STARDOM(2), WWE(3), Kenji Misaki(4), Southside Wrestling Entertainment(5), Yuichi Kojima(6), Ichiban Drunk(7), Empress Pro(8), Remix Pro Wrestling(9)

– Data collated from (but not limited to) Cagematch, joshifans.com, PuroLove, Dramatic DDT, Luchablog, Lords Of Pain, Wrestling Observer, Open The Puroresu Gate, Ringstars, PWInsider, NHB Girls, North Starz, WrestlingData

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Results

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Upcoming

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

August 31: Fierce Females (Glasgow, Scotland)

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

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

September 13: Women Superstars Uncensored (Voorhees, NJ)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

November 23: Fierce Females (Glasgow, Scotland)

– Lee Burton
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Inspire Pro: No Turning Back – Barbi Hayden still NWA World Women’s Champion

Barbi Hayden vs Mia Yim at Inspire Pro by Michael K Dupin

Last night in Austin TX, Inspire Pro Wrestling presented its second “XX Division” themed show, mixing both male and female matches in a roughly 50/50 split. It was, of course, headlined by the NWA World Women’s Championship match between the Champion Barbi Hayden and the challenger Mia Yim – and it’s definitely a match that has caught our imagination here at Ringbelles. You can listen to Mia’s appearance on the Women of Wrestling Podcast this week where she talks about that opportunity.

So far, only bare bones results are available via Inspire Pro Wrestling’s facebook.

1. Six Man Elimination: ‘Jiggle-O’ James Johnson beat VOID, Erik Ortiz, The Great Depression, “Mad Dog” Ken Johnson & Kyle Hawk
2. Athena defeated Kat Green
3. The Hollywood Knives (Stevo Reno & Bradley Axel Dawson) beat Steele Money Industries (Kenny Steele & Payday)
4. Delilah Doom beat Solo Darling
5. Keith Lee defeated Matt Riot
6. Gabe Roach beat Thomas Shire
7. Inspire Pro XX Division Championship Semi-Final: Jessica James beat Miss Diss Lexia & KC Warfield
8. Inspire Pro J-Crown: Sammy Guevara defeated Erik Shadows
9. “Centerfold” Matthew Palmer beat “The Texas Lion” Houston Carson
10. Leva Bates defeated Paige Turner
11. NWA World Women’s Championship: Barbi Hayden (c) beat Mia Yim

We also know that Rachel Summerlyn said goodbye to wrestling on this show too. Inspire Pro have promised more detailed show results in the coming days, but if you were at the show and want to expand on any of the results here, give any opinions on what you enjoyed or didn’t, please feel free to use our comments section below.

Main photo by Michael K Dupin on twitter

WOW Podcast #71 with Mia Yim

WOW Mia Yim

Episode 71 with Mia Yim

“You guys should have Mia Yim on your Podcast” is something we’ve heard for what seems like years. Well, we finally got around to asking her – and we’re pretty confident that you’ll find it was worth the wait. A monster of an interview, clocking in at over 100 minutes, touching on pretty much every aspect of her career to date from her initial training and inspirations to get involved in the business right up to her challenge this weekend for Barbi Hayden‘s NWA World Women’s Championship at Inspire Pro Wrestling in Texas. Subjects up for discussion include… Mia’s history of being bullied at school and how pro-wrestling helped her self confidence – and how her own debut match in 2009 inspired someone else to completely turn their life around, her training in Virginia, followed by joining both the ROH and CZW training schools, her gear, feuding with Greg Excellent in CZW – leading to the big TLC blow-off (and generally about just how underrated Greg Excellent really is). We touch on DJ Hyde and the mini controversy over his “BJ Club” comments at WSU a couple of weekends ago. We discuss the most influential voice in Mia’s early years, getting to go to Japan really early in her career (and being considered one of the “big” girls in Japan), wrestling Manami Toyota, and which Joshi stars she feels she works best with. We talk her knee injury earlier this year and how it played into her SHIMMER weekend in April, and how she changed her style to compensate. We discuss adjusting her style in general, working smarter in the ring and the major part Mercedes Martinez has to play in mentoring that. Obviously the Lucha Sisters and her time in SHINE is up for much happy discussion, including Leva‘s cosplay ideas and how they felt winning the first ever SHINE Tag Titles. We talk Mia’s infamous feud with Allysin Kay in AIW, from the nose-breakery to the crazy steel cage match, working in TNA for two consecutive Knockouts Knockdown PPVs, and Mia’s wacky road trip story involves one Robert Evans! Enjoy!

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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

A good half year for… Barbi Hayden

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Ringbelles Roundup (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”