Paige scores top spot in the PWI Female 50

Paige wweWe were wrong.

We believed it was a two horse race between AJ Lee and Paige for the top spot in the Pro Wrestling Illustrated Female 50 and we went for AJ because of her long reign with the WWE Divas Championship through the judging period of the year up to September. As it turns out, she was the runner up behind her former frenemy, who has jumped 11 places from last year’s list to reach the top spot. Taking into account titles won, win-loss records, quality of opposition, technical proficiency, overall activity and momentum, the 22-year old has risen to the top of the pack with her NXT Women’s Title reign and two spells with the Divas Championship.

2012 and 2013 winners Gail Kim and Cheerleader Melissa take 3rd and 4th respectively, with LuFisto coming a very respectable 5th. Other welcome new entries to the upper echelon include Ivelisse Velez (7), Courtney Rush (8) and Charlotte (10) – and you can expect the reigning NXT Women’s champ to be even higher next year considering her development to this point.

Big jumps include Brittany, Cameron, Bayley & Mia Yim, while Madison Eagles – who was 14th last year – is a noticeable active name missing from this year’s rundown.

Here’s the full list (last year’s placing in parentheses, or NL for not listed):

Gail Kim TNA1. Paige – WWE (12)
2. AJ Lee – WWE (9)
3. Gail Kim – TNA (6)
4. Cheerleader Melissa – Independent (1)
5. LuFisto – Independent (21)
6. Angelina Love – TNA (NL)
7. Ivelisse Velez – Independent (NL)
8. Courtney Rush – Independent (23)
9. Natalya – WWE (13)
10. Charlotte – WWE (NL)
11. Madison Rayne – TNA (NL)
12. Barbi Hayden – Independent (NL)
13. Jessicka Havok – TNA (4)
1 Saraya Knight Bacardi Bellatrix14. Saraya Knight – Independent (3)
15. Brittany – TNA (45)
16. Brie Bella – WWE (22)
17. Cameron – WWE (37)
18. Kacee Carlisle – Independent (7)
19. Bayley – WWE (47)
20. Mia Yim – Independent (41)
21. Kellie Skater – Independent (15)
22. Mercedes Martinez – Independent (10)
Athena Dave Muscarella23. Athena – Independent (25)
24. Nikki Bella – WWE (32)
25. Alicia Fox – WWE (35)
26. Cherry Bomb – Independent (28)
27. Su Yung – Independent (NL)
28. Kimber Lee – Independent (NL)
29. Emma – WWE (38)
30. Nicole Matthews – Independent (26)
31. Leva Bates – Independent (40)
32. Nikki Storm – Independent (NL)
33. Candice LeRae – Independent (NL)
34. Mickie Knuckles – Independent (NL)
35. Portia Perez – Independent (29)
Gail Kim Taryn Terrell TNA36. Taryn Terrell – TNA (17)
37. Nevaeh – Independent (39)
38. Marti Belle – Independent (NL)
39. Naomi – WWE (24)
40. Velvet Sky – TNA (11)
41. Becky Lynch – WWE (NL)
42. Veda Scott – Independent (43)
43. Amber O’Neal – Independent (42)
44. Sassy Stephie – Independent (36)
45. Christina Von Eerie – Independent (30)
46. Crazy Mary Dobson – Independent (NL)
47. Jessie Kaye – Independent (NL)
48. Heidi Lovelace – Independent (NL)
49. Angie Skye – Independent (NL)
50. Kat Von Heez – Independent (NL)

So what do you think? Leave a comment below about whether you think PWI made the right choice, and discuss where your favourite placed – or if they missed the list.

– Photos by WWE (Front page, 1), TNA (2,5), Dave Muscarella (4)

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Wrestling Cares Association & AWS to present women’s Race For the Ring 2

Katarina Leigh WCAWrestling Cares Association will be presenting their second women’s tournament this coming January. The promotion will be collaborating with Alternative Wrestling Show for the “Race For the Ring 2: California Gold Rush,” as next year’s tournament will feature eight tag teams from the AWS roster. The two-day tournaments will be kicking off at the American Legion Posts in South Gate, California on January 23rd, as the first rounds will be worked through-the semifinals and finals will be held the following day, January 24th.

Katarina Leigh won this past year’s tournament; she defeated Candice LeRae in the first round of the “Beat the Champ Series” after submitting her to a Boston Crab to gain the final fall, besting LeRae two-to-one. Her next opponents scored the first pinfall in their match, Taeler Hendrix and Tracy Taylor gained the upper-hand on Leigh immediately into the contest, all for the match’s momentum to shift in Leigh’s momentum favor, becoming more aggressive throughout the rounds. On January 18th of this year, Leigh faced off against Cheerleader Melissa in the finals of the tournament. She and Melissa fought to sudden death- by the two-minute mark; both competitors tied with three wins apiece. Leigh reversed Melissa’s Air Raid Crash into a sunset flip to end the match. Leigh’s hand was raised-making her first Ladies Beat the Champ Series Champion.

As opposed to five women competing in the previous tournament, this time around twelve women will be vying for the championship ring, which will be presented to the winner. The first eleven competitors announced for the tournament are; Hania, Nicole Savoy, Datura, former AWS Women’s Champion Christina Von Eerie, Savana Riley, Kahmora, Marriah Moreno and regulars of AWS in Kikyo Nakamura,

Katarina Leigh vs Cheerleader MelissaRaze, Brittany Wonder and Sage Sin, the final competitor to be announced. Wrestling Cares Association has a scoring system implemented for their tournaments. Matches will be under a ten-minute time limit, as competitors will be fighting to collect the most points. Every win through pinfall, submission or count-out will be one point. If competitors are tied while the time limit expires, additional three-minutes will be added. If there is no winner at the end of the three minutes, both competitors will be eliminated from the tournament.

Photos courtesy of Wrestling Cares Association

Information courtesy of Wrestling Cares & Alternative Wrestling Show

NCW Femmes Fatales XVI results – Courtney Rush defeats Cheerleader Melissa

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After 15 months of stalemates, the deadlock between Courtney Rush and Cheerleader Melissa was finally broken at last night’s NCW Femmes Fatales XVI show with Rush defeating her rival in the main event to successfully defend her Femmes Fatales International Championship.

The pair went to a double DQ in July last year and their Iron Woman Match this April ended in a stalemate. They were also opponents in the 4-way in August where Rush won the title but Melissa and LuFisto eliminated each other, meaning that Rush was still without a decision over the then-SHIMMER Champion. However, there were no questions left unanswered after last night’s event in Montreal, QC, Canada, as Courtney made Melissa tap out to the Sharpshooter following a crazy No-DQ, Falls Count Anywhere match which saw Rush dive 15 feet from the balcony to the floor.

Elsewhere on the show, LuFisto held onto the Women Superstars Uncensored Championship by defeating Mia Yim, Vanessa Kraven‘s issues with Mademoiselle Rachelle, Sassy Stephie and Jody D’Milo, while Angie Skye threw out a challenge to Portia Perez. You can check out the results below courtesy of NCW Femmes Fatales with additional exclusive information from Pat Laprade – whose book Mad Dogs, Midgets and Screw Jobs is well worth a read.

1. Kaitlin Diemond defeated Missy with a Barbie Crusher.
2. Mary Lee Rose & Pink Flash Kira beat Bettie Rage & Deziree. Kira pinned Deziree with a top rope splash.
– Angie Skye came out to challenge Portia Perez to a match at Femmes Fatales XVII on April 4 next year for Portia’s open contract. Perez wasn’t in attendance due to an injury she suffered last week at SHIMMER. Mademoiselle Rachelle came to the ring with Sassy Stephie and Allysin Kay to tell Skye to stop whining and leave the ring.
3. Kc Spinelli defeated Allysin Kay & Xandra Bale in a 3-way. Spinelli pinned Kay for the victory.
4. Combat de Rue: Saraya Knight beat Sweet Cherrie.
5. Vanessa Kraven defeated Jody D’Milo via DQ following interference from Sassy Stephie, who hit Kraven with her crutch after faking a knee injury. Angie Skye made the save, leading to…
6. Sassy Stephie & Jody D’Milo beat Vanessa Kraven & Angie Skye after Allysin Kay hit Kraven with the crutch.
7. WSU Championship: LuFisto (c) pinned Mia Yim with a Burning Hammer and Tiger Bomb to retain the title.
8. Femmes Fatales International Championship – No DQ, Falls Count Anywhere: Courtney Rush (c) made Cheerleader Melissa tap out to the Sharpshooter to retain the title.
– After the match, Saraya Knight came out and went face-to-face with Rush.

SHIMMER volumes 69-70 live results

It's SHIMMER time againAfter a monumental title change at the conclusion of yesterday’s DVD tapings, SHIMMER returns for another two shows with Nicole Matthews looking to kick off her title reign in style against challenger Evie – though she has history working against her. The New Zealander got the win in their first encounter in the promotion earlier this year on volume 66 and is also on a four-match winning streak, so she could be seen as the favourite going into this title match.

Elsewhere, Tag Team Champions Tomoka Nakagawa and Kellie Skater face a tough challenge from Saraya Knight and Mayumi Ozaki who formed an alliance after yesterday’s tapings which also saw Rhia O’Reilly brought into the fold. Grudges will come to the fore with Jessicka Havok looking to dismantle Portia Perez, while the fallout from volume 68’s main event also sees Cheerleader Melissa and Athena square off.

Kay Lee Ray faces Kana, AKINO battles Mia Yim, Courtney Rush takes on Nikki Storm and Vanessa Kraven goes up against Crazy Mary Dobson over the course of today’s double tapings.

As with yesterday, NHB GirlsReid Allen is providing us with results so keep hitting refresh to see them come in as they happen.

SHIMMER Volume 69

1. Courtney Rush pinned Nikki Storm with the Deep Sea Diverticulitis.
– Marti Belle came out to cut a promo but was interrupted by Madison Eagles, who was still angry over yesterday’s events. Eagles says she wants to fight, even though the doctor doesn’t recommend it, leading to…
2. Madison Eagles beat Marti Belle with Hellbound.
3. Kimber Lee & Cherry Bomb defeated Heidi Lovelace & Solo Darling. Solo was pinned by Cherry after the Lungblower/German Suplex combination. The Kimber Bombs then said they wanted a Tag Team Title shot.
4. Rhia O’Reilly pinned Xandra Bale with the Rhiadjustment after Bale was distracted by Miss Natural.
5. Jenny Rose beat Veda Scott, Candice LeRae & Leva Bates in a 4-way. Rose pinned Scott with a Flatliner.
6. LuFisto defeated Nicole Savoy with a Burning Hammer.
7. Tsukasa Fujimoto & Kaori Yoneyama beat Sassy Stephie & Nevaeh. Fujimoto pinned Stephie with the Venus Shoot.
8. Cheerleader Melissa beat Athena via referee stoppage. Melissa legitimately knocked out Athena with a curb stomp and the match was stopped when Melissa applied the Kondo Clutch. Athena was helped to the back.
9. Kana made Kay Lee Ray tap out to the Kana Lock.
10. Portia Perez beat Jessicka Havok via DQ when Havok attacked referee Bryce Remsburg.
11. Mia Yim pinned AKINO with a Firebird Splash.
12. SHIMMER Tag Team Championship – Kellie Skater & Tomoka Nakagawa (c) defeated Saraya Knight & Mayumi Ozaki to retain the titles. Nakagawa pinned Ozaki with the 120% Schoolboy.
13. SHIMMER Championship – Nicole Matthews (c) pinned Evie with the Vancouver Maneuver to retain the title.

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1. Nikki Storm beat Kaori Yoneyama with the Eye of the Storm.
2. Vanessa Kraven pinned Crazy Mary Dobson with a chokebomb.
3. Allysin Kay & Taylor Made defeated KC Cassidy & Bambi Hall. Cassidy was pinned with a wheelbarrow/cutter combination.
– The Global Green Gangsters came out for an interview which was interrupted by the Canadian Ninjas. Nicole Matthews says neither of them will ever be THE Champion. Tomoka Nakagawa laid out Matthews and posed with the SHIMMER Title.
4. Kay Lee Ray beat Candice LeRae with a Gory Bomb and Swanton Bomb.
5. No DQ – Saraya Knight & Mayumi Ozaki defeated Solo Darling & Heidi Lovelace when Ozaki pinned Darling following a Polish Hammer with a chain wrapped around her fist.
– Saraya grabs Daffney after the match but Daffney hits her in the groin.
6. Veda Scott pinned Thunderkitty with her feet on the ropes for leverage.
7. Evie defeated Jenny Rose with a TTYL.
8. AKINO beat LuFisto with a Saito Suplex.
9.  Miss Natural bested Xandra Bale with a Jumping Spike Piledriver.
10. Mia Yim defeated Tsukasa Fujimoto via Package Piledriver.
11. Kana made Courtney Rush submit with a Rings of Saturn.
12. Athena made Cheerleader Melissa tap out to the Red Wedding (cross-leg STF).
13. SHIMMER Championship – Nicole Matthews (c) v Tomoka Nakagawa – the match didn’t last long, with Portia Perez breaking a pin off a Fisherman’s Suplex and the match gets thrown out. Kellie Skater wants to fight
14. SHIMMER Tag Team Championship – 3G (Kellie Skater & Tomoka Nakagawa) vs Canadian Ninjas (Portia Perez & Nicole Matthews) – the Kimber Bombs attacked and the tag match was thrown out. Jessicka Havok entered the ring, followed by Madison Eagles who gave everyone  a round of stunners. Eagles and Havok demanded an 8 Woman No DQ tag
15. Jessicka Havok, Madison Eagles & 3G defeated the Kimber Bombs & the Canadian Ninjas with a Hellbound, a Hangover and a Chokeslam.

Thoughts

• I’m on the road back home to Minnesota and have had some time to collect my thoughts about all that happened over this past weekend. In the grand scheme of things, this was a bit of a strange weekend with how pretty much all the major matches and developments happened very early in the weekend. There was certainly good stuff worth checking out on the final two days but you definitely got the feeling that the climax had already happened.

• Pretty much the entire weekend revolved around the war between the Canadian Ninjas and Madison Eagles & Jessicka Havok. J Hav was already targeting Portia Perez for hitting her in the head with a wrench in the Spring but the interesting development was the escalation in the Nicole Matthews and Madison Eagles feud. Before this weekend, their rivalry was treated very lighthearted with a lot of playful banter and poking fun at each other over things like taste in coffee. But that seems like a distant memory now that they’re throwing fireballs at each other. One of the better moments of the weekend was Madison’s first appearance after the fire incident where she appeared genuinely upset about how Nicole had suddenly changed from a goofball to diabolical and wondered if this was Nicole’s plan all along when they became friends. For someone as skilled and dominant as Eagles, this was a nice bit of vulnerability shown from her that I think really helped make her even more sympathetic to the fans than just getting burned would have.

Jessicka Havok Portia Perez Kristin Roper• Meanwhile, Jessicka Havok finally was able to get her hands on Portia Perez but her bloodlust proved to be her undoing as she wouldn’t stop pummeling her despite referee Bryce Remsburg’s pleading. And after Havok forcefully shoved Bryce out of the ring, he had no choice but to disqualify her and award the win to Portia. Afterwards, Nicole appeared shouting “We won!” and the two celebrated like they won the tag titles. And in the main event, despite Madison Eagles showing up to assault Nicole before her title defense against Evie, Matthews was able to leave with the championship after a spirited battle with the Kiwi.

• The plot for the next volume got started with the Global Green Gangsters doing an interview in the ring to discuss the Kimber Bombs requesting a shot at the tag team championships and that looked like it was heading for Tomoka Nakagawa discussing her upcoming retirement. However, Nicole and Portia gatecrashed, incredulous why so much attention was being given to Nakagawa. Nicole said that no matter how long Tomoka held a tag team title, she would never hold Nicole’s title and that prompted Tomoka to attack the Ninjas and send them scurrying. This led to the main event of Nicole defending the SHIMMER Championship against Tomoka. But as we would find out, the actual main event was far bigger.

• The initial title match was thrown out rather quickly as Portia Perez interfered after about three minutes. This caused an irate Kellie Skater to come to the ring who wanted to fight because her friend got screwed out of a title shot, even offering to put up the tag titles as incentive to get the Ninjas to agree to a match. This brought out the Kimber Bombs who presumably were upset their challenge got passed over and they ended up attacking 3G and getting *that* title match thrown out. So then finally Jessicka Havok and Madison Eagles rushed the ring (the latter with four Stone Cold Stunners for the Ninjas and Kimber Bombs) and demanded to team with 3G for a No Disqualification 8 woman tag match. And after disposing of the Kimber Bombs and sending Nicole fleeing from receiving a retaliatory fireball, Portia was left all by her lonesome to take everyone’s finishing moves and get pinned to end the weekend.

• I apologize for writing so much about that one feud but that was really the only thing of consequence that happened over the weekend. There were a couple miniature spats that got reasonably resolved before the conclusion of Volume 70 but nothing that really seems like it will continue further. Athena and Cheerleader Melissa had a match based on Athena pinning Melissa in the title match on 68 and later in that match, Melissa’s distraction caused Athena’s elimination. But Athena got legitimately knocked out early in the match by a Curb Stomp and the match was ended shortly after. Once it was decided she was okay, a rematch with the stipulation of knockout or submission falls only got signed that Athena won. Elsewhere, Saraya Knight and LuFisto briefly continued their feud from the Spring but by Sunday, both parties were busy with other things. Mia Yim and AKINO had a singles match based off their interactions in the big trios match on Volume 67. And on the undercard, Xandra Bale and Miss Natural traded victories. So despite regular acts being there and as entertaining as ever, it really felt like much of the shows were in a holding pattern.

Kay Lee Ray Evie Kristine Roper• Four of the people who made big strides, though, were people just starting or still fairly young in their SHIMMER careers. Scotland’s Kay Lee Ray returned to Berwyn and really broke out this weekend with four singles matches that ranged from great to outstanding. She was put in the ring with a bunch of established talent and really impressed against all of them. Her matches with Evie, Kana and Candice LeRae were all wonderful and while her match with Kimber Lee didn’t quite measure up to the other three, it was still a very solid, very hard-hitting outing.

• And although I touched on them in my Saturday recaps, AKINO and Nicole Savoy were both very welcome additions to the roster. AKINO capped off her weekend with the aforementioned match with Mia Yim and then faced LuFisto, someone AKINO had a hand in training. They were well on their way to a spectacular match that just when it was getting really exciting, ended prematurely for my taste after an AKINO Saito Suplex. Nicole Savoy also got to try her hand against the Wounded Owl Ronin on the previous volume and had another incredible match. This was more like a match out of All Japan Pro Wrestling in the 1990’s with all the brutal strikes and dropping each other on their head and neck. Who knows what the future holds in regards to AKINO returning but Nicole Savoy is absolutely one to pay attention to. Even though she only had two matches and lost them both, she really held her own with two double-tough opponents in Heidi Lovelace and LuFisto and she certainly has the potential to be a major player in SHIMMER over the next couple years.

• Finally, this weekend saw the Berwyn debut of Canadian veteran Vanessa Kraven who immediately made an impact. I already touched on her match with Jessicka Havok, a match that I believe is the closest SHIMMER will ever come to a climactic fight from a Gojira film, but her other match of the weekend was a dismantling of Crazy Mary Dobson. Kraven is also someone to watch in the future because she has a complete set of skills that she can bring to matches. She has a wide array of power moves, she has the speed and agility to fly if necessary and her strikes rival the hardest ones of Mercedes Martinez. With SHIMMER feeling like it’s in a transitional phase, someone like Vanessa Kraven could really make an impact sooner than later.

• That will wrap up my sort of general thoughts for the weekend. However, I will be back on my home site of NHB Girls later in this week to provide a more thorough breakdown of the weekend for the Australasians who competed. Otherwise, that will do it for me for the SHIMMER tapings of October 2014. I have a need to thank Lee Burton for giving me the chance to share my thoughts with you readers. Even though it still breaks my heart that it’s not Stew’s column you’re reading, I hope I did him and his legacy justice this weekend because everything done this weekend by everyone in the Berwyn Eagles Club was done with his memory in mind and wanting to make him proud. Until next year, this is Reid Allen signing out.

– Photos by Kristine Roper

SHIMMER volume 67-68 live results: New Champion crowned

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SHIMMER‘s contribution to this Female Fight Season kicks off today with a double DVD taping featuring 38 wrestlers and sees its first show headlined with a titanic encounter, with Cheerleader Melissa putting the SHIMMER Championship on the line against Kana with each wrestler claiming a win over the other in the promotion. Elsewhere, four joshis will make their SHIMMER debuts as AKINO, Tsukasa Fujimoto, Kaori Yoneyama and Mayumi Ozaki all look to make a big first impression, and it seems like Ozaki is gunning for Saraya Knight.

Portia Perez is seemingly looking to make peace with Jessicka Havok after accidentally hitting her in the head with a wretch on the last taping and the Coffee Cold War between Madison Eagles and Perez’s partner in crime Nicole Matthews is also expected to carry on.

We’ll update this post with all the results as they come in courtesy of Reid Allen, and he has also agreed to let us know about the big matches and moments from the first day of this bumper weekend of wrestling. Sit back, keep hitting refresh, and we’ll watch it all unfold.

SHIMMER volume 67

Before the tapings began, Allison Danger took to the ring to eulogise our dearly departed friend Stew Allen. There was a five bell salute in his memory.

1. Kimber Lee & Cherry Bomb defeated Bambi Hall & KC Cassidy. Lee pinned Hall follow a lungblower/German suplex combination.
2. Heidi Lovelace pinned Nicole Savoy with a frog splash.
3. Sassy Stephie beat Crazy Mary Dobson with the Kiss My Sass.
4. Athena made Nikki Storm tap out to a modified Bow and Arrow. As a result she will be part of a triple threat SHIMMER Title match on the next volume.
5. Portia Perez beat Courtney Rush via DQ when Jessicka Havok came out to attack Perez. Rush was not happy with Havok’s interference causing her to lose.
6. Nevaeh pinned Jenny Rose with a Death Valley Driver.
7. No DQ – Mayumi Ozaki pinned Saraya Knight with a spinning backfist. The pair shook hands afterwards and then went to the bar.
8. Evie pinned Kay Lee Ray with the TTYL.
9. LuFisto beat Rhia O’Reilly with the Burning Hammer.
– Knight came out afterwards to attack LuFisto – Ozaki also came out and it turns out that Ozaki, Knight and O’Reilly are a unit.
10. Nicole Matthews v Madison Eagles went to a draw. Matthews pinned Eagles while in a sleeper hold but tapped out at the same time.
– The winner was meant to move on to the triple threat title match on volume 68, so referee Bryce Remsburg says both will advance and the main event will now be a 4-way.
11. Kaori Yoneyama, AKINO & Tsukasa Fujimoto defeated Kellie Skater, Tomoka Nakagawa & Mia Yim. Yoneyama pinned Skater with a senton.
– Afterwards, Yoneyama and Fujimoto challenged Skater & Nakagawa for the Tag Team Championship. 3G accepted.
12. SHIMMER Championship – Cheerleader Melissa (c) beat Kana after 10 curb stomps and 2 Air Raid Crashes to retain the title.

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1. Cherry Bomb pinned Thunderkitty with an inside cradle.
2. Xandra Bale defeated Miss Natural by countering the Natural Disaster with an inside cradle. Natural attacked Bale afterwards.
3. Marti Belle beat Solo Darling with the Stroke.
4. Kay Lee Ray pinned Kimber Lee with a Gory Bomb and Swanton Bomb.
5. Leva Bates defeated Nevaeh with a Cutter after escaping a Death Valley Driver.
6. Nikki Storm beat Candice LeRae with the Eye of the Storm.
– Courtney Rush came out to say that she was initially upset with Jessicka Havok causing her to be disqualified, but says she’s past it now. She then called out Veda Scott.
7. Courtney Rush made Veda Scott tap out to the Sharpshooter.
8. AKINO pinned Heidi Lovelace with a Saito Suplex.
9. Vanessa Kraven beat Jessicka Havok via count out following a distraction by Portia Perez.
10. No DQ – Saraya Knight & Mayumi Ozaki defeated Kana & LuFisto. LuFisto was pinned by Knight following interference from Rhia O’Reilly.
11. Evie pinned Mia Yim with the TTYL.
12. SHIMMER Tag Team Championship – Kellie Skater & Tomoka Nakagawa (c) defeated Kaori Yoneyama & Tsukasa Fujimoto to retain the titles. Nakagawa pinned Yoneyama following the Hangover.
13. SHIMMER Championship: Fatal Four Way Elimination – Nicole Matthews defeated Cheerleader Melissa (c), Madison Eagles & Athena to win the SHIMMER Championship.
– Athena eliminated Cheerleader Melissa following a Hellbound from Eagles, Vancouver Maneuver from Matthews and then the O Face.
– Matthews pinned Athena with a tights-assisted roll-up.
– Matthews pinned Eagles after she launched a fireball at Madison.

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Thoughts

Nicole Matthews Portia Perez SHIMMER• Hello, good readers of Ringbelles! I am Reid Allen from NHB Girls and I have been asked by Lee to provide the live recaps of this SHIMMER weekend. And to start, I’d like to borrow a quote from the great John Oliver and say, “Let’s all just acknowledge for a moment that this is weird. It looks weird, it feels weird, it even sounds weird.” I wish more than anything that it was Stew’s words you were reading right now instead of mine. So I hope I do him, Lee and all you readers justice with this recap…

• First of all, I want to go on record and say that for my money, SHIMMER Volume 67 may be the single greatest card ever put on by the promotion. Before yesterday, I’d have said that Volume 65 held that distinction in a landslide but 67 certainly made a very strong case for being in the conversation. Seven of the twelve matches were in the range of “great” to “outstanding.” And while 65 had a greater number of matches in that range, I feel that the best stuff delivered by 67 eclipsed the best matches on 65. So it’s a tough judgment to make about which was truly “better.” I’d advise that you buy the DVDs as soon as they’re released and judge them for yourself because both are well worth your money.

• Now, moving on to the big news of the day and that is the crowning of Nicole Matthews as the new SHIMMER Champion, who bested Madison Eagles, Athena and former champion Cheerleader Melissa in an elimination match to earn the gold. While the tactics she ended up using to ultimately claim the championship are certainly controversial and will no doubt be hotly debated for the duration of her reign, nobody can deny that Nicole is certainly worthy of representing the company as champion. She has grown into one of the finest wrestlers in the world today and her reign will no doubt be filled with some classic defenses to add to her resumé.

• Anybody who doubts her skills should be sat down and forced to watch her match against Madison Eagles from Volume 67. Those two went out and put on one of the best displays of technical wrestling ever seen in the promotion. Both girls were absolutely surgical with their offense as they dissected key limbs of their opponent with Eagles focusing on the arm and Nicole tearing apart Madison’s bad knee. It was very reminiscent of Bret Hart‘s masterpieces from the 90’s and it even threw out direct shout out to a couple by replicating the finish of his match against Roddy Piper at WrestleMania VIII and Steve Austin at Survivor Series 1996. But this had the added element of after Nicole using the turnbuckle to flip back over Madison and pin her to the canvas, she submitted to Madison’s submission hold during the count and so the match was declared a draw, letting both girls advance to the title match on the next volume.

Nicole Matthews Madison Eagles Ichiban Drunk• One thing that is for certain is that in addition to a furious Madison Eagles, Nicole will have no shortage of prospective challengers wanting a shot at her title. There were several very impressive debuts as well as some exciting new developments from ones familiar to the fans. The joshi contingent that came over for these shows were all impressive. And while Mayumi Ozaki seems to be more focused on raising hell after aligning herself with Saraya Knight and her prodigy Rhia O’Reilly, the remaining debuts all certainly made very strong impressions. The one who stood out most for me was AKINO who unleashed a flurry of some of the hardest kicks I’ve ever heard live. Tsukasa Fujimoto and Kaori Yoneyama both brought a ton of speed, energy and athleticism to their matches as well. I would be happy to see all four return in the future.

• Another extremely impressive debut was from Nicole Savoy. She may have had the most impressive debut match I’ve seen from somebody not coming in with any real fanfare. She and Heidi Lovelace had an absolute cracker of a match in just the second match of the tapings. This match was preformed at such a pace and with such intensity that it would not have looked out of place going five or six matches later on the card. They really set the standard for what the rest of the locker room would need to try and eclipse later. And while there did end up being an abundance of great matches, this one should not be overlooked in the grand scheme of things. Be sure to keep an eye on Nicole Savoy because even from just her one match, it was very apparent that she has the potential to become a serious force in the future.

• Elsewhere, a couple of favorites added a new wrinkle to their personalities that will keep things interesting for their future opponents. Nikki Storm seems like she’s dangerously close to snapping and really getting violent. While during her entrance and prematch speeches, she was her usual overconfident, vain and downright hilarious self, once the bell rang she frequently had wild outbursts of punches and choking before she’d take a few deep breaths and reign herself back in. Who knows what may happen if she ever decides to not worry about keeping her cool? And Courtney Rush did away with her usual jovial entrances by eliminating all the dancing, singing along with her theme and greeting the fans. Rush was clearly all business in her first two matches of the day against two of her chief rivals, Portia Perez and Veda Scott. Now that Rush has achieved revenge on Veda for her tactics in their Volume 66 match, we may see a return to a happy Courtney on the remaining volumes.

Vanessa Kraven Jessicka Havok Kristine Roper• Speaking of Perez, she is living very dangerously with her antagonizing of Jessicka Havok. The two got into a brawl during Portia’s match with Rush after Havok stormed the ring, seeking revenge for Portia accidentally hitting her with a wrench at the previous taping. Portia returned the favor later during Havok’s match with Vanessa Kraven. And real quick, I just want to tangent and rave about how great that match was. Two of the biggest women ever to compete for SHIMMER went face to face and had a very physical, very entertaining war. But Perez ended up being the difference maker as she came out to distract Havok, allowing Kraven to brutalize her on the outside and secure a countout win. When Portia and Havok inevitably collide, we may see Jessicka Havok provide some truly graphic violence against the Canadian.

• That will conclude my initial thoughts for now. I will be back tomorrow to wrap things up and provide news of any further happenings from an already memorable tapings. If you’d like to follow along with all the results as they happen, I will be on Twitter providing all the results and highlights live from the Eagles Club, or do a search for the hashtag #AAWSHIM to get not only my coverage but several others also in attendance. See you tomorrow.

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Ringbelles Roundup (14 October 2014) – SHIMMER weekend is looming, Kay Lee Ray makes history & more

Stewart Allen Lee Burton Amazing KongFirst off, thanks to everyone for their comments, messages and the like over the passing of Stewart Allen overnight on Sunday. The outpouring of emotion for him on social media has been hugely overwhelming and proves just how much he meant to so many people as well as how the wrestling community bands together in times of sadness.

I’m also glad that so many of you appreciated the comments I wrote on the website yesterday – it was the least I could do for someone who became one of my best friends over the seven years that I knew him. To see it shared around to commemorate such a great man makes me happy for him.

It’s still weird to think that I’m not going to chat garbage with him for hours on end. Wrestling, Doctor Who, Strictly Come Dancing, the Ultimate Fighting Championship, films… these all got covered in great length – so much so that we discussed recording them and uploading them as a podcast filled with random flotsam and jetsam about whatever came to mind, though we agreed that it would feel like a silly vanity project. In retrospect, I wish we had recorded them to listen back to – though that brings me to another point.

I’ve also seen speculation online about the future of this very website. Apart from it being someone premature and a bit tactless, the honest answer is that I don’t know. This is a joint project which Stew and I spent six months preparing and have been running for more than three and a half years. Continuing Ringbelles solo would be is a decision which will not be made without a clear head and a lot of discussion with people whose opinions I value. There’s a lot to think about and now is certainly not the time to do it.

So with that said, let’s look at what’s coming up this weekend.

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Kana SHIMMERA tribute will be paid to Stew at SHIMMER Women Athletes at the Eagles Club in Berwyn, IL which he visited on 12 different occasions between April 2008 and April this year. He’s seen 50 of the 66 shows in person and this weekend promises to be as star-studded as any of the shows in the past – though there has only been two wrestlers who have been officially announced so far.

Cheerleader Melissa and Kana will square off on volume 67 on Saturday afternoon with the former’s singles championship on the line. Kana is on a four-match win streak while Melissa is 18 months into her second reign with the title, and each has a win over the other – Melissa in singles action while Kana holds a tag team victory.

With only one match announced, the promotion’s Saturday tapings will likely be a sell-out, which is hugely commendable on a number of levels. While other groups have recently experienced issues with generating big crowds – Absolute Intense Wrestling, SHINE and Women Superstars Uncensored have seen limited numbers – SHIMMER has managed to get virtually every seat sold with just one match announced and nobody else officially announced for the roster. What we do know is that there will be 38 women on Saturday and 40 on the Sunday so the events should be chock-full of matches – and we have some idea on who will be there based on the advertising.

Heidi Lovelace SHIMMERInstead of naming talent, SHIMMER has produced adverts with photos of some of the women who have appeared in the past, hinting that they will be there again. Therefore, you can be pretty confident that Nikki Storm, Athena, Cherry Bomb, Jessicka Havok (presumably because SHIMMER is a DVD product it doesn’t tread on TNA’s toes), Kay Lee Ray, Veda Scott, Mia Yim, Leva Bates, Crazy Mary Dobson, Madison Eagles, Nicole Matthews, Evie, LuFisto, Marti Belle, Thunderkitty, Nevaeh and Heidi Lovelace will be part of the proceedings. Also, SHIMMER has posted a few videos on its Facebook and Twitter with recurring talents like Mayumi Ozaki and Kaori Yoneyama featured, so they may be part of the joshi contingent.

As for storylines, LuFisto could possibly renew her quest for the SHIMMER Championship, Matthews and Eagles will likely continue their coffee war, Havok may have her sights set on Portia Perez after Portia accidentally knocked out Jessicka with a wrench, causing her to lose to Lovelace. Speaking of Heidi, she, KLR, the Kimber Bombs and Evie all came out of the last weekend with strong momentum so their ascents may continue. Either way, everyone who will be in attendance over Saturday and Sunday are sure to get a treat.

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Elsewhere on the website this week, we’ve had joshi footage including the final defence of the Wrestling New Classic Women’s Title and the final show in the Stardom 5*STAR GP. We also posted a great Retro featuring Ivory v Natalya from 2005 and also had a fun interview with Leah Von Dutch about SHINE, her European tour and investing in your own brand.

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WWE
Torrie Wilson tweeted that Eva Marie is her favourite WWE Diva, saying there was “something about her”… Paige was featured in the Malaysia edition of FHM Magazine as part of the promotion’s tour of the country – the first in more than a decade. In the interview, she said that Lita, Steve Austin and Bull Nakano were her favourite wrestlers growing up… Vickie Guerrero was invited to SmackDown’s 15th anniversary show last week but declined due to her current work commitments… The Bellas finally had some physical interaction in a match on last week’s Main Event. Nikki, Cameron, Summer Rae & Layla defeated Brie in a handicap match when Nikki used the Rack Attack on her sister… Layla walked out on AJ Lee during the tag team match against Paige and Alicia Fox on last night’s Raw. The Divas Champion still got the win by pinning Fox with a Shining Wizard before beating up Layla. It seems like Fox is there to be the cannon fodder to protect Paige from being beaten. Elsewhere, Brie Bella, Natalya & Naomi beat Nikki Bella, Summer Rae & Cameron with Brie pinning her sister after escaping the Rack Attack. The sisters will face each other at Hell in a Cell on October 26 with the loser having to be the winner’s personal assistant. No, really. This feud is the pits, and quite why WWE didn’t wait for Brie to get her first pin over Nikki until the PPV is beyond me.

TNA
Madison Rayne earned a shot at the Knockouts Championship after beating Angelina Love and Taryn Terrell in a 3-way on last wee’s Impact Wrestling… TNA President Dixie Carter apologised on Friday for a tweet that seemed to poke fun at the typhoon headed for Japan, which has already caused fatalities. She also deleted a tweet where she asked if Bound For Glory would discover a new Eddie Guerrero. Friday was not a good social media day for Dixie… Havok successfully defended the Knockouts Championship at Bound For Glory in Tokyo, Japan on Sunday by beating Velvet Sky with a bearhug.

North America
Saraya Knight will face Sweet Cherrie in a Combat de Rue (Street Fight) at NCW Femmes Fatales XVI later this month… Femmes Fatales has also announced the date for its 17th show. It will take place on April 4 next year… They fought earlier this year and on November 22, they will clash again. Hudson Envy will put her Alternative Wrestling Show Women’s Championship on the Maria Kanellisline against Cheerleader Melissa… Lucky Pro Wrestling Women’s Champion Davienne teams with Taeler Hendrix against Rosita & Alexxis Nevaeh on November 1… Congratulations to Maria Kanellis, who married Mike Bennett on Friday. Ring Of Honor held a bachelor party show for Bennett the previous evening where Heather Patera, Leah Von Dutch & Veda Scott defeated Crazy Mary Dobson, Scarlett Bordeaux & Taeler Hendrix… Ivelisse Velez retained the SHINE Championship against Madison Eagles on Friday. Elsewhere, Legendary retained the Tag Team Championship by beating the Buddy System and Leah Von Dutch scraped past Saraya Knight with a DQ victory… Tessa Blanchard beat Tina San Antonio, Renee Michelle & Jenny Rose to win the Eat Coast Wrestling Association Women’s Championship on Saturday. Nikki Addams, Candy Cartwright and Gabby Gilbert replaced Chasity Taylor, Jessie Kaye and Terra Calaway, who were all announced for the show… Kitana Vera teamed with SoCal Crazy on Saturday to win the SoCal Pro Tag Team Championship from David E. Jones & Ryan Stone… Deep Southern Championship Wrestling ran an all-women show on Saturday with Kacee Carlisle beating the Black Widow in the main event… Mick Foley’s daughter Noelle, 20, is reportedly training to become a wrestler. Standing close to 6 feet tall, she is certainly a striking young woman.

Japan
LLPW-X ran a rare show at the weekend. Shinobu Kandori, Dump Matsumoto & Yoshiaki Fujiwara defeated Genichiro Tenryu, Chigusa Nagayo & Yumiko Hotta in Saturday’s main event… Tsubasa Kuragaki unseated AKINO yesterday to win her first OZ Academy Openweight Championship. AKINO’s reign lasted for 537 days, making her the longest reigning singles champion in the promotion’s history.

Europe
Debbie Sharpe stood in for Shanna in the 3-way on Discovery Wrestling’s debut show on Saturday. She and Sammii Jayne lost to Viper… Kay Lee Ray won Europe’s first ever Aerial Assault match on Sunday’s Southside Wrestling show when she defeated Ryan Smile, Shane Strickland, Rich Swann, El Ligero & Will Ospreay to retain the Speed King Title – though she’s renamed it the Speed Kimber Lee Kay Lee Ray 1Queen Title. She also beat Kimber Lee the previous evening with her belt on the line. Kimber’s UK debut was on Thursday when she beat Violet O’Hara – Violet has been told to take some time off after suffering an undisclosed injury during the match… Blue Nikita and Lady Lory had their first ever match against each other on Saturday for Svensk Wrtestling Syd. Nikita won a street fight… Speaking of Lory, she puts the Italian Championship Wrestling Women’s Title on the line against former titleholder Queen Maya this Saturday… Violet O’Hara and Fiona Fraser have been added to Fierce Females’ charity show taking place on October 26.

Australia & New Zealand
The title v title clash between the Riot City Wrestling and Warzone Wrestling Women’s Champions ended inconclusively. Harley Wonderland attacked Demi Bennett during her match with Savannah Summers on Saturday to cause the DQ… Megan-Kate no-showed Impact Pro Wrestling’s show on Saturday. She had been called out by Britenay… NHB Girls is teaming with Melbourne City Wrestling for an all-woman charity show on November 23. Called Fight for a Cause, it’s raising money for Breast Cancer Network Australia.

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Results

October 7: WWE Main Event (Philadelphia, PA) – Nikki Bella, Cameron, Summer Rae & Layla b Brie Bella

October 7: CMLL (Guadalajara, Mexico) – La Comandante, La Seductora & Zeuxis b Dark Angel, La Vaquerita & Lluvia

October 8: Ice Ribbon (Saitama, Japan) – Cherry & Meari Naito b Akane Fujita & Kurumi; Mio Shirai b Shiori Akiba; Cho-un Shiryu b Miyako Matsumoto; Neko Nitta & Mika Iida b Risa Sera & Rabbit Miyu

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

October 8: TNA Impact Wrestling (Bethlehem, PA) – Madison Rayne b Angelina Love & Taryn Terrell in a 3-way

October 8: Combat Zone Wrestling (Blackwood, NJ) – Brittany Blake b Brooke Danielle

October 9: Chigusa Nagayo Produce (Kumamoto, Japan) – DASH Chisako b Raideen Hagane; Bolshoi Kid b Hamuko Hoshi; Dump Matsumoto & Yumiko Hotta b Mima Shimoda & Takako Inoue; Tomoko Watanabe b Megumi Yabushita; Meiko Satomura & Takumi Iroha b KAORU & Maki Narumiya; Maki Narumiya won a battle royal

October 9: REINA (Tokyo, Japan) – Makoto & The*Winger b Vancouver Cat & Macho*Pump; Miyako Matsumoto b Koharu Hinata & Yuji Kito in a 3-way; Alex Lee b Eri Susa; Ray & Koyuki Hayashi b Leon & Shiori Akiba; Syuri & Makoto b Kyoko Kimura & Kaori Yoneyama

October 9: WWE NXT (Orlando, FL) – Sasha Banks b Becky Lynch

October 9: WWE Superstars (Brooklyn, NY) – Naomi b Cameron

October 9: WWE NXT House Show (Orlando, FL) – Alexa Bliss, Bayley & Charlotte b Becky Lynch, Carmella & Dana Brooke

October 9: Deep Southern Championship Wrestling (Rome, GA) – Jessica Wetmore b The Black Widow

October 9: Ring Of Honor (Merrionette Park, IL) – Heather Patera, Leah Von Dutch & Veda Scott b Crazy Mary Dobson, Scarlett Bordeaux & Taeler Hendrix

October 10: Southside Wrestling (Nottingham, England) – Kay Lee Ray & El Ligero b Kimber Lee & Drew Gulak

October 10: WWE SmackDown (Philadelphia, PA) – AJ Lee b Alicia Fox

October 10: WWE NXT House Show (Citrus Springs, FL) – Becky Lynch, Carmella & Dana Brooke b Alexa Bliss, Bayley & Charlotte

October 10: White River Wrestling (Fishers, IN) – Camron Star b Ray Lyn

October 10: Santino Bros Wrestling (Bell Gardens, CA) – Raze b Seville Alvarez

Madison Eagles Ivelisse Velez SHINE 22October 10: SHINE 22 (Ybor City, FL) – Su Yung b Amanda Rodriguez; Rhia O’Reilly b KC Cassidy; La Rosa Negra b Thunderkitty; Nevaeh, Marti Belle & Jayme Jameson b Kellie Skater, Mia Yim & Leva Bates; Taylor Made b Nikki Storm; Leah Von Dutch b Saraya Knight via DQ; Malia Hosaka & Brandi Wine b Heidi Lovelace & Solo Darling; Allysin Kay b Evie; Ivelisse Velez b Madison Eagles

October 11: LLPW-X (Tokyo, Japan) – SAKI & MIZUKI b Sayaka Obihiro & Riho; Emi Sakura b Eiger; Manami Toyota & Bolshoi Kid b Jaguar Yokota & DASH Chisako; Takako Inoue, KAORU b Ayako Hamada & Tomoka Nakagawa; Shinobu Kandori, Dump Matsumoto & Yoshiaki Fujiwara b Genichiro Tenryu, Chigusa Nagayo & Yumiko Hotta

October 11: Union (Tokyo, Japan) – Shuji Ishikawa, SAGAT & Ryu Gouma b Mio Shirai, Cherry & Ladybeard

October 11: Riot City Wrestling (Adelaide, Australia) – Dean Brady & Blair Alexis b Green S.M.A.S.H & Kellyanne English; Demi Bennett b Savannah Summers via DQ

October 11: Svensk Wrestling Syd (Malmo, Sweden) – Blue Nikita b Lady Lory

October 11: Discovery Wrestling (Edinburgh, Scotland) – Viper b Sammii Jayne & Debbie Sharpe in a 3-way

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

October 11: RESISTANCE (Minneapolis, MN) – D’Arcy Dixon & Crazy Mary Dobson b Paloma Starr & Mickie Knuckles

October 11: Deep Southern Championship Wrestling (Blue Ridge, GA) – Rock C b Kira Khaotic; Bebe b Jessica Wetmore; Tiffany Roxx b Miranda Rights; Dementia D’Rose b Aja Perera; Kacee Carlisle b The Black Widow

October 11: SoCal Pro (Oceanside, CA) – Kitana Vera & SoCal Crazy b David E. Jones & Ryan Stone to win the SCP Tag Team Championship

October 11: East Coast Wrestling Association Women’s Championship tournament (Carneys Point, NJ) – Jenny Rose b Annie Social; Gabby Gilbert b Nikki Addams; Renee Michelle b Candy Cartwright; Tessa Blanchard b Tina San Antonio; Jenny Rose b Gabby Gilbert; Tessa Blanchard b Renee Michelle; Tessa Blanchard b Jenny Rose to win the ECWA Women’s Championship

October 11: WWE NXT House Show (Lakeland, FL) – Becky Lynch, Carmella & Dana Brooke b Alexa Bliss, Bayley & Charlotte

October 12: JWP (Tokyo, Japan) – Leon b Himeka; Command Bolshoi & Kayoko Haruyama b Yako Fujigasaki & Yua Hayashi; Hanako Nakamori & Aki Shizuku b KAZUKI & Raideen Hagane

October 12: Tokyo, Japan (Tokushima, Japan) – Ray b Eiger; Meiko Satomura & DASH Chisako b ZAP & KAORU; Aja Kong & Kyoko Kimura b Manami Toyota & Kagetsu

October 12: Stardom (Tokyo, Japan) – Kris Wolf b Reo Hazuki & Azumi in a 3-way; Yoshiko b Miyako Matsumoto; Star Fire & Mystique b Miho Wakizawa & Koguma; Io Shirai & Mayu Iwatani b Kaori Yoneyama & Hatsuhinode Kamen; Nanae Takahashi & Kairi Hojo v Takumi Iroha & Risa Sera went to a time limit draw

October 12: Pro Wrestling WAVE (Akita, Japan) – Misaki Ohata & Tomoka Nakagawa b Shu Shibutani & Alex Lee; Mio Shirai b Kaho Kobayashi; Cherry b Rina Yamashita; Kana b Koharu Hinata; Hikaru Shida & Syuri b Moeka Haruhi & Melanie Cruise; Ayako Hamada, Yuu Yamagata & Mari Apache b Mika Iida, Kyusei Sakura Hirota & Yumi Ohka

October 12: Diana (Kawasaki, Japan) – Keiko Aono b Meiko Tanaka; Mima Shimonda b Koyuki Hayashi; Kyoko Inoue & Sareee b Megumi Yabushita & Kaoru Ito

October 12: TNA Bound For Glory (Tokyo, Japan) – Havok b Velvet Sky

Kimber LeeOctober 12: Southside Wrestling (St Neots, England) – Jim & Lee Hunter b Kimber Lee & Drew Gulak; Kay Lee Ray b El Ligero, Will Ospreay, Ryan Smile, Rich Swann & Shane Strickland

October 13: OZ Academy (Tokyo, Japan) – Yumi Oka & Mio Shirai b Sareee & Kaho Kobayashi; Dynamite Kansai, Manami Toyota & Ayako Hamada b Arisa Nakajima, Syuri & Hamuko Hoshi; Tomoka Nakagawa b Kaori Yoneyama; Aja Kong b Hikaru Shida; Mayumi Ozaki & Kyusei Sakura Hirota b Danshoku Dino & Makoto Oishi; Tsubasa Kuragaki b AKINO to win the OZ Academy Openweight Championship

October 13: JWP (Tokyo, Japan) – Leon b Tsukushi; Mima Shimoda b Yua Hayashi; Yumiko Hotta b Yako Fujigasaki; KAZUKI & Raideen Hagane b Kayoko Haruyama & Rabbit Miyu; Arisa Nakajima & Command Bolshoi b Hanako Nakamori & Aki Shizuku

October 13: WWE Raw (Atlanta, GA) – AJ Lee & Layla b Alicia Fox & Paige; Brie Bella, Naomi & Natalya b Cameron, Nikki Bella & Summer Rae

October 14: Gatoh Move (Tokyo, Japan) – Emi Sakura b Fukin Kitazawa; Riho, Sayaka Obihiro & “Kotori” b Kaori Yoneyama, Hatsuhinode Kamen & Madoka

Upcoming

October 18: Italian Championship Wrestling (Torino, Italy) – Lady Lory v Queen Maya

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

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

October 18: SHIMMER: Women Athletes (Berwyn, IL) – Cheerleader Melissa v Kana

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

October 26: Fierce Females (Glasgow, Scotland)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

November 8: Women Superstars Uncensored (Voorhees, NJ)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

MCW NHB GirlsNovember 23: Melbourne City Wrestling Fight For A Cause (Hampton Park, Australia)

November 23: Fierce Females (Glasgow, Scotland)

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

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

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

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

April 4: NCW Femmes Fatales (Montreal, QC, Canada)

– Lee Burton
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Cheerleader Melissa v Kana announced for SHIMMER Volume 67

Cheerleader Melisa Kana SHIMMER

The first match has been announced for next weekend’s SHIMMER DVD tapings in Berwyn, IL – and it’s a big one. Promoter Dave Prazak revealed on the Pro Wrestling Experience show on Chicagoland Sports Radio earlier today that Cheerleader Melissa will defend the SHIMMER Championship against Kana on the Volume 67 taping on October 18.

The challenger goes into the title match with a four match winning streak under her belt. She teamed with LuFisto to beat Melissa and Mercedes Martinez on Volume 64 then defeated Thunderkitty, Nikki Storm and Cherry Bomb on the following three editions to earn the shot at the title. Amazingly, this is the 33-year old’s first shot at the promotion’s top championship, three years after her debut on Volume 41 where she defeated Mia Yim.

In Melissa’s case, things have been successful for her in the singles ranks, but two tag team defeats in the spring saw her finish 2-2 on the most recent Berwyn tapings. However, she has successfully turned back the challenges of LuFisto, Yim and Yumi Ohka so far this year and is 18 months into her second reign, racking up nine defences so far.

Melissa and Kana have fought in the promotion once before – a number one contender’s match on Volume 43 which was won by Melissa en route to claiming her first SHIMMER Championship – and competed in the aforementioned tag team match earlier this year. In essence, that’s 1-1 – the edge may lie with the champion because of the singles victory, but the challenger is the one enjoying the unbroken string of victories. It’s going to be an interesting encounter.

If you want to be in attendance at the Berwyn Eagles Club next Saturday to see the contest, you had better get your skates on. There are only 27 tickets available and the show is expected to sell out. To book yours, click here, as the likelihood of there being any available on the day is pretty slim.