Ringbelles Roundup (23 December 2014) – Awards, Natalya talks lots of stuff and more

2013 awards Mercedes MartinezRingbelles usually goes to the trouble of creating physical awards for its year-end honours but things have been a bit strained in the last few months, so there’s no glass trophy for this year’s winner. However, after considering not doing them due to the intention of closing, I’ve decided to write a little bit about the awards which we did want to highlight.

Last year’s victor of the top prize was Mercedes Martinez, who had excelled as NCW Femmes Fatales International Champion and was also a very solid hand in SHINE and SHIMMER, though she decreased her bookings in 2014 and eventually stepped away from the ring after dropping the International belt to Courtney Rush in August.

There are just two awards this year – that’s because the Discovery of the Year honour was going to be dumped anyway. The reason is because there’s a big disparity between when we discover someone and when others do the same. For example, Nikki Storm won last year’s Discovery title even though we’ve been championing her for years, but she made a big splash on US fans with her antics at SHIMMER so we went with it despite it not making the most sense. As a result, the Wrestler of the Year and Breakout Star of the Year will be the ones we’ll look at.

Let’s start with the latter, which was a very competitive category. Sammi Baynz was given consideration for being so great at Bellatrix’s shows in 2014, wrestling Blue Nikita three times and also having another entertaining outing against Liberty. In addition, she made a good impression in her Scottish debut where she took on Viper at Fierce Females’ Mad Maxine show in July and returned in August to team with Liberty against the Owens Twins. Kay Lee Ray also received a lot of thought for turning heel in Fierce Females, and making it to the final three of TNA’s British Boot Camp 2 show. She also held Southside Wrestling’s Speed King title for a lot of the year and won the first Aerial Assault match held in Europe, beating five men to do so. Had she won British Boot Camp, she may have snared the award. Mia Yim also received a look after winning both the SHINE Tag Team and singles championships this year, as well as receiving her first SHIMMER title shot in April, though was unsuccessful in that attempt.

Heidi Lovelace Dave MuscarellaHowever, the Breakout Star of the Year title goes to Heidi Lovelace, who showed her versatility in matches all across North America. While she showed her comedic and light-hearted side in SHINE alongside Solo Darling, she also decided to work IWA Mid-South’s reprisal of the Queen of the Deathmatches tournament, beating Hudson Envy in a Tacks, Ladders and Canes match before losing to Ludark Shaitan in a Fans Bring The Weapons contest. That also goes along with her well-received work in SHIMMER, impressing in both singles and tag team action.

Heidi has also excelled in intergender competition, making it to the quarter finals of Absolute Intense Wrestling’s JT Lightning Invitational Tournament before losing to Michael Elgin, and also scored the AAW Heritage Title by beating Matt Cage – though her work in Wrestling Is Fun has helped her to break new barriers for women in wrestling. Lovelace fought through two matches – including a six-way elimination match – to make it to the final of the Young Lions Cup tournament, which she won earlier this month by beating Missile Assault Ant in the final, showcased in the pre-show of Chikara’s Tomorrow Never Dies iPPV. In doing so, she became the first female victor of the cup and also solidified her as a well-appreciated performer who has the ability to adapt her style for different types of matches against different opponents. It’s a safe assertion to say that the Punk Rock Rag Doll will climb even higher in 2015.

So, the other award is the Wrestler of the Year honour, which was a pretty tough call. Paige has been winning accolades all over the place this year after winning the WWE Divas Championship on two occasions as well as holding the NXT and Divas belts at the same time. She also racked up quite a few successful defences on PPV before turning heel and really ratcheting up her character work. Elsewhere, LuFisto had one of her best years by winning the Women Superstars Uncensored World Championship by beating Mickie Knuckles, Allysin Kay and Jenny Rose, as well as getting into an angle with WSU owner DJ Hyde and his hand-picked star Sassy Stephie which led to the Wounded Owl Ronin going after Hyde with a knife on a Combat Zone Wrestling show. In addition, she almost wrested the SHIMMER Championship from Cheerleader Melissa at volume 63 in April and undergoing a mild heel turn the following week before reverting back to being a babyface. However, our winner has showed off her wrestling skills at a main event level and has also showed how she can verbalise too.

Ivelisse VelezIvelisse Velez started off the year by winning the SHINE Championship from Valkyrie cohort Rain but was kicked out of the group because of her victory and turned babyface in the process, which saw her get over huge with the fans. Successful defences over Mercedes Martinez, Saraya Knight, Nevaeh and Madison Eagles all followed, along with an entertaining 60 minute draw against Serena Deeb before dropping the belt to Mia Yim in China last month. In addition, she has been able to display more character development since dropping the belt by getting obsessive over winning it back, shown by her aggression levels in her win over Amanda Rodriguez on the last show and then getting involved in Yim’s defence against Nevaeh which led to the match ending in a DQ win for the challenger. While this is all a good example of how she has evolved her persona, it has also been demonstrated in new ventures.

Velez signed on for Lucha Underground and has proved herself to be an entertaining heel who can irritate on the microphone. Teaming up with Son of Havoc, she has been tormenting Sexy Star, which las led to the pair engaging in a feud, which also saw her debut for AAA in Mexico where the roles were reversed and Sexy was the heel with Ivelisse working as the babyface. When you factor in how much her star has risen in the last 12 months and how much more marketable she was this time a year ago, you can understand why Ivelisse has earned Ringbelles’ Wrestler of the Year award, and also makes you wonder how both WWE and TNA had the chance to have her on their books and both let her slip through their fingers. I don’t understand wrestling sometimes…

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Natalya WWENatalya spoke to the Mirror UK about things like Total Divas – where she claimed the tensions between she and husband Tyson Kidd was genuine, as well as the reaction to her being booked to beat Charlotte in less than 3 minutes on Raw earlier this month:

“We don’t control a lot of things in WWE, it’s live TV, you can’t control how long you’re going to get. Sometimes you’re going to get 20 minutes and sometimes you’re going to get 20 seconds, you just have to maximise those minutes and do the best you can.”

She also discussed the difference between the Divas wrestling in NXT and on WWE’s main roster:

“That’s why I go to NXT, any chance I get, I go to NXT. I want to be on Raw, I want to be on SmackDown, and NXT, and Total Divas, and Main Event, and Superstars, and I want to be on the WWE app – because I want to take any moment I can to get TV time and I want to tell stories.

“The girls and the guys in NXT are extremely fortunate because Triple H has taken NXT under his wing. I tell Triple H this, I look around the room and make sure no one’s looking, and I tell him it’s my favourite show. It’s my favourite show because the Superstars and Divas do get time and it’s a cool show because you get to watch these different characters grow and come to life.”

It seems as if there is a lot of love being openly directed towards NXT at the moment without trying to knock the main product as a result. Natalya was very diplomatic with her praise and dodged criticising her bread and butter.

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This is the final Ringbelles Roundup before this website departs but I am happy to say that this portion of the site may continue on after our departure. Contributor Ciara Reid has accepted my offer of taking it over and posting it elsewhere, though where that may be is still up for discussion – so if you’re interested in having it, send her a tweet at @ciara92189.

Ciara used to write something similar when she was linked with Angrymarks so she has the ability to cover wrestling from all over the world, and will put her own personal stamp on it. Hopefully this will mean that women’s wrestling fans looking for a weekly fix of what is going on globally will still have somewhere to get it.

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WWE
Nikki Bella retained her Divas Championship by beating Naomi on Tuesday’s live SmackDown show. It was set up on the Main Event show broadcast earlier. Naomi is currently in a strained relationship with husband Jimmy Uso, which means that when you consider the issues between Natalya and Tyson Kidd, WWE has two rocky marriage angles going on at the same time… Becky Becky Lynch Bayley WWELynch’s heel turn kicked up a notch when she tapped out Bayley on last week’s NXT with her new submission hold, the Four Leaf Clover… It was 1-1 for Emma last week. She lost to Paige on Main Event but beat Summer Rae on Superstars… Alexa Bliss has been beating Carmella & Dana Brooke in 3-way matches on the latest NXT house shows… Speaking of Dana, she will be representing WWE at next year’s Arnold Classic bodybuilding event. She will be competing in the fitness division. She told WWE.com, “My dreams are coming true. It’s like Christmas came early for me. I cannot feel more honored. This just shows how much WWE wants their athletes to succeed. I’m blessed. I will not let the WWE Universe down”… Former developmental talent Shaul “Raquel Diaz” Guerrero is engaged to current NXT talent Aiden English… Developmental Diva Dasha Kuret ring announced NXT’s show in Tampa, FL last Friday… Paige was named Diva of the Year by Rolling Stone magazine… Following in AJ Lee’s footsteps, Emma has launched her own personal website, entitled tenilledashwood.com… Natalya pinned Brie Bella on last night’s Raw before knocking Nikki off the apron, leading her holding the Divas Title belt. Looks like Nattie’s next in line.

TNA
Brooke Tessmacher and Robbie E were eliminated from The Amazing Race last week, missing out on the $1m prize.

North America
Jessica James will make her SHINE debut next month as part of SHINE 24. Meanwhile, after what happened at SHINE 23, a 6-woman tag team match has been announced for on January 23. Kimber Lee, Cherry Bomb & Leah Von Dutch will face Legendary members Malia Hosaka, Brandi Wine & Thunderkitty… Speaking of Hosaka, she will be honoured with a Retired Women’s Wrestling Award by the Cauliflower Alley Club next April. Someone at the CAC later noticed the error and removed the “retired” part of the title… Two matches have been announced for Women Superstars Uncensored’s next show on February 21. Hania and Athena face off again, though this time it will be under Tables Ladders and Chairs rules, while Kimber Lee & Annie Social get another shot at Tag Team Championship JT Dunn and David Starr after beating them in individual matches on the last show… Athena challenges Su Yung for the Anarchy Championship Wrestling American Joshi Championship on January 18… Athena also defended her Absolute Intense Wrestling Women’s Championship on Saturday at Metroplex Wrestling’s show in Bedford, TX. She beat Claudia by curb stomping her onto thumbtacks and making her tap out to the Red Wedding… Nevaeh is eyeing up a February return from her knee injury.

Japan
Hikaru Shida’s joint Pro Wrestling WAVE Regina di WAVE and Revolution Championship Wrestling title defence against Mio Shirai on Sunday’s WAVE show ended in a 30 minute time limit draw… Mio Io Shirai StardomIt’s confirmed: sisters Mio and Io Shirai will wrestle on February 14 on Mio’s self-produced show. It was made official after today’s Stardom show after Io’s match where she teamed with Mayu Iwatani & Masaaki Mochizuki to beat the retiring Miho Wakizawa as well as Manami Toyota & Genki Horiguchi. 35-year old Wakizawa is stepping away after 18 years of competition… Two title changes on Diana’s show earlier today. Keiko Aono defeated Manami Toyota to win the singles title while Jaguar Yokota & Sareee beat KAORU & Mima Shimoda to win the tag straps. The show was topped off with Kyoko Inoue beating Yumiko Hotta in a No Ropes Barbed Wire Current Blast Time Bomb Death Match.

Europe
As you would expect, Southside regular Kay Lee Ray has been added to the 4-way to crown the first Queen of Southside. Debuting Saraya Knight is the other person who has been announced.

Mexico
Lucha Underground is interested in signing Dark Angel, according to the Wrestling Observer. Considering she’s part of CMLL and Lucha Underground has ties with AAA, that could be a difficult ask.

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Results

December 16: WWE Main Event (Grand Rapids, MI) – Paige b Emma

Naomi Nikki Bella WWEDecember 16: WWE SmackDown (Grand Rapids, MI) – Nikki Bella b Naomi

December 16: CMLL (Guadalajara, Mexico) – Zeuxis b Princesa Sugehit

December 17: Ice Ribbon (Saitama, Japan) – Hamuko Hoshi & Akane Fujita b Miyako Matsumoto & Yuri Kotobuki; Neko Nitta b Maya Yukihi; Maki Narumiya v Meari Naito went to a time limit draw; Arisa Nakajima & Risa Sera b Tsukasa Fujimoto & Hanako Nakamori

December 17: Union Tokyo, Japan) – Cherry & Ladybeard b Riho & Sayaka Obihiro; Mio Shirai b Ryu Gouma

December 17: WWE Tribute to the Troops (Columbus, GA) – Naomi, Emma & Natalya b Paige and Nikki & Brie Bella

December 18: WWE NXT (Orlando, FL) – Becky Lynch b Bayley

December 18: WWE NXT house show (Tampa, FL) – Alexa Bliss b Carmella & Dana Brooke in a 3-way

December 18: WWE Superstars (Detroit, MI) – Emma b Summer Rae

December 18: AAA (Mexico City, Mexico) – Jennifer Blake & La Jarochita b Cinthia Moreno & Sexy Lady

December 19: Diana (Kawasaki, Japan) – Megumi Yabushita b Meiko Tanaka; Keiko Aono & Mask De Sun b Kaho Kobayashi & Koharu Hinata; Kaoru Ito b Tomoko Watanabe; Jaguar Yokota, Kyoko Inoue & Sareee b Yumiko Hotta, KAORU & Mima Shimoda

December 19: WWE NXT house show (Jacksonville, FL) – Alexa Bliss b Carmella & Dana Brooke in a 3-way

December 19: CMLL (Mexico City, Mexico) – Dark Angel, La Vaquerita & Marcela b Amapola, Dalys & La Seductora

December 20: Ice Ribbon (Saitama, Japan) – Shu Shibutani & Miyako Matsumoto b 235 & Kyuri; Maki Narumiya b Yuka; Risa Sera v Kurumi went to a time limit draw; Tsukasa Fujimoto & Aoi Kizuki b Hamuko Hoshi & Tsukushi

December 20: Attack Pro Wrestling (Bristol, England) – Pete Dunne & Mark Andrews b Nixon Newell & Chris Brookes

December 20: 4 Front Wrestling (Bristol, England) – Nadia Sapphire b Chardonnay

December 20: WWE house show (Winnipeg, MB, Canada) – Natalya b Paige

December 20: Metroplex Wrestling (Bedford, TX) – Athena b Claudia

December 20: WWE NXT house show (Lakeland, FL) – Alexa Bliss b Carmella & Dana Brooke in a 3-way

Tsukasa Fujimoto Tsukushi Resuner YokoyamaDecember 21: JWP (Tokyo, Japan) – Yako Fujigasaki b Haruka Kato; Eri b Yua Hayashi & Raideen Hagane in a 3-way; Kayoko Haruyama b KAZUKI; Command Bolshoi & Kyoko Kimura b Leon & Hanako Nakamori; Arisa Nakajima & Tsukushi v Tsukasa Fujimoto & Rabbit Miyu went to a time limit draw

December 21: Pro Wrestling WAVE (Osaka, Japan) – Fairy Nipponbashi b Moeka Haruhi; Yuu Yamagata b Hiroe Nagahama; Yumi Ohka b Kaho Kobayashi; Kana b Rina Yamashita; Shu Shibutani b Mika Iida; Misaki Ohata b Sawako Shimono; Hikaru Shida v Mio Shirai went to a time limit

December 21: Stardom (Osaka, Japan) – Kris Wolf b Momo Watanabe; Act Yasukawa & Kellie Skater b Kaori Yoneyama & Hatsuhinode Kamen; Io Shirai b Mystique; Kairi Hojo & Koguma b Reo Hazuki & Takumi Iroha; Nanae Takahashi & Miho Wakizawa b Yoshiko & Mayu Iwatani

December 21: Tidal Championship Wrestling (Leeds, England) – Lana Austin & Ruby Summers b Nixon Newell & Violet O’Hara

December 21: Insane Championship Wrestling (Glasgow, Scotland) – Layla Rose b Sammii Jayne

December 22: WWE Raw (Minneapolis, MN) – Natalya b Brie Bella; Naomi, Alicia Fox & Emma b Paige, Cameron & Summer Rae

December 22: CMLL (Puebla, Mexico) – Amapola, La Comandante & Zeuxis b La Vaquerita, Lluvia & Princesa Sugehit

December 23: JWP (Tokyo, Japan) – Arisa Nakajima, Command Bolshoi & Rabbit Miyu b Leon, Raideen Hagane & Yua Hayashi; Kayoko Harumya b Yako Fujigasaki; Hanako Nakamori won a battle royal

December 23: Diana (Kawasaki, Japan) – Yuiga & Hamuko Hoshi b Kaho Kobayashi & Koharu Hinata; Eiger & Mask De Sun b Arisa Nakajima & Raideen Hagane; Takako Inoue & Cherry b Keiko Aono & Megumi Yabushita; Tomoko Watanabe b Meiko Tanaka; Kaoru Ito b Manami Toyota to win the Diana World Championship; Jaguar Yokota & Sareee b KAORU & Mima Shimoda to win the Diana World Tag Team Championship; Kyoko Inoue b Yumiko Hotta

December 23: Stardom (Tokyo, Japan) – Reo Hazuki b Momo Watanabe; Act Yasukawa b Kris Wolf; Koguma b Kyoko Kimura, Kaori Yoneyama, Hatsuhinode Kamen, Mystique & Kellie Skater; Io Shirai, Mayu Iwatani & Masaaki Mochizuki b Miho Wakizawa, Manami Toyota & Genki Horiguchi; Yoshiko b Saki Akai; Nanae Takahashi & Kairi Hojo b Takumi Iroha & Risa Sera

Upcoming

December 26: Absolute Intense Wrestling (Cleveland, OH) – Tessa Blanchard, Jennifer Blake & Heidi Lovelace v Veda Scott, Alexia Nicole & Jasmin

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

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

Kimber LeeDecember 28: Ice Ribbon Ribbonmania (Tokyo, Japan) – Tsukasa Fujimoto v Arisa Nakajima

December 28: JWP Climax 2014 (Tokyo, Japan) – Arisa Nakajima v Tsukasa Fujimoto

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

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

January 4: Scottish Wrestling Alliance (Glasgow, Scotland) – Debbie Sharpe v Viper

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

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

January 11: Fierce Females (Glasgow, Scotland)

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

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

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

Athena Su YungJanuary 18: Anarchy Championship Wrestling (Austin, TX) – Jessica James v Jojo Bravo; Athena v Su Yung

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

January 23: Valkyrie Women’s Wrestling (Woodbury Heights, NJ) – Kacee Carlisle v Mistress Belmont; La Rosa Negra v Aja Perera

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

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

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

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

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

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

February 22: Bellatrix 12 (Norwich, England)

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

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

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

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NXT Takeover 2: Charlotte sees off the challenge of Bayley

Charlotte vs Bayley NXT Takeover 2Moments ago on NXT‘s live “Takeover 2” special on the WWE Network, the promotion’s developmental golden girl Charlotte successfully defended her NXT Women’s Championship against former indy standout Bayley, continuing the title reign which started at the last NXT Takeover event in May. The match lasted around eleven minutes, and finished following a hot series of big moves and near falls, including Bayley hitting a top rope rana, and Charlotte hitting her big match moonsault. As Bayley shot the champion one last defiant look, Charlotte used the Natural Selection rollover cutter (formerly known as ‘Bow Down To The Queen’) to get the win. Charlotte, who dominated much of the match until the final few minutes, looked supremely confident and assured in the match. She completely gets it.

In keeping with the strong tradition of women’s matches on these NXT Live Specials, and following in the footsteps of Paige vs Emma (at Arrival) and Charlotte vs Natalya (at Takeover), the match was given both time and respect, was well received by the fanbase (who all adored Bayley – and it’s easy to see why), and featured the commentary team putting over the competitors rather than talking about other things.

The result itself might be termed slightly surprising, as almost since the day she won the vacant championship from Natalya at Takeover in May, the talk has been of fast-tracking Charlotte to the main WWE roster, and some believed that this would’ve been the time to pass the belt to Bayley and start Charlotte’s transition to Monday Night Raw. It’s still possible that could happen, though it maybe seems more likely that they’ve decided not to bring up Charlotte quite yet – at least until they’ve got a good storyline for her.

Indeed, Charlotte has some unfinished business to take care of in NXT at any rate – as her erstwhile BFF partner Sasha Banks turned up post match to both verbally and physically accost Bayley (who beat Banks twice in succession in the buildup to this match). Charlotte, watching the big screen from the ramp, felt obliged to re-enter the ring and pull “The Boss” off the already beaten Bayley. The physicality between the two was minor, but obviously looks to set up a program between Charlotte and Sasha – or perhaps a three-way feud with Bayley still included.

Meanwhile, on the dark match before the NXT Takeover show started, current WWE Divas Champion Paige fought and defeated Becky Lynch via the RamPaige in a match, that, frankly, I think the world needs to see.

Ringbelles Roundup (5 August 2014) – Stephanie & Brie main event Raw again, AJ Lee v Paige announced for SummerSlam

Stephanie McMahon Brie Nikki Bella WWENot much going on in the world of women’s wrestling this week, so it’s just a few nibs in the top stories this week.

Stephanie McMahon and Brie Bella’s feud once again main-evented Raw, despite last week’s great segment not doing so well with the TV audience. This time was for a contract signing for their SummerSlam match where the pair got to throw a few verbal jabs at each other, and while Brie did her best with her dialogue the delivery was still nowhere close to McMahon’s work, which is still carrying this feud.

Brie cracked a poor joke about being someone’s toy when she was in prison which didn’t going over well with the live crowd, and then said she was going to embarrass Stephanie at SummerSlam, gaining retribution for herself, sister Brie, the Big Show, the Rhodes family and everyone else that the Authority has messed around. The comments were brushed off by McMahon who promised to tear Brie’s heart out before hitting Nikki with the binder containing the contract, and delivered a Pedigree to her while Triple H trapped Brie in the corner. Brie eventually fought free but also suffered a Pedigree to close the show with the Authority standing tall.

It wasn’t as hot as the reinstatement segment last week or the arrest the episode before, but served its purpose to forward the story.

Incidentally, the Wrestling Observer says that Brie isn’t being blamed for the dip in ratings in last week’s go-home angle as that would also see blame being apportioned to Stephanie – and that’s not going to happen…

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AJ Lee Paige WWEJust before Raw went on the air, the announcement was made that AJ Lee will defend the WWE Divas Championship against former champion Paige.

The Briton shoved AJ off the stage following the Divas Champion’s squash win over Rosa Mendes on SmackDown, which saw AJ put into a neck brace and carried away on a stretcher. Paige – who yelled that AJ was fine and that she was overreacting to the fall – skipped away afterwards. WWE.com ran a piece saying that AJ suffered whiplash, though it was all part of the angle.

Lee was absent from Raw this week selling the injury while Paige was the subject of a backstage interview saying that she and AJ are still friends and how she is looking forward to facing her idol at SummerSlam.

As we said at the time, losing the Divas Championship may be the best thing that could happen to Paige, and that has been proven. She now has purpose, character and a hot feud that fans have invested in. She and AJ have also started working on the house show loop which should help iron out the issues we saw in their match at Battleground, which should lead to a more entertaining and tidy encounter.

It’s also tough to guess who will win the SummerSlam match. Should AJ win, it will help her babyface character but not do much for Paige’s credibility in the process. If Paige recaptures the title, it’s creating a hot potato with the belt but will do wonders for her heel gimmick. It should also generate a decent reaction with the crowd at the Staples Center in what will be the first Divas Title match at SummerSlam since 2011 where Kelly Kelly defeated Beth Phoenix.

AJ will also return to action on Main Event this evening.

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Finally, a portion of WWE’s roster is in Australia this week for some house shows which will also see a fair few independent wrestlers getting tryouts before the Melbourne show tomorrow. Savannah Summers and Toni Storm have been mentioned as well as New Zealand’s Sara Jay. Considering the large numbers of names getting a go, it will be surprising if WWE says no to them all, but it’s possible.

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We’ve posted a couple of videos on the website this week: one is from Wrestlicious, which has the match between Felony and Glory for the promotion’s crown; and we have also featured a First Blood Match between D’Arcy Dixon and Mickie Knuckles for the RESISTANCE Pro Women’s Championship, which features a controversial ending.

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WWE
Slayers’ torment of Fandango continued on SmackDown when they helped Diego get a win over him, and again on Raw… Paige spoke to WWE Magazine about why she wears Dr Martens boots since making her main roster debut. “I’m used to it. You have to break them in so I had to wear them on the streets. They’re very good, very British. I’m sticking to my guns. I’m really happy they’re back in fashion again because I love them and I own a pair, so I might as well put these babies on”… NXT Women’s Champion Charlotte defeated Becky Lynch in a non-title match on last week’s show. Lynch’s gimmick has been altered from the stereotypical Irish dancing and music to something a lot more intense and exciting, which is good. The match was also better than Charlotte’s snoozefest with Summer Rae. Incidentally, the next NXT special will take place on September 11, where Charlotte will defend the title against Bayley – with the pair having a set-to backstage in last week’s episode… Former Total Divas cast member Jojo is now a backstage interviewer on NXT… WWE’s disappointing financial losses announced on Thursday led to some redundancies, and the talent roster didn’t escape the cuts. Dani Jackson – who was signed after a tryout at the Performance Center in December and reported for duty in May – was let go. She hasn’t wrestled at any live event and never made it to television… Vickie Guerrero revealed that she is now working for a pharmacy company.

TNA
No Knockouts matches on last week’s Impact Wrestling, though Angelina Love and Velvet Sky explaining that they interfered in the Gail Kim/Taryn Terrell match because they feel the Beautiful People should be the focus of the Knockouts division. Love also promised an announcement next week. This company has so many “announcements” that they’ve lost all meaning. The other big thing was a tease for the debut of a new Knockout. No name was mentioned, but you can see from the picture that it’s likely to be Jessicka Havok – which explains her selling off all of her merchandise at knockdown prices. It seems as if a letter will be revealed every week, which means her debut could be at the end of this month.

North America
Hudson EnvySerena Deeb won’t be challenging for the SHINE Championship for a second time at SHINE 21 as she is injured. Instead, Ivelisse Velez will defend the belt against the winner of Leah Von Dutch, Amazing Kong, Nevaeh & Su Yung. Elsewhere, Malia Hosaka & Brandi Wine will put their newly won Tag Team Championship on the line against former titleholders Leva Bates & Mia Yim… Crazy Mary Dobson takes on Heidi Lovelace this weekend for Strong Style Wrestling… Hudson Envy won the Alpha Omega Wrestling Women’s Championship on Sunday, beating Pris… LuFisto and Warhed went to a time limit draw at the weekend’s Deathproof Wrestling show – the stalemate was beaten when LuFisto won a karaoke contest. Elsewhere on the show, Eric Cairnie successfully defended his Deathproof Title against Jewells Malone in a barbed wire tables match with a piledriver through the table… Maria Kanellis will put her Family Wrestling Entertainment Women’s Championship on the line against Ivelisse Velez on October 4. Velez will also be in action for FWE the day before where she will team up with Tommy Dreamer to face Candice LeRae and Joey Ryan in a mixed tag team match… Taryn Terrell was originally supposed to wrestle Amazing Kong for NWA Mid Atlantic Memories at the weekend but she didn’t wrestle, though she was at the event. Jessie Kaye replaced her and was beaten in a squash. Stacy “Miss Kitty” Carter, Chasity Taylor and Tessa Blanchard were also in attendance.

Japan
Sachie Abe is out of action at the moment, possibly with an injured right eye… Mio Shirai is putting together a joint event next month as part of the four contracts she signed earlier this year, so it will feature wrestlers from Union Pro/DDT, WAVE, OZ Academy & Ice Ribbon, and will also have a death match.

Europe
Fierce Females is promising four debuts for its next show on August 31 in Glasgow, Scotland. The double main event will see Kay Lee Ray and Nikki Storm picking each other’s opponents as part of a Pick Your Poison deal. Ray will have to face April Davids, while Nikki Storm will have to find a partner to face Sara and Carmel Jacob. Nixon Newell, Miss Cole and Layla Rose will all make their debuts… Speaking of Nixon, she and Lana Austin will compete in a six-person ladder match at Pro Wrestling Kingdom’s September 27 show in Birmingham, England… Lana Austin, Miss Louise Jane, Melanie Price, Skarlett and fitness competitor Melanie Schofield have been added to the TNA British Boot Camp 2 auditions. If you would like to be part of the audience where the 12 going forwards will be chosen, click here… Addy Starr will face La Seductora & Princesa Blanca CMLLPollyanna Peppers for Empress Pro on October 4… Lady Lory won the Wrestling Alliance Company Women’s Championship on Saturday by way of winning a battle royal.

Mexico
La Seductora had her head shaved & Princesa Blanca unmasked and retired after they were beaten by Marcela & Princesa Sugehit Silueta is the new CMLL-REINA International Jr Champion. She beat Zeuxis on Sunday… Quick note: Faby Apache’s AAA Reina de Reinas title defence against Taya Valkyrie at TripleMania on August 17 will only be the second of her 17 month reign.

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Results

July 29: CMLL (Mexico City, Mexico) – Dark Angel, Goya Kong & Lluvia b Dalys, La Seductora & Tiffany via DQ

July 29: I Believe In Wrestling (Orlando, FL) – Yamamoto, Chasyn Rance & Brittany b Mike Patrick, Leo Brien & Justin Michaels

Hamuko Hoshi Youji KawauchiJuly 30: Ice Ribbon (Saitama, Japan) – Masked Tsukka & Neko Nitta b Kyuri & Kurumi; Aoi Kizuki b Meari Naito, 235, & Akane Fujita in a 4-way; Mio Shirai v Tsukushi ended in a time limit draw; Maki Narumiya, Risa Sera & Yuka b Tsukasa Fujimoto, Hamuko Hoshi & Miyako Matsumoto

July 30: Ohio Valley Wrestling (Louisville, KY) – Mary Elizabeth Monroe b Rebel

July 31: REINA (Tokyo, Japan) – Leon b Kaho Kobayashi; Neko Nitta & Rydeen Hagane b Alex Lee & Tsukasa Fujimoto; Masaya Takahashi & Yuji Kito b Kazuhiro Tamura & Keizo Matsuda; Dump Matsumoto b Mascara Reina; Dump Matsumoto b Mascara Reina; Arisa Nakajima & Maki Narumiya b Syuri & Tsukushi; La Comandante & Yumiko Hotta b Makoto & Ray

July 31: WWE NXT (Winter Park, FL) – Charlotte b Becky Lynch

August 1: Preston City Wrestling (Preston, England) – April Davids b Nikki Storm

August 1: WWE SmackDown (Corpus Christi, TX) – AJ Lee b Rosa Mendes

August 1: WWE NXT (Largo, FL) – Charlotte b Bayley

August 1: Olde Wrestling (Lakewood, OH) – ThunderKitty b Heidi Lovelace

August 1: Wisconsin Pro Wrestling (Green Bay, WI) – Peter Schwanz & Stacey Shadows b Melanie Cruise & Joey Avalon

August 1: CMLL (Mexico City, Mexico) – Marcela & Princesa Sugehit b La Seductora & Princesa Blanca

August 2: Ice Ribbon (Saitama, Japan) – Risa Sera b 235; Aoi Ishibashi b Miyako Matsumoto; Mochi Miyagi b Maki Narumiya & Tsukasa Fujimoto ina 3-way; Kurumi & Kyuri b Tsukushi & Yuuka

August 2: Wrestling Alliance Company (Dampremy, Belgium) – Lady Lory won a battle royal to win the WAC Women’s Championship

August 2: Mid Atlantic Memories (Charlotte, NC) – Amazing Kong b Jessie Kaye

August 2: WWE (Lubbock, TX) – AJ Lee b Natalya & Paige in a 3-way

August 2: WWE NXT (Starke, FL) – Charlotte b Bayley

August 2: Ohio Valley Wrestling (Louisville, KY) – Rebel b Mary Elizabeth Monroe

August 2: Northeast Wrestling (Fishkill, NY) – Mark Shurman, Rob Araujo & Velvet Sky b Jake Manning, Reby Sky & Shovelhead Chuck

August 2: Vendetta Pro Wrestling (Santa Maria, CA) – Hudson Envy & Tyler Bateman b Ricky Ruffin & Terra Calaway

August 2: Wrestling For Charity (San Jose, CA) – Julio Pedroza & Kikyo Nakamura b Amazona & John Redito

August 2: Dynamo Pro Wrestling (Fenton, MO) – D’Arcy Dixon v Lucy Mendez went to a no-contest

August 2: Hoosier Pro Wrestling (Columbus, IN) – Lylah Lodge & Stompin Steve b Crazy Mary Dobson & Mad Man Pondo

August 2: Universal Independent Wrestling (Buchanan, GA) – Pandora b Mickie Knuckles to win the UIW Women’s Championship

August 2: World Xtreme Wrestling C4 (Orwigsburg, PA) – Niya b Autumn Breeze

August 3: World Woman Pro Wrestling Diana (Kawasaki, Japan) – Kaoru Ito b Mask de Sun; Megumi Yabushita b Sareee; Kyoko Inoue b Keiko Aono

August 3: JWP (Tokyo, Japan) – Rydeen Hagane & Yako Fujigasaki b Command Bolshoi & Yume Hayashi; KAZUKI b Kayoko Haruyama; Hanako Nakamori & Leon b Arisa Nakajima & Rabbit Miu

Jewells Malone TabercilAugust 3: Insane Championship Wrestling (Edinburgh, Scotland) – Kay Lee Ray & Stevie Boy b Carmel Jacob & Liam Thomson

August 3: Deathproof Wrestling (Toronto, ON, Canada) – Lufisto v Warhed went to a time limit draw; Eric Cairnie b Jewells Malone

August 3: WWE (San Antonio, TX) – Nikki Bella, Emma & Naomi b Alicia Fox, Rosa Mendes & Cameron

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

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

August 3: Furious Wrestling Society (Clarksville, IN) – Sabrina Sixx b Mistress Burgandi via DQ

August 3: Alpha Omega Wrestling (Palm Desert, CA) – Hudson Envy b Pris to win the AOW Women’s Championship

August 3: CMLL (Mexico City, Mexico) – Sileuta b Zeuxis to win the CMLL-REINA International Jr Championship

Upcoming

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

Heidi Lovelace Arik CannonAugust 8: Absolute Intense Wrestling (Cleveland, OH) – Obariyon v Veda Scott; Heidi Lovelace v Arik Cannon

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 9: Strong Style Wrestling (Elkhart, IN) – Crazy Mary Dobson v Heidi Lovelace

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: Europe Catch Tour Association (Oye-Plage, France) – Lady Lory v Emilie Sauvage

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: HXC Wrestling (Manchester, England) – Sam Bailey & Lana Austin b Mikey Whiplash & Violet Vendetta

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

August 17: AAA TripleMania XXII (Mexico City, Mexico) – Aerostar, Jennifer Blake, Mascarita Sagrada & Pimpinela Escarlata v Mamba, Mini Abismo Negro, Sexy Star & Súper Fly; Faby Apache v Taya Valkyrie

August 17: WWE SummerSlam (Los Angeles, CA) – Brie Bella v Stephanie McMahon; AJ Lee v Paige

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

August 22: SHINE 21 (Ybor City, FL) – Leah Von Dutch v Amazong Kong v Nevaeh v Su Yung; Ivelisse Velez v TBA; Malia Hosaka & Brandi Wine v Leva Bates & Mia Yim

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

August 29: Shropshire Wrestling Alliance (Dawley, England) – Pete Dunne & Ryan Smile v Chris Brookes & Nixon Newell

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

Kay Lee Ray April DavidsAugust 31: Fierce Females (Glasgow, Scotland) – Sammii Jayne v Nixon Newell; Layla Rose v Miss Cole; Kay Lee Ray v April Davids; Nikki Storm & TBA v Carmel Jacob & Sara

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

September 11: WWE NXT Takeover 2 (Winter Park, FL) – Charlotte v Bayley

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

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

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

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

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

October 4: Family Wrestling Entertainment (Brooklyn, NY) – Maria Kanellis v Ivelisse Velez

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)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Results

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Upcoming

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

August 16: NCW Femmes Fatales XV (Montreal, QC, Canada) – Mercedes Martinez v LuFisto v Cheerleader Melissa v Courtney Rush; Missy v Kimber Lee; Vanessa Kraven v Sassy Stephie

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Results

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Upcoming

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

August 16: NCW Femmes Fatales XV (Montreal, QC, Canada) – Mercedes Martinez v LuFisto v Cheerleader Melissa v Courtney Rush; Missy v Kimber Lee; Vanessa Kraven v Sassy Stephie

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

– Lee Burton
– Photos by WWE (1-3), Jerry Lawler (4), Alex Castle (5), Youji Kawauchi (7)
– 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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